New Amsterdam returned with their season 3, and it was more emotional than ever! This season promises many things … and we continue to fall in love with Sharpwin more and more every day. If you still haven’t gotten over that little scene on the rooftop during the premiere, this is your place. Here we bring you the definitive ABC of Sharpwin. What defines this couple? Time to find out.
Here we go!
Helen and Max have a few things to apologize to each other for. Even if neither of them realized it at the time … they hurt each other. Max hurt Helen every time he opened up the possibility that they went beyond friendship but then did nothing about it, preventing her from moving on with her life. That created a dynamic that Helen seems to have been able to get out of. Right now they’re star-crossed lovers. When Helen was ready, Max wasn’t, and now that it seems like Max is ready … Helen decided to move on. But they won’t be able to be apart for long.
Burden … me
You know that a couple is made for each other when they forget the subtleties and tell each other everything they feel, even the harshest, honestly. Racing through New Amsterdam is common with Max and Helen, with Helen trying to explain to Max why his efforts to do something are not exactly the right decision. And we love them for it.
Max had cancer and Helen was there to fight with him every step of the way. It was a time when Max had to trust her more than ever because he felt weak, tired and almost unable to get through the day, and he trusted Helen to take care of him, to put the dots on the i’s when he needed it and to do what was best for him … even if that included letting someone else treat him. But Helen was always by his side.
Max and Helen have been dreaming of being together for so long … even before Georgia died, although they both respected her, even though they would have never acted on it, that little part of their hearts that just wanted to let go and give what was beginning to grow between them a chance was there. Later, after Georgia’s death, neither of them felt prepared or felt like it was right, but that dream was still there, waiting, crouching, for its moment.
Max and Helen are capable of doing everything for each other. Everything. Even if their careers or their hearts are on the line. They prefer to hurt themselves, that it hurts them, before it hurts the other. Because when you love your priority is the welfare of the person you love, before yours. And that is true love.
Before anything else, Max and Helen are friends. They have been there in each other’s worst moments and, even if it broke their hearts, they always choose their friendship before anything else. They always put on a smile and remained just friends, even though inside they were suffering in silence. Because they would rather have each other as friends than not at all.
Sharpwin have a lot to thank each other for because they have learned so much from each other. Helen owes Max having found her work again, herself, the love for what he does. Sometimes it hurts, yes, but it’s real. It is much more real than a TV set. A Max owes Helen his balance, she has, after all, been the only one who dared to tell him things exactly as they are and helped him to be better.
What would this couple be without hugs? Hugs are usually for comfort. An innocent gesture just to show that you are there. But it’s so much more when it comes to Sharpwin. You simply don’t nestle your head into your friend shoulder and only grudgingly let go if you don’t also want to do something less … innocent.
Helen had always built walls around her and Max slipped inside them, which was the best and the worst for her. He’s inside, in her heart, in her skin, he’s a part of her and there’s something very powerful in that, because that person becomes your greatest strength and support but also the only one that can really hurt and break you. It’s the same thing for Max, Helen is part of him, she’s the only one that can break his heart.
What would a TV couple be without some jealousy? Sharpwin has not been the exception on this issue, especially in the this season. We had already seen some jealousy when people were getting too close to Helen.
Max couldn’t help himself and he felt jealous, even though he tried to hide it as much as possible, even though he felt he had no right to be jealous because he was married to Georgia and they were going to have a daughter together. But that was how he felt.
Helen, for her part, was also jealous to see Max and Georgia together. She couldn’t help it because what she felt for him was so powerful … so seeing them together was like a knife twisting her heart.
Sharpwin know each other perfectly. They don’t need to talk, they understand with a look, a smile, a hug…they have an intuition about how the other feels and know what the other feels without saying it aloud, which can be something very valuable because neither one of them are willing to talk about their feelings. But when they do, oh when they do! They’re even better. Between them there’s magic.
Does anyone doubt that these two love each other? I think not. But it is not just love. It’s not just that they love each other. It’s those little moments when we saw them fall in love. It’s those little things that they always do for each other, even when it rips their own hearts apart because it means letting go … even for a while. It is those small details, those moments so intimate and so pure that make their love unique and special. Magical.
Max was married when he met Helen. Although his feelings for her grew, he always respected the incredible woman who was his, Georgia. And, even though what he was beginning to feel for Helen, that connection, puzzled him … he didn’t do anything about it until he was ready, after he got over the grief for Georgia. Helen, for her part, also always respected Georgia and her relationship with Max. She was perfectly aware of that spark between them and of her own growing feelings for Max but she respected Georgia and Max’s subsequent grief for her, and she tried to move on with her life. It wasn’t easy for either of them and I admire them for it.
