Chicago Med season 4: Biggest questions we need answered

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Chicago Med returns next week, and there are questions that need answers. Here’s what Chicago Med season 4 has to answer in the second half.

It’s almost time for new Chicago Med episodes, and when the series returns for the second half of its season, there are quite a few questions left to answer.

Not only did Chicago Med season 4 pause on a cliffhanger ending, but there’s all kinds of material left unresolved around the hospital. Both personally and professionally, things are kind of a mess as the remaining 13 episodes begin.

Check out our three things to watch for below, and let us know what you’ll be watching out for in the comment section at the bottom of this article.

Then don’t miss the return of Chicago Med next Wednesday, Jan. 9 at 8 p.m. ET/PT on NBC!

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1) Is there a new love triangle?

While Dr. Will Halstead (Nick Gehlfuss) spent the winter hiatus in witness protection, Chicago Med is already introducing someone new into his fiancee’s life.

It was announced back in November that Pretty Little Liars alum Ian Harding was joining the show as someone whom Dr. Natalie Manning (Torrey DeVitto) grows close to. His character Philip is a widower whose daughter becomes one of Natalie’s patients.

That set-up just screams romantic triangle. Philip is clearly written to play into Natalie’s own history as a widow and single parent, and it’s convenient that she becomes close to him at the exact same time that Will is out of the picture and/or just about to return to the hospital.

Hopefully, Chicago Med won’t go that route; Manstead fans had enough drama last season with the ridiculous Frisch storyline, and it already has one love triangle with the whole April, Choi and Vicki Glass scenario. It doesn’t need another.

But keep an eye on Philip, because especially if the show says he’s been hanging around the hospital while Will’s been away, it’d be too easy to turn him into a romantic rival for Will—or someone that Will thinks is a rival and gets jealous of, which would still cause yet another issue in the relationship.

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2) How is Nina Shore returning?

Producers Andrew Schneider and Diane Frolov have revealed that Dr. Nina Shore (Patti Murin) is coming back in Chicago Med season 4. That’s great news, because more Nina is always good, and Patti Murin has been missed while she’s off starring in the Tony Award-nominated Frozen: The Broadway Musical.

But what do the writers have planned for Nina? Is there a particular storyline that requires Nina’s expertise? Or are they just tossing Patti a return cameo, like her brief appearance in an episode of Chicago Fire earlier this season?

Fans would love to see Nina have a substantial amount of screen time in her episode(s) and a plot that gives her something meaningful to do. She’s a great character who’s been underused for the most part, and even when she did get a storyline in the second season, it just ended with getting her heart broken by Will!

But will the writers give us something—like maybe the long-awaited scene between Nina and Dr. Connor Rhodes (Colin Donnell)—or is this just another garden-variety guest appearance? Watch and see.

3) What’s the real state of the hospital?

One Chicago fans have been hearing about Chicago Med’s financial problems for two seasons now. They were at the heart of that whole “pizza room” debacle last season, and this season again fans are hearing rumbles about money and problems with the hospital board.

But none of it quite feels real, because for all this talk, audiences aren’t seeing that many problems manifest themselves. The only person who’s lost their job is Dr. Stanley Stohl (Eddie Jemison), and that was because the new hospital COO was proving a point. We’re not watching equipment being hauled off or supplies running out. The financial pressure isn’t manifesting on screen.

Will the next 13 episodes put the hospital in financial danger that audiences can physically see and therefore care about? Or will this long-running storyline continue to be mostly talk and arguments between people? It’d go a long way toward energizing the season if the crunch became real.

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