Tonight on NBC their new medical drama Chicago Med airs with an all new Thursday, October 6, 2016, episode and we have your recap below. On tonight’s Chicago Med season 2 episode 3, Dr. Rhodes (Colin Donnell) tackles complex heart surgery; and a woman has an unusual pregnancy.
Did you watch the last week’s Chicago Med episode 2 where Dr. Manning (Torrey DeVitto) and Dr. Rhodes (Colin Donnell) separately treated complicated cases involving sick babies, only to uncover that the two cases could actually be intertwined? If you missed it, we have a full and detailed recap right here for you.
On tonight’s episode as per the NBC synopsis, “Dr. Manning (Torrey DeVitto) and fourth-year medical student Jeff Clarke (guest star Jeff Hephner) are forced to figure out a mystery illness when an Indonesian man who doesn’t speak English arrives at the hospital in dire straights. Maggie (Marlyne Barrett) takes Dr. Halstead (Nick Gehlfuss) to her family reunion where he meets her sibling Denise (guest star Alexandra Grey) and uncovers deep-rooted family secrets.”
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Chicago Med begins with Maggie Lockwood (Marlyne Barrett) bringing Dr. Will Halstead (Nick Gehlfuss) to her family reunion. Her Uncle starts with calling Will “that Ginger head”. Maggie is having a fantastic time, and is completely shocked when she sees her sister, Denise (Alexandra Grey). Maggie wants her sister to stick around for a while, but she keeps making excuses, something Will catchs onto.
Meanwhile at Chicago Med, Dr. Connor Rhodes (Colin Donnell) meets with Sharon Goodwin (S. Epatha Merkerson), and asks why she is there on a Saturday, she says she could ask him the same thing. Rhodes says he is there for an elective heart surgery, which hasn’t been happening much since Dr. Downey (Henry Gregg) died. Goodwin tells him that they can’t expect the “Destination” program to rebuild overnight, and they have a good team; word will spread.
New Chief of Chicago Med’s ED, Dr. Ethan Choi (Brian Tee) calls Rhodes for in-coming. It’s a patient, Glen who comes in after his opponent knocked him off his horse during a polo game. As the patient begins to tell the doctors he should have listened to his wife, he has a stroke. His wife arrives and Dr. Rhodes asks her if they can speak in private, where he explains the situation and that he needs her consent to operate.
She wants a second opinion. Dr. Rhodes explains that is her right, but the longer they wait, his leg injury could give him another stroke, and he can’t operate on his leg until he operates on Glen’s heart. Dr. Rhodes tells her they have a great team to help him, and reassures her that when they are done, she can then give him a piece of her mind.
As Chicago Med’s Maggie says goodbye to her sister, Denise drives off right first into the grass and then crashing into a cement pole. Will and Maggie race over to help her. Maggie keeps her calm, as Denise tells them she cannot see anything.
In Chicago Med’s ED, April Sexton (Yaya DaCosta) catches Dr. Natalie Manning (Torrey DeVitto) eyeing Medical Student Jeff Clarke (Jeff Hephner), and asks her what is up. When Natalie says nothing is going on, April tells her she looks “different” and “happy”. Dr. Choi asks Natalie if Jeff could follow her for the day, and of course she says, “Sure.”
All attendings are called to Chicago Med’s ED, where EMS has just brought in a male patient, who doesn’t speak any English. Jeff confirms that he is speaking Thai, and Dr. Manning says he could have brought whatever he has with him from his homeland; she orders for a translator.
Maggie’s sister, Denise is at Chicago Med’s ED, where Dr. Halstead is looking her over, he had given her some steroids and her sight is coming back. Both April and Sharon Goodwin ask if Maggie knows what might have caused this. Denise is determined to leave against medical orders, insisting it’s just one of her migraine episodes. Maggie and Will convince her to stay to run more tests.
Chicago Med’s Maggie is very anxious about her sister, when Natalie comes to support her. Maggie catches Jeff putting his hand on Natalie’s shoulder and confronts her on the body language. Maggie tells her it’s a little weird that she is hooking up with her late husband’s best friend; but not to stress about it. Maggie tells her she needs to do what makes her happy, even if some people think it’s strange. Is Maggie now referring to Natalie and Jeff, or her and Will Halstead?
