The Busy Flea



Critic Consensus: The Knick continues to display its mastery of tone with "The Busy Flea," a compelling third outing full of striking performances and Soderbergh's slick style.

Episode Info

An old flame needs Thackery's expertise and Algernon sets up a secret surgery. Cornelia grows anxious as typhoid spreads to the city's elite.


Clive Owen
as Dr. John W. Thackery
André Holland
as Dr. Algernon Edwards
Eve Hewson
as Lucy Elkins
Jeremy Bobb
as Herman Barrow
Juliet Rylance
as Cornelia Robertson
Michael Angarano
as Dr. Bertram "Bertie" Chickering Jr.
Cara Seymour
as Sister Harriet
Eric Johnson
as Dr. Everett Gallinger
David Fierro
as Jacob Speight
Maya Kazan
as Eleanor Gallinger
Grainger Hines
as Capt. August Robertson
Matt Frewer
as Dr. J.M. Christiansen
Leon Addison Brown
as Jesse Edwards
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Critic Reviews for The Busy Flea

A villain is slowly being introduced to the world of The Knick: As typhoid fever makes the rounds, Cornelia Robertson-notably, not a doctor-calls it out as a matter of real concern.

Oct 2, 2015 | Full Review…

Doctor Thackery's ex-girlfriend Abby, who shows up at the hospital with a raging case of got-your-nose. It seems her husband has been sleeping with a girl in his office who was secretly syphilitic, and now-infected Abby has gone all Voldemort.

Oct 8, 2015 | Full Review…
Top Critic

It's completely different then everything that came before, and it's this sequence, after all's said and done, that sticks with you the most. Well, that, and the syphilis.

Oct 2, 2015 | Full Review…

We're only three episodes into this series, and there's enough beauty and darkness baked into even the most overwrought scenes to give the The Knick a mulligan this week.

Oct 8, 2015 | Rating: 7.9/10 | Full Review…

With tone and vibe to spare as usual, The Knick continues to impress as Dr. Edwards' banishment to the basement is finally beginning to wear thin on his nerves.

Oct 8, 2015 | Rating: 8.5/10 | Full Review…

Episode 3 may be the most compelling so far, but in many ways, it is also the most self-aware.

Oct 9, 2015 | Full Review…

I think that the The Busy Flea, the third episode of Cinemax's The Knick, quite conspicuously fits this pattern, thanks in large part to its fascinating opening and closing scenes,

Oct 1, 2015 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

The Knick remains one hell of a panoramic contraption, and Clive Owen's starring turn as Dr. John Thackery is one of the show's major draws.

Oct 8, 2015 | Full Review…

Focus, sweat, speed, pain, control. At the end he checks his pulse, looking dazed but cool. It's amazing what The Knick can do without dialogue.

Oct 8, 2015 | Rating: B- | Full Review…

These scenes of the compassionate, arrogant Edwards's clandestine efforts continued to be the best and most interesting part of the show, benefiting from Mr. Holland's vibrant performance.

Oct 2, 2015 | Full Review…