Chicago Med season 5, episode 5 recap: Got A Friend In Me

CHICAGO MED -- "Got a Friend In Me" Episode 503 -- Pictured: Brian Tee as Dr. Ethan Choi -- (Photo by: Liz Sisson/NBC)
CHICAGO MED -- "Got a Friend In Me" Episode 503 -- Pictured: Brian Tee as Dr. Ethan Choi -- (Photo by: Liz Sisson/NBC) /
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CHICAGO MED — “Got a Friend In Me” Episode 503 — Pictured: Nick Gehlfuss as Dr. Will Halstead — (Photo by: Liz Sisson/NBC) /

Chicago Med got at least one character in trouble in Got A Friend In Me. Find out what happened in our Chicago Med season 5, episode 5 recap.

This week’s Chicago Med had a very strange title, because there wasn’t much friendship going on; in fact, it was kind of the exact opposite.

Wednesday’s episode “Got A Friend In Me” saw Dr. Natalie Manning (Torrey DeVitto) once again land herself in hot water when she defied parents’ wishes for their child, ending the episode on a job-threatening cliffhanger.

Meanwhile, Dr. Ethan Choi (Brian Tee) saw his case bogarted by Dr. Crockett Marcel (Dominic Rains), who had now officially turned Noah Sexton (returning guest star Roland Buck III) into the Robin to his Batman.

Click through this slideshow to find out what happened in the latest Chicago Med episode for each of your favorite characters, starting with:


Natalie arrives at work and she’s already tetchy. Dr. Will Halstead (Nick Gehlfuss) hands her a case of a toddler with a bloody nose, and tells her that Dr. James Lanik (recurring guest star Nate Santana) has ordered her to take it, even though she thinks it’s beneath her. “I’m fine,” she insists for the umpteenth time.

So Natalie goes to treat Lucas, and it’s no spoiler to say Chicago Med is going to make this more than a bloody nose. She speaks to the kid’s mother, who mentions that he also has a rash on his arm and a small cough. The parents also don’t want Natalie to conduct a blood test since they’re determined to only use natural health care, but eventually give in.

After Natalie gripes to Maggie Lockwood (Marlyne Barrett) about being sidelined, she returns and says Lucas probably has a bacterial sinus infection. She also doesn’t agree with their treatment ideas, and tries to convince them that a holistic approach will take too long. Reluctantly, they agree to an IV but continue to refuse antibiotics. And when Lucas only gets worse, they go on the offensive against Natalie, who denigrates their point of view.

Will pulls Natalie aside to stop the debacle, and agrees with her that it may actually be pnuemonia, not a sinus infection. He decides to step in and gets the parents to agree to a chest X-ray in about 20 seconds. Apparently parents just don’t trust Natalie recently. “They may be upset now,” she tells Will. “They won’t be when I’m right.”

But they’re still upset at the end of the episode. Chicago Med ends with Natalie refusing to discharge Lucas, so his parents threaten to both complain to her boss and call their lawyer. Natalie locks herself in the kid’s room to administer treatment against their wishes, while they pound frantically on the door along with hospital security. This kid is going to be traumatized for life if he remembers any of this, and Natalie’s job should be on the line.