Oh, Chicago Med season 1, what a not very long, fairly predictable trip it’s been. And that is completely said with love. I doubt anyone who’s followed the One Chicago franchise from good-looking firefighters to good-looking police officers now to good-looking doctors (and soon, lawyers!), was tuning in for a groundbreaking medical show. A fan of the franchise keeps up with the world-building because it contains shows that, much like the doctors who populate Med, you can count on.
Although the majority of story lines this season wrapped up in less-than-surprising ways — there was no way Halstead wasn’t getting offered that attending position at Chicago Med, that dude has nine lives when it comes to his job at that hospital, and Goodwin’s rocky marriage to the mysterious Burt was always headed for heartbreak — the closing chapter to Med’s freshmen year did certainly place almost all of our doctors and nurses in some interesting emotional places leading into season 2.
Well, except for Dr. Choi who was trapped in some kind of bizzaro “if you’re a bird, I’m a bird” plot with an actual bird. Yeah, yeah, yeah the parrot suffers from PTSD and the two form a bond, but come on, people, Ethan Choi deserves so much better than running around his kitchen flapping his wings. But the rest of our doctors and nurses are left in some interesting emotional places.
Take Dr. Rhodes, for example. If you recall, Rhodes appeared on the scene as a bit of a mystery. The trauma surgeon was hiding his privileged past, had a rocky relationship with his dad (more D.W. Moffett next season, please!), and was confident in his skills. With good reason: The dude’s a pretty good surgeon. His unlikely mentorship with Dr. Downey added some layers to the character; he was being challenged, showed a more vulnerable side, and was second-guessing his choices, but all in the name of becoming a better doctor. So, when Downey takes a turn for the worse with his cancer, it is most difficult for Rhodes.
After an intense surgery to stop Downey’s liver from bleeding into his chest, the heart surgeon doesn’t wake up immediately, and that signals bad news to Rhodes. Downey’s cancer has spread to his brain, and it is inoperable. Well, either they operate and he loses a lot of brain function, or they don’t and he suffers some horrific sounding effects until he dies. Not great options.
Downey’s no fool (in fact, Gregg Henry has been pretty phenomenal in his portrayal of one of Med’s most interesting characters), and he very softly, very calmly, implies that he would like Rhodes’ assistance in, you know, not sticking around to see how this whole brain cancer thing turns out. Rhodes, of course, reminds his mentor that he is a doctor and he can’t do that. But those tears in Rhodes’ eyes say the doc might just be mulling it over.
Someone else with something to mull over is April Sexton. Some drunk baseball fans invade the ER and accidentally whack April, causing her to fall on her side. Halstead wants to immediately take her for x-rays — Goodwin pointing out that a nurse indicating a pain level of 3 is actually a 7 was just so on point — but she refuses. She is fine. So, obviously, she’s not.
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She heads over to Tate’s for a cute date, which mainly consists of her providing child care for his son, and he immediately can tell April’s in pain. April explains what went down and that it wasn’t the first time she’s been knocked around while on duty; nursing is a dangerous job. According to Tate, April doesn’t need to continue nursing. He wants her to quit… and marry him. Beep! Beep! Can we back this up for a second? How long have these people been dating? And also, does he not realize April is destined for Kelly Severide? I’LL NEVER LOSE HOPE.
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