Chicago Med‘s “In Search of Forgiveness, Not Permission” was a definite Mancel episode, and I was surprisingly here for it. And the title was fitting, since Mancel definitely asked for forgiveness instead of permission. I have to admit that despite being a Manstead shipper, I didn’t hate all the Mancel content and am surprisingly warming up to them.
The Start of Mancel
It looks like Marcel may officially be a thing after this week’s episode. They finally got together at the end of the episode, and Natalie looked the happiest I think we’ve seen her in a long time. And she basically told Maggie toward the beginning of the episode that Crockett was her type. As a huge Manstead shipper I never thought I’d say what I’m about to say, but I’m warming up to Mancel. I’ve been loving their flirting lately! And I didn’t hate the ending scene of this episode. However, I still believe that Manstead is endgame and I won’t accept any other outcome. I’m open to the idea of a Mancel fling and seeing where Mancel goes, as long as Manstead is endgame.
However, Natalie has pointed out before that Crockett has a history of one night stands. He seems to get a kick out of sleeping with women without actually having any sort of commitment. Correct me if I’m wrong, but we haven’t seen any evidence of him being in a long-term relationship. Which begs the question, will Natalie be just another one of his one night stands?
Ethan’s Cracking Under Pressure
My heart broke for Ethan this week. I didn’t realize how much stress he was actually under because of his promotion. All of his pent-up emotions ended up coming out this episode, and man has he been through a lot. Maybe Will should be thankful that he didn’t get the position after all.
I can’t imagine what it feels like to watch a patient die and the amount of pressure that comes with running an ED, especially in the middle of a pandemic. Ethan must be under a tremendous amount of stress. While that doesn’t excuse the way he acted and lashed out at Dr. Charles, all those bottled up emotions were bound to come out at some point. Hopefully Ethan continues to talk to Dr. Charles, and hopefully things start looking up for him, because Ethan can’t handle all of this alone.
A Duo I Didn’t Know I Needed
I love when Med gives us pairings we don’t normally see. However, Will and April may not be the best pairing. They both tend to follow their hearts instead of their brains and do whatever it takes to help their patients, even if that means crossing some lines. Will definitely needs someone who will put him in his place and tell him when he’s out of line, and April needs someone who will tell her when she’s taking things too personally. And these two unfortunately aren’t going to be those people for each other.
It doesn’t surprise me at all that April wanted to help Will. She is always wanting to help others in any way she can. Her staying in the COVID ward for as long as she did proved that. It also doesn’t surprise me that Will is once again doing something unethical. Just another week at Chicago Med. I do feel bad for Will though. He may do some shady stuff, but deep down he just wants to help patients and people with heart failure get better. Hopefully, with April’s help, things will start looking up for him.
Stand Out Scene
Natalie and Crockett going rogue and performing the surgery on Isabella was both inspiring and irritating at the same time. On the one hand, the surgery was the only way to save her life and neither one of them were willing to give up on her and just let her die. But on the other hand, they were given orders that it was a lost cause and not to perform the surgery. But then again, what are orders or rules at Chicago Med?
I knew that Natalie and Crockett weren’t going to get fired because nobody ever gets fired at Chicago Med, no matter what rules they break. Plus, they did save Isabella’s life. Hopefully since they were extremely close to actually getting fired this time, this was a lesson for Dr. Manning and Dr. Marcel and they’ll think twice before breaking any rules next time. But who am I kidding, there’s never any consequences at Chicago Med.
Ethan: If you would have just helped me, we wouldn’t be in this situation!
April: When I was in the COVID ward, I felt like I was a part of something so much bigger than myself. I’d like to feel like that again.
Ethan: I just stood there and I did nothing. Same as yesterday, same as it’ll be tomorrow.
Natalie: I know you’re scared, but you can win this fight.
Goodwin: I wish I could help every patient. But the honest reality is, some won’t be able to be saved
Crockett: The world kinda sucks right not, Ms. Goodwin
Natalie: I know it feels like you’re alone right now, but you’re not. I am here for you, okay?
Ethan: The only way to cross it off the list is to get it done.
Chicago Med airs Wednesdays at 8/7c on NBC.