“The Knick” Season 1 Episode 9 “The Golden Lotus” aired on Friday, Oct. 10, 2014, at 10:00 p.m. on Cinemax. Dr. Thackery lost it. With no access to cocaine, he was completely feeling the effects of a withdrawal to the point where he could not think right. Dr. Gallinger’s wife has also spiraled and did something she was not aware harmed Baby Grace. Dr. Edwards and Cornelia, meanwhile, faced a dilemma that will haunt them forever. Find out what happened in our recap below.
The episode opened with Dr. Thackery (Clive Owen) breaking and entering a pharmacy, stealing cocaine from the inventory when the police caught him. Thus, Barrow (Jeremy Bobb) and Capt. Robertson (Grainger Hines) tried to work it out with the police to let the doctor go. They reasoned that he was only desperate to help his patients, as supplies in New York was scarce. But the police said they have caught him in the act of injecting the stuff on himself. His offense was equal to five years in prison. Robertson had no choice but to pay off the police with a larger sum of money. Later, he admonished Barrow for not knowing about Thackery’s addiction and ordered him to fix this problem. He hired a lot of good doctors for the Knick. One of them should be able to cure him.
The next day, the news was in the papers. But while it made no mention of who the doctor was and there were no charges from the owner of the pharmacy, Nurse Lucy (Eve Hewson) already had an idea. She went to Thackery’s house to check on him, and he accused her of spying for Robertson and Barrow. Lucy made it clear that she only wanted to help him. What can she do? Thackery asked her to find an ocean of cocaine.
Barrow, meanwhile, thought that “fixing” Thackery’s problem would mean supplying him with more cocaine, so he turned to his connections with the mob boss for help. He had some cocaine, sure. But he wasn’t fooled by what’s in the papers. Thackery wasn’t looking for these for his patients. He was using the cocaine on himself.
Barrow overheard Dr. Edwards (Andre Holland), Dr. Chickering (Michael Angarano) and the nurses discussing what was in the morning papers when he arrived at the Knick. They also thought it was Thackery and Edwards was sure of this because of his behavior.
Edwards: Thackery showed all the signs. Boundless energy, euphoria, alternating with exhaustion…
Lucy: Insomnia, paranoia, a compulsion to itch, hallucinations…
Barrow called Lucy to his office. It seemed he knew too well of Thackery’s condition. Does she know something? Lucy denied knowing anything, but Barrow told her that he already knew about Thackery’s addiction, as he was the one who came to the police to rescue him. He gave Lucy some vials of cocaine so she could give this to him.
The cocaine Barrow got from the mob boss was made of salt water, and this pissed Thackery more. He was already scavenging for empty vials at the hospital’s garbage area to get his temporary fix. That was how worse it got for him.
Wanting to really make it okay for Thackery, Lucy went to Chinatown to ask Ping Wu for opium. But he turned her away. As Lucy got up to leave, he caught a glimpse of her foot and remarked that it was dainty. In Chinese, this was called the golden lotus. If Lucy really wanted the opium, he could give it to her, plus $100, if she would put her foot inside his mouth and have sex with him.
Lucy returned to Thackery with some opium, which she admitted was from Ping Wu. Thackery was alright with that, but how did she pay for it? Thackery was hoping it was not with her golden lotus, so Lucy lied and said she sold her bicycle.
The opium, however, wore off its effects, so Thackery pleaded with a drug salesman, whom he turned down before (in the episode “Start Calling Me Dad” air date: Sept. 19, 2014), to loan him items for future endorsement deals. There were cocaine in his stuff, right? But the salesman rebuffed him, saying that Thackery didn’t seem to look healthy enough, and he lacked trustworthiness based on their previous encounter. Even his competition would turn him down.
If dealing with Ping Wu for the opium already corrupted Lucy, she did something far worse. Learning of supplies at a German hospital, she pretended to be a staff nurse and gained access to their inventory. There, she took a box of cocaine vials and ran fast when some of the nurses saw her. She headed back to Thackery and showed him her stash. Oh, was he grateful! She came through with her “ocean of cocaine” that after injecting himself with the drug, he took her on the floor, ready to have sex with her. When Thackery asked if it was okay to douse her lady parts with cocaine, Lucy agreed.
Meanwhile, Cornelia Robertson (Juliet Rylance) came to Edwards with a problem. She was three weeks late, which meant that the baby was his. As this was in the 1900s, their situation was hardly acceptable, especially for someone with Cornelia’s stature. They were going to do an abortion then, and the only safe procedure was surgery, which Edwards had to perform.
In secret at the underground clinic, the two prepared to do the procedure. But Edwards could not do it. He could not kill his own child. Cornelia could only cry because how will they be able to raise a black baby in this town?
It was another sad blow for the staff of the Knick with the situation with the Gallingers. Eleanor Gallinger arrived at the hospital with baby Grace in tow. She told her husband that she had brain fever, but it was fine now, as she placed her head inside an ice bag. Mrs. Gallinger had unknowingly killed Baby Grace. She wasn’t in her right mind, and so Dr. Gallinger (Eric Johnson) had no choice but to send his wife to the mental institution. He even administered the sedative to her, as she was hysterical when the men took her away.
— The Knick (@AtTheKnick) October 11, 2014
And that’s what happened on “The Knick” Season 1 Episode 9 “The Golden Lotus,” which aired on Friday, Oct. 10, 2014, at 10:00 p.m. on Cinemax. Next week is the finale of the series, so check back to Movie News Guide (MNG) for news, updates, spoilers and recap.
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