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About Last Night…CHICAGO MED, WILD CARDS, CHICAGO P.D., and More

February 22, 2024 by  


CHICAGO MED — “I Make a Promise, I Will Never Leave You” Episode 9005 — Pictured: (l-r) Oliver Platt as Dr. Daniel Charles, S. Epatha Merkerson as Sharon Goodwin — (Photo by: George Burns Jr/NBC)

Let’s talk about Wednesday night’s TV!

CHICAGO MED: I don’t know what it says about me that this was one of my favorite episodes of the series when it also absolutely emotionally destroyed me. I thought the biggest heartbreak of the hour would be Charles and Sharon getting more insight into Bert’s condition or the woman whose nonviable pregnancy had to be carried further to term because previous doctors had been afraid to terminate. And don’t get me wrong. But then we had a man who had a lobotomy on top of that? So much trauma and heartbreak.

I really, really loved that Charles talked to Ripley after, and apologized if any of the treatment he delivered had harmed him. It obviously wasn’t something as extreme as a lobotomy, but it’s also clear there’s a bit of an unhealed wound there. It’s such a rare experience for Charles to see the long-delayed aftermath of his treatment on a patient…and even the best of intentions don’t always have the best outcomes.

But, hey, some possible romance on the horizon with Maggie and the paramedic! And Archer and the sober house doctor! (That didn’t stop the crying over everything else, but there was some balance.)

WILD CARDS: To absolutely no one’s surprise, this kind of episode is entirely my thing. The meta commentary on the industry, fandom (and the parasocial relationship with stars), all of it…absolutely loved it. And we got to have one of my favorite tropes, too, where the Bad Guys confess all to each other, only, whoops, to discover they’re being watched/entrapped. But what a great hour; I laughed out loud.

I also loved the acknowledgment that some shows, even if they seem silly, simply mean more to us because of the associations we make with them. It doesn’t matter how guilty-pleasure something seems, if it helps us bond with a loved one, that’s worth as much as (or more than) an award-winning prestigious show. I’m so glad Max had her vampire show with her mom.

I CAN SEE YOUR VOICE: Okay, the twins make it so much harder. Not only do you have someone there to help OR second guess your instinct, but you also have two people to focus on. But, oh, I’m glad this was an episode where there were a lot more good singers than normal. (And I wonder if that was the “fix”…yeah, it’ll be harder, but you have a better chance of being right.) And I’m overjoyed for the brothers they won…they were so happy.

CHICAGO FIRE: It absolutely makes sense they might bond given they’re the two newest members of the team, but, wow, the Gibson and Carver bonding scenes were fantastic. I really hope we get to see more of this friendship develop in the season.

I know we’re near the end of Brett and Violet’s partnership, but I loved we got one last bit of their deep friendship and loyalty. (And also a new terror unlocked about medical equipment being damaged in heat waves. That’s a fun/terrifying thought.) I know Violet didn’t make the best first impression on her new boss, but hoping we get more Laura Allen on the show.

(Brett reacted to her wedding venue reveal…way better than she could have.)

CHICAGO P.D.: LaRoyce. Hawkins. Good God, man. The entire opening sequence was absolutely unnerving, as we saw Atwater doing everything he could to minimize the damage in the situation. But as Voight points out later, there is no good choice—training doesn’t prep you for how to handle when two people might need you urgently and there’s no clear pick of which person needs your help.

The weight of his decisions was clear all episode, but the final scene was completely haunting: going back to the scene of the crime, trying to recreate what happened, to see if he could have done something different/better…and finding the missing piece that might have actually saved a life? My God, he’s not going to sleep for a while.

(I am SO happy Atwater and Lew have reconnected, truly, though. What a love turn of events for them both.)

[For more on the episode, here’s what Hawkins shared.]

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