After a difficult year due to the global pandemic, the One Chicago family should be congratulated for providing their loyal viewers with top notch storytelling, excitement and suspense in this latest season, which culminated in an incredible prime time event.
Spoiler alert! This article contains spoilers for the season finale of Chicago Med, Chicago Fire, and Chicago P.D. that aired on Wednesday, May 26, 2021.
Here are the cliffhangers we were left with in the final episodes of Chicago Med, Chicago Fire and Chicago P.D. this season:
Chicago Med ‘I Will Come to Save You’
With Dr. Natalie Manning’s (Torrey DeVitto) mom near death, she has to make a decision about a donor heart that has some issues including a benign tumor that needs to be removed prior to transplanting it into her mom, and Marcel (Dominic Rains) is just the man for the task. Nat’s mom pulls through the surgery.
Maggie (Marlyne Barrett) still agonizes over telling her daughter who she is and Sharon Goodwin (S. Epatha Merkerson) tells Maggie that Choi wants Vanessa (Asjha Cooper) to come back and rotate in the ED. Goodwin insists that Maggie keeps her information to herself and treats her like any other med student. Vanessa asks to meet with Maggie and reveals that she knows exactly who she is and that coming into her life wasn’t right and leaves a tearful Maggie where they were sitting.
Dr. Dean Archer (Steven Weber) is confronted about his PTSD and bad choices by Dr. Ethan Choi (Brian Tee), yet again, but the two are approached by a former mental disturbed patient with a gun, threatening Dean, and he is completely unhinged.
Goodwin drives up and honks her horn, which causes a distraction and Dean and Ethan work together to disarm the maniac. In the struggle Ethan is shot in the chest. Dean sees there is no exit wound and Ethan requires immediate emergency surgery to remove the bullet and save his life.
In the OR, Archer argues with Dr Abrams over Choi’s surgery. Archer wants to remove bone fragments but Abrams disagrees and insists that repairing the possible spine damage is the most important thing to focus on at this time. Choi’s stats drop dramatically, but they can’t figure out why. Abrams manages to save Choi just in the nick of time. April sits with Choi until he wakes up. She tells him what all went down in the OR and that he will need PT, but will overall be ok. In a tender moment, April tearfully confesses that she still loves him as she holds his hand in both of hers.
Dr. Will Halstead (Nick Gehlfuss) meets with Goodwin and claims that he was the one who gave Nat the trial meds she gave her mother. Goodwin informs him that his actions have cost the hospital the trial completely and the pharmaceutical company will probably never run another trial at Chicago Med again. He said he was acting in the best interest of the patient. After a rant about why she didn’t choose him as ED chief, Goodwin fires Halstead!
Archer goes to Goodwin’s office. They speak briefly about the surgery and Choi’s prognosis and she tells him that she wants to name him interim ED chief until Choi recovers and can return to his position. Archer is honored to accept.
April Sexton (Yaya DaCosta) interviews for her nurse practitioner position and finds out a trauma surgeon gave her a bad review, luckily the interviewer knows trauma surgeons can be jerks. April finds out she was accepted into the NP program and glances over at Archer whom she knows gave her the bad review.
Marcel tells Nat that Will was fired for her actions. She immediately runs to him and confronts him, asking him why he would take the fall for her. She argues and begs him not to do this but he tells her that it’s already done.
Goodwin visits Choi and addresses some Asian hate for the viewers, stating that she initially assumed the shooting was a hate crime. Choi tells her that he will work hard to get himself back up and she tells him that she’s counting on it.
In the last moment of the season, Nat runs up to Goodwin outside and insists that she reinstate Halstead because SHE was the one who stole the meds.
Chicago Fire ‘No Survivors’
Stella Kidd (Miranda Rae Mayo) and Kelly Severide (Taylor Kinney) announce their engagement and everyone is thrilled.
Chief Boden (Eamonn Walker) is offered an opportunity to be considered for a deputy district chief role but he’s not convinced he should stray so far away from firefighting. Boden asks Herrmann (David Eigenberg) and Mouch (Christian Stolte) for their advice on the matter and they tell him that they need him as high-ranking as possible so he can be there at the top, advocating for them.
After Boden interacts with a father and son new to his neighborhood who tells him, “it’s nice to have neighbors my son can look up to” he decides to call the deputy commissioner but we aren’t shown what he intends to say.
