New Amsterdam

Season 1 Episode 5

Keep The Change

Aired Monday 9:00 PM Mar 24, 2008 on FOX



  • Trivia

  • Quotes

    • 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

    • 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.

  • Allusions

    • 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?.