As a doctor, you have to realize that sometimes you win some and sometimes you learn some.
That was the hardest pill to swallow for Dr. Rhode’s this week as he did everything he could to save a young boy with a congenital heart defect that he’s been treating since day 1. The boy is on the transplant list but with little time remaining, Rhodes was desperate and even asked Dr. Manning to test her seriously ill patient to see if she was a match. Of course, she was. Usually in situations like this, you can root for one patient because the other one is a terrible person. In this case however, both were babies. How could you want one baby to live over the other?
Dr. Manning’s baby came into the ER after her mother noticed she stopped nursing. After running several tests, she couldn’t find out what was wrong Alicia. Without a known cause, things were looking bleak, which meant things for Rhodes and baby Tommy were looking up. Finally, Manning realized that Alicia’s problem might be an infection and after running a few more tests realized that she caught a disease from contaminated soil in the park while doing tummy time. Of course incredible news for Alicia because it wasn’t severe and treatable. Not good news for Tommy, whose lungs were collapsing and no donors were available. “How do you do it,” Rhodes asked Manning. “They’re only babies.” “I find a safe place,” Manning said.
Her safe place to decompress is now Jeff Clarke. Yeah remember the new resident doctor that Dr. Halstead hates? Well last week we saw Natalie go back to his place for a drink and this week, it was confirmed that she finally opened up to someone in more ways then one. While it seemed like Natalie and Will were going to be the shows “it couple” a la #Linstead, things have taken quite a turn. Nat really seems to like Jeff – she feels safe with him and he’s familiar, he was her late husband’s best friend, which is a bit awkward to me but maybe that’s exactly what she likes about him.
As for Will, he’s no longer moping around because of it… at least for now – he hasn’t actually found out about Natalie and Jeff yet, he’s only speculating there’s something. Thankfully he was also too pre-occupied being a blooming doctor that’s broke. Welcome to Chicago dude! With his liability insurance, he realized he’s barely getting by and that’s not a comfortable feeling. He even began looking for roommates. However, a day in the ER treating a homeless patient who was “legally blind” because a tumor was pushing up on a part of his eye and also affecting his brain so he still thought he was in 2003 really set his priorities straight. While a drag, money issues aren’t half as bad as what these patients go through and die from. Oh and not to mention he was busy flirting with the new pathology resident who gets off at looking at different diseases under the microscope. Doctors I tell ya!
Dr. Choi takes on the task of showing Torres, a Navy corpsman, the ropes before he goes off to war. As a former soldier himself, Choi tells him the ins-and-outs of what he’s getting into and Chicago serves as the perfect backdrop because as he points out, we are in Chiraq, a war zone unlike any other.
Choi, Clarke and Torres treat an 18-year-old gunshot victim who tells them he’s going to go back on the streets to get revenge. Torres isn’t comfortable with the whole situation and that’s intensified when they bring in a mother who was hit by a stray bullet… a stray bullet from the 18-year-old’s gang. As she dies in their arms, Torres realizes the hard truth – sometimes the bad people win and the innocent people lose. He praises Choi and hopes to handle war with the same kind of bravery. While Choi gave him a lot of good advice, he never admitted that he internalizes his pain and the after effects of war are still affecting his life. After losing his patient, he goes home, kicks back a beer and writes her name is his war diary, further reiterating the fact that Chicago’s war is one that cannot be beat.
As everyone around Med makes life-altering realizations, Reese spends her day psycho-analyzing them alll. The problem – after reading all her psych books, she just can’t stop. Every word is a trigger for a clinical condition. She even diagnosis her boyfriend Joey as anti-social after he complains about the new pathology resident trying to be friends. It seems Reese finally found her calling but she has to take Dr. Charles’ advice – chill out and only apply it when absolutely necessary… on actual patients.
Chicago Med Season Finale Review – And Now We Come to the End (7×22)
Chicago Med brought the heat for the season 7 finale!
The final few moments of the episode were life-changing for a handful of characters.
Having Halstead testify in the VASCOM trial was likely saved for next season, but it’s unclear if he’ll even survive in order to make it to court. Okay fine, who am I kidding, we know Halstead will survive, but keeping his life hanging in the balance does make things slightly more thrilling.
