Chicago Med season 6, episode 10 recap: So Many Things We’ve Kept Buried

CHICAGO MED -- "So Many Things We've Kept Buried" Episode 610 -- Pictured: (l-r) Dominic Rains as Crockett Marcel -- (Photo by: Adrian S. Burrows Sr./NBC)
CHICAGO MED -- "So Many Things We've Kept Buried" Episode 610 -- Pictured: (l-r) Dominic Rains as Crockett Marcel -- (Photo by: Adrian S. Burrows Sr./NBC) /

This week’s Chicago Med saw tension in some relationships, while others took fairly significant steps forward.

Wednesday’s episode “So Many Things We’ve Kept Buried” had Dr. Ethan Choi (Brian Tee) butting heads with Dr. Will Halstead (Nick Gehlfuss) again, this time over patient treatment.

Meanwhile, fans of Dr. Crockett Marcel (Dominic Rains) learned some interesting facts about him when he connected with his latest patient.

Here’s what happened in the latest Chicago Med episode for each of your favorite characters.

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Chicago Med season 6, episode 10 recap

Chicago Med‘s main storyline gets underway with a woman collapsing in the lobby of the hospital. When Choi, Will and Sabeena Virani (recurring guest star Tehmina Sunny) rush over to help, her daughter tells them all that her mom is carrying her baby. Well, that’s a different story.

Once Mary’s stabilized in the ED, her daughter Katie reveals that mom is also a recovering alcoholic. So could it be alcoholic cardiomyopathy? That’s what Will wonders, and disagrees with Choi on how to treat it. Choi tells Maggie Lockwood (Marlyne Barrett) to go with the standard procedure, while Will and Virani don’t look convinced.

Elsewhere, Marcel deals with a man who’s been shot but is more concerned with being able to afford his care. Crockett is more focused on doing the necessary operation so the man doesn’t die. Eventually, the patient does consent, while Dr. Natalie Manning (Torrey DeVitto) asks Dr. Daniel Charles (Oliver Platt) to talk to her patient Emily who’s just been mugged.

That leaves April Sexton (Yaya DaCosta), whom Chicago Med shows walks into an accident on a construction site and steps in to help the injured worker. She tells his co-workers she thinks he’ll be okay, but we get the ominous music and April is next seen bringing Russell in for Dr. James Lanik (recurring guest star Nate Santana) to treat.

Cut to Charles telling Natalie that “something’s not adding up” about Emily. That makes sense when a random cop appears and says the police couldn’t find any footage of the mugging. When confronted with that news, the woman gets a little skittish, and Charles catches sight of what looks like fingernail scratches on her husband.

Will once again approaches Choi about changing their patient’s course of treatment, and this time Choi agrees. Mary not only doesn’t respond to the new approach, but she briefly crashes. Will looks chagrined before the show cuts to Crockett in surgery. He’s lost the bullet he was here to get out, and is forced to do another X-ray to find where it went.

April decides to scrub in on Lanik’s surgery, whether he wants her there or not (he doesn’t). Chicago Med gives us a lingering shot of her “what” face before Charles questions Emily’s husband Brian. He says he’s retired from the Army after having returned from Afghanistan three months earlier, and doesn’t know where the scratches came from. Charles tells Natalie he doesn’t think she’s Emily is being abused; Natalie thinks otherwise, having seen records of two previous hospital stays.

And Chicago Med fans know how Natalie can get when she’s convinced of something.

Cut back to Will and Choi, with Will proposing another risky way forward for Mary. “We can’t keep going like this,” he protests, with Choi saying, “You’ve already done enough damage as it is.” While Will smarts from that, Emily denies that Brian is abusive with Natalie calling it “classic battered woman syndrome.” Charles remains skeptical. “What if he’s not fighting her at all?” he says. “What if he’s fighting something else and she just happens to be there?”

Could he be doing things in his sleep? Charles has a way to test that theory.

The series then shows Crockett out of surgery, having to explain to his patient that he didn’t actually lose the bullet; it got lodged elsewhere, and it’s going to take two days before it’s safe to go in and get it. The man’s son tells Crockett that his dad is actually angry at him for being a musician when his father risked everything to bring him to the United States.

Michael Goodwin (recurring guest star Hampton Fluker) then appears like a wild Pokemon and proposes Crockett use an unapproved medical device to find the bullet without surgery; Crockett agrees.

April worries she may not have done enough at the construction site to save Russell’s leg before Will mopes about Mary. Motivated by Virani’s encouragement, he decides to pitch his idea directly to the patient, with a warning that it could stop her heart permanently and kill the baby she’s carrying. Maggie is probably the worst person to wander into the room during this conversation. Mary tells them how much her daughter wants a baby, and agrees to take the risk.

Will is next seen getting chewed out by Choi while Katie tries to tell her mother that the baby isn’t as important as she thinks it is. Mary refuses to change her mind, though, and Will starts the treatment while everyone looks on angstily.

Elsewhere, Lanik tells April that Russell will be fine and that her actions in the field likely saved the man’s life. “Pretty good for a nurse,” he says. “Should have gone to med school.” Backhanded compliment if there ever was one.

And Charles and Natalie tell Brian that he’s got PTSD-related terrors—something that neither he nor his wife want to hear. But when Brian brings up his sleep tracking app, Charles shows Emily how irregular his sleep patterns are, and how they correspond with her injuries. Brian begs his wife to tell him if he hurt her; she finally admits he did, while reassuring him that it’s not his fault. “I’ll do whatever it takes,” he tells Dr. Charles.

Chicago Med then circles back to Mary as everyone waits to see if Will’s idea is going to work. In true TV fashion it does at the very last second, and only because Maggie refused to move aside so Choi could step in. And Goodwin is not happy when Crockett and Michael tell her what their own controversial plan is. She’s just starting to scold them when Crockett is called back; the patient has a hole in his heart that the bullet could get into and cause a massive stroke.

Well, now that second surgery is definitely happening.

After a few tense moments, Marcel is able to recover the bullet on the second try. In the final few minutes, Chicago Med shows that Mary’s baby is fine, Maggie opens up the letter she received after trying to reach out to her daughter (though we don’t get to see what it says), and Brian is on his way to a psychiatric facility. Choi tells Will that “you and I have a problem,” but doesn’t actually do anything, while Crockett’s patient apologizes to him—and fans learn that Dr. Marcel speaks Farsi, his family having emigrated to America when he was two.

(In reality, actor Dominic Rains is Iranian-American and so we’ve got a bit of art imitating life here.)

Choi sees Virani and Will leaving together with more ominous music suggesting he might have something to say about that later, before the episode ends as it began: with a couple-y moment between Natalie and Crockett. Crockett reveals his parents changed his and his sister’s names once the family emigrated, similar to how April mentioned early in the series that her family shortened their last name to Sexton. Apparently his dad was a huge Miami Vice fan. Who could’ve guessed?

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