Chicago Med season 6, episode 9 preview: For the Want of a Nail

"For The Want Of A Nail" Episode 609 -- Pictured: Dominic Rains as Crockett Marcel -- (Photo by: Elizabeth Sisson/NBC)
"For The Want Of A Nail" Episode 609 -- Pictured: Dominic Rains as Crockett Marcel -- (Photo by: Elizabeth Sisson/NBC) /

Things could get very dicey in tonight’s Chicago Med episode—but will they?

With “For the Want of a Nail,” the show focuses in on the new relationship between Dr. Natalie Manning (Torrey DeVitto) and Dr. Crockett Marcel (Dominic Rains), wanting One Chicago fans to worry about it when they’re given an ultimatum to report their involvement to HR.

In fact, that’s all the promo focuses on.

But as viewers have pointed out over the last week, that could be much ado about nothing.

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Chicago Med season 6, episode 9 preview

It’s interesting that it’s taken until season 6 for personal relationships to become an HR problem, considering that just about all of the main characters on Med have slept with someone else at the hospital.

It’s not something that this show has ever seriously gone into, aside from Dr. Ethan Choi (Brian Tee) dating April Sexton (Yaya DaCosta) since he had authority over her in the ED, and even that seemed forgotten about pretty quickly. This feels like a storyline that could’ve been done a few seasons ago.

And how severe will any consequences really be, considering the lax attitude that’s been established around the hospital when it comes to discipline of any kind?

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Another criticism viewers have levied about Chicago Med is the lack of consequences. Both Natalie and Crockett should have been fired earlier this season for performing an unauthorized surgery but because it went well, they didn’t get any discipline at all—just a talking-to. When scenes like that happen, it’s hard to worry about whether or not they’ll get in trouble for sleeping together.

You can’t even really blame new arrival Dr. Dean Archer (recurring guest star Steven Weber) for ratting them out. No, it’s not his business, but he probably came from a hospital where the doctors and nurses haven’t almost all hooked up with one another, so to him this is probably a much bigger deal than it is for our characters.

The other storyline in this episode involves Maggie Lockwood (Marlyne Barrett) still agonizing over her decision to let Auggie be adopted by someone else, so naturally the script gives her a plot about motherhood. Poor Maggie has been through the wringer recently with her cancer scare and then foster parenting, and this seems to be more of the same. Will she perhaps be able to make peace and move on by the end of this episode?

(And also, why does this show have such a terrible track record when it comes to kids—but that’s a discussion for another preview.)

If you’re caught up in the personal stories of our hospital staff, this is a Chicago Med episode that should grip you; case of the week information is much more vague, and of course we’ll have to see if any major changes do come out of these emotional storylines.

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