Chicago Med caught fans off-guard right when it revealed that Dr. Sharon Goodwin (S. Epatha Merkerson) has been carrying on a romance behind closed doors with a fellow employee named Dennis Washington (John Earl Jelks).
It was confirmed in the season 9 episode "What Happens In the Dark Always Comes to Light", when Goodwin and Washington embraced, and even discussed whether or not they should continue to keep their romance a secret.
Goodwin is secretly dating Dr. Washington
The former was open to the idea of telling the rest of the medical staff, but Goodwin made it clear that she was worried how it would be perceived. At least, at first. By the end of the episode, Goodwin has a change of heart, and tells Washington that she's open to the idea of making their romance public:
"I’ve always carried myself with a sense of propriety and I spent a lot of time encouraging my colleagues to do the same... And I just think if you feel strongly about something in private, you should own it in public."
It was a sweet moment, and one that was very surprising given that fans didn't know about Goodwin and Washington's relationship until the beginning of the episode. The show implies that the latter has been a part of the Gaffney Medical Center world for quite some time (off-screen), but he may also be familiar to longtime fans of the larger Dick Wolf universe.
Both actors are Law & Order alum
Washington is played by John Earl Jelks, who previously appeared in a 2011 episode of Law & Order: SVU. This means that both him and Merkerson are Law & Order alum, as the latter appeared on Law & Order for a staggering 20 seasons.
Since Law & Order and SVU take place in the same universe as One Chicago, that means that both Jelks and Merkerson have multiple roles to their name.
It's unclear how long the romance between their Med characters will last, but it's definitely a fun addition to Goodwin, who hasn't had a serious romantic subplot since season 5. This also puts Dr. Goodwin in a completely different situation than Maggie Lockwood (Marlyne Barrett), who is in the midst of a nasty divorce.