It’s the end of an era. The Chicago Med Season 8 finale saw Will Halstead saying his final goodbye to Gaffney Medical.
And the best part is that you don’t even have to wonder where he’s going!
After realizing that his time at the hospital had come to an end, Will thanked his colleagues and friends who have been like family for all these years and made a swift departure to Seattle to be with his one true love, Natalie Manning!
Chicago Med pulled off the ultimate surprise by bringing back Torrey Devito for a brief yet emotional cameo. She greeted Halstead outside of the airport along with her son, Owen, and they made it very clear that this time they were going to make things work. “I’m never letting you go,” Natalie told Halstead as they embarked on their new chapter together.
While I usually wouldn’t recommend going back to a relationship that didn’t work in the past, in this case, it just makes sense. They both had a clean break to find themselves and figure things out and yet their paths crossed once again. Timing is everything, and without the setting of Gaffney, I think they may actually be able to work things out this time around.
And that’s a wrap on Will Halstead. Thank you so much to Nick Gehlfuss for bringing such an “irritating” yet “inspirational” character to life for eight seasons. Sharon Goodwin was right on the money with that comment.
He even went out in such Will style by going off the rails and doing something that only Will could ever justify as a good idea.
Halstead was very triggered by 2.0’s glitch, and when he realized no one was going to do anything about it, the took matters into his own hands without realizing the larger implications of his decision.
By reprogramming 2.0 to go completely haywire during Jack Dayton’s hernia resection, he not only destroyed the product by setting in plenty of doubt, but he also ensured that 2.0 would never see the light of day again as it tarnished Dayton’s reputation in the process.
Dayton could no longer go through with the IPO, which meant that he couldn’t secure the funding to make 2.0 a better and more reliable product, which in turn meant that Jack Dayton had to sell Med, putting everyone’s fate up in the air.
As much as I want to praise Halstead for trying to do the wrong thing, his decision was very costly, especially because, as Crockett pointed out, 2.0 did a lot of good. With the right improvements, it could be a very useful tool in the future, but Halstead ensured that said future would never happen.
However, on the other hand, maybe selling the hospital isn’t the worst idea as it will likely put the power back in the hands of someone who cares about the patients over profits. Turning Med into a for-profit hospital has not been a welcome change for the doctors as they are limited in who they can treat, and it’s also a terrible experience for patients who don’t have the best insurance and can’t pay exorbitant prices.
Turning away patients is never ideal, especially patients who need critical care. One of Archer’s patients, Rachel, was admitted to Med with terrible stomach pains, and by waiting for an ambo transfer to a hospital that would have accepted her insurance, she likely would’ve died in the process.
The doctors took it upon themselves to do the surgery under the radar so as to not put her in debt for life, but that was a risky move. If anyone from upper management found out, it would not be pretty. Though, it’s nice to see Archer coming around and doing what needs to be done to save lives.
During the surgery, which Hannah Asher assisted, Archer became very weak, and he realized he had another infection from his “DIY dialysis.” At this point, Asher insisted he start at a proper dialysis clinic, which he was against because of the time commitment, and when Sean suggested they just go through with the surgery as he was approved as his father’s donor, Archer and Asher had to inform him that he was no longer eligible after falling off the wagon.
It was honestly heartbreaking to see Sean come to terms with what his relapse meant. It was one misstep—that stemmed from a misunderstanding in the first place—and yet, it set back his plans to help his father for at least six months.
Hopefully, this doesn’t set Sean back even further because I can see how he’d deal with thinking that he’s a “disappointment” by turning to drugs and alcohol yet again.
Archer, however, cannot blame himself for what happened, nor can he blame the fact that he allowed his son to be a donor as the relapse had nothing to do with the pressure of the situation. Sean was set off after seeing his father and Hannah getting “close,” and while there may have been some flirtation happening, when he finally addressed it with the two of them, they were both quite shocked.
I honestly think that Asher and Archer are good friends, and though there may be underlying feelings there, they’ve never considered them because they’ve never thought about going there. Could this be what convinces them to give things a try? Or did it cement them in the friend’s zone forever? I’m not surprised the romance hasn’t gotten the spotlight as Archer’s health is definitely a priority.
Hannah also seems pretty adamant about keeping her personal life and professional life separate, so I could see her shutting any possibility of a romance with either of the Archer men down.
Dr. Charles dealt with two patients that Dr. Loren Johsnton brought in via ambo. There was also a misunderstanding there as the wife, Janice, thought her husband Fred was trying to kill her, when in reality, Fred was fighting with his body impulsively doing things he couldn’t control. Turns out, he had a small stroke that resulted in a rare neurological called alien hand syndrome. With everything cleared up, the couple was back on track, and it put Charles’ relationship with Liliana in perspective. He realized that he had to clear up the misunderstanding by simply being vulnerable and honest with her about his feelings—he didn’t think of her as a charity case, and just because he has a fancy title doesn’t mean he doesn’t share the same insecurities as other people.
