New Amsterdam

Season 1 Episode 5

Keep The Change

Aired Monday 9:00 PM Mar 24, 2008 on FOX
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Keep The Change
John alongside Eva investigates the case of a homeless man who died of an overdose. The best friend of the homeless man believes it was a homicide. While searching the belongings of the dead homeless man, John gets hold of an expensive guitar in his locker. In the meanwhile, John remembers when he was an addict and had to enter a 12-step program in 1964 after being drunk too many times.moreless

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  • A homeless man comes into the station to report that his friend did not die of an overdose but was murdered. John and Eva take the case reminding John of the time in his life when he became a recovering alcoholic. Things with Sarah are strained.moreless

    An interesting episode with many different aspects. I liked the new Sergeant played by Susan Misner. The only thing was that she was a little strange with Eva at times. Brian Tarantina was good as Mick the homeless friend of the first victim. We get to see a very empathetic side of John from his days as an alcoholic and how he went about recovering.

    It was Omar that Mick first revealed his true nature too. I was always wondering if this was something he did with most of his families. Can you imagine the trail of people he must left in his wake over the years. That alone would cause a man to drink. His conflict with Sarah is not going to go away. He didn't choose the best way to reveal the truth to her. A person like Sarah is a doctor and a seeker of truths. I think he could have explained his situation in such a way to reveal the truth to her and not have her run away. Maybe that is part of his curse though.

    As far as the murders are concerned why is it some people believe they are above the law. Your good deeds do not outweigh the bad things you do. It was a tragedy that she hit the young boy on the bike but if she had revealed it at the time other than a little bad publicity what really would have happened if that was all that was going on? Even Manslaughter is better than the escalation to three murders. Her husband should have known better. Instead they dragged another person into the mix and now all three will go down for the murders. Not counting all of the many people affected by this.

    This show reminds me of Moonlight in that they are both about paranormal situations, but also in the fact that this is a very well produced show that really never got a chance to flourish. It's a real shame. I have seen five episodes so far and I would have to say that they have been pretty high caliber and interesting television.

    Thanks for reading...moreless
  • Former drunk John Amsterdam recalls his old demons as he investigates the death of an addict.

    Amsterdam investigates an apparent drug overdose. His suspicions are that something more than a suicide.

    The victim's friend hovers about, insisting that the murder be solved. Kind of like a dog at the scene of its master's death. He demands the crime be investigated.

    Amsterdam presses for more information, doggedly pursuing clues in what looks like an open and shut case of an O.D.

    Woven into the investigation scenes taking place in the present are flashbacks. Amsterdam recalls his facing of his own addiction problem decades earlier.

    Facts and fiction are blended together to create an extra strong suspension of disbelief.

    Amsterdam shows his former weakness gives him a strength of character to help those who are like he was.moreless
  • good episode...

    John and Eva investigate the death of a homeless man, which most people believe was an overdose. He was murdered, it turns out, by the driver that worked for a woman that opened a homeless shelter. That was interseting. I knew that it was either her of the driver, so I disappointed that it was predictable. Still, I really liked this episode. The flashbacks were good and we got to see how Omar learned of John's secret. I liked the whole alcoholic story line. John's relationship gets further and his girlfriend starts to question. Overall, just a really good, solid episode.moreless
  • One too many.

    After a homeless guy informs Amsterdam his buddy died from an overdose Eva and John start an investigation which brings up some old ghosts for John.

    The investigation takes another step when a well known musician who's in rehab also is found dead from an overdose, John finds the musicians self help notes which tell John of the singers deepest darkest secrets, John knows about these self help books because John also wrote a few himself, and through flashbacks we see john in the 1960's going through rehab and a young Omar, anyway the books tell John the musician was in a hit and run but it's found the owner of a homeless housing complex was to blame.

    I've noticed something with New Amsterdam episodes, the writing dictates some of the more taboo subjects that are in everyday life, last week we had Rape victims, the other week illicit sex, and this weeks alcoholics, what I'm getting at is that some shows are too frightened to screen this type of programming and let's be honest this kind of thing is in nearly all our lives.

    The only problem I have with New Amsterdam is John is now chasing Dr Dillane but how is he going to prove his immortality has run it's course?? Jump in front of a bus, get shot?moreless
Nick Sandow

Nick Sandow


Guest Star

Brian Tarantina

Brian Tarantina


Guest Star

Mandell Butler

Mandell Butler

Young Omar

Guest Star

Robert Clohessy

Robert Clohessy

Detective Tony Santori

Recurring Role

Jamie Harrold

Jamie Harrold


Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (3)

  • QUOTES (4)

    • Sara: I can't be with you, John.
      John: I don't understand.
      Sara: That's the problem. Neither do I. I don't understand how I can be with someone who won't tell me the truth. If I don't understand something, I can't make it work. I'm a doctor. I need for things to make sense.
      John: The heart attack. That's what this is about.
      Sara: No. Your heart. There's something hidden in there. Something big. Some dark secret you won't tell me.
      John: This is me.
      Sara: Right. John Amsterdam. The man with anomalous blood, no past at all, whose father did the best he could. Well, he could've done a little better. He could've taught you to be honest.
      John: He didn't. I picked that up myself.
      Sara: Tell me I'm wrong. Tell me you're not hiding something. Tell me you were really undercover, that's why there's no history. If it's true, I will believe it. I promise. That's what I thought.
      John: You want the truth? The truth is I'm 400 years old. The truth is Omar is my son. One of 63 children I've fathered.
      Sara: John...
      John: I've tried to be careful because I can't stay with them. I'm immortal, they're not. The truth is...
      Sara: Stop. Just stop.

    • Omar: Old ain't bad, with guitars or men.

    • Sara: I Googled you.
      John: Oh no! I feel violated!

    • Young Omar: (to John) So what? You some kind of superhero? Is this your secret lair?

  • NOTES (2)

    • International Air Dates:
      Norway: August 27, 2008 on TV3
      Australia: January 27, 2010 on GO!

    • Stephen Kunken is credited in both the opening and closing credits. His name seems to have been placed over that of Ian Brennan, who was credited as playing Chris Duncan in the press releases but is not listed on-screen.


    • 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?.