Chicago Med season 3 by character: April Sexton

CHICAGO MED -- "Crisis of Confidence" Episode 319 -- Pictured: Yaya DaCosta as April Sexton -- (Photo by: Elizabeth Sisson/NBC)
CHICAGO MED -- "Crisis of Confidence" Episode 319 -- Pictured: Yaya DaCosta as April Sexton -- (Photo by: Elizabeth Sisson/NBC) /

How was Chicago Med season 3 for your favorite character? In this retrospective profile, we look at how Chicago Med treated April Sexton this season.

As we continue to look back on Chicago Med season 3, 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 profile, we’re looking at Chicago Med‘s dedicated nurse April Sexton, played by Yaya DaCosta.

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Most of April Sexton’s story in the third season concerned her new relationship with Dr. Ethan Choi (Brian Tee).

First it was April wanting to keep their romance quiet because of their work hierarchy, and then it was how the relationship was impacted by Choi’s wayward sister Emily (recurring guest star Arden Cho).

Though not together long, April and Choi were apparently living together at least part-time, as seen briefly and mentioned when Choi said Emily would be “coming home with us.”

That could be in doubt, though, as April corrected that she’d be coming home with him.

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A lot of Chicago Med season 3 was about the show’s newly formed couples, so April got plenty of screen time this season, but it was almost always about or connected to her dating Choi. If you’re a Chexton fan, that was probably awesome. But it also left some stuff to figure out.

For one, we didn’t see a lot of development for April outside of that ship. It would’ve been cool to see more than “patient of the week” with her, especially when Maggie Lockwood (Marlyne Barrett) was in legal trouble. Why not have April take over as charge nurse for an episode or two and see how far she’d improved from when she tried to do it during season one?

For two, while Chexton was great to watch, it felt like it was moving very fast (like all of Chicago Med‘s relationships this season). This is a woman who was engaged to another man last season and lost their child. Now, just a few months later, she’s living with someone else?

It wouldn’t have been out of line if April had taken things slow with Choi, or had some stuff she needed to work through. Having said that, give her props for being the one person in a couple who did not have a huge shouting match with their other half this season, too. Their relationship was the most stable of the season—just maybe a little too much and a little too fast in terms of her big picture.


April’s relationship is sitting on a cliffhanger, after she told Choi that if he moved his sister in, she wouldn’t be there. So where is Chicago Med season 4 going to pick up? Will it be right away or a few months later, and if so, will Chexton still be a thing? It’d be odd if it wasn’t, since the show has put so much time into it during this latest season, but we can’t say for sure.

What would also be interesting (and kind of necessary) is April getting some sort of professional development. This is season four and while Maggie will always be the nurse running the show in the ED, that doesn’t mean April can’t branch out somehow. Give her an episode where Maggie is on vacation, or has a cold, and she gets to be in charge.

Or maybe she finds a new department to explore or gets approached to help on some cool case. There are ways for her to have more work experience, and not just life experience.

Plus, we didn’t get to do a ton of exploration with how her brother being the new ED resident had an impact on April. Aside from the one episode where Noah made a huge mistake and paid for it, we didn’t entirely explore that either, especially if or how it could relate to Choi and his sister. The show chose to keep Noah on, so why not get more mileage out of April’s deep love for her brother and how she’s helped him get to this point in his career?

She took a big step forward personally this season, but there’s still a lot that could be in front of her, too.

Next: Chicago Med season 3's best episodes, ranked

What did you think of Chicago Med season 3 as it relates to April Sexton? Let us know how you’d evaluate her season in the comments.

Chicago Med returns to NBC on Sept. 26.