And Liliana, for her part, realized she’d put up a wall because she’s so used to being independent. Of course, there’s still the issue of her overbearing brother Pawel, who, quite frankly, needs to be told to get his own life. I understand siblings being there for each other and helping each other out, but he’s constantly bossing her around, talking down to her, and being kind of emotionally abusive.
Also, I truly hope Dr. Loren becomes a new addition to Med next season!
With Maggie interviewing at other hospitals, I was certain she’d be the person leaving Med at the end of the season, but Halstead’s problematic heroics make so much more sense.
I’m just glad it isn’t Crockett because I was just getting invested in the character, while Archer and Asher have been the best duo this season.
What did you think of the Chicago Med Season 8 finale? Are you pleased with how Halstead’s storyline ended?
What do you want to see next season?
Chicago Med Season 9 Episode 5 Review – I Make a Promise, I Will Never Leave You
It was a rough shift for everyone on Chicago Med Season 9 Episode 5. The episode focused on plenty of heartbreaking cases, which naturally take a toll on the doctors who do their best for the patients who walk through their doors.
One of the newest members of the team, Dr. Ripley, responded to help an elderly man suffering from hypothermia, who seemed disoriented and kept calling out for someone named “Betty.” While Alzheimer’s and dementia came to mind, especially due to Jimmy’s elderly age, a CT scan revealed something much more horrific: the patient was the victim of a lobotomy conducted at Med roughly 60 years ago. Ripley and Charles surmised that Jimmy was a problem child, so they took care of it by messing with his brain, not giving him a chance at a full life. Jimmy ventured to the hospital hoping to help his sister and caretaker, who took a fall at home, but by the time PD got an address, they were too late and she passed away due to natural causes. Ripley had to break the news to Jimmy, who, in his regressed state of mind, couldn’t understand what was happening—and it was gutwrenching to watch. Ripley felt so bad when he called social services, in fact, that he promised to visit Jimmy so that they could talk about Betty, knowing that the man had no one else looking out for him and was let down by his loved ones for so many years.
The case also hit close to home for Ripley, who had disciplinary issues as a teen and who felt abandoned by those who should’ve helped him, something Dr. Charles apologized for when he was his psychologist. The nature of the relationship between these two remains one of the most compelling storylines this season.
Another newbie, Dr. Zola, tapped in Dr. Marcel when Alex’s parents brought him in with concerns over his very high heart rate. He ended up needing appendix surgery, but during the procedure, they found cancer before running into some trouble with one of the drugs they used to wake him up from his anesthesia, nearly killing the 14-year-old. Zola insisted that Med pull the medication immediately, but Crocket knew that it wasn’t that easy, and after he brought it up in one of the meetings, the board decided to keep it in rotation and make a case to the FDA. When Zola said she’d pursue it further, Crockett advised her to drop it, and with all the hot water she’s gotten herself in during her short time at Med, she should probably heed his advice for now—though I do anticipate we’ll see this storyline pop up down the line with everyone eventually agreeing that Zola’s instincts were right.
Dr. Charles’ tough day also included getting his longtime friend, Bert, checked out at Sharon Goodwin’s request. Ever since Bert came into the ED after falling while watching his grandson, there have been concerns about cognitive decline, particularly since his family has a history of dementia. And since Bert is the kind of person who refuses to see a doctor, Goodwin had to get creative, though when they finally sat him down to have a chat about their concerns, he felt ambushed and bolted out. It’s scary to be told that there may be something happening with your memory, but the signs are all there and it’s important to get ahead of it. Eventually, he came around to the idea, agreeing to get further tests if it gets Sharon off of his back.
Dr. Asher took on a patient brought in by Dr. Johsnon (you know I’m happy to see him coming around more often). The couple’s dream pregnancy turned into a nightmare when the woman’s water broke at 15 weeks and the doctors refused to do a D&C for fear of legal repercussions. Instead, they sent her away and kept telling the husband that the situation wasn’t an emergency as she carried a dead fetus and developed an infection. Eventually, he trekked from his rural home to Chicago to seek out help before it was too late—and by that point, the woman had gone into septic shock. It was touch and go there as Asher tried to save the woman’s uterus while also preventing her from hemorrhaging out during the operation. Everything ended up just fine, all things considered, with the couple candidly exploring future options for their family that they were both comfortable with. Without fully touching upon the complexities of the current laws surrounding pregnancies and miscarriages, Chicago Med showed the dangers of laws that work against women, their choices, and their safety.
And finally, Dr. Archer was unable to save a patient that his son brought into the ED who was having shortness of breath. Sean, who is a counselor at a rehab facility, put all of his faith in his father, but sometimes, things are simply out of everyone’s control, which was hard for him to accept as he was full of hope and positivity, trying to help people with their second chance at life. While it’s unclear what caused Damon’s fluid in the lungs, it may have been caused by persistent drug use, which led to heart failure, and meant he was too far gone to be saved. I’m just hoping that Damon’s death doesn’t send Sean off the deep end or make him second-guess his career path—it’s just a reminder that life doesn’t always work out the way you want or expect it too.
