Chicago Med season 3 by character: Sharon Goodwin

CHICAGO MED -- "Mountains and Molehills" Episode 305 -- Pictured: (l-r) MaameYaa Boafo as Abena Kwemo, S. Epatha Merkerson as Sharon Goodwin -- (Photo by Elizabeth Sisson/NBC)
CHICAGO MED -- "Mountains and Molehills" Episode 305 -- Pictured: (l-r) MaameYaa Boafo as Abena Kwemo, S. Epatha Merkerson as Sharon Goodwin -- (Photo by Elizabeth Sisson/NBC) /

How was Chicago Med season 3 for your favorite character? In this retrospective profile, we look at how Chicago Med treated Sharon Goodwin this season.

As we continue to look back on Chicago Med season 3, we’re breaking down the season for each of the show’s characters.

Did your favorite character have a good season or a bad season? What were their strong points and were there any weaknesses? Was the character affected by the show’s writing, or vice versa? Where could they go from here?

Check out our detailed character breakdown, and let us know your thoughts on how this season was for each character in the comments.

In this profile, we’re looking at Chicago Med‘s hospital administrator Sharon Goodwin, as played by S. Epatha Merkerson.

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Sharon Goodwin spent most of Chicago Med season 3 in a battle with the hospital board, whether it was trying to drum up more money, fighting off not one but two potential lawsuits, or angering a hospital donor.

Her best storyline didn’t happen until the season finale, when her ex-husband Bert Goodwin (Greg Alan Williams) tried to commit suicide following the death of his current girlfriend. Sharon stepped in to give Bert a piece of her mind, and try to get him out of his dark place.

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Being the hospital administrator, Sharon Goodwin will always be more of a supporting character in Chicago Med, because her stories are usually so removed from everyone else’s. She only comes in when one of the doctors has a problem, causes a problem or there’s some extraneous issue like a lawsuit or budget concern.

Having conceded that, the third season still wasn’t a very impressive season for her. The concept of hospital management issues can be great—other medical dramas have done wonderful stories with it. In Goodwin’s case, we got the almost offensive (trying to persuade ambulance drivers to bring more patients in with a break room) and the been there, done that (a lot of bureaucratic back and forth, usually with hospital attorney Peter Kalmick).

Even the episode with her godson was connected to the business drama, as his parents were huge hospital donors. The only storyline that really stood out was with Bert, as Goodwin finally told him how she felt after he left her, and the whole pickle of her being both his ex-wife and the woman who has to keep dealing with his medical dilemmas has always been an entertaining conundrum.

S. Epatha Merkerson could read the phone book and make it interesting, but we can’t help but wish for a little more being thrown to Sharon Goodwin in the future.


The Chicago Med season 3 finale “The Tipping Point” spelled out what Goodwin’s first storyline in season 4 is going to be: dealing with the new bureaucrat hired to help run the hospital. No doubt they will butt heads, because it wouldn’t be much of a TV show if the two got along and hung out together.

It’s always been Goodwin versus everyone else when it comes to administrative issues, so how will this storyline be different from the ones we saw this season and the other problems before?

Plus, is it time to develop more of Sharon Goodwin’s personal life going forward, instead of looking backward? We’ve met her first boyfriend, her now ex-husband, and her friends, and gotten all that backstory. But what about her getting a love interest? Bert has moved on; she can as well, and it’s not like Chicago Med has ever been shy about introducing romantic subplots. That’s now a large part of the show.

Or how about more scenes of the doctors interacting with her, and not just waiting for her to have a problem or them to bring one to her? Remember that rare scene from the first season where we saw Dr. Connor Rhodes (Colin Donnell) take her out for drinks? Let’s do more of that. That would broaden her story options, and it’d be great to see her interact with more of the main cast, too. She doesn’t have to be just in her office or the ED.

Next: Chicago Med season 3's best episodes, ranked

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Chicago Med returns to NBC on Sept. 26.