Chicago Med (S02E17): “Monday Mourning”

This weeks episode of Chicago Med was filled with deep emotion when one of their own jumps off the roof of the hospital. With no strong connections among his co-workers in the hospital, they all feel responsible for his death and struggle to make the right decisions while helping their patients throughout the day.

Reese is the most overcome with questions – will she be a good psychiatrist if she couldn’t identify a someone “drowning” in front of her? Ultimately, the answer is yes, because she makes the realization that most other doctors do not. Dr. Charles, who everyone entrusts with their problems, needs someone to talk to, and so she offers him a chance to express how he is feeling. I thought that was a wonderful ending to her plot line in this episode and strengthens her character as a caring and observant doctor. She’s had her ups and downs with this specific field, but she is clearly in the right profession. With the therapy sessions in mind, what happened to hers? I thought that would be such an interesting way to get to know her better, and we were led to believe there would be more problems to develop into…what happened?

Dr. Manning is also tested in a wonderful, but harsh way. When the mother of her young patient accuses her of being a monster for not fighting for her patient, she begins to believe the statement, discussing it with Goodwin. This whole episode brought to light some really interesting topics, but I found this patient-doctor relationship to be quiet interesting. When you’re dealing with such tragedy in your office life (which, of course, the mother was not aware of it) everything becomes deeply personal. Natalie was also the only one to get blatantly emotional, which says a lot about her character.

I find the relationship between “classes” of doctors to be very interesting in Chicago Med. As someone who is currently watching Grey’s Anatomy for the first time (an ABC show about a hospital in Seattle), the structure of doctors works so differently and I’m curious to know which is more accurate to reality. In Med there is definitely an idea of people being more established doctors and others just learning – and we’ve seen doctors like Reese get moved a round in assignments – but I don’t feel the same pressures and difference in power than I do in Grey’s. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing; it allows the story to play out in a more unique way and sticks more closely with the storytelling style of the whole Chicago series franchise. When there is crossover between the shows, it all seems natural. With that said, the struggles between Halstead and Choi seem harder to grasp than they should. I find myself sometimes getting confused about who is more powerful and established in the hospital than the other and whatnot. So, their scenes in this episode were interesting, but sometimes not as powerful as they should be because there isn’t a great divide in what doctors can and can’t do in their position. Things aren’t clearly defined. That is something the writers could improve upon.

Overall, this was an interesting episode, but not as strong as it could be. The suicide was so abrupt and frankly not handled as powerfully as it could of and should have been. This is probably due to the fact ash I wanted to know why it happened and more about the young doctor – which is Chicago PD‘s job. Without this, I felt the storyline was too forced, in a way. It was great for character development, but not even as strong as it could have been.

Rating: B

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