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Reynolds' Reaction To Lauren's Confession In New Amsterdam Season 5 Episode 7 Was Not In The Script

Well into its final season on NBC after its cancellation was announced earlier this year, "New Amsterdam" doctors Floyd Reynolds (Jocko Sims) and Lauren Bloom (Janet Montgomery) share a spontaneous-reaction moment in Season 5's seventh episode that goes by so fast fans may actually miss it.

As loyal viewers of the popular medical drama know all too well, the relationship between general surgery chair Reynolds and emergency department head Bloom is a long and storied one. As Sims told CinemaBlend back in 2021 when asked to imagine what the future of the series held for his and Mongomery's characters, the actor said, "Whatever their dynamic becomes, I will say it will be a strong one." He explained that the powerfully bonded friendship between the two characters would be explored more fully in coming episodes. "You will find that there'll be a lot more story of Reynolds and Bloom to come," he said. 

And, as it turns out, that is in fact the case, as is highlighted by the fact they eventually have a short-lived but impactful fling together. And the nod to their special dynamic is glimpsed again in Reynolds' response to a surprising revelation from Bloom in this season's Episode 7.

Reynolds' impromptu reaction to Bloom's admission was illuminating for New Amsterdam's execs

Portrayed on "New Amsterdam" from her earliest appearances as a doctor with a secret addiction to Adderall, Janet Montgomery's Lauren Bloom is clearly positioned as a flawed heroine doing her best to rise above her condition and fulfill her potential as a healer, even if she must first heal herself. For his part, Jocko Sims' Dr. Reynolds reveals the growing bond he shares with Bloom when he goes to visit her while she's in rehab and, eventually, in their brief romantic interlude.

Then, during a talk in front of would-be medical students in Season 5, Episode 7, Bloom reveals she's had two abortions. The second one, she says, was during her long-ago relationship with Reynolds. As he listens to her, Bloom says, "I was falling in love with someone who would have made an amazing father, but he told me that I didn't fit into his future." 

As the series' showrunner David Schulner commented to TV Line about the look of surprise on Dr. Reynolds' face at Bloom's confession that she'd been harboring these feelings for him, "That's all Jocko." Schulner went on to add that Sims' unscripted reaction actually contributed to the show exec's concept of the character. "We didn't know what kind of look we would get from Jocko, but because we got that look, it deepened their story so much more," she said. "Like, oh my, God, he had no idea."