Not Well at All
The Knick, 208 – “Not Well At All”
Written by: Jack Amiel and Michael Begler
Directed by: Steven Soderbergh
At night, the addiction patient who Thackery previously hypnotized into rejecting alcohol sneaks out of his ward at the Knick to drink embalming fluid. He’s discovered dead the next morning.
Bertie goes over his research on adrenaline with Thackery. Using a rabbit as a test subject, Bertie captures Thackery’s interest by showing how the gland extract can jump-start a failing heartbeat. A nurse interrupts Bertie’s presentation: Mr. Brockhurst, Zoya and Nika’s minder, has arrived at the Knick with a gun, in search of his “property.” Thackery is able to distract Mr. Brockhurst long enough for Cleary to come up behind the man and knock him unconscious with a baseball bat.
Barrow pays Ping Wu for Junia’s freedom with the full sum of $2,000.
Frank Morehouse of the New York Detectives Bureau shows up at the Gallinger residence, investigating the death of Dr. Cotton. Eleanor calmly pulls Gallinger into the kitchen to help her prepare tea for the detective. While they are alone, Eleanor admits to her husband that she was the one who poisoned Dr. Cotton. Gallinger is appalled at his wife’s behavior, realizing that she is far from recovered from her madness.
Thackery tells Mr. Dominczyk, another addiction patient, that the board has decided to close the ward. Mr. Dominzyk asks how the surgeon was able to stop using cocaine. Thackery tells his patient that he talks to a friend—Abby.
The hospital board votes to replace Frazier Wingo with a new architect, Raphael Warren. After the meeting, Captain Robertson tells Barrow that the Club has voted to grant him membership. Barrow’s elation is tampered by the news that he will have to provide the Club Secretary with $2,000 by the close of the business day.
Thackery experiences stabbing pains around is intestinal tract. Algernon offers to examine him, but Thackery refuses. He treats the pain with turpentine.
Over lunch, Cornelia tells Henry about her discoveries regarding the family’s shipping subterfuge. He is shocked by Cornelia’s findings.
Acknowledging that Eleanor is still unhinged, Gallinger admits her to another mental institution. A Dr. Warner shows Gallinger around the facility, and Gallinger takes care to emphasize that no medical procedure can commence without his permission.
Lucy receives a phone call at the Knick. Her father has suffered a paralytic stroke in New York. Lucy finds him in a low-rent brothel. The madam tells Lucy that A.D. Elkins has come to the establishment almost daily for the past few months. Lucy brings him to the Knick hospital.
During a night out at Huber’s Palace, Cleary and Harriet confess their fondness for each other. But when Cleary tries to kiss Harriet, she tells him off and rushes home.
Looking through Gallinger’s files, Algernon discovers records of the sterilizations Gallinger’s conducted on underage boys institutionalized on Randall’s Island. Algernon shows these records to Thackery, who remains impassive. Since sterilization is legal and Gallinger didn’t perform the procedure at the Knick, he hasn’t committed a crime.
Barrow’s wife, Effie, learns that her husband has purchased a new apartment uptown. She mistakenly thinks it’s for their family—a generous and uncharacteristic “grand gesture” from her husband. When Effie excitedly tells Barrow that she knows about the apartment, he tells her coldly that he plans to live there with another woman. Barrow also informs Effie that he has sold their current home (thereby procuring the necessary $2,000 for his Club fees), and that she will be moving to a new place with their children.
When Abby, who has long felt discomfort with the ugliness of her new nose, asks Thackery to figure out a way to remodel it, he develops a celluloid insert to place in her nasal cavities. Before going into the surgical theater to undergo the procedure, Abby gives herself a dose of laudanum. When Bertie administers an anesthetic for the surgery, Abby experiences a sudden negative reaction to the drug. She dies on the operating table.
Still staying at the Gallinger residence, Eleanor's sister Dorothy goes to Gallinger’s room. Dressed only in her undergarments, she asks if he wants her to leave the next day. Gallinger says, “No,” and Dorothy gets into bed with him.