Chicago Med questions to answer: Natalie Manning

CHICAGO MED -- "We Hold These Truths" Episode 415 -- Pictured: Torrey DeVitto as Natalie Manning -- (Photo by: Elizabeth Sisson/NBC)
CHICAGO MED -- "We Hold These Truths" Episode 415 -- Pictured: Torrey DeVitto as Natalie Manning -- (Photo by: Elizabeth Sisson/NBC) /

Chicago Med season 4 has unanswered questions, including about Natalie Manning. Here’s what we want to know about Torrey DeVitto’s character.

While One Chicago fans wait for the season to resume, we’re passing the time by looking at the characters with the biggest problems to resolve—including Chicago Med‘s Dr. Natalie Manning (Torrey DeVitto).

We’ll break down Natalie’s big issue below, then tell us what you think she should do in the rest of the season in the comments at the bottom of this article.

What’s the problem?

Natalie’s pursued a romantic relationship with Phillip (recurring guest star Ian Harding), the father of her newest patient. But not only has Phillip’s wife died just a few months earlier, it could also be a professional problem for Natalie.

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What should she do?

Logically, Natalie should end this as quickly as possible, but Chicago Med has made it fairly clear that logic is playing no part in her recent decision-making. This is an impulsive fling on both parts.

Phillip is still hurting after the death of his wife and struggling as a single parent, and Natalie’s the one who’s here to help him and care about him.

And for Natalie, after feeling betrayed by her ex-fiance Dr. Will Halstead (Nick Gehlfuss), here’s a guy who’s focused totally on her and doesn’t seem to have any secrets.

It’s a connection of convenience, but it’s also totally ignoring how creepy and unprofessional this is. Not only is Natalie crossing a line by dating Phillip, she’s downright flaunting it (look how giddy she was when telling Maggie she didn’t care about crossing boundaries).

And for a guy who was so devastated by the loss of his wife only a few months ago, Phillip is pretty quick to be making out with someone else. You’d think Natalie would have the sense to realize this isn’t healthy for him, at least, or that somebody will eventually question her on it instead of just telling her to go on with it like Maggie did.

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What does it all mean?

If not for the whole Ava situation, this would be the most uncomfortable Chicago Med storyline for a number of reasons. But given the show’s precedent, one has to think that this will be short-lived before the writers eventually reunite Natalie with Will.

They’ve done this before. A large part of the second season was Will and Natalie dating other people as the show constantly reminded us that they couldn’t forget about each other. Then they dumped their respective significant others and finally got together. There’s nothing here so far to suggest that things will be any different in Chicago Med season 4.

But if the series really wants to do something with this plot, and make it more than just a very uncomfortable roadblock, then let’s see Natalie face some consequences for her actions. What would Sharon Goodwin (S. Epatha Merkerson) think of her behavior?

She wouldn’t even have to get in trouble formally; it’d just be appropriate to see someone call out Natalie for how this is crossing a big line and possibly doing more harm than good. After all, does she really see Phillip as a serious love interest, or just a rebound?

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