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Royal Pains Review: Same Side

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Hank and Divya treated a rock band whose members fell mysteriously ill, while attempting to navigate their strained relationship in light of the Kassabian incident. Elsewhere, Evan and Paige dealt with some unexpected feelings regarding their upcoming nuptuals. Hank also delivered some bad news to Jack regarding his blood results.

Indeed, "Some Pig" was another plot-packed installment of Royal Pains.

Jack and Hank

This was a great episode. There was always something happening, whether medical or interpersonal. Hank and Divya facing the aforementioned rock band and its friendship issues paralled with Hank and Divya themselves nicely, while still basking in the glory of the garage-band-trying-to-make-it-big plot line.

At first I was surprised how Hank was reacting to the news that Divya was responsible for incorrectly dispensing steroids to Kassabian. He almost seemed to calm about it... and then he started acting like an overprotective parent when he and Divya treated the members of Some Pig.

The way their conflict was handled felt very natural to me. It was easy to tell that each of them were acting out of hurt. Homer was right, they are really good friends. Sometimes you forget that aspect of their relationship extends beyond Doctor and PA. Not that it should be a main focus of the show, but it's nice to revisit that fact in some shape or form.

They have always been on the same side, and that concept should extend to every aspect of their relationship, even in their mistakes. Hank knows exactly what its like to be told he made a mistake and ostracized for his decisionmaking skills. It only seems fair that he give some grace to Divya.

Despite Jill Flint making it clear we'd be seeing more of her this season, I still find myself surprised to see Jill still hanging around, though her words consoling Jack about "not everyone gets to live their dreams, not even for a moment" made me think that it's going to be a lot harder for her to leave than I might have originally been willing to accept.

It was very cute to see Paige and Evan having some fun this week in their relationship. Evan's stress rashes are a rather endearing trait, and on this issue I agree with Paige wholeheartedly. At first I believed that it would be a small allergic reaction to the dogs sleeping in bed with Evan, something he wasn't used to. I was surprised to find that it was left simply at kissing bugs. Am I the only one not to know these things existed? I suppose I expected more conflict when it came to the rash. It's all a matter of writer choices.

Once again, Evan delivered a great little speech to Paige that she can confide in him about her jitters, that that is a function he serves in her life. All men need to say this to their girlfriends. To be comforted is all we really want sometimes.

When it came to Jack being diagnosed with Lupus, I was glad they appraoched the autoimmune disease, as someone very near and dear to my heart struggles with it daily. It doesn't necessarily get as much attention as perhaps cancer does, but it's just as incurable. It also seems like Jack will continue to be a big part of this second half of the season, and I'm eager to see the treatment process, bringing more awareness to Lupus.

Royal Pains really hit its stride this week in terms of character development. I'm excited to see how this bodes for the rest of season 3.5.

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I loved the band name: Some Pig. How cool was that of the writers to pull that out of Charlotte's Web. I wonder if maybe one of the writer's has a son or daughter who is currently reading the book. Plus, the fact that most of "Some Pig" were infected by pig brains has a great irony to it. Nice job writers!