‘Chicago Med’ Recap: ‘Derailed’

By Kitin Miranda | 2 years ago
‘Chicago Med’ Recap: ‘Derailed’
CHICAGO MED — “Derailed” Episode 101 — Pictured: (l-r) Colin Donnell as Dr. Connor Rhodes, S. Epatha Merkerson as Sharon Goodwin — NBC Official Website/Photo by Elizabeth Sisson/Chicago Med

“Chicago Med” Season 1 Episode 1 “Derailed”  aired on Tuesday, Nov. 17,  2015, at 9:00 p.m. on NBC. In the pilot episode, the opening of the new Emergency Department was cut short by a train accident, which their new Emergency Room Trauma Fellow, Dr. Connor Rhodes (Colin Donnell) had also been in. Each patient brought on new challenges while Dr. Daniel Charles (Oliver Platt) was forced to make some decisions for a cystic fibrosis patient who he was close to. Read on only to learn more about this episode.

The episode opened with Dr. Connor Rhodes (Colin Donnell), the new Chicago Med Emergency Room Trauma fellow, getting on a train to his first day of work at Chicago Med, where they were celebrating the grand opening of the new Emergency Department wing. However, that was cut short after one of the cars of the train that Connor was in suddenly derailed, forcing him and the staff of the Emergency Department into action.


He then accompanied one of the victims into the hospital and kept on treating him, alongside Sarah Reese (Rachel DiPillo). She is a fourth-year medical student who later on berated herself for not being able to find one of the veins of the patient. Later on, as she was practicing on a dummy, Connor reassured her and told her not to be too hard on herself.

As soon as his patient was somewhat alright, Connor met Sharon Goodwin (S. Epatha Merkerson), the hospital administrator, and with Nurse April Sexton’s (Yaya DaCosta) help, managed to sew up a wound in his arm that he had got due to the train accident. There, April discovered that Connor had just returned home to Chicago after being away for quite some time.

Meanwhile, Dr. Will Halstead (Nick Gehlfuss), the Emergency Room’s chief resident, who later on butted heads with Connor regarding the treatment of the patient he had brought in, and Emergency Room paediatrician  Dr. Natalie “Nat” Manning (TorreyDeVitto) took on a victim named Gina who was pregnant and who was suffering from brain trauma. Things then got pretty complicated after discovering that she was the surrogate mother of Beth (Marika Engelhardt) and Joel (Gregory Abbey) Donahue, who had complete medical control over Gina.

Later, this came into contention after Will, Nat and neurosurgeon Dr. Sam Abrams (Brennan Brown) discovered that they had to operate on Gina as her brain was continuing to swell. However, after Sharon talked to Beth, the couple decided to allow them to go ahead with the surgery. Thankfully, everything went well for both Gina and the baby.

Meanwhile, Sarah found herself in a nerve-wracking situation. It was after one of their patients, who was also a victim of the train accident, Rachel Lewis (Sasha Rossof), had a cardiac contusion, causing her to go unconscious all of a sudden.

At first, Sarah was afraid of administering CPR to hard as she was afraid of breaking the little girl’s ribs, but managed to do what she needed to do, even though it meant that the girl’s ribs were going to break, thanks to the encouragement of third-year resident Dr. Ethan Choi (Brian Tee).


Later, after Rachel was discharged, she waved at Sarah.

Meanwhile, Nurse Maggie Lockwood (Marlynne Barrett)  discovered, after Firefighter Christopher Herrmann (David Eigenberg) brought in the belongings of the train accident victims, that Connor’s patient, Jorge, had been planning on proposing to his longtime girlfriend, Mariana Acosta (Maria Rivera). Unfortunately, Jorge didn’t manage to survive the night.

They then talked to Marianne about the possibility of Jorge becoming an organ donor, especially as his lungs were a match for a cystic fibrosis patient named Jamie Delson (Adam Farabee), who had come down with pneumonia, and who was under the care of Dr. Daniel Charles (Oliver Platt), who was the closest thing that he had to family.

Thankfully, they were able to persuade Marianne to have Jorge’s lungs be donated to Jamie, and both Connor and Charles made sure they were there after Jamie came out of surgery.

Later, after the shift, April comforted Nat, who suddenly remembered her late husband, who had died while serving in the army, and together, along with Maggie, they began setting up the crib for Nat’s coming baby.

How did you like the pilot episode of “Chicago Med”? Will you be checking in as well next week? Which characters did you like? Let us know what you think in the comments below!

Photo Source: NBC Official Website/Photo by Elizabeth Sisson/Chicago Med

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Kitin Miranda enjoys writing, learning new things, telling stories, and doing theater. When she is not busy with her many projects, she can be found reading a good book, writing poetry or fiction, updating her blog, discovering new food places around her neighborhood, or watching American or Asian TV shows.