Tonight on NBC their new medical drama Chicago Med airs with an all new Thursday, October 13, 2016, episode and we have your recap below. On tonight’s Chicago Med season 2 episode 4, an ill elderly man is treated, but a conflict rages over how to best help him, and Dr. Reese (Rachel DiPillo) cares for a drug addict.
Did you watch the last week’s Chicago Med episode 3 where Dr. Manning (Torrey DeVitto) and fourth-year medical student Jeff Clarke (guest star Jeff Hephner) were forced to figure out a mystery illness when an Indonesian man who did not speak English arrived at the hospital in dire straights? If you missed it, we have a full and detailed recap right here for you.
On tonight’s episode as per the NBC synopsis, “Several patients are discovered to have the same rare infection, prompting Dr. Charles’ (Oliver Platt) daughter Robyn (guest star Mekia Cox), an epidemiologist, to be brought in to find the common link. Dr. Choi (Brian Tee) and Dr. Rhodes (Colin Donnell) work on an elderly man who is discovered to be very ill, but a conflict in how to best treat him develops between his son and his young girlfriend.”
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Tonight’s episode starts with Dr. Natalie Manning (Torrey DeVitto) dropping off Med Student, Jeff Clarke (Jeff Hephner) a couple blocks from the hospital, so no one knows they are together; although they are not fooling anyone. Dr. William Halstead (Nick Gehlfuss) also drops off his new love interest, Dr. Nina Shore (Patti Murin). When they all arrive, Clarke walks by pretending like nothing is going on, but Halstead asks Manning how they are doing. She tries to deny it, but he tells her everyone knows; she says, “So the same people that know about you and Nina.”
Dr. Ethan Choi (Brian Tee) takes in an elderly patient, Mr. Eddie Hall in the ED. When Choi looks him over, he calls for Dr. Connor Rhodes (Colin Donnell) right away. The patient is in and out mentally, but his neck is very swollen. Rhodes calls for tests and to open the OR, but before they can move him, the patient’s son arrives, says his dad doesn’t want this, and his dad’s girlfriend has no right to make any decisions regarding his father.
There is a meeting with Sharon Goodwin (S. Epatha Merkerson), where the son tells everyone his dad doesn’t want any extraordinary measures taken to save him, the girl denies him ever saying that. Choi tells them that the scans show if they just treat him, he has 4 to 6 months to live, but if they do surgery, his life will last much longer.
When Dr. Isidore Latham (Ato Essandoh) is asked, he says surgery is an option. Rhodes tells them that of course surgery is a risk, if successful, he could be fully cured. The son is upset, saying he is 82 and demented, and asks the girlfriend why she would want to put him through that? When they begin to bicker, Goodwin says it comes down to who has the legal authority to make his medical decisions, and since there is no will or power of attorney, the son is the one to make the final decision. Dr. Choi protests, but Goodwin tells him, their hands are tied.
Dr. Manning is meeting with a young cancer patient named Haley, who she has dealt with before. Hayley tells Dr. Manning that she had just finished her last round of chemo yesterday. Haley has a fever, so Manning decides to put her on antibiotics because chemo lowers the immune system.
Manning is very upset when she sees the results from Haley’s cultures. It appears she has an antibiotic resistant superbug. Halstead says the news is worse than she thinks when he shows her one of his patients who has the same superbug, but is hooked up to a breathing tube because of it.
Maggie Lockwood (Marlyne Barrett) asks Clarke if he wants to go to “the Farm”, he says sure. Maggie shows him that the “farm” is actually an area in the hospital where all the comatose patients are, he asks what they are doing there, and she says they are going to paint some nails.
April Sexton (Yaya DaCosta) attends to a patient who appears to have a bowel obstruction, who wants to leave. When Dr. Choi tries to touch him, he screams that he doesn’t want to be touched. Dr. Daniel Charles (Oliver Platt) observes the patient’s reaction and offers Dr. Sarah Reese (Rachel DiPillo) to do a consult.
Goodwin brings in Dr. Robin Charles, the newest member of the epidemiology department, and also Dr. Daniel Charles’ daughter. She announces that all patients with immune issues is now at risk. Dr. Manning is blaming herself, saying she might not have caught it 3 days earlier, when Haley was there and she had released Haley into the city, causing countless people to catch it. Halstead defends her and says it might be a coincidence, but Dr. R. Charles says she doesn’t believe in coincidences and she will be in touch.
Maggie tells Clarke about how she met one of the patients, Cindy; her mother had just died, and this patient came into the ED, and just before she fell into a coma, the patient, called her “Maggiepie” just like her mother did; and now she visits Cindy every week.
Dr. Sarah Reese meets patient Danny, who opens up to her about his life. Dr. Daniel Charles tries to connect with his daughter, but she brushes him off. Dr. Choi tries to speak to his elderly patient, Eddie; who appears to be lucid for a moment, but his son comes in and tells Choi he may not be there alone with his father again. Choi goes to find Rhodes and Latham, to ask them to join him on a united front to talk again to Eddie’s son. Dr. Latham says it’s not their job to solve family problems, and until the family agrees, there will be no surgery.
Reese is still with Choi’s patient Danny, he starts to vomit and begs to leave the hospital. Reese tells him she is there to help and if this has happened before, she needs to know. He admits he is going through heroin withdrawals. She orders him meds and promises to help him. Dr. Charles comes back with Dr. Reese and Danny’s mother is now there with him.
His mother admonishes him, but when either doctor tries to speak to Danny, she cuts them off. It is clear Danny doesn’t feel safe with her there. Dr. Reese says something is wrong, that a switch went off and Danny was completely different. Dr. Charles says to order more testing to keep the patient longer, and to try to separate him from his mother.
Clarke was so affected by the visit to the farm, that he called a friend to find out if Cindy has any family. It turns out she has a sister in Spokane. He gave the sister the hospital phone number and said it would be nice for Cindy to have another person in her life. Maggie says of course, but there is something in her eyes that shows she is worried.
Eddie Hall’s alarms go off, Maggie and Choi try to calm him down, but Choi believes he is hemorrhaging, Rhodes comes in and Choi says Eddie said “Save me!” They take him up to the OR. His son is livid. As Rhodes and Latham scrub in for the surgery, Rhodes can’t help but ask why Latham is doing the surgery now. He said, first they said no, but the patient said yes, so he is doing it.
Dr. Choi is watching the surgery when April comes in; Choi asks her if she heard the patient before he crashed. She says no, but that they are there to save lives and he is doing what he is supposed to do. During surgery, Dr. Latham asks Rhodes if he has seen “The Force Awakens”, Rhodes says no and Latham continues to hum.
Goodwin asks Dr. Charles if he is hanging out with his daughter. He pretends everything is great, but Goodwin sees through it, and he admits she never forgave him for divorcing her mother, and for all the long hours at work, then being home physically, but not mentally.
Dr. Manning approaches the Kleins, Haley’s parents, and tells them the superbug she has is sensitive to only one antibiotic. Her parents are relieved until they hear the bug might not have been caught early enough to be effective, but they will try. Haley’s mother blames herself for not bringing her in sooner. Haley is crashing, but nothing seems to be wrong. Halstead does an ultrasound and they find she has an abscess in her throat. Halstead is prepared to do it, but Manning insists on doing it herself. Once she does it, she leaves the room shaken.
Dr. Robin Charles comes down to Haley’s room, where she has bad news. She announces that there is another patient in a different hospital who is now infected. Manning insists on waking up Halstead’s patient, Erik so they can save a lot of others; but he could potentially die if they do it. They are able to remove the breathing tube and he is able to breath on his own, Manning says they need to ask him some questions.
They finally get how the superbug was spread. Erik’s roommate was up in GI three days earlier for a bleed. Erik was on medication that weakened his immune system causing him to be infected with the superbug. They also learn that the patient in the other hospital, had also been at Chicago Med earlier that week. Manning visits Haley and asks how she is feeling. She says it is still early, but it appears that the antibiotics are working. Halstead says that Eric is perking up too. They are all called into Goodwin’s office who says they all got infected by having an endoscopy done.
When they are told, Manning and Halstead said they need to inform the FDA, but Goodwin explains that they know, but this was a way to save money. Manning says she needs to tell Haley’s parents, and Goodwin said she will tell them instead. As they leave the room, Dr. Robin Charles tells Manning that her and Halstead are good together.
When Reese checks on Danny to discuss rehab centers, his mother interrupts her and said she has already booked him in a private rehab facility. Reese asks Danny if he feels well enough to leave, he nods his head. Reese attempts to hand him her card in case he ever wanted to talk, and his mother grabs it from her instead. Danny starts to cough and Reese asks him if he is okay, his mother grabs her purse and says they should get going. When his mother turns her back, he shakes his head to Reese.
Reese insists Danny stays and gets April to get him a wheelchair, so he can be separated from his mother. She says she is taking him for a chest x-ray. The chest x-ray reveals that someone had planted a tracking device into Danny’s chest. Dr. Charles questions whether or not this woman is Danny’s mother. Reese originally thinks Danny might be a drug mule, but Dr. Charles believes he is a victim of sex-trafficking, and the woman with him is his pimp. Dr. Charles stops Reese from confronting her, and because Danny hasn’t said the words, they cannot help him.
Goodwin approaches Maggie about Cindy. The hospital had just received legal papers; Clarke is happy to learn she got in touch, but Goodwin comes with bad news; Cindy’s sister wants to withdraw support. Maggie sits with Cindy, as they turn off the machines, and tells her to say hi to her mother; Clarke and Goodwin stay with her.
The episode ends with Rhodes telling Manning that he thinks the fellowship with Dr. Latham was a mistake. Manning invites him to join them on the roof tonight, and that there is more to Dr. Latham than meets the eye. Manning and Latham are playing music and everyone is enjoying themselves, until Nina joins Halstead, and Manning’s mood changes. Dr. Choi visits Eddie, who admits his girlfriend is using him for his money, but whispers that you can’t take the money with you. Choi now questions his choices, something military medicine never needed.
Maggie is sitting at the bar in Molly’s for a drink, where she sees a very sad Sarah Reese. Reese sits beside her but they both sit in silence and drink.