Code Black season 3 episode 7 recap: Learning when to ‘Step Up’ and apologize

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Code Black made some necessary amends and revealed some more backstory this week. Here’s what happened in Code Black season 3, episode 7.

There’s been a lot of past made present on CBS‘s Code Black this season, and Wednesday’s latest episode was no exception.

“Step Up” once again opens as Dr. Ethan Willis (Rob Lowe) is at home, this time arguing with his father Martin (David Clennon). He cautions Martin to be nice to Dr. Elliot Dixon (Noah Gray-Cabey), so of course Martin is immediately rude to him.

And because Elliot already has confidence issues, this is not a great moment for him. He winds up doing push-ups in Willis’s kitchen.

Back at Angels Memorial, Hospital Dr. Noa Kean (Emily Tyra) tells Dr. Mario Savetti (Benjamin Hollingsworth) she needs a new place to live. He does the chivalrous thing and says she can move in with him, which makes Noa hesitate because cohabitating is a huge level up in their still young relationship.

Luckily she is pulled away to deal with a young woman who can’t remember where her baby is, which makes everyone give that “oh, this is going to be bad” look.

Eventually Willis and Rox Valenzuela (Moon Bloodgood) go to a dance competition that has now turned into a riot, injuring several people while even more complain about losing. The coach of the losing team turns out to be Rox’s former coach. Small world.

They get all the necessary parties back to the hospital, while Elliot’s confidence is helped back up by some flirting from a couple of the dancers. Another one gets the news from Mario that she’ll need surgery, and Dr. Diego Avila (Tyler Perez) finally serves a purpose when he sees needle marks on her and deduces she’s been using drugs.

Meanwhile, Noa and Dr. Leanne Rorish (Marcia Gay Harden) find out that the pregnant teen’s mother surrendered her baby—and no, hiring the same midwife as Demi Moore doesn’t get you brownie points, mom.

Code Black then circles around to our surgeons. Dr. Will Campbell (Boris Kodjoe) still doesn’t want to talk to Dr. Angus Leighton (Harry Ford), who also gives Mario some advice about Noa. This is a prime example of why they’re our favorite TV bromance: these two are the sounding boards each other need and aren’t shy about it.

Mario: I think I asked her to move in with me.
Angus: You think? What do you mean?
Mario: Her place is flooded. I told her she could crash at mine. She didn’t really answer.
Angus: Because you didn’t really ask.

More trouble is on the way for Elliot: The cast he put on one of the dancers is too tight, which just gives Leanne more to hold against him. She warns him that now he’s not allowed to do anything without a senior resident present. Willis immediately balances that out by trusting Elliot to do his father’s blood draw.

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