Chicago Med season 5, episode 15 preview: I Will Do No Harm

CHICAGO MED -- "I Will Do No Harm" Episode 515 -- Pictured: (l-r) Oliver Platt as Dr. Daniel Charles, Torrey DeVitto as Dr. Natalie Manning -- (Photo by: Adrian Burrows/NBC)
CHICAGO MED -- "I Will Do No Harm" Episode 515 -- Pictured: (l-r) Oliver Platt as Dr. Daniel Charles, Torrey DeVitto as Dr. Natalie Manning -- (Photo by: Adrian Burrows/NBC) /

What should fans watch for in tonight’s Chicago Med? Get ready for I Will Do No Harm with our Chicago Med season 5, episode 15 preview.

This week’s Chicago Med may get overlooked because it’s not part of the crossover that One Chicago fans are excited about. But that’s not the only reason; it sounds like an episode that we’ve seen before.

“I Will Do No Harm” seems poised to offer up plot points and characterizations that Med fans are already quite used to. There’s Dr. Natalie Manning (Torrey DeVitto) trying to see eye to eye with a colleague again; this time it’s Dr. Daniel Charles (Oliver Platt), because Natalie’s patient has some sort of psychiatric issue.

This time it doesn’t sound like there’s a ton of conflict, but viewers have seen Natalie argue with either other doctors, patients or patients’ loved ones more often than not. And for some people, it has started to make her harder to watch.

So will she reinforce that negative perception in this episode? Or could we have a Natalie story that starts to change that opinion?

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Meanwhile, other characters have to make an impossible ethical decision; the unlucky duo this week is Dr. Ethan Choi (Brian Tee) and Dr. Crockett Marcel (Dominic Rains).

There’s always a certain amount of ethical decision-making that takes place in every medical drama, because the characters are talking about matters of life and death. But Chicago Med‘s writers have started to work some sort of heartbreaking moment into seemingly every episode, in much the same way that Chicago PD always comes up with that dark or grim moment to remind viewers that Chicago is a tough and dangerous city. We’re just starting to expect something sad in each Med episode, and not only is that kind of depressing, it also lessens the impact of each of those plot twists when they happen because we’re starting to see them coming.

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And last, but certainly not least, we have Dr. Will Halstead (Nick Gehlfuss) meaning well but doing something dumb. You have to feel for Will, because he always tries so hard, and he just continues to end up in situations where he deserves better. See: his relationship with Natalie, the drunken bit the writers gave him with Dr. Maya Frisch last season, the undercover stint that got him shipped to Arizona for a while.

Now it’s his infatuation with drug addicted colleague Dr. Hannah Asher (returning guest star Jessy Schram). There’s really no other way to describe it, because Will keeps coming after her and trying to help her even when she’s completely rude to him and even threatening his career. Most people wouldn’t give someone like that the time of day, but Will keeps trying.

The final scene of last week’s episode seemed to suggest that there could also be some sort of romantic possibility for Will and Hannah, which would be the weirdest thing to happen in Chicago Med season 5 so far. The two have no chemistry; in fact, they have the opposite of chemistry as she’s treated him badly at times.

But Chicago Med loves to emphasize romance, particularly for Will and Natalie, who always end up dating other people when they’re broken up. So is Will about to go down this road yet again? It’s a possibility that this whole episode ends up feeling familiar—but hopefully the writers will come up with a genuine surprise that reinvigorates some of these old expectations.

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