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So, Does Dr. Lauren Bloom Die in the Season Finale of 'New Amsterdam'?

By Dustin Rowles | TV | May 15, 2019 |

By Dustin Rowles | TV | May 15, 2019 |


I mean, do you like to be cliff-hung? Because if you want to wait until season two to find out if Dr. Lauren Bloom (Janet Montgomery) is coming back, get on out of here.


Obviously, she’ll return in season two. But let’s back up a second: After a two-month absence from New Amsterdam, Dr. Bloom returned in last week’s episode after a stint in rehab (for Ritalin) with the intention of informing Max that she was going to resign from the hospital (in reality, the real-life Janet Montgomery was on maternity leave). When she arrives at Max’s apartment, she finds that he’s covered in blood. That’s because his wife had gone into labor, and she was losing blood (it was also the first episode back for Lisa O’Hare, who plays Max’s wife, Georgia, after maternity leave).

Dr. Bloom steps in to help Georgia deliver the baby because paramedics won’t arrive in time. However, there’s a hitch at one point when it appears as though Max will have to choose between saving the life of his baby or his wife. It is legit heartwrenching, because as pat and sentimental as New Amsterdam can sometimes be — as is the case with any hospital drama — it’s done such a terrific job with its characters that it doesn’t even matter.

In either respect, Dr. Bloom makes the decision for Max, and decides to save the baby. Georgia, meanwhile, bleeds to death, but Dr. Helen Sharpe (Freema Agyeman) arrives just in time to revive her. Georgia and the baby both survive, tears are shed, and Dr. Bloom reconciles with Dr. Sharpe, paving the way for Dr. Bloom’s return. Then everyone gets into the ambulance to return to New Amsterdam, and Dr. Iggy Frome (from a separate storyline) starts in on a voice-over narration about how the brain works — “It’s just trying to make sense of things” — and then WHAMMO, the ambulance is smashed into by another ambulance, flipping over and throwing Dr. Bloom from the wreckage. Max and the baby survive (because my God, this show wouldn’t be cruel enough to kill off a baby). Georgia apparently also survives (for now), because she’s taken in on a gurney with an oxygen mask (and she wouldn’t need oxygen if she were dead). Meanwhile, Dr. Bloom is lying bloody and face-down on the road.

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Does she survive? Yes. I know that because a few weeks ago when she returned to New Amsterdam, Janet Montgomery wrote about what not being pregnant during season 2 would be like on Instagram. Also, that Instagram post mysteriously disappeared this morning, more or less confirming that she didn’t want to spoil her fate. Also, she was at the NBC upfronts this week, promoting the second season of New Amsterdam, and she’s in all the publicity materials.

The REAL mystery here, and the misdirect, is … will Dr. Helen Sharpe survive? After all, she never appears in that final sequence and someone in that scene is covered in a sheet.

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Is it Dr. Sharpe? Well, there’s nothing as cut-and-dried in Freema Agyeman’s social media to suggest that she’ll be back for season two, but she’ll definitely be back for season two. Here she is also at the upfronts, promoting season two.

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She also promotes season two here.

In other words, no one dies, except the EMS ambulance driver, and to be honest, that’s the way it should be for New Amsterdam. It is not a show built on big twists and surprising deaths. It’s built on solid characters, and I’d hate to see this otherwise perfect cast broken apart because seriously, there’s not a single bad egg among them, rare for any show, much less a large ensemble.

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