'New Amsterdam' Season 4: Will Dr Lauren Bloom and Dr Leyla Shinwari break up?
One of the major storylines in the midseason finale of 'New Amsterdam' Season 4 was the fractured relationship between Dr Lauren Bloom (Janet Montgomery) and Dr Leyla Shinwari (Shiva Kalaiselvan) after the latter finds out that Lauren's donation (which she construes as a bribe) was responsible for getting her the fifth slot as a resident doctor. This leads to differences between the two even as Lauren's attempts to explain go futile.
The donation comes to light when Casey figures out that Lauren had made a financial contribution to get her girlfriend a residency spot and it came at the cost of probably getting someone else. However, those who know Leyla, know her work ethic is absolutely brilliant and that is the same argument Lauren uses to justify the reason behind getting her the spot. This though doesn't sit well with Leyla who feels that the one thing she wanted to earn was just given to her as charity. "I wore the clothes that you brought me," she tells Lauren, "but I never thought you could just buy me."
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Known as #Leyren on social media, the pair have always been a constant topic of discussion, and with the season topping off with a midseason finale, there will surely be a lot of buzz around the couple's love story until the show returns with Episode 11 on January 4.
Per TV Insider, Jocko Sims, who plays Dr Floyd Reynolds on the show teased the midseason finale ahead of its airdate. "To be honest, they’re not handling it that well. Max is going around attempting to get folks little parting gifts, and they don’t receive them well. Ultimately what they really want from Max is for him to stick around, as my character says at the beginning of the episode," he said.
"We’re trying to manage, but I think it’s a double-edged sword. Look, it’s not even the fact that we’re losing our friend, the guy who’s been doing so well not only revolutionizing New Amsterdam but attempting to tackle the healthcare system and affecting all of the characters at the same time and teaching them how they should put patients first. Not only is he leaving, but in that void, he’s bringing in this tornado of Veronica. So they’re mad." And if that was one of the storylines, the other, which Sims doesn't let slip is the potential break up between Leyla and Lauren which will surely be a shocker.
Although the episode ends with Leyla leaving and Lauren in tears, there is nothing concrete to suggest they have called it quits. 'New Amsterdam' still has a bit more of storytelling to do and this relationship is one of them.
'New Amsterdam' Season 4 returns January 4, 2022, on NBC.