Chicago Med season 4 premiere takeaways: Be My Better Half

CHICAGO MED -- "Be My Better Half" Episode 401 -- Pictured: Colin Donnell as Conor Rhodes -- (Photo by: Elizabeth Sisson/NBC)
CHICAGO MED -- "Be My Better Half" Episode 401 -- Pictured: Colin Donnell as Conor Rhodes -- (Photo by: Elizabeth Sisson/NBC) /

What should fans take away from the Chicago Med season premiere? Learn more about this week’s episode with our Chicago Med season 4, episode 1 review.

What did One Chicago fans learn from last night’s Chicago Med season premiere? Here’s what we took away from this week’s episode, “Be My Better Half.”

“Be My Better Half” saw Dr. Connor Rhodes (Colin Donnell) start his third new job in four seasons, as Sharon Goodwin (S. Epatha Merkerson) battled the hospital’s new Chief Operating Officer, and a member of our team decided to check out. But was it for good?

If you missed any of last night’s episode, or just want a refresher on the events that we’re going to discuss, you can catch up with our Chicago Med recap.

Below are our takeaways from this week’s episode:

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1) Connor’s new job is awesome

So Connor has a new job—but not at the Mayo Clinic. He’s heading up a new hybrid team back downstairs in the ED, meaning that he’s changed jobs at this hospital three times in three years.

But his latest role has the potential to be all kinds of interesting for Chicago Med. The idea of an ED room that can treat surgical patients is a very, very good one that should get all kinds of play in the rest of the season.

It also reinforces the idea from last season that the hospital needs to listen to its doctors—they have good ideas.

And, bringing Connor back downstairs means that we’ll get to see Colin Donnell interacting with more characters again, which is something that the show has needed to do for a while. This latest plot development is a win for everybody.

Now: next season are we going to find out that Connor’s becoming a gastroenterologist?

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2) Maybe it was time for Reese to go

Sarah Reese (Rachel DiPillo) was so upset that Dr. Daniel Charles (Oliver Platt) didn’t tell her that her father was a murderer, that she decided to pack up her stuff and go to another hospital. And maybe it’s for the best, because these two need a break.

Reese has always worn her heart on her sleeve, and for the last two seasons, she’s done a lot of arguing and/or complaining. Whether it was getting upset at Dr. Charles for the way he handled his shooting, to subsequently getting paranoid about hospital security, to worrying that her dad had passed on his crazy to her, she’s been upset more often than not.

And frankly, while it’s understandable that she’d feel Charles should’ve told her, a rational person would step back and realize there’s no way he could have. Was he just going to drop that on her without proof? That would’ve been totally irresponsible. But in this whole mess with her dad, she has almost always blamed Charles—and he doesn’t deserve that, either.

Some time apart should do them both good to breathe, and then maybe they’ll come back to each other, the same way he tracked her down in that coffee shop.

3) The new medical students have a lot to learn

The Chicago Med premiere introduced two new medical students, and so far it looks like they need to go back to school. Terry McNeal (Colby Lewis) made a mistake by sedating a patient before she could be properly evaluated, causing Dr. Charles to explode at him.

But that was nothing compared to the work of Elsa Currie (Molly Bernard). Elsa has zero bedside manner, and not in that “trying to be edgy but they’re fundamentally good” way that we’ve seen on medical dramas like House. She’s aloof and annoying.

This is a teaching hospital, so there are going to be medical students. But the previous students were all characters that we wanted to see learn and grow. So far, these two aren’t there yet. Let’s see how they develop in future episodes.

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Chicago Med airs Wednesdays at 8/7c on NBC.