The apartment complex fire connected back to Milena, real name Jo, who was gearing up to skip town after her cover was blown by a dirty cop. Can someone tell me why I’m convinced the dirty cop is Dylan’s father? The fact that she asked Dylan if he trusts his dad was such a red flag.
Milena had an in with the Bosnian mafia, but we knew that they began suspecting her when they saw how cozy she was with Dylan at the hospital.
It wasn’t exactly surprising that one of the men found her hideout and tried to take her out for being a “traitor,” but it was surprising that Dylan and Halstead also went down with the ship for simply being in the wrong place at the wrong time.
Dylan’s feelings for Milena got the best of him. If he hadn’t paid her one last visit to say goodbye, he likely would’ve been spared. However, he also wouldn’t have been there to defend her.
When Milena was ambushed by the hitman, Dylan fought him off and took the shot. Milena knew it wasn’t safe to stick around, so she made a break for it, which is when she realized she was also injured in the scuffle. All the blood tells me that she’s not going to make it far without seeing a doctor.
Dylan’s “do no harm” oath kicked in, so even though he knew the man was part of the mafia and a huge threat, he couldn’t leave him behind to perish in a burning building. He risked his life to save him, as did Halstead, who heard the shots and ran back to lend Dylan a hand. That’s when they became trapped in the hallway with no escape, engulfed by flames on both sides.
Of course, this is the perfect lead-in for a #OneChicago crossover. If it doesn’t happen, it’ll be a huge missed opportunity. Chicago Fire’s squad can put out the flames and get Dylan and Halstead to safety, while Chicago PD’s team can build up the case against the Bosnian mafia and clear Milena’s name once and for all.
It would be awesome for Riley Voelkel to stick around as a recurring character and Dylan’s love interest as his tether back to law enforcement, which he just can’t seem to shake.
Plus, they’re a cute couple, and we don’t have many of those left around here.
That is if Dylan and Halstead even get out in time or survive the following hours. For those of us who have seen This Is Us, we know what happens when someone endures too much smoke inhalation.
I definitely feel for Halstead since he just purchased this complex with the money he got by being a whistleblower in the VASCOM scandal.
I know the insurance money will likely cover the damages, but it’s just one blow after the other for him. And right when it seemed like things were finally stabilizing in his life.
It’s safe to assume that Halstead got his resident, Hannah Asher, to safety prior to running back into the burning building to assist Dylan. Right before the fire, Halstead and Hannah agreed to a clean slate as “neighbors.” Admittedly, it’s a much better meet-cute than a doctor who helps a woman while she’s overdosing.
I know the series is really trying hard to make this Hannah and Halstead relationship happen, but I would really rather it didn’t happen. One sweet moment between the two of them doesn’t erase the fact that they never see eye-to-eye, especially when dealing with patients.
Earlier in the day, they had two very different approaches when it came to dealing with a joint patient.
Julia was rushed to the ER after experiencing discomfort with urination. Her boyfriend, Owen, wanted her to get checked out since she was donating an organ to him the following moment. It definitely seemed like the couple was madly in love and the stars just aligned for them, well that is until Owen confessed that he wasn’t in love with Julia and was torn about whether to tell her the truth and risk having her change her mind about the transplant.
Halstead then confided in Hannah even though it was clear that he had already made up his mind about how to proceed with the information. He didn’t want to sabotage Owen’s chances of getting an organ transplant because he knew that if Julia backed out, Owen might have to wait years for another shot.
However, Hannah argued that they were essentially conning Julia into the transplant and that she had every right to know the truth.
Eventually, Owen had a chat with Hannah who encouraged him to tell Julia the truth. And I’m glad he took her advice because she was right.
Yes, the worst-case scenario was that Owen might lose a donor, but it was the morally sound thing to do if he ever cared about Julia at all. It was her choice — a choice she was making from a place of love — and she deserved to know all the facts before making a decision about her body and life.
