The Golden Lotus



Critic Consensus: "The Golden Lotus" offers emotional moments for its major players and continues The Knick's bleak, sobering march toward its season finale in a compelling fashion.

Episode Info

Robertson must come up with hush money to cover up a late-night crime at the Knick; a desperate Thackery looks to Lucy to obtain his drugs; and Eleanor's erratic behavior concerns Gallinger.


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 Golden Lotus

For those keeping score, he has now racked up so many bad-behavior points that Barrow looks positively saintly in comparison.

Oct 1, 2015 | Full Review…

Even the B and C plots this week were horrible to watch.

Oct 7, 2015 | Full Review…
Top Critic

For the second episode in a row, The Knick did not feature any gory surgeries, and instead relied on emotional bloodletting.

Oct 2, 2015 | Full Review…

It's a striking look that's not particularly pleasing, but it is fascinating to see Owen's lip curl underneath that mustache of his, while his eyes are seemingly busy penetrating the wall just beyond the audience's field of vision.

Oct 8, 2015 | Full Review…

There's no telling where the show is going to lead us as it heads towards its season finale next week. There's little chance of a big happy ending to send us all off smiling into the fall and winter.

Oct 7, 2015 | Rating: 8.7/10 | Full Review…

Despite the show feeling like a procession of foreseeable tragedies sometimes, this was still an excellent penultimate season episode. An episode that worked to take Thackery down a peg in everyone's eyes, except Lucy.

Oct 7, 2015 | Rating: 8.8/10 | Full Review…

There is one secret revealed in the very uneven ninth episode: our protagonist's middle name. He's John Wilkinson Thackery, according to the arresting officer whose palm is crossed with the captain's silver in exchange for all charges dismissed.

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

It's so gripping, in fact, that when Captain August Robertson (Grainger Hines) and the Knick's administrator, Herman Barrow (Jeremy Bobb) bail Thackery out, it feels almost disingenuously comforting.

Oct 7, 2015 | Full Review…

"The Golden Lotus" is no lugubrious slog through perfectly ironic misery like other cable dramas. For one thing it's funny, and in ways that I can't quite capture with transcription because the jokes are so character-based.

Oct 7, 2015 | Rating: A | Full Review…

Its swing away from medical and social history, which it does very well, and toward addiction and romantic melodrama, which it doesn't, was just about complete.

Oct 1, 2015 | Full Review…