This Wednesday’s installments included Chicago Med almost blowing up Dr. Will Halstead’s undercover mission, making him almost do something even more ridiculous (but not as frustrating as what Crockett went through). Meanwhile, Chicago Fire had a couple of unexpected guests visit Firehouse 51 while some main players were out and Chicago PD featured a showdown as the Roy situation continued to cause problems for Hailey Upton.
These are the things you should know from this week in One Chicago, and the things we want to know as we wait for the next new episodes.
SPOILER ALERT: This article contains spoilers for the latest episodes of Chicago Med, Chicago Fire and Chicago PD.
Chicago Med: Crockett got the short end of the stick
This week was a rough week for Dr. Crockett Marcel, as Dominic Rains’ character was this week’s big loser in the One Chicago universe. Professionally viewers saw the normally take-no-nonsense Marcel get elbowed out of the way by a cardiothoracic surgeon who condescendingly told him “you’re a general surgeon, not a specialist.”
The scene was particularly irritating if you’re a longtime Chicago Med viewer—because Dr. Connor Rhodes never would have been that arrogant. Fans remember Connor was a cardiothoracic surgeon and he would have either not been in the OR to begin with, respecting that it was Marcel’s patient, or worked with him for the best possible outcome. It’s a shame that the CT department, which was once the most interesting part of the show, is now represented by another stock character. (One can only hope that Dr. Latham is still in charge off-screen and will somehow take Simms down a few notches.)
Of course, Latham’s bad day was kind of a setup so he would be available to have a “moment” with Vanessa Taylor (guest star Ashja Cooper), in a plot point that only lasted the episode but was clunky all around. The opening moments had Maggie Lockwood and Stevie Hammer (Marlyne Barrett and Kristen Hager) gossiping about Vanessa’s crush on Crockett, but we as the audience had barely seen the thought. So did Vanessa just develop this crush overnight or was there another time jump somewhere? Why she felt so strongly about Marcel, and how she got there so fast, never came through.
Then the writers used that to introduce another eyebrow-arching moment—Stevie revealing that she’d not only crushed on her advisor but gone on to marry and divorce him. That sounds like the kind of thing that’s going to come back later. It also sounds like something the show doesn’t necessarily need. Luckily Vanessa seems to be over her Crockett infatuation, so maybe the series will scale back to developing a good mentorship between the two characters, or even a cool friendship between Vanessa and Stevie?