Chicago Med season 5’s biggest WTF moments

CHICAGO MED- "Too Close to the Sun" Episode 508 -- Pictured: Marlyne Barrett as Maggie Lockwood -- (Photo by: Elizabeth Sisson/NBC)
CHICAGO MED- "Too Close to the Sun" Episode 508 -- Pictured: Marlyne Barrett as Maggie Lockwood -- (Photo by: Elizabeth Sisson/NBC) /
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1. Natalie’s not-really-engagement

What happened: Phillip Davis (recurring guest star Ian Harding) had been planning to propose to Natalie before the car accident that ended season 4. So in the season 5 premiere, he decided he’d just put the engagement ring on her finger while she was unconscious, and act like she had said yes. Natalie believed she was engaged to Phillip, and didn’t actually find out it was a lie until after she had dumped him.

Why it’s a WTF moment: Chicago Med seems to want to push the boundaries with its characters this season, and this plot definitely went there. Phillip was already kind of creepy with how quickly he was flirting with Natalie (and she with him, to be fair) after the death of his wife last season. To have him outright deceive Natalie made him definitively a bad guy. And then it went all downhill from there.

In the midseason finale, which he didn’t even appear in, Phillip was revealed to have abandoned his baby daughter—all she’d been to him was a prop to keep Natalie in his life. Luckily, the baby was fine with other relatives, but it made us question not only this season, but last season too. Was Phillip this weird with his wife? If not, did something in him snap to turn into a sociopath? Was he spending time around Dr. Ava Bekker (Norma Kuhling) that we didn’t know about?

It was a massive escalation of a storyline that had already been kind of uncomfortable. Adding to the strangeness was the way that everyone else handled it. Crockett knew that Phillip had put the ring on Natalie’s finger, but he never told Natalie; instead, he waited for weeks if not months, and then he told Dr. Will Halstead (Nick Gehlfuss).

Why didn’t Crockett tell Natalie? To an extent, we’ll buy that he hardly knew her and would have thought it wasn’t his place to intervene. But for all he knew, if Phillip was willing to manipulate her that way, he could have been doing who knows what else to or around her. It could have been a safety issue. Even if he didn’t feel comfortable telling Natalie, he could have told Will or Sharon Goodwin (S. Epatha Merkerson) or anyone else a long time before it came out.

At least this is over now and everyone can move on, because that went from zero to 60 and then some pretty fast.

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