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Dr. Choi Is Officially Back on Chicago Med—But What's Next for Him?

He recently learned something major about his father.

Brian Tee As Dr. Choi in Chicago Med

Dr. Choi on Chicago Med, played by Brian Tee, is an excellent physician and calming presence on the show. So the character was sorely missed when he took a brief hiatus between Episodes 12 and 18 of Season 7. Thankfully, Dr. Choi is now back in the fold—and there's much in store for his character. Below, we recap why Dr. Choi made a brief departure on Chicago Med and what's next—especially in light of the reveal made recently about his late father. 

Why did Dr. Choi leave Chicago Med temporarily? 

Fans will recall the end of Season 6 when a gun-wielding patient ambushed Dr. Choi and Dr. Archer (Steven Weber) in a parking lot. Choi tried to take the gun away from the patient and was shot, leaving him with serious injuries (though her survived, thankfully). 

That was Season 6, Episode 16, and Dr. Choi didn't come back to Chicago Med until Season 7, Episode 7. Still recovering, Choi made things worse for himself in Episode 8 by getting herniated lumbar discs. He opted for a spinal fusion surgery to combat the issue, putting him out of commission for several more months. 

He eventually returned in Season 7, Episode 12, where he received devastating news: that his terminally-ill father passed away. 

What's next for Dr. Choi on Chicago Med?

Dr. Choi returned from his second Chicago Med break in Season 7, Episode 18. “Ethan has gone through a lot of changes in his life with the shooting,” co-showrunner Andrew Schneider told Variety. In Episode 19, Dr. Choi treated one of his late father's good friends, Gerald. At the end of the episode, it's revealed Gerald and Dr. Choi's father were in love. How Dr. Choi will process this news in future episodes is to be determined, but it's certainly another layer to their complex father-son relationship. 

Dr. Choi is still recovering from his injury, too. "I think any trauma such as the one Ethan [recently] experienced, would make anyone reflect on life," Tee told TV Insider. "Who he is, what he’s doing, and what it means… You’ll see Ethan’s growth and maybe even transformation as he deals with this experience. I believe Ethan will see things differently, and hopefully fans will see different sides to Ethan." 

What about Dr. Choi's love life on Chicago Med?

Season 6 saw the end of Dr. Choi's relationship with Nurse April (YaYa DaCosta), but will he find love again? "Let’s hope so," Tee told TV Insider. "I think Ethan deserves a little love, we all know he’s suffered enough."

And could Nurse April return? "That’s up to Yaya," Tee said. "I think the fans would love it, as would I." 

Chicago Med returns Wednesday, May 11 at 8 p.m. ET on NBC. Catch up now on NBC.com.

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