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The Knick

Seasons: 2
Episodes: 20
User ratings: 38,842
Average rating: 8.5


A look at the professional and personal lives of the staff at New York's Knickerbocker Hospital during the early part of the twentieth century.

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Method and Madness
Dr Thackery is Chief Of Medicine in a 1900 New York hospital, The Kickerbocker, battling a cocaine addiction, high mortality rates and bureaucratic corruption to save lives in a world before antibiotics and blood transfusions.
User ratings: 1,370
Average rating: 8.5
Mr. Paris Shoes
Already fuming over the hospital's faulty new electrical system, Thackery tasks Herman Barrow, The Knick's crooked superintendent, to deliver more cadavers so he and his team can test out novel surgical procedures. With more patients dying, Algernon offers to share a procedure he learned in France, but is rebuffed by Thackery and Everett. Cornelia addresses a typhoid-fever outbreak; Lucy is taken into Thackery's confidence; Sister Harriet breaks a taboo. Algernon finds an alternative way to perform his duties.
User ratings: 1,072
Average rating: 8.1
The Busy Flea
Thackery weighs performing surgery on a former flame, and orders Everett and Bertie to experiment on pigs. Barrow goes to extremes in order to pay off a debt and recover a missing tooth. After a bad day at work, Algernon takes out his frustrations at a local bar. Cornelia is relieved that her pleas about treating a patient with typhoid fever are finally heard.
User ratings: 977
Average rating: 8.2
Where's the Dignity
Dr. Edwards is finally invited into the surgical theater but Thackery makes it clear that he's only there to guide Dr. Gallinger through the procedure. Herman Barrow is making money any way he can including selling bodies. Cleary tells Sister Harriet they will be working together from now on and he will be finding her future clients. He'll also be keeping 60% of the proceeds. Cornelia accompanies the uncouth health inspector Jacob Speight as he begins his investigation into the recent cases of typhoid. Thackery has been avoiding his friend Abbie Alford even though her skin graft has taken hold. Dr. Edwards is invited to the Robertson home for a formal dinner and has the opportunity to see his parents, who are servants there. He also meets Cornelia's fiancé, Philip Showalter. Dr. Chickering's father continues to disapprove of his son's choice of hospital. thinking the Knick is beneath him.
User ratings: 903
Average rating: 8.2
They Capture the Heat
Gangster Bunky Collier shows up at the Knick after one of his pimps is shot in the leg. Thackery is called in to perform the surgery and is surprised to find Edwards there at that early hour. Barrow uses the opportunity to get a reduction in what he owes. Edwards is still performing surgeries at night and experiments with silver thread as sutures. He's called to the Robertson home when his mother falls ill. Cornelia and Jacob Speight continue their interviews in the typhoid cases. After seeing a demonstration, Thackery argues in favor of acquiring an Edison x-ray machine, the latest diagnostic tool. August Robertson comes up with the cash. Dr. Gallinger's baby daughter is admitted to the hospital with what appears to be meningitis.
User ratings: 889
Average rating: 8.4
Start Calling Me Dad
Having lost yet another patient while performing a Cesarean section, Thackery develops a completely new method to reduce the bleeding and invites Bertie Chickering to help him experiment. Their new method works quite well. The Gallinger's baby is in hospital but declining rapidly. At the funeral, Mrs. Gallinger refuses to accept her daughter's death. Cornelia and Speight are making progress in tracking down the source of the typhoid outbreak and focus on Mary Mallon who made peach Melba for all those who fell sick. Barrow tries out a second hand x-ray machine and buys it for less than a new one, pocketing the difference. Working late one night, Thackery stumbles across Dr. Edwards' nighttime clinic and surgery. His initial outrage is soothed after he sees Edwards' suction pump and the new method for hernia operations. Alone at home in her bedroom, Cornelia is visited by her future father-in-law Hobart Showalter who makes clear what he expects from her after she marries his son.
User ratings: 967
Average rating: 8.8
Get the Rope
A riot breaks out when a police officer is stabbed by a black man defending his wife. The employees of the Knickerbocker fight to protect the lives of blacks injured in the riots.
User ratings: 1,179
Average rating: 9.3
Working Late a Lot
Thackery's affair with Nurse Lucy Elkins continues. Bertie continues to pursue her. There is a shortage of cocaine due to the war in the Philippines and attacks on shipping. It has a detrimental effect of Thackery who goes into withdrawal. Fortunately, Lucy has a small supply but it's insufficient to his needs. Edwards and Cornelia continue their affair as well. 'Typhoid' Mary Mallon petitions the courts to set her free. The judge isn't convinced that a person can be asymptomatic and pass on the disease and so releases her. She's soon looking for a new job as a cook. Dr. Gallinger adopts a 6 month old baby girl from Sister Harriet's orphanage but his wife Eleanor says she is not sufficiently competent to care for another child. They keep the child but Eleanor simply ignores her. Dr. Levi Zinberg impresses at a medical meeting where he introduces a new device, the illuminating intrascope. The senior Dr. Chickering buttonholes Thackery asking him to release Bertie from service at the Knick.
