Chicago Med season 5, episode 19 recap: Just A River In Egypt

"Just A River In Egypt" Episode 519 -- Pictured: Brian Tee as Ethan Choi -- (Photo by: Elizabeth Sisson/NBC)
"Just A River In Egypt" Episode 519 -- Pictured: Brian Tee as Ethan Choi -- (Photo by: Elizabeth Sisson/NBC) /
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“Just A River In Egypt” Episode 519 — Pictured: S. Epatha Merkerson as Sharon Goodwin — (Photo by: Elizabeth Sisson/NBC) /

Chicago Med saw doctors pushing boundaries again in Just A River In Egypt. Find out what happened in our Chicago Med season 5, episode 19 recap.

This week’s Chicago Med was an episode with a lot of loss involved, and some drastic decisions that will potentially come back to bite somebody in next week’s Chicago Med season 5 finale.

Wednesday’s episode “Just A River In Egypt” pushed the Chexton and Crockett love triangle to its limit, as Dr. Ethan Choi (Brian Tee) and Dr. Crockett Marcel (Dominic Rains) treated two patients on opposite sides of the same emergency, leading to another physical confrontation.

Meanwhile, Dr. Will Halstead (Nick Gehlfuss) sided with his girlfriend on a risky treatment plan, but his relationship with Dr. Hannah Asher (recurring guest star Jessy Schram) finally got called out by someone.

Click through this slideshow to find out what happened in the latest Chicago Med episode for each of your favorite characters, starting with:

Will and Hannah

Surprising no one, Will starts this episode getting dressed in Hannah’s bedroom, with her talking about how he could soon have toiletries at her place. “It’s been a really good couple of weeks,” she says, so they’re clearly making a serious go of this. He tells her how proud he is of her.

When Will arrives at work, he and Elsa Curry (returning guest star Molly Bernard) help out a pregnant woman named Marcie who has placentia previa—and brain cancer. “I don’t have time to start another pregnancy,” she insists, wanting to save the baby so her husband has someone to love him after she dies. Will agrees to have obstetrics take a look, which means Hannah. “Are you sure?” Elsa asks, to which Will replies, “She’s the best.”

Hannah thinks the only way to save the pregnancy is to try a particular drug, and Will agrees over Elsa’s objection. He also calls Hannah’s drug problem “irrelevant” and scolds Elsa for bringing it up. But Elsa continues to push the issue, telling the woman and her husband that she believes they should terminate the pregnancy. She also sees Will put his hand on Hannah’s back as they walk away, and she can read between the lines.

But Chicago Med has the bleeding worsen, and Will has to admit that Marcie is liable to lose the pregnancy unless Hannah performs an even riskier surgical procedure that could kill her. Marcie tells them to go ahead, and Elsa balks at calling the OR for her, asking Will if he’s doing the surgery “because of your feelings for Dr. Asher.” He doesn’t respond, just orders her to call the OR again.

Once Will and Hannah have Marcie on the table, the procedure starts well but goes wrong eventually, and Hannah makes the decision to terminate the pregnancy in order to save Marcie’s life. Unfortunately, it’s too late, and Marcie has also bled to death. Chicago Med‘s latest gamble has backfired in the worst way possible.

Hannah storms out of the OR, while Will tries to comfort Marcie’s crushed husband. “Thank you for honoring her wishes,” the man says tearfully. Will then moves on to trying to make Hannah feel better, assuring her that she made the right decision. But her confidence is clearly shaken. “I need to go to an NA meeting,” she informs him, and he offers to drive her there. For the second time in this episode, Elsa watches them leave together, this time with Hannah literally leaning on Will.