‘Chicago Med’ 5×08 Review: “Too Close To The Sun”

This week’s episode of Chicago Med certainly didn’t wait to get into the heavy stuff. I mean, starting off with Ben getting a measles diagnosis?! Where’s a tissue when you need one? And it wouldn’t be an episode of Chicago Med without a crazy patient. This week’s episode definitely caused a lot of emotions and for one doctor, the situation got a little too close for comfort.

Can Maggie Catch a Break?!

CHICAGO MED — “Too Close to the Sun” Episode 508 — Pictured: Marlyne Barrett as Maggie Lockwood — (Photo by: Adrian Burrows/NBC)

This has been a rough season for Maggie. I can’t even imagine having to go through the things she’s gone through so far this season. Cancer, chemo, and now having to lose someone she really cares about. My heart was really breaking for her this episode. She was just starting to get close to Ben and really care about him. There’s no denying that Maggie is strong, but I don’t know how much more heartache and bad news she’ll be able to handle.

I can’t believe Ben is gonna die! I know he was only in one episode, but I was for him and Maggie to start a relationship. She deserves a love interest, and I want to see her have one. Ben seemed so perfect for her! And I gotta admit, it was hard to watch those scenes with him in the hospital and how heartbroken both him and Maggie were when Natalie made the diagnosis.

While I understand where Maggie was coming from and why she wanted to get Ben discharged, I don’t agree with how she went about it. Natalie is one of her closest friends, and she really betrayed her by forging her name on the discharge papers. That could have really put Natalie in a tough spot if Ben did infect someone else while he was still contagious. I get that she wanted to allow Ben to die in his own home like he wanted, but she should have trusted that Natalie knew what was best in that situation. After all, Natalie has never really let her down before.

Maybe Don’t Let Social Media Make Your Decisions..

CHICAGO MED- “Too Close to the Sun” Episode 508 — Pictured: Brian Tee as Dr. Ethan Choi — (Photo by: Elizabeth Sisson/NBC)

I love social media. I check my Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram every day. But while I love social media, I definitely wouldn’t trust it to make my decisions for me. Especially major life decisions like whether or not I should get life-saving surgery. That’s just crazy.

I’ve seen some videos revolving around the concept that Dennis was doing where the followers get to choose what the person wears for the day or what they buy. But those kind of decisions are life-or-death. I get that Dennis wanted to be noticed and become internet famous, but there are better ways to do that. Plenty of other people have done it without it potentially costing them their life.

Stand Out Scene

CHICAGO MED — “Too Close to the Sun” Episode 508 — Pictured: Oliver Platt as Dr. Daniel Charles — (Photo by: Adrian Burrows/NBC)

Leave it to Dr. Charles to talk some sense into Dennis and get him to allow the surgery. He always comes through when he’s needed. Dennis believed that his fans would have his back at the end of the day and that they wouldn’t allow him to risk his life if things got too bad. He trusted his fans just like any other social media influencer would. But Dr. Charles proved to him that all his fans want is entertainment and that you shouldn’t trust complete strangers with your health.

Dr. Charles is always finding clever ways out of sticky situations. I mean, who would have thought to have Dennis ask his fans if he should jump off the roof of the hospital?! Although he got some backlash from Goodwin about it, I though it was a clever move. Dr. Charles always knows what to do in a crisis and saves the day just in time. He’s a vastly underrated character if you ask me. Chicago Med wouldn’t be the same without him.

A Close Call For Noah Sexton

CHICAGO MED — “Too Close to the Sun” Episode 508 — Pictured: (l-r) Dominic Rains as Crockett Marcel, Yaya DaCosta as April Sexton, Jesse Lee Soffer as Det. Jay Halstead — (Photo by: Adrian Burrows/NBC)

Noah is just like his sister in the fact that he is too trusting and caring. In this case though, he may have gotten to close to the patient. I mean, it can’t be professionally ethical to take in one of your patients. There’s gotta be some kind of rule against that, right? I get that he cares for his patients and will do whatever it takes to help them, but sometimes there’s only so much you can, and should, do.

I don’t like that Noah kept the whole situation from April and that She had to find out about it from Jay and Crockett. Sure she would have been made at him, but rightfully so. He wasn’t making the best decisions. And the fact that he wanted it kept secret makes me believe that he knew that. Crockett should of told April what was going on when he found out, but I get that he was respecting Noah’s wishes. At least he ended up telling her and was able to perform surgery on Noah to help save him. And we got to see Jay on an episode of Med tonight! While that’s all good. Hopefully Noah learned his lesson about keeping secrets.

I had a gut feeling that him taking in Jacinta was going to have some consequences. She was part of a gang, after all. I got a little scared when he got brought in all beat-up like that. I was definitely worried about him this episode, and at one point I wasn’t even sure if he was going to pull through. If there’s one thing Noah should have learned from living in Chicago, it’s that you don’t piss off a gang member. I’m glad he made it through, but that was a little too close for comfort. Here’s to hoping he stays out of trouble and we see more of him in future episodes.

Elsa And Will? No Thank You!

I’m gonna be honest. I’ve never been a big fan of Elsa Curry. She always seemed stuck up and kind of unprofessional to me. I never really liked her character, and I definitely don’t appreciate her trying to get with Will. I am totally on board with them becoming close and developing a friendship, just not a relationship. That pairing is just..awkward. And as you all know, I am and will always be Team Manstead.

However, I’m beginning to lose faith that Manstead will ever get back together. First Natalie gets fake-engaged to Phillip, then she tells Will to get out of her life once she finds out the truth, and now it seems like Will might possibly be dating the new paramedic Juliet. While I prefer him with Juliet over Elsa, I’m still holding out hope that Manstead will find their way back to each other.

Best Lines

Will: I’ve been a doctor for 10 years. You start to develop an intuition. You start to get better at guessing when it’s right to take a risk.

Dr. Charles: We can’t lock a patient up just because he wants to be internet famous

Watch Chicago Med Wednesdays at 8/7c on NBC.

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