Chicago Med season 4 character review: Ethan Choi

CHICAGO MED -- "Never Let You Go" Episode 419 -- Pictured: Brian Tee as Ethan -- (Photo by: Elizabeth Sisson)
CHICAGO MED -- "Never Let You Go" Episode 419 -- Pictured: Brian Tee as Ethan -- (Photo by: Elizabeth Sisson) /
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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.

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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.