New Amsterdam Season 5 Episode 9 Recap “The Empty Spaces”

Don’t miss Celebrity Myxer’s recap of the Last Season of New Amsterdam Season 5 Episode 9 “The Empty Spaces”, Reynolds gets creative to help a prospective mother in need. Max takes a chance with Wilder and learns a hard truth. Bloom treats a young brother and sister in dire straits. Iggy reaches a decision about Martin. Here’s what you missed!

Air Date & Time: Tuesday, November 22, 2022, at 9 pm ET, 8 pm CT, and 6 pm PT on NBC.

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Previously on New Amsterdam Season 5 Episode 8, Max discovers a revenue-generating department at the hospital that has serious legal implications. Iggy discovers a janitor with otherworldly talents. Reynolds treats a truly inspirational patient and makes plans for his father. Wilder’s young patient teaches her not to jump to conclusions in diagnosing.

Warning… Spoilers below!

On the Mid-Season Finale Part 1 of the Last Season of New Amsterdam Season 5 Episode 9 “The Empty Spaces”, Horace is living with Floyd after the court deems him in need of a guardian. Horace is trying to fix Floyd’s apartment, but it is driving Floyd insane.

Lies and Demands

Lauren and Vanessa are at each other’s throats after discovering their mother has just died. Lauren informs Vanessa that she will not be funding Vanessa’s drug habit anymore. Max goes around to each department and tells the staff what ratings they received on the visitor’s survey. Max thinks Iggy’s numbers are too high and redoes his department’s ratings. Iggy receives a lower score, and Max makes Iggy’s department go schedule-free and service their patients on a first-come-first-serve basis.

Hiya Diallo and her brother, Avi, arrive by ambulance, and Avi claims they were riding their bicycles and were hit by a car. Hiya has a serious brain injury and requires surgery immediately, but Avi claims that their parents are on vacation and unreachable. Lauren doesn’t believe anything that Avi is saying and wants to call CPS.

Floyd spots a pregnant woman, Olivette, standing in the hallway and offers her some assistance. She claims she needs to get rid of her unborn child. Floyd offers her to speak with someone about adoption, and Olivette becomes upset. She demands that the child be taken out of her body today, or she will kill it.


Elizabeth tells Bob, one of her patients, that according to his lab work, Bob is cancer-free. He informs Elizabeth that he threw away all of the chemo pills she sent home with him. Elizabeth is highly concerned, but Bob just walks out on her.

Lauren calls CPS and Avi becomes very upset. He runs back inside Hiya’s room and barricades and locks the door. Lauren and Casey are frantically trying to get in as Hiya starts crashing. Avi panics out and lets Lauren and Casey in to save his sister.

Olivette tells Floyd that she has relapsed and can’t stop using. She explains that the baby needs to come out today because it is not safe inside of her. Bob’s wife tells Elizabeth that Bob has bought hundreds of dollars worth of weird vitamins and supplements. Elizabeth asks her to bring in all of Bob’s home remedies he has taken. One of them actually helped cure Bob.

Ward of the State

Avi tells Lauren that their parents died 2 years ago from COVID-19, and it’s just been the two of them. David turns 18 in a couple of months and will seek legal custody of Hiya then. During an ultrasound of Olivette, Floyd determines that she is lying about how far along she is. He tells her that she will have to keep the baby inside for a couple of more weeks to make it to the 26-week mark, to give her unborn baby a fighting chance. When Olivette starts freaking out, Floyd informs her that he is placing a psychiatric hold on her. Floyd is going to force Olivette to stay at the hospital until she is 26 weeks along and then remove the baby from her.

Iggy’s department is in chaos without any appointments being scheduled, and the waiting line is ridiculously long. Gabrielle does not agree with Floyd’s choices or actions in dealing with Olivette. Lauren explains to Avi the importance of Hiya becoming a ward of the state when she is released. Lauren tells Avi that he needs to seek out therapy for his own mental health so that he is strong and ready when he turns 18 to regain custody of Hiya, legally.

