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‘New Amsterdam’ Season 4 and the Sharpwin Effect  

NEW AMSTERDAM season 4 -- "More Joy" Episode 401 -- Pictured: (l-r) Freema Agyeman as Dr. Helen Sharpe, Ryan Eggold as Dr. Max Goodwin -- (Photo by: Zach Dilgard/NBC)
NEW AMSTERDAM — “More Joy” Episode 401 — Pictured: (l-r) Freema Agyeman as Dr. Helen Sharpe, Ryan Eggold as Dr. Max Goodwin — (Photo by: Zach Dilgard/NBC)

New Amsterdam season 4 is almost here and it’s a lot.

Hello yes, your friendly neighborhood hypochondriac has decided to start watching a medical drama solely because of a ship. It’s me, I’m your friendly neighborhood hypochondriac. So, I did it, I tried. I watched the Pilot and naturally, I couldn’t stomach it. So, no I don’t actually watch New Amsterdam. (I want to, so badly though.)

But you know what I’ve also never, ever done in all my years as a TV aficionado/critic? I’ve never googled, YouTubed, or read anything related to a romantic relationship when I don’t watch the show they’re in. But good Lord, then came Sharpwin—Max Goodwin (Ryan Eggold) and Helen Sharpe (Freema Agyeman). I couldn’t resist the two of them, digging further into their relationship, learning the ins and out, watching every single scene they’re in together just to get some semblance of what they’re like, crumbs here and there at best. But they’re not just crumbs, they’re something else, and that’s especially the case with the New Amsterdam season 4 premiere where Sharpwin is presumably just beginning to set sail (hopefully, forever). 

Picking up right where the season 3 finale left off, they’re a sight to behold. In all my years, I’ve also never, ever watched something so achingly intimate, warm, and deeply moving as a specific scene from “More Joy.”

Freema Agyeman is so brilliantly expressive, I was wrecked during more than one scene, crushed, whole, and so full of a whirlwind of emotions. And that Max Goodwin—the man has game. Words, words, words, words are so damn important, and they’re especially important when backed by actions. When you realize what that means and the weight it all carries, this relationship becomes that much more beautiful. And safe to say, they might just be the most stunning, nuanced couple on TV right at this second. (I’m talking currently airing, new episodes.) They’re it.

NEW AMSTERDAM season 4 -- "More Joy" Episode 401 -- Pictured: (l-r) Ryan Eggold as Dr. Max Goodwin, Freema Agyeman as Dr. Helen Sharpe -- (Photo by: Virginia Sherwood/NBC)
NEW AMSTERDAM — “More Joy” Episode 401 — Pictured: (l-r) Ryan Eggold as Dr. Max Goodwin, Freema Agyeman as Dr. Helen Sharpe — (Photo by: Virginia Sherwood/NBC)

The Sharpwin effect is strong. It’s so strong that even when you don’t watch the whole show, you have to watch their scenes on a loop. And it’s what I’ve been doing for the past few days. I’ve done nothing but watch every moment they’re in. “More Joy” is coming for your hearts, it came after mine, and it came hard. And I have no idea how to cope with any of the feelings they’ve evoked in the New Amsterdam season 4 premiere.

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