Dr. Choi has a 7-month pregnant patient who had burned herself cooking a roast, when he notices that her blood pressure is a bit elevated he wants OB to come and take a look; he also wants an ultrasound and labs done just as a precaution. The patient asks if that is even necessary, she sees her doula regularly and has been told everything is good, and they are right on track for a homebirth. She explains how her sister-in-law lost her baby after a medical procedure and she wants to keep everything as natural as possible, but her husband convinces her that it’s better to be on the safe side.
The man brought in by EMS to Chicago Med is now speaking to a translator vie phone, where they find out that the patient isn’t speaking Thai, he is speaking Indonesian. The search for a translator just becomes nearly impossible, when Med Student, Jeff Clarke informs Dr. Manning there are over 700 languages in Indonesia. The patient’s fever continues to rise, she puts him in a negative pressure room, and gives him IV Tylenol.
Chicago Med’s Dr. Daniel Charles (Oliver Platt) is still being pushed around in a wheelchair by Dr. Sarah Reese (Rachel DiPillo), where Dr. Choi calls them in for a consult. He discusses his patient who is 7 months pregnant, she is having fetal movement and everything, but the ultrasound shows there is no baby. Reese and Charles are there to talk to the couple, where they ask if she was under any stress at work and she says she is not working so she can focus on the baby.
Dr. Charles and Dr. Reese leave, where Charles asks Reese if she had noticed the patient never asked about any of the test results, or anything. Dr. Charles says it’s because on some level she knows the truth. They meet with Dr. Choi, where they discuss how the stress and anxiety can change the hormones, and give all the signs of pregnancy, without a growing fetus.
Chicago Med’s Dr. Charles says they need to find out why being pregnant is so important to her, and feels there is no value in withholding this from them any longer, and he leaves it to Dr. Reese to break the news.
Dr. Rhodes is scrubbing in for surgery where he is introduced to one of the female doctors on his cardiac team, he welcomes her to Chicago Med. She says she is honored to be working under Dr. Downey’s protégé. Rhodes comes out to speak to Glen’s wife, and after he gives her the progress report, Goodwin pulls him aside and tells him how important his patient is, and if he was worried about the state of the department before, if he doesn’t survive it will be far worse.
Dr. Manning is rushed into her foreign patient’s room, where his stats are dropping. She says she needs to tube him, Jeff tells her if she intubates him, he won’t be able to speak to a translator; she responds that they won’t have to worry about a translator if he stops breathing. Jeff feels the tension and apologizes and felt he over stepped by second guessing her. April finds her patient’s cousin, who can act as a translator, the patient says thank you and thinks Natalie and Jeff make a great couple.
Chicago Med’s Dr. Manning asks Dr. Halstead what he thinks of her case and he tells her to backtrack. In the middle of their conversation, Maggie comes in asking what “presence of retinal auto antibodies” indicate? They all have shocked looks on their face, as she pleas hoping it doesn’t mean what she thinks it means. Maggie and Will go back to Denise’s room, to tell her she possibly has cancer. When Will asks if there is any medical history of illnesses, injuries or surgeries, Denise says, “No”, and when Maggie says her name, she reaffirms her “NO!”
Chicago Med’s Dr. Rhodes goes to find Dr. Latham, and even though he is observing the Sabbath, he tells Rhodes that a man’s life comes first, and by doing what he did, he has given the team no other surgical options. He says even an experienced surgeon would not be able to do what Rhodes is attempting to do. After Dr. Rhodes insists he can do this, and that he has done much more difficult things under Dr. Downey’s guidance, Dr. Latham says, “In a cockpit, the co-pilot sit rights next to the Captain’s, but the view out the window is surprisingly different.”
Dr. Rhodes is insistent he can do this, but Dr. Latham tells him to step aside so he can finish the surgery. He says Dr. Downey may have had faith in him, but to him, that faith needs to be earned.
