Back on the typhoid case, Cornelia attends the Mallon hearing. Mary argues that she’s being held like a criminal. On the stand, she says, “I’m in the pink…Do I look sick to you?” The judge replies no. Chickering Jr. testifies that she can still be a carrier—the concept of a carrier being asymptomatic is new, however, Chickering admits—and that 18 cases of typhoid developed in homes where she worked. The judge makes arguments on behalf of Typhoid Mary, causing Chickering Jr. to lose his temper and tell him that maybe if he’d gone to medical school instead of law school, he’d know what he was talking about. Cornelia cringes. Walking out of the courthouse, Mary tells them to go “f— yourselves.” In one of the more impressive expletive-laced tirades seen on television recently, Speight replies: “Go wash yourself! At least your f—ing hand when … you take a s–t, so you don’t kill someone with your s–t-filled cooking!” He apologizes to Cornelia, but she says no need: Mary is filthy and deserves every bit of it.
And we all learn a lesson about respecting those signs in public restrooms that remind employees to wash their hands before returning to work.
Speaking of working it, Barrow has shifted into full-hustle mode, stopping by Capt. Robertson’s place for a good verbal smackdown. “It’s not writing a check that irks me; it’s the unceasing assumption that I always will,” Robertson says. Smarm now in overdrive, Barrow goes to the Catholic Church to seek funds. Amidst rich furnishings, the archbishop says it’s not going to happen. In the end, Barrow fires two black furnace workers to come up with the funds for—what was it he was seeking funds for again? The cocaine Thackery’s been bleating about, or is he looking to line his pockets again? A little bit of both, surely.
Presumably out of his mind because of his drug withdrawal, Thackery takes strychnine—strychnine!—before surgery on an oral abscess. During surgery, he begins to lose focus. He notes to the surgical theater that it’s critical not to puncture the mass and release the ray fungus—obviously he’s going to puncture the mass and release the ray fungus. Fortunately, he steps away, complaining of a headache, and Edwards takes over. Whew. Ray fungus threat level: green. Dr. Thackery then visits his favorite drug den. Ping Wu (Perry Yung) approaches with a loaded pipe and says, in a soft and scratchy voice, that he’ll add it to the bill. Thackery makes a crack about how if he’d known he’d be charged, he might’ve let Wu die (instead of doing that emergency tracheotomy on him). Wu says he can’t be killed, but then, “I will not forget what you did for me. You will always have a friend in Wu.” Thackery tells the prostitute attending him that he wants her to keep shoving the pipe in his face and firing it up every time he comes around from the previous one. In his opium haze, he dreams of Christensen’s suicide.
A few Knick odds and ends:
As Chickerings Jr. and Sr. walk and talk, Jr. tells Sr. that, besides the respect and education he gets at the Knick, he’s in love with Nurse Lucy Elkins—another reason he wants to stay. Sr. says that if he marries her, she’ll not be a nurse for long, and Jr. will then have no excuse. Wonder what Lucy would say about all this shipping. Wonder what the Chickerings would say about Lucy’s new nocturnal habits.
Sister Harriet introduces Gallinger to the orphan baby girl, Grace. “‘Grace’ is perfect,” he says when Sister Harriet suggests that he and Eleanor might change it. “Let’s hope that Eleanor falls for her as quickly as I have.” Somehow thinking that’s not going to happen. Later at the Gallinger house, Eleanor becomes hysterical and tells Harriet to get the baby away before they “infect it.” Gallinger takes baby Grace and forces her into Eleanor’s arms. (The baby actress seems none too pleased about performing this scene.)
Typhoid Mary shows up at an employment agency applying under her married name. She flat out denies being Typhoid Mary. Lying on your resume is one thing—a very bad thing—but then there’s lying about being the source of a plague.