Was Chicago Med’s 100th episode worthy of the milestone?

CHICAGO MED -- "The Ghosts Of The Past" Episode 517 -- Pictured: Torrey DeVitto as Natalie Manning -- (Photo by: Elizabeth Sisson/NBC)
CHICAGO MED -- "The Ghosts Of The Past" Episode 517 -- Pictured: Torrey DeVitto as Natalie Manning -- (Photo by: Elizabeth Sisson/NBC) /

Chicago Med’s 100th episode aired with plenty of hype and high expectations. Was Chicago Med season 5, episode 17 everything the show deserved?

Wednesday’s Chicago Med was also the show’s 100th episode, and it was definitely a massive spectacle—but it wasn’t necessarily perfect, either. So was it everything that One Chicago fans wanted it to be?

SPOILER ALERT: This article contains spoilers for the most recent Chicago Med episode, “The Ghosts of the Past.”

“The Ghosts of the Past” featured a wedding (between Maggie Lockwood and her boyfriend Ben), and had a few plot twists (most notably April Sexton finally getting around to confessing that she had cheated on her fiancee Ethan Choi). So no one can say that not enough happened in it.

However, there were also things that were definitely missing from the landmark hour. Join us as we look at what worked and what didn’t during the 100th episode, and give us your reaction to the episode in the comments!

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What worked

The wedding: After last season’s Manstead wedding disaster, it was nice to see a Chicago Med wedding that actually worked out—and admittedly, the whole idea of having it in Ben’s bowling alley was kind of cute.

April’s confession: We’ve been waiting for April (Yaya DaCosta) to come clean since the midseason premiere back in January, so we’re glad that she finally did. Of course, what will that mean for her, especially since Choi (Brian Tee) was noticeably not at the aforementioned wedding afterward?

The plot balance: Almost every main character had something meaty to do in the 100th episode. We still would have liked to see more of Sharon Goodwin (S. Epatha Merkerson) than her usual role of helping to settle other people’s arguments, but even she had more screen time than she has in many other episodes.

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What didn’t

No character returns: Chicago Med fans didn’t get a return from, or even any reference to, past main characters Dr. Connor Rhodes (Colin Donnell) and Dr. Sarah Reese (Rachel DiPillo). To be fair to the producers, the actors could have been unavailable; Donnell has been pretty busy since he was written out of the show.

But it would have been nice to see Connor and Reese come back, if not for a whole storyline, then at least to make an appearance at Maggie’s wedding; aren’t they still friends? Or couldn’t the writers have tossed in a line or two about why they weren’t there? That small gesture would have meant the world to viewers.

Unnecessary plot points: The episode almost had too much going on. The whole subplot about Dr. Daniel Charles (Oliver Platt) getting guilt-tripped by his teenage daughter could have easily waited for another week—or been skipped over entirely, since she was depicted mostly as another bratty TV teenager.

It didn’t feel like the 100th episode: Ultimately, “The Ghosts of the Past” didn’t feel like a special episode; it seemed like a regular Chicago Med episode that just happened to be the 100th. When you compare that to Chicago Fire‘s 100th, which actually took time to look back at history, it just didn’t have the same emotional impact and sense that we were celebrating the show. Maybe the writers didn’t want to do that, but we as viewers certainly did.

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