“The Knick” Season 1 Episode 10 “Crutchfield” aired on Friday, Oct. 17, 2014, at 10:00 p.m. on Cinemax. The series’ first season ended with each of the character dealing with its own dilemma. Find out what happened in the recap below.
Cornelia Robertson (Juliet Rylance) pushed through with her abortion and was surprised to find that Cleary (Chris Sullivan) and Sister Harriet (Cara Seymour) were the ones behind the illegal procedure. Sister Harriet was also surprised she wanted to undergo abortion, when she would be married in a couple of days to her fiancé Philip. Harriet talked it over with her and even offered to cover for her by being Neeley’s midwife when she gives birth. She could say the baby arrived earlier than expected. But Neeley could not say the actual reason why she wanted to get an abortion. She could not say that Dr. Edwards (Andre Holland), a black man, was the father and they were having an affair.
Later, Edwards visited Cornelia at her home, where she was pondering, sad and lonely. He asked how she felt, and she admitted that the abortion was terrible; they had to kill their child. Edwards had more bad news to tell Neeley, though. He said that they had to put a stop to their affair as it was a mistake. He also said that he will not be able to go to her wedding luncheon. Neeley was heartbroken, but in her heart, she knew Edwards was right.
Dr. Zinberg visited the Knick to foster cooperation among surgeons in America. He would be performing one surgical procedure there, as invited by one of the board’s directors. Dr. Thackery (Clive Owen) was not pleased to learn this, and he felt that Zinberg was patronizing him. When Thackery found out later that Zinberg was working on a research about three distinct blood types, he asked Edwards and Chickering (Michael Angarano) to do their own and beat Zinberg’s discovery. Edwards, however, was hesitant because Zinberg was already miles ahead of the research, while they would just be starting out. Plus, he’s also concerned about Thackery’s behavior — Thackery was obsessing about beating Zinberg, who actually welcomed the idea of anyone else coming up with a more plausible discovery before him. Thackery asked Chickering to “spy” on Zinberg. He also had no regard for protocol while consulting with Edwards, who he was in the middle of surgery.
Dr. Edwards: You need to take a moment and consider yourself. You are, if I may say, acting irrationally, and I think the cause may be more pharmaceutical in nature than you realize.
Thackery: I did not ask what you think. I told you what to do.
Edwards knew Thackery was still using cocaine and actually saw Nurse Lucy (Eve Hewson) taking some vials to bring to Thackery.
Dr. Edwards: You see what it’s doing to him?
Nurse Lucy: I do.
Dr. Edwards: Then leave it here. Let him go without it.
Nurse Lucy: I can’t. You haven’t seen the alternative. I have. It’s much worse.
Lucy was deeply concerned, but when she mentioned to Thackery about his abuse of cocaine and what this has been doing to him, he snapped at her.
Later, Thackery was able to find an anemic patient to work on with his research on the blood types. With Lucy’s help, they did the procedure, but as what everyone told Thackery beforehand, they were not close to solving the mystery at all. The patient died during blood transfusion, sending Thackery into a tailspin.
Lucy turned to Chickering for help. When he saw that Thackery was a real mess and how Lucy truly cared for him, that’s when he knew that something was going on between them. His mentor and the girl he loved? The realization hit him hard. Should he even help them?
Upon Lucy’s pleading, Chickering brought Thackery to the next best doctor he knew — his father, Chickering, Sr., who has seen this before. The elder Chickering arranged for Thackery to be admitted in an institution, where experts took care of cocaine addicts, and as an afterthought, Chickering’s father instructed that Thackery be admitted under an alias to protect his privacy. When asked what name he wanted to use, Thackery suggested “Crutchfield.” It was his mother’s name.
While all these was happening, Cornelia was at the church, about to get married. She went through with it, despite her doubts and her feelings towards her creepy father-in-law (in the episode “Start Calling Me Dad” air date: Sept. 19, 2014). Edwards, meanwhile, was not present at her wedding. He instead challenged a guy in bar fight, which resulted in him being knocked down to the ground. It’s not yet certain whether Edwards survived this or not.
Dr. Gallinger (Eric Johnson), meanwhile, was mad at Edwards, mad at Thackery and mad at the world for whatever happened to Eleanor, his wife. At the mental facility, the doctor deemed it important to extract all of her teeth, which they believed causes bacteria to fester and grow, making it harder for Eleanor to recover. Gallinger was also suspended by Barrow until he got himself back in order.
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Speaking of Barrow, because the mob was on his case again for a debt he still has not fully paid, he asked the man from Chinatown, Ping Wu, to get rid of the mob, on the guise that it was actually Thackery asking for the favor. Well, Ping Wu did manage to kill the mob boss. But he also figured out that it wasn’t Thackery who wanted him to do it; that it was really Barrow. He also found out that Barrow had a $10,000 debt. Now, Ping Wu would be collecting this from him. He owned Barrow now.
The Knick’s board of investors had their own share of troubles too. With Thackery on rehab, Gallinger on indefinite leave and Edwards being a black surgeon, some things had to be done. The hospital was no longer making money, and so, they have decided to shut down the Knick and move business upstate, where people with money belong.
The season ended with Thackery taking his first step towards getting cured from his cocaine addiction with a new wonder drug the doctors at the facility swear was safe, since it was from the makers of Aspirin, a trusted company. The drug that was supposed to help? It was heroin.
— The Knick (@AtTheKnick) October 18, 2014
This has been our recap for the season finale of “The Knick” Season 1 Episode 10 “Crutchfield” aired on Friday, Oct. 17, 2014, at 10:00 p.m. on Cinemax. The show will return for Season 2 in 2015, and we’ll be giving you updates as they come here on Movie News Guide (MNG). In the meantime, let’s discuss about the first season in the comments below.
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