‘Chicago Med’ Recap: ‘Fallback’

By Kitin Miranda | 2 years ago
‘Chicago Med’ Recap: ‘Fallback’
CHICAGO MED — “Fallback” Episode 103 — Pictured: (l-r) Colin Donnell as Dr. Connor Rhodes, Julie Berman as Dr. Sam Zanetti — NBC Official Website/Photo by Elizabeth Sisson/Chicago Med

“Chicago Med” Season 1 Episode 3 “Fallback” aired last Tuesday, December 1, 2015 at 9:00 PM on NBC. In this episode, Dr. Connor Rhodes (Colin Donnell) proved his worth despite his father’s reservations after a childhood friend was brought into surgery. Meanwhile, Dr. Will Halstead (Nick Gehlfuss) tried to win back Dr. Natalie “Nat” Manning’s (Torey DeVitto) while caring for a patient who was a musician to undergo a life altering urgent surgery; and Nurse Maggie Lockwood (Marlynne Barrett) helped Dr. Sarah Reese (Rachel DiPillo) get over her fear of inserting needles. Dr. Daniel Charles (Oliver Platt) and Dr. Ethan Choi (Brian Tee) attended to a soldier whose apparent illness wasn’t the same as his results. Read on to learn more about this episode.

The episode opened at the Dolan Rhodes department store, where Russell Rolins, one of the employees of the store, got impaled by a chandelier. He was then brought in by Kelly Severide (Taylor Kinney) and Sylvie Brett (Kara Kilmer) to Chicago Med, where Dr. Connor Rhodes (Colin Donnell) saw him, and decided to take charge, while waiting for the attending trauma surgeon, Dr. Sam Zanetti (Julie Berman).


While waiting, he managed to get an X-ray of his childhood friend’s chest before Zanetti came and instructed Severide to remove some parts of the chandelier.

Rhodes then told his sister, Claire Rhodes (Christina Brucato), that they’ll have to surgically remove the glass which is the only thing at the moment that was keeping Russell from bleeding to death.

Afterwards, Rhodes wondered at her frosty tone, and she made it clear that she was mad at him for leaving as he had left her behind as well.

Later, his father passed by and tried to get Rhodes off of Russell’s case by trying to talk to Sharon Goodwin (S. Epatha Merkerson), and when that failed, he went to the board of directors. In the end, however, both Zanetti and Goodwin kept their faith in Rhodes.

Before the operation, thanks to Dr. Will Halstead’s (Nick Gehlfuss) suggestion, they used a new tool which allowed to map the x-ray that they did in 3D form to help them figure out what exactly to do.

In the operating room, Rhodes pushed Zanetti aside at one point so that he could stop the bleeding. The surgery was successful, and true to his word, he gave Halstead a tie from his father’s store.

Meanwhile, Halstead tried to reconcile with Dr. Natalie “Nat” Manning (Torey DeVitto) by asking for a second opinion on a patient named Dylan (Stephanie Park).


Nat, after discovering that Dylan was a violinist, told her that she had been one as well. Afterwards, she came to the same conclusion as Halstead, that Dylan had brain tumors near her ears that had to be removed immediately, but that would mean that she would potentially lose her ability to hear.

Nat then persuaded her to undergo the operation after playing a violin duet with her, as Dylan was going to miss her recital, and reassured her that she can still play as her body will remember how to play the violin.

Afterwards, Nat learned that the operation was successful, but that Dylan had lost her hearing altogether. However, Dylan promised that she, and her body will remember how to play her violin. After that, Nat told Halstead that he was forgiven.

Dr. Ethan Choi (Brian Tee), in the meantime, dealt with Captain Trevor Jackson (Jared Canfield), whose blood sugar indicated that he had diabetes, but all of his other laboratory work seemed to negate this fact.


After consulting with Dr. Daniel Charles (Oliver Platt), Charles informed Goodwin that they had a case of domestic abuse on their hands as the wife, Lauren Jackson (Amber Page), had been feeding her husband prednisone in order to make it seem like he had diabetes so that he wouldn’t be deployed anymore.

She then turned herself in to the police, but the captain decided to go with her, and promised that they would weather the storm together.

Meanwhile, Nurse Maggie Lockwood (Marlyn Barrett) helped Dr. Sarah Reese (Rachel DiPillo) get over her fear of inserting needles and IV’s, by having her practice on her.

How did you like seeing more of Dr. Connor Rhodes’ background story? Is the show picking up pace for you? 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.