ONE CHICAGO Women: Chicago Fire 5×15, Chicago P.D. 4×16, Chicago Justice 1×01 & Chicago Med 2×15 recap
It was a much anticipated week with the epic 3-hour ONE CHICAGO crossover on Wednesday night and it lived up to the hype, bringing the drama, action and emotional storytelling. Read on to find out what happened with the leading ladies of Chicago Fire, Chicago P.D., Chicago Med AND Chicago Justice this week…
Gabriela Dawson: The epic crossover kicks off in Fire when several firehouses are called to an industrial area where a massive fire has broken out and there are at least 50 young people trapped inside a warehouse. We soon learnt that Lexi Olinsky, the daughter of Al Olinsky from P.D. is one of the victims inside. Initially Boden pulls his men out but when Olinsky arrives on the scene and they realise she’s still in there, Boden goes back in to find Lexi. It’s a close call before another fireball errupts but he finds her and Dawson and Brett bring her into Med where she’s in a critical condition, having burns to over 60% of her body. It’s a somber mood at Firehouse 51 the morning after, especially as the death toll continues to rise.
Sylvie Brett: As 51 quietly process what happened overnight, Brett and Dawson lament about a patient they saved who moments before the blast was having a good night having just met a pretty girl in a pink dress. When Hermann reveals that they pulled out a girl in a pink dress, the two ambos make good of a tragic situation and play cupid to try and reunite the young guy and his pink dress beauty. When they finally do, it brings Brett to tears but in a good way.
Stella Kidd: It’s been a rough day and Severide is trying to get a hold of Anna, hoping that sound of his voice can add a bit of light to what has been a dark day, but no such luck. At the end of shift, Kidd comes to him and tells him that there is someone outside to see him – it’s Anna and she’s accepted a job as a pediatric nurse at Med!
Erin Lindsay: When the owner of the building where the fire took place, shoots himself in the bathroom of Firehouse 51 while there being questioned, Lindsay is one of the detectives on the scene and wonders why he wasn’t searched before hand. She spends much of the P.D. installment of the crossover chasing leads and questioning persons of interest. Lindsay also tries to keep it together when they receive news about Lexi’s death. It’s heartbreaking to see her move Lexi’s photo from the Victims board to the Deceased board, However, when she and Burgess speak to one of the victims at Med who has just woken up, her account gives Intelligence a vital clue in their investigation. Thanks to this information, Lindsay spots the suspect at a candle light vigil and Intelligence nab him.
Kim Burgess: Burgess is the first from the P.D. team to arrive at Med to support Olinsky. Lexi was breathing when she came in and Dr Manning and Dr Halstead are taking care of her. Dr Halstead says that Lexi is in burn shock and her lungs were badly damaged by the smoke so they’ve sedated her and have her on a ventilator. At the end of the first hour of the crossover, Burgess watches on as Olinsky reads to Lexi one of her favourite childhood books, In the second hour, Burgess is still with Olinsky when Lexi takes a turn for the worst. Halfway through the episode, Voight recieves a call that Lexi sadly passed away. He tells the team that they can mourn when the guy who did that to Lexi is in cuffs but until then the job needs to get done. It’s heartbreaking watching Burgess struggle not to breakdown after this news as she presents the latest facts of the investigation to the rest of the Intelligence team. During this hour, we see Intelligence mix up in terms of partners and we get to see Burgess pair up with Ruzek and then Lindsay – both team ups that we don’t get to see nearly enough.
Trudy Platt: Platt arranges for a temporary sergeant to take her place downstairs so that she can help Intelligence during the duration of this case and I’ve got to say it’s nice to see Platt getting to work with the unit and then later also in the field in the van. She puts together a diorama of the warehouse and the block surrounding it, including where security cameras are meant to be. Not only does it look cool but it comes in handy when they’re trying to nab the suspect.
Anna Valdez: In the final hour of the crossover, we meet Assistant State’s Attorney, Anna Valdez. Now with a suspect in custody over the tragic warehouse fire, the third hour of the crossover and the first episode of Justice, opens up with Valdez and her colleague Peter Stone in court as the suspect, Dylan Oates is being questioned and grieving parents of those lost in the fire are eager to see him convicted or at the very least happy to hurl abuse at him. Later in the episode Valdez presents a bunch of articles about the warehouse being portrayed as a place to draw pedophiles to underage teens, putting an interesting twist on the case. The pedophile argument is soon thrown out the window, but at the end of the ep, it’s a win for the State’s Attorney when Dylan Oates is found guilty on 39 counts of first-degree murder.
Laura Nagel: When Antonio Dawson’s former P.D. colleague, Al Olinsky, shows up and asks to speak with him privately, naturally State’s Attorney Investigator Laura Nagel is suspicious. The man is one of the few people who seemingly heard Oates confess but was that confession clouded by Olinsky’s own grief and quest for justice over losing his daughter in the fire. Nagel is a team player but tells Dawson as much and that she just wants to know what team she’s playing on exactly. But hey, there’s not too much time to spare over suspicions as the two investigators have to talk to the Oates’ parents and then later find another witness that hasn’t come forward yet.
