“The Knick” Season 1 Episode 7 “Get the Rope” aired on Friday, Sept. 26, 2014, at 10:00 p.m. on Cinemax. A riot happened in front of the Knick, and the hospital was no longer a safe place for its minority patients. Read on for the details of what happened in this episode in our recap below.
Officer Sears spotted a black woman waiting on the street. He thought she was a sex worker and propositioned her to work for him and his business partner (the mob boss Collier), but the woman became offended. Her outrage also alarmed the man she was actually waiting for, her beau, who arrived just at the right time as Sears was harassing her. The boyfriend attacked Sears and stabbed him with a switchblade right there on the street in broad daylight.
Because Sears was Irish and the man was black, this incident immediately escalated into an issue about race. As Sears was brought by Cleary (Chris Sullivan) to the Knick, a group of men gathered in front of the hospital, seeking justice for what happened to the police officer.
While Dr. Thackery (Clive Owen), Dr. Edwards (Andre Holland) and Dr. Chickering (Michael Angarano) operated on Sears, Dr. Gallinger (Eric Johnson) arrived at the hospital puzzled by the crowd, and even more puzzled when it looked like things have changed at the operating room. Why was Edwards there, and why was he and Thackery chummy all of a sudden? Moreover, what was that device they were using with Sears? Dr. Thackery proudly told him it was the suctioning device that Edwards invented, and it made Chickering’s job at the operating room easier.
Sears’ family arrived at the Knick, with her drunk mother demanding that the “darkie” who stabbed his son be hanged. Thackery and Cornelia Robertson (Juliet Rylance) met with her to appeal for calmness, as the hospital was doing the best they can. They also updated her on her son’s condition. He would still be needing further surgery when he is a bit stronger.
Later, the mother saw her son in the recovery room, when Dr. Edwards came in to check. She was outraged that a man of color had worked on her son at the operating table, agitating all the others that were there. Sometime after, Sears’ condition declined so the nurse called on Dr. Thackery. But it was too late. Sears was too weak to fight for his life. His mother became inconsolable. She announced to the crowd that Sears had died, and in an instant, they began attacking any black person on the streets. Black people, who had no idea what was happening, where being beaten left and right.
Thackery, who used to have such prejudice about people of color before finally accepting Edwards as a colleague (in the last episode “Start Calling Me Dad,” air date: Sept. 19), was among those who was first to rush to the streets to defend a black man being attacked. He helped this man inside the Knick, along with a few other victims. But inside, some of the patients were also agitated that they were getting treatment alongside people of color. So that they could work smoothly, Thackery suggested they separate the “negros” and put them in the back.
Someone claimed that the man who attacked Sears was inside the Knick getting treatment, and learning of this, the angry crowd breached the hospital doors. With sticks, ropes and bats, they ran inside to beat any black person they saw. The police couldn’t help pacify the angry mob because many of them were the instigators. They were the ones encouraging the others.
Worried for the safety of everyone, Thackery knew where they should bring their patients, so with Edwards’ help they lead each and every black person at the underground clinic. Cornelia and Barrow (Jeremy Bobb) were surprised to see that such a place existed at the Knick. But whereas Barrow was alarmed, Cornelia was pleased by her friend’s initiative. Gallinger, on the other hand, could not believe that Thackery knew about this and sanctioned it. You can watch this scene in the video clip below.
But Edwards’ underground area was small, and there were still so many wounded, so they looked for other hospitals they could bring the other patients to. Chickering would remain at the Knick to tend to the remaining patients, while the rest, including Nurse Lucy (Eve Hewson) and Cleary, transported the wounded in secret. They had to hide Edwards under a gurney and tell a person who blocked them that they were transporting dead patients with leprosy so that no one would bother to look and check. Cleary pulled the ambulance on foot, as his horses were stolen by the mob. Sister Harriet, on the other hand, took care of those who only had minor injuries, leading them to the orphanage. She threatened any white men who could come after them that God would smite and punish them to damnation. Somehow, that worked.
At the nearest hospital, they met Dr. Moses Williams, whom Edwards knew from Harvard; and along with Thackery, Nurse Lucy and Cornelia, they treated the remaining patients even as they were running low on supplies.
It was a group effort that ended well into the night. When the riot died down and they were able to treat their last patient, Cleary, Edwards and Cornelia headed back to the Knick, where Barrow was assessing the damage with Chickering and the remaining staff. Meanwhile, Thackery offered to escort Nurse Lucy home.
— The Knick (@AtTheKnick) September 27, 2014
The harrowing day ended quite differently and unexpectedly. Edwards lead his childhood friend Cornelia back to the underground clinic to check if the place was ransacked. But by some miracle, everything was in place. The two were pleased that the mob was not able to find it. Then Edwards and Cornelia ended up kissing each other.
Nurse Lucy, meanwhile, invited Thackery inside her house, where she ended up having her first sexual experience with the man she clearly admired. She also got her first taste of cocaine.
And that’s what happened on “The Knick” Season 1 Episode 5 “Get the Rope” aired on Friday, Sept. 26, 2014, at 10:00 p.m. on Cinemax. The riot was something else, huh? The romantic involvements were expected as we saw hints of it in previous episodes, but who knew that the characters would act on it right away?
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