Psst! Hey, you — John Thackery — yeah, you, the one with the speedball habit. That thing you just did, pre-surgery? You know, calling your girlfriend on the telephone and confiding your deepest fears, while she reassures you that you’re, like, the best surgeon in the city? I think you might be onto something there with that whole addiction-treatment thing.
Leave it to a show like The Knick to name an episode centered on a major character’s disregard for medical protocol — which results in both his mother’s death and the loss of his job — “There Are Rules.”
It’s getting busy for Dr. John Thackery over at the Knick these days.
The title of tonight’s episode is a quote from Dr. Everett Gallinger, as he discusses the cornerstone of eugenics with some old University of Pennsylvania pals at a reunion. But what’s such a great slap in the face to The Knick’s resident racist is the fact that when it comes to the events of the episode, breeding “the best with the best to get the best” requires quite a bit of race- and religion-mixing.
They don’t have quite the same connotation as the proverbial white hat, but now that Dr. John Thackery is back to wearing the white shoes, it feels like a new energy has been injected back into the Knickerbocker Hospital.
At both the start and the close of tonight’s second-season premiere of Steven Soderbergh’s gruesomely gripping drama The Knick, we find ourselves asking the same question: Who’s that girl?
Many of the best dramas explore the inner workings of the mind, but few investigate the body as brilliantly as The Knick. Returning to New York’s Knickerbocker Hospital, this time in 1901, season 2 revels in corporeal horror just as viscerally as the first season did. There’s a certain forbidden thrill involved in watching Dr. Thackery (Clive Owen) peel back a patient’s nasal cartilage and pound the bone with a hammer until she looks like a Victorian Skeletor.
Stuck wondering what to watch live (and what to DVR and catch up on later) this fall? EW has broken it down for you, using the super scientific method of what staffers are most excited about. Follow our guide each night for your ultimate viewing pleasure … and spend the weekends catching up on everything you taped!
The “circus tent” and “the madness” are roaring back with season 2 of The Knick. Ahead of the show’s return on Oct. 16, a new teaser has debuted online to preview a lot more of the ensuing debauchery.
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