Do you like underdeveloped stories? Then you must have just loved Chicago Med Season 3 Episode 11.
Sure, there was 30 seconds or so of near nudity at Ethan's apartment, and Connor and Ava finally gave in to their sexual tension, but the rest was about forty minutes of pointless filler.
Okay, so, the introduction of Sarah's dad wasn't exactly pointless. But we've all seen it coming since the start of the season and it was almost exactly what I've been expecting.
I guess it was a teensy bit surprising that her father would be so open about the fact that he's just using her. I understand that we're being set up for some high drama and for Dr. Charles to have an ethical crisis, but this just seems so overly convoluted.
I mean, wouldn't it have just been easier for the professor to have avoided meeting Dr. Charles at all instead of his bizarre manipulation of doctor/patient confidentiality? What does that gain him?
I think when a family member, you know, somebody important in your life, wants to seek resolution that's -- that's never a bad thing is it?Daniel
Fingers crossed that Haywood's agenda becomes clear, quickly. There's a really fine line between making an outcome too obvious and making a character's actions completely inexplicable, and the Med writers do not have a great history of finding it.
As bizarre as Papa Reese's actions are right now, at least they're helping move the story along. Because literally every other case was a major WTF situation.
The medicine, such as it was, didn't even try to reflect what was going on in the main characters live. Which is usually annoyingly hack-y, but at least it's something.
All I got out of Nat's case was that she's probably spending too much time around Will. Even he's figured out that she's picked up some of his less desirable traits.
Not that she was wrong about how insane it is that people still don't vaccinate their kids. But the clumsy attempt to illustrate why it's a bad idea to let kids go unprotected was maddening.
And yelling at the idiot father didn't change his mind, even when she pointed out that his kid could end up with polio.
Will: That guy, who didn't immunize his kid? Did I hear you call him an idiot?
Nat: [pointed look]
Will: That was a very Will Halstead moment.
For once, I'd love to see some kind of resolution to a case like this. Have the mom bring the kid in to be vaccinated despite what the father thinks. Have the kid be just old enough to understand and feel guilt and then insist on getting his shots.
Literally anything other than "Well, stupid people gonna be stupid."
This may be one of the most frustrating things about Med -- nobody ever does anything about the systemic problems they encounter. They just all kind of shrug and accept things, and their initial outrage is wasted.
Will: Hey, Doc, I got a patient in four, Brittany Coleman. Stabbed her neighbor. Cops have her under guard. Seems pretty nutty. You wanna take a look?
Daniel: "Pretty nutty?" Is that a clinical term?
Ava's misplaced ire with Noah was tidily tucked away far too easily. How did she go from so pissed that somebody could make such a simple mistake to just out right ignoring him? Isn't this supposed to be a teaching hospital?
Connor's approach was better of course, although he maybe should have had a discussion with the intern about how to spot the difference between a coronary and a dissection in the future.
And maybe somebody needs to rain some fire and brimstone down on Stohl, since he oversaw the doctor-in-training who made the misdiagnosis.
Even if Ava didn't use her rage to correct Noah, it could have been put to use. I'd much rather have seen she and Connor hook up in some anger induced passion then the mutual admiration society we saw.
It really would fit their whole relationship better, not to mention that they're about to enter a major professional competition.
Besides, the franchise could use a relationship that's not all lovey-dovey. Sometimes folks need a right now, not a Mr or Mrs Right. And that bed in the on call room went to total waste.
I'm afraid Connor and Ava's on screen shenanigans might be limited to that fairly tame make-out scene for the foreseeable future though. When we come back with Chicago Med Season 3 Episode 12, they'll have already had a falling out.
Not that fights don't make the perfect opportunity for hot make-ups.
I'm just not sure when they'll find time to hook-up since they'll both be trying to get in as many (successful) high profile procedures as possible.
Just because you're paranoid doesn't mean they're not after you.Daniel
While the new lovers are battling it out in the OR, Ethan is heading back down to skid row.
He's taking Nat this time, which is exciting if only because the work pairing have become utterly predictable. I'm looking forward to the shakeup.
It's unclear if they're headed down to help his runaway patient from Chicago Med Season 3 Episode 9 or someone new. My gut tells me it's too soon for his sister to be showing up, especially with how draggy things have been so far this year. But you never know.
Barry, I've heard a lot of stories today. I'm really not up to hearing another one.Maggie
So what did you think of ""Folie A Deux?" Will Noah ever pick up what Sarah's laying down and leave her the hell alone? Did Maggie make the right call about Barry? How long do you think Dr. Charles can let things lie with Sarah's dad?
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Elizabeth Harlow was a staff writer for TV Fanatic. She left the organization in October 2018.