The Knick 1×07 ‘Get the Rope’: Angry mobs and hanky panky

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With three episodes left, I guess the action has to start somewhere. Violence and sex are key components in this episode (not together, fortunately), and now it’s time for our little brains to freak out and figure out what in the heck is going to happen in the last three episodes.

In a big shift from last week’s episode, episode 7 of The Knick is the most continually action-packed one we’ve seen yet. With the death of the sleazy police chief as a result of a fight between him and a black man, riots break out. Immediately after hearing the news of the police chief’s death, his friends (all white and mostly Irish) start attacking black men and women, resulting in utter chaos. The Knick comes under attack once the chief’s family discovers that they’re treating the black people who are being injured in the fighting. The rioters break into the Knick, destroying a good chunk of it in the process.



Thackery’s response to the whole situation is quite admirable. When the white rioters start beating up a black man, Thackery immediately helps the man and condemns those who attacked him. Throughout the rest of the episode, Thackery is committed to helping those who are being attacked, and defends Dr. Edwards and makes sure that he stays safe during the rioting. While Thackery hasn’t been completely keen on black people in the show so far, it becomes clear that no matter what he feels towards them, no one should be so senselessly attacked. But I also think that he’s starting to see them as actual human beings, which, as we see severely in this episode, many white people don’t.

We also see Gallinger’s reaction to Edwards and Thackery’s new found friendship in this episode, which, to me, was extremely satisfying. Gallinger comes back to the hospital after the death of his baby daughter and finds that Thackery and Edwards have become best buds. Gallinger seems to be the only one of the doctors still against Edwards, and I’m sure his animosity grows when he sees Edwards and Thackery being so friendly. I feel that this will inevitably culminate even more in the final episodes.

With increased violence comes sex, apparently. After they successfully move the black patients from The Knick to another hospital in the city and help treat those patients, the main characters pair off. Cornelia Robertson and Dr. Edwards become intimate in his underground clinic. They’ve known each other for years, and it’s not clear if anything has happened between them before. But with how last week’s episode ended, I really do hope that somehow she gets away from that creepy family that she’s about to marry into and stays with Edwards. But as I’ve learned from all of the other shows that I watch, happy things can’t happen to any of the characters that I like.

The other pairing in this episode is Nurse Elkins and Thackery (no surprise). Since we know that Thackery doesn’t seem to stay with one woman too long, it’s hard to tell if anything will come of it. Obviously she’s quite happy about it as we see in the last shot of the episode. But I have a feeling that happiness won’t last long. Clearly Thackery likes her, but as of now it’s hard to imagine him starting a long term relationship with someone.



It’s very impressive for a show to have so many diverse and yet likable characters. They’re not all perfectly good and saintly people; they have their flaws just like actual people do, but I think that’s why most of them are likable. The police chief is an exception since he is an obvious sleaze-ball, so his death isn’t a very big loss. But Cleary and Sister Harriet, for instance, have become some of my favorite characters in the show (Edwards and Chickering are on that list as well). I usually don’t have so many, but it just goes to show that even with so many characters, the show succeeds in giving them enough development to make them relatable and memorable.

As for the episode itself, it’s definitely the most harrowing and exciting one we’ve seen yet. It goes away from some already established plots and is a little more self-contained, but that doesn’t make it any less good. There were still some already established aspects that cropped up such as Gallinger and his distaste for Edwards. But the next episode will surely have to deal with the set plots that the writers have placed into the show so as not to waste those plot points.


Sarah Lord

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