Royal Pains Season Premiere Review: Back to the Hamptons
Vehicular traffic wasn't the only thing entering and exiting the Hamptons on the season three premiere of Royal Pains.
After a year on separate paths, Hank, Evan, Jill and Divya found themselves in town for another run of treating patients. A quick primer on whre each stands:
Hank was jilted by Jill; Evan and Paige's relationship might be on the rocks; and Divya has been excommunicated by her parents. Furthermore, Hank and Evan were invited to move back into Shadow Pond.
We were quickly welcomed back to the Hamptons with Evan being used as a human shunt. That's what happens when you practice hardcore medicine in the middle of a traffic accident.
But what really made the episode were all the relationship dynamics that changed, most notably between Jill and Hank. Back from Uruguay, the former drops into the Hamptons to break things off with Hank, only to fly out the next morning. Makes you wonder just how much of Jill we’ll be seeing this season, and what might lay in store for Hank in the romance department.
On another love front, Evan and Paige’s relationship proved a source of confusion. Just where was Paige, and what changes are to come for the once sickeningly sweet pair?
Meanwhile, I think the real character to watch this season will be Divya. Crashing with Hank and Evan on a more permanent basis, what aspects of her life will change now that she’s been cut off? Will it cause a strain on her professional relationship or bring this trio closer together?
(Side note: I can’t help but entertain the wish that Divya builds a new life and eventually meets back up with that cute blonde she kissed in season two.)
The real shocker in tonight’s episode, though, was Boris inviting Hank and Evan back to Shadow Pond. Most likely it’s a move to appease Marissa and ensure the best care for her and the baby, but what other purposes will their return fulfill?
While some things look like they’re returning to normal, the field of possibilities for what’s to come is wide open. All in a Hamptons' summer, right?
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