Chicago Med season 5, episode 18 recap: In the Name of Love

CHICAGO MED -- "In The Name Of Love" Episode 518 -- Pictured: Torrey DeVitto as Natalie Manning -- (Photo by: Elizabeth Sisson/NBC)
CHICAGO MED -- "In The Name Of Love" Episode 518 -- Pictured: Torrey DeVitto as Natalie Manning -- (Photo by: Elizabeth Sisson/NBC) /
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Will and Dr. Hannah Asher (Jessy Schram) have started coming into work together making inane small talk, the way that Will and Natalie used to. But when called out on their relationship by Dr. Daniel Charles (Oliver Platt), Will says that they’re “friends.” Uh-huh. Charles cautions him to take it slow, but Will thinks there are “exceptions to the rule.”

Once inside the Emergency Department, Will treats a woman named Evelyn who he suspects is in acute renal failure. Not only that, but she claims that her husband is lying when he talks about an advance directive she signed. Is this another of Chicago Med‘s toxic relationships? Because we have seen a lot of those.

The lab work comes back and confirms Will’s belief that she needs dialysis, but Sharon Goodwin (S. Epatha Merkerson) pops up and confirms that her husband is right: the directive says she doesn’t want it. The fact that Evelyn has Alzheimer’s just makes it more complicated. Charles evaluates her and says she doesn’t have the capacity to make her own decisions, but Will isn’t happy with his opinion on that, either.

Chicago Med sends Will down the rabbit hole again, with Charles getting a bit snippy when Dr. Halstead wants to push back against his “decades of experience.” At least Will and Hannah have dinner plans.

When it comes time to make the big decision, Evelyn’s husband is out of the room, so everyone else has to decide. Her daughter Molly and Will both implore her to allow him to intubate, and she agrees. In true TV fashion, Dad shows up right after they get the tube in, and he’s pissed.

Cue Goodwin talking down to Will in a condescending tone like he’s a bratty child. At least Charles explains why he’s upset a little nicer. Eventually, we find out that Evelyn will be leaving the hospital for “hospice care until she dies.”

And Charles tells Will that “we all have a tendency to put blinders on when we’re confronted with things that we don’t wanna hear.” It can’t be a coincidence that Chicago Med then cuts immediately to a shot of Hannah as Will looks on.

That night, Hannah asks Will if he wants to come up to her apartment again. A clearly sullen Will says he wants to but he’s not sure their hooking up again is a good idea. He spits out the same argument that Charles gave him earlier, but Hannah has heard it already at her meetings. “Let’s go up and discuss it,” she says, and we all know that’s not what they’re going to be doing.