Chicago Med season 6, episode 2 takeaways: Those Things Hidden in Plain Sight

"Those Things Hidden In Plain Sight" Episode 602 -- Pictured: (l-r) Nick Gehlfuss as Dr. Will Halstead, Brian Tee as Ethan Choi -- (Photo by: Elizabeth Sisson/NBC)
"Those Things Hidden In Plain Sight" Episode 602 -- Pictured: (l-r) Nick Gehlfuss as Dr. Will Halstead, Brian Tee as Ethan Choi -- (Photo by: Elizabeth Sisson/NBC) /

Chicago Med season 6, episode 2 takeaways.

What did One Chicago fans learn from the latest Chicago Med episode? Here’s what we took away from this week’s installment, “Those Things Hidden in Plain Sight.”

“Those Things Hidden in Plain Sight” featured Dr. Will Halstead (Nick Gehlfuss) butting heads with newly promoted Dr. Ethan Choi (Brian Tee), while Dr. Natalie Manning (Torrey DeVitto) ran afoul of the law again.

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) Why does Will have sour grapes?

Will spent most of this Chicago Med hour acting like a child over not getting the job as Emergency Department chief—which made little sense since he was seemed not to have even seriously thought about promotion until Maggie Lockwood (Marlyne Barrett) brought it up to him in the opening scene of the episode. So he starts thinking about becoming department chief maybe 20 minutes before Choi gets promoted, and yet he’s acting like this is a major injustice?

If anything, the nurses made it worse by asking him how he felt about it and making comments about Choi (other than Maggie and April, this show has the most gossipy, unprofessional group of nurses).

It’d be one thing for Choi’s promotion to prompt Will to start thinking about his future, and for him to get frustrated when Sharon Goodwin (S. Epatha Merkerson) told him he wasn’t even considered for a bump up the ladder. But he way overreacted for something that just recently crossed his mind.

Also, did anyone else find it odd that Goodwin referred to Choi’s precessor Dr. James Lanik as the “interim” chief when announcing his resignation? Lanik’s had that position for multiple seasons, so how was he interim? And why didn’t we get any explanation for him quitting?

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2) Has April outgrown her station?

This episode saw April Sexton (Yaya DaCosta) question another doctor, to the point where the man declared he’d no longer work with her. That particular doctor deserved it, but April appears to have gotten more and more outspoken over the last few seasons and push back harder against doctors that she works with. As Choi pointed out, she can’t keep doing this.

There’s nothing wrong with a nurse having her own opinion, and questioning when she genuinely believes a doctor might be making the wrong choice. But April is starting to come off like Natalie, where she believes she’s right most of the time and acts accordingly. That can be not only grating for her colleagues but for the viewers watching. Let’s see if Choi’s words sink in for her or if she continues making waves this season.

3) Was the racism angle as random here as it was last week?

For the second episode in a row, Chicago Med has wanted to talk about racism. This time it was more prominent, with Natalie getting a verbal slap on the wrist for the same thing that an African-American woman was reportedly arrested for. But just like last week, what did bringing up race add to the plot in question?

There would’ve been enough to talk about if Natalie and Dr. Angela Douglas (guest star Danielle Mone Truitt) had argued that their patient shouldn’t be treated differently because she’s an inmate. That in and of itself, especially since the script implied negligence on behalf of prison staff, would be a worthwhile topic. Adding a racial angle felt like trying to add something else on that frankly deserves to be its own case of the week if the show wants to discuss it.

The whole plot felt a bit wonky, anyway. Goodwin gets an Assistant State’s Attorney on the phone? (Plus how weird it felt for her to be talking about the justice system badly when S. Epatha Merkerson played a cop on Law & Order for so many years.) The hospital attorney refers to Natalie as “killer” in a joke that wasn’t at all funny? This story could have been a lot stronger if it was more streamlined and left out a few of its dramatic tangents.

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