Chicago Med season 5, episode 16 takeaways: Who Should Be The Judge

CHICAGO MED -- "Who Should Be The Judge" Episode 516 -- Pictured: (l-r) Dominic Rains as Dr. Crockett Marcel, Torrey DeVitto as Dr. Natalie Manning -- (Photo by: Elizabeth Sisson/NBC)
CHICAGO MED -- "Who Should Be The Judge" Episode 516 -- Pictured: (l-r) Dominic Rains as Dr. Crockett Marcel, Torrey DeVitto as Dr. Natalie Manning -- (Photo by: Elizabeth Sisson/NBC) /

What can Chicago Med fans learn from Who Should Be The Judge? Look closer at this week’s episode with our Chicago Med season 5, episode 16 takeaways.

What did One Chicago fans learn from the latest Chicago Med episode? Here’s what we took away from this week’s installment, “Who Should Be The Judge.”

“Who Should Be The Judge” featured Dr. Natalie Manning (Torrey DeVitto) and Dr. Crockett Marcel (Dominic Rains) getting kidnapped by a wounded convict and his brother, while most of the rest of the hospital didn’t even notice that they were missing.

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) Were you expecting more from Crockett?

We’ve been trying not to compare Crockett to his predecessor, but “Who Should Be The Judge” had the unintentional effect of making him look a little bit tame compared to Dr. Connor Rhodes (Colin Donnell).

In Connor’s four seasons, when he faced the crazy emergencies that Chicago Med came up with, he was likely to be hands-on. This was the guy who came riding into the hospital on top of a patient, and who broke into his own hospital once!

In contrast, Crockett wasn’t given the opportunity in the script to do much except get handcuffed. Even in the end, when he tried to talk to Tyler (guest star Carmine Giovinazzo) and his life was on the line, the show cut away to outside in order to keep fans guessing as to whether or not Crockett would live. it would have been more interesting to see what Crockett actually did in that situation, and would also have been nice if Dominic Rains had more to work with.

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2) Was Natalie’s reaction over the top?

When she feared Crockett for dead, Natalie had a full-blown meltdown. She was near hysterical and in tears. But that seemed incredibly odd, because Chicago Med has only shown us these two as co-workers. We haven’t even seen them develop a friendship.

And even if you want to give the show some credit and say the friendship is implied, how strongly she reacted felt like she’d just feared Dr. Will Halstead (Nick Gehlfuss) had been murdered. It just felt over the top and disingenuous to see Natalie so deeply affected by someone she’s not close to at all.

(Maybe this is a side effect of Chicago Med not developing Crockett outside of his hitting on April? If he’d developed a relationship with Natalie or anyone else, maybe we’d understand why the idea of him being dead was so upsetting.)

3) What’s up with the nurses?

“Who Should Be The Judge” was another episode where the nursing staff felt like a bunch of high school girls instead of adults. We didn’t need to open the episode in part with them speculating on who Crockett was sleeping with and giggling and grinning about it. For one, that adds nothing to the story, but for two it’s just immature and frankly, boring.

Luckily Maggie Lockwood (Marlyne Barrett) was there to set them straight. But we get it, he’s attractive, we don’t need to be constantly reminded of that. Speaking of Connor, there were the occasional comments made about his attractiveness, but those generally went away after his first season. Here’s to hoping that’s also the case for Crockett, because it feels like he’s getting a lot of that, and he deserves more than that. So does the audience.

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