Guys, you have to Google "polyembolokoilamania," stat. I dare you.
Well, only if you're a huge medical nerd. Not only did Chicago Med Season 2 Episode 12 finally deliver on a story about foreign objects inserted into *ahem* orifices (a staple of the medical genre), but we all learned a really cool vocabulary word to describe it.
While Choi tackled the dangerous twist on a common problem, there were several rare cases for the rest of the team to handle.
Mirror synesthesia and situs invertus are both pretty rare; what are the odds an ER would see a case of each on the same day?
I shouldn't have been surprised that the headline case was approached so seriously since the foreign object in question was a loaded gun, but other shows have trained me to see these cases as amusing not dire.
As have real world docs who write about the not so uncommon phenomenon.
Still, I was surprised there wasn't even one butt joke. Where are Otis and Cruz when you need them?
So, despite Sarah learning a lesson from this patient, and her successful application of that lesson to her own life, I was disappointed.
Honestly, I didn't connect enough with Ray to warrant giving up the humor. Too much of his story was left vague and unresolved.
As for his legal woes, it seems like shoving a loaded pistol up one's rectum is a pretty good basis for a mental incompetence plea.
Jeff: Dr. Choi was right, there is something lodged in the rectum.
Dr. Stohl: What is that, a gun?!
What did worry me about Ray's case was that poor little synesthete Ariel was going to encounter the boy and experience his pain.
Ariel's case is one that really makes me wish that Med followed up with more patients, especially for Charles and Reese.
It makes sense that the ED team hardly ever sees the same patients twice, but psych is usually a longer term thing.
I was pleased to see Sarah making some headway with her therapist by the end of the episode, and really look forward to finding out what her underlying issues are.
Obviously she's got some mommy issues, and she struggles with self confidence, but maybe her doc can uncover why she's dating down with Joey.
Ray: I'm not crazy.
Sarah: I know. What I'm discovering doing this is...how we all do things we can't explain. Things we say, things we do to ourselves. Maybe we're just experimenting. To see how it feels. Or...maybe we're reliving something that happened to us in the past.
She really is blossoming in psych, but I would like to see some more of the work she was doing with Dr. Douche from neuroscience.
That seems like an area that could end up being a good fit for her, since she she struggles with wanting to have concrete problems and solutions like she did in the ED.
It's also just an interesting and not often talked about branch of medicine. My inner geek wants more of it!
Sarah wasn't the only doc looking to improve herself. Her efforts do seem to be going a little more smoothly than Dr. Latham's though.
Therapist: Do you feel self conscious?
Sarah: A little.
Therapist: Good. Self conscious is what we're going for. You know what makes you better at this job? Being present. Being honest. Especially with yourself.
Is anybody not loving Connor's relationship with Latham? It's rocky at times to be sure, but the foundation of respect that it's built on is wonderful.
I appreciate that it's so completely different from Connor's relationship with Downey. There's no recapturing that magic.
I loved how nonplussed Connor was when Latham "revealed" his diagnosis.
Honestly, I don't know how the entire hospital hasn't figured out that he's on the spectrum. Seriously, Beth has literally been his right hand woman for nine years, and you're telling me she had no inkling? Get real.
But more seriously, Latham's acknowledgment and confrontation of his condition is shaping up to be the most compelling story of the season. There are some serious "Flowers for Algernon" issues that could be explored with this arc.
His Asperger's gave him the focus that he needed to become this great surgeon, but it's left him socially handicapped, which is now starting to impact his work. How does he balance those two things so he can continue his exemplary career?
My mom keeps saying I'm doing this for attention, but God, who likes seeing doctors?Ariel
Latham may have a set back when Connor drags him out of town for a conference on Chicago Med Season 2 Episode 13 ("Theseus' Ship).
Really, conferences are unbearable for most people who don't have spectrum disorders, so it seems like Rhodes may be asking a lot with that one.
Back in Chicago, Natalie and Will both have uncooperative patients. While Will's patient is merely non-compliant, Nat ends up calling in the cops when she finds out a father let his eight year old make the call on whether to continue chemo.
This is definitely going to be one of those not as it seems cases.
Will's patience will further be tried by trouble with NIna, which would have me more worried but Ariel felt sad when Nat looked at Jeff, so hopefully Manstead (gag me) won't be happening anytime soon.
For a guy who's always complaining about money, you sure put your job on the line a lot.Maggie [to Will]
If you're trying to remember the name of the friend/therapist that Dr. Charles sent Sarah too, you can find the answer when you watch Chicago Med online.
Once you find it, drop me a note in the comments section; its driving me batty!
Also feel free to talk about your thoughts on polyembolokoilamania, Dr. Latham's diagnosis, if Nat should go back to Jeff, and if Will should get in trouble for "abusing" the waiver to get his way.
Oh, and it's open season on the oh so smarmy Stohl the Troll!
Elizabeth Harlow was a staff writer for TV Fanatic. She left the organization in October 2018.