“The Knick” Season 1 Episode 6 “Start Calling Me Dad” aired on Friday, Sept. 19, 2014, at 10:00 p.m. on Cinemax. A few of the main characters have experienced little triumphs in this week’s episode, but there was one devastating loss, as the Gallinger’s baby, Lillian, succumb to meningitis complications. Read on for this episode’s recap.
In the wee hours of the morning, the Chickerings received a call from Dr. Thackery (Clive Owen), asking his junior surgeon to come down to the Knick. This angered Dr. Chickering’s father, who has low regard for his son’s superior. What was so important that Thackery wanted him to be at the hospital very early? They were actually working on a breakthrough with the placenta praevia cases, which they have been trying to perfect since the beginning.
Chickering (Michael Angarano) arrived at the Knick to find an upbeat and energetic Thackery with two naked prostitutes. He was doing research. He’d been working at this for two straight days, using the women as dummies, which Chickering thought was madness as they were not pregnant. But Thackery insisted that this was the next best thing. He was indeed close to a breakthrough, alright, and Chickering had some bright ideas himself.
Later, a colleague of Thackery informed them that they had a case, and so the woman was brought to the Knick’s operating theater where they performed the placenta praevia procedure with much success. The mother and child lived. Thus, the Christiansen-Thackery-Chickering Placental Repair has finally been completed. It was a shame Christiansen didn’t live long enough to see this happen, but Chickering sure looked proud of what they have accomplished as he was closing the pregnant woman’s womb.
After the success at the operating table, Chickering finally went on a date with Nurse Lucy (Eve Hewson). It was simple and sweet, but the conversation, initiated by Lucy, shifted to the genius that is Dr. Thackery. It’s clear these two adore the guy for different reasons. Chickering wondered out loud how Thackery was able to keep going on and on, as if never getting tired. Of course, Lucy knew the doctor’s secret, but she was not about to tell this.
Cornelia Robertson (Juliet Rylance) had her own success to celebrate as well. Together with the health inspector, they were finally able to track down the person responsible for spreading typhoid fever among some of New York’s elite. In fact, she literally pinned Typhoid Mary down when the latter tried to run away from the authorities. From their investigations, it was discovered that Mary was the hired freelance cook, whose ice cream concoction lead to the disease.
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Cornelia went home to share the news with her father, her fiancé, Philip, and her future father-in-law, Mr. Showalter. Later, as she was undressing in her room, she was startled by Mr. Showalter, who came in unannounced. He seemed to suggest something indecent too, apart from suggesting that she should start calling him “dad.” Mr. Showalter’s demeanor alarmed Cornelia, who should be having second thoughts about getting married to Philip now.
Meanwhile, the Gallingers were in mourning. Their baby, who was infected by meningitis, didn’t make it, and Mrs. Gallinger was sadly delusional about it. At the funeral, she was still hopeful Lillian would get well, so Sister Harriet (Cara Seymour) suggested to Dr. Gallinger (Eric Johnson) to consider adopting an orphan to ease his wife’s pain.
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Sister Harriet and Cleary (Chris Sullivan) also worked on another abortion case in this episode. This time, with a factory worker who was raped by her boss. Cleary admitted to her that he grew up an orphan, with an abusive nun taking care of him. But he knew that Sister Harriet had a good heart, which is why he wanted to help her.
Barrow (Jeremy Bobs) bought the needed X-ray equipment. But as expected, he would be profiting from this deal. Of the $3,000 budget per machine that was given by Capt. Robertson, Barrow bought one far cheaper because it was second-hand. Someone is bound to discover this later, right? Later, he tested the machine and exposed himself to radiation for one hour. Of course, at that time, not much was still known about the side effects of X-rays.
At the end of the episode, Thackery ended up discovering Dr. Edwards’ (Andre Holland) makeshift hospital at the basement. This made him really angry at him and threatened the black doctor that his career at the Knick was over. Thackery claimed that this was not about race, but it was about his negligence as a doctor, who was treating patients under dire conditions. However, Thackery backtracked when he discovered that Edwards has been making a lot of improvements and breakthroughs himself, despite very little resources.
Edwards turned this situation around to benefit himself, offering Thackery to co-author a very viable hernia procedure that would surely give credence to the hospital. In return, he asked his boss to formally make him his deputy chief of surgery and begin working upstairs with him, too. It’s a win-win situation for both of them, and it looked like Edwards finally earned the respect of Thackery as a doctor. But should Edwards trust his boss?
And that’s our recap for “The Knick” Season 1 Episode 6 “Start Calling Me Dad” aired on Friday, Sept. 19, 2014, at 10:00 p.m. on Cinemax. Check out a short clip of what happened when Thackery discovered Edwards’ hospital clinic in the video below.
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