Chicago Med season 3, episode 9 takeaways: On Shaky Ground

CHICAGO MED -- "Shaky Ground" Episode 309 -- Pictured: (l-r) Colin Donnell as Connor Rhodes, Norma Kuhling as Ava Bekker -- (Photo by: Elizabeth Sisson/NBC)
CHICAGO MED -- "Shaky Ground" Episode 309 -- Pictured: (l-r) Colin Donnell as Connor Rhodes, Norma Kuhling as Ava Bekker -- (Photo by: Elizabeth Sisson/NBC) /

Did Chicago Med show us the real Ava Bekker? Did Manstead finally have a problem? Here are our Chicago Med season 3, episode 9 takeaways.

Last night’s Chicago Med brought back the past for multiple characters, so what does the episode mean for their future?

Season 3, Episode 9 was called “On Shaky Ground” and introduced Dr. Marvin Jaffrey, the mentor of Dr. Ava Bekker (Norma Kuhling). While Ava enlisted Dr. Connor Rhodes (Colin Donnell) for help on Jaffrey’s case, Dr. Natalie Manning (Torrey DeVitto) suffered heartache again over her case of the week.

If you missed any of this Chicago Med episode or just want a refresher on the events that we’re discussing, you can catch up with our “On Shaky Ground” recap.

Here are our Chicago Med season 3, episode 9 takeaways:

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1) Have we seen the true Dr. Ava Bekker?

“On Shaky Ground” was the first episode where we got a subplot about Ava’s personal life since she was made a series regular for Chicago Med season 3. And it was about time, but it wasn’t quite enough.

So we met Ava’s mentor, and he turned out to be a hypercritical jerk who made her cry. That got us to see why Ava pushes everyone so hard, and we did see that she’s capable of being vulnerable. But the show didn’t get to really explore that. She had that scene with Connor in the hallway, but it was a missed opportunity in a sense.

On one hand, Ava’s not the kind of person who’d start spilling her heart out to Connor in that hall, so you can kind of understand why they didn’t talk about what had happened. At the same time, you wish they had because it would’ve gone a long way toward humanizing her and to building a bond between them that’s more than snark and competition.

At least we’re reminded once again that Connor Rhodes is a Good Guy, even in his apparent midlife crisis (is that still a thing?).

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2) Manstead are still Manstead

As much as we’re Manstead shippers (and so is the show), you knew they weren’t going to be all cute and happy forever. Part of their “will they, won’t they” was how they inevitably would be close and then somehow butt heads, and that’s what happened in this episode.

You have to feel for Nick Gehlfuss, because Chicago Med made Will out to be a little bit of a jerk this week, such as when it cut to Will’s reaction when Natalie was trying to save the baby and he looked like he’d just gotten stuck in a traffic jam. And what was the point of his last line to her? It accomplishes nothing but making her more upset.

If Chicago Med wanted to create tension for Manstead, they certainly made some in this episode. How long is Will going to be sleeping on the couch?

3) Should Reese go talk to Choi?

This Chicago Med installment had Dr. Sarah Reese (Rachel DiPillo) handling her fear by facing it, which made us think that there’s someone other than Dr. Daniel Charles (Oliver Platt) she needs to talk to.

It’s been said multiple times that Reese has a form of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder from the shooting that opened Chicago Med season 3. But remember that Dr. Ethan Choi (Brian Tee) had his own PTSD storyline in season 1. We don’t know how it would work, but maybe if they somehow connected, Choi could really help Reese. That’d be a nice bit of continuity as well.

Furthermore, over on Chicago PD, Jay Halstead (Jesse Lee Soffer) has had the term PTSD mentioned with his storyline this season. Maybe our entire One Chicago franchise needs a support group.

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What did you take away from this week’s Chicago Med episode? Leave your reaction to “On Shaky Ground” in the comments.

Chicago Med airs Tuesdays at 10/9c on NBC.