Chicago Med season 6, episode 4 takeaways: In Search of Forgiveness, Not Permission

CHICAGO MED -- "In Search of Forgiveness, Not Permission" Episode 604 -- Pictured: (l-r) Torrey DeVitto as Natalie Manning, Dominic Rains as Crockett Marcel -- (Photo by: Elizabeth Sisson/NBC)
CHICAGO MED -- "In Search of Forgiveness, Not Permission" Episode 604 -- Pictured: (l-r) Torrey DeVitto as Natalie Manning, Dominic Rains as Crockett Marcel -- (Photo by: Elizabeth Sisson/NBC) /

What did One Chicago fans learn from the latest Chicago Med episode? Here’s what we took away from this week’s installment, “In Search of Forgiveness, Not Permission.”

“In Search of Forgiveness, Not Permission” featured Dr. Crockett Marcel (Dominic Rains) and Dr. Natalie Manning (Torrey DeVitto) going forward with an unauthorized surgery and then taking several steps forward in their personal relationship. Elsewhere, Dr. Ethan Choi (Brian Tee) snapped under pressure.

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) Was that ending a microcosm of the whole show?

Sharon Goodwin (S. Epatha Merkerson)’s rant at Natalie and Crockett, and how they reacted to it, felt like Chicago Med in a nutshell.

Once again, doctors overrode procedure or direct orders to do what they felt was right, and while they got yelled at, they didn’t suffer any major consequences because they got a good result. The characters on this show have gotten away with a lot as long as it turns out okay.

If Crockett and Natalie really were one step away from being fired, it would’ve been nice to see them be punished somehow. Goodwin cited bad PR as a reason for not firing them, which means she likely couldn’t have suspended them either (because that could also become public). But she could forbid them from working together, or take away privileges, or…anything.

Instead, what did they learn? It didn’t seem like much, because the next time we saw them, they were jumping into bed together—skipping a few steps after Natalie was still “hypothetical” about them earlier in the episode.

What about a scene of them together at Molly’s, shaken up by almost losing their jobs, and the idea of them almost not working together anymore prompts them to share their first kiss? We could have seen their feelings about the situation—especially since Crockett admitted that the oncologist was right about the tumor earlier in the episode (at least that part was different from the norm).

But any real repercussions, as well as all of that quiet buildup that Chicago Med had been working on since the end of last season, was pushed aside in favor of the hookup. That could’ve been a lot more.

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2) Did other people contribute to Choi losing it?

Choi finally snapped this week, after losing one patient due to COVID-19 protocols hampering what they could do for him, and struggling with his case of the week. He’s clearly trying to do too much, but it shouldn’t be all on his shoulders.

The way that Dr. Daniel Charles (Oliver Platt) has spoken with Choi recently can’t have helped. Aside from complicating Choi’s case this week, Charles has been telling him that he’s too hard on people and critiquing how he does his new job. When Choi butted heads with April, Charles asked him if that was how he wanted to run the ED.

In addition to the criticism he’s been getting from Charles, Choi’s also under pressure from Goodwin, who’s been telling him about the expectations for the ED. We also know that at least one of the nurses is talking about Choi behind his back, too (we heard you, Doris). Yes, Choi’s got himself tightly wound, but it would also be welcome if people like Charles stopped pushing him too.

3) Is Will going to get in trouble for his deal?

It’s obvious that Dr. Will Halstead (Nick Gehlfuss) regrets agreeing to pay another doctor to get new patients for his clinical trial. But that also seems like something that could land him in the boss’s office if it becomes public knowledge. As he pointed out in his first meeting with the other doc, kickbacks are not kosher.

Will’s already got a rough reputation; we know that from Goodwin telling him he wasn’t even considered for promotion. He also had legal trouble early in the series. If this blows up in his face, how much damage will that do to his career?

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