Julia was hurt by the breakup, but she agreed to go through with the transplant regardless because she wanted to save his life. She knew that she was Owen’s only shot, and wouldn’t let something as trivial as a breakup stand in his way.
At the end of the day, Julia proved that she loved Owen no matter what. It wasn’t a transaction — Owen didn’t need to repay her by promising eternal love; he just simply needed to acknowledge the sacrifice she was making for him.
And the fact that Halstead was supporting to deceptive approach really goes to show you what kind of man he really is. There are moments of kindness from him, and then there’s this. It sets us back every time.
Dr. Choi and Dr. Archer treated Zach, Peter’s son from legal, who suffered a leg injury from lacrosse that meant he wouldn’t be able to finish out the season and get scouted by college reps. He was pretty torn up about it and lashed out at his father, who admittedly wasn’t a fan of the sport.
After losing his father and harboring a ton of resentment, Choi had a little heart-to-heart with Zach. It may have been too late for him to fix things with his dad, but that doesn’t mean he can’t help others make amends before it’s too late.
And it was the perfect segue to his father’s navy funeral. Choi regretted all the things he didn’t say or didn’t know, and when he was handed the flag as the next of kin, he passed it on to Gerald. It was a sweet gesture that acknowledged that he approved of his father’s secret life and welcomed Gerald into the family.
The moment also encouraged Archer to reconnect with his estranged children, so we’ll likely see his personal life expand next season.
Speaking of children, Sharon Goodwin’s birthday dinner turned into a delivery with a view. Her daughter, Tara, went into labor while they were having a celebratory dinner at The Signature Room at the 95th.
It’s a good thing Tara was dining with doctors because when the staff informed them that the elevators were down, she had to throw her birth plan out the window and improvise.
Sharon assured her that she was in good hands as she’s delivered hundreds of babies. And there’s nothing more special than delivering your grandson into the world.
Tara and baby were both happy and healthy following the emergency delivery!
Maggie admitted a patient named Donna, who was an alcoholic suffering from end-stage liver disease. Charles deemed her unfit to make any medical decisions, so they called her daughter, who basically laid into her mother for all of her mistakes.
It was brutal to watch as she told her unconscious mother that she’s been dead to her for years. There was a lot of resentment there, but at the end of the day, a child cannot help but love a parent despite their flaws.
The moment convinced Maggie to make the call to Vanessa’s birth father and set up a reunion. Vanessa finally met Grant at Grant Park (fitting, right?), and though they didn’t say much, it sure seemed successful.
Grant seems like a stand-up guy who has an interest in getting to know his daughter. And honestly, I think Maggie is in trouble because when she laid eyes on Grant again, you could tell she was smitten and feeling all the feels. Ben doesn’t deserve this, but you know it’s coming.
The series doesn’t typically venture outside of the hospital walls, but it was nice to see some Chicago landmarks incorporated in the finale.
There was a lot of focus on children and their parents.
Dr. Charles finally told Anna about his relationship with Lonnie, but once he finally got it off of his chest, he realized that he was never scared of telling his daughter, he was scared of saying it out loud to himself.
Almost immediately after the realization, he informed Lonnie that he was breaking up with her. For a therapist, she didn’t seem to handle the emotions that come with a breakup very well, but Charles had a valid point — she knew way too much about him and his past for this to ever work.
He couldn’t get past their patient-therapist connection, and he felt as though she was criticizing, judging, or assessing his every move based on the profile she built on him. You can’t blame him for feeling like he was under the microscope. And as a therapist himself, he gets it so there was no blame either.
Pamela finally went under the knife for her spinal issues, but when Sam ran into a complication, Crockett overrode Avery’s decision about her mother’s treatment because Pamela granted him power of attorney.
Seeing as though Sam and Avery both agreed on the procedure that they thought Pamela would want, it was obvious that Crockett’s choice was the least popular one.
Pamela wanted Crockett to approach it as a doctor, but he was too influenced by his personal feelings. He was paralyzed by the fear of losing her, so instead of agreeing to the risky procedure that she would’ve preferred, he chose the safe one that threatened her motor skills.
