Consider next week’s episode of Chicago Med the one where everyone’s love for the chill Dr. Charles (Oliver Platt) turns to strong dislike.
Well, okay, his fellow doctors all probably still love the Chief of Psychiatry, but the seemingly flawless voice of reason — who lingers around the E.R. despite having a whole new hospital wing for his team — is in some big trouble in this exclusive clip from next Tuesday’s episode. Dr. Natalie Manning (Torrey DeVitto) is back from maternity leave and it looks like Dr. Charles asked Dr. Will Halstead (Nick Gehlfuss) to film her patient without anyone’s knowledge or consent. It seems he’s come up with what’s sure to be a controversial diagnosis of the teenager’s relationship with her father. “Notice how normal she is with April,” Dr. Charles explains as he shows the tape to Dr. Halstead, Dr. Manning, and Sharon Goodwin (S. Epatha Merkerson), the Chief Administrator of Clinical Operations at the hospital. “Then her dad walks in… and the smile disappears. Before, she was drinking on her own, and now, all of a sudden, she needs her dad’s help. It’s like she’s instantly self-infantalizing."
Dr. Manning is ticked and Goodwin is appalled… but not at the unusual father daughter relationship shown on the iPad. "I’m gonna haul your ass up in front of the ethics committee,” Goodwin threatens. “This is an absolute violation of patient rights and you know that.”
Of course, Dr. Charles keeps the focus on the patient. “My gut is telling me this entire relationship is driven by her being sick and him taking care of her,” he concludes. If there’s one thing we’ve learned from watching the first seven episodes of this show, it’s to trust Dr. Charles. Always. And forever. So something tells us he won’t be in trouble for long.
Chicago Med airs Tuesdays at 9 p.m. on NBC.