I am not the biggest fan of medical shows. I have always felt that everyone tried to be Greys Anatomy, and against popular opinion – I don’t like it. But what I have found about New Amsterdam is that there is a genuine connection to its viewers. “Code Silver” was no exception to the amazing show that is written that enables this connection that show has with its viewers.
It makes the viewer want to believe that there are physicians out there that care deeply about their patients and aren’t just there for the check. Trust me, as a person that has a chronic illness, sometimes I feel like a means to an end for a check versus actually taking care of the patients.
So where do we begin with this episode?
This weeks episode was entitled, “Code Silver.”
With the hospital on lockdown after the patients from Rikers escape from their beds, Helen and Max find themselves in a situation that could cost them their lives. Meanwhile, Bloom must put aside her pain to help a patient in need, and Iggy is forced to come to terms with the issues in his marriage.
WHAT IS CODE SILVER
As we know from the last episode, we had a bunch of patients from Rikers Island at New Amsterdam. Four are being held together. One is in surgery.
The nurse finds that they are all gone and that the guard is handcuffed to the bed. The guard has been harmed, but the girls are gone. One is there and tells them that she doesn’t know what they are up to. Now, I am not buying any of that. They all have to know something.
The four of them are being forced to get rid of another inmate that had turned states witness. So they caused an all out brawl in order to get into New Amsterdam and kill the lady turned states witness. So they are all running around the hospital in order to try and find her.
But when Code Silver is called it makes everything more complicated. A lot more complicated. The whole hospital is now locked down as the police search for the combative person in the hospital – aka the inmates.
IGGY AND MARTIN
Here’s the thing about Iggy. He wants to constantly help people. He wants to be there for everyone. BUT the only person that he doesn’t help is himself. You may remember that at the end of the last episode, his husband found out that he was trying to adopt a baby without his knowledge. So Iggy’s been sleeping on his couch at the hospital, just trying to figure out what to do.
Martin shows up at the hospital to talk to Iggy, but as usual Iggy is finding ways to avoid the situation. But when the Code Silver happens, Martin and Iggy are forced to be in a room together, where they think they are supposed to be alone, but they aren’t. The therapist, Tabitha, is stuck in the room with them.
This honestly might be the best thing for them.
Iggy is the best man at helping everyone, but the reality is he sucks at helping himself. We quickly learn that Iggy thinks that if he’s not helping people that they will see that he is worthless.
It breaks my heart in so many ways to learn that Iggy feels that way about himself. The truth is that so many of us feel bad about ourselves, many of us are afraid that if someone sees us, the real us – they won’t like who we are. Having to find the love in ourselves isn’t easy. It’s actually the scariest thing in the world.
Martin and Iggy talked through their issues and what we know is that they both feel as if they are not enough for each other, but what they are is just that.
It’s a funny thing – communication. It’s not an easy thing, it’s a very hard thing. Being vulnerable is scary, but the truth is that when you open yourself to the possibilities of someone understanding you, knowing you, and being there for you – you find a sort of peace.
Iggy and Martin needed to find their peace – their home in each other. I loved seeing them vulnerable. In vulnerability they found their way back to each other.
Max and Helen
We know that Helen was demoted due to some past decisions that she made and it kinda breaks our heart. Helen is a good one – one of the doctors in the world that is completely devoted to her patients.
But part of what I love about Helen and Max is that they have a devotion to each other. Sure they dance around that devotion – A LOT. But when Max jumps in to tell her that he’d risk his job for her and if she is demoted, he’ll have to be demoted too.
When the Code Silver starts, Max is helping getting people out of the hospital. The security wants him to clear the oncology ward and he asks Helen to help him. She of course says yes.
In the blackness of the hallway Max see’s blood on the ground and they find a patient on the ground. Helen quickly realizes it’s one of the escaped prisoners. When Max returns from trying to get supplies, he’s being held at gunpoint by one of the other escaped prisoners. He says that he’s going to help them get out.
The 4th escaped prisoner had broken into the operating room and had stabbed her repeatedly, but also stabbed the doctor operating. The other prisoners quickly learned that the states witness didn’t die and they head back into the hospital to finish the job. Because of Helen.
Helen had been looking for a reason to stay at New Amsterdam, and she asked Max to trust her. He doesn’t get why she’s leading them in, but heres the thing about Max and Helen – these two have a connection that a lot of people don’t. They move in the same way that the other one does – they instinctively play off each other. But the way that they look at each other is something that we all want out of life.
A person who can see every bit of you even when you can’t see that about yourself. Max trusts Helen with his life, so he doesn’t say a lot and follows her lead. She leads them right to the command center, where they fly through the door screaming gun, and are able to get the Code Silver to end.
Their trust is something that I love. Max is this man who has been broken down by so many things, had the worst things happen to him and yet, he never looses hope. Helen gives him that hope – even when he doesn’t see that about himself. I think to a certain point, he knows that she’s the one that has brought parts of his heart back to life, but he fears it’s dishonoring his wife that has passed in some way.
But these two are endgame. So I am holding out all hope. This slow burn is one that I can get behind.
- Vijay and Ella. I feel so bad for Vijay because he’s lost everything. His wife has past, his son has left, and Ella is going to have his grandchild. But the thing is with Ella having his grandkid, he wants her to stay. He will take care of her and his grandkid. And I am hoping that she stays.
- Dr. Reynolds getting stabbed and still thinking of his patient first. MAN – that mans dedication. But he coulda harmed more people and his patient for not having someone else tap in. It worried me. But I was so glad to know he was ok.
- Dr. Bloom performing the emergency appendectomy kinda freaks me out. Like good on her for saving the patient, but if that happened to me, I would sue the shit out of that hospital.
- Dr. Bloom finding out her therapist had stolen her narcotics – I woulda junk punched his ass.
New Amsterdam airs on NBC!