What did you think of Chicago Med?
Should April pursue Crockett? Should she tell Choi?
Are Elsa and Will going to become an item?
Chicago Med Review – Too Close to the Sun (5×08)
Chicago Med has taken on a rather depressing tone as of late.
Charles’ wife Cece and Maggie are both dealing with the C-word, which was bad enough, but now Maggie’s new cancer-friend Ben only has a few days to live.
Why do the writers want to see our characters suffer?
We knew from the moment Maggie met Ben that he wasn’t going to survive. It’s just the unspoken rule of television, but they could have given her at least a few episodes with him before ripping the rug out from under them.
The worst part is that Ben isn’t even succumbing to his cancer. He got measles which turned into pneumonia.
Watching Maggie desperately try to honor his last wishes was heartbreaking.
On one hand, you can call her selfish for forging Nat’s signature and trying to bring him back home. The old Maggie would have never made such a careless decision and put the public at such danger.
And it’s that same Maggie that saw all those kids playing in front of his house and brought him back to the hospital.
But on the other hand, how can we sit here and criticize a woman who is not only going through her own hardships but is now having to lose a person she cared about.
Maggie has always been in control but right now, she’s helpless.
Sadly, I don’t think her storyline is going to get more uplifting anytime soon.
April’s in too deep and Dr. Choi is catching on.
It’s unclear what really made Dr. Choi suspicious of Crockett. Towards the end, all that sexual tension between April and Crockett diminished as he seemingly accepted that she was with Choi.
However, this show thrives on drama so Choi will likely confront April about it which will lead to her confessing that something almost happened between the two of them and it’ll send their relationship in for a loop.
I hadn’t jumped on Team Crockett until this episode.
He not only proved that his gut-instinct about when to jump in and save a life was right, but he also respected Noah’s wishes and kept his secret until he was forced to tell the police.
Noah made a mistake, and it’s one he paid dearly for it.
Based on his conversation with Crockett in the beginning, it’s been a few weeks since Jacinta was admitted into the ER.
They likely thought things had died down and her gang forgot about her, but they caught her exiting Med.
It’s unclear if there’s going to be a follow up to this story, but I feel like they can’t just leave us wondering what happened.
Did Jacinta return to the gang? Did they kidnap her? Will Intelligence find her?
Does Noah need to move now?
On the relationship front, Natalie and Will didn’t even cross paths, which was a nice change of pace.
But I cannot be the only one who was surprised that he was dating some bubbly, new paramedic.
When did that happen? How did Will get over Natalie so quickly?
This, of course, messes up Lauren’s plans to pursue the doctor, and man, I felt for her.
She’s been so emotionally unattached for most of the series and the one time she opens up, this happens.
Also, it’s so hilarious how blind Halstead is to what’s happening right in front of him.
It as obvious that she was trying to ask him to go to the concert.
Dr. Choi’s case-of-the-week was ridiculous and an exaggerated look at how badly people need validation from the social media world.
The patient only did whatever his dedicated following voted on.
Sure, making that kind of money is nice, but what kind of “fans” do you have if they chose to watch you suffer and refuse to allow you to get surgery?
The people of the internet never cared about him, and when Dr. Charles had them vote on whether or not he should jump off the ledge, 60% voted yes.
That’s so messed up.
Dr. Charles really pushed the boundaries with that out-of-the-box method, but I can’t say it wasn’t effective.
What did you think of tonight’s episode?
Which one was your favorite storyline?
Chicago Med – It’s All in the Family (5×06)
Chicago Med missed the perfect opportunity for a Halloween episode.
Their promo for next week reveals a blood-sucking narrative, but by that point, Halloween will be over and done with.
Who makes the schedule for these episodes?
Still, between Natalie’s holistic misstep, Will’s Jehovah’s Witness patient, and a gang inductee patient, there was enough action in the ED to deem things “scary.”
And yet, the central theme focused on forgiveness.
Natalie’s situation seemed dire. She showcased reckless and irrational behavior and treated a patient against his parent’s wishes.
And somehow, she got away relatively unscathed.
It was unbelievable that after all that, she was still allowed to preside over the child’s case and didn’t have a doctor overlooking her.
Goodwin wasn’t nearly as angry as she should have been while Natalie continued defending her actions.
There was a point where she considered why she went to such extremes and thought that it was possible she was simply trying to prove Will wrong, but Maggie assured her that she needed to trust her gut.
