Chicago Med season 6 episode 12 recap: Some Things Are Worth The Risk

CHICAGO MED -- "Some Things Are Worth The Risk" Episode 612 -- Pictured: (l-r) S. Epatha Merkerson as Sharon Goodwin, Oliver Platt as Daniel Charles -- (Photo by: Adrian S. Burrows Sr./NBC)
CHICAGO MED -- "Some Things Are Worth The Risk" Episode 612 -- Pictured: (l-r) S. Epatha Merkerson as Sharon Goodwin, Oliver Platt as Daniel Charles -- (Photo by: Adrian S. Burrows Sr./NBC) /

This week’s Chicago Med was full of intriguing developments to the season’s many ongoing storylines and also featured a mini One Chicago crossover moment which saw two of Med‘s doctors lending a hand in the field at a house where renovations have gone bad.

Wednesday’s episode “Some Things Are Worth The Risk,” saw the return of the patient who became fixated on Dr. Charles following his treatment of her in the ED a few episodes back and an escalation of the situation. We also saw Dr. Halstead butting heads with Dr. Virani regarding their clinical trial, while Dr. Choi and Dr. Archer took to the field to provide emergency support to the Chicago Fire team.

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 12 recap

Dr. Will Halstead

No shocker here—Will (Nick Gehlfuss) has officially hooked up with Dr. Virani, as this episode opens with them in bed. It also reminds us that Will has his big meeting with Kender Pharma’s CEO, Mark Barragan, about becoming a full-time clinical trial doctor.

But that happy moment is soon ruined because Will reports to work only to find out that one of his trial patients has had his car crushed by a big rig. The man very quickly dies from his injuries, and we get a shot of Maggie showing Will and Dr. Natalie Manning (Torrey DeVitto) his unused medication from the clinical trial so viewers know that will be relevant later.

Will spends another part of this episode involved in Dr. Charles’ (Oliver Platt) case, then approaches Virani about helping Natalie’s mom. He also admits that he knows their drug works because he un-blinded one of their patients earlier this season. His now-girlfriend is stunned, pointing out how much he’s screwed up with his big meeting on the horizon. She also firmly says she’s not getting Natalie’s mom into the trial. One wonders if her answer would have been different if she wasn’t ticked off at Will?

The two of them have drinks with Barragan, and Chicago Med makes clear how awkward it is. Virani doesn’t say much except to talk about “strict adherence to protocols,” and the way she looks at Will is like she doesn’t really want to be anywhere near him. That doesn’t stop Barragan from asking Will if he’d leave the ED, and Will from saying he’d “seriously consider” it.

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CHICAGO MED — “Some Things Are Worth The Risk” Episode 612 — Pictured: (l-r) S. Epatha Merkerson as Sharon Goodwin, Oliver Platt as Daniel Charles — (Photo by: Adrian S. Burrows Sr./NBC) /

Dr. Daniel Charles 

If you thought the creepy stalker storyline from the previous Chicago Med episode wasn’t over, you’re right. Dr. Charles is taking his daughter Anna (returning guest star Hannah Alligood) to work with him when they walk into Ramona outside his office. After a very awkward conversation, she leaves but it’s not long before she’s back in the ED having drugged herself on purpose. Of course, she’ll only tell Charles what she took.

That means Charles has to have a conversation with Sharon Goodwin (S. Epatha Merkerson). He explains the obvious: Ramona has imprinted on him now, and he has to acquiesce to her demand before whatever she took kills her. Goodwin wants Charles to wait for the toxicology screen, but here’s another non-shocker: Ramona gets worse and forces Charles’ hand.

He makes Ramona a deal—she admits what she took (insecticide) and he’ll come back and talk to her. After Will and Maggie Lockwood (Marlyne Barrett) treat that problem, Charles talks to Ramona about her family. She says her mother left when she was young and she was happy with just her late father, but otherwise doesn’t like speaking about her dad. We’ve clearly found the primary issue.

