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The Dr. Choi Mystery That Chicago Med Fans Still Want Solved

Brian Tee has been a key part of "Chicago Med" as Dr. Ethan Choi since the show premiered in 2015. The Navy Reserve medical officer's quiet intensity is a welcome presence in the busy emergency room at the fictional Gaffney Chicago Medical Center and earns him a promotion to chief of staff in Season 6. At the end of the season, Dr. Choi is shot (presumably because Tee needed to take a break to film the upcoming Amazon series "Expats" with Nicole Kidman), but the popular ER doc returned a third of the way through Season 7 to resume his rounds.

In an interview with the website Matt & Jess, Tee said, "The biggest challenge has been fitting back into the storylines of the show. As an [a]ctor, I've always felt ready and excited to play ... The challenge was dealing with when that would happen and waiting on the sidelines to be called in." Writing a character in and out of specific episodes can also present hurdles for creative teams, which, along with the difficulties of integrating multiple shows into the same universe, can sometimes lead to continuity errors and loose story threads. One unresolved plot point from early in the series has viewers clamoring to know what happened between Dr. Choi and a friend he made under less than ideal circumstances.

Dr. Choi's rescued parrot vanished after two episodes

In "Chicago Med" Season 1, Episode 16, "Disorder," Choi is called to the home of a hoarder and finds a parrot flying loose. The bird perches willingly onto his finger, and Dr. Choi takes him home, where the two begin to bond immediately. In Season 1, Episode 18, "Timing," we see him bring his new pet to the hospital, where it hops around the breakroom table as Choi and Dr. Daniel Charles (Oliver Platt) eat lunch.

But one fan recently posted a photo of Choi and the parrot to the r/ChicagoMed subreddit, prompting others to wonder why — despite their undeniable and instant friendship — we never see the bird again. No one was able to come up with a concrete answer, although u/DRUROX14 joked, "He gave him up because he spoke too much and decided to get a hamster."

Redditor u/Givemeamop didn't have a theory as to where the bird went but was more concerned about its original owner, writing, "What happened to the poor guy Choi stole it from? Dude wants his bird back." Redditor u/Ur-Sine, however, replied that the conditions in the man's house were dangerous for the parrot, pointing out an evident lack of food or water and noting that "unclean environments like the homes of [c]ompulsive [h]oarders can cause permanent damage" to a bird's respiratory system.

While viewers may disagree on where the bird rightfully should be, they are apparently unanimous in their curiosity as to its ultimate fate.