Chicago Med (2015-) is an American medical drama television series, airing on NBC, about the emergency room doctors of Gaffney Chicago Medical Center and how they tackle different tasks everyday to save patients' lives.
- Sharon Goodwin: [contemplating whether to allow a patient to operated on] I guarantee if we perform this operation, regardless of the outcome, we'll be sued, and they'll likely win, and millions.
- Dr. Halstead: And that's how we make our decisions? By how much it's gonna cost us?
- Sharon: All right, get off the high horse, Dr. Halstead.
- Dr. Halstead: How about we call the Ethics Committee?
- Sharon: Be faster to call a judge, but I'm not gonna burn a favor on this.
- Dr. Connor Rhodes: [observes Sarah Reese putting a central line into a dummy] I can't tell you how many times I missed before I finally got it.
- Sarah Reese: I know how to do it. I just couldn't do it in there.
- Dr. Rhodes: It takes practice, that's all.
- Sarah: I'm fine with him. I never miss.
- Dr. Rhodes: Yeah, he's the ideal patient. You can't hurt him, and his life's not hanging in the balance.
- Sarah: If this rotation weren't a requirement, I wouldn't be here.
- Dr. Rhodes: Where would you be?
- Sarah: I'm a lab person.
- Dr. Rhodes: Pathology?
- Sarah: Maybe.
- Dr. Rhodes: Every med student, once they start dealing with patients, thinks they'd do better in Pathology. I did.
- Dr. Charles: You were in the, uh, what, the navy, right?
- Dr. Choi: Still am. Naval Reserves.
- Dr. Charles: Doc I did my residency with was on away leave from the Navy. Tough as hell practicing psychiatry with you guys. Couldn't get anybody to open up.
- Dr. Choi: Could be a sign of weakness.
- Dr. Charles: Sometimes, when somebody that we love gets sick, very easy to lose sight of the person and see only the disease. Remembering that our loved one is still there? Not always easy.
- Dr. Downey: [to Dr. Rhodes] I've usually found, Dr. Rhodes, that when given responsibility, people rise to the occasion. I know the last few weeks have been challenging, and I'd be lying if I said the months to come will be any easier. I have an impossible amount to teach you in a diminishing amount of time. You don't have to show me how smart you are, and you don't have to please me. Just learn.
- Dr. Choi: I've been talking to Dr. Charles, the hospital psychiatrist. Shared some things about my service, tough things.
- Dr. Vicki Glass: You don't have to explain.
- Dr. Choi: I know. I thought if I didn't think about it or talk about it I'm here. [pauses] My dad was Navy.
- Dr. Glass: That why you enlisted?
- Dr. Choi: It just always seemed like that was what I was gonna do.
- Dr. Glass: There's a room full of kids in there who are gonna ask you about your service. What are you gonna tell 'em?
- Dr. Choi: That I'd do it again.
- Dr. Choi: I got a patient who wants his LVAD removed. He got what he wanted. (deep breath) Now his dead.
- Dr. Charles: I guess I took out a LVAD myself today.
- Dr. Choi: How do we ever know what we're doing is right.
- Dr. Charles: It's tricky. The first part of Hippocratic oath is clear, right? "Do no harm." Then it goes on to say, "I'will remember that there is art to medicine as well as science." So it's tricky.
- Dr. Choi: It ever get any easier?
- Dr. Charles: Hope so.
- Dr. Charles: You're one hell of a perfomer. I mean, a real trouper. Keeping it up for so long, selling this idea you think who you need to be all the time, carring around the weight of that performance...isn't it tiring? Aren't you exausted?
- The patient: I have absolutely no excuse to be sad.
- Dr. Charles: You don't need a excuse, man. You're a human being.
- Dr. Halstead: How are you doing?
- Dr. Manning: Well, my mother-in-law is driving me crazy.
- Dr. Halstead: Cloth diapers again?
- Dr. Manning: No. She wants me to get Owen christened.
- Dr. Halstead: So? She's Catholic. It's what we do. So was Jeff.
- Dr. Manning: Lapsed Catholic. And he hated parochial school. Always told me horror stories about all the nuns.
- Dr. Halstead: We all tell those stories. Doesn't mean a thing. Take it from a former altar boy. Baptism is a peace of cake, a lot easier than a brit.
