Chicago Med 7×18 “Judge Not, For You Will Be Judged” is basically the episode where absolutely everyone in the ED is making questionable decisions. If we’re being fair, it’s not really a shock. Everyone on this show has taken turns doing borderline things and ignoring rules, but they typically don’t all choose to do it at the same time.
From Will using his heart instead of his brain, and then falling on his sword for Maggie, to Hannah Asher putting her opinion over Sharon’s decision, without forgetting Marcel and Dylan just ignoring a DNR, it’s all very dicey. And just because it all ends well, that doesn’t mean the decisions made in this hour were correct.
So let us talk about the three storylines in this hour, and the decisions the doctors made, as we review Chicago Med 7×18 “Judge Not, For You Will Be Judged”:
PATIENTS, NOT SUSPECTS
The thing about Dylan is that he treats everyone — love interests, patients, absolutely everyone — as a potential suspect. He isn’t trying to do it; he just can’t turn it off. And though sometimes he’s right, sometimes he really, really isn’t. And he can hurt people that way — not to mention, it’s really, really hard to maintain any relationships if you’re always looking for the other shoe to drop.
His decisions are questionable at best in this hour, and the show tying it all up with a bow doesn’t change that. He could have — nay, should have — gotten in trouble for ignoring that DNR, and the relationship issues are not at all solved by one conversation where Dylan said what he needed to say but probably can’t follow.
Crockett, on the other hand, was just following Dylan’s lead, but at some point there should be someone in this show acting like the voice of reason. Someone other than Dr. Archer, please. Like …you can still do the dramatic thing, but can someone at least consider the consequences for a minute?
WILL AND HANNAH ARE NEVER GONNA WORK
The way they’re writing Hannah Asher — which again, all is well that ends well — makes me truly hope they’re not intending to put her and Will back together ever again. Because boy, that’s a recipe for disaster. What Will needs (and what Hannah needs, honestly) is balance. Someone to call them out on their bad decisions. Someone who won’t let them get away with not thinking. They can’t be that for each other, because …that’s just not who they are.
And Hannah Asher can be an interesting character — she can. But right now, this show just has too many of the same kind of characters, and too little common sense. That’s a problem, and it’s one they’re going to have to address if they want to get the show back to what it had managed to become during the early part of this season, which is good.
WHO IS ETHAN NOW?
The “new” Ethan is interesting, and even though I was complaining about lack of balance two seconds ago, I appreciated his decision more than everyone else’s. Because while everyone else was just acting the way I expected them to, Ethan, however, is the only one for whom this episode represents some level of growth.
Will lying to protect his patient? Will falling on his sword for Maggie? Been there, seen that.
For Will, common sense is growth. For Hannah Asher, making informed, unemotional decisions is growth. (You could argue that’s what she did this episode, but it’s super hard to tell, considering her backstory). For Ethan, however, this is growth. And it looks good on him.
Things I think I think:
- I might still have a lot of issues with this show, but Ethan Choi is back, so I can forget most of them for a while.
- Not my Archer ones, though.
- I wish this show would spend more time on friendships. Other than Ethan Choi/Dean Archer, please.
- Like, let Ethan and Will bond! Crockett and Dylan. Anything!
- I miss Stevie, okay?
- Will lying for his patient? UNHEARD OF.
- But he and Maggie are truly the dream team, okay? Good/Bad, but the dream team.
- Hannah Asher giving Will a run for his money in the “making emotional decisions” game.
- Will falling on his sword to protect someone? ALSO UNHEARD OF.
- Dr. Too-Pretty-For-His-Own-Good is too comfortable breaking the rules.
- Oh, Dr. Archer personal backstory. Joy? (I mean, it’s about damn time.)
- BUT WHERE IS DR. PAMELA BLAKE?
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