The Knick - Season 2, Episode 4 - Rotten Tomatoes

Wonderful Surprises



Critic Consensus: Characterizations of The Knick's major players -- especially Zaraah Abrahams as Opal Edwards -- are augmented by Soderbergh's mastery behind the camera in "Wonderful Surprises."

Episode Info

Thackery's syphilis treatment is put to the test, while Harriet has her day in court.


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 Wonderful Surprises

Every now and then The Knick delivers a well-timed laugh.

November 9, 2015 | Full Review…

On paper, the introduction of Opal Edwards might look like a fabricated point in a love-triangle. But the sublime scene of her and Algernon dancing at a Harlem club... elevates this relationship beyond a cookie cutter complication.

November 9, 2015 | Full Review…

One of the big themes running through "Wonderful Surprises" is how money helps the unfortunate, be they sick or of a race considered, in 1900 New York, inferior.

November 9, 2015 | Full Review…

As much as we admire the dexterity and nimbleness of filmmaker Steven Soderbergh, The Knick writers and showrunners Jack Amiel and Michael Begler, should be given credit for the bon mots and more of "Wonderful Surprises."

November 9, 2015 | Full Review…

It almost seems unfair to the acting and writing of The Knick to keep harping on about Steven Soderbergh's work behind the camera and the use of the editing software on his laptop.

November 9, 2015 | Rating: 8.6/10 | Full Review…

Unlike this show's previous episodes, this week's offering doesn't send us trundling deeper into the dark recesses of humanity's infected soul, but instead suggests that... redemption, satisfaction, and even happiness are within reach for some.

November 9, 2015 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…

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