Sharon Goodwin: In the crossover, Goodwin arranges for more nurses from upstairs to assist Maggie in the ER as victims from the fire are flowing in. She also checks in with Dr Choi who lost a burn patient last Med episode (good continuity crossover flow, guys!) and reminds him to take a moment if he needs it. On this week’s Med, the hospital is the center of the media’s attention when a window cleaner who fell 33-storeys survives and is admitted to the hospital. Dr Rhodes is confident that he can save the patient, telling his team that the guy did not fall 350 feet to die in Rhodes’ trauma bay. The media has also gotten a hold of Rhodes’ cell and are calling him for comment. Goodwin warns him not to say anything without being advised by the hospital’s public affairs officer. Later she catches him talking to the press and accuses him of basking in the glory. She is looking at the bigger picture and points out that he may be willing to give the press information now but what happens when the patient takes a turn for the worst (which he does)? Will he be willing to give a press conference then? Sadly, the patient’s injuries are too severe and as much as Goodwin wanted Rhodes to be a hero in this story, it’s time to let the patient go – something the patient’s parents echo, unable to see their son being aggressively jolted back to life anymore.
Maggie Lockwood: Maggie has her hands full taking charge of the ER when victims of the fire are brought in. She also looks after Chicago’s own and tends to Mouch, who was injured on the job but he would prefer her to focus on the patients who need more help than he does. We also see Maggie lending emotional support to Intelligence during P.D.. On Med, Maggie is excited for April’s future offspring and is making her way through the alphabet and suggestion names. Her excitement takes a sad turn when the unborn baby dies, but Maggie is there to support her friend and colleague and stays with her after the procedure until April’s partner arrives.
Dr Natalie Manning: During the crossover, Manning and Dr Halstead are treating Olinsky’s daughter Lexi and at one point, have no time to take her up to an OR and have to quickly cut into her to relieve pressure on her lungs. On Med, Manning is outside grabbing coffee with Dr Choi when a woman yells for help from her car. Something is wrong with her paralyzed husband, so the two doctors run over to help. Inside, while they’re doing x-rays and tests to figure out what is wrong, they spot a cluster of cells which the patient reveals to be part of a stem cell treatment he received in Mexico. Nat can’t understand why the man is putting his life in danger with these unknown risky procedures and grows even more concerned when she does further research on them. Although the two doctors beg him to stop, the stubborn man refuses as it gives his wife hope that one day he’ll be able to reverse the paralysis and he doesn’t want to take that hope away from her.
April Sexton: On this week’s episode of Med, April is drawn to a patient who is waiting in the ER because she has the flu. Or so it seems. Since her symptoms are not as severe, it’s going to be awhile until she is seen. When she decides that she should just go home and come back the next day, April notices that the patient is zoning out, her ankles are swollen and pulse is weak. The woman works in a law office and has been doing 60-hour weeks so she assumes that it is stress related. When Dr Halstead tends to her, he informs her that there is fluid in her lungs, most likely due to cardiac problems and then that her heart is only working at 25%. It’s lucky that April noticed her symptoms when she did rather than letting the patient go home! During her shift, April also has to go and do a routine ultrasound – she has to get them done every two weeks due to her TB. Unfortunately during this appointment, the doctor can’t find a heartbeat and tells her that she’ll need to get a D&C and that they can perform it now if she likes. April says that she has to get back to work but promises that she’ll get it done after shift or first thing in the morning. Back at work, she pretends that everything is fine and focuses her attention on her heart patient, Melody. Melody doesn’t want her parents to come to the hospital but doesn’t want to be alone and asks April to stay with her and so she does. When April gets word that there is a procedure that Melody might be able to do to help her, April is by her side for it and thankfully it works. True to her word, at the end of shift April makes her appointment and it just so happens as she is making the appointment, Maggie is at the nurses station and notices April’s name being typed into the system and seeks her out to comfort her. Maggie continues to support April as she rests after the procedure.
Dr Sarah Reese: When a man in a superhero costume comes into Med holding an unconscious elderly woman in his arms, the ER is so busy that Maggie asks Reese to handle the case. Once the woman is all settled in a bed, the costumed hero passes out. When he comes to, he’s upset that Reese had to cut his costume off him and cries that he needs it. After consulting with Dr Charles, Dr Reeses sits with the patient to find the origin story of his need to be a hero. It turns out that his wife passed away from cancer about a year ago and he just wants to be useful. With Maggie’s help, Reese stages a situation where the patient “saves” another fellow “patient”, but Dr Charles then bursts her bubble by telling her, is she really helping the patient if she’s used trickery. This leaves Reese puzzled on how she should have handled the situation but later it comes to her and she presents the patient with a hospital volunteer vest, giving him another way to help people and still get recognition for doing so.
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