Chicago Med season 4, episode 12 takeaways: The Things We Do

CHICAGO MED -- "The Things We Do" Episode 412 -- Pictured: (l-r) Nick Gehlfuss as Will Hastead, Joe Minoso as Joe Cruz -- (Photo by: Elizabeth Sisson/NBC)
CHICAGO MED -- "The Things We Do" Episode 412 -- Pictured: (l-r) Nick Gehlfuss as Will Hastead, Joe Minoso as Joe Cruz -- (Photo by: Elizabeth Sisson/NBC) /

What should One Chicago fans learn from this week’s Chicago Med? Look closer at this week’s episode with our Chicago Med season 4, episode 12 takeaways.

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

“The Things We Do” featured Dr. Natalie Manning (Torrey DeVitto) getting into a helicopter crash that prompted her to make up with her fiance Dr. Will Halstead (Nick Gehlfuss)—or at least she thought so. Elsewhere, a controversial heart patient just exacerbated the existing issues between the show’s other couple.

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) It took the easy way out, kind of

The main story of this Chicago Med episode played out almost exactly as we predicted in our preview: the helicopter crash was used as a deus ex machina to make things okay between Will and Natalie.

After the shock of the wreck and Natalie’s dislocated shoulder, the two finally started talking about what Will had gone through—with him opening up like she wanted and her apologizing. Apparently, on this show, if you get into some kind of major accident that’s an automatic “get out of relationship problems free” card.

But to be fair, the show didn’t entirely get Will out of the woods, because he refused to get rid of his gun as Natalie had asked. So that opens the door for the couple to have to work through their issues, like they should already be doing. And how angry will Natalie get when she finds out that Will didn’t do what he told her that he would?

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2) Connor has trust issues

Poor Dr. Connor Rhodes (Colin Donnell). His dad’s a jerk, his girlfriend’s acting strange, and now the way he’s being written is starting to get sketchy.

Connor revealed in “The Things We Do” that his father Cornelius (recurring guest star D.W. Moffett) claimed to have been seduced by Dr. Ava Bekker (Norma Kuhling), and that he believed the story because his father was able to remember specific details like Ava’s perfume.

Yes, specifics would give Cornelius’s story more depth, but they don’t necessarily mean that he’s telling the truth. As Ava points out, he could’ve easily noticed her perfume when she was standing next to him—without any sex whatsoever. That’s not really great evidence.

And Connor siding with a man who’s been known to manipulate him and lie to him, over a woman he claims to love and therefore should be inclined to trust, feels really odd. Yes, Ava has been lying herself recently, but Cornelius has zero credibility whatsoever. If negative credibility were a thing he’d be in the negative.

Connor is a smart man, so you’d think he’d wait for more than just one passing fact from a known manipulator before deciding Ava is guilty. Is this another case of dramatic license to make a story more exciting?

3) Is Elsa trying to happen?

This is the second episode recently where medical student Elsa Currie (recurring guest star Molly Bernard) has had one of the subplots. First she was working with Dr. Daniel Charles (Oliver Platt) on a case that ended badly, and now this week Chicago Med followed her losing her first patient.

So what’s with the sudden focus on Elsa? It feels like the show is trying to make her role bigger, but that doesn’t make a ton of sense. She’s abrasive to the point of being nearly unwatchable, so it’s not like the audience is clamoring for more of her. She doesn’t add anything new to the show either. There’s no reason for her to have more screen time unless the series is trying to develop her as a future main character to fill the void left by Dr. Sarah Reese (Rachel DiPillo).

Meanwhile, poor Terry McNeal hasn’t gotten any screen time since the episode where he almost got thrown under the bus. So is he just going by the wayside while Elsa becomes the new it girl? We’ll have to watch and see.

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