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The Chicago Med Season 7 Episode 9 Kiss That Had Fans Seeing Red

NBC's long-running medical drama "Chicago Med" is currently in the midst of its seventh season, and though it may still be ongoing, Season 7 has already featured its fair share of moments widely celebrated by fans online.

For example, in the Season 7 premiere, a number of viewers found Dr. Sam Abrams (Brennan Brown)'s signature sarcasm to be a welcome respite from an episode otherwise forced to reckon with some serious storylines continuing on from the Season 6 finale. Then, later on in the season, the return of Dr. Ethan Choi (Brian Tee) from what once appeared to be a fatal injury was similarly met with excitement by fans online who were previously worried Tee's tenure on the series might have been over for good.

On December 8, NBC aired its final episode of "Chicago Med" of the year, before entering into a standard Holiday season break. Amidst some requisite professional drama, the midseason Winter finale also happened to feature a kiss between two characters that, unlike the return of Dr. Choi, was the subject of considerable fan backlash all over the internet.

Dr. Marcel and Dr. Blake's kiss shocked Chicago Med viewers

In Season 7 Episode 9 of "Chicago Med," which marked the last episode of the show to air in 2021, Dr. Crockett Marcel (Dominic Rains) kisses his boss Dr. Pamela Blake (Sarah Rafferty) under a sprig of mistletoe at a Christmas party, in spite of the fact he's dating her daughter Avery Quinn (Johanna Braddy). In an interview with TV Guide, showrunner Andrew Schneider pointed out that, while Dr. Blake may insist that the moment is supposed to be a one time thing, "she doesn't mean it."

This kiss, complicated for numerous reasons, then became the subject of widespread fan outrage online after the episode aired. For example, user @swiftsrafferty wrote that "there was more chemistry in that look dean gave blake when she walked out than there was in the whole kiss between blake and crockett." User @aly_2094, meanwhile, described the kiss solely with three vomit emojis

In a discussion thread about the episode on Reddit, user ba447ar questioned the new love triangle resultant from the kiss, sharing that they're "not thrilled they are going that route." User bisonrbig replied, "It's seriously so cringe."

If a true love triangle does indeed result from this episode, then "Chicago Med" may have to put some work into getting fans past their apparent disgust at this initial development between Dr. Marcel and Dr. Blake.