Start Calling Me Dad



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.

Episode Info

Thackery and Bertie try to perfect a caesarean procedure and Cornelia questions her future. Strong language, nudity and distressing scenes.


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 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.

Oct 8, 2015 | Full Review…
Top Critic

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).

Oct 2, 2015 | Full Review…

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.

Oct 2, 2015 | Full Review…

'Start Calling Me Dad' winds up feeling like an achievement for the series.

Oct 9, 2015 | Full Review…

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.

Oct 8, 2015 | Rating: 8.9/10 | Full Review…

"Start Calling Me Dad" switched the story up a bit by ending a couple of threads (C-Sections, Typhoid) and starting a few news ones.

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

There can be suspense in this kind of storytelling, but the episode feels more like housecleaning for the inelegant way it resolves certain narrative threads while awkwardly setting up others.

Oct 1, 2015 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

Steven Soderbergh's handling of the meningitis case is both technically and dramatically virtuoso.

Oct 8, 2015 | Full Review…

It's such a funny, exciting, sad hour-the most I've felt watching The Knick since the premiere-but then the final scene leaves us with a sense of intense revulsion and the title takes that feeling and applies it to the whole episode.

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

Began and ended with striking scenes of the plight of early-20th-century American women.

Oct 2, 2015 | Full Review…