Chicago Med season 4, episode 12 recap: The Things We Do

CHICAGO MED -- "The Things We Do" Episode 412 -- Pictured: Torrey DeVitto as Natalie Manning -- (Photo by: Elizabeth Sisson/NBC)
CHICAGO MED -- "The Things We Do" Episode 412 -- Pictured: Torrey DeVitto as Natalie Manning -- (Photo by: Elizabeth Sisson/NBC) /
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CHICAGO MED — “The Things We Do” Episode 412 — Pictured: Brian Tee as Ethan Choi — (Photo by: Elizabeth Sisson/NBC) /

Charles, Choi & April

With Will out of the hospital, Dr. Ethan Choi (Brian Tee) took his case of a man going through liver failure. Choi suspected alcoholism, so he enlisted Dr. Daniel Charles (Oliver Platt) to join him on the case.

Charles started to talk to Bruce’s young son, who was clearly hiding a secret of his own about his broken arm, which naturally just made our favorite psychiatrist want to know more. While he did that, Choi told his father all the graphic details of what would happen if he didn’t stop, which led Bruce to declare that he’d “taken my last drink” and was ready for detox.

But of course it couldn’t be that easy! Bruce was secretly still drinking, which led to a gross scene where he threw up blood while Choi had to push a tube down his throat. And after seeing that, it was no surprise that his son ran off.

Charles found the kid on the roof of the hospital, sitting on the ledge, and that’s when he figured out what the son was hiding: he’d broken his arm on purpose, not on accident. He wanted to get away from all of the “difficult feelings” he was dealing with. But Charles assured him that talking about them could make those feelings go away, and got him to come back inside.

Finding out what happened to her son, Bruce’s wife decided to leave her husband, saying she’d reconsider her decision if Bruce could stay sober for the next three months.

Chicago Med kept giving us shots of April Sexton (Yaya DaCosta) looking in Choi’s direction, before she, Elsa and Dr. James Lanik (returning guest star Nate Santana) rushed to Radiology. Despite all of their efforts, their patient died in the room—cue more grim glances. Elsa had to tell the man’s wife, and she was terrible at it, but broke down privately later.

The most April did was apologize to Choi for kissing him, adding that they had nothing to talk about. From the look on his face as she walked away, he disagreed.