It is the hospital where they met, where their love grew, where it all began. Max changed New Amsterdam as soon as he arrived but he also changed Helen because she had moved away from patients, from real medicine … until Max arrived and showed her a way to love her work again. But Helen and New Amsterdam also changed Max in an inalienable way. It’s something neither of them expected … but that’s the best things in life. At some point, Helen was about to leave New Amsterdam and leave everything behind, to leave Max behind … but she stayed for him, to give what was there between them a chance. Max and Helen run New Amsterdam together!
The oath Max took with Georgia when they got married carries a lot of weight to Sharpwin. They started falling in love when Georgia was in the picture and they always respected her but it was hard for both of them to start feeling and know that they couldn’t or wouldn’t do anything about it. It tore them in half. Later, after Georgia’s death, that oath continued to carry weight because Max felt guilty just thinking about another woman and Helen … still felt that it was not right to take what she had with Max further until he was over the pain and ready.
The past has enormous significance for Sharpwin. For Helen, that past before Max meant a life away from medicine, from patients, from the reality of her work and with her heart intact, and for Max that past meant a clear and predictable goal and a heart in which there were no blurred lines.
Sharpwin is a healthy and quality relationship: they have matured, grown and learned from their mistakes together. Both have been able to work towards a common goal in spite of their differences, little by little. They have always been there for each other, for what the other needed and they always found a foothold, a guide and a trusted person in the other. One of the reasons we love them so much!
The rooftop of New Amsterdam is Sharpwin’s official venue. After a hard day, a horrible and emotionally exhausting day, they just go up to the rooftop and talk about their life, just being there in the presence of the other makes them breathe, really breathe, for the first time all day. They can discuss what has happened in the day or something totally different or just support each other. And their looks, even if they don’t touch, their looks say it all. Sharpwin rooftop scenes for the win!
Max and Helen are always there for each other. Always. They may have different ways of doing things but when one of them needs the other, they can count on them to be there no matter what. Even in the worst moments. Even when they don’t want to be helped or it’s painful because it hurts their heart, they will be there.
Something that is clear about Sharpwin is that there’s trust, and that comes from the first moment. Max fully relies on Helen, even trusts her to go back to being a doctor because he knew that was what she was, even if she doubted it herself and Helen trusted Max about it, despite her fear.
They are part of a whole. They just want to be on the same page and have their moment, have the opportunity to live everything they feel and finally let themselves be carried away. They only want to have the opportunity to try.
Max has managed to get to Helen’s vulnerable side – and viceversa – overturning those self-imposed barriers. Max is the first person Helen really opens up and tells her fears, her problems and also her hopes and dreams. In Max, Helen has found her soulmate.
In Max’s case the same thing holds true, Helen has witnessed his most vulnerable moments, she has always been a point of support, the person to trust, the rock to hold onto when he was confused or simply needed to vent. She’s, quite simply, the love of his life.
It wasn’t easy for Max to get over Georgia’s death. And it was not easy for Helen to see him suffer so much for another woman. They were both afraid of taking a step beyond friendship because Max was afraid that it would mean disrespecting Georgia’s memory and Helen was afraid that Max wasn’t really ready, that he still loved Georgia and she was just the person who would help him to overcome his grief.
But none of them realized that they were wrong. For Max, Helen is everything and he deserves to be happy, Georgia would have wanted him to be. That is why, in those little moments of doubt, that the relationship between them was blurred at the edges and began to be something more than friendship, Max played with his wedding ring … because he was already ready even though he didn’t know it.
X’s and O’s
Sharpwin’s kisses and hugs can’t be more wonderful, it’s impossible to choose between them because each one has its own language and tells a different story. But in all of them there is a common denominator: the most sincere and pure love and that unique f to ability to get carried away, because they feel they have found the right person.
“I did it for you. Everything I do, I do it for you.” That is the phrase. That’s the tweet. That phrase is the official phrase of how to say I love you without saying I love you. If that’s not a declaration of love, what is? And I still can’t get over that Max will just stay there and not kiss her with everything he had. For good sake, what are you waiting for, man?
Max is zappy. We can all agree with that, right? We rarely see him standing alone. Rather we see him running through the hospital trying to catch up with the madness of the day and attend to everyone who needs to speak to him. Only Helen is capable of making him stand up, breathe, and think of himself, of his welfare, before that of others.
Did you like this Sharpwin ABC? What words would you have chosen? Feel free to share with us in the comments below!
New Amsterdam airs Tuesdays at 10/9 on NBC.
Please don’t say that Max loves Helen when he was with Georgia. It was so disrespectful. Ryan has confirmed that during interview that Max loves his wife and his connection with Helen more on friends, co-worker who shares a lot in common. That’s normally people do.