- Dr. Manning: I'm not religious. Wouldn't it be hypocritical?
- Dr. Halstead: Think of it like a vaccination. Do it and get it over with.
- Patient: Nurse? Nurse? Hey, nurse!
- Sarah: Are you talking to me?
- Patient: Hello? Been here for two hours with snot pouring out my nose.
- Sarah: I'm sorry, but we need to see patients in order of urgency.
- Patient: And I'm dying of a sinus infection. Maybe if you got off that iPad and did a little work, things would go faster.
- Sarah: Maybe you just need to wait your turn. And I'm not a nurse.
- Dr. Choi: Handled like a true pathologist.
- Sarah: I know, I'm sorry.
- Dr. Choi: My Match Day, I threw up six times and passed out, so I'd say you're doing fine.
- Sarah: You did not throw up and pass out.
- Dr. Choi: Wanted to, though.
- Sarah: Was emergency medicine your first choice?
- Dr. Choi: My only choice. All I ever wanted to do.
- Sarah: Even though it comes with a lifetime supply of angry snot guys?
- Dr. Choi: Has it's downsides. Then again, how many jobs are there where you literally get to save lives? I'm sure you'll find pathology just as rewarding.
- Sarah: You are?
- Dr. Choi: [deadpan] No.
- Dr. Charles: [describing a patient with body integrity identity disorder] These people believe that one of their limbs, part of their body, is not their own. His sense of self does not extend to the fingers on his left arm. It stops at the elbow.
- Dr. Choi: [bemused] Sorry, it sounds a little out there to me.
- Dr. Charles: I mean, who are any of us to say where we end, right? Or begin. Physicists will tell you there's no physical self at all, right? Just waves of energy. A mystics will say that we're one big soup.
- Dr. Choi: I'm not a physicist or a mystic, I'm a doc who spent his career treating wounded soldiers who begged me "Save my leg", "Save my arm". You don't think I should commit this guy?
- Will Halstead: Jay, she was on a placebo. They never knew. It was all for nothing.
- Jay Halstead: No, you cared. I think, if we care, then whatever happens, it's for something. We might not see the effect, but It goes out there and it circulates around. It makes us all better, you know?
- Will: My brother, cop and philosopher.
- Jay: [smiles] You've got to think big picture.
[Dr. Charles finds a 10-year old boy named Griffin in a bloody but vacant hospital ward room after picking up a bloodied clothing button.]
- Griffin:I'm not in trouble am I?
- Dr. Charles:Noooo - you know what, let's - Let's find Mom and Dad, it's a very scary place.
- Griffin: [looks back at the blood on the floor] I'm not scared.
- Dr. Charles: [surprised] No?
- Griffin:I want to be a doctor.
- Dr. Charles:Really? Why's that?
- Griffin: [mumbles] The knives...
- Dr. Charles: [shocked] What?!
- Griffin: [forces smile] To help people.
- Sharon: Dr. Choi, we're gonna need some of your Navy-inspired discipline today.
- Dr. Choi: Sorry, I'm with the paramedics today. Resident ride along.
- Maggie: And discipline, that a nice way of saying I'm a tight ass? [laughs]
- Maggie: Oh, yes. Tight.
- Sharon: I didn't say that.
- Maggie: And getting the docs in line, isn't that the Chief Resident's job anyway?
- Sharon: Wonderful, the guy who's enforcing the rules is the one always breaking them. [looks over at Dr. Halstead]
- Dr. Halstead: It's not my job to listen. I'm a doctor. It's my job to decide what's best for him.
- April: That is exactly why I'm a nurse.
- Sharon: You haven't been out in a while.
- Dr. Charles: You know, there's a reason for that. There's this new study out, says dating can lead to marriage.
- Sharon: It's just a friendly dinner.
- Dr. Charles Yeah, and I'm still paying two and a half alimonies. Those friendly dinners can get expensive.
- [Dr. Charles meets a parrot with PTSD]
- Dr. Charles: Parrots are highly intelligent, and very socially attuned. There is, in fact, a program at the VA in San Francisco that matches vets with PTSD with similarly afflicted birds.
- Dr. Choi: So he can help me?
- Dr. Charles: Possible. [Parrot squawks "Don't touch that" repeatedly in the background]
- Dr. Choi: What do I do?
