Royal Pains Review: Ties That Bind

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There's only one word to describe this week's Royal Pains: heartbreaking.

After after episode of struggling with Lupus, Jack finally lost his battle with the disease.

Indeed, "Hank and the Deep Blue Sea" will go down as one of Royal Pains' most emotional outings to date, and those emotions were at their height in the final few seconds.

Life is a Beach!

I had always thought HankMed would likely lose its first patient (in Jack) this season, but there was a certain subtlