About Last Night...CHICAGO MED, CHICAGO FIRE, and CHICAGO P.D. - Give Me My Remote : Give Me My Remote


May 25, 2023 by  


CHICAGO MED — “Does One Door Close and Another One Open?” Episode 822 — Pictured: (l-r) Nick Gehlfuss as Will Halstead, Ari Morgan as Owen, Torrey DeVitto as Natalie — (Photo by: George Burns Jr/NBC)

Let’s talk about Wednesday night’s TV!

CHICAGO MED: I’m going to miss Will on the show, but I’m delighted he and Natalie get their long-overdue happy ending. And he also went out a hero—maybe, hopefully–sabotaging OR 2.0 along the way.

Because, yes, as much as I love technology and think it can be incredible when utilized correctly, it was very, very clear that machine was not ready to be responsible for human lives. If reason wouldn’t be listened to…

Am I a little worried about Jack’s not-so-threat that this could be the beginning of more trouble for the hospital? Of course. But they’re always having to fight, so it would be hard to imagine them getting any peace in season 9.

Hannah and Dean’s reaction to Sean thinking they were together was so funny/fantastic—especially when she laughed too hard and he was insulted. I hope Sean doesn’t slip further now that he knows his relapse made it impossible for him to donate a kidney to his father, though, because I could see that being a breaking point with his guilt.

CHICAGO FIRE: The emotional roller coaster of those last three minutes was SO MUCH.

It’s extremely difficult when unexpected real-life situations impact what ends up on screen, but I’ve been cautiously wary about the Severide of it all because, frankly, it was really hard to reconcile if you didn’t know Taylor Kinney would be off-screen for the final episodes. His going MIA on his wife…not great. And if you’re a fan of the CHICAGO franchise as a whole, we just saw a similar beat play out on P.D. 

So when Kidd was, understandably,  getting upset about her husband’s silence, and reflecting on concerns that Kelly would wind up like his dad? Man, I was worried. So I was delighted when Stella decided by the end of the episode, nah, she was done with this…she’s going to get her husband back. Fingers crossed she gets what she’s looking for.

But then Mouch. MOUCH. As soon as he was hit with the gunshot I was worried, but they said he was fine, and, good, the firehouse dealt with enough loss and trauma this year.

And then we saw him with Herrmann. If you watch enough TV, you knew something bad was coming. But that amount of blood? NOPE, ABSOLUTELY NOT. That was too much blood and I’m going to need some reassurance that he’ll be okay ASAP, please and thanks. (This strike-impacted hiatus is going to be brutal. Pay the writers so they can go back to destroying my emotions, please and thanks.)

Because that wasn’t enough, we then went to Casey suddenly proposing to Brett. (I don’t wear a smartwatch, but if I did, I cannot imagine what the readings would have been in those final three scenes.) I have so many questions. So many. I know it’s a grand gesture—good for you, Casey, go get your girl—but maybe a little more context in the proposal? Like, is he thinking they’re going to have a bicoastal engagement/marriage, or…?

But, man, how lovely that Brett’s firehouse family showed up for her and helped facilitate her getting her now-daughter. I love them all.

On a lighter note, Boden’s face when Casey (politely) defied his orders and pointed out he’s not his boss anymore…oh my God, I laughed out loud.

CHICAGO P.D.: I mean this in the nicest way possible: Patrick John Flueger and Marina Squerciati were so good in this episode that it actually caused me physical distress.

Flueger and Squerciati have done a lot of great work, in general, this season, together and solo, but I’d argue they were next level in the finale. The discomfort of Adam bleeding out and knowing he needs to find a way to tell his team he’s been shot was viscerally uncomfortable to watch. The way it was shot/staged/written/acted was unnerving and tense and painful.

And then Kim found out Adam was hurt.

While I was, like, 99.9999999999999% sure we weren’t going to lose Ruzek, that ambulance scene was gutting. Adam was so worried about Kim protecting the kid who shot him—to the point where he kept taking off the oxygen mask—and it felt like everything could fall apart in a nanosecond. (Not to mention there were a few seconds between Burgess answering the phone and actually listening to what was said, because she was mid-trying to give instructions at the scene and I kept thinking how those few seconds might traumatize and haunt her if anything went wrong.)

It was also beautiful to see Kim embrace all of the techniques she’s learned in handling her PTS symptoms and seeing how far she’s come. Even when faced with potentially one of the biggest tragedies of her life, she fought to maintain control and to help Adam, too.

Would it have been lovely for the season to end with everyone healthy and happy? Of course. And I really hope this doesn’t send both Burgess and Ruzek to a dark place. But the work we got was stunning and incredible, and I can’t wait to see how Flueger and Squerciati play the fallout whenever the show returns.

Also, goodbye forever to Richard Beck. Yay to Atwater saving the day. But, uh, yeah, a little afraid of that kid now, because he shot Adam and seems radicalized.

(I will say, for as incredible as ONE CHICAGO has been about coordinating its shows, the disconnect with Trudy here was jarring. And, yes, FIRE filmed considerably after P.D. did, but I guess for my continuity-loving sanity, I’m going to have to imagine this episode was prior to Mouch being shot, because a) Trudy would not have been that calm in the episode if her husband was in the hospital and b) she could have had a lot to say to Kim about just recently experiencing someone she loved being in mortal danger.)

Which shows did you watch last night?

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