Warning: The following contains spoilers for Wednesday’s Chicago Med. Proceed at your own risk!
Vanessa announced to her biological mother, charge nurse Maggie Lockwood, that she was leaving to take a job in the Philippines. The decision was preceded by a lot of tension between Vanessa and Maggie, who was disappointed that Vanessa had illegally obtained meds for her patient.
“I was resourceful. I was a good doctor. And that’s the kind of person that I want to be,” Vanessa told Maggie. “This opportunity will allow me to be the kind of doctor that I want to be, doing the work that I love. This is my calling.”
Cooper has recurred on the NBC drama for nearly two seasons, first making her debut in the middle of Season 6 as a medical student who was also the daughter that Maggie had given up for adoption. Vanessa eventually learned of Maggie’s true identity and joined the Emergency Department staff as a resident.
Vanessa’s departure from the hospital isn’t the only one to hit the show this season: Guy Lockard, who played ED pediatrician Dr. Dylan Scott, exited the show in the Season 8 premiere. Longtime series regular Brian Tee (aka Dr. Ethan Choi) is also poised to leave the series in the upcoming Dec. 7 episode, titled “Could Be the Start of Something New.”
#OneChicago fans, what did you think of Vanessa’s decision to take a job abroad?