Chicago Med season 5 finale recap: A Needle in the Heart

CHICAGO MED -- "A Needle In The Heart" Episode 520 -- Pictured: (l-r) Oliver Platt as Daniel Charles -- (Photo by: Elizabeth Sisson/NBC)
CHICAGO MED -- "A Needle In The Heart" Episode 520 -- Pictured: (l-r) Oliver Platt as Daniel Charles -- (Photo by: Elizabeth Sisson/NBC) /
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CHICAGO MED — “A Needle In The Heart” Episode 520 — Pictured: Brian Tee as Ethan Choi — (Photo by: Elizabeth Sisson/NBC) /

The Chicago Med season finale A Needle in the Heart revealed a past tragedy. Find out what happened in our Chicago Med season 5, episode 20 recap.

This week’s Chicago Med let fans in on one doctor’s past, while leaving others with an uncertain future.

Wednesday’s episode “A Needle in the Heart” saw Dr. Ethan Choi (Brian Tee) facing down a loaded gun when he walked into a convenience store robbery that had gone haywire. Choi putting himself in the line of fire didn’t go unnoticed by his former fiancee April Sexton (Yaya DaCosta).

Meanwhile, One Chicago fans got one of the most surprising backstory reveals ever when Dr. Crockett Marcel (Dominic Rains) was accused of murdering someone in his hometown of New Orleans (?!)

Click through this slideshow to find out what happened in the latest Chicago Med episode for each of your favorite characters, starting with:

Choi and April

We find out that Choi has been staying out of the hospital since his breakup with April, riding with the paramedics for “the last few days.” April tells him that she’s removed the remainder of her belongings from his apartment, and gives him back his key. Then she stares vacantly into space until he leaves the doctors’ lounge.

After April helps Lanik with Trent’s intake, Chicago Med gets back to Choi, who has no interest in the paramedics’ inane small talk. But they’re soon called to a local market where a carjacker shot the owner and is holed up inside with a young boy who’s also been wounded. Choi is unwilling to wait for SWAT and runs into the market over the officers’ objections, so it’s about 15 seconds before he gets a gun in his face.

After taking his radio, the carjacker has Choi barricade the front door with a fridge and then finally allows him to look at the child, who’s unconscious from bleeding. He also claims that it was the store owner, not him, who shot the boy. “I’ll let him go,” he tells Choi, “when I’m ready.”

The store owner being brought into Chicago Med clues April into the fact that Choi is now a hostage. She drops everything and rushes to the crime scene. Inside, Choi figures out that the kid has a collapsed lung and grabs a knife, which sets the carjacker off again. But he’s only using the knife to make an incision in the kid’s chest.

Chicago Med eventually has the guy open up to Choi, talking about how he’s “screwed up so many times in his life.” Choi, in return, says he “blew it with someone I care about,” which is obviously April. Adding that the boy needs more medical attention than he can provide on the floor, he gets the guy to put the gun down and turn himself in…but it’s too late. The SWAT team chooses that exact moment to throw a smoke grenade and rush into the building.

April rushes over to a surprised Ethan and hugs him. “I’ve never been more scared,” she admits. But he gets out all of one syllable to her before going to give a witness statement. Come on, dude! So Chicago Med fans can interpret that ending however you want.