Chicago Med season 6 premiere recap: When Did We Begin To Change

"When Did We Begin To Change" Episode 601 -- Pictured: Nick Gehlfuss as Dr. Will Halstead -- (Photo by: Elizabeth Sisson/NBC)
"When Did We Begin To Change" Episode 601 -- Pictured: Nick Gehlfuss as Dr. Will Halstead -- (Photo by: Elizabeth Sisson/NBC) /
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What happened in Chicago Med season 6, episode 1?

This week’s Chicago Med showed off a new COVID-19 reality for the doctors and nurses, but it ended up being just as much a story about addiction.

Wednesday’s episode “When Did We Begin To Change” involved Dr. Ethan Choi (Brian Tee) and April Sexton (Yaya DaCosta) struggling to treat a patient in the hospital’s new special COVID-19 unit.

Meanwhile, Dr. Will Halstead (Nick Gehlfuss) brought his girlfriend Dr. Hannah Asher (recurring guest star Jessy Schram) into the Emergency Department, which ended up revealing a lot about their relationship.

Here’s what happened in the latest Chicago Med episode for each of your favorite characters, starting with:

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Will and Hannah

When Chicago Med returns, Hannah (Jessy Schram) is in the back of an ambulance. Will decides their arrival at the ED is a good time to tell her “I love you,” so clearly their relationship has gotten a lot more serious than when viewers saw them last.

Will reveals to Maggie Lockwood (Marlyne Barrett) that he found Hannah in the bathroom with a syringe in her arm; she overdosed. Apparently she’s back on drugs, and apparently they’ve moved in together. Will ends up talking with Charles about their relationship, and he swears that Hannah just had a “lapse.”

His case of the week is Anita, an air traffic controller who’s started falling down a lot lately. Maggie thinks that Anita is on something, and her tests confirm there’s alcohol in her system. Will comes to her defense, saying she’s just stressed. He’s also similarly sympathetic to Hannah, who wakes up promising that she’ll go back to rehab.

But their reunion is interrupted by Anita having a full-blown meltdown. She has to be restrained and Will decides that he’s going to inform both Sharon Goodwin (S. Epatha Merkerson) and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) that she has a drinking problem. Goodwin tells Will to “make sure there are no extenuating circumstances,” while declaring that she has to report Hannah for her drug use.

Will admits to Charles that things with Hannah really aren’t as rosy as he said 20 minutes ago. They had a fight before she overdosed. Will admits that the advice Charles gave him last season about not getting involved with Hannah was right. “I think I’ve been waiting for it to happen,” he muses.

With that realization, he reconsiders his stance on Anita. He orders one last test that proves the alcohol in her blood is due to a medical condition, not alcoholism, and signs off on her discharge with an apology.

Hannah tells Will that she’s decided to leave Chicago for a fresh start in Los Angeles. She wants him to come with her, because she’s worried she’ll keep using without him. Will repeats that he loves her, but they break up anyway.

But Will also meets Sabrina (new recurring guest star Tehmina Sunny), who wants to talk to him about a heart failure trial her drug company is running. He doesn’t want to talk about it at first. So is Chicago Med introducing a new love interest for him already?