NEW AMSTERDAM: Ryan Eggold on Directing 'Two Doors,' Max's Quest to Save the Hospital From Veronica - Give Me My Remote : Give Me My Remote

NEW AMSTERDAM: Ryan Eggold on Directing ‘Two Doors,’ Max’s Quest to Save the Hospital From Veronica

February 21, 2022 by  

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NEW AMSTERDAM — “Two Doors” Episode 415 — Pictured: Ryan Eggold, Director — (Photo by: Eric Liebowitz/NBC)

NEW AMSTERDAM star Ryan Eggold steps behind the cameras for the Tuesday, February 22 episode, “Two Doors”—a wildly different experience than his first time directing the medical drama for the February 2020, pre-pandemic, hour, “Sabbath.”

“Working with this family of writers and actors and crew, it’s like second nature by this point; it’s such joy,” Eggold explains. “It’s so easy, because I’ve been with this family for four years now. And that part of the job—the creative work of directing and telling the story working with Aaron [Ginsburg], who wrote this episode brilliantly—is very easy and very fun and very simple.”

“Working within the confines or the challenges of COVID and all the precautions that we take there [is not]—and there are a lot of challenges that come from that, unfortunately,” he continues. “And they’re certainly not unique to us. That’s just the world we live in and trying to make television in this age. [There were a] lot of challenges…from locations falling through, to the actors being stuck somewhere, to just a lot of logistical challenges.”

Things aren’t exactly easy for Eggold’s character, Max, who finds himself fighting an uphill battle in “Two Doors”: After returning back to New York, Max was horrified to see how far New Amsterdam had fallen. And with Reynolds (Jocko Sims) blowing up the secret group, the Resistance, Max realized he had to fight to save the hospital from Veronica (Michelle Forbes). Unfortunately for Max, with no job in the hospital itself, he has to find a new way to save the day.

“Max is obviously willing to go to the ends of the Earth for the things that he loves and people he loves and what he wants to accomplish,” Eggold teases. “I don’t think he has a fully formed plan of how to get this hospital back and restore the care that he thought this hospital was about. But I know that he’s gonna go for it. And he’s going to pour every ounce of everything he’s got into making that happen.”

With limited options at his disposal, Max seeks out another job. “It all starts with this [possible] Urgent Care [position],” Eggold previews. “He’ll do whatever it takes, I think. And with the support of Helen, who said, ‘You’re not going to lose me. Go in there and do what you got to do,’ I think that just gives him all the strength he needs.”

And though Helen has returned to London and the couple are physically apart, “it’s a great episode for them,” Eggold gushes.

“They’re trying to connect, and struggling to do so,” he acknowledges. “They’re playing phone tag, and they’re missing each other, and they’re dealing with time changes; one person getting off work and the other being in bed. All of the challenges of that distance—[but] then finally they get the opportunity to connect, and it is worth it in the end. I think now Max and Helen are realizing the challenges this distance is going to bring.”

NEW AMSTERDAM, Tuesdays, 10/9c, NBC


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One Response to “NEW AMSTERDAM: Ryan Eggold on Directing ‘Two Doors,’ Max’s Quest to Save the Hospital From Veronica”

  1. mary jo geddes on February 24th, 2022 11:11 am

    Ryan Eggold,did an amazing job directing Two Doors on New Amsterdam. This show is such an amazing show that viewers i think have found the replacement for Greys Anatomy. His acting along with the other cast members are just as great thank you guys for making such a great show and the actors for delivering this to us we know you have had a lot of disruptions but your die hard fans are behind you than you once again