Chicago Med season 4, episode 17 takeaways: The Space Between Us

CHICAGO MED -- "The Space Between Us" Episode 417 -- Pictured: Brian Tee as Ethan Choi -- (Photo by: Elizabeth Sisson/NBC)
CHICAGO MED -- "The Space Between Us" Episode 417 -- Pictured: Brian Tee as Ethan Choi -- (Photo by: Elizabeth Sisson/NBC) /

What can One Chicago fans learn from this week’s Chicago Med? Look closer at The Space Between Us with our Chicago Med season 4, episode 17 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 Space Between Us.”

“The Space Between Us” illustrated the gap between the show’s three pairings through three new cases of the week. Dr. Ethan Choi (Brian Tee) argued with April Sexton (Yaya DaCosta) as they had to deal with yet another disaster. Meanwhile, Dr. Will Halstead (Nick Gehlfuss) seemed to come to terms with the fact that he’s single again.

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) Chicago Med is a dangerous place to work

As much as we love watching Chicago Med, let’s be honest: you wouldn’t want to work there. This is the hospital that’s been blown up, seen someone shot in the parking lot, had a deadly chemical released inside, and had a car driven into part of the ED—the last two within this season alone.

Of course, this is what we call “dramatic license” on TV; things like this keep happening because the show needs drama. But this was one of those episodes where you can’t help but stop and think how it would never work in real life. If this was real life, you’d come to work always wondering what the next crisis would be.

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2) Things are getting really unprofessional

Speaking of drama, the point of this Chicago Med episode was clearly to demonstrate how these characters had been pulled apart. But what it also demonstrated is professionalism has gone out the window this season.

Choi, who’s normally pretty level-headed, allowing his feelings for April to affect his judgment in a crisis situation? (He never explicitly said they did, but the show certainly wanted fans to think that was the case.)

Dr. Daniel Charles (Oliver Platt) projecting his feelings regarding his ex-wife’s treatment onto one of his cases and having that motivate his decision-making? Dr. Natalie Manning (Torrey DeVitto) is openly affectionate with her new love interest when he shows up at the hospital? Everyone isn’t behaving the way they should on the job, and it kind of indicates how this season has put a little too much emphasis on the relationships.

3) Is Robin making a comeback?

Chicago Med dropped another possible hint at the end of this episode, when Robin Charles (guest star Mekia Cox) was having a happy conversation with her ex Dr. Connor Rhodes (Colin Donnell). It probably wasn’t just about their talk, or the scene wouldn’t have ended with a glimpse of Dr. Ava Bekker (Norma Kuhling) looking on pensively. That suggests another love triangle is on the way.

On one hand, it’s nice to think of Robin getting another storyline, because of the way she really didn’t get a proper sendoff last season. On the other, if she’s just being used as a third wheel for Ava and Connor, it’s not worth it. Just look at Vicki Glass (Cynthia Addai-Robinson), who got to be brought back just to briefly date Choi, mostly off-screen, and get unceremoniously dumped since he still had feelings for April. Robin deserves better than that.

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