Look back at where Chicago Med began this summer. Read our retrospective on the second episode as we rewatch Chicago Med season 1, episode 2.
Over the One Chicago summer break, we’re looking back at where it all began by rewatching the first seasons of our shows—and today we’re revisiting Chicago Med season 1, episode 2.
If you want to rewatch this episode along with us, you can find Chicago Med season 1 on iTunes and DVD.
The second episode is called “iNO,” which is the viewer’s first clue toward the show’s episode titling system—one word for every season 1 episode title, two words in season 2, and now three words in season 3.
It’s the same thing that was done on CBS‘s The Good Wife, and it works better in some cases than others. While “Derailed” made very clear what the subject of the episode was, you probably had to think for a second about what “iNO” meant.
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The main plot of this episode involves a pregnant teen who has literally just given birth before she comes into the hospital, and the rush to find her baby.
But the episode is really more of a showpiece for Dr. Ethan Choi (Brian Tee) and Dr. Natalie Manning (Torrey DeVitto), which leads us to another recurring theme of Chicago Med: there’s almost always a case involving either a pregnant woman or a child.
That’s what happens when you give your female lead character a specialization—because Natalie works in pediatrics, every installment has to have a pediatric case. Again, sometimes that works better in some episodes than others, but “iNO” is on the better side.
Watching Natalie butt heads with Choi, and then later with future boyfriend Dr. Will Halstead (Nick Gehlfuss), says a lot about the pipe the show is laying. The former is almost a battle of Natalie’s emotional perspective versus Choi’s logical one, and the latter is the underlying conflict that we’ve always seen in Manstead.
Already, you understand why they’re probably going to end up together, but you also see how they push themselves apart. That’s the same push-pull we still see in Chicago Med season 3.
And what else do we see in the second episode? It’s Dr. Daniel Charles (Oliver Platt) working with Sarah Reese (Rachel DiPillo), well before the two would officially become a team. Knowing that now, watching this early team-up is not only cute from an entertainment standpoint, but helps us to look back and see what Charles saw in Reese to want to make her his protege.
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While not quite as strong as the Chicago Med premiere, the second episode of the show is another solid outing and spends its time continuing to lay pipe for developments that pay off in the rest of the first and even into the second and third seasons. Take a second look at “iNO” and re-examine it for yourselves. Watch it again on iTunes and DVD.
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