Brian Tee first appeared on “Chicago Med” as his Dr. Ethan Choi character back in 2015. Season 6 proved to be perhaps the most intense season yet and saw his job nearly kill him. A crazed patient shot him in the chest, leaving Choi in critical condition. As the season went on, his appearances grew few and far in between, leading fans to speculate about his potential departure from the show. It didn’t exactly help that two other cast members, fan favorites Torrey DeVitto and Yaya DaCosta, left abruptly right before season 7 as well.
Anxieties about Dr. Choi’s return subsided for a moment when it was announced that Brian Tee had extended his “Chicago Med” contract. However, the show continues to feature him sparsely. There’s no drama here, though. He’s just busy with other projects. Still, fans want to know: how many more episodes will Brian Tee appear in during Season 7?
If You’re Looking For Good News This Might Not Be the Place
All in all, seeing Brian Tee’s Dr. Ethan Choi come back as a regular before the end of the season is up in the air. While that technically means anything is possible, the probability is skewed towards an extended absence. That’s a downright ticket to bummer town, but don’t shoot the messenger. We’re just as disappointed as the rest of the fans.
It looks like the “Chicago Med” writers will continue to draw out the events of the “Just As a Snake Sheds Its Skin” episode. Here, Dr. Choi tried to save a patient in critical condition with an old-school method. While the method worked to bring the patient back, Dr. Choi didn’t fare so well after taking his back brace off during the process. An MRI revealed several herniated lumbar disks and the episode ended with Choi revealing his decision to undergo an extremely risky surgery for it.
Now, realistically, the recovery period for the post-op would last at least two months. This means that although Dr. Choi might be stuck on the mend, at least the show can maintain some level of medical accuracy.
His Next Confirmed Appearance on ‘Chicago Med’
Brian Tee’s Dr. Ethan Choi should be making an appearance in the mid-season finale called “Secret Santa Has a Gift for You.” At least the credits for the episode have him listed. It looks like the episode will be fully holiday-themed so at least fans will get to celebrate the season of holly and jolly with Dr. Choi before he goes into surgery.
While we don’t know much about the immediate future, we do know that Tee bears no plans to leave the series for good. Fans can rest easy knowing the plotline is simply catering to Tee’s busy and successful acting career.