In Season 1 of New Amsterdam, Dr. Max Goodwin is presented as an idealist and misfit in the medical field who worked to make his hospital accessible to all. At the same time, the doctor struggled with his own physical and emotional demons. Both reached a peak in the penultimate episode of the season, This Is Not the End.
After a season of battling his cancer diagnosis, Max sees his rock bottom in Episode 21, pounding the physical toll the disease and its treatment have taken on his body. As a result of experimental double chemotherapy, Max is the weakest he’s ever had and it shows. Adding to the mounting side effects that have accumulated over the season, his eyes are sunken, he is pale and he can barely stand, let alone run a hospital. Even in his weakened state, Max prioritizes his new family insurance plan to help patients, making his rapid decline all the more tragic.
As if the double chemotherapy wasn’t enough, the episode ends on a shocking cliffhanger with devastating consequences. as dr Bloom searches for Max in his apartment, he opens the bloodied door. His and Georgia’s baby is on the way, and it seems there are complications.
While it could be argued that Season 2, Episode 1 is the most heartbreaking episode of the entire series as it seals Georgia’s tragic fate, This Is Not the End sets in motion the events that led to her death and Max’s future as a single Parents, while at the same time putting a very sick man in the middle.