Chicago Med season 5, episode 14 takeaways: It May Not Be Forever

CHICAGO MED -- "It May Not Be Forever" Episode 514 -- Pictured: Torrey DeVitto as Natalie Manning -- (Photo by: Elizabeth Sisson/NBC)
CHICAGO MED -- "It May Not Be Forever" Episode 514 -- Pictured: Torrey DeVitto as Natalie Manning -- (Photo by: Elizabeth Sisson/NBC) /

What can Chicago Med fans learn from It May Not Be Forever? Look closer at this week’s episode with our Chicago Med season 5, episode 14 takeaways.

What did One Chicago fans learn from the latest Chicago Med episode? Here’s what we took away from this week’s installment, “It May Not Be Forever.”

“It May Not Be Forever” featured Dr. Natalie Manning (Torrey DeVitto) arguing about whether or not an abuse victim should also be her husband’s medical proxy, while her former fiance Dr. Will Halstead (Nick Gehlfuss) had his plotline resolve in the weirdest way possible.

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) Are we really supposed to ship Will and Hannah Asher?

Will Halstead’s plotline in this Chicago Med episode stretched plausibility, as “It May Not Be Forever” had Dr. Hannah Asher (recurring guest star Jessy Schram) going back and forth between being Will’s enemy or his friend so much you might have gotten whiplash.

The hardest part to swallow, though, was the final scene where Will and Hannah met at Molly’s. Not only were they suddenly getting physically affectionate with each other, the camera made sure that we saw the physical contact between them. So what is that supposed to mean? Is Asher going to be Will’s next ill-fated romance?

This whole plotline hasn’t made much sense to begin with (Will has been way too nice to somebody who hasn’t been that nice to him), but at least the show could have used it to say something about substance abuse and recovery. If they’re really going to turn it romantic, especially when these two have no romantic chemistry at all, that’s going past implausible and into unbelievable.

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2) Chicago Med has no boundaries

We’ve discussed this before, but this hospital is a really odd place to be sometimes, and it does occasionally seem unprofessional. This episode was another one of those circumstances. A couple is having sex in an ED treatment room, maybe ten feet away from doctors and nurses, and no one hears or notices anything until April Sexton (Yaya DaCosta) comes back into the room?

This is also the hospital where doctors have had sex before, where Chicago PD‘s Trudy Platt (Amy Morton) was able to walk out unnoticed a few seasons ago, and drugs have been stolen at least once. Part of this is dramatic license—a certain amount of leeway because this is TV and dramatic stuff has to happen in a drama—but even with that in mind, this hospital could stand to improve and be a little more self-aware.

3) Does Dr. Lanik have a point? Does Goodwin?

Being the Chief of Emergency Medicine at Chicago Med seems to require being a jerk. First there was Dr. Stanley Stohl (Eddie Jemison), who was fired and replaced by Dr. James Lanik (recurring guest star Nate Santana). Stohl was a blowhard but he did things occasionally. Lanik just seems to look for ways not to do work, such as being eager to discharge Xavier and even more eager to pass his case off to Dr. Daniel Charles (Oliver Platt).

No offense intended to Nate Santana, who’s doing his best with a character clearly designed to be a stock antagonist. But Lanik is fundamentally useless. He’s not just a jerk; he doesn’t actually do that much around the hospital. It wouldn’t kill the writers to let him have a success or two once in a while; in fact that would actually flesh out his character.

The same could be said of Sharon Goodwin. This was another episode where her sole purpose was to be a bureaucrat. One has to wonder, if she wasn’t played by the wonderful S. Epatha Merkerson, would she be a regular character on this show? She doesn’t add that much, except for one episode or two a season where the writers throw her something. Maybe we’ll see more of her later this season.

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