After Matthew Casey (Jesse Spencer) declared his love for Sylvie Brett (Kara Killmer), things became awkward and weird and just when Casey approached a smiling Brett, they got another call. Later on Brett finds Casey outside and tells him they belong together and he kisses her passionately. Eventually the two decide to consummate their “new” relationship.
Gallo asks Violet out, but she turns him down and considers him a player. Ritter has a little chat with her to tell her that Gallo isn’t really a player and the two laugh at him for dropping his pizza dough
Stella Kidd and Kelly Severide are giddy over their engagement, but they’re concerned Stella will be transferred.
After Cruz (Joe Minoso) makes sure everyone’s going to be at his and Chloe’s upcoming baby shower, an incredibly beautiful woman wanders into the station and she happens to be Capp’s (Randy Flagler) girlfriend.
The final call of the season is a water rescue on a sinking boat off shore. Severide (Taylor Kinney), Cruz (Joe Minoso), Capp (Randy Flagler) and Tony (Anthony Ferraris) put on their diving equipment and hitch a ride with a lifeguard. The boat is almost completely under water. Two swim in from the top and two go in from below to try and find the one survivor’s brother. With a limited amount of air left in their tanks, Severide calls it and tells the team to get out before the boat completely slips under the surface.
Just then he hears a clanging sound and they locate the missing brother who was trapped in a closet. The team tells Severide that they are each out of air, the boat shifts, debris blocks their exit path and it quickly submerges.
In one of the most shocking and suspenseful season finale cliffhangers ever, the man they were rescuing and all four of our Chicago Fire heroes are trapped in a sinking boat, they go under water without air, as the rest of 51 watches from the shore in horror.
We only hope the title of the episode, ‘No Survivors’ is not the way this ends.
Chicago P.D. ‘The Other Side’
We last left Officer Kim Burgess (Marina Squerciati) unconscious and we begin the episode with someone dragging her. She comes to and fights her assailant until he slams her head to the ground, rendering her unconscious again.
Officer Adam Ruzek (Patrick John Flueger), finds evidence of the struggle and her vest and belt and calls for backup. The team arrives and they also see the evidence Ruzek found.
She wakes again in the backseat of a car and she is wearing her own cuffs as she is dragged into a warehouse. She immediately begins bargaining with Kent, telling him that they can make a deal. She jumps up and attacks him, but he manages to overpower her.
As the sun rises the drove is still searching the area for clues, witnesses and Burgess continues to attempt to convince Kent not to be a cop killer. She once again trys to escape, but every attempt results in her getting brutally kicked by Kent.
Kent calls Roy and tells him, “we have a problem.” Roy arrives almost immediately, shoots Kent dead, and then as Burgess begs, “please no, I have a daughter” he shoots her twice and walks away.
The team, who were so meticulously following the new transparent reform directive, throws all their progress out the window and bends or breaks every rule in the book to try to find Burgess.
Burgess who is mortally wounded, in an amazing display of will power and strength, does all she can to keep herself alive and attempts to get out and get help.
With emotions running high, Ruzek and Atwater (LaRoyce Hawkins) get into a full blown fistfight and as much as he wanted to be involved in the search, Ruzek eventually stays behind to look after Burgess’ daughter Makayla.
Sergeant Hank Voight (Jason Beghe) tracks down the killer and intends to take matters into his own hands, however, Detective Hailey Upton (Tracy Spiridakos) tracks them down and after pleading with Voight to do the right thing, call it in, and let justice prevail, she is forced to shoot Roy herself after he reaches for Voight’s service weapon and attempts to shoot him.
Thanks to Burgess’ incredible presence of mind and deeply rooted will to live, Detective Jay Halstead (Jesse Lee Soffer) and Officer Kevin Atwater (LaRoyce Hawkins) find her, unconscious and bleeding, and rush her to the hospital.
Stunned by her actions, Upton went home to Halstead and almost immediately proposed marriage in her haze saying, “I don’t want to be without you. Maybe we should get married. I’m serious. Let’s get married.”
The season ends as Voight is in the midst of destroying evidence and covering up the homicide by burning Roy’s body in a shallow grave.
The One Chicago series has certainly given us quite a bit to chew on, think about, and process over the summer! We will continue to cover One Chicago news. Watch for our interviews with the cast during the hiatus.
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Joia DaVida reports on the entertainment industry in both Chicago and Los Angeles.