Chicago Med’s risky surgery is One Chicago moment of the week

CHICAGO MED -- "Ghosts in the Attic" Episode 413 -- Pictured: Norma Kuhling as Ava Bekker -- (Photo by: Elizabeth Sisson/NBC)
CHICAGO MED -- "Ghosts in the Attic" Episode 413 -- Pictured: Norma Kuhling as Ava Bekker -- (Photo by: Elizabeth Sisson/NBC) /

Chicago Med injuring Dr. Ava Bekker during a surgery is One Chicago Center’s moment of the week for Feb. 6, from Chicago Med season 4.

This week’s One Chicago Moment of the Week honors go to Chicago Med, for injuring one of its main characters inside the operating room—and making us wonder if it was really an accident or if it could have been on purpose.

“Ghosts in the Attic” saw our cardiothoracic surgeons operating on a man who’d been involved in a motorcycle vs. car accident, but his surgery was also dangerous because he was HIV-positive.

Mid-procedure, they had a disagreement and it appeared that Dr. Ava Bekker (Norma Kuhling) had been accidentally cut by a scalpel held by Dr. Connor Rhodes (Colin Donnell). She immediately had to be treated for potential exposure, and it could have been much worse.

But the end of the episode, in which a hospital staff member told Connor how careful Ava usually is, was clearly meant to make him—and fans—think it could have been intentional.

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This was definitely a dramatic scene, and it had fans waiting to see what would happen to Ava. This isn’t the first medical drama to injure a doctor on the job, but having her contract an incurable virus would’ve been a game (and life) changer.

At the same time, the moment was notable for one other reason: it highlighted how incongruous Ava’s writing has been all season, and why it’s frustrated more than a few Chicago Med viewers.

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There were multiple issues with this plot point, some bigger than others. First, the smallest one: it was odd that Ava’s first question was “What happens to my career?” She wasn’t concerned for her health and how her life would change drastically if she contracted HIV—her job was the first thing on her mind. That sounded like very strange priorities, even for an ambitious character like her.

Another concern is that this plotline played out in the same pattern that Connor and Ava have gone through all season (and even in flashes last season). Connor is justifiably upset with Ava for some reason, but then something happens to Ava, and he’s more worried about her than he ever was angry.

It feels like Chicago Med is keeping Ava from facing any serious consequences in the relationship by continuing to give her outs—she gets upset in the locker room, she passes out giving a patient blood, and now she gets hurt in the OR. There’s always something that makes Connor not be upset with her anymore.

Last but not least, that ending felt frustrating because the show hasn’t resolved the first question about Ava—so here’s another one! This season is generating these suspicions that not only don’t make her look good, they make her look crazy…and then not actually clearing anything up yet. How about we stop piling on her, and Connor just takes a break and goes to work with someone else for a while, and then we find out what’s really going onto?

This moment may have been super-dramatic, but it also illustrated how this storyline has plenty of room for improvement in the rest of the season. Like this surgery, it’s gone wrong and we just want it to be okay.

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