Chicago Med season 5 character review: Natalie Manning

CHICAGO MED -- "I Will Do No Harm" Episode 515 -- Pictured: Torrey DeVitto as Dr. Natalie Manning -- (Photo by: Adrian Burrows/NBC)
CHICAGO MED -- "I Will Do No Harm" Episode 515 -- Pictured: Torrey DeVitto as Dr. Natalie Manning -- (Photo by: Adrian Burrows/NBC) /
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CHICAGO MED — “In The Name Of Love” Episode 518 — Pictured: Torrey DeVitto as Natalie Manning — (Photo by: Elizabeth Sisson/NBC) /

How was Chicago Med season 5 for Natalie Manning? We’re looking back at how Chicago Med’s latest season went for Torrey DeVitto’s character.

As we continue to look back on Chicago Med season 4, we’re breaking down the season for each of the show’s characters.

Did your favorite character have a good season or a bad season? What were their strong points and were there any weaknesses? Was the character affected by the show’s writing, or vice versa? Where could they go from here?

Check out our detailed character breakdown, and let us know your thoughts on how this season was for each character in the comments.

In this article, we’re profiling Dr. Natalie Manning (Torrey DeVitto).

What happened

Chicago Med season 5 started off disastrously for Natalie, as she recovered from the car wreck at the end of the previous season, but suffered a traumatic brain injury. That impacted her work for a little while, enough for ex-fiance Dr. Will Halstead (Nick Gehlfuss) to pull rank on one of Natalie’s cases, which didn’t go over well with her.

She then got arrested in a later episode for defying the parents of another patient, although that didn’t last long either, and was also kidnapped alongside Dr. Crockett Marcel (Dominic Rains) by a pair of criminal brothers. Natalie did escape unharmed, though, and after that most of her cases were not that dramatic; her biggest accomplishment was helping Crockett beat an alleged murder charge in the season finale.

Personally, Natalie discovered that Phillip Davis (Ian Harding) wasn’t all he was cracked up to be. She broke up with him around the same time she found out he’d been telling everyone, including her, that they were engaged. And when he was supposed to come back to the hospital with his daughter, she found out from his relatives that Phillip had abandoned the baby—he’d only been pretending to be a good parent to impress Natalie!

So Dr. Manning is single again, though she’s apparently on a collision course with Dr. Marcel.