Natalie Manning is one of my favorite characters on Chicago Med. I don’t know why. She just is. Which is why this week’s episode was heartbreaking to watch. There really does seem to be some bad mojo around the One Chicago parents. But one good thing that came out of this episode was a Manstead reunion! Chicago Med‘s “Fathers and Mothers, Daughters and Sons” was a hell of an episode.
Crockett vs. Will
Crockett wants surgery, Will wants the clinical trial. Nothing new there. What was new, however, was Will and Natalie interacting again. And Crockett was getting real jealous. Jealousy is not a good look on you, Crockett. Natalie has a lot of history with Will, there’s no denying that. But she’s with Crockett, for now, and they’re actually kinda cute together. However, in the grander theme of Crockett vs Will, I’m Team Will. I’ll always be Team Will.
Seeing Will and Natalie finally interacting again makes me so happy. It’s nice to know that they didn’t just completely forget about each other. You could tell by their conversations and interactions this episode that they still care a lot about each other, and it made me miss the old Manstead. I really hope that this is the start of them getting back together but for now, my Manstead-loving heart will take any interaction between them that I can get.
A Familiar Patient
When Natalie Manning cries, I cry. I really felt for her and what she was going through this episode. Will visiting Natalie’s mom and bringing her favorite flowers was so sweet. My only complaint though is that we learned that Will and Natalie went on a vacation with Owen and Nat’s parents and we didn’t get to see it, or at least a picture of it! I’m glad Natalie had the support system that she did and that everything looks like it’s gonna be okay with her mom.
I know we joke around in this fandom sometimes about the bad luck around being a One Chicago dad, but after this episode, it seems like it might be bad luck to just be a One Chicago parent in general. Can we stop hurting or killing the One Chicago parents? Please? At this rate there won’t be any left soon. I loved the heart-to-heart between Natalie and her mom in her hospital room. Her mom fawning over Will, the look on her face when she realized she put her foot in her mouth after finding out about Natalie and Crockett’s relationship, and her telling Nat that she just wants her to be happy. It was all so perfect and heart-warming. I just want Natalie to be happy, too. She deserves it.
Welcome Dr. Dean Archer
We finally met Dean Archer, and so far I’m not a huge fan. He seems arrogant, and he doesn’t seem to take orders very feel. At least not from Ethan. I feel about him now almost the same way I felt about Crockett in the beginning, as far as the arrogance goes. Thank goodness Ethan set him straight in the end and told him that in the ED, he’s the one in charge. I just hope he really meant what he said when he said that it was old habits and he was just trying to make a good impression.
I have a feeling that there’s more to it than that, though. He used to be Ethan’s superior when he was in the Navy, and something tells me that he doesn’t like that Ethan’s now his superior. I may be wrong, and I will be more than happy to be so, but I don’t think I am. Something tells me that Dr. Archer coming to work at Med is not gonna go well for Ethan.
A Tough Decision for Maggie
Maggie and Ben have a hard decision on their hands. Almost an impossible one. No matter what they choose, there will certainly be heartbreak. Auggie would love to be with his brother, but he also loves Maggie and Ben. And Maggie and Ben love him. However, it seems like they’re going to let Auggie be with his brother, and I think that’s the right decision, even though it’s the hardest for them. My heart breaks for Maggie and Ben in this situation.
They’re really taking Auggie away from Maggie and Ben. After everything they’ve been through. It just doesn’t seem fair. My heart broke for Maggie when she was talking to Goodwin about giving her kid up for adoption when she was young and feeling like she didn’t deserve to be a mom until she met Auggie. She does deserve to be a mom and I hope she gets that chance again. Auggie or not, Maggie deserves to be a mom, and we deserve to see her be one.
Stand Out Scene
The look on Dr. Lannk’s, and everyone else in the room’s for that matter’s, face when they found out that the woman’s baby was actually a doll was priceless. I honestly don’t know how I would react myself in that situation, but I really loved that scene. It was the perfect plot twist that nobody saw coming. I know I certainly didn’t.
This was a really weird case, but it was also really interesting. And Lord knows it definitely wasn’t the most bizarre case we’ve ever seen on Chicago Med. The things that trauma can make people believe and do is so fascinating to me. I’m just glad it ended well, and that it helped Maggie to make her decision about Auggie.
Crockett: I guess that I just worry that your mom’s history with Will, her affection for him, is clouding her judgement, and yours too.
Will: If it’s time you want, the trial is the best option.
Will: I have a lot of history with Carol, and with Natalie. And I understand that makes you uncomfortable but, I won’t apologize for it.
Maggie: Auggie should be with his brother.
Will: I want Natalie to be happy.
Ethan: In this ED, I’m in charge.
Anna: Dad, I’m not worried about losing my friends. I’m worried about leaving you.
Dr. Lannik: This is a doll! Is this some kind of joke?
Chicago Med airs Wednesdays at 8/7c on NBC.