This week's New Amsterdam, "Reclassified," uncovered more of John Amsterdam's past - but this time when he was already "John Amsterdam" and just starting in the police force.
His first partner called John to his death bed to pull John into what seemed to be a wild goose chase after his "killer" - the mystery man who shot him while he was making a bust before he and John were partners. That shot didn't kill him, but the lodged bullet in his heart was killing him now.
This didn't lead to us discovering a huge amount about John in his past except that he liked to play a bit of a hero when he was first on the force, which hasn't changed a huge amount, but actually we learned more about him in the present.
It seems he's actually becoming mortal, now that Sara has taken him back, and he has the worst timing ever. The case for his old partner led him right to the Russian mafia, who, to say the least, don't deal kindly with those messing in their business.
John ended up attacked outside his apartment as a threat, and then later shot! This is much more of an issue when he seems to be slipping into mortality. He's not yet truly mortal, considering he and Sara aren't completely together (which vaguely seems to be the deal with "the one"), and he did survive a bullet to the chest.
So though John isn't yet mortal, he sure has some explaining to do. As shown in the preview for next week's season finale, Omar isn't shy to say Sara deserves explanation for now seeing him come back from the dead twice.
But, as we've seen, she's not really up for the truth, and if she stays with him either way, he's just going to become mortal and sound like a crazy for saying he's not. I suppose he has enough evidence that he's very different that could be convincing, but she was scared off before, so why not now?
Plus, it seems maybe John's going to reconsider his desire for mortality. He told Omar he was starting to actually fear death, which could cause a whole bunch more fears and realizations about how being human is terrifying. Would John want to give this chance up?
It looks like we'll get some answers (and probably plenty more questions) in what looks like a very dramatic season finale next week!