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'Chicago Med' Season 5: Dr Ethan Choi's storyline could get a whole lot heavier with a child on the way

Ethan Choi, played by Brian Tee, is one of the best characters on the show currently -- especially in the Emergency Department. How can the writers challenge the role in the upcoming season?

While the writers of 'Chicago Med' have been putting out convoluted storylines for characters like for Dr. Natalie Manning (Torey DeVitto) and Dr. Ava Bekker (Norma Kuhling), Dr. Ethan Choi (Brian Tee) had a solid season 4. Most of the drama for Ethan in the previous season revolved around his sister, Emily (Arden Cho) whose relationship with recurring character Bernie (C.S. Lee), her addiction, and subsequent pregnancy with Bernie created a lot of tension for Ethan, even causing nurse April Sexton (Yaya DaCosta) to end her relationship with him.

They eventually reconciled leading up to the moment in the finale when April thinks she might be pregnant. Professionally, as in previous seasons, Ethan turned out to be one of the best doctors in the ER: His life was even in danger when the widower of a patient Ethan treated wanted revenge, and in another episode he handcuffed himself to a desk in a hostage situation at the hospital. In what direction will Ethan's life go when Season 5 premieres this fall?

As far as personal development goes, a lot can happen in Ethan's life. Should his sister and nephew stick around, Ethan could take on the role of an uncle and we could see how that plays into Ethan and April's relationship, especially with the looming possibility that he could have a child with April soon. Although, for the sake of the character, we hope Ethan's issues with April are shelved for a couple of seasons. 

Yaya DaCosta and Brian Tee as April Sexton and Dr. Ethan Choi in 'Chicago Med'. Credit: NBC

Where professional development is concerned, Ethan is one of the most adept doctors on the show. In season 2, when he took over as Chief Resident of the ER from Dr. Will Halstead (Nick Gehlfuss), there were initial hiccups when he tried to run it his way but he soon realized that the nurses were the ones who ably ran the show. What could be interesting for Ethan's development is if he takes over the Hybrid Operating Room (OR). The Hybrid OR was set up in the previous season with Dr. Connor Rhodes (Colin Donnell) heading it (with Maggie as the head nurse). However, Donnell is set to leave the show in the season 5 premiere where he will appear to wrap up Dr. Rhodes's storyline. 

The Hybrid OR was set up with a lot of capital and it will continue to be around in future seasons. In Dr. Rhodes's absence, 'Chicago Med' will need an equally good doctor to take over. This, however, will certainly put Ethan out of his comfort zone and he will have to learn and adjust to a lot in order to run it successfully. Moreover, at the end of last season, viewers found out Maggie had cancer. This could mean that April takes over as head nurse while Maggie seeks treatment. This could be an interesting development personally for April and Ethan as well. Initially, April was reluctant to make their relationship public due to fear of how it would be perceived in the hospital. Being in the Hybrid OR together could flare up negative perceptions and create tension with them working more closely.