What we learned from Chicago Med season 3

CHICAGO MED -- "Mountains and Molehills" Episode 305 -- Pictured: Brian Tee as Ethan Choi -- (Photo by Elizabeth Sisson/NBC)
CHICAGO MED -- "Mountains and Molehills" Episode 305 -- Pictured: Brian Tee as Ethan Choi -- (Photo by Elizabeth Sisson/NBC) /

What can we learn from Chicago Med season 3? Here are the three lessons we learned from Chicago Med’s recently completed season.

As we continue to look back at this season of Chicago Med, it’s worth looking at the things we learned or took away from the events of Chicago Med season 3.

The third season was heavy on the relationships at Gaffney Chicago Medical Center. It gave us three new ships, and managed to leave all three in a state of disrepair by the time the season ended.

Meanwhile, Sharon Goodwin (S. Epatha Merkerson) fought off not one but two lawsuits against the hospital, ticked off a major donor, and wound up on the wrong side of the board. So now we have a new executive who’ll be helping to run the show. At least, we hope she helps. We could use some help.

Here’s what we learned from Chicago Med season 3:

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1) When in doubt, ask Ethan Choi

This is kind of a holdover from last season, but it’s still applicable this time. Once again, Dr. Ethan Choi (Brian Tee) knows what’s up.

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2) Fathers are terrible

Remember last season, when Pat Halstead (Louis Herthum) showed up in “Generation Gap” and we all thought he was a bit of jerk? Pat looks like a saint compared to how fathers behaved in Chicago Med season 3.

Cornelius Rhodes (D.W. Moffett) has always been a toolbox, but he took creepy to a new level this season. First, he started lurking behind Dr. Ava Bekker (Norma Kuhling) in “Lock It Down.” Then in “The Parent Trap” he actually hit on her, despite the obvious impropriety and the fact she worked with his son. In fact, he seemed to seriously delight in that.

Then there’s Robert Haywood (Michel Gill). He re-inserts himself in his daughter’s life, promptly trying to see what he can get out of her—expecting her to care for him, wanting her to co-sign on a loan. And he, too, seems to take a perverse glee in the havoc that he can wreak. We don’t often root for people to die on this show, but we’re really hoping he just did.

3) Your girlfriend leaving you does not give you license to do something stupid

You know how they say love makes people do crazy things? Well, according to Chicago Med this season, losing it makes a man downright stupid.

Dr. Connor Rhodes (Colin Donnell) got left by Robin, so his solution was to pull a Kelly Severide and sleep with a half-dozen women—including one whose last name he didn’t know and another that he shared half of a scene with once.

Dr. Will Halstead (Nick Gehlfuss) found out Natalie wanted a break, so he went and got drunk at Molly’s, and went back to another woman’s apartment (although at least he passed out before they did more than make out).

And tangentially, although much more understandable because this was much more serious, it was the death of his girlfriend that led Bert Goodwin (Greg Alan Williams) to attempt suicide in the season finale.

That last one makes sone sense, because watching the woman you love get more and more sick and eventually pass away is a huge trauma, and Bert obviously wasn’t dealing well. But Connor and Will should’ve known better. They’re smart guys who don’t do stupid things, and yet they both acted impulsively this season. At least they wised up by the end of it.

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What did you learn from Chicago Med season 3? Leave us the lessons or conclusions you took away from this season in the comments.

Chicago Med returns to NBC this fall.