New Amsterdam Lessons

Hello, world. ๐Ÿ™‚ Guess what? Today is Tuesday and you know what that means . . .

I haven’t talked about this show called New Amsterdam in awhile and since a new episode is on tonight, what better time than now. It’s Episode 18 — the first of the last 5 episodes. I’ve stated before I don’t do recaps, so I’m going to take a little trip down lesson lane. There are many things to learn from watching New Amsterdam. I’ll start with 3 for this post.

Who has their walking shoes on? Moving forward.

Lesson #1

Hope is a Always Good Thing

The scene at the top is from episode 5: Cavitation. This scene has been around for discussions on the relationship between Max Goodwin (Ryan Eggold) and Helen Sharpe (Freema Agyeman). There’s much ado and speculation about what’s going to happen or not happen with them. Only time will tell but I’m of the mindset to let the writers, cast and crew do their thing and just follow along.

But, I’m pointing out this scene for another reason. Just before the hug, Max says that uniquely important word: Hope.

Ever notice how subtly the theme of hope makes it into the episodes? I don’t know if it’s intentional or not but I like it.

For example, in the Domino Effect, there’s hope that the transplant chain will succeed when a donor falls through. It does succeed and at the end of the episode, Dr. Sharpe sends Max a text: “Thank you for never letting us lose hope.” ๐Ÿ™‚

Lesson #2

A Little Ingenuity and Fun Goes a Long Way

The writers and cast have the magic to make the sticky situations fun.

A team effort to help a woman regain her sight seems simple, right? Giving her hope that she’ll be able to see her family. In this episode, Anima Sola, the New Amsterdam team has to help this patient get the surgery she needs with equipment that New Amsterdam hospital can’t afford.

Some call it implausible, I call it an Ocean’s 11-style caper. Have to let the imagination stretch sometimes.

A few of the New Amsterdam cast in the midst of a little Oceanโ€™s 11-style caper. Clockwise from left: Anupam Kher (Dr. Vijay Kapoor), Christopher Cassarino (Dr. Ed Nottingham), Jocko Sims (Dr. Floyd Reynolds), and Marinda Anderson (Dr. Valerie Jessup). Photo Credit: Francisco Roman/NBC

Another example is from this past week’s episode. Dr. Kapoor is stuck in an elevator with Dr. Clint Hartman (Matthew Bellows). They’re kind of adversaries due to past disagreements but they begrudgingly work together to help each other and a new mom. It is so well played.

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Lesson #3

Some journeys are meant to be shared

I’ve seen the word ‘journey’ used a few times in reference to New Amsterdam. I used it when someone posted a picture on Instagram  showing the cast during the script read for week 1 and the cast during the final script read.

There are those who have followed the journey every week on TV and others who have also followed via Facebook and Instagram. There is constant sharing of behind the scenes (bts) photos and videos.

I don’t know if other shows have gone as in depth as New Amsterdam with the bts content but I think the sharing is one of the many things that separates New Amsterdam from other shows.

I think its safe to say there are many of us who have enjoyed New Amsterdam including us in their journey.

Five more episodes. Time to buckle down and enjoy the ride.

Embrace Hope.
Abbi ๐Ÿ™‚

Challenges are what makes life interesting and overcoming them is what makes life meaningful.

Joshua J. Marine

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