Chicago Med midseason premiere takeaways: All The Lonely People

CHICAGO MED -- "All The Lonely People" Episode 410 -- Pictured: (l-r) Nick Gehlfuss as Will Halstead, Brian Tee as Ethan Choi -- (Photo by: Elizabeth Sisson/NBC)
CHICAGO MED -- "All The Lonely People" Episode 410 -- Pictured: (l-r) Nick Gehlfuss as Will Halstead, Brian Tee as Ethan Choi -- (Photo by: Elizabeth Sisson/NBC) /

What should One Chicago fans learn from this week’s Chicago Med? Look closer at the latest episode with our Chicago Med season 4, episode 10 takeaways.

What did One Chicago fans learn from the latest Chicago Med episode? Here’s what we took away from this week’s installment, “All The Lonely People.”

“All The Lonely People” featured the return of Dr. Will Halstead (Nick Gehlfuss), but that was an afterthought compared to all the drama going on around the hospital. Plus, did the show go too far with one particular subplot?

If you missed any of this week’s episode or just want a refresher on the events that we’re about 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) We need to talk about Ava

We’re going to give Chicago Med the benefit of the doubt since it didn’t explicitly say that Dr. Ava Bekker (Norma Kuhling) slept with Cornelius Rhodes (guest star D.W. Moffett)—but this plotline was uncomfortable before, it’s downright offensive now, and it needs to stop immediately.

It was creepy when Cornelius hit on Ava last season, and it was uncomfortable but somewhat forgivable that Ava would take advantage of his interest in her. If the show had said Cornelius was willing to hear Ava out because it was her asking, and she made a convincing argument for him to fund the hybrid OR, that would have been understandable.

But saying that she had sex with him for money is not, in any way, okay.

And that certainly seems to be the case. Though Ava says he’s lying, the context of the scene would suggest otherwise—he’s standing close to her and speaking directly to her, not trying to draw attention to himself. If he was making all that up, wouldn’t he make a bigger scene?

Chicago Med is sending so many wrong messages with this storyline, and really doing the show a disservice. Ava is supposed to be a strong woman and talented surgeon, but she certainly doesn’t look like one now. It’s cringe-worthy that she’d prostitute herself at all, let alone to essentially keep a man in her life (and she wasn’t even dating Connor at the time, so you could call it kind of obsessive).

The fact that the person involved is her boyfriend’s father makes it worse. No selfless act in the operating room is going to make that okay.

And last but certainly not least, this is a plotline that feels tone-deaf with the current social climate. As sexual harassment and workplace impropriety are at the forefront, the show is going to do a storyline where a woman feels she has no other option but to trade sex for a financial favor? Maybe Chicago Med is trying to comment on sexual harassment, but if it is, it’s doing it all wrong.

The show has one chance to walk this back, and that’s for Ava to explicitly say she didn’t have sex with Cornelius and prove that he’s lying. Let’s hope it does that next week.

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2) Will got shortchanged

For a show that put so much buzz behind Will being taken away and then coming back, Chicago Med really took all the air out of its own hype machine with this episode.

This was the primary storyline it hyped up for the viewers, but Will didn’t even show up until the midpoint of the installment. His reunion with Natalie, while romantic, didn’t involve much; they made up quickly, and it was implied that she had learned the truth off-screen, so there wasn’t any need for Will to explain anything.

It seemed like more screen time was devoted to Natalie and her new friend Philip than Natalie and the man she was just about to marry.

Plus, the show almost entirely missed having the rest of the hospital react to Will’s return. Aside from Dr. Ethan Choi (Brian Tee), he didn’t get scenes with anybody else. Let’s concede that some of that may have been cut for time, but that doesn’t make it any less weird. Maybe that, too, will be part of the next episode?

3) Is Chexton a lost cause?

Many Chicago Med fans were happy when Choi and April Sexton (Yaya DaCosta) became a couple, but does anyone else feel like the recent writing between them is making a better case for them to stay broken up?

Particularly in April’s case, she’s coming across much shorter-tempered and judgmental when it comes to Choi this season. We’ve talked in the past about how Natalie could be opinionated and a little intense; it seems like that’s been transferred to April, who got righteously angry about the team not prioritizing Choi’s treatment in “The Poison Inside Us” and now snapped Choi’s head off about treating the man who shot her.

April is not this person. She may be upset, but the April of the past is able to remain calm and to understand that her professional code may sometimes supercede her personal beliefs. And the camera is doing her no favors with the numerous shots of her glaring and/or staring longingly at Choi. If we’re supposed to root for a Chexton reunion, there needs to be a little rewriting, too.

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