I don’t know why Crockett ever thought that Pamela would forgive him for sabotaging her chances of operating again. The very fact that she wouldn’t be able to operate led her to put off the procedure in the first place, so that should’ve told him everything he needed to know.
The decision was so simple, and yet, Crockett messed it up.
Things were going well for them as a couple, and I was rooting for them, but it doesn’t seem like Crockett will bounce back from this, especially since she feels like she made the wrong choice by trusting him instead of her daughter.
And Avery already has a dislike towards Crockett, so she’s definitely going to take her mother’s side on this one.
Poor Crockett — he meant well, but it’s going to cost him the woman he cares so much for.
What did you think of the Chicago Med season 7 finale? Will Dylan and Halstead survive? Will Milena/Jo survive?
How will Pamela punish Crockett?
Share your thoughts in the comments below, and we’ll see you in the fall!
Chicago Med Review – Lying Doesn’t Protect You From The Truth (7×21)
The medical professionals at Gaffney walked away with some big lessons on Chicago Med Season 7 Episode 21.
There were some compelling cases in the penultimate episode, but a good chunk of it was also setting the scene for the upcoming season finale next week.
Dylan Scott and Milena’s story took an unexpected turn when a police-involved shooting connected to the case she has been working as an undercover.
Sam was shot while responding to a gang situation. His wife, Alice, was equally terrified as she was scared, and it became clear that she didn’t support his career in the slightest.
And on some level, I get it. Being a cop is dangerous. Every single call comes with its fair share of risk. However, how can you really love someone if you don’t support such a big part of their life? As Dylan pointed out, being a cop is in his nature, and it likely was in Sam’s as well.
When it was revealed that Sam endured complications from a previous shooting that he didn’t tell Alice about, the decision about his medical care fell on her.
Of course, she immediately gravitated towards the option that would end his career as a cop, but neither Dylan nor Ethan could go through with it as they both knew that Sam wouldn’t have wanted this.
They decided to appeal to Alice once more in hopes of changing her mind and showed her a video of the shooting. Right after being struck, Sam called out his wife’s name meaning that despite being a proud Chicago cop, he cared about her even more.
Alice knew in her heart that she couldn’t be selfish with this decision, so she reversed her decision and agreed to the thoracotomy.
As I mentioned previously, the case was connected to Milena’s undercover work. She sought out Dylan later in the evening to inform him that there was a mole within the CPD and she was made.
Dylan suggested that she crash in one of Halstead’s available units while laying low to thwart off any heat. It was also a breakthrough moment for them as she informed him that her real name was Jo. She’ll always be Freya Mikaelson to me, but I know, I know, different show.
While things seem to be safe for Jo and Dylan at the moment, I don’t believe they will stay that way. After all, one of the gang members saw her getting close to Dylan, so it’s safe to say that her cover was already burned ahead of time. Once she goes missing, I would imagine the Serbian gang would come after Dylan to get to her.
Halstead’s new apartment unit seems to be the saving grace for everyone, including Hannah Asher.
But I’m definitely on her side when it comes to all the coddling. I know Will means well because he wants to be a source of support for Hannah, but treating her like a china doll or some fragile little thing isn’t the answer.
Hannah is an independent woman who is committed to her sobriety. She can make sound decisions as a doctor, she can pay her rent, and she can speak for herself.
I swear, I go back and forth between liking Halstead and having so much resentment for his character.
I’m glad that he finally saw the error of his ways after witnessing a patient’s mother trust in her ability to care for herself and her newborn child.
It’s great when a patient also provides a teachable moment.
The patient in question was a 22-year-old hot yoga instructor who was pregnant. She was rushed to the ED by her overbearing mother after she collapsed. The mom naturally blamed the hot yoga but tests diagnosed her with a rare disease that essentially resulted in liver failure.
Asher had to deliver her 26-week-old child prematurely before rushing the young woman into a liver transplant.
Her mother immediately offered to donate a piece of her liver to save her daughter.
Crockett performed the surgery, and though it was rocky for a bit when he couldn’t stop the bleeding, Pamela was on hand to inspire him.
She was, however, sitting on the sidelines after being diagnosed with spinal compression.
