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

CHICAGO MED -- "I Will Do No Harm" Episode 515 -- Pictured: (l-r) Dominic Rains as Dr. Crockett Marcel, Brian Tee as Dr. Ethan Choi -- (Photo by: Adrian Burrows/NBC)
CHICAGO MED -- "I Will Do No Harm" Episode 515 -- Pictured: (l-r) Dominic Rains as Dr. Crockett Marcel, Brian Tee as Dr. Ethan Choi -- (Photo by: Adrian Burrows/NBC) /

What can Chicago Med fans learn from I Can Do No Harm? Look closer at this week’s episode with our Chicago Med season 5, episode 15 takeaways.

What did One Chicago fans learn from the latest Chicago Med episode? Here’s what we took away from this week’s installment, “I Will Do No Harm.”

“I Will Do No Harm” featured Dr. Daniel Charles (Oliver Platt) and Dr. Natalie Manning (Torrey DeVitto) treating a man intent on killing himself to play the perfect part, while the show’s drug addiction subplot came to a dramatic head.

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) Can this series show good parenting?

That’s a valid question after this week’s episode, which showed a mother so desperate for her daughter to have a father that she hired an actor to play the part!

Between that, the stepdad in an earlier episode whose job unintentionally traumatized his stepson, and the storyline several episodes ago where foster parents felt they needed to abandon one of their sons for him to get proper treatment, there have been some pretty harsh depictions of parenting in Chicago Med season 5. It makes you wonder if this show could give us a normal, happy family just once in the remaining episodes.

Plus, there’s something else to consider. Let’s assume none of this episode’s events had happened—how long was Mom going to allow the fake-parent ruse to go on? Was she going to let her daughter grow up into a young woman thinking a total stranger was her dad? It just seems like there had to be any other option than a giant farce, even if she had good intentions.

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2) Is Will the only person who notices Hannah’s behavior?

There’s so much off about the storyline with Dr. Will Halstead (Nick Gehlfuss) that we can’t fit it all into these takeaways. So we’ll settle for asking why Will seems to be the only person who has any idea that there’s something wrong with Dr. Hannah Asher (recurring guest star Jessy Schram).

In this episode, Chicago Med has her just not show up for work, and the colleague who tells that to Will doesn’t seem that concerned about it. Obviously she doesn’t have all the information that Will does, but if Hannah has been an addict long enough for it to be this big of a problem, you’d think that she’s done things like this before. It would be implausible to say she’s been perfect all along and it’s only since Will’s started to look closer that she’s making missteps like disappearing.

So would someone else at the hospital be questioning her behavior, whether it’s her coworkers or someone higher up like Sharon Goodwin (S. Epatha Merkerson)? And if they haven’t yet, what will it take to get them to start? Hopefully the end of this episode is a big red flag for somebody!

3) Was Choi really that concerned about Crockett?

It was almost a nice gesture when Dr. Ethan Choi (Brian Tee) suggested taking Dr. Crockett Marcel (Dominic Rains) out for a drink after the difficult day both men had. It showed that he cared about his colleague…for five seconds. Because as soon as April Sexton (Yaya DaCosta) was a little gunshy Choi didn’t hesitate for a second before dumping the idea to go on another date with his fiancee.

This came across as another case of Chicago Med prioritizing romantic relationships above all else. It makes sense that April would be uncomfortable around Crockett, but the writers could’ve pulled it off better. Choi could have gone without April; she wasn’t stopping him, and she would have understood, with the compassion that she has for everyone at the hospital.

Or Choi could have straight-up asked April if she was uncomfortable, and the two could have talked it out, at least to the point where we’d understand clearly what made Choi reverse course. If she had made any kind of convincing argument to him, it would have made the decision palatable, but he didn’t even let her get a whole sentence out before he changed his mind.

He could have even taken a second and said “Okay, we’ll go home, but let me take a moment and go see if Crockett is okay.” Just taking a minute to check on his colleague, even if it was implied and not shown, would have been more considerate. But by not developing the scene, Chicago Med made Choi look like he didn’t really mean what he said—that he only cared about Crockett until it got in the way of his hot date. And that’s not the Choi we know and love.

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