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New AmsterdamFreema Agyeman’s midseason finale featured an unexpected cameo appearance as Dr. Helen Sharpe.
The former Doctor who star walked away from the role earlier this year, but according to showrunner David Schulner, they needed her back to “test Max’s resolve.”
Representing the NHS’s ongoing battle against cancer, she appeared on a nearby TV screen just as Dr Max Goodwin and love interest Dr Elizabeth Wilder were about to go home together.
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“We knew we wanted to bring Helen Sharpe back to test Max’s determination. To test his feelings for Wilder. To test if he really is cured,” Schulner said. TVLine.
“And we knew we wanted it to happen at the worst possible time for him.”
He went on to tease that we’ll “definitely see Helen in the next episode,” though it’s unclear if it’ll be a real meeting between the ex-lovebirds.
“Shall [Max] run back to Sharpe? Will he double Wilder? There are so many unanswered questions he has for Sharpe,” Schulner said.
“At the same time, there’s the promise of something new with Wilder. We’re going to put Max through the wringer, so every decision he makes is hard-earned.”
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When Agyeman decided the New Amsterdam cast, she told fans on Instagram: “I want to thank you very much for your unending, devoted and wonderfully ferocious support.
“I feel very fortunate to have interacted with so many of you, as I rolled into the shoes of Ms. Helen Sharpe and witnessed every ebb and flow of your emotional investment in her.
“What a ride! Thanks for being on it with me.”
New Amsterdam is broadcast NBC in America while Prime video and NOW wear the show in the UK. It is also available on All4.