Warning: spoilers ahead for the Season 3 premiere of New Amsterdam on NBC, called "The New Normal."
New Amsterdam returned to NBC for Season 3 nearly a year after the reworked Season 2 conclusion, and "The New Normal" revealed how the doctors and nurses at New Amsterdam rose to the occasion of saving lives during the COVID-19 pandemic. Fighting the pandemic took its toll on all of them, requiring sacrifices of Max (Ryan Eggold) and Co., forcing changes, and resulting in one doctor going on a ventilator. The bad news is that Dr. Kapoor contracted COVID, but the good news is that the damage to his heart opened the door for a major departed character to return. Welcome back, Dr. Reynolds!
Fortunately, New Amsterdam star Ryan Eggold spoke with CinemaBlend about "The New Normal" and previewed what's to come as Season 3 moves forward, including that final scene of Max Goodwin calling up Dr. Floyd Reynolds (Jocko Sims), who left New Amsterdam back in Season 2. Although Eggold initially cracked a joke about Sims' return (seen in the video above), he had nothing but good things to say about having Sims back on New Amsterdam:
Jocko Sims departed New Amsterdam toward the end of Season 2 when Reynolds left New York for a job in San Francisco along with fiancée Evie, and his departure seemed definitive enough that there was more speculation about a Reynolds spinoff than Reynolds returning. While Dr. Kapoor sustaining heart damage due to a pandemic is of course not a good thing, the return of Reynolds definitely qualifies as a silver lining, and Ryan Eggold is clearly thrilled to have him back.
Not only do fans get the character back and the New Amsterdam characters get their friend back, but Dr. Kapoor's odds of recovery are much better if Reynolds is on board to treat him! There's also no need to fear that Reynolds and Max will be together at New Amsterdam for just an episode or two, as Ryan Eggold confirmed that Jocko Sims will be around through at least Episode 4 of Season 3, and he elaborated:
The return of Jocko Sims wasn't revealed until the final moments of New Amsterdam's Season 3 premiere, with most of the episode dedicated to showing the lingering effects of COVID-19 on the hospital and the medical professionals working there. While Max was on the go trying to put out figurative fires and track down the much-needed drugs for the hospital, Bloom realized that she missed the fight of the pandemic in the ED and Helen revealed that she's afraid of going back to normal for a date with Daniel Dae Kim's Cassian Shin. Ryan Eggold shared what Max has had to give up that will continue to affect him as Season 3 continues:
Season premieres are just not good times for Max Goodwin! Max lost his wife in the Season 2 premiere, and then New Amsterdam revealed in the Season 3 premiere that he had to separate from his daughter. At least Luna had somewhere she could go to stay with family during the pandemic, but there was definitely some heartbreak when Max quite literally lost the connection with Luna in "The New Normal" during their video call.
The Season 3 premiere wasn't a full hour of heartbreak, however, thanks to some fun character moments and some memorable walk-and-talks through the hallways that were worth a laugh. Ryan Eggold weighed in on the importance of including some light moments in what could have otherwise been a very dark episode from start to finish:
While Max is facing more challenges than ever moving forward in Season 3, he's arguably in a better place emotionally now than he was at this point in Season 2 after losing Georgia. Reynolds' return could lift some weight from his shoulders, although Helen's relationship with Cassian might leave Max feeling a different kind of stress. All things considered, there are a lot of variables for the doctors and nurses of New Amsterdam in Season 3.
See what happens next with new episodes of New Amsterdam on Tuesdays at 10 p.m. ET on NBC, and be sure to check back with CinemaBlend for more of what's to come on the show in Season 3. As for Ryan Eggold, he has weighed in on whether he would ever reprise his role as Tom Keen on The Blacklist despite Tom Keen's unfortunate fate.
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