Maggie assisted Dr. Johnson throughout his visit, all while getting her divorce papers officially notarized. When the moment finally came, it was nice to see her get the support of Asher and Zola, while also acknowledging that she has an interest in Johnson… when she’s finally ready to get back out there again.
What did you think of the episode? Did it pull on your heartstrings?
Is ‘Chicago Med’ New Tonight? What We Know About Season 9 Episode 5
One Chicago fans are likely itching for new episodes of their favorite dramas, but unfortunately, you’ll have to wait quite a bit for them to arrive.
The franchise is taking a brief hiatus and skipping a week (already, I know, doesn’t it feel like season 9 just started?). There will be no new episode on February 14, 2024, likely because the network figured that with Valentine’s Day and Ash Wednesday, they would lose out on a good chunk of audience. Chicago Med Season 9 Episode 5 will return the following week on Wednesday, February 21, 2024. In place of a new episode, NBC will be airing a rerun of the season 9 premiere.
Those looking forward to even more drama in the ED can check out the synopsis for the upcoming episode, titled “I Make a Promise, I Will Never Leave You”—Goodwin recruits Charles to evaluate her ex-husband’s memory; Archer treats one of Sean’s peers from the rehab centre; Asher treats a woman from a rural clinic whose miscarriage was improperly treated.
You can also check out a promo for the episode to keep you hanging in until next week!
Chicago Med Season 9 Episode 4 Review – These are Not the Droids You are Looking For
On Chicago Med Season 9 Episode 4, the ED doctors were presented with two cases that left them a little stumped, plus the new resident continued with her renegade antics, to which Dr. Archer immediately put a stop to.
Zola teamed up with Maggie to treat a patient named Floyd who had abdominal pain and nausea. But like with most of the patients that she’s encountered during her short tenure, Floyd’s insurance declined to cover the cost of some of the many tests he needed to help them come up with a treatment plan. While Maggie immediately shut down the option of “fraud,”—and bold of Zola to even suggest it—she did run some bloodwork off-site, though it didn’t reveal anything helpful. Zola then took it upon herself to ask a tech in CT to run a scan off-books, but that also came up short, so they didn’t have much of a choice but to discharge him. But Floyd was back soon after he left with persistent vomiting, and at that point, it was considered a medical emergency so his insurance had to cover the cost of surgery. While the initial suspicion was that his gallbladder was acting up, Crockett found a piece of wire from a barbecue brush lodged in his abdominal wall—a reminder that you shouldn’t use those wired brushes to clean your grill!
Zola’s behavior was reprimanded by Archer, but to go along with his new grateful outlook on life, he signed her up for ethics classes for a 10-week period rather than firing her, which is honestly, probably something beneficial. Zola doesn’t like to see people turned away from the care that they need because of red tape, which she explained stems from the loss of her neighbor when she was 16 after she didn’t see a doctor in time to fight lung cancer because of the holdups with insurance. It’s a sound reason–and her fight is admirable, which makes it hard to disagree with her at times—but rules are there for a reason. Oftentimes, there are workarounds or ways to bend them in your favor, but you can’t cross the line completely or it could cost you and the hospital.
Archer took issue with Zola, but Hannah Asher seemed to have her back, recalling how long it took him to warm up to her. Asher’s love life has been a hot topic, mostly because the series is trying to push her and Ripley together, but it was hilarious to see her navigate her first D pic, especially because it revealed that the caveman-like suitor Wyatt had some kind of lesion that looked like it might be syphilis.
She played her cards right, getting him to agree to meet her in the ED before she sent in Ripley to get him a medical diagnosis. The look on his face was priceless.
While it ended up not being an STI, it was partially the reason for her decision to cancel their dinner later that night. This was not the beginning of their love story! And, in general, D pics are a major red flag for most women, sorry, Wyatt.
It’s nice to see Asher, Nellie and Zola form a little girl group where they can chat about things like dating—hospital gossip is the best kind.
Dr. Johnson is in the building, and I’m hoping for our sake—and Maggie’s—that he sticks around. Med needs some fresh blood, and Johnson is the perfect fit. And while I loved Maggie and Ben, it definitely seems like that ship has sailed and there’s a bit of interest from Johnson, so I’m rooting for them.
Sharon’s family drama also took center stage when her ex-husband Bert and her nephew Isaiah were brought into the ED after the former fell on the latter. While it seemed like just a mere accident (and thankfully no one was seriously injured), Isaiah’s mother (and Sharon’s daughter) Tara was convinced something else was up with her dad, which Sharon dismissed initially. But when Tara provided proof of Bert opening up a closet door and forgetting where he was on Isaiah’s toddler camera, Sharon could no longer deny it, even if she wanted everything to turn out okay. Bert’s cognitive health might be declining, which will likely put a strain on her new relationship. She and Bert may no longer be together, but they remain on good terms and she cares about him a lot, so she’ll be there for the father of her children.
What did you think of the episode?
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