In Season 6 of “Chicago Med,” Brian Tee’s Dr. Ethan Choi was promoted to Head of the Emergency Department. It took him a while to find his footing, and just when he did, it was all derailed as one of Dr. Dean Archer’s (Steven Weber) former patients shot Ethan in the chest during the Season 6 finale. Ethan survived the ordeal, but his injuries came at costs beyond his health.
As Season 7 of “Chicago Med” gets underway, fans rightfully wonder what’s next for Dr. Ethan Choi. After the shooting and subsequent surgery to save Choi, Dr. Sharon Goodwin named Dean Archer the interim head of the Emergency Department. Based on the conflict between Choi and Archer during Season 6, the stage is set for some good old-fashioned drama when Choi recovers.
Executive producers Andrew Schneider and Diane Frolov talked to TV Line about Dr. Choi’s path to recovery. It’s not going to be an easy road back.
“It will affect his ability to do emergency medicine, which requires strength and dexterity and speed, and that’ll be part of his recovery,” Schneider told the outlet.
But there’s more to recovery than wounds scarring over. Dr. Ethan Choi will have plenty of emotional hurdles to clear, especially considering the violent nature of his trauma.
“We have a couple of episodes devoted to his physical recovery, and then we’ll pursue the emotional and mental recovery,” said Frolov.
If the Gunshot Wasn’t Enough, Ethan Choi’s Love Interest Left ‘Chicago Med’ Entirely
Remember those emotional hurdles? Well, Yaya DaCosta’s April Sexton told Ethan that she’d never stop loving him in the wake of his near-death experience. Unfortunately, DaCosta is no longer on “Chicago Med.” She didn’t know she wasn’t returning at the time. The actress has since said the scene was initially intended to set up a potential reunion for the two characters.
At the beginning of October, the April Sexton actor talked to TV Line about whether or not her character got closure with Ethan at the end of Season 6.
“No, not at all. I think that when [the finale] was written, the idea of April not being at Gaffney Medical Center, and me not being on the show, was not even a thought. Things happened behind the scenes very quickly. We were literally in the final days of shooting the episode while conversations and negotiations about my working there were going on,” DaCosta told the outlet.
So not only did Brian Tee’s character nearly lose his life, but he also lost his job (temporarily) and the woman who loved him most. They say what doesn’t kill you only makes you stronger. Let’s hope that saying holds true for Dr. Ethan Choi.