Chicago Med doled out lots of surprises during its season 7 premiere. Familiar characters exited, new characters entered, and Dr. Will Halstead (Nick Gehlfuss) struggled to get his job back at the ED.
As the stills and promos released ahead of the premiere suggested, Will was successful in his mission. What fans didn’t expect, however, were the conditions that Will had to agree to in order to put the scrubs back on.
In the season 7 premiere, “You Can’t Always Trust What You See”, Will enters Goodwin’s office and asks to have his job back on the grounds that he didn’t actually break any rules. Goodwin (S. Epatha Merkerson) asks if Will is familiar with Vasic Labs, a company that specializes in cardiac output monitors.
Chicago Med season 7 premiere recap: Will Halstead goes undercover
Goodwin then drops a bombshell assignment on the befuddled doctor: she asks him to spy on Dr. Matt Cooper (Michael Rady), a newcomer to the ED who may or may not be promoting bad quality monitors to his patients so that he can get part of the Vasic Labs profits.
Will is baffled by the request, but Goodwin makes it clear that his past history with Cooper makes him an ideal candidate. Will and Cooper have known each other for years, with the latter even dating Will’s cousin at one point.
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Will has reservations about spying on coworkers, but his decision to accept Goodwin’s offer ties back into the cold open of the episode. It was there that Dr. Natalie Manning (Torrey DeVitto) urged him to get his job back no matter the circumstances. It’s likely that Will’s determination was driven by his parting conversation with Manning, especially since she went out of her way to clear his name in the season 6 finale.
Will’s second shot coincides with the hiring of another newcomer, Dr. Stevie Hammer (Kristen Hager). It’s quickly revealed that Will and Hammer attended medical school together, and while unspoken, their flirty banter hints at them much being more than study buddies. Hager told Hello Magazine that her character’s past will impact the season, so it’s possible that Will’s involvement with her could compromise his undercover mission.
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