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CHICAGO MED — “You Can’t Always Trust What You See” Episode 701 — Pictured: (l-r) Steven Weber as Dr. Dean Archer, Oliver Platt as Daniel Charles — (Photo by: George Burns Jr/NBC)

Chicago Med: There’s a new sheriff in town

Dr. Dean Archer (Steven Weber) made his first appearance as head of the Emergency Department in “You Can’t Always Trust What You See,” and wasted no time in starting (or is that continuing?) to tick people off. But that might be just what the show needed.

Archer’s first scene was snarking with Dr. Daniel Charles (Oliver Platt) about what had caused Dr. Ethan Choi (an absent Brian Tee) to get shot in the Chicago Med season 6 finale. He and Charles continued to trade barbs throughout the episode as Archer struggled with twins who insisted that they both receive the same treatment, even though one of them was perfectly healthy.

But he didn’t stop there. Dean also had choice words for a returning Dr. Will Halstead (Nick Gehlfuss), telling him he couldn’t wait for Will’s “next train wreck” as the Chicago Med season 7 premiere revealed how much the medication theft had screwed the hospital—Kender Pharma had not only pulled their clinical trial, but also locked all the affected patients’ medical records.

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There will never be a Dean Archer fan club at the hospital. But the fact of the matter is that the show itself needs someone who’s going to push back against the doctors and nurses, who’ve kind of skated by on their own volition for a while. Archer is still a little bit self-serving, but he’s also shown that he’s not going to take crap from anyone, and Steven Weber is also a delight to keep watching.

Now here’s a thought: former ED chief James Lanik (recurring guest star Nate Santana) popped up for one solitary scene in the premiere. How cool would it be to have Archer and Lanik working on a case together? Lanik was also difficult but almost entirely for his own ends, so he and Archer would probably have a battle royale if they had to collaborate. The writers should make that happen immediately, for entertainment and also perhaps as a way to show Archer isn’t as one-dimensional as some of his predecessors.

Chicago Med airs Wednesdays at 8:00 p.m. ET/PT on NBC, followed by Chicago Fire at 9:00 p.m. ET/PT and Chicago PD at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT.

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