‘Chicago Made’ recap: Season 8 premiere – Yaya Dacosta returns as April

WARNING: The Following Contains Wednesday’s Spoilers Chicago Medi premiere. Proceed at your own risk!

Chicago Medi The audience was treated to a return A familiar face during Wednesday’s Season 8 premiere, when Ethan found his ex April (former series regular Yaya DaCosta) paying respects to his dead father at his burial site. After overcoming their mutual surprise, the two began to catch up. She is now a nurse practitioner in Chicago, and neither of them have married since they last saw each other, with both April and Ethan reassuring each other. (You can practically feel them let out a sigh of relief through the TV screen.)

Chicago Made Yaya Dacosta April ReturnsBelow, showrunners Diane Frolov and Andrew Schneider talk about bringing back DaCosta, who was kicked out of the series at the end of Season 6, and reveal that we haven’t seen her final character. The EP also previews whether Ethan and April will get back together or finally close in on their suddenly cut-off romance. (In other #OneChicago news, get the scoop with Premiere’s big exit Here,

tvline , How did April come back together? Did you reach out to Yaya that, unfortunately, her Fox series hasn’t been picked up for Season 2?
Andrew Schneider , Therefore no. It was an idea that we had last season for Dr. Choi to bring her back, and she was able to come back. It was not like we were waiting for their series to be cancelled. The time has come for us to do good work.
Diane Frolov , And she will be back in a few more episodes. He will have a great story.

tvline , How soon are we going to see her again after this premiere?
frolov , Episode 5.

tvline , There was a lot that seemed like a lack of closure when April and Ethan arrived. How much weight was there on you last season and as you went through this season?
schneider , It really wants to honor that character.
frolov , And as you say, answering and concluding some of these questions.

Chicago Made Yaya DaCostatvline , Their last scene together was April telling Ethan that she loves him and then she left. I think Ethan has many questions for him.
schneider , They will be answered. [Laughs]

tvline , The way both of them asked each other if they got married and the relief on their faces was very telling. What are their feelings for each other at the moment?
frolov , they love each other. They do. Let’s just say that. [Laughs] But it has been a long way for those characters. They’ve been through a lot, and they were very unsure where they stood with each other the last time we saw them. Ethan had broken them.

tvline , I can’t imagine just jumping into a relationship again would be easy for the two of them. What are April and Ethan’s feelings on that? Are they thinking, “Let’s get back together”?
frolov , It’s complicated, but you’ll definitely have the answer to that question.

tvline , We have seen what Ethan is going through and how he has grown up. How has April evolved since we last saw her?
frolov , He is more confident about himself. He is capable of learning a lot.
schneider , She is now a nurse practitioner, so she has a whole new skill set. He really is different. She has grown professionally and emotionally, and it really compliments the changes that have taken place in Ethan’s emotional life.

tvline , When you saw the scene with the two of them at the end of the premiere, what was going through your mind? What were your feelings when you saw these two characters interacting again?
frolov , I was very impressed by this. They are an electric couple. There’s a lot going on between the two of them, and I thought they just did a lovely job.
schneider , Want to see more of us!

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