And when the little boy’s illness started getting worse and she ruled out pneumonia, Natalie did just that ordering a scrape once again against the parent’s wishes.
The only difference is she had a court order protecting her this time.
If she made a compelling case for Goodwin to get a court order prior to forcing treatments, this could have been a much different situation.
Instead, Natalie got arrested on numerous charges. And yet, after the labs came back, the parents realized Natalie did everything in her power to help their son, and they pulled the charges.
It wasn’t pneumonia, but it was an autoimmune disorder. Natalie saved the boy’s life.
And to think the hospital wasn’t going to help her “get out of this mess.”
Unsurprisingly, Will Halstead overstepped with a patient, which seems to be what he’s good at.
It’s comical that he was overlooking Natalie to stop her from making a grave mistake and then did exactly that.
Will’s patient was a Jehovah’s Witness who would have died without a blood transfusion.
His parents refused it due to their beliefs and chose to let him die.
Will has always struggled with allowing a patient to make a choice regardless of his own beliefs, but Crockett reminded him that they had to respect it.
And even then, Will kept trying to find a loophole.
As he began digging, he realized there was a slight possibility that the man was no longer a practicing Jehovah.
His tattoo of the Holy Trinity, his blood alcohol level, the marijuana in his system at the time of the crash all pointed to him no longer following the practices and pioneering.
Once he made that clear to the parents, they abandoned their son and the doctors saved his life.
Except that’s not what the man wanted at all.
When he woke up and found out about the blood, he was distraught because although he’d “lost his faith” for a bit, he was planning to repent.
Seeing Will realize the error of his ways proved that sometimes, doctors don’t know what’s best and he should have just kept his nose out of it.
Just like he should have kept his nose out of Natalie’s business.
It’s almost like Will wants to be the most hated character on television.
Natalie trusted her instincts and broke things off with Phillip just as Will interrupted to let her know that Phillip was a liar who tried to convince her that he proposed to take advantage of her amnesia.
The story-arc has been building up over the course of multiple episodes.
Phillip was painted in more than one shady light. His overbearing nature alluded to a grander storyline than simply giving Will a dirty look and walking away.
He lied about a proposal for goodness sakes. He inserted himself into her life. He came to work multiple times to give her flowers. And he threatened Will!
And that’s how it ends?
That’s all that this storyline amounted too?
There has to be more to the story.
Will meant well, but he could have waited to catch Natalie alone instead of interrupting her conversation.
At this point, it doesn’t matter if she remembers what she wanted to tell him when she came to his car — she’s over him and his need to save her all the time.
“Get out of my life,” is a statement that means she’s made up her mind about his place in her life.
If the writers give these two a break, we’ll all be better off.
Noah and April found a patient who was getting “jumped in” into a gang.
She refused their help thinking that the gang would kill her.
And they would.
Noah tried to help Jacinta, but April ignored her pleas and called the cops, which was the right thing to do.
It’s always good to understand your place and let the appropriate people handle their jobs.
Noah stood up to his sister after Jacinta “ran away,” but in reality, she ended up crashing at Noah’s place to heal before they could get her out of town.
While Noah’s actions are admirable, he’s also putting himself in grave danger.
The one thing about being a doctor is that you cannot overstep boundaries. With the number of patients they see on a daily basis, if they got involved in everyone’s lives, they’d never have one of their own.
Who’s to say Jacinta won’t reach out to the gang?
Or what if they spot her in the neighborhood and he gets embroiled in all this drama.
It just doesn’t seem like a good idea.
Dr. Charles saw forgiveness manifest itself with a transgender patient whose ex-wife finally forgave him and comforted him during his illness.
And while a touching moment, it was merely used to convince Sharon to give Bert another chance.
I’m not sure if I’m more upset that Sharon is giving the man who hurt her another shot or that Caroline’s terrible plan actually worked.
I’m not shipping this storyline at all.
Maggie’s cancer storyline wasn’t given much screentime much like April and Choi’s personal life. We only saw April take a negative pregnancy test, which confirms that they’re actively trying but will likely run into problems.
Do you think Chicago Med is getting too soapy for its own good?
Is Natalie better off without Will?
Is this the last we’ve seen of Phillip?
Chicago Med – Got a Friend In Me (5×05)
Do the doctors at Chicago Med ever just stop and think “maybe I shouldn’t be crossing this line today?”
No? I didn’t think so.
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