‘Chicago Med’ 5×05 Review: “Got A Friend In Me”

Chicago Med’s “Got a Friend in Me” was taught us a lot of things. One, it’s always good to have a friend to talk to in times of need, and to be there for a friend in return. Two, it’s okay to let your guard down and be vulnerable sometimes. Don’t let your ego get the best of you. And three, sometimes there are lines that you just don’t cross.

How Far Is Too Far?

CHICAGO MED — “Got a Friend In Me” Episode 503 — Pictured: Torrey DeVitto as Dr. Natalie Manning — (Photo by: Liz Sisson/NBC)

Natalie Manning is notorious for breaking the rules and pushing boundaries when it comes to her patients. She has definitely had some close calls, and should probably be thankful she hasn’t lost her job yet. While it could be argued that she is just passionate about her job and patients, sometimes there are lines that you just don’t cross.

Will has had to take over Natalie’s patients a couple times now because the parents have lost faith in her, and to be honest, I don’t blame them. While I love Natalie Manning, I have to admit that she hasn’t been the most reliable doctor this season. She has missed diagnosed patients numerous times now, and diagnosed Lucas three different times tonight alone. She went from diagnosing him with allergies and an overcautious nanny, to a sinus infection, to the possibility of pneumonia. If I were the parents, I would probably lose confidence in Natalie, too.

While I would hate to see Dr. Manning potentially lose her job, I must admit that the final scene probably crossed some lines. I understand that she was just doing what she thought was right for her patient, but you can’t give a kid treatment without the parents’ consent. If I was a parent, I would be pissed if a doctor treated my child in a way that I didn’t agree with after I openly refused treatment. I understand that Natalie had good intentions, but on the other hand the parents have a right to treat their kid the way they want to. Which begs the question: how far is too far?

Tension Between Choi, Marcel, and Sexton

Dr. Marcel seems to be rubbing a lot of the employees at Gaffney Chicago Medical Center the wrong way. First April had some problems with him, and now Ethan. Dr. Marcel doesn’t seem to be making a good first impression.

I’ll admit that my first impression of Dr. Marcel was that he seemed to come off as arrogant. He likes to do things his way, which I think is what angered Ethan. I get the sense from him that he likes people who he can rely on and who will work with him instead of trying to take over, which is exactly who Dr. Marcel is not.

I also think that some of the tension between Dr. Choi and Dr. Marcel is over the Sexton siblings. While it’s never actually stated, I don’t think Dr. Choi likes that Dr. Marcel was partnered with April and is now working with Noah. Ethan clearly cares for both of them, and I think his emotions are getting the best of him. He helped train Noah in the beginning, and I don’t think he likes that Noah is now training under Dr. Marcel and getting along with him. Noah seems to be taking Dr. Marcel’s side on a lot of things, and I think that’s rubbing Ethan the wrong way a little bit. I also think he feels a little threatened by Dr. Marcel over April. April is his girlfriend, and he doesn’t want anything to come between them, especially not Dr. Marcel.

Maggie Lockwood: A Courageous Fighter

CHICAGO MED — “Got a Friend In Me” Episode 503 — Pictured: Marlyne Barrett as Maggie Lockwood — (Photo by: Liz Sisson/NBC)

Cancer has got to be just about the worst diagnosis you can get. However, Maggie refuses to let her breast cancer slow her down. I admire her determination to continue to work and live a normal life.While I wish she would have been more open about her diagnosis in the beginning, I can understand her decision not to. I just wish we could have seen some of the other characters be there for her and support her during this time in her life.

The beginning scene when Maggie was brushing her hair as it was falling out was heartbreaking. You could just see how crushed and defeated Maggie felt. It was a very powerful scene for sure. I loved the part where Maggie put her wig on after it all and carried on like the fearless warrior she is. Maggie Lockwood is an inspiration and someone we can all look up to.

Even though Maggie didn’t want anyone knowing about her cancer diagnosis, I’m glad Cece found out. It’s not healthy to keep things bottled in. While Sharon knew and was someone Maggie could turn to, Sharon doesn’t really understand what she’s going though. Cece has cancer too, so she understands what Maggie is going through and can really be there for Maggie. Maggie was clearly struggling with her diagnosis even if she didn’t want to admit it, and it wasn’t good for her to keep it bottled in and suffer alone. I’m glad Cece became a friend she could turn to.

Can Manstead Just Be Happy?

I am ready for Will and Natalie to start getting along again. Those two just can’t catch a break. Will is just trying to do what’s best for her, but Natalie thinks he’s punishing her because she’s with Phillip. They have been butting heads a lot this season, and this episode especially. I just want Manstead to be happy and together again instead of fighting.

I can’t wait for the moment Natalie gets her memory back. Hopefully that will fix a lot of her and Will’s problems. In the meantime, hopefully Natalie will realize that Will is just trying to do what’s best for her because he cares. Let’s just hope she gets her memory back soon.

Stand Out Scene

The scene where Maggie finally tells April and some of the other nurses what’s been going on with her was so sweet. I loved how she was able to be so vulnerable with them and not just tell them that she has cancer, but actually take her wig off and show them. That was probably partly because she couldn’t actually form the words to say that she has cancer, but it was still really sweet.

I was so happy that she finally told someone about her diagnosis! While I wish it would have been Natalie that she finally decided to open up to, I’m just glad she told someone. I love Maggie’s friendship with Natalie and how good of friends they are, although April has proven to be a good friend to Maggie too. I love their scenes together. They’re always there for each other like a good friend should be. I’m sure she’ll open up to Natalie about it eventually though, and I’m excited for those scenes!

Best Lines

Dr. Marcel: God only gave us so many heartbeats. No sense in Carl running out of his early

Cece: There is strength in community.

Watch Chicago Med  Wednesdays at 8/7c on NBC.

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