A new hotshot doctor arrives at Chicago Med causing competition for Dr. Rhodes (Colin Donnell). Dr. Halstead (Nick Gehlfuss) and Dr. Manning (Torrey DeVitto) work together to diagnose a Syrian refugee without a medical record. When Robin (guest star Mekia Cox) is admitted back into the hospital for more complications, Dr. Reese (Rachel DiPillo) takes a different approach to her treatment. Distracted from work because of Robin’s worsening case, Dr. Charles (Oliver Platt) is challenged by Goodwin (S. Epatha Merkerson) and Noah (guest star Roland Buck III) hosts a graduation party that brings everyone together.
This finale was all about graduation and moving on and to be fair this theme really started with last week’s episode when we said goodbye to Jeff.
Now if ever there was a character brought in for the sole purpose of propping up another, Jeff is it. He served absolutely no purpose this season apart from being the blocker between Will/Natalie and helping Natalie move on from her dead husband. As soon as his job there was done he disappeared for several episodes only appearing to get Severide to donate his bone marrow to a sick woman (still don’t understand that plotline – why was Jeff fighting so hard for his patient and why would Severide’s bone marrow be better than anyone else’s?!) and saying goodbye to Natalie last week before going off to Hawaii.
Graduation is also the time for pranks (or so I am led to believe, I’ve never actually seen any in real life myself) and I loved the pranks on Dr Stohl and Maggie’s reaction to them. I think the balloons were my favourite one.
Robin’s health problems and her relationship with Rhodes are two (of several) things that I haven’t cared about this season. However, I did admire the writers for putting mental health issues front and centre showing how a strong, smart woman could suddenly have what appeared to be have a nervous breakdown. Therefore, it was extremely disappointing for me to have those psychiatric symptoms be explained as being only temporary due to a rare illness. I would have loved for the writers to show Robin fighting off her mental illness and coming back stronger.
The surprise of the season is that Dr Latham has actually grown on me …. and brought in a new South African residency that is probably going to steal his spot as most annoying character on the show. I see that Connor/Robin isn’t going to last long then with his next love interest already being lined up.
Sarah and her storylines this season have bored me. SO much so that I apparently erased the fact that Sarah and her boyfriend broke up …. that did actually happen and I did just forget that right?
I do not like Noah, I resent that he got the residency spot at Med and that he will probably become a regular next season. I feel as irritated with him as Sarah, actually probably more so since this is TV so she’ll probably end up sleeping with him at some point given how the episode ended.
Choi/April – WTF? The scene on the rooftop last week …… I did NOT see that ship coming until it was too late and then it just made me want to cringe. Seems like they are really going there though, especially since relationship-wise the episode ended with those two kissing instead of the expected Will/Natalie. Hmm, maybe I am a bit intrigued.
Finally, we come to Will/Natalie. I have shipped them all along but the start of this season where she went off with Jeff really destroyed her character for me (Also, unrelated but a bit weird Owen hasn’t made an appearance all season right?!). Then once she realises he was a mistake, she tries to get Will to confess his feelings for her again. Whilst I find Nina inadvertently aggravating, I do think Will did the right thing in turning Natalie down …… but of course that wouldn’t last long. One simple haircut and Will is right back being obsessed with his colleague and friend.
Along comes Jay, who I have my own issues with since he broke up with Lindsay, and lo and behold there is something going on between him and Natalie, no matter how small. I knew when they went on to the hockey game together a couple of episodes back that the writers were going down this route. In a way I liked that Natalie and his brother getting closer is the trigger that makes Will fight for Natalie but I sincerely hope that wasn’t the reason TPTB broke Jay/Erin up. I respect that Will didn’t break up with Nina and then the same hour make his move on Natalie …..that was just friendly flirty dancing and the season premiere isn’t going to start with them in bed together is it? Season 3 is obviously the time for them but I do not want their relationship to have rebound written all over it.
And then the ending …. as soon as the scene cut away from the party and back to the hospital, I remembered that Mr Kellogg still hadn’t been dealt with and therefore, the episode was only going to end one way – with Dr Charles having recovered emotionally from Robin’s illness but then be hurt physically.
Overall this season has been better than I first feared and there have been some strong medical cases and patients. Pity I’m not overly invested in any of the main characters.