Chicago Med season 5 finale takeaways: A Needle in the Heart

CHICAGO MED -- "A Needle In The Heart" Episode 520 -- Pictured: (l-r) Yaya DaCosta as April Sexton, Torrey DeVitto as Natalie Manning, Lorena Diaz as Doris -- (Photo by: Elizabeth Sisson/NBC)
CHICAGO MED -- "A Needle In The Heart" Episode 520 -- Pictured: (l-r) Yaya DaCosta as April Sexton, Torrey DeVitto as Natalie Manning, Lorena Diaz as Doris -- (Photo by: Elizabeth Sisson/NBC) /

What can Chicago Med fans learn from the season finale? Look closer at A Needle in the Heart with our Chicago Med season 5, episode 20 takeaways.

What did One Chicago fans learn from the Chicago Med season finale? Here’s what we took away from this week’s installment, “A Needle in the Heart.”

“A Needle in the Heart” featured Dr. Ethan Choi (Brian Tee) trapped inside a local market trying to rescue a young boy, while Dr. Crockett Marcel (Dominic Rains) found himself the prime suspect in a cold case murder.

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) Natalie and Crockett are the next thing

The producers have floated the idea of a romance between Crockett and Dr. Natalie Manning (Torrey DeVitto), and that makes more sense after seeing this episode.

Natalie clearly has a high opinion of Crockett, based on how she went the extra mile to help him. And her being a mother gives him a different perspective on his losing a child than anyone else would. We can see why she would be interested in him—what isn’t so apparent yet is why he’d want to date her.

Chicago Med has kept playing up the awkwardness between Crockett and April Sexton (Yaya DaCosta), and it was never quite clear what pulled him to her in the first place. We still need to see that Natalie can bring something to Crockett that genuinely makes him better. But once that happens, this ship train seems poised to leave the station.

Two questions, though: How badly will that upset Manstead fans? And will Crockett be able to deal with Natalie’s argumentative nature better than Will (Nick Gehlfuss) did?

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2) Chexton is done, and they need to be done

It was refreshing to see Chicago Med not let April and Ethan immediately make up just because she rushed to his side near the end of this episode. The show has taken that out too many times before. Now, we don’t know if that would have happened in one of the three episodes that didn’t get filmed this season, but taking this ending as it stands now—that’s the better move.

When relationships break up on this show, they never seem to stay broken for long. There are a few episodes, maybe a temporary third wheel that comes between them (speaking of Manstead), but everyone knows that they’ll wind up back together. Chexton has an opportunity to break that cycle. April clearly still loves Ethan, and we know from his comments here that he still loves her, but let’s face it; she’s not the only one who has work to do.

He is carrying around an awful lot of anger and frustration that he has to deal with. Choi has to bury the hatchet first before he and April can reconcile. So let’s hope we get to see him doing that, like Will has done, and not rush them back together just to have another ship on the show.

3) People should stop bringing their family members to work

Because it’s not working out well. Dr. Daniel Charles (Oliver Platt) thought his daughter Anna would be a great volunteer, and instead we got another instance of a TV teenager behaving badly. At least Anna didn’t steal anything, like Choi’s sister Emily (Arden Cho) was accused of when she volunteered at the hospital.

And don’t forget Sharon Goodwin’s (S. Epatha Merkerson) son Michael (Hampton Fluker), who’s now a medical device representative already schmoozing the doctors at Chicago Med. That’s not only annoying, it’s a whole conflict of interest. Let’s keep family separate from the ED, please.

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