What happened on Chicago Med season 3 episode 18 was probably more harrowing than much of what we’ve seen through all of three seasons. There was a mass shooting and in the aftermath of it, the doctors and nurses at the hospital had to figure out how to handle the influx of new patients — while also dealing with the presence of a possible shooter within the walls.
For so much of this series, we’ve often seen a number of different stories that are not altogether connected to one another. This is what made tonight’s episode a little bit different — so many of them were ultimately tied together by this one singular event. Dr. Charles was doing his best to gather information from the patients that he was treated (he event figured out the shooter in the process), Ethan and April were scrambling to help people, and even Ethan’s sister got involved making sure that everyone ended up being okay in the end.
For Natalie Manning, this shooting was more harrowing in that her son Owen and his nanny were off somewhere close to the shooting at the moment that it happened. She wanted to continue to do her job but you could tell throughout that she was struggling to stay together amidst all of the worry that she had. This was a great job from Torrey DeVitto tonight playing this combination of pain and power so effectively. She was a hero to others who needed it and then, at the same time, still a mother desperately worried for what happened to her son.
The team at the hospital also had a little bit of help tonight in the form of Jay Halstead. Isn’t it nice to get Jesse Lee Soffer over on this show? We haven’t had much in the way of a full crossover this year but Jay’s presence at least helped with added security — while of course the investigation continued into what was going on with the shooter.
In the end, the good news is that the shooter is in custody, Natalie’s son is safe, and everyone can move forward. More than anything else, we think that this episode really taught everyone the value of their jobs in times of great crisis.
While this wasn’t the most complicated episode of Chicago Med, it was almost certainly one of the best. It was emotional, scary, and a reminder that sometimes, the true heroes at a time of great tragedy are the ones you never end up hearing about.
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