- Dr. Charles: Eh, take care of him. Talk to him. Hang out with him. For starters, teach him something else to say.
- [Parrot squawks "Don't touch that" as Dr. Charles is about eat his chips]
- Dr. Manning: Remember when you were a kid and you lost a tooth and you kept running your tongue over the gap? Without my wedding ring, it's like the same thing. Something's missing.
- Dr. Choi: Well, I don't know if it's any consolation, but what do they say? "One door closes and another one opens."
Soul Care [2.1]
Win Loss [2.2]
- Dr. Choi: Nothing prepares you for war.
- Dr. Nina Shore: Here, look at this. Come on, it'll make you feel better.
- Dr. Halstead: [looks into microscope] What is it?
- Dr. Shore: Molluscum contagiosum. It's a type of pox virus. It's a nasty one, actually. Even so, stunning, right? Like 10 pounds of raspberry rock candy pressed into a 5-pound bag.
- April: [notices Dr. Reese looking at her] What are you thinking?
- Dr. Reese: Anxiety is a powerful emotion. Would you say that you feel more nervous about the situation or fearful of the future?
- April: I-I don't know. Both, I guess.
- Dr. Reese: How have you been sleeping? Waking up at night? Earlier than you'd like? [April and Maggie look at each other and start giggling] What?
- April: Oh, my God. You're shrinking me. [to Maggie, amused] Three weeks in psych, and she's Freud.
- Dr. Halstead: [about his patient] 15 years, homeless, essentially blind. I mean, that's a crap hand. He should be pissed. Yet, he's happy as can be. Crazy I got this patient today.
- Dr. Charles: My experience, we get the patients we need.
Natural History [2.3]
Brother's Keeper [2.4]
Extreme Measures [2.5]
Alternative Medicine [2.6]
Inherent Bias [2.7]
Free Will [2.8]
Unchartered Territory [2.9]
- Cyrus Hammad: You can't control ignorance, only how you react.
- Jeff Clarke: Hey, don't let those ass-wipes get to you. Just trying to be tough guys.
- Dr. Choi: No, Jeff. It goes deeper. Not many families with the last name Choi where I grew up. Know the type all too well.
- Dr. Reese: You just get good news or bad news?
- Dr. Choi: My coma patient this morning, he mentioned a Qur'an verse: Surah Al shura 40. "The recompense of an evil deed can only be an evil equal to it; but whoever pardons and makes reconciliation, their reward is due from God."
- Dr. Reese: In the psych world, it's called complementarity. You know, kindness begets kindness. Hostility, hostility.
- Dr. Choi: Yeah. An hour ago, those two hated each other, but then his father extends a hand.
- Dr. Reese: Dr. Charles calls it "flipping the script".
- Dr. Choi: Don't know if I could've done it.
Heart Matters [2.10]
Graveyard Shift [2.11]
- Dr. Rhodes: So, you volunteer at the zoo, huh?
- Dr. Choi: Yeah.
- Dr. Rhodes: How come?
- Dr. Choi: You'll laugh.
- Dr. Rhodes: Just try me.
- Dr. Choi: [sighs] All right. A few hours ago I lost a kid who was shot. Another one. So much of my work...stabbings, shootings...i's dark, man. Worst of human nature. But animals...not to say they don't kill each other, but they don't do it out of malice. They're innocent. They're light.
Mirror Mirror [2.12]
- Dr. Stohl: [to the camera] I believe it was Cicero who said: "In nothing do men more nearly approach the gods than in giving health to men." It's so humbling, the responsibility.
- Maggie: [looks at Stohl and the camera crew] A star is born.
- Psychiatrist: [to Dr. Reese] Self-conscious is what we're going for. You know what makes you better at this job? Being present. Being honest. Especially with yourself.
- Clarke: Dr. Choi, this is Ray Ochoa, who insisted there is nothing at all wrong with him.
- Dr. Choi: That's weird. Charge nurse said he was found doubled over on the floor of a gas station bathroom, screaming out in pain.
- Ray Ochoa: I wasn't screaming in pain. Only gay ass punks do that.
- Dr. Choi: Ray, you might not be aware, but I'm a Navy Flight Surgeon, still in active reserve. And, Jeff, here was an Army Ranger. Seen plenty of men screaming out in pain.
- Clarke: Tougher guys than me.
