They killed Santa.
Chicago Med Season 3 Episode 4 put a damper on the holiday spirit with that move. No amount of misappropriated St. Paddy's Day decorations are going to get the yule log blazing bright after Santa kicks the bucket.
There weren't any fascinating cases to cheer us up either. Far and away the best case was Connor's. Fecal matter in the pleural cavity? Color me intrigued.
The props department is really rocking it this season, and we've barely started. They do need to branch out, though – the other nominee for the most disgusting case would be Choi's patient with pus exploding through a chest tube.
I'm sure they can come up with something other than chest tube oddities. How about an eyeball bulged out of a socket, or worms? Worms are always delightfully grotesque, and a potential public safety concern to boot.
Nurse: That's not blood.
Connor: No, that's...that's fecal matter.
Nurse: Fecal matter? How did he get poop in his chest?!
I just wish that Connor's case had focused a little more on the medicine and less on the inevitable hook up he's going to have with Ava. Although with Robin's improvement, I'm a little more interested in how we're going to get there.
I can't decide if Ava is a nuanced character or if it's just uneven writing combined with a decent actress. I'm hoping for the former; having a woman surgeon be simply over competitive is insulting and boring.
And I really hope there isn't some stereotypical catfight when Robin figures out that Ava is flirting with Connor. Having two women fight over him would actually make me like him less more than make me dislike either of the women.
Look at you two, getting it done like Jordan and Pippen.Anesthesiologist [about Connor and Ava]
And I've grown to like Robin, or at least sympathize with her. The poor woman has been through hell, then has to come back to work and deal with small-minded people like Doris? And her first case back involves rats? Yikes!
I didn't think that the MRI was necessary – for the plotting yes, but not medically. I mean, I probably would have thought there might be rats (or mice) in the ceiling if I heard noises and was in the middle of that case. Hospitals aren't rodent proof after all.
It just seems completely reasonable that she'd be a little jumpy, especially with that subject matter. Maybe somebody should have stood in her office for five minutes before jumping to conclusions.
Sarah: Your scan was clean. No residual edema or permanent damage to your brain tissue.
Robin: Great. So I'm just losing my mind?
And where was Dr. Charles during his daughter's assumed relapse? Not that she needs her Daddy to drop everything and come solve her problems, but shouldn't he have been clued in?
Especially since the arc about his lasting issues after getting shot is playing out So. Damn. Slow. It's to the point that I'm not sure his trauma or Sarah's are going anywhere.
And if it's not, what's the point? That's the only thing that reassures me that Sarah will be coming to a crisis point with her residency.
I don't want her to have a breakdown or leave Dr. Charles, but where else is this headed? It just needs to happen already.
Much like Choi and April being outed at work.
I still don't get the two of them as a couple, but at least they weren't bickering this time. Nope, now it's Noah's turn to have issues with April.
Noah: Will you stop it?
Noah: I'm sick of you telling me how to do my job.
April: I'm just trying to help.
Noah: Well, you're not. I don't need a big sister here. I know what I'm doing. *Back off.*
I don't love April, but Noah makes me sympathetic to her. And frustrated with her too.
Because Choi was right on Chicago Med Season 3 Episode 3, she does coddle him too much. He's a pain in the ass and really doesn't treat her very well, but it's on her that she lets him get away with it.
But it makes me want to see her grow, for her earn something for herself. My dream is for her is to become a nurse practitioner.
But she shouldn't follow in Sharon's footsteps. Goodwin might have made a name for herself and secured a job with a cushy paycheck, but it doesn't seem like it's worth the headaches from the board.
Maybe she didn't use the right phrasing, but her position with the board shouldn't have been compromised by getting Santa's bill cleared. It wasn't like Sharon would have to be the one to let it "get out" – the brother-in-law was screaming pretty loud in the waiting room, after all.
She may have been motivated to clear the bill because she has, you know, a soul, but it was also good PR. The two are not mutually exclusive.
Daniel: Tough day?
Sharon: We billed $16,000 to a family of a man who died in the waiting room. I managed to quash it, but... the system's broken, Daniel.
Daniel: Well...don't know anybody better with a glue gun than you.
The board isn't going away anytime soon, though. They are clearly going to be the big unnamed nemesis for the season with the threat of the ED closing a constant looming shadow. But even if Med's trauma program shuts down temporarily, we know it can't be kept down.
Just like it's doctors. Halstead will put that theory to the test on Chicago Med Season 3 Episode 5 though. I do so love a mystery, and we have a few weeks to try and guess what the docs could be facing.
Could it be the mysterious polio-like illness that has the real CDC stumped? That hasn't affected any adults or been contagious, but it's definitely in the running.
Let us know what you think the culprit could be in the comments section! We want to hear your thoughts about Ava's pursuit of Connor, Sarah's withdrawal from psychiatry, and Noah's treatment of April. Let it all out below!
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