Chicago Med season 5, episode 19 takeaways: 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) /

What can Chicago Med fans learn from Just A River In Egypt? Look closer at this week’s episode with our Chicago Med season 5, episode 19 takeaways.

What did One Chicago fans learn from the latest Chicago Med episode? Here’s what we took away from this week’s Chicago Med season 5 installment, “Just A River In Egypt.”

“Just A River In Egypt” featured Dr. Ethan Choi (Brian Tee) and Dr. Crockett Marcel (Dominic Rains) having another throwdown about April Sexton (Yaya DaCosta), while another relationship was also exposed with a different kind of negative results.

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) Should Choi move on?

Sorry, Chexton fans, but we feel like it’s best at this point if Choi and April stay broken up. The last few episodes have dragged out the Crockett of it all way too much, taking a plot point that seemed iffy to begin with—April being attracted to Crockett—and building it up, making Choi into an angry, jealous person.

The storyline showed an ugly side of Ethan, put April through the emotional wringer, and for viewers, the tension went past the point of beyond being entertaining awhile ago. Now it’s just getting in the way. And what about those proposed consequences for Choi’s actions? They weren’t in this episode.

But considering how Chicago Med season 5 has invested so much time into Chexton, we wouldn’t be surprised if the finale has or hints at some kind of reconciliation between the two. They seem to have taken Manstead’s place on the relationship roller coaster.

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2) Maggie’s a foster mom!

It wasn’t a surprise at all that Maggie Lockwood (Marlyne Barrett) and her husband agreed to become foster parents for his student; that plot point was heavily foreshadowed in the previous episode. What we’re curious about is how long the story will go on, and how much the show is seriously going to do with it.

Foster parenting is temporary and different from adoption, so this might have been a short-term storyline, but with Chicago Med season 5 being cut short it’s impossible to know if this was going to get wrapped up in a few episodes. For all we know, the season finale could have included Ben and Maggie deciding to permanently adopt Auggie, or him getting adopted by another family.

But it’s worth keeping a close eye on this subplot in next week’s episode. This show has a terrible record with parenting. Just look at how Natalie’s son Owen is hardly ever seen, and barely gets referenced, on the show unless it’s to further a storyline. Is Auggie going to go the same way and become an afterthought?

3) Will Elsa lodge a complaint against Will and/or Hannah?

Medical student Elsa Curry (Molly Bernard), well-known for being exceptionally blunt, popped up in this episode largely to call out the relationship between Dr. Will Halstead (Nick Gehlfuss) and Dr. Hannah Asher (recurring guest star Jessy Schram). Elsa accused Will of making a treatment choice because of his feelings for Hannah, and twice stared after the duo as they walked off together being visibly affectionate.

It’s worth remembering that there was an episode earlier this season where Elsa had a crush on Will and tried to ask him out to a concert. That was never touched on again, though, so it doesn’t seem to have anything to do with this. This appears to be just Elsa recognizing Will’s obvious bias. Even when he was with Natalie (Torrey DeVitto), he didn’t trust her medical opinion as blindly as he does Hannah’s. So were the Elsa scenes just here for dramatic tension in this episode, or knowing how outspoken she is, will she press the issue?

Props to Hannah, though, for showing her first real moment of recovery by declaring she needed to go to an NA meeting. Also: how long until we get the case where somehow, Hannah and Natalie are forced to work together?

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