With Iggy’s department in complete chaos, he confronts Max. Iggy is mad that his department was doing so well, and Max came in, ruining everything. Iggy is very upset, and Max tells him to do whatever works for him and his department.

New and Old Relationships

Iggy goes back to his department and decides to keep the non-schedule format. It actually works better for him. He goes back to Max and apologizes, saying Max was on the right track. Floyd goes back to talk to Olivette and informs her that he started a program called ‘The Sisterhood’ to help support pregnant women. He knows she can make it.

During the reading of their mother’s will, Vanessa and Lauren are shocked when it is revealed that their mother left her 7 million-dollar estate to Vanessa! Floyd goes home to find Horace has really fixed something and is proud of himself. Martin is telling Iggy all about his day when Iggy grabs him by the face and kisses him!

Max and Elizabeth have a heart-to-heart. She tells Max that she’s crazy about him. Elizabeth signs to Max that she cannot be with someone who doesn’t communicate in ASL fluently. She signs that Max will never understand everything about her. Max explains that Elizabeth signed too fast, and he didn’t catch everything she said. Elizabeth wipes away tears as she tells Max that she knows he didn’t. Elizabeth walks away, and Max is confused and heartbroken.

Danielle and Floyd are sexting when her mother interrupts them, yelling about the sink being clogged again. Danielle calls Floyd and says it’s time for them to spend one-on-one time together. Floyd agrees, and they make plans for tonight. Horace tells Floyd that he got them both tickets to the Fishing Expo tonight. Iggy and Martin wake up in bed together, just as their three kids barge in, happy to see both dads together again. Max introduces the staff to Dana, his ASL teacher. Elizabeth begs him to not learn sign language for her because it won’t change her mind about them being together.

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What did you think of New Amsterdam Season 5 Episode 9? Let’s talk about New Amsterdam in the comments below! Catch up with our recaps!

When Does New Amsterdam Return?

New Amsterdam Season 5 Episode 11, titled “Falling,” returns on Tuesday, January 3, 2023, on NBC.

New Amsterdam Cast

  • Ryan Eggold as Dr. Max Goodwin
  • Janet Montgomery as Dr. Lauren Bloom
  • Tyler Labine as Dr. Iggy Frome
  • Jocko Sims as Dr. Floyd Reynolds
  • Sandra Mae Frank as Dr. Elizabeth Wilder

Reoccurring Cast

  • Kathryn Prescott as Vanessa Bloom
  • Alejandro Hernandez as Casey Acosta
  • Conner Marx as Ben Meyer
  • Matthew Jeffers as Chief Res. Dr. Mark Walsh
  • Nora and Opal Clow as Luna
  • Mike Doyle as Martin McIntyre
  • Debra Monk as Chairwoman Karen Brantley

Guest Cast

  • Renika Williams as Olivette
  • Toya Turner as Gabrielle
  • Debra Monk as Karen Brantley
  • Sky Lakota-Lynch as Avi

Catch a new episode each week on NBC, check out the listing dates below. Stay right here, stay mixed in for New Amsterdam Season 5 Episode 10, for a back-to-back two-episode mid-season finale! Reynolds finds himself caught between a chance for love and an opportunity to spend precious time with his father. Drop your email to get insights into your inbox…

New Amsterdam Season 5 Episode Guide

Season Episode Title Air Date
5 11 “Falling” Winter Premiere January 3, 2023
5 10 Don't Do This for Me” Back to back Midseason Finale November 22, 2022
5 9 The Empty Spaces” Back to back Midseason Finale November 22, 2022
5 8 All the World's a Stage... November 15, 2022
5 7 Maybe Tomorrow November 1, 2022
5 6 Give Me a Sign October 25, 2022
5 5 Grabby Hands October 18, 2022
5 4 Heal Thyself October 11, 2022
5 3 Big Day October 4, 2022
5 2 Hook, Line and Sinker September 27, 2022
5 1 Episode 1” New Amsterdam Season 5 Premiere September 20, 2022

Photo credit: Ralph Bavaro/NBC/NBCUniversal Media, LLC.

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