Chicago Med’s April and Choi should have a long road ahead

"Just A River In Egypt" Episode 519 -- Pictured: (l-r) Yaya DaCosta as April Sexton, Brian Tee as Ethan Choi -- (Photo by: Elizabeth Sisson/NBC)
"Just A River In Egypt" Episode 519 -- Pictured: (l-r) Yaya DaCosta as April Sexton, Brian Tee as Ethan Choi -- (Photo by: Elizabeth Sisson/NBC) /

Chicago Med’s 100th episode was the start of April and Choi’s end.

This week Chicago Med is repeating its 100th episode—including the moment that Chexton began to self-destruct.

It was no surprise that the writers kept April Sexton (Yaya DaCosta) from confessing to Dr. Ethan Choi (Brian Tee) until the 100th episode; they wanted a big, dramatic moment for their milestone hour.

And from the moment that April kissed Dr. Crockett Marcel (Dominic Rains) in the midseason finale eight episodes earlier, One Chicago fans could guess that Chexton was doomed. Is there anyone who wouldn’t be upset about their significant other kissing someone else, especially when their partner was the one to initiate it?

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But when you watch the 100th episode again, it’s where you really start to question if these two need to get back together—even though they probably will.

Since they’ve become the featured couple on Chicago Med, April and Ethan’s relationship has had about as much drama as Manstead used to. And it’s painting both characters in a pretty unflattering light.

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April doesn’t seem like she’s entirely processed what she’s been through, relationship-wise. Remember that she was engaged before to Tate, and that she was also pregnant with their child, before she had a miscarriage in the middle of season 2. Now in season 5, she’s engaged again and trying to have another baby.

Even if you isolate just her relationship with Choi, these two have broken up and gotten back together before. April dumped Choi when they disagreed over his sister Emily (Arden Cho). She has some emotional baggage, and they have some issues that need to be dealt with. As Choi pointed out when he broke up with April, this has nothing to do with Crockett.

At the same time, Choi’s not blameless here either. While the way he’s been acting was caused by April’s actions, there’s a big difference between anger slash jealousy and the complete meltdown that he had toward the end of the season. The Ethan Choi of a few seasons ago would have been breaking up a fight in the ED, not starting one. No matter how upset he was, it felt out of character for this consummate professional to begin acting like a bull in a china shop.

He has to set firm boundaries with April and improve their communication. She acts impulsively, especially when she feels she needs attention or is in danger of losing it. Just look at how April behaved when Ethan was back together with Vicki Glass (guest star Cynthia Addai-Robinson). She was petulant, jealous and kind of childish. If she’s willing to commit fully to the relationship, they have to both calm down and talk more instead of just doing things and leaving the other to react later.

And they’re certainly not ready for a baby.

That’s where the third wheel comes in: not Crockett, but the writers. Chicago Med‘s tendency to go for the most dramatic approach has done neither April nor Choi any favors. For example, deciding to have April wait so long to tell Choi made her seem dishonest and like she wasn’t that interested in saving her relationship. Having Choi punch out Crockett made him look ridiculous. They can both be written better—we’ve seen it in past seasons.

But when Chicago Med season 6 gets here, we’ll see more of Chexton. April is already chasing Choi again, and Choi has admitted he screwed things up with her. As much as they’re not good for each other anymore, they’re going to find their way back together.

The best solution, then, is hopefully the writers slow things down for them next season, and allow them to resolve their issues. Maybe they don’t get back together for awhile as they talk things out (like adults and not another dramatic blowup), and when they do reconcile, they need to just date and not be planning their future. There’s no shame in slow-rolling this, since the show has already been renewed through season 8. It’s not like the writers will run out of time.

The 100th Chicago Med episode may have damaged Chexton, but there’s time to put them back together properly before episode 200 if the show will invest in rebuilding this relationship.

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