Chicago Med season 5, episode 4 takeaways: Infection, Part 2

CHICAGO MED- "Infection Part II" Episode 506 -- Pictured: (l-r) Oliver Platt as Dr. Daniel Charles, S. Epatha Merkerson as Sharon Goodwin, Jason Beghe as Sgt. Hank Voight -- (Photo by: Liz SissonNBC)
CHICAGO MED- "Infection Part II" Episode 506 -- Pictured: (l-r) Oliver Platt as Dr. Daniel Charles, S. Epatha Merkerson as Sharon Goodwin, Jason Beghe as Sgt. Hank Voight -- (Photo by: Liz SissonNBC) /

What can Chicago Med fans learn from Infection, Part 2? Look closer at this week’s episode with our Chicago Med season 5, episode 4 takeaways.

What did One Chicago fans learn from the latest Chicago Med episode? Here’s what we took away from this week’s installment, “Infection, Part 2.”

“Infection, Part 2” featured the doctors of our favorite hospital racing to find a cure to a flesh-eating disease spreading throughout the city. They were also trying to keep the infection from spreading, but that didn’t go very well at all.

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) Hospital security is terrible

We’ve brought this up before, but this episode was incontrovertible proof that security at Chicago Med is laughable. If people are in quarantine, it’s for a really good reason; they shouldn’t be able to just tear their way out.

And even if they do, why did no one make any real effort to stop them from running out of the hospital? Maybe they were afraid of also being infected, but there are ways to corral them without touching them. What about locking a door? Hasn’t the hospital been on lockdown before?

Plus, most of the people were rounded up by police just minutes later (happening off-screen during a commercial break), so clearly the cops were able to literally grab them. If the police can do that, then people at the hospital should have been able to do the same. This whole riot made no sense, and that’s before you consider the stupidity of running out of the only place that might be able to save your life.

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2) Was Upton’s story a letdown?

After so many years, One Chicago fans may have noticed that there are certain elements every crossover seems to have. One of those is that a main character is affected somehow: either they get injured or someone close to them is injured or killed. This time around, the unlucky hero was Chicago PD‘s Hailey Upton (Tracy Spiridakos).

But there really wasn’t any suspense about her fate, because Upton was out of quarantine and back on duty like nothing happened before the end of this episode. So why even bother if you’re not going to seriously make audiences worry about her?

Common sense dictated that Upton wasn’t going to be killed off. But that doesn’t mean that the writers had to let her totally off the hook either. Remember the last three-show crossover where Stella Kidd (Miranda Rae Mayo) came to Chicago Med in critical condition and needed risky surgery that left her missing part of a lung? She wasn’t going to die either, but fans got a lot of drama out of wondering if she was going to have the surgery and how it would affect her.

By comparison, Upton’s peril was, well, kind of anticlimactic.

3) Is Will getting yet another rebound girl?

Did anyone else think Chicago Med was trying to tell us something with the introduction of CDC rep Dr. Andrea Danover (Kathleen Munroe)? It was mighty coincidental that Danover happened to be a former college classmate of Dr. Will Halstead (Nick Gehlfuss), and suspicious that Will was asked to work side by side with her.

Is Will about to get another temporary love interest? Every time Manstead breaks up, the show loves to make one or both of them date other people (see: Nina Shore and the psuedo-flirting with Agent Lee last season). And there was no need for the CDC doctor to have any connection to the hospital staff; that didn’t affect the story at all. So we can’t help but think the writers are playing with us again, and Dr. Danover will return with an eye on Dr. Halstead.

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