Since Chicago Med first arrived on NBC in 2015, Dr Ethan Choi has been a regular on the series and has appeared in almost every single episode.
However, when the medical drama returned for season 7 in September 2021, Brian Tee’s character was nowhere to be seen.
The character’s absence quickly became a talking point among fans, with many asking what happened to Ethan as well as whether Brian Tee could be leaving Chicago Med.
Chicago Med season 7 episode 1 recap
Chicago Med returned to NBC for season 7 on September 22nd, 2021.
The new season begins by dealing with the fallout from the dramatic season 6 finale that saw Natalie Manning admit to stealing trial medicine for her ailing mother.
That arc is wrapped up in the opening moments of season 7 as we see her packing up her car and bidding Will Halstead farewell as he is welcomed back to Chicago Med.
Several storylines are weaved into the episode as Goodwin recruits Will to help with an investigation while Archer and Charles have to deal with a pair of twins who insist on being identical inside and out.
Meanwhile, Chicago Med welcomes several new additions in season 7, most notably Stevie Hammer and Dylan Scott who are tasked with treating a patient with sickle cell anaemia.
What happened to Ethan in Chicago Med?
Ethan Choi was shot in the final episode of season 6 by a former patient.
The character managed to pull through but he will be missing from the first few episodes of season 7 while he recovers from the injury.
Thankfully, actor Brian Tee is not leaving Chicago Med just yet and is still billed as a series regular for season 7.
When Ethan does return to our screens, he will be dealing with the physical and mental scars left behind by the incident which very nearly cost him his life.
Showrunners hint at Ethan’s return
Speaking to TVLine, Chicago Med showrunners Andrew Schneider and Diane Frolov said: “He’s got so much to recover from, physically and emotionally, from the shooting, which will be part of this season going forward.”
The duo also confirmed that: “He’s not coming back until several episodes down the line.”
Instead of Ethan leading the hectic ER, that responsibility now falls temporarily to Dr Dean Archer, Ethan’s former mentor in the Navy who has earned a reputation for his blunt nature.
Chicago Med continues on Wednesdays at 8/7c on NBC.