Pamela initially refused to get surgery because she didn’t want to sit out for a few weeks and let her patients down, but Crockett stood his ground by telling her she couldn’t operate in this state.
Doctors really are their own worst patients. She wanted to cure herself with physical therapy, but she eventually came to terms with the fact that Crockett not only had her best interest in mind, but he also had the best interest of their patients.
And he was absolutely ready to step in and handle things in her absence.
I love their relationship because Crockett seems to ground her. It’s a good balance of personalities. Plus, he’s not afraid to stand up to her or speak his mind, and it makes things so interesting.
As for the new mom — she welcomed a beautiful baby into the world and found some common ground with her own mother. They were given a second shot at rehabilitating their fraught relationship, and nothing brings people closer than a new baby!
Speaking of babies… Maggie found herself torn by the idea of reaching out to Vanessa’s birth father.
Maggie didn’t want to spring this on him after 20 years, but she was also terrified of feelings resurfacing as she actually loved him at the time.
Sharon Goodwin suggested running the idea by Ben, but Maggie didn’t want to rock the boat and ruin the good thing they have going.
Of course, it’s obvious that Maggie will eventually reach out to Grant — she already looked him up — and it will likely cause a rift between her and Ben.
And honestly, I don’t know what Grant’s family situation is like in the present day, but I could see how this little family reunion could bubble up some feelings.
Ben is a good guy, though, so I hope Maggie doesn’t ruin anything. I do feel like it would be nice to see him have some kind of relationship with Vanessa.
Vanessa teamed up with Dr. Charles to help diagnose her patient, Lydia, who arrived at Gaffney after choking on her cereal.
Lydia explained that she had seen every specialist under the sun, but no one could properly diagnose her so she continued to feel off.
Two emotional and random outbursts led Vanessa to believe that it was a psych matter, but Dr. Charles actually realized that she had a rare form of ALS. It’s not an ideal diagnosis, but simply having one and finally having an answer after all these years gave Lydia some comfort and peace of mind.
Lydia’s talk also inspired Dr. Charles to tell his daughter, Anna, about his new relationship. Unfortunately, when he finally mustered up the courage, Anna was in a negative place because her boyfriend, Luke, broke up with her.
Yeah, no heartbroken teen wants to be put down even more with news that her father has a new girlfriend. It’s best to put that one away for another, sunnier day.
Ethan met up with the man that his late father was having a romance with for almost 50 years. And the fact that he had pictures of Choi’s whole family because he felt like he knew them was super emotional.
Choi’s father was in love, but he could never be honest about it, and they had to keep their relationship a secret for nearly five decades.
It must be such a relief to finally have Ethan over for a drink and a chat. And for Ethan, it’s a way to truly get to know his father and keep his memory alive.
On tap for next week is likely the trial against VAS-Com where Halstead plans to testify. It’s his moral obligation, but it might put him at risk. He was warned that they are going to come after him with everything they can… and Halstead has some dirt in his past that they can likely dig up. I have a feeling this might get messier than the Amber Heard and Johnny Depp defamation trial.
What did you think of the episode? Are you excited for the season finale?
Chicago Med Review – End of the Day, Anything Can Happen (7×20)
There are moments where it definitely feels like Chicago Med is encroaching into soap opera territory, but when your show is set in an emergency room, you don’t have much of a choice but to roll with the drama.
Chicago Med Season 7 Episode 20 saw a continuation of Dylan and Milena’s romance, only this time, Dylan was pulled into her world, which put them both in the line of danger.
Milena’s boss, Nikola, requested Dr. Scott to his home because his daughter, Eva, wasn’t feeling well. Scott managed to convince Nikola and his wife that Eva needed to have surgery at the hospital to remove her appendix, but the whole entourage was around the whole time watching with prying eyes.
When Eva’s health began to decline for no reason, one of Nikola’s men started suspecting that there was something going on between Milena and Dylan.
The longing gazes, the stolen looks — they didn’t really do a good job of downplaying it.
And, of course, they chose to meet outside of the hospital in public to chat after everything was said and done.