Ramona tearfully claims that her relationship with her father changed as she got older and that she “wasn’t good enough.” After being interrupted by his own daughter and telling her that needing the wi-fi password does not constitute an emergency, Charles realizes Ramona has escaped (we’ve said this before, but Chicago Med has terrible security). By the end of the episode, she still hasn’t been found.

Anna tearfully implodes on her father in his office, and the parallel between her and Daniel and Ramona’s apparent relationship with her dad is pretty clear. Charles reassures Anna that she doesn’t need to please him but he does need to keep her safe, and they hug.

Dr. Natalie Manning

Natalie is dismayed to hear that her mother (guest star Margaret Colin) isn’t doing much better after her previous appearance. She asks Will about her mom possibly still getting into the clinical trial; he says no at first but then relents and says he’ll ask Virani on her behalf. Natalie doesn’t get good news there, and more bad news follows: her mom’s latest tests lead the cardiologist to recommend a second surgery and another medical device that will keep her alive until she can get a heart transplant. But Mom isn’t interested.

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Soon after Natalie sees the medication from Will’s deceased patient in the outbox and lies to the courier, telling him it’s already been sent back. Yep, she’s stealing the meds for her mother’s unauthorized use. The episode ends with her giving the pills to her mom, saying only that they came from another doctor who thought these would work well for her. Mom takes them and we’ll have to see how this massive breach of ethics pans out in a later installment.

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Dr. Ethan Choi and Dr. Dean Archer

Want a One Chicago crossover moment? You get it in Chicago Med‘s subplot with Dr. Ethan Choi (Brian Tee) and Dr. Dean Archer (Steven Weber). They get called out to a house where renovations have gone very, very badly and need to do some field medicine. Members of Chicago Fire‘s Firehouse 51 are already on the scene and direct them to a guy trapped in the basement after getting a whole floor dumped on him. The saw Eddie was using also hit him on the way down.

This is one of Chicago Med‘s more involved scenes outside the hospital; we haven’t seen anything similar since the episode where Dr. Connor Rhodes (Colin Donnell) and Dr. Ava Bekker (Norma Kuhling) had to treat a man during a collapse. But just as our heroes have freed Eddie, gunshots break out; there’s gang activity outside. The mere sound spooks Archer, who immediately starts to stumble while trying to keep their patient from bleeding to death while they wait.

Archer’s struggles come to a head when he desperately can’t find the right spot to clamp the bleeding, and he tells Choi he can’t do it. Ethan has to give him a pep talk and he’s able to make it happen just after Joe Cruz (Joe Minoso) tells them the shooting has stopped. As Eddie recovers at Chicago Med, Choi confronts Archer about suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and insists that he make an appointment with Charles.

Choi watches Archer pull out his phone and start texting, but walks away before he’s sure the message is sent. So it obviously isn’t and Archer goes back to work like nothing’s wrong. It really isn’t hard to see why these two were such good colleagues; they’re a lot alike, except for Choi is a lot nicer.

Dr. Crockett Marcel and April Sexton

The one semi-normal case in this Chicago Med episode goes to Dr. Crockett Marcel (Dominic Rains) and April Sexton (Yaya DaCosta). They treat a woman who comes into the ED after having COVID-19; are her respiratory issues just left over from the virus or are they indicative of something else?

The initial tests don’t prove anything, so April suggests that this case could be psychosomatic—that she’s experiencing physical symptoms from the stress of coronavirus. That doesn’t go over well with the patient or her husband. Eventually, Crockett figures out that it’s endometriosis and he recommends inducing menopause—which the patient declines as she wants to have a baby. They settle on a Plan B: he can remove the affected portion of her lung, but it’s by no means a permanent fix.

Chicago Med resolves her case off-screen so Marcel can inform April that her original suggestion wasn’t out of line. He encourages her and Chicago Med next shows us April looking at nurse practitioner programs.

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