After-Take: CHICAGO MED “Reunion”
Name of the Episode: “Reunion”
Beware – the follow contains spoilers!!!
Firstly, congratulations to the cast and crew for their second season renewal!
Starting into the episode, Natalie comes back to work after her maternity leave. As she does, a Saudi prince will be brought in for heart surgery. Maggie instructs Natalie to assist a teenage girl who is having problems breathing. The girl, Michelle, suddenly pulls through; the team is confused, but her overbearing father is just grateful she is okay. The situation already seems suspicious with the medications she’s on, and she only eats food prepared by her father. Natalie continues to check out Michelle and finds she has many more procedures done. Michelle lost her mother four years ago to breast cancer. It is just her and her father, no siblings. Will is excited to see Natalie back and wants to help with Michelle’s case. The father’s diagnosis for his daughter is Mitochondrial, no cure. But Will thinks of it as wastebasket diagnosis.
Dr. Choi has his former military chief come in for a doctor visit. Chief Mason reluctantly discloses that he’s seen blood in his stool for the past three months. He’ll need to undergo more tests to find out exactly what’s wrong. Meanwhile, a well-respected doctor is called in to complete the Prince’s heart surgery; Dr. David Downey is the surgical rock star that could help put Chicago Med in a broader view. Will and Natalie talk more with Michelle’s father; but her father is insistent that he knows her diagnosis and he knows best.Dr. Choi informs Mason the results show signs of colon cancer. Mason only wants to look a week ahead because that’s when his military reunion will be taking place. But he’s worried about the long-term plan. Dr. Choi is unhappy with the progress taken by the VA hospital. A prince can call in the best doctors and receive care without any problems. But a veteran cannot get basic care to save their life.
Dr. Charles consults with Will to discuss Michelle’s case. Dr. Charles doesn’t want to speak with them directly, but to observe their behaviors from a far. Dr. Downey requests an audience with Connor; he then takes him into the prince’s quarters. Dr. Downey decides to enlist Connor in prepping for the heart surgery. But the prep work was limited to making hot tea for Downey. Natalie is having separation anxiety from baby Owen, but the sitter is insistent the baby is fine.
Dr. Charles goes against ethics and records Michelle’s behavior with and without her father present. He’s wondering if their relationship is based on her being sick, and her father taking care of her. Her father is not abusing her, but the situation is concerning. Dr. Charles speaks with Michelle while Maggie keeps her father busy with paperwork.
It is possible Michelle’s sickness is partly psychological due to her father’s grief from losing his wife. It’s all very complicated but Mr. Jauffey is not willing to listen to any part of it. Before he can get Michelle and leave, the child protective services are sent to arrest him. He’s charged on child abuse, although that is the broad term of his charges; he is visibly upset and is taken away from the MRI room. Mason is brought back in for a massive bleed, and will be taken into surgery. Dr. Rhodes cautions that Mason may lose his colon, possibly worse.
Unfortunately, Mr. Jauffey has taken matters into his own hands and brought the police to the hospital. He told the officers the hospital kidnapped her daughter and points out Will and Natalie as the accomplices. Everyone is stunned at the accusations, but Sharon speaks with the officer. The officer says child protective services has jurisdiction over the case, and a lawyer would be his best option. Mr. Jauffey walks out of the hospital in defeat.
Connor informs Choi that Mason has pulled through the surgery; Choi is thankful he didn’t lose his friend because of the limited resources for veterans. At the end of the episode, Will and Dr. Charles feel remorse for their actions to help Michelle. However, her father will be able to visit eventually. She just needs to find the right balance first.
Ethan meets up with Mason at the veteran’s reunion; keeping his promise. Everyone seems to find their happy place, their balance. It can happen, it just may take some time.
On next week’s episode:
A cancer patient invokes a do not resuscitate order on herself. But Will refuses to hear it; he can’t just stand by. Will he put his license on the line to perform an action the patient does not want? Stay tuned for next week’s after take!