This week’s Chicago Med pushed a few doctors to their limits, for completely different reasons.
Wednesday’s episode “Better is the Enemy of Good” saw Dr. Ethan Choi (Brian Tee) finally crack after a half-dozen episodes of being Chief of Emergency Medicine. But the reason why will likely surprise you.
Meanwhile, Dr. Will Halstead (Nick Gehlfuss) faced backlash when one of the patients in his clinical trial suddenly became ill, and went to questionable lengths to save his new job.
Here’s what happened in the latest Chicago Med episode for each of your favorite characters.
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After Dr. Crockett Marcel (Dominic Rains) still broods both in and out of work, Dr. Natalie Manning (Torrey DeVitto) recruits him for her next case. She thinks her patient Ron just has pneumonia, but come on, this is Chicago Med. It won’t be that simple.
Elsewhere, Will realizes that one of his patients has taken a turn for the worse. Vera doesn’t even recognize who he is. He has to admit that he doesn’t know what’s causing her problems, and orders Dr. Sabeena Virani (guest star Tehmina Sunny) to be paged right away.
Chicago Med reminds us that Auggie is recovering and Choi shows up late to work, stepping into Will and Virani’s conversation about Vera. Is she having an adverse reaction to the trial medication? No idea. Virani gets Choi to let Will continue treating the patient, and Choi walks off in a daze.
He and Dr. James Lanik (returning guest star Nate Santana) team up on a pair of guys who were hit by a car while having an argument. They’re still both complaining as they’re in the ED. One of them has a whole bag of pills on him—and we find out that Choi is running a massive fever. But instead of addressing that right away, Chicago Med comes back from commercial to show us Sharon Goodwin (S. Epatha Merkerson) getting coffee and making small talk with Maggie Lockwood (Marlyne Barrett) about kids.
Lanik then tells Choi that one of their patients is not who the other one claimed he was, and informs his successor that he looks like hell. Choi just claims he’s not getting a lot of sleep and goes to ask Dr. Daniel Charles (Oliver Platt) about the patient with all the pills. Charles offers his expertise while also asking Choi if he’s okay, and Marcel reassures Ron’s partner that his issues may not be serious. But when they get him a CAT scan, it looks like cancer.
Vera, however, is still having problems. Virani wants to find out if she’s receiving the trial medication to see if that’s her issue; Will argues against it, saying that Vera would be pulled from the trial if they reveal that confidential information. Virani reluctantly gives him until the end of the day to come up with a different explanation.
Maggie sees Choi taking some pills of his own, but doesn’t ask because the pill-popping patient now thinks everyone is the guy out to get him. After Choi and Charles help to get him back in bed, Choi collapses onto Charles. When he comes to, he admits that he had gallbladder surgery that morning. “I just wanted to get back to work,” he insists.
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April Sexton (Yaya DaCosta) goes to tell Will about Choi and finds out that he’s sneaking Vera’s blood out of the hospital to find out what’s happening without spoiling the trial. She wonders if the trial is becoming more important to him than the patients; he denies it. But the test results prove that Vera is on the medication, putting the whole clinical trial at risk. To add injury to insult she promptly has a seizure.
Meanwhile, Charles finds out from his patient’s daughter that the guy he thinks is after him actually died awhile ago, and Dr. Sam Abrams (guest star Brennan Brown) tells Goodwin her son Michael tried to sell him on a product during an operation. Oh, Chicago Med, how you muddle the lines between medical care and just about everything else.
Will finds out Vera just has a tumor which is not a big deal after all, and Virani congratulations him for “an incredible catch.” Natalie and Crockett’s patient gets the worst possible news (he’s likely going to die), and Charles has to explain to his patient that his nemesis is dead and he doesn’t have to compare to the guy. Michael also gets chewed out by his mom, so he takes his ball and goes home.
Chicago Med‘s last act opens with April and Charles checking up on Choi; Charles announces that Choi is now on “forced sick leave.” He wants to know how Choi got himself in this predicament, and compares him to their patient, suggesting they’re both driven by feeling inadequate. Goodwin reveals to Maggie and Ben that Auggie does have family; he’s got an older brother who’s keen to meet him.
Virani decides to check up on Choi before walking into Will in the hallway. He asks her out to dinner and she accepts, because no one stays single on Chicago Med for very long. And Natalie tells Crockett that they’re going to be witnesses to Ron’s wedding; he and his partner are getting married immediately while they still can. Afterward, Crockett shows Natalie his late daughter’s home movies.
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