Our leading men were not their best selves on Chicago Med Season 3 Episode 15, but while they might be heading to major slumps, at least Maggie's back in the game.
She's just going to have to face what she was willing to do to get there.
Connor's rising start certainly took a nose dive this week.
Even though I think that presenting all the options to the parents was the right call, it was kind of refreshing to see one of the docs get called out on going rogue.
But even if Latham's criticism was justified, it hurt to see their bromance damaged like that. And I feel sorry for Ava -- nobody wants to know that they're the second pick. Norma Kuhling did a great job despite not having many lines.
To perform an operation with as many moving parts as this, you need confidence that the people you are working with are pulling in the same direction. I fear, Dr. Rhodes, that you are not a team player -- that your are in fact a diva. I'm replacing you with Dr. Bekker.Latham
Connor wasn't the only doc with a difficult case though.
I almost (almost) felt bad for Will about his patient. He was trying to save the guy's life after all.
Still, the guy had a point about the disconnect between the docs and the business side of things. It's a little weird that in a department so concerned about the bottom line, the new attending wouldn't be able to give the guy ballpark figures.
Patient: Give me an estimate. The biopsy, the MRI. All these tubes. What's it all come out to? A hundred grand? 200? Three?
Will: I really don't know.
Patient: What is wrong with you? How can you call for all these tests when you have no idea how much they cost?
But mostly I was just left wondering what the point of this case was. Will wasn't sorry for running up the tab, and he shouldn't have been. But no one explained negotiating with the hospital to the patient, no changes occurred to hospital policy.
In fact, the most meaningful development to long-term plot was that Nat had to reiterate her need to space to Will.
That man does not know how to take a hint. And apparently, he's never seen Friends, because he's about to pull a Ross.
But I don't think this is going to turn out to be comedic gold. And I'm not going to regret the end of this relationship.
Nat and Will have been set up to be the great romance of Med, the second coming of Gabby and Matt on Chicago Fire, but they've yet to deliver on that promise.
Will: Is it over and Natalie just doesn't have the heart to tell me? I mean, what is a break anyway?
Connor: Yeah, I might be the wrong guy to ask. Last time a girlfriend asked for a break, she moved to Minneapolis.
It's not that the actors entirely lack chemistry, although they don't have the burn of the franchise's best couple, but that their relationship isn't based on anything real.
They banter at work, but they're on opposite sides of the argument a lot of the time. Opposites can attract, but there needs to be some common ground.
Of course, the biggest problem is one of respect. Will routinely underestimates or undermines Nat at work. And asking for a consult when you already know the answer isn't flattering, it's transparent and annoying.
Pro tip: needlessly trying to add to the workload of an already busy woman isn't the way to her heart. Be a grownup and handle your own cases.
Will: Natalie. You avoiding me?
Nat: Will, I told you last week...I need a break, okay?
With all that in mind, I'm fine with Will screwing up and screwing Maia. Maybe Nat will find somebody outside of the hospital in the interim.
You know, it's not even that I strongly object to her dating another doctor, it's that Nat having a relationship with somebody not in the medical field would open up the show to having characters with fuller lives.
It doesn't even have to be Nat. Literally, anybody on this show could start a romance that wasn't centered at Med, and I'd be cool with it.
Barry: Take the win and be happy.
Maggie: But I betrayed myself -- what I believe is right.
Barry: Maggie, you did what it took to survive, that's all.
Maggie: That's not the finest motivation. Now I have to live with it!
One romance that I'm hoping won't reignite? Maggie and Barry. Yes, he did her a favor, but he still lied to her. I was pretty annoyed by the implication that she has no right to be upset with him for his rule-bending after her request.
The reason Barry had to go wasn't that he changed his name and didn't tell the truth on his conceal and carry permit application. That was dumb, but it was definitely the lesser offense in Maggie's eyes.
The problem was that he lied to her about it, and never intended to tell her the truth.
I honestly found the whole premise of Maggie having to visit Barry because her permit had expired a bit of a stretch anyway. We live in the digital age; who doesn't put a calendar reminder on their phone immediately when there's a far-off deadline?
And since the hospital has a vested interest in Maggie keeping her EMT license current, wouldn't they have had her scheduled for a ride-along at some point?
You might think I'm nitpicking, but shouldn't things that are presented as major plot points be accurate? I'll give up complaining about how long they perform CPR if the writers would avoid major oversights like this.
Well, I'll try anyway.
To perform an operation with as many moving parts as this, you need confidence that the people you are working with are pulling in the same direction. I fear, Dr. Rhodes, that you are not a team player -- that your are in fact a diva. I'm replacing you with Dr. Bekker.
Sharon will be glad that Maggie was reinstated so quickly on Chicago Med Season 3 Episode 16. Her godson is going to be brought to the ED, and who else can she rely on to make sure he gets the best care possible?
Nat and Daniel will be working together, which will make for a nice change, but the case they're on is going to be delicate. And controversial. It's safe to assume the case "concerning the gender of a nine-year-old girl" is about gender transitioning.
But will that case take more precedence than Ava and Connor's? For once the promo might not be misleading us. The real question is this: Will their professional argument lead to another hookup?
We'll have to watch to find out.
Is Sarah finally ready to face the damage inflicted by her father? Are Will and Nate done? Can Maggie come back from compromising her morals? Is Emily rehabilitated or still troubled?
Elizabeth Harlow was a staff writer for TV Fanatic. She left the organization in October 2018.