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"In the Valley of the Shadows"
Season 5, Episode 03
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Air date October 09, 2019
Written by Stephen Hootstein
Directed by Charles S. Carroll
Runtime 41 minutes
Episode Guide
"We're Lost in the Dark"
"Infection: Part II"

In the Valley of the Shadows is the third episode of season 5 of Chicago Med.


April and Dr. Marcel get off to a rocky start when tending to a patient who has just given child’s birth. Dr. Choi deals with a patient who has terminal cancer trying to deliberately end his own life. Dr. Manning deals with a patient with second degree burns. Maggie trains a new nurse. After falling and fracturing her wrist at home, CeCe comes to terms with her own mortality.


Main Cast

Crossover Cast

Recurring Cast

Guest Cast

  • Kimberly Michelle Vaughn as Nurse Paula Wilcox
  • Zachary Keller as Todd Shepard (credited as Zachary T. Keller)
  • Mariah Bozeman as Keisha Jones
  • Anne Thompson as Nicole Burke


The episode deals with characters facing their own or a loved one's mortality:

  • CeCe refuses to waste the little time she has left wearing a cast on her broken wrist, instead pushing for a quicker but much more risky surgical treatment;
  • A delusional woman who lost her own son to leukemia cuts a baby out of a pregnant woman's uterus and claims it as her own;
  • A young man with terminal brain cancer prepares to have himself cryonically frozen in hopes that there will be a cure for him in the future, despite his parents objections.

Medical Cases

  • CeCe is treated for a broken wrist;
  • A young man with terminal brain cancer named Todd Shepard is revived but then eventually allowed to pass away so his brain can by cryonically frozen in hopes of finding a cure in the future;
  • A young girl named Keisha Jones is treated for a second degree leg burn and adrenal insufficiency;
  • A newborn baby is revived after being brought in by a woman named Nicole Burke who claims she is her mother. Nicole is treated for a hand laceration;
  • A young woman named Louisa Nash is treated for an eviscerated abdomen and uterus, revealing her to be the mother of the newborn baby.