Theseus' Ship [2.13]
Cold Front [2.14]
- Dr. Charles: Funny thing about the truth - it rarely sets anyone free.
- Dr. Latham: One can lack empathy but still feel compassion.
Lose Yourself [2.15]
Prisoner's Dilemma [2.16]
Monday Mourning [2.17]
- Dr. Manning: Heart's in brady arrest. Core temp 27 degrees Celsius. Cold and dead, Sexton? What do you think?
- Noah Sexton: Uh, that he's not dead until he's warm and dead?
- Dr. Manning: You just won the first shift of compressions.
- Dr. Charles: Helping people is just about the hardest job there is.
- Dr. Halstead: You've been doing it what? 25, 30 several years? What what's the secret?
- Dr. Charles: Well, I'm still looking for that, but if I had to guess, I'd say it had something to do with, you know, just keep showing up, keep doing your job, put one foot in front of the other, 'cause when you start to get all tangled up in here, you know, that's when, I mean, it can just paralyze you.
- Dr. Halstead: Yeah. Still, it's gonna be a while before I can sleep again. [walks away sadly]
- Dr. Charles: Dr. Halstead? [Dr. Halstead turns to look at him] I think we're lucky to have you here.
Lessons Learned [2.18]
- Maggie: [briefing a new ED nurse Monique] Seven treatment rooms on the east side, four trauma bays on the west. Bays three and four combine to treat gunshot wounds, a place affectionately known as "Baghdad". 4,000 shootings in Chicago. Some days, we get- [passes a newly admitted patient yelling in pain] -a dozen.
- Maggie: Quick, nurses' credo?
- Monique: Uh, cure sometimes, treat often, comfort always.
- Maggie: Uh-uh. Don't kill your patient....
- April, Maggie and Doris: Because that's the doctor's job.
Ctrl Alt [2.19]
Generation Gap [2.20]
- Elliott: I think about sex. all the time.
- Dr. Charles: You're seventeen. It's really...not that unusual.
- [Dr. Reese and Noah Sexton are preparing the mannequin babies for her class.]
- Dr. Reese: I have no maternal instincts, I have no connection to babies, I have no intention of having one.
- Noah: I'm right there with you.
- Will: Pops, this is Connor Rhodes. He's another doc at Med.
- Pat Halstead: [glares at Will] Told you I don't need this.
- Will: Come on, you can barely talk.
- Pat: I'm gonna take advice from someone who wet the bed till he was nine?
- Jay: Never changes. [gets up to leave] I gotta get back to the district.
- Will: Thanks, Jay.
- Pat: Don't let the door hit you on the way out.
- Will: All right, numbers look good. Breathing great.
- Pat: Feel like I could pitch nine innings.
- Jay: [sarcastically] It's what every team wants, a 60-something starter with a bum ticker.
- Nick Gehlfuss - Dr. Will Halstead, Emergency Department Chief Resident (season 1) and attending (season 2 onwards)
- Torrey DeVitto - Dr. Natalie Manning, ED pediatrician
- Yaya DaCosta - April Sexton, ED nurse
- Rachel DiPillo - Dr. Sarah Reese, fourth year medical student (season 1) and psychiatry resident (season 2 onwards)
- Colin Donnell - Dr. Connor Rhodes, trauma surgical fellow
- Brian Tee - LCDR Dr. Ethan Choi USNR, ED Chief Resident (season 2)
- S. Epatha Merkerson - Sharon Goodwin, chief administrator of Gaffney Chicago Medical Center
- Oliver Platt - Dr. Daniel Charles, Chief of Psychiatry
- Marlyne Barrett - Maggie Lockwood, ED charge nurse
- Recurring characters
- Gregg Henry - Dr. David Downey, cardiothoracic surgeon (season 1 only)
- Peter Mark Kendall - Joey Thomas, lab tech in pathology
- Patti Murin - Dr. Nina Shore, pathologist
- Jeff Hephner - Jeff Clarke, fourth year medical student
- Eddie Jemison - Dr. Stanley Stohl, Chief of Emergency Medicine
- Ato Essandoh - Dr. Isidore Latham, attending cardiothoracic surgeon
- Roland Buck III - Noah Sexton, medical student and brother of April
- Crossover characters
- Jesse Lee Soffer - Detective Jay Halstead, brother of Dr. Will Halstead