Chicago Med season 6, episode 11 recap: Letting Go Only to Come Together

CHICAGO MED -- "Letting Go Olny To Come Together" Episode 611 -- Pictured: (l-r) Dominic Rains as Crockett Marcel, Torrey DeVitto as Natalie Manning -- (Photo by: Elizabeth Sisson/NBC)
CHICAGO MED -- "Letting Go Olny To Come Together" Episode 611 -- Pictured: (l-r) Dominic Rains as Crockett Marcel, Torrey DeVitto as Natalie Manning -- (Photo by: Elizabeth Sisson/NBC) /

This week’s Chicago Med was pretty big if you’re a Manning and Crockett shipper, while other characters got to talk about losing their loved ones. Slightly awkward.

Wednesday’s episode “Letting Go Only to Come Together” saw Dr. Natalie Manning’s (Torrey DeVitto) mom return and have an awkward moment with her daughter’s new beau Dr. Crockett Marcel (Dominic Rains). But by the end of the episode it only pushed the two closer together. Elsewhere, Dr. Sabeena Virani (recurring guest star Tehmina Sunny) got to help with an ED case, while finally admitting that she and Dr. Will Halstead (Nick Gehlfuss) are “seeing” each other.

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 11 recap

Chicago Med starts with Marcel talking to Natalie’s mother! Apparently he’s over at the Manning house, and of course Natalie’s mom (guest star Margaret Colin) is doing her best to interrogate him. She’s heard about Crockett’s backstory from her daughter, and he further reveals that his family is Zoroastrian. With the music afterward, it’s clear that this is going to be something we revisit later on.

Mercifully we cut to the hospital, where Sharon Goodwin (S. Epatha Merkerson) is being asked by her son Michael (guest star Hampton Fluker) about the hospital tightening up its rules about company reps. As Dr. Daniel Charles (Oliver Platt) asks Goodwin about their tiff, Will confirms a lunch date with Dr. Virani. Virani also talks to Dr. Ethan Choi (Brian Tee) about playing chess; apparently Will’s bad at it. Who’d have thought?

Choi’s attention is pulled away when a tennis player named Montez is brought into the ED. He loses consciousness pretty quickly and Choi has no idea what’s wrong with his heart. Elsewhere, April Sexton (Yaya DaCosta) finds out she’s going back to the COVID-19 ward, and Will takes on the case of a guy named Liam (guest star James Eckhouse) who’s dislocated his shoulder… but it’s totally more than that. Maggie Lockwood (Marlyne Barrett) notices Liam’s talking to invisible people, so it’s time to call Charles!

Crockett and Natalie finally turn up at the hospital, where Natalie apologizes to Crockett for her mother and then they get to work together again to treat Lisa who describes herself as a “professional patient.” In Lisa’s bag, Natalie finds all her medical records. Why is she carrying them?

Montez comes to and Choi explains to him that his heart shouldn’t be wigging out the way it is for a 21-year-old athlete. Montez gives Choi his story about how his late father wanted to see him at the US Open just before he gets a nosebleed, which he says happen when he’s stressed.

Goodwin is interrupted by Gwen Garrett (returning guest star Heather Headley), who’s been getting a lot of calls from angry corporate representatives who hate her new rules just as much as Michael does. Gwen is afraid of the hospital losing funding if their rules are too strict, and tells Goodwin she’s “shutting them down” as the hospital’s Chief Operating Officer.

Charles comes in to look at Liam, who admits that he’s been talking to his wife Terri, who died recently of an aneurysm. “I know she’s dead,” he says, “but I swear, she’s right there.” Charles tells him that he gets it since he lost his own wife last season, then talks to Will about Liam having a visual hallucination that could be a sign of a “deeper brain or eye issue,” not a mental health issue.

Chicago Med has Natalie tell Lisa her tests are normal which somehow disappoints her. Lisa says she’s been having these abdominal issues for 16 years and begs the doctors to fix her, before April introduces herself to her first COVID-19 patient Gina… who thinks COVID-19 is a “big scam.” This will go well.

Virani tells Choi that she watched Montez play and volunteers to help him with the case. He rebuffs her since she doesn’t work for the hospital but then reconsiders 15 seconds later. After the show tells us that Natalie’s mom got Crockett a gift, Maggie talks to Goodwin about expanding Chicago Med’s training programs only to see Gwen grandstanding with all of the reps, including Michael. S. Epatha Merkerson has the best fake smile ever.

After Liam has a seizure, Will finds a tumor that explains all of his problems, including the hallucinations. But Chicago Med fans can see this coming: Liam refuses the surgery because he doesn’t want to let go of his wife. Will decides to take his time with the paperwork to keep him from being discharged, while snarking at Choi for working with Virani. Again we ask, is there some weird love triangle brewing here?

As Virani convinces Choi that Montez’s nosebleeds are likely related (duh), April asks Lanik what she’s supposed to do with Gina; Lanik tasks her with convincing Gina that this is not a hoax. Crockett and Natalie find the source of Lisa’s pain: she’s got two different syndromes, and of course only one of them can be treated. With that lose-lose situation in front of her, she declines either option.

Goodwin visits Charles to talk about their respective days. As he usually does, Charles shrinks her, suggesting that her changing the rules is motivated by what happened with Michael in the last episode. Again a bit obvious. Back in the ED, Montez is now coughing up blood and Crockett has an idea to help Lisa: literally moving her kidney.

Plus, April convinces her patient to get treatment by agreeing with her hoax theory… which is probably not a good precedent to set. Not only that, but she decides to start administering medication on her own. We know Lanik hates people not following rules, so this’ll be fun.

Chicago Med‘s final act has Liam and Charles having a conversation about what Terri would want her husband to do. Liam consents to the surgery as Montez’s condition is finally diagnosed (and it’s treatable) while April finds out Lanik wants her fired. Maggie confronts her and April is once again unrepentant, saying she saved Gina’s life.

At the end of the episode, Choi tells Virani he didn’t want to overstep her “close” relationship with Will; she says there’s nothing wrong with her seeing Will and socializing with him, so they decide to play that chess game after all.

Crockett tells Natalie that Lisa is finally pain-free and that the two of them make a “great team.” Natalie asks if Crockett broke his cycle of pain by being with her; he says the moment she came into his life, his past was in the past, and tells her he loves her. She says it back, so Manstead fans will not be happy.

Charles comforts Liam post-surgery and Goodwin tells Michael that not only are her rules being reversed but she did make them because of him. He replies that he’s leaving and going to another hospital—which he probably should have done a long time ago. At least he’s staying in the city so he can still see his mom.

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