Critic Consensus: "Start Calling Me Dad" ties up a couple of story arcs and explores some distressing themes, resulting in a dark and twisty but ultimately engaging episode.
as Dr. John W. Thackery
as Dr. Algernon Edwards
as Lucy Elkins
as Herman Barrow
as Cornelia Robertson
as Dr. Bertram "Bertie" Chickering Jr.
as Tom Cleary
as Sister Harriet
as Jacob Speight
as Eleanor Gallinger
as Capt. August Robertson
as Dr. J.M. Christiansen
as Jesse Edwards
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Critic reviews for Start Calling Me Dad
And Cleary and Sister Harriet continue to perform abortions and then have pointless conversations about whether they're going to hell. Here's a hint: You're poor people/women/minorities in New York in 1900. You're already there.
Start Calling Me Dad has a couple of genuine unforeseen twists in it, starting with the episode's overall optimism and sense of hopefulness (all things being relative, of course; this is The Knick, after all).
One of The Knick's greatest strengths is its collection of diverse, engaging performances-from Owen's mercurial Thackery to André Holland's continually tested Edwards and Juliet Rylance's quietly defiant Cornelia.
'Start Calling Me Dad' winds up feeling like an achievement for the series.
Still, now that we are deep into the storylines of all these characters-understanding their morality and talents and failings, and learning some of their histories-this episode feels like a perfect step forward for the series.
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