Dr. Reese is in the with patient and her husband and is explaining to them how this “hysterical pregnancy” could have happened. She asks if there is something wrong with the baby, Reese at first says yes, then says, not exactly and that it is complicated. The husband seems to be confused and irritated and asks her what exactly she is saying.
When Chicago Med’s Dr. Reese doesn’t immediately respond, Dr. Charles says to give her a minute to explain. She finally says, “I am sorry, there is no baby!” The father asks if they lost their baby, and Reese says they never had one. The patient then says to them that they don’t know what she is talking about, then Reese shows them the ultrasound, and explains about hysterical pregnancy.
She says the ultrasound machine must be broken. Dr. Choi then tells them it isn’t broken and her blood work shows that she isn’t pregnant either. When she breaks down, Dr. Reese begins to cry and exits the room. The husband decides that the second his wife wakes up they are leaving the hospital. When Reese gets upset that they cannot help them, Dr. Charles tells her to go home and get some rest.
Dr. Halstead performs an ultrasound on Denise, and as Maggie has a tear running down her cheek, Will says there must be something wrong with the machine. Maggie says it is fine she had it serviced last week. Denise finally admits that it is her prostate gland, and admits she is a transgender woman. Will tells her that her prostate gland is enlarged, and before she can have a scan he needs to do more blood work.
Chicago Med’s Will is furious with Maggie that she didn’t tell him, her sister was transgender. Maggie says that Denise is his patient and that she is not legally able to reveal her personal health issues. They discuss how difficult it was for Maggie, but especially Denise. Will comforts Maggie.
Dr. Manning is on the phone when Jeff joins her in the office. When she gets off the phone they find out that their “John Doe” might have the measles. She had gone back like Dr. Halstead had said, looked at the man’s belt buckle and it was from an amusement park that had a recent outbreak of the measles, from kids who haven’t been vaccinated. When Jeff asks her how come he never knew she was this smart, she responds with what Dr. Halstead had told her, “When you’re in the weeds, always go back to the history!”
Chicago Med’s Maggie finds out that Denise won’t let Dr. Halstead examine her, and that she is leaving. Maggie tells her she isn’t leaving. Denise confronts Maggie on how she treats her differently. Maggie cries and tells her she misses her brother; Denise tells her that he’s gone, and Maggie says not to her. She apologizes that she hurt her, but she will not lose her, and will drag her kicking and screaming into the CT scanner if she has to. Denise admits she is scared and Maggie promises they will get through this.
Dr. Halstead comes back to see Denise and says the biopsy came back as they expected. She has prostate cancer, but with treatment he is hopeful it can be cured; but she needs to see a urologist as soon as she gets home. Denise thanks Will, he says there is a second option, that Denise can stay in Chicago and let them take care of her; Denise agrees.
Dr. Reese misses the shuttle bus and ends up outside the hospital, with the patient who still believes she was pregnant. They end up talking, and she admits she was an extreme skier, and it wasn’t just what she did, it was who she was. She asks Reese if what she said about the baby was true, and Reese tells her yes.
To end the episode, we see Will, April and Ethan reading an article on Dr. Rhodes, calling him their “rising star”, he had no clue about the article. Dr. Choi asks how the surgery went, and Rhodes said it was “good”. Dr. Charles finds Reese sitting outside Chicago Med, where he catches her re-reading stuff about Darwin, and thinking he was misdiagnosed this whole time.
Dr. Rhodes goes to see Sharon Goodwin, about the article where he is in, as he is telling her he had no idea about it, she smiles and said she was the one who approved it; since it is great publicity for Chicago Med and she agrees with everything that was in the article, and when he says she should have chosen Latham; she tells him to stay humble and they wanted someone under 40.
Maggie and Will are at Molly’s sharing a drink where she gives him a t-shirt from the family reunion and tells him he is now an honorary member. He smiles but has his eye on the cute pathologist, Nina from Chicago Med, Maggie sees it and when he asks her how he looks, she fixes his hair, and says this is what she misses about Malcolm the most. Will catches on that she is talking about her brother, Malcolm, who transitioned into Denise.
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