Chicago Med season 3 by character: Sarah Reese

CHICAGO MED -- "Devil in Disguise" Episode 315 -- Pictured: Rachel DiPillo as Sarah Reese -- (Photo by: Elizabeth Sisson/NBC)
CHICAGO MED -- "Devil in Disguise" Episode 315 -- Pictured: Rachel DiPillo as Sarah Reese -- (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 Sarah Reese 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 junior half of the psych team, Sarah Reese, played by Rachel DiPillo.

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Of all the Chicago Med characters, Sarah Reese had the most up and down year. The first half of season 3 had her dealing with aftereffects from the shooting that ended season 2; she bought pepper spray for self-defense, ended up using it on a patient, and got suspended.

The second half of Reese’s season involved the return of her estranged father, Robert Haywood (recurring guest star Michel Gill), who not only was ill but also tried to worm his way back into her life at any cost.

Of course, that might not be an issue anymore since the last shot of the season was Reese walking in to find Dr. Daniel Charles (Oliver Platt) kneeling beside her collapsed dad.

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Reese’s storyline was the most incongruous in Chicago Med season 3. Although Charles was the one who was shot, his storyline quickly became about Reese and her post-traumatic stress as a result of the incident. It felt like she took over what should’ve been his story to tell.

But conversely, the same thing happened to her later in the season. The introduction of her father turned into a battle between Robert and Charles, with Reese coming off like something to be won between them, rather than her own individual self. The more that Charles squared off with Robert, the less of Reese we felt, unless she was reacting to something one of them did.

A lot of things happened involving her this past season, but it didn’t feel like any of those things changed how we saw Sarah Reese as a character or moved her forward that much.


There was the potential for Chicago Med to have a breakout season for Reese last season, with her having found a place in the psych team. And now, it still feels like she needs to have a breakout season.

The show needs to punt the Robert storyline aside and move on, and to do more with her that is not also involving Charles. As much as we love the chemistry between Reese and Charles, Reese still feels like his right-hand woman (and surrogate daughter). It’d be important for her personally, and for the show, if she spreads her wings and does more in the fourth season.

Of course, much of that depends on if Robert lives or dies, and if she blames Charles for whatever happens, and if she finds out her dad’s a murderer. So even the first part of her season seems like it’s going to be dictated by someone else.

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What did you think of Chicago Med season 3 as it relates to Sarah Reese? Let us know how you’d evaluate her season in the comments.