Chicago Med season 3, episode 18 preview: This Is Now

CHICAGO MED -- "This Is Now" Episode 318 -- Pictured: Nick Gehlfuss as Will Halstead -- (Photo by: Elizabeth Sisson/NBC)
CHICAGO MED -- "This Is Now" Episode 318 -- Pictured: Nick Gehlfuss as Will Halstead -- (Photo by: Elizabeth Sisson/NBC) /

Chicago Med tackles a huge challenge and a sensitive subject. Look ahead to tonight’s episode with our Chicago Med season 3, episode 18 preview.

The next episode of Chicago Med could be one of the biggest of the season. It will also be one of the season’s most complicated.

Tuesday’s episode is called “This Is Now” and deals with the hospital struggling to handle the aftermath of a mass shooting that takes place at a Chicago block party.

Chicago Med has dealt with mass casualty events before, like any medical drama; last season we had “Cold Front” which involved multiple victims of a highway pile-up.

That wound up being the season’s best episode, so could “This Is Now” be the “Cold Front” for Chicago Med season 3?

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It’s certainly possible. One strength of these bigger episodes is that there’s more focus on the medicine. The sheer number of patients means that there’s no time for the show to get pulled away by someone’s personal relationship, or to have a random subplot just so a character has something to do this week.

The bigger the event is, the more focused the script has to be—which could work in Med‘s favor since the recent personal developments have been pretty bad for many of our characters (Will Halstead, we’re looking at you).

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And with every character in play, we hopefully will see different situations and combinations—like our cardiothoracic surgeons working in the ED. Will we get to see Dr. Connor Rhodes and Dr. Isidore Latham (Colin Donnell and Ato Essandoh) in charge of triage again? We hope so!

But we would be remiss if we didn’t acknowledge that Chicago Med is tackling a subject that will be incredibly sensitive to many viewers. Mass shootings and gun control are once again a topic of discussion nationwide, and though this episode was obviously written and shot awhile back, it is unfortunately still timely.

Much like Chicago Fire airing its “Deathtrap” episode not long after the real-life blaze that killed several people, it will be worth looking at how “This Is Now” is received by viewers. Med is not the show where there can be an in-depth discussion of the issues, because it’s about the medicine and saving the patients, but hopefully there will at least be a scene or two that addresses the reality behind the fiction.

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What do you think will happen in this week’s Chicago Med episode? Leave your predictions for “This Is Now” in the comments and then tune in tonight to see what happens.

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