Max: Really, there is no way I would have gotten through it without you. We make a good team.
Helen: That's what I wanted to speak to you about actually before the power went out. This thing where I am your deputy, and your doctor, and your confidant, and your friend --
Max: That is a lot.
Helen: Yeah, it is, and it's not working. All last night we needed to choose who to save and every time you chose all of the above.
Max: Yeah, I --
Helen: It's OK. That's not a criticism. I'm glad you did. You saved everyone.
Max: We saved everyone.
Helen: Yes. It worked out but sometimes it doesn't. Sometimes you have to choose, and you couldn't.
Max: You just said it all worked out. I'm not sure what me not triaging patients has to do with, with us?
Helen: It's what you do with your cancer as well. You want to stay healthy for your family, but you want to stay in charge of the hospital as well. You want the chemo -- the strongest that we have but not any of the side effects that come with it. From the day this began, from the day we met, you have refused to choose.
Max: I'm not refusing. It's not that easy. Look, Helen, all I want is --
Helen: Max. You want everything. It's who you are. You are all of the above, and then you come to me with these demands -- with all of these inspiring completely impossible demands -- and I don't know who I'm supposed to be.
Max: You're supposed to be you!
Helen: I've tried. I have tried to be all of the above. I can't. I can't be your friend, and your doctor, and your deputy, so I have to choose. I have to triage us. You can expect Dr. Stalton to take over for me. She's an exceptional oncologist.
Max: No. No --
Helen: She will be your new doctor, Max. She'll handle your care effective immediately.
Max: But what if I want you?
Helen: I'm afraid that's no longer an option because we all want you.

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New Amsterdam Season 1 Episode 17: "Sanctuary"
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New Amsterdam Season 1 Episode 17 Quotes

Iggy: Full disclosure though he sort of murdered his coworker.
Helen: Oh my God.
Iggy: But it wasn't premeditated. He's not a psychopath; he has behavioral issues.
Max: A rather big one, you think?

Helen: Someone else ...
Max: I'm fine. You wanted to tell me something?
Helen: It can wait.