As fans await the season 7 finale of Chicago Med set to air at the end of February 2022, all eyes look to see how the staff and patients of Gaffney Chicago Medical Center will tie up their respective storylines. For instance, Will Ethan finally reconcile with his father? What about Dr. Charles’ wild back-alley surgery?
Of course, the well-drawn characters in Chicago Med often verbally betray their natural personalities on the show, forcing them to draw on inner strengths and friendly advice to reiterate who they really are.
“I Am Not Arrogant.”
In one of the most glaring pieces of irony ever spoken on one of the best TV medical dramas that isn’t Grey’s Anatomy, the ever-cocksure and overly-confident Dr. Will Halstead (Nick Gehlfuss) tries desperately to convince his colleague, Natalie (Torrey DeVitto), that Connor (Colin Donnell) is the arrogant one, not himself.
The indignantly spoken line is so unconvincing that Natalie instantly rolls her eyes and responds with, “No, you just happen to know more than anybody else.” Will is left stunned and speechless, all but conceding the perceptive point his coworker makes.
“I’m A Nurse. I Stopped Listening To Doctors A Long Time Ago.”
For the most part, April Sexton (Yaya DaCosta) is an extremely dedicated ER nurse who abides by the rules and does everything in her power to treat her patients according to the doctor’s orders. Yet, in the arc involving her and Ethan’s baby, she redirects course out of frustration that they may not be able to save it.
In the moment of frustration, April voices a sentiment she does not truly hold in her heart. After making the statement, April is seen listening to and relying on doctors time and again, especially in the COVID era and the time she and Crockett treated patients for the flesh-eating bacteria.
“I Don’t Want Your Help. I Don’t Need Your Help. Please, Just Get Out Of My Life.”
A huge draw of the top-rated medical drama comes from the romantic storyline between Natalie Manning and Will Halstead, especially when Phillip (Ian Harding) enters the picture. While Natalie is indeed strong, independent, and self-reliant, this particular quote completely betrays her true feelings for Will.
Will confronts Natalie and claims Phillip manipulated her into accepting his marriage proposal, prompting Natalie to fly off the handle and get mad at Will, rather than Phillip. Fans know how much Natalie truly desires Will and wants him in her life for good.
“I Envied You Today. Making Those Decisions Clinically. Not Letting Your Emotions Interfere.”
Due to his tragic arcs dealing with the death of his father, Dr. Connor Rhodes often expresses his pain through biting sarcasm. Moreover, as a double-certified cardiothoracic surgeon, the idiosyncratic TV doctor does not lack confidence or exude a jealous personality.
Yet, in a moment meant to boost confidence in Dr. Latham, Connor makes an unlikely admission that not only intimates his own humility but also pays a compliment to a coworker in a manner Connor never does.
“My Match Day. I Threw Up Six Times And Passed Out, So I’d Say You’re Doing Fine.”
Hardened by his intense military background, Dr. Ethan Choi (Brian Tee) is one of the most steeled and emotionally fortified characters on the show. He confronts medical problems bluntly, directly, and without fear. Yet, in a moment reassuring Sarah (Rachel DiPillo) during her training, he fibs a bit to make her feel better.
The line is so disingenuous that Sarah says, “you did not throw up and pass out,” to which Choi admits, “Wanted to, though,” indicating he was just trying to assuage Sarah’s anxieties in completing her residency.
“Are You So Blinded By Your Fear That Robin Inherited Her Problems From You That You Won’t Even Entertain An Alternative?”
As the Chief of Patient and Medical Services, Sharon Goodwin (S. Epatha Merkerson) functions as the ultra-positive den mother who retains a positive attitude and makes a point of never judging her patients. Yet, in a rare moment of confrontational ire, she unloads on Dr. Charles in a way that is completely antithetical to her supportive nature.
Ironically, Sharon gets into the head of the chief psychiatrist and later encourages him to face the fears she articulates. But to do so, Sharon has to go out of her element and forcibly grab Dr. Charles’ attention in a new way.
“Funny Thing About The Truth: It Rarely Sets Anyone Free.”
As the head of the psychiatry department shrewd enough to rival even the best movie psychiatrists, Dr. Daniel Charles (Oliver Platt) often imparts sage advice and pearls of wisdom that help his patients and coworkers get through tough times. Yet, in a strange admission to Will, Charles all but renders his profession entirely moot.
If the truth rarely sets anyone free, why has Dr. Charles dedicated his entire livelihood to helping people heal psychologically? Psychiatry is precisely about confronting the truth of one’s past, however painful, in order to grow for the better. Honesty is such a key to psychiatric care that the line makes little sense coming from Dr. Charles.
“A Little Constructive Criticism, Paula. You Have An Insanely Inflated Sense Of Your Own Capabilities.”
While nurse Maggie Lockwood (Marlyne Barrett) operates with a no-nonsense demeanor and often speaks her mind, she doesn’t often castigate coworkers in the middle of surgery. Yet, in a rare moment of out character, Maggie’s tearful breakdown mid-surgery leads to her exploding on Paula in the bathroom.
After the confrontation, Paula rightly stands her ground and says she will not tolerate being spoken that way. If Maggie had made a habit of berating coworkers this way, Paula would likely have accepted her role and kept quiet.