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

"For The Want Of A Nail" Episode 609 -- Pictured: (l-r) Torrey DeVitto as Natalie Manning, Dominic Rains as Crockett Marcel -- (Photo by: Elizabeth Sisson/NBC)
"For The Want Of A Nail" Episode 609 -- Pictured: (l-r) Torrey DeVitto as Natalie Manning, Dominic Rains as Crockett Marcel -- (Photo by: Elizabeth Sisson/NBC) /
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“For The Want Of A Nail” Episode 609 — Pictured: Oliver Platt as Daniel Charles — (Photo by: Elizabeth Sisson/NBC) /

Chicago Med season 6, episode 9 recap

This week’s Chicago Med was primarily driven by relationships, also some of them weren’t exactly positive.

Wednesday’s episode “For the Want of a Nail” saw Dr. Natalie Manning (Torrey DeVitto) forced to decide if she wanted to publicly declare her relationship with Dr. Crockett Marcel (Dominic Rains) after she used Marcel to get a second opinion on Dr. Dean Archer’s (recurring guest star Steven Weber) treatment of a patient.

Meanwhile, Archer stuck his own nose in Dr. Ethan Choi’s (Brian Tee) case of the week, which escalated tensions between the two old friends. It seems like Archer might not be comfortable with Choi’s authority after all.

Here’s what happened in the latest Chicago Med episode for each of your favorite characters, starting with:

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Natalie and Crockett

Crockett and Natalie have a flirty moment coming into work, which is spotted by Archer, though let’s be honest—they’re not subtle about it. Steven Weber’s facial expression is great as Archer’s like “what the heck is this.”

Natalie and Archer run into each other again when Med reveals that Archer’s new patient is Darby, one of Natalie’s friends. Archer orders an ultrasound; Natalie says she spotted some swelling around the gallbladder and thinks it’s a much more serious issue. Archer tells her to wait for CT scan results before jumping to conclusions.

When Natalie finds out Archer is discharging Darby after the scan, she brings up the gallbladder again; when he brushes off her concern a second time, Natalie goes to Crockett. Suddenly, here’s Crockett recommending Darby have gallbladder surgery, which she consents to.

Archer confronts both Crockett and Natalie afterward, wondering how Darby would know to ask for Crockett ‘s opinion when she’d never met him…unless, of course, Natalie gave her his name. Crockett doesn’t deny that, and Archer also comments about their romantic relationship before he stalks off. He then finds a way to slip that into a conversation with Choi, who is unconcerned; as he points out, many doctors at Chicago Med have dated, including himself.

Nonetheless Choi confronts Natalie about her end-around and tells her that the duo will have to declare their relationship to human resources; she gets indignant and rants to Crockett, who does not care; he’s happy to go to HR. But she does: “I can just hear what people are gonna say,” she admits, which causes him to walk off, and understandably so.

The episode ends with Natalie handing Crockett the form to declare their dating to HR—and almost gleefully saying to “let them” talk about the relationship. Was she this enthusiastic when she was with Will? Anyway, that’s a big step forward for the show’s newest couple.


Choi spent this whole episode essentially dealing with other people’s problems. That’s what being the new Chief of the Emergency Department will get you.

First, Archer gives Choi his opinion on Choi’s scheduling decisions, while assuring him he’s “good with the chain of command.” Choi then joins another doctor to treat Hector, who’s got a handful of odd symptoms, like swollen eats and shortness of breath. The first guess is pneumonia, but that gets ruled out by the next time we see him.

Archer butts into the case to suggest that Hector could have something much bigger; an unimpressed Choi wants to see what the antibiotics do before swinging for the fences. Archer apologizes for overstepping but you get the sense it’s not a sincere apology.

When Hector suddenly struggles to breathe, Choi brings in a fourth doctor, who doesn’t know much more than they do. Here comes Archer again; now he’s convinced Hector has something rare called vexas. He’s so convinced that he orders tests for it, snarkily commenting that he’s not sure which rules to follow when Choi enforces some of them and not others.

It turns out Archer was right about Hector’s diagnosis. Choi thanks him for that and turns down another apology.

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