[Finale] Chicago Med Season 9 Episode 13 Recap: Ending Explained!

In the finale episode “I Think I Know You But Do I Really”  of Season 9 of CHICAGO MED, the staff at Gaffney Chicago Medical Center has to deal with serious personal and work problems. Dr. Mitch Ripley (Luke Mitchell) and Dr. Hannah Asher (Jessy Schram) try to keep their relationship together while working hard. At the same time, a dangerous prisoner arrives, which causes problems between Ripley and Dr. Daniel Charles (Oliver Platt). Sharon Goodwin has to make a hard choice about how to care for her ex-husband Bert, and Dr. Crockett Marcel (Dominic Rains) has to face the traumas of his past, which makes the future unsure.

Chicago Med Season 9 Episode 13 Recap

At the beginning of the season end of CHICAGO MED, Dr. Ethan Ripley and Dr. Hannah Asherare having a rare moment of peace and quiet by drinking tea and kissing. Their quiet break doesn’t last long, though, because Ripley has to go to the hospital because they’re short-staffed. Right away, the shift requires all of his attention, starting with a difficult surgery with Dr. Archer (Steven Weber) to save a hunter who was stuck by a deer’s horns. Ripley is tired after this tricky process, which stands for artistic justice. The next morning, Hannah brings Ripley coffee, but work calls again cut short their time together.


When Ripley tries to rest, he is called to take care of Doug Green (guest star Jeff Kober), a dangerous patient who was brought in from jail as a murder suspect. Doug’s disorientation and confusion make Ripley think he might have a major illness, like dementia or a head injury. Even though the prison guards say Doug is lying about his symptoms to get drugs, Ripley is still not sure because Doug’s hands don’t have any defensive wounds.

Ripley is determined to find the truth, so she gets a bunch of tests and calls Dr. Charles to look at her mental health. The guard keeps cutting off Charles’s conversation with Doug because he doesn’t like the prisoner, which makes Doug even more anxious. Even though the situation is unfriendly, Charles starts to think that Doug’s confusion might be real dementia and not an act.


The test results show that Doug has dementia, which is a big problem because the prison system isn’t set up to give him the care he needs. Ripley and Charles both want Doug to be sent to a mental hospital so that he can get the right care and stop being mistreated again. Sharon Goodwin (S. Epatha Merkerson) agrees with their advice and works hard to speed up the move by contacting the prison and the Attorney General.

But because it’s an election year, the Attorney General won’t move Doug because he wants to take a tough stand on crime over humane treatment. This choice leads to a heated argument between Ripley and Charles, where old grudges come to the surface. Ripley says that Charles left him when he was a troublesome teen, but Charles tells Ripley about his long-term efforts to make prisons better, which Ripley didn’t know about.

At the same time, Ripley’s friend Sully (Daniel Dorr) comes in for chemotherapy and asks why Ripley is being so easy on Pawel, who has filed a false claim. Sully confronts Ripley and asks what happened to the tough way he used to handle justice.

Ripley goes to the DMV and comes back to find Pawel in the emergency room, saying he was beaten up and blaming Ripley. He says that Ripley planned the attack, and Pawel’s sister agrees with him. Even though the cops are asking questions, Ripley doesn’t say anything and walks away, leaving his coworkers, including Hannah, in stunned silence. Sully is thought to be the most likely attacker.

In another scene, Sharon Goodwin (S. Epatha Merkerson) has to make a tough choice about her ex-husband Bert (Gregory Alan Williams), whose health is getting worse. Goodwin thinks that putting him in a center is the same as leaving him. Dennis, her boyfriend is upset that Goodwin won’t let him help. Goodwin realizes it’s time for Bert to get the professional care he needs because of this situation and Ripley’s sad patient. Dennis shows up to offer his support after she asks him to join her at the building.


In a separate storyline, Dr. Dean Archer helps Dustin, a drug addict who is a member of his son Sean’s rehab group. Sean, Dustin’s backer gets very angry when he finds out that Dustin is using drugs again and breaks his wrist. Dustin hid heroin, which led to a tense surgery where Archer took the drug bag out of his stomach. The event shows Archer’s changing view on addiction, which is very different from his previous zero-tolerance approach, which led him to kick Sean (Luigi Sottile) out of their home.

Chicago Med Season 9 Finale: Ending Explained!

In the finale episode of Season 9 of Chicago MED, Dr. Crockett Marcel (Dominic Rains) has a major mental breakdown. We can see that Crockett is still dealing with the effects of his past traumas and the difficulties he faces at work. Crockett learns the sad news that one of his old patients has died who was waiting for a liver donation. He finds out that the patient’s father killed himself because he couldn’t handle the loss of his child. This makes his sadness even worse.


Crockett is very upset by this news, which makes him feel even more powerless and sad. Crockett has to deal with the pain of losing his daughter again because of this terrible event. He tells Maggie Lockwood (Marlyne Barrett) that he never really let himself grieve the death of his daughter when he was at his weakest. This statement shows how deeply Crockett has been hurt emotionally, which has been hidden under his calm exterior. He decides not to go through with the surgery he had planned because of the similarities between his past and the present.

At the end of the show, it’s still not clear what Crockett should do next. Because he had an emotional breakdown and then had to deal with his grief, he may need time away from his tasks to fully take care of his emotional health. It’s not clear if he will go back to work right away, as he tells Maggie, or take time off to focus on his mental health, which makes things more suspenseful for viewers.

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