ONE CHICAGO Women: CHICAGO MED “On Shaky Ground” (3×09) & CHICAGO P.D. “Anthem” (5×14) recap
Maggie’s ex is still hanging around and while he had been giving her some space, he has now changed his mind and asks her to dinner. She declines at first but afterwards reconsiders, telling Barry “maybe I’ve lost my mind”.
Dr Natalie Manning:
Nat and Dr Halstead may have begun the episode all cutesy at work but they don’t exactly see eye to eye on the case they’re working on this week. A pregnant woman is brought in hemorrhaging and it’s definitely way too early for her to give birth. However, she is in labor and with chances not looking good, the parents agree to a DNR so that the baby doesn’t suffer. When the baby is born, its embryonic sac is still in tact and Nat notices it moving. Babies born under 500g don’t have hope for surviving but this baby is 490g and despite the neonatologist’s expert opinion, Nat still thinks the baby has a chance and alludes so to the mother and even asks her if she wants to hold her baby, something that Halstead disagrees with. Although things look promising momentarily, the neonatologist was right and the baby dies. As Nat cries outside, Halstead tells her that it was a tough call and she replies he didn’t think so to which he admits he was wrong. When she’s more composed, Nat sees the grieving parents and honestly tells them that she doesn’t know what to say. The mother looks at her before hugging her and telling Nat that because of her that got to hold their son before he died and they thank her.
There’s something to be said about dating your colleague it seems this week. Like Dr Manning and Halstead, April and Dr Choi are working on a case together where they also have different opinions about how the patient should be handled. A teenage girl who has been living on the streets is brought in and when it’s revealed that she comes from an abusive home, April doesn’t think it’s a good idea to contact child services because they’ll just send her back. Choi disagrees and says they’ll alert child services of the abuse so it doesn’t happen again. He’s more convinced that they need to bring child services into the situation when they find a cockroach up the girl’s nose that made its way into her brain, which has been caused by her poor living conditions. Even when they go to see Goodwin, April continues to protest that they can’t send the teen back to her home and her concerns aren’t helped when the case worker shows up and isn’t even looking at the right files. When the patient disappears, Choi realizes that April helped her escape (or rather just didn’t stop her from escaping) and warns her he’ll have to write her up. April sticks to her guns and simply tells him, “Be my guest”. Oooh. Later she asks him if it was his sister that was the patient, would he simply hand her over to some agency. Her words have an affect on him because at the end of the episode they go looking for the teenager on the streets. When they find her, they give her medication and supplies.
When April and Dr Choi can’t seem to agree on how to handle the situation, they go to Goodwin in her office to alert her of the situation and also for her to advise on how to proceed. Goodwin says she can talk to her contacts about putting the girl on the waitlist for a family home but Dr Choi is the attending physician on the case so it’s his call as to whether child services gets called. He apologizes to April as he opts to do so. By the time child services gets there and Goodwin and co lead him to the patient’s room, the patient is gone.
Dr Sarah Reese:
Now that Dr Reese has admitted that she’s not coping as well as she’d like to when it comes to handling volatile patients, this week she and Dr Charles take a trip to a high security prison so that she can undertake exposure therapy. This was her decision and although there are guards there, her brave front fades when she’s face to face with a level three inmate that starts barking at her like a wild dog. Overwhelmed, Reese leaves the room to get air and beats herself outside for being stupid. Dr Charles corrects her and tells her she’s not stupid, just ambitious and gives her insight that the patient was just using domination tactics because he’s also scared. Realizing that she has been manipulated, with a renewed sense of confidence Reese goes back in to see the patient and on take two, she’s calm and nails it. When they drive back to the hospital, Dr Charles tells her that she did well and for the first time in weeks, we see Reese smile, which is nice to see.
This week’s case revolves around two college basketball players that kneeled during the national anthem, causing controversy. The players are protesting freedom of speech and police violence at a rally at the college and one of their fellow protestors happens to be the daughter of police commissioner Woods aka the man who wants to take Voight down. Upton along with other members of Intelligence are on the lookout at the rally as a white supremacist is meant to be attending and will most likely cause trouble. As they stake out the joint, Upton remarks to Halstead that she’s amused by the irony of Wood’s daughter being involved with the protest. As suspected, the rally ends up being not so peaceful but then gunshots are reported nearby and Upton and co race to the scene. One of the basketball players is found dead and so begins the case of the week. Commissioner Wood’s daughter is the girlfriend of the other basketball player and what initially seems to be a hate crime, takes a turn when evidence of point shaving and game fixing come to light and that Wood’s daughter Brianna is more involved than she let on.
This week it seems to be Burgess on tech duty, combing through records and cam footage. Also a shoutout to #BallerBurgess when she and Antonio go to question the assistant basketball coach and Burgess takes to picking up a ball.
Pretty sure we didn’t see Platt this week.
The ONE CHICAGO franchise will return to NBC after the Winter Olympics – CHICAGO MED on Tuesday February 27 at 10/9c, CHICAGO P.D. Wednesday February 28 at 10/9c and CHICAGO FIRE Thursday March 1 at 10/9c.
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