Tonight on NBC their medical drama Chicago Med airs with an all new Thursday, March 16, 2017, episode and we have your Chicago Med recap below. On tonight’s Chicago Med season 2 episode 17 as per the NBC synopsis, “A suicide shakes the staff; Dr. Choi and Dr. Halstead face off over how to treat a patient with stroke symptoms; family turmoil unfolds when a boy is treated after falling in a river; the importance of learning from mistakes is emphasized to Dr. Reese.”
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Chicago Med begins tonight with Dr. Jason Wheeler (Jurgen Hooper) jumps off the ledge of a building to his death on the sidewalk. Sharon Goodwin (S. Epatha Merkerson) assembles the staff talking about how big the shock is and how difficult and long the process will be; and there is no judgment towards anyone who doesn’t want to work today.
Dr. Daniel Charles (Oliver Platt) makes himself and his colleague available all day for anyone who needs to talk about anything. Dr. Ethan Choi (Brian Tee) says the best thing to do is keep things running as smoothly as possible and asks if Dr. Sarah Reese (Rachel DiPillo) can work by his side today; Sharon and Charles agree.
Maggie (Marlyne Barrett) tells him there is a kid who fell in the river who will arrive in about 5 minutes and besides the usual runny noses and ear aches, there is abdominal pain in 6. Choi tells Dr. Natalie Manning (Torrey DeVitto) to be on the kid; Jeff Clarke (Jeff Hephner) and April (Yaya DaCosta) stand by to assist and Reese is on deck. He tells everyone else to take a room.
Choi goes to see the teen with the abdominal pain, his dad says he fell carrying a bunch of books, since they are packing to move. The mother says he is being clumsy lately and the father insists its probably him just growing into his body and tripping over his own feet. Choi decides to run some tests to be sure.
The young kid, Dustin was in the river for 15 minutes until rescued. His father arrives but cannot enter the room as they work on him. A couple minutes later, the man who jumped in to save him is also brought it; but he never told anyone he had heart issues.
Manning tells the father its too soon to tell, but the benefit of hypothermia is it preserves brain function; but if they don’t warm him fast enough, the cold will overcome his body. They are going to circulate warm saline through his chest cavity until they can put him on by-pass. What she didn’t say is they can’t do by-pass for at least 90 minutes, meaning they have to do the chest compressions themselves for the next hour and a half.
Reese talks to Maggie that the man was lucky; Maggie says he probably didn’t even think about it, he saw a kid in trouble and just reacted.
Dr. Will Halstead (Nick Gehlfuss) tells Dr. Choi’s teen patient, Kevin that it may be uncomfortable to drive across country but he can do it. As they leave the room, Halstead doesn’t agree with the tests Choi wants to do; he says there is nothing wrong with covering their basis.
Just as Maggie and Sharon are discussing Dr. Wheeler, and if there were any signs of conflict with colleagues; but Maggie said it just looked like he was losing his confidence. Sharon leaves and Dr. Wheeler’s father arrives. Kevin’s mother comes out begging for help, both Halstead and Choi arrive and he is not responding to their requests, thy send him immediately up to CT believing he is having a stroke.
The CT looks negative but Dr. Abrahms, the neurosurgeon agrees with Halstead that they need an MRI. As Choi and Halstead argue, Abrahms says he can do his MRI now. After Choi leaves Abrahms apologizes for Halstead’s resident and Halstead responds a little hostile at first.
Dr. Connor Rhodes (Colin Donnell) comes to see the river hero, and suggests they do heart surgery tomorrow, to give his heart a day of rest. He congratulates him on saving the young teen’s life. Rhodes stands back as Reese asks him how he knew to jump in, was it instinct or something he has to think about; Rhodes pulls her out of the room, where she says everything is fine with her.
Dustin’s mother comes to the hospital, but before she can explain what is going on, she shoves the father, saying he is a horrible parent and this is all his fault. Meanwhile, Tate (Deron J. Powell) comes to see April who skips lunch with him, using work as an excuse; her brother Dr. Noah Sexton (Roland Buck III) observes the whole thing.
Halstead talks to Dr. Charles who says the worst thing they can do is place blame. Rhodes thanks Reese for getting their patient a bed so fast. Both agree its been a tough day, and Reese admits she barely knew Dr. Wheeler but says he came to her twice about pills and therapy; but in reality he was asking for help. She doesn’t know why he came to her, but now he is dead. She worries about how terrible of a psychiatrist she will be.
Rhodes assures her they can’t save everyone; she tells him its not about saving him, she couldn’t even see that he was drowning. The alarms sound and they rush into their patient, Jim’s room; Reese is scared but Rhodes says they have to try or he will die. His pressure and stats come up, Rhodes orders to get him ready and upstairs.