This seems to be a common mistake in medical shows, and I just can’t seem to understand why. If Milena is working undercover, why wouldn’t she choose to meet Dylan somewhere in private and away from prying eyes? You can never be too cautious in these situations, and quite frankly, as a cop and a former cop, they are being pretty careless.
The whole situation is only going to backfire for both of them because they have now been spotted mingling. It’s clear there is something romantic happening between them, and based on Nikola’s anger towards Milena, he’s not someone that can easily forgive or forget. And there’s absolutely no way to deny what’s going on because a Serbian mob isn’t going to fall for it.
I was convinced that Dorian was Vanessa’s father, especially when they shared the same allergy.
That might’ve been too easy, however, it did allow Vanessa to inquire about her father and put a little pressure on Maggie.
It’s slightly unfair considering Maggie hasn’t kept in touch with him and they made a promise to stay out of their daughter’s life, but Maggie also put herself in this position by overstepping on a closed adoption.
She had to know that Vanessa would get curious and ask at some point.
I wouldn’t be surprised if it comes out that Maggie never even told the father that she was pregnant. Could locating Vanessa’s biological father cause a rift between them?
Halstead’s whistleblowing case against Matt Cooper is going to pan out in court, which he’s less than thrilled about. It seems the whole thing has been hanging over his head and not allowing him to move on.
Everyone kept mentioning the apartment complex that he purchased with the money he made after exposing Matt, and it almost seemed as though they were all accusing him of tattling in order to get ahead.
We know that Halstead never expected any monetary compensation and was simply doing what he thought was right, but it’s now this defining moment that he can’t shake.
You can expect Matt’s lawyers to also use that against him and go after him with everything they have.
Halstead eventually offered Dr. Asher an apartment in his complex, which is admittedly a good way to help someone out that needs it and making himself feel less crummy about the whole situation.
I’m still not interested in seeing things take a romantic turn between Asher and Halstead, but now that they are neighbors, you know it’s coming.
Dr. Choi learned absolutely nothing from his time away. The moment he stepped foot into the E.D., he broke HIPAA confidentiality with his patient and allowed his personal matters to impact his professional decisions pertaining patient care.
He has been a bit of a mess after finding out that his father was in love with a man because it made him question everything he ever knew about his dad.
He felt betrayed and lied to his whole life, and since his father was no longer around, he couldn’t confront him and get any clarity. He was simply left to deal with this big reveal all by himself.
When he realize his patient, who was diagnosed with MS, was going to do the same thing to his daughter, Choi needed to step in.
He couldn’t sit by idly and watch nature take its course, nor could he sit back and respect that Miles knew what was best in their situation.
He had to overstep in the kind of way that would only made Halstead proud. He never violated patient confidentiality, but he gave Anya the tools she needed to figure out what her father’s diagnosis was.
Honestly, it’s disgusting that the doctor’s at Med aren’t held accountable for these rash decisions. It wasn’t Choi’s call to make because he wasn’t living with the consequences.
People need to be able to do thins in their own time. It may have felt just like his situation, but it was completely different, and if Miles decided not to disclose his medical issue with his daughter so that she would move to Seattle for her new job, that was his prerogative.
I rarely agree with Dr. Archer, but I’m glad Ethan stepped away from the role of Chief because his judgement calls are no longer valid. I’m also glad Choi acknowledged the issue and sought out wisdom from Dr. Charles.
And finally, there was Crockett and Dr. Blake, who went to bat for a young boy who needed a liver transplant. While every hospital refused to transplant half of a liver from the boy’s grandmother, Crockett knew he didn’t want to let this family down.
The procedure, while risky, went smoothly, but Celeste’s health fainted shortly after regaining consciousness proving that something had gone haywire.
Upon opening her back up, Blake realized she didn’t clamp down hard enough on the clip she placed — a first.
While you might chalk it up to everyone makes mistakes, Pamela knew something was really wrong and she confided in Crockett that her hand was the issue. Is that you, Dr. Bell? All of my The Resident fans, you know.
What did you think is going on with Pamela? Will she be unable to operate moving forward?
It wasn’t the most thrilling episode, but it’s been a long season, so I’ll cut them some slack!
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