“The Knick” Season 1 Episode 2 “Mr. Paris Shoes” aired on Friday, Aug. 15, 2014 at 10:00 p.m. on Cinemax. Running a progressive hospital in the 1900s can be faced with so many challenges, with each of the central characters dealing with issues in both their professional and personal lives. Read on to know what happened in this episode of “The Knick.”
The episode “Mr. Paris Shoes” opened to show the contrast between two characters. Dr. Algernon Edwards (Andre Holland) was shown living in a boarding house, where bathroom time was shared with the rest of the residents of color (African-American) and rooms were infested with cockroaches, while Cornelia Robertson (Juliet Rylance), who serves on the hospital board, was shown having breakfast with her rich parents, while being serviced by two to three servants at her disposal.
Dr. Edwards experienced being bullied by a neighbor, who has taken a liking to his fancy shoes, which was from Paris, France. Dr. Edwards trained as a doctor in the region, but back in America, given the reality of the socio-economic situation, he’s treated like a second-class citizen. In fact, at the Knick, Dr. Edwards has yet to be asked by Dr. Thackery (Clive Owen) and his team to participate in the surgeries, even though he is the deputy chief of surgery. When he offered a solution to the case with one of the patients, which he learned from France and had a 60% success rate, Dr. Thackery discredited it. He’s also assigned to a dark basement office as Robertson later discovered.
Robertson, meanwhile, the lone woman navigating in an arena dominated by men has her father’s support when it came to how the hospital is managed. His father told her that she has more business sense than her brother, and he’s also proud that they have invested in updating the electrical supply of the hospital, contributing to its modernization.
Dr. Thackery and the other surgeons, Dr. Gallinger (Eric Johnson) and Dr. Chickering (Michael Angarano), were operating on a patient when a faulty current caught fire at the surgical table, while they were using the cauterizer. A nurse tried to douse the fire with water, which turned out to be deadly as she was electrocuted.
Dr. Thackery was fuming mad and harped at Herman Barrow (Jeremy Bobb) to fix the power system without killing nurses or burning patients. He’s also still upset at Barrow because there were no cadavers his surgical team can practice on and Barrow was supposed to provide these.
Robertson was also upset at Barrow because this made it appear like she was incompetent in the eyes of her father, who invested $12million for the hospital’s improvements. She said to Barrow that he was duped by the contractor and gave him one week to correct this oversight.
The problem was, Barrow pocketed part of that investment, which the contractor knew. He also owed money to a loan shark who made sure that he won’t forget to pay him off. The loan shark pulled his tooth by the end of the episode as a stern reminder. How will Barrow be able to right the wrong without the hospital finding about his shady dealings?
Following last week’s episode (“Methods and Madness“) with the nurse Lucy (Eve Hewson) finding out Dr. Thackery’s secret, he sought a meeting with her to tell her that if word got out that he’s an addict, it would ruin his reputation and career. Can he count on Lucy not to tell anyone, especially if she wants to be a surgical nurse? This was a threat masked as a request.
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Meanwhile, as Dr. Edwards was doing out-patient surgeries and other post-op procedures, he noticed that there was a black woman who came to the Knick with a health problem. The staff apparently turned her away. Dr. Edwards then realized what he can do. The hospital basement had spaces to spare, so he set up his own clinic and operating area there. He will use this to treat other patients that the hospital may turn away again. He found a black woman he saw earlier and treated her there. What will Robertson do when she finds out about this? Will she condone it, knowing how much she believed in Dr. Edwards?
In this episode, viewers also learned that Sister Harriet (Cara Seymour) is an abortionist, which Cleary (Chris Evan), an ambulance driver, witnessed. Will Cleary cash in on this or tell Barrow about it?
Lastly, a disease has started affecting residents of New York and Robertson has witnessed the daughter of one of her family’s friends getting sick with it. How will typhoid fever figure into the next episodes?
And that’s what happened in “The Knick” Season 1 Episode 2 “Mr. Paris Shoes,” which aired on Friday, Aug. 15, 2014 at 10:00 p.m. on Cinemax. How do you find the show so far? Do you appreciate the visuals and the storytelling? Sound off in the comments below.
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