Kevin’s parents want to know what could cause a stroke in a normal 15 year old. Halstead says not much, but once they get results and if they seem normal they will need to look at rarer things. Kevin moved too much during the MRI and Halstead wants to do a repeat scan. Choi says they need to do surgery before they run out of time. Halstead he is not willing to risk massive hemorrhaging and a trasfusion for no reason.
Rhodes tells Reese about the times Wheeler came to him too; after the massive car pileup and when the pregnant woman who almost bled out. He took it hard and he didn’t take the time to reassure him either; Reese says that doesn’t make her feel any better.
Meanwhile, Noah bumps into his sister, asking if she is okay because the exchange between her and Tate was intense. She says she is fine and he says he just wants her to be happy.
Manning informs Dustin’s parents and the team that a bypass machine has opened up. She admits they are unsure about his neurological function, but this is definitely a step in the right direction. Sharon stops them, saying Mr Kessler, the man who saved her son, needs the machine instead for emergency surgery. Dustin’s mother calls Manning a monster for allowing her 8-yr-old son to die.
Choi approaches Dr. Charles and shares his concerns that Dr. Halstead is not in the right frame of mind to do his job today and he is not going to lose another person today. Dr. Charles decides to visit Kevin himself, but they barely exchange words before he is taken for another MRI.
Sharon comes to see Manning, asking her about Dr. Wheeler; she says she has no idea. Manning says she worked along side a person for 8 months who was in so much pain, he took his own life; she wants to know if she is a monster. Sharon reassures her she isn’t one.
Dr. Charles is watching as they clean up the blood off the sidewalk. A young teen approaches him asking about Kevin, saying this time Kevin is saying its really bad. Dr. Charles suggest they both go see Kevin together.
Dr. Reese comes into the OR, not knowing why she is there. Dr. Rhodes shows her what he found that he didn’t see in a previous patient that died; showing her they learn to see the signs and do better the next time.
Halstead learns from Maggie that Choi went against his orders; he orders them to stop immediately. Kevin’s friend Emmett comes into the room and hugs him saying he got there as fast as he could. Dr. Charles explains that Kevin didn’t want to move, and since he couldn’t express himself, his body did it for him. It isn’t crazy, its just complicated.
Mr. Wheeler is in the locker room, removing all of his son’s belongings. He wants to know why his son killed himself. Maggie has no answers; but she shares how he would go to the pediatric oncology unit just to make the children laugh even if it was for a little while to make them forget about the terrible diseases killing them.
Dr. Halstead says they want to keep him overnight for observation. Charles assures them their son cares a lot; and he didn’t know how to tell them how important Emmett was to him. He suggests at some point the three of them sit down and have a talk. Choi says he will find a room for him upstairs and he will let them know when its ready. Choi says he could have killed Kevin; Halstead says at least he didn’t.
Dustin comes in the room and apologizes to his wife for the condition Dustin is in. He doesn’t know what to say as April switches compressions with Noah. She says there is something she needs to do.
She meets with Tate in the cafeteria, confronting him for internally blaming her for the miscarriage. She tells him that he wants a different kind of woman, one who doesn’t work and stays at home; he cuts her off saying he wants her and loves her, he just imagined a different life. She moves to sit beside him and hands him back her engagement ring; telling him she hopes he finds everything he wants.
Dr. Halstead says its amazing what the mind can do, Charles says that is what keeps him employed for sure. Halstead says what Wheeler did may not have been his fault but he didn’t help. Charles encourages him to go one foot in front of the other because when you get tangled in your head, it could paralyze you. As Halstead walks away he says it will be a while before he sleeps again; Dr. Charles says they are lucky to have him there and to keep up the good work.
Dustin wakes up and is trying to breath on his own, they remove the tubing and he knows who his mom is; Manning says they will have to observe him for a few days but this is a great sign. Dustin’s mother apologizes for her words and thanks her for everything. Manning says she is just happy they were able to save her boy; Manning leaves the room and breaks down; Dr. Charles sees her crying but doesn’t want to disturb her.
Sharon and Charles talk, she learns no one came to seek help. She cries feeling she failed that there was such a troubled man in their midst and how this job affects them. She worries about everyone there and wishes she could protect them.
Choi goes to the morgue to see Wheeler, cries and apologizes, placing his stethoscope on his chest. Reese goes to see Dr. Charles to say good night but comes in asking about how everyone comes to him with their pain and he just has to absorb it. She asks how he is doing today? He says it was awful!