Chicago Med 2×19 Review: Ctrl Alt

Usually my default setting (ha, tech joke) when watching Chicago Med is that of emotional anxiety. Generally, I’m distraught. They put me through the ringer, these doctors. In fact, I’m not even ashamed to say I probably cry more at Chicago Med than any other show on TV. They just bring the feels – all the time.

This episode, however, is a departure from the Chicago Med norm. Not because there are no feels, but because it didn’t leave me in a blubbering mess. (Yay) Even when they don’t, though, they still manage to keep me interested, and that’s, in general, a sign of how well-written Chicago shows are in general.

And probably of how much I will always love something …anything, that gives me one of the Halsteads.

But we’re not going into Will, at least not exclusively, and not yet. First, let’s discuss the technology issues, the jealousy and the relationships on Chicago Med’s “Ctrl Alt”


I’ve watched a lot of medical dramas, gone to many hospitals (sadly), and never have I seen one so dependent on technology as this one. It’s something that struck me from the first episode, and I’m pretty sure I’m not the only one who noticed it. Now, does that mean I saw this storyline coming? Not really. It does, however, mean that I love that they went here.

Because truth is, we depend on technology for a lot. Sometimes, we depend on technology for too much. And that’s not really an issue in general – if technology is there, why not use it? Why make your life complicated for no reason?

At the same time, though, such a reliance on technology leaves people unequipped to deal with the absence of it. We see everyone from Dr. Charles, who can’t seem to function well without his tablet, to Natalie and Will, who find themselves with real diagnostic problems because they can’t access technology and/or information they need.

Yet, we also see Dr. Choi rise to the challenge and come up with a complicated diagnosis by mere process of elimination. It’s a nice contrast, and also, a nice reminder that these people, machines or no machines, more often than not, really know what they’re doing. And that yes, they might rely on technology, as we do, but that doesn’t mean they can’t function without it.

In the end, the lack of computers doesn’t affect anyone too badly, because these doctors are smart, they’re dedicated and they’re also persistent. And, though, when you go into a hospital you really hope they have all the tools to diagnose you, you also hope that the doctors are exactly that.


Let’s be clear here, Nina has absolutely no reason to really be jealous of Natalie. She didn’t catch Will and Nat kissing – they were hugging after a bad case, and that’s more than understandable. What’s more, she couldn’t even see Will’s face as they hugged, so it’s not like she can go with the I saw it in your expression defense for her jealousy.

And yet, jealous she is, because feelings like that are rarely rational. So she reacts in the only way a jealous person reacts – by bypassing common sense and listening to that tiny little voice that tells you that all your unfounded beliefs are right.

Never mind that in this case, they probably are. Because, no matter what Will feels for Nat or what she might feel for him in return, they’re not the kind of people who would ever carry on an illicit affair behind Nina’s back.

Nat’s reaction is more than understandable, and yet, if her conversation at the end of the episode proves something is that, in a way, Nat understands where Nina is coming from, and she knows that Will might be a possibility for her in the future. Question is, does she want Will as more than a friend?

I’m going to go ahead and say yes. How can you not want Will Halstead, Nat? How?


There were a lot of relationship issues in this episode, the Nina/Will/Nat sort of love triangle that wasn’t because we all know who Will would choose if he had to, notwithstanding.

Sarah and Joey have – and have always had, really, communication issues. It’s just that, this time, with Sarah so distraught that the fact that Joey wasn’t really getting her affected her more than it usually does. Typically he’s just a sounding board for her to bounce ideas off, but in this episode Sarah needed Joey to comfort her, to tell her what she wanted to hear, and he was unable to do that. Which doesn’t bode well for their relationship – but, then again, I’ve been waiting for the end for like a season, and here they still are.

Dr. Choi is also suddenly single, and he seems fine, all is good, except …are people ever really fine after a breakup? This show focuses mainly on the medical aspect, and yet we have gotten attached to these people, we want them to be happy, and in an episode where, medically, he was on top of the world, it was a little jarring to see that Dr. Choi might not be as fine as we thought he was.

This leads me to Bert and the whole mess with Sharon and his new lady friend. I don’t know where I thought this was going, but it wasn’t here, that’s for sure. In a way it’s bittersweet, because Sharon owes Bert nothing, and she’s bound to keep the patient’s confidentiality, but, as much as I’m sure she can understand her – even relate to her – she still thinks Bert deserves the truth.

So do I. And yet, how can I blame her from keeping it from Bert? Because, thing is, I don’t think Bert would stick around. He hasn’t shown to be a stick-it-out-when-things-get-though kinda guy, and if he turns out to be that this time, well, that’s just pouring salt on the wound, isn’t it?

Either way, I think the encounter gave Sharon a little bit of peace. She’s not to blame for Bert leaving, and when he tried to apologize, she realized she didn’t need that from him.

She didn’t need anything.


What exactly is wrong with Dr. Robin Charles and how will whatever that is affect, not just her, but the rest of her colleagues? That’s the million dollar question.

If we’ve learned something from binge-watching medical dramas is this: hearing sounds that are not there is never a good thing, and this is either a psychological thing (doubtful) or something way worse affecting her brain function. Rhodes clearly knows this, if the face he makes at the end of the episode is any indication. Problem is, she doesn’t. So, how do you tell your girlfriend that she might have a serious medical issue?

We’re bound to find out next episode. I can’t say I’m really excited to find out, though. I have a bad feeling about this A real bad one.

Five things:

  • Your lady friend, Bert? Really? Lady friend?
  • “He could have come in here with Beyonce and it still would be a step down from you” – THAT’S WHAT A FRIEND IS SUPPOSED TO SAY. I love you Maggie. Never change.
  • Sarah wanting to stay as Dr. Charles’ resident and not go back to ED warms my heart. I really think this is where she belongs.
  • I don’t like Dr. Bardovi. Not one bit.
  • I couldn’t be less surprised at who paid the ransom. That was, after all, the rational thing to do, and Dr. Latham is rational to a fault.

Chicago Med airs Thursdays at 9/8c on NBC.

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