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One Chicago: What to watch for in Chicago Med, Chicago Fire and Chicago PD on Oct. 13, 2021

The One Chicago franchise continues on NBC this Wednesday with brand new episodes of Chicago Fire, Chicago PD and Chicago Med. What should fans watch for in this week’s installments? Check out the episode information and the potential highlights in this preview.

Chicago Med
CHICAGO MED — “Be The Change You Want To See” Episode 703 — Pictured: Dominic Rains as Crockett Marcel — (Photo by: Lori Allen/NBC)

Chicago Med: Can Crockett avoid a Vanessa romance?

Episode Title: “Status Quo, AKA The Mess We’re In”

Episode Description: Charles helps Dylan with a longtime patient who was recently diagnosed with schizophrenia. Stevie, Maggie and Vanessa investigate the legitimacy of a patient’s cancer diagnosis. Crockett is caught off-guard. Will pitches a new medical technology.

What To Watch For: Eyebrows went up last week when the only thing the Chicago Med promo showed was the implication that Vanessa Taylor (recurring guest star Asjha Cooper) might try to make a romantic move on Dr. Crockett Marcel (Dominic Rains). And with good reason—under no circumstances should that actually happen. Or even be discussed. Ever.

There’s a bit of a disclaimer here: TV promos are routinely edited to make things look different and/or worse than they actually are. Particularly with One Chicago ads, they tend to zero in on one particular aspect of an episode and not show anything else. So this could just all be ad hype, but just in case it isn’t, let’s talk about why this is a terrible idea.

One Chicago fans know all the obvious things that are wrong with such a pairing. Crockett is above Vanessa on the organizational chart since he’s a doctor and she’s a med student. Aside from that he’s kind of her supervisor since he agreed to act as her mentor. He just got out of a relationship with Dr. Natalie Manning (Torrey DeVitto) that presumably ended abruptly when she left for Seattle. She’s Maggie Lockwood’s (Marlyne Barrett) daughter and Maggie has already shown her willingness to meddle in Vanessa’s business.

But from a writing standpoint, this is just a weird subplot. Crockett and Vanessa have just started working together this closely and she’s already developing a crush on him? She hardly knows him. It also comes across as undercutting her character and any potential in that dynamic because it turns Vanessa into another wide-eyed med student mooning over a doctor. We’ve seen that on other shows. Why not just let this particular duo keep developing into a great mentoring relationship? Crockett and Vanessa could be the next Charles and Reese. If it gets romantic, then it’s just inappropriate, rushed and uncomfortable to watch.

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