User ratings: 839
Average rating: 8.4
The Golden Lotus
Nurse Lucy makes a bold move to support her secret lover, and has become not only a criminal but a debauched woman in doing so. The personal lives of the staff are unraveling, with poor Bertie the only unsuspecting dupe. Cornelia and Algernon cannot agree on the future of their relationship, and The Knick itself is still struggling with its better-heeled uptown competitors.
User ratings: 851
Average rating: 8.6
Thackery's drug habit is catching up with him. He is growing increasingly paranoid as he is unable to perform even when under the drug's influence. When he learns that Dr. Levi Zinberg is studying the properties of blood so that it can be typed and safely transfused, he sets out to find a solution before him. It leads to tragedy however. Cornelia is determined to terminate her pregnancy and is shocked when Cleary collects her and by the identity of the abortionist. It means the end of her relationship with Algie and she decides to proceed with her wedding. Algie deals with it in his own way. Gallinger's wife meanwhile has been institutionalized and he questions her treatment. Barrow misses another payments and pays a heavy price. He visits the owner of the opium den, Ping Wu, in the hopes of getting rid of his problem once and for all.
User ratings: 1,009
Average rating: 9.1
Ten Knots
As Barrow and The Knick prepare to move uptown, Dr. Edwards lobbies the hospital board to be appointed permanent chief of surgery in Dr. Thackery's absence. Though his suspension has been lifted, Dr. Gallinger refuses to return as Edwards' subordinate, so he heads to Cromartie Hospital in hopes of getting Thackery to return to work. Lucy's attempts to make amends with Bertie are rebuffed; Cleary schemes to make extra money; Ping Wu demands regular medical checkups for his prostitutes; Speight attempts to trace the origins of a new plague; Cornelia nourishes a quarantined neighborhood in San Francisco.
User ratings: 806
Average rating: 8.5
You're No Rose
Dr. Thackery sets his sights on a return to The Knick - a request that doesn't sit well with the board. After a shocking discovery, Cornelia enlists Cleary to do a dirty job, for a price. Bertie makes a change; Robertson pushes a new subway initiative; Barrow drives up construction costs; Lucy is surprised by an unexpected visitor from home.
User ratings: 720
Average rating: 8.5
The Best with the Best to Get the Best
Thackery enlists Edwards to help him test a new hypothesis. After rejecting Robertson's advances at The Knick, Lucy learns that confession isn't always good for the soul. Young journalist Genevieve Everidge works on a story about one of Thackery's rivals. Cornelia is dismayed by the limits of her husband's sympathies; Barrow faces a new adversary at Tammany Hall; Gallinger is intrigued by a discussion of eugenics at a class reunion; Edwards deals with a surprise visitor.
User ratings: 671
Average rating: 8.2
Wonderful Surprises
Abby's worsening condition persuades Thackery to test out his novel syphilis treatment. Edwards comes clean to Opal, but does not get the response he expects. Cleary makes a last-ditch effort to raise funds for Harriet as her date in court arrives. Bertie undergoes physical training. Barrow loses a sponsor. Gallinger's prejudices are reinforced. Cornelia probes a suspicious death. Lucy laments her lot in life.
User ratings: 662
Average rating: 8.5
Thack experiments with the use of electricity on the brain of a morphine addict. Bertie seeks Dr Edwards' help in finding a treatment for his mother's laryngeal cancer.
User ratings: 657
Average rating: 8.5
There Are Rules
Faced with a quandary, Bertie decides to take matters into his own hands at Mt. Sinai, enlisting Algernon to help. Thackery investigates the efficacy of hypnosis, and takes an interest in a pair of conjoined twins. Lucy lobbies Henry for a gala invitation. Cornelia visits the brother of a deceased immigrant with ties to Speight. Gallinger dines with an unwelcome guest. Barrow previews a new home for Junia. Harriet agrees to make a change.
User ratings: 651
Average rating: 8.7
Williams and Walker
Thackery operates on the conjoined twins, Cornelia reaches a discovery on her investigation, a hospital charity ball takes place and the operation on Garrison Carr arises trouble.
User ratings: 630
Average rating: 8.5
Not Well at All
Cornelia tells her brother about her suspicions, Thackery is preparing to operate on Abigail, Lucy discovers some shocking news about her father, Eleanor reveals a troubling secret and Barrow goes forward with his plans with Junia.
User ratings: 635
Average rating: 8.8
Do You Remember Moon Flower?
Thackery and Capt. Robertson's connection and how the doctor arrived at the Knick, are revealed; the problems between Edwards and Gallinger come to a head after a medical-board hearing about Gallinger's vasectomies. Later, Cleary and Harriet engage in a joint business venture; Lucy shares memories with her father; Barrow realizes the rising costs of living well; and Cornelia and Henry face a family crisis.
User ratings: 647
Average rating: 8.9
This Is All We Are
Thackery ignores Zinberg's advice at Mt. Sinai and undertakes a risky, alternative course of action; Cornelia confronts Henry about the family business; Barrow's actions at the hospital construction site are called into question; Gallinger ponders a job opportunity; and Cleary steadfastly refuses to give up on Harriet.
User ratings: 1,044
Average rating: 9.5
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