They Capture the Heat
One of Bunky Collier's men is shot in the leg. The gangster brings him to a barber with surgical equipment, but the old man's methods prove too crude. Instead, Collier exerts pressure on Barrow to have the patient treated at the Knick. Thackery is called in early in the morning to operate and he enlists Algernon, who has just finished treating a patient with a hernia at his underground clinic. Much to Barrow's relief, they're able to save the man and his leg.
After a presentation from the Edison Company, Thackery and Barrow ask the board to purchase a state-of-the-art X-ray machine. The hospital is strapped for cash, but Captain Robertson agrees to buy a machine upon hearing Manhattan Hospital received two from Vanderbilt.
Sister Harriet and Cleary see their first customer in need of an abortion. While Cleary takes the woman's husband out to the bar, Sister Harriet and his wife decide that at seven months along, it's too late to go through with the procedure.
Officer Phinny Sears tracks down Barrow at Collier's place. He wants Barrow to facilitate a deal – when the cop picks up women for prostitution, instead of taking them to jail, he'll bring them to work for Collier. After inspecting the goods Sears has brought with him, Collier agrees.
Sister Harriet comes in with another previa case. With an electric cauterizer, Thackery believes he and Bertie will be fast enough to save the patient. They're not – and once again both mother and child die on the table.
Eleanor Gallinger notices something wrong with her daughter Lillian. The infant's stiff neck and fever indicate meningitis to Everett, who likely brought it into their home after treating a patient with rat bites.
Bertie watches Lucy play with one of the babies in the hospital. He invites her to spend time with him outside of work, but is called away to see about a patient. Later that day, Thackery admires Lucy's bicycle, and she teaches him how to ride.