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Royal Pains Summer Finale Review: "Open Up Your Yenta Mouth and Say Ah"

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While our friends, family, and even fellow TV Fanatic critic have not been huge fans of this season of Royal Pains, we have to admit we've been a much bigger fans of this season than the previous.

Off Goes Hank

The first season was like taking a vacation.   It was very relaxing, had some beautiful sights, and plenty of easy going humor along the way.  However, the first season seemed to lack any real direction and only began introducing potential problems at the end.

This time around, Hank Med saw some actual competition in the form of Emily, gave Boris his own Cuban adventures and love interest, fleshed out a friendship between Jill and Divya, heavily exploring the latter's arranged marriage, introduced us to the Lawson patriarch and his set of legal and money problems, and finally gave Evan a love interest.

There were definitely a lot of loose ends to tie up, so as you can imagine, we had some huge expectations going into the Royal Pains season two, err summer finale of the show.  So in our review of "Open Up Your Yenta Mouth and Say Ah," we're going to go over each particular storyline and cover how well we felt the finale wrapped it up and what we thought of the cliffhanger(s). 

We'll start with a base of 1 star for our math.  Good luck following it:

  • Emily - Where was she?  Besides being mentioned in brief passing, the girl didn't even show up despite Hankmed's plan to hire her last episode!  -1 star.
  • Boris - This character has simply become amazing this season.  Finally getting Marissa into America and revealing she's pregnant?  We got some fun stuff for next season.  +1 star.
  • Divya - While some of the Adam stuff has felt forced, we're just glad to have our girl cheating on Raj so she'll stick around.   For keeping around our beautiful Divya?  +1 star.
  • Eddie - We've been trying to figure out what they planned on doing with the Fonz this whole season.  Revealing him to be a SEC informant?  Never saw it coming.  Heart attack?  A little cheese but we'll still go with +1 star.
  • Evan and Paige - Absolutely no real developments in their relationship for a season finale, but just putting her adorableness on screen each week gives this +1 star.
  • AJ - Usually the medical portion of the episode is well thought out and an integral part of the story.  This time she was just a spy.  Where was our amazing mystery condition?  Okay fine, for at least contributing to the story line. +0.5 star.
  • Set up for next season - Really I can't help but feel like the show didn't end on any real cliffhanger aside from Eddie's heart attack.  A character we're barely attached to.  -1 star.

So in the end, it was really a decent episode, but pretty mediocre for a season finale.  We're not on the edge of our seasons awaiting the winter premiere of Royal Pains, but we'll definitely still watch it.  Will you guys?

Now we'll leave you with some Royal Pains quotes until the show returns.

Review

Editor Rating: 3.5 / 5.0
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Rating: 4.5 / 5.0 (72 Votes)

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    I look forward to this show all week because of the characters. Would have loved to have seen more of Tyler and Jill, hope that the Emily character stays in California, love the Boris character, hope that Eddie leaves the show, and wonder how the fact that Boris had Hank investigated will affect their relationship.

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    I agree, this season was less postcard... Two thinks annoy me : Jill should be the third important character on the show, not enough presence this season and they (the writers) should have made the medic competition more important/dramatic with HankMed and Emily. Because of that, the Boris storyline was the best !

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    Didn't they say in the previous eps that Emily was going to Cali to attend a family event/visit her folks? That explains her absence in the finale. Any one know when the new season begins? The NY Daily News reports that there will be a 'winter' season...

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    Hopefully this is a sign they will phase Emily out. She really annoys me. Agree with the Divya love interest. Just felt forced, but as long as it keeps her on the show, I'm for it. The SEC informant plot was a nice twist, but the heart attack was lame. Absolutely want more Paige too!!!

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    Totally agree with you on the absence of Emily... where the hell was she? The SEC informant thing was a nice twist, but it sucks for the guys. Divya's love interest sucks!!!!!! AJ was annoying. We still don't know who the old man with the hat is... is he a Fed? Is he a debt collector? For the record Jill is hotter than Emily. This season was not as good as the first. I want to see more of Paige, Paige, Paige. She's hot! I hope Boris forgives the Lawson kids...




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