Chicago Med season 5 midseason report: Natalie Manning

CHICAGO FIRE -- "Infection, Part I" Episode 805 -- Pictured: Torrey DeVitto as Dr. Natalie Manning -- (Photo by: Matt Dinerstein/NBC)
CHICAGO FIRE -- "Infection, Part I" Episode 805 -- Pictured: Torrey DeVitto as Dr. Natalie Manning -- (Photo by: Matt Dinerstein/NBC) /
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CHICAGO MED — “We’re Lost In The Dark” — Episode 505 — Pictured: Torrey DeVitto as Dr. Natalie Manning — (Photo by: Elizabeth Sisson/NBC) /

How has Chicago Med season 5 gone for Natalie Manning? Before Chicago Med returns, we’re reviewing the season for Torrey DeVitto’s character.

Before Chicago Med comes back in the new year, we’re taking a moment to pause and look at the current season for each character. What are the important events that fans need to remember?

What plot developments have been good for each character, and which story points need to be improved? And of course, where could they go next when new episodes start in January?

Click through the below slideshow as we look at Chicago Med season 5 as it relates to Dr. Natalie Manning (Torrey DeVitto), starting with:

What’s happened so far

The fifth season of Chicago Med has been another rollercoaster for Natalie. Fans started season 5 not knowing if she would live or die from the previous season’s car accident; she survived, but she was diagnosed with a traumatic brain injury (TBI).

We saw a little bit of the effects the injury had on her, such as when she mixed up treatments for a patient. Dr. Will Halstead (Nick Gehlfuss) took it upon himself to supervise her work, which Natalie strongly objected to. But the show used another of its patented skips forward to move past much of that, and had her back in the swing of things, or as much as Dr. James Lanik (recurring guest star Natalie Santana) would let her be.

Meanwhile, Phillip Davis (recurring guest star Ian Harding) slipped an engagement ring on Natalie’s finger when she was rushed into the ED and had managed to convince her, and everyone else, that she had accepted his marriage proposal. But Natalie’s gut instinct eventually told her that something was wrong, and she was breaking up with Phillip before knowing the truth.

When Will eventually told her, he went a little overboard with it and Natalie told him to get out of her life. She would end up eating those words: her memory came back in the midseason finale, as well as a shocking revelation that Phillip had only been using his daughter as a prop to keep her on the hook. Both of those things made Natalie run back to Will again—but he didn’t want to take her back. He’d moved on, and left her sobbing on the hospital balcony.