Hank accused Dr. Van Dyke of delivering a near lethal dose of steroids to Eric Casabian, Divya dealt with fallout, Jill reevaluated her relationship with Hank and Paige made a surprising offer to Evan.
Indeed, Royal Pains delivered a loaded winter premiere with "A Farewell to Barnes."
When the summer season ended, it was unclear whether Eric Casabian would even make it to this episode, after Divya administered a lethal dose of steroids to the diabetic patient. She had been playing a dangerous game that left her too tired to do either her clinic job or her position with HankMed well, which culminated in the midseason finale.
I don't think we've ever seen Hank so combative, especially with a fellow medical professional. Then again, I would have railed on Dr. Van Dyke if I thought he was the one responsible for nearly killing my patient. Unfortunately, it's more complicated than that, given that Divya was square in the middle of the controversy, having ties with both men as her superior.
While Van Dyke handled it like a professional, no doubt the stakes will be a lot higher when it comes to how Hank deals with the deceit, especially since he places so much responsibility when it comes to patients in Divya's hands.
It's bad enough her life was starting falling apart at the same time her engagement ended, but does this at least mean that the only way is up for Divya going forward?
That sure seems to be the case for our happy re-engaged couple of Evan and Paige. Who knew that the General would give his blessing only to withdraw it? More shocking was Paige's declaration that they weren't taking cues from him anymore. About darn time!
Unfortunately, at the same time things were getting better for some, they were getting worse for others: Enter Hank and Jill.
I have always been perplexed by the on-again off-again nature of their relationship, and as much as I think this relationship should have gone officially off, I couldn't help but get a glimpse into why we love Jank so much: They really do love each other. If the graphic above doesn't stand alone as some evidence of that, then I'm truly blind.
With only six episodes left this season, it's going to be a busy season 3.5!
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C. Charles is a TV Fanatic Staff Writer. Follow her on Twitter.Tags: Royal Pains, Reviews