Wednesday, April 3, 2019

REVIEW: 'Chicago Med' - Natalie and Ethan Disagree Over How Much They Should Tell Their Patient's Parents in 'Tell Me the Truth'

NBC's Chicago Med - Episode 4.18 "Tell Me the Truth"

Dr. Rhodes receives an alarming phone call that prompts him to rush out in the middle of an important surgery. Dr. Halstead comes to the aid of an FBI agent who is brought into the ER, but he suspects there is more to the story than he is being told. Dr. Manning and Dr. Choi find themselves on opposite sides of a major disagreement over doctor-patient confidentiality.

In 2018, there were 495 scripted shows airing amongst the linear channels and streaming services. The way people are consuming content now is so different than it used to be. It happens according to one's own schedule. As such, there is less necessity to provide ample coverage of each specific episode in any given season from a show. Moreover, it is simply impossible to watch everything. As such, this site is making the move to shorter episodic reviews in order to cover as many shows as possible. With all of that being said, here are my thoughts on the next episode of NBC's Chicago Med.

"Tell Me the Truth" was directed by Vincent Misiano with story by Diane Frolov & Andrew Schneider and teleplay by Andrew Schneider & Gabriel L. Feinberg

It absolutely feels as if the show is reluctant to move on from a couple of its romantic pairings that have seemingly fallen apart this season. There is no hesitation when it comes to Connor and Ava. They are actually antagonistic to each other right now. They are competing for surgeries and being seen as the best in the hospital. They both want to be the reason why patients come to this hospital for their procedures. Connor starts off the hour as the shining star but it ends with Ava stepping up and ensuring a stable outcome in surgery. The show has the confidence to move on from them as a romantic pairing because it is returning to the idea that Connor and Robin were actually a really good couple. No, they aren't dating once more. Robin is just back in the city to care for her mother. But his feelings for her fuel his actions here. He believes that she has been kidnapped and he needs to pay the ransom. It's a strange and intense story in which there is so much suspicion as to what's happened to him. He will probably have to deal with fallout at the hospital as well. The administrators have long been skeptical about his hybrid operating room and how much money it costs every month. His father paid for a lot of the costs upfront. And yet, Connor's reputation is the reason why the people in charge are able to justify the expenses. Without that, there could be another significant change to how things operate in the emergency room. That's very precarious. Robin is safe here but Connor's career may not be. That's very exciting because it presents as a completely new story. With Ethan and April though, it's once again all about the two of them bickering over whether or not they will become a romantic pairing once more. The connection still exists between them. Their motivations are clouded because of the intense feelings still there. It makes Ethan almost seem paranoid because he believes April has been leading him on only to immediately ignore him. All of that is in his head though. He makes a whole deal to Natalie about the importance of honesty. And yet, he lashes out at both April and his sister Emily. That's the true reason why April is avoiding him here. Emily is back in town after things with Bernie have gotten a little tense. It allows Ethan to see his nephew for the first time. But he is mostly worried about making his sister clearly see that this guy is never going to leave his wife for good even though they have a son together. All of this further complicates things between Ethan and April because they were together when all of this drama was happening in the first place. It's a good thing Emily can reach out to April for support. It just seems like the show is eager to keep telling stories with Ethan and April in the same place. The same is also true when it comes to Natalie and Will. Sure, they are basically in completely separate stories here. Will is being supportive of the FBI agent who ran his mission earlier this season after her partner is seriously injured. He is a comforting shoulder for her to cry on in the end even though he lashes out at her for withholding information long before then. Meanwhile, Natalie is busy helping a pregnant teenager finish her abortion after complications developed over seeking the treatment online. And yet, there is still that moment in which Maggie seems to be pushing for Natalie and Will to get back together. It's strange and unnecessary. But the show wants the audience to keep this at the forefront of our minds for a little while longer.