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The Heartbreaking Chicago Med Scene Oliver Platt Calls His Favorite

Dr. Daniel Charles (Oliver Platt) is a well respected psychiatrist in the world of "One Chicago." With the role of Head of Psychiatry at the fictional Gaffney Chicago Medical Center, Dr. Charles is skilled at what he does, and his analytical mind and open heart makes him incredibly effective at dealing with patients, co-workers, and even characters from "Chicago P.D." and "Chicago Fire." As one of the main characters on the show, Dr. Charles has appeared in 139 episodes thus far, and is a robust and interesting individual with heartfelt motivations (via IMDb).

Dr. Charles has some rather intense moments in his career and life, and has staggering highs and dizzying lows in almost equal measure. Through the course of "Chicago Med," he reconciles with his mother after a 30-year estrangement, suffers the death of his current wife, gets shot by a patient who is tired of waiting for care, and engages in a rather messy back and forth with an ex-wife that sees Dr. Charles become closer with his daughter. However, which heartbreaking moment from "Chicago Med" is the actor who plays Dr. Charles' favorite?

Platt's favorite scene involves mental health and acceptance

During a special YouTube video celebrating "One Chicago" Day, Oliver Platt was asked what scene has been his favorite, to which he brought up a moment that involves a patient who comes in after being struck by a car. He elaborated, "Dr. Charles figures out that he was actually trying to hurt himself. Like a lot of people who have, you know, mental health issues don't wanna talk about them. And for some reason, they think something is wrong with them. It turns into this cat and mouse game, in which Dr. Charles actually has to reveal things about himself to get this guy to tell the truth so that he can be helped. It was beautifully written and a very moving scene, and I think that might be my favorite scene, of many."

The moment in question comes to us from Episode 12 of Season 1, titled "Guilty." As mentioned earlier, the scene starts off with a young man named Kevin Dietrich (Stephen O'Reilly) coming to the Emergency Room with a busted leg and saying that he was hit by a car when he misjudged a traffic light. The skilled Dr. Charles sees through this charade and eventually gets Kevin to open up. Tearful, Kevin says that he has no reason to be sad, and Dr. Charles replies that he is a human, and that he has every right to be sad, which causes a look of utter relief to wash across Kevin's face. Considering the weight of this scene and subject matter, it makes perfect sense why Platt chose this as his favorite scene.

If you or someone you know is struggling with mental health, please contact the Crisis Text Line by texting HOME to 741741, call the National Alliance on Mental Illness helpline at 1-800-950-NAMI (6264), or visit the National Institute of Mental Health website.