New Amsterdam

Season 1 Episode 4


Aired Monday 9:00 PM Mar 17, 2008 on FOX
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Episode Summary

A nun is brutally raped and murdered; a fashion designer survived a similar attack. John takes charge of the case and realizes he was involved in similar circumstances in the 1800s when he worked for a wealthy landowner. Meanwhile, John and Sara begin getting to know each other.moreless

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  • A murdered Nun leads John and Eva to a serial rapist who is killing his victims. The only women to survive wants to drop the case to avoid what you think is the ordeal of testifying, but a deeper darker secret is behind her reluctance.moreless

    Honor Killings. There is no honor in these killings. I had to go read up on the subject as in our culture just the thought of doing something like this to a loved one is horrendous and despicable. It turns out that many of the female suicide bombers in the past years are rape victims who have been persuaded that it is in their and their families best interest to kill themselves for their families honors. This is taken to the point where rapes are planned so that there may be additional girls they can used as suicide bombers. There is one recorded case where over fifty women were raped for this purpose alone.

    I will leave that subject at that as I am a big believer in equal rights for women and to be honest this is very disturbing. I think the show did a wonderful job of depicting the ritual and John used his skill to get the father to confess in the end.

    I was surprised at how quickly the relationship with John and Dr. Dillane progresses. I mean she is still married if not recently separated. I don't think they really showed enough of the relationship buildup to warrant two people of such moral quality and intelligence hopping into bed together so quickly. This viewpoint coming from a man who is about as far away from being a prude as possible. It will be interesting to see how the relationship develops on an intellectual plane as that is really the place John will really discover their true destiny.moreless
  • good episode...

    I liked this one. Rape and murder...the worst things I can think of. It's always interesting to see different shows put their spin on a common theme. I really like how New Amsterdam did it; the flashbacks were interesting and emotional. It ended up that her own father killed her; that's terrible! I just wanted to go up to him and smack him! Why would you kill your daughter...and he had a terrible reason. Well, anyways, John's little love is going farter now and they're getting really involved. Big whoop...I think the love story is cute, but it does it pretty old pretty fast. Still, overall, good episode.moreless
  • Not a favourite storyline but one that had to be told.

    As with all storylines involving the attack on women they shock the viewer and leave a bad taste in the mouth, but as I said this storyline has to be told, some do it in bad taste and some do it very tactfully, New Amsterdam's Honor was both.

    Now when I say the story was both tactful and in bad taste I don't mean bad taste as in wrongly portrayed but the way the last girl was killed ( by her own family and father ) then you realise that though this is a TV show theses Honor killings really do happen in certain countries and religions, New Amsterdam but this story to the eye of the viewer and incorporated this into its rape storyline, add to the fact that Johns back flashes also included a similar situation in the 1800's made the episode more compelling.

    Naturally John and Sara start to get closer especially when John finds that Sara is no longer married, however now that they are together is John no longer immortal or is Sara really the one.??? Stay tuned.moreless
Marjan Neshat

Marjan Neshat

Charvi Vikram

Guest Star

Yasmin Kazi

Yasmin Kazi

Amartya Vikram

Guest Star

Tom Mardirosian

Tom Mardirosian


Guest Star

Robert Clohessy

Robert Clohessy

Detective Tony Santori

Recurring Role

Jamie Harrold

Jamie Harrold


Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (5)

    • ...for life is not a paragraph, and death I think is no parenthesis. John quotes E.E. Cummings, an American poet, painter, essayist, and playwright who was one of the most popular voices of 20th century poetry.

    • Take honor from me, and my life is done. John quotes William Shakespeare's Richard II. Mine honor is my life, both grow in one. Take honor from me, and my life is done. Then, dear my liege, mine honor let me try; In that I live, and for that I will die, the quote in it's entirety.

    • Mary Worth, the nun was reciting Salve Regina when she was in the emergency room. Salve Regina is one of four Marian antiphons. These are often used as spoken prayers.

    • Flashbacks reveal that John was a coachman for a wealthy landowner in the Bronx, circa 1813. A coachman is the title of a servant who drove a horse-drawn vehicle. Sometimes the coachman would have doubled as the stable hand or groom.

    • In this episode, John reveals that he has served as an Army Ranger, as part of Whitcomb's Rangers. Whitcomb's Rangers were formed on October 15, 1776 under the command of Benjamin Whitcomb. The idea was to have men working independent of the main Army. This unit was ordered to disband on January 1, 1781 as part of a reorganization of the Army.

  • QUOTES (13)

    • Santori: I've always wondered, Mank, when you work on a female, do you ever think of her as a woman.
      Mank: Not really.
      Eva: For the record, Santori, when I work with you, I don't really think of you as a man.

    • Sara: Ever think about doing something else?
      John: Every ten years.

    • Sara: You walk away from a major MI, no sign of cardiac damage, you survive multiple shootings and stabbings… you're either the luckiest man alive or the unluckiest.
      John: Well, that'll depend on whether you'll have dinner with me tonight.

    • Eva: So what's with you and that doc?
      John: She has a crush on me, she just doesn't know it.
      Eva: Oh yeah, you're irresistible.

    • (after John almost gets hit by a car)
      Eva: You keep that up, you're going to die young.
      John: I have good karma.

    • John: Is that an Army Ranger knife, Phil? Tactical fixed blade, serrated edge? Man, I always wanted one of those. I was in the Rangers, you know, Whitcomb's Rangers, you probably never heard of them.

    • John: You really think I got stabbed just to see you? That's a little narcissistic.
      Sara: I don't know what to think. You're a very strange man.
      John: You have no idea.

    • Omar: John didn't tell me he had such a radiant new partner.
      Eva: Oh, I don't think radiant would be the word he'd use. How long have you known him?
      Omar: Seems like my whole life.

    • John: Do you believe in true love?
      Sara: Whoa. That's a big question.
      John: Oh, it's the only question.

    • Durst: Do you apologize?
      John: I think you know the answer to that.
      Durst: It's just as well. Your death will be apology enough.

    • John: She was whispering something in the ER. I couldn't make it out. Just came to me. It was Latin. Salve Regina.
      Eva: Prayer of the Virgin Mary.
      Santori: How do you know the order? You're not a Catholic.
      John: Jeopardy question.

    • John: How many times have you been married?
      Omar: Enough to know it's supposed to be forever.

    • Eva: What is it about women that scares men so much, they need to rape and kill to destroy it?

  • NOTES (3)


    • 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."