This week’s Chicago Med appears to be the culmination of storylines that have been building for most of season 6.
The main plot in “Better is the Enemy of Good” involves Dr. Ethan Choi’s (Brian Tee) continuing struggles in running the Emergency Department; the promo for this episode revealed that Choi collapses while on duty.
That won’t come as a shock to One Chicago fans who have seen numerous hints about Choi being under pressure, from him punching a bathroom towel dispenser to ex-fiancee April Sexton (Yaya DaCosta) commenting on how he isn’t sleeping enough.
So what will happen to Choi when he finally reaches his breaking point?
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Chicago Med season 6, episode 7 preview
Choi’s dealt with an awful lot since being appointed chief of the ED. He’s had Sharon Goodwin (S. Epatha Merkerson) pressuring him from an administrative standpoint, Dr. Daniel Charles (Oliver Platt) giving him some unsolicited commentary on his management skills, and both April and Dr. Will Halstead (Nick Gehlfuss) complaining about his decisions. We also know, though he may not, that the nurses are snarking about him, too.
In short, this is not just a Choi problem. Nobody around him has given him any real support; in fact, a couple of them have made his job harder.
So when he finally snaps, is anybody else going to take responsibility for their contributions to his stress? Are they going to step up and try to help him? Or will we just see more of what’s been said so far, which is that Choi just needs to calm down and do things differently?
It’d be nice, and also more interesting, if Chicago Med had the other characters aware of how their actions impact Choi as a management figure. Too often on this show people just do whatever they want and face little consequences (see: Natalie and Crockett’s recent illegal surgery, or April using her former personal relationship with Choi to convince him to lie to the police).
If somebody paused and said “Hey, my actions helped to make this person’s life more difficult to the point where he’s burned out,” that would be different from the norm.
Speaking of Will, he’s going to hit a major snag in his clinical trial when one of his patients gets sick. He was feeling pretty confident in the last episode after his big presentation, so how much will that set him back? Especially since he’s got a meeting with the pharmaceutical company CEO to talk about a potential new job?
That storyline is starting to get messy, and fans should keep an eye out for how Will reacts to this problem—and how it impacts him career-wise.
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