While Alex is struggling with the symptoms of COVID, Charlie Chip Black (Mark Duplass) storms into her apartment one day and tells her about his idea of a show documenting her experience with COVID. Alex is rightly afraid for him. It’s the time of the pandemic when even doctors don’t know much about the disease. But Chip claims he already has COVID, adding that he is not showing any symptoms because he may be asymptomatic. Later in the episode, however, it turns out that he lied earlier. So if you’re wondering whether Chip really has COVID, here’s what you should know.
Does Chip have Covid?
When Chip walks into Alex’s apartment, he definitely doesn’t have COVID. He just lies when he says he has it. As we will find out later, he did not have the test taken because the facility he visited did not have a test kit. Or maybe it was tested before and the result was negative. Either way, he is putting his own life on the line when he goes to Alex to convince her to be on the show.
Obviously, he has a self-destructive streak when it comes to Alex. Of all the relationship dynamics between the characters on The Morning Show, that between Chip and Alex is arguably the most complex and interesting. It’s pretty easy to tell he’s madly in love with her, and while she doesn’t necessarily reciprocate those feelings, she is most likely aware of them. That seems to have become the basic attitude of their relationship. Chip goes out of his way to protect Alex. He’s the one who leaked news of the sexual misconduct allegations against Mitch to the New York Times so that UBA executives fired Mitch instead of Alex.
Despite Alex’s great betrayal in season 1, Chip is ready to return to UBA immediately when she stands at his door in season 2. He doesn’t mind that he now has to work as a personal producer for a talent in a production room he used to run. When he sees Alex feeling lonely and depressed in the season 2 finale, he decides to act. He persuades Cory to let Alex host a show about her COVID experience, thereby saving both Alex and her career.
Eventually, however, these somewhat altruistic acts will catch up with him. We can only hope that it doesn’t this time. He knowingly exposed himself to a fatal disease at a time when there is no vaccine or effective medicine. So even though Chip didn’t have COVID when he got to Alex’s apartment, the real possibility is that he will end up having it.