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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“When Did We Begin To Change” Episode 601 — Pictured: (l-r) Yaya DeCosta as April Sexton — (Photo by: Elizabeth Sisson/NBC) /

Choi and April

Choi is working in the new COVID ICU, and argues with Dr. James Lanik (recurring guest star Nate Santana) about April working too hard. Lanik points out that April volunteered, so Choi expresses his frustration to April, who likewise doesn’t want to hear it. She starts talking about racial inequality and declares she won’t abandon her patients before walking off. It’s not long before one of said patients takes a turn for the worse, and Choi has to break the news to the man’s wife over video conference.

But both of them are shocked when Lanik vetoes their treatment plan. It requires using their last ECMO unit and he believes that it’d be wasted on their patient. “You want to make me the bad guy? Get in line,” he tells them.

April has to tell the patient’s wife that not only is he going to die, but she can’t be with him when he does. “He won’t die alone,” she says. “I will be there. I promise you.” The woman hands April a strip of photos from their first date to pass on to her husband.

The man goes into multi-organ failure with the photos on his chest, and April calls his wife to give her one last moment (albeit virtually) with her husband as he dies. April then joins her colleagues after work to eulogize the patients who have died from COVID-19 over the past week. It’s another one of the classic Chicago Med bittersweet endings.

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Charles and Goodwin

Both Dr. Daniel Charles (Oliver Platt) and Goodwin have been working from home. Goodwin wants Charles to make time to counsel the staff about their stress and “social trauma.”

We find out that Charles’ teenage daughter Anna has moved in with him, and it’s eventually revealed that Charles is the character who’s recovering from COVID-19. But just like when he was shot a few seasons ago, he’s doing fine now.

Goodwin pops up later to help Will with his patient, while Charles listens to Will’s confession and then comes home to deal with Anna. She believes she gave him COVID-19 because she went out to visit her friends before he contracted it. Charles tells her that he forgives her and needs her around “to keep me honest.”