As we continue to look back on Chicago Med season 4, we’re breaking down the season for each of the show’s characters.
Did your favorite character have a good season or a bad season? What were their strong points and were there any weaknesses? Was the character affected by the show’s writing, or vice versa? Where could they go from here?
Check out our detailed character breakdown, and let us know your thoughts on how this season was for each character in the comments.
In this article, we’re profiling Dr. Ethan Choi (Brian Tee).
Like many characters in Chicago Med season 4, most of Choi’s storylines had to do less with his work in the hospital and more with his personal life. The season premiere brought back his sister April (recurring guest star Arden Cho), who seemed to have turned her life around, but didn’t.
Choi soon found out that April was not only pregnant by Bernie (recurring guest star C.S. Lee), who she’d met while dealing with her addiction, but Bernie was already married with a daughter! And it got frustrating—for Choi and for the audience—as April continued to make excuses for Bernie. It all came to a head when April tried to abandon her newborn baby, although she came back and did eventually settle down with Bernie and his whole family.
The relationship between Choi and ex-girlfriend April Sexton (Yaya DaCosta) was also a subplot that ran most of the season. Chicago Med brought back Choi’s ex Vicki Glass (recurring guest star Cynthia Addai-Robinson) solely to make April jealous, then had Choi dump Vicki because of his unresolved feelings for April.
By the end of the season, after lots of arguing at work but agreeing on the April situation, Choi and April hooked back up. Now there’s the possibility that April is pregnant again, which would be even more baby drama for Ethan.
What it means
Choi is one of the most interesting doctors at Chicago Med, in terms of how he approaches cases and figures out solutions. So it was kind of a disappointment that so much of his storyline had to do with personal stuff—not even his personal stuff, but his sister’s! It made his season mostly about either Emily or April, instead of developing him.
One big negative about the Emily storyline was how Choi was often made out to be the bad guy because he expected better from his sister and Bernie, or didn’t agree with their choices. When he dared to call out Bernie for his nonsense, Emily blew up at him and went on about how fragile her boyfriend was, and Choi was supposed to be sympathetic to that. It felt like Chicago Med was going out of its way to excuse their behavior.
Ethan also took more than a few bumps this season. He was almost killed in “The Poison Inside Us” when a vengeful patient’s widower wanted revenge on him, and got himself handcuffed to a desk for trying to play hero in yet another hospital hostage situation, too. In many ways, Choi felt like a punching bag for the show this season.
Then, of course, there was the finale suggesting that April may be pregnant, which just felt like it was tacked on there to add some kind of surprise to their storyline. Considering Choi spent most of the season dealing with his sister’s baby, the writers’ best idea was to possibly give them one of their own? Talk about random deja vu.
Obviously, what happens to Choi when Chicago Med returns depends on what happens to April. If she is pregnant, that completely changes both of their lives—not only because of the baby, but we can’t lose sight of the fact April struggled with a miscarriage before. It’s a hugely emotional story to give them, and they just got back together, too. There are a lot of ways this could turn into more of a soap opera storyline, depending on how it’s written.
Putting his personal life aside, keep an eye on how the show utilizes Choi with all of the off-screen changes that have been made. All signs point to the writers refocusing the series more on the ED, which would mean a bigger role for Choi. He should be taking the lead on more cases and having a few more challenges, which he was missing this season (remember the panda?).
Especially with the chaos going on in Dr. Will Halstead’s (Nick Gehlfuss) life, the best use of Choi would be for him to be a more stable character, and balance out the craziness that Will is going to have to deal with. He may not get the most dramatic storylines, but that’s not what he needs in season 5, anyway. He had more than enough headaches this season!
Choi is underrated in the sense that he’s the dependable character, who may not be the most prominent or most quirky, but he always delivers. The same can be said for Brian Tee. That’s a stability that Chicago Med can use right now while it shuffles itself around.