Season 2 Premiere. As Barrow and The Knick prepare to move uptown, Edwards lobbies the hospital board to be appointed permanent head of surgery. Though his suspension has been lifted, Gallinger refuses to return as Edwards' subordinate, so he heads to Cromartie Hospital in hopes of getting Thackery to return to work. Lucy's attempts to make amends with Bertie are rebuffed.
You're No Rose
Thackery sets his sights on a return to The Knick--a request that doesn't sit well with the Board. After a shocking discovery, Cornelia enlists Cleary to do a dirty job, for a price. Bertie makes a change; Henry Robertson pushes a new subway initiative; Barrow drives up construction costs; Lucy is surprised by an unexpected visitor from home.
The Best with the Best to Get the Best
Thackery enlists Edwards to help him test a new hypothesis. After rejecting Henry Robertson's advances at The Knick, Lucy learns that confession isn't always good for the soul. We meet Genevieve Everidge, a young journalist writing a story about a rival doctor. Cornelia is dismayed by the limits of Philip's sympathies; Barrow faces a new adversary at Tammany Hall.
Abby's worsening condition persuades Thackery to test out his novel syphilis treatment. Algernon comes clean to Opal, but does not get the response he expects. Cleary makes a last-ditch effort to raise funds for Harriet as her date in court arrives. Bertie undergoes physical training; Barrow loses a sponsor; Gallinger's prejudices are reinforced.
A subway explosion leads to an influx of patients at The Knick, but little margin for profit. Pursued by Henry, Lucy takes to heart some advice given by one of Ping Wu's girls. An addict's misfortune gives Thackery an ideal test case for his latest theory on addiction. Bertie submits his adrenalin research to Zinberg; Cornelia gets a new clue in Speight's death.
There Are Rules
Faced with a quandary, Bertie decides to take matters into his own hands at Mt. Sinai, enlisting Algernon to help. Thackery investigates the efficacy of hypnosis, and takes an interest in a pair of conjoined twins. Lucy lobbies Henry for a gala invitation; Cornelia visits the brother of a deceased immigrant with ties to Speight; Gallinger dines with an unwelcome guest.
Williams and Walker
Fighting his nerves, Thackery readies himself to attempt to separate Zoya and Nika in front of a packed audience. After getting a surprise gift from her father-in-law, Cornelia attends a gala charity ball for the new Knick with other familiar guests. Barrow gets rid of a threat; Opal spoils the Robertsons' good mood. Algernon gets an overdue spotlight in the surgical theater.
Not Well At All
After dealing with an unwanted intruder, Thackery faces the realities of his addiction research, and sets his sights on improving Abby's appearance. Algernon suspects foul play during his surgical debacle; Gallinger shuffles his family priorities; Barrow's social standing rises, at a cost; Lucy makes a shocking discovery; Cornelia shares unsettling news with Henry.
Do You Remember Moon Flower?
Thackery's connection to Captain Robertson, and how the doctor arrived at the Knick, is revealed. The conflict between Algernon and Gallinger comes to a head. Cleary and Harriet launch a joint-business venture; Lucy shares memories with her father; Barrow confronts the rising costs of living well; Cornelia and Henry weigh the cost of a family crisis.
This Is All We Are
Season Two Finale. Thackery eschews Zinberg's advice at Mt. Sinai and opts for a dramatic, and risky, alternative course of action. Cornelia and Henry weigh their futures following an alarming family revelation; Barrow defends his actions at the hospital construction site; Gallinger considers a job opportunity; Cleary refuses to give up on Harriet.