'New Amsterdam' Season 2 Episode 8: Max finally lets his friends in, but his grief comes to a head in 'What the Heart Wants'
Max had explained to Helen that the reason he sent the cleaning crew packing is that he did not want strangers in his home, and the latter came up with an ingenious solution — get his friends to clean up his home instead
Ever since the death of his wife Georgia (Lisa O'Hare), Max (Ryan Eggold) has been deep in depression and denial. In the previously aired Season 2 Episode 7 of 'New Amsterdam', we saw that he finally let her friends in — to his house literally, and to share his pain metaphorically.
Max, who has regular chats with his wife at his home when he is alone with his infant daughter, asked her for permission when his friends showed up unexpectedly and she reminded him that it is important to accept help.
For months now, Max has been immersing himself in the memories of his wife, refusing to spend any more time than he absolutely needs to away from home, and lets no one enter.
Earlier this season, we saw Max finally accepting Helen's (Freema Agyeman) bid to help him in any way of her choosing, and she did it by hiring some maids to help Max clean his home.
Although he considered it for a moment, he sent them off almost as immediately as they showed up at his doorstep, and later we see why.
He is yet to clean up Georgia's blood from the carpet in his home, and it seems like he is using that as a connection to her. It is also probably why Georgia, to him, exists in their home and not outside.
Max had explained to Helen that the reason he sent the cleaning crew packing is that he did not want strangers in his home, and the latter came up with an ingenious solution — get his group of friends to clean up his home instead.
So, Helen goes to Max's home with Iggy (Tyler Labine), Vijay (Anupam Kher), Lauren (Janet Montgomery), and Floyd (Jocko Sims), and he is sort of strong-handed into letting them pass, with Georgia's approval, of course.
It remains to be seen if they will find Georgia's blood when they are cleaning, and how that will affect Max.
He may possibly direct everyone away from that spot, but he will have to confront his loss and the depression that ensued soon, and it's going to as soon as the next episode.
The synopsis for 'What the Heart Wants' suggests that "Max's grief comes to a head" and we are excited to see how 'New Amsterdam' tackles it, when Season 2 Episode 8 airs on Tuesday, November 12.