New Amsterdam

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Quotes (108)

  • John: New York City. A beautiful catastrophe, someone once called it. I call it home. Romance, glamour, excitement. This city has it all. When you've lived here as long as I have, and you've seen what I've seen, cynicism isn't just a pose. It's what gets you through the day. And there've been a lot of days. And a lot of nights.

  • Older Indian Woman Crone: You will not grow old. You will not die. Until you find the one, and your souls are wed. John: How will I know when I find her? Older Indian Woman Crone: You will feel it, here, in your heart.

  • John: (to Mrs. Carlton) You asked before how you go on. You do what you can. Go to work, you see your friends, you cook food...get up in the morning. Then, one day, it...changes. Don't know why, it just does.

  • Eva: How do you find out about this stuff? John: It's what we do. We bring closure to people who need it. You seemed to need it. Closure...it's what we all want.

  • John: I've watched the world change. Best invention - indoor plumbing. Worst invention - the alarm clock.

  • John: Hi, my name is John and I'm an alcoholic. A.A. Man: Hi, John. John: I haven't had a drink in 15,495 days. (applause) A.A. Man: Hey, guy, do you think that's funny. I can do the math. You'd have to have been sober since 1965. John: I look young for my age.

  • Eddie: Don't do this, man, I don't want to have to shoot you. John: Then don't: it hurts like hell.

  • John: Trust me, all of it gets old… except me.

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Notes (19)

  • International Airdates:
    Canada: March 4, 2008
    Norway: July 30, 2008 on TV3

  • Songs featured in the episode: "Island: Come And See" - The Decemberists "Your Heart Is An Empty Room" - Death Cab for Cutie

  • International Air Date: Norway: August 6, 2008 on TV3

  • In the US, this episode was rated TV14-DLSV.

  • Songs featured in the episode: "Nature Boy" - Nat King Cole "One Night on Earth" - The Veils "Haunted Town" - Lena Horne

  • This episode aired first in Canada on Wednesday 5th March 2008.

  • International Air Dates: Norway: August 13, 2008 on TV3 Australia: January 13, 2010 on GO!

  • In the US, this episode was rated TV14-LV.

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Trivia (35)

  • Nikolaj Coster Waldau's accent slips several times throughout the episode.

  • Trivia: John's detective badge number is 9298.

  • In the scene where John is being resuscitated they are shown defibrillating Asystole. According to current Advanced Cardiac Life Support protocols, you only defibrillate Ventricular Tachycardia or Ventricular Fibrillation. You never defibrillate Asystole.

  • In the end of the episode when John discovers that there are security cameras in the station, we can see that the camera was hanging up near the ceiling, but when he finds the woman that helped him we can clearly see her face as she was walking towards the camera looking straight into it. We should have seen only images from above and not from the level of a person's face.

  • In the final scene of the episode, when John wakes up after being stabbed, his chest is clean except for the scar. When he stands up, his chest is covered with mud.

  • John's dog is named 36. Whether it is the 36th generation of a single lineage is not revealed.

  • After John burns the fake note during the interrogation, the shot cuts to a woman, and then back to a wide shot, and no burning note of any sort can be seen.

  • While filling in his application for the Army his voiceover states his original identity: Name: Johan van der Zee Date of birth: June 1st 1607 Place of birth: Amsterdam, Holland

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Allusions (8)

  • Highlander: The Highlander and Heroes: When John is telling Corey about all the things he's lived through, Corey asks "What if your head was cut off?" In the Highlander movies and TV series, decapitation is the only known way to kill an immortal. Similarly, on the NBC show Heroes, decapitation is also the only known way to kill the characters of Adam Monroe, Peter Petrelli, and Claire Bennet, all of whom have superhuman regenerative healing ability.

  • Jeopardy: When Amsterdam stops the ambulance to question the driver, the woman giving birth in the back asks if they can "play Jeopardy later." Jeopardy is a long running television game show hosted by Alex Trebek.

  • The book John, as surgeon during the Civil War, gets at the end of the episode is Leaves of Grass. Leaves of Grass is a poetry collection by the American poet Walt Whitman. 1855 was its initial release, but the collection was released and reprinted a number of times during Whitman's life, with poems added, altered, and removed during the course of its releases. Historians vary, but there are at least six to ten variant editions. There was no edition released during the Civil War, however.

  • John Amsterdam: Jeopardy question. Jeopardy! is a television quiz game show based on trivia in various topics. The show was created by Merv Griffin in the early 1960s, and still continues to air on Syndication.

  • The nun who is raped and killed goes by the name Mary Worth, which one of the ER attendants remarks "Like the comic strip." Mary Worth is a newspaper comic strip syndicated by King Features. It centers around a middle aged woman who is known for dispensing advice on many topics and is a "do-gooder."

  • Eva: Bob Webson. Ben Tuckers' Driver. Callie: You writin' haiku? Haiku is a Japanese poetry style, typically consisting of three lines of 5,7, and 5 on, or sounds. These on are usually translated as equivalent to syllables in English, although that is a rough translation. Eva's delivery is a short, staccato utterance could qualify as a five on ("Bob-Websn-Ben-Tuhkrz'-Drivr") line of haiku.

  • Omar: A Gibson El-Double-O. Early 1930s. Mr. Robert Johnson's axe of choice. Robert Johnson was a 1930s blues musician. His life, while short, is the stuff of both influence and legend. The influence is that his playing style has been a self-acknowledged strong force in styles of the most respected guitarists of the 60s and 70s, including John Fogerty, Bob Dylan, Johnny Winter, Jimi Hendrix, Neil Young, Warren Zevon, Jimmy Page, Jeff Beck, Robert Fripp, and Eric Clapton, who once said Johnson was "the most important blues musician who ever lived". Many other bands, as well as John Lennon and Paul McCartney have also acknowledged his influence on their playing. The legend circles around his short life and untimely death, presumably at the hands of a cuckolded husband. The myth, however, is that he sold his soul to the devil to play the guitar like he did, and, on August 16, 1938, at a rural crossroads in Mississippi, the devil came to collect. This myth was at the heart of the fictional movie Crossroads and was the basis for the character of "Tommy Johnson" in the Coen Brothers' movie O Brother Where Art Thou?.

  • Amelia: (to John at the party in 1900's) Read "The Masses", it's going to change everything. She is referring to a socialist political magazine that was published from 1911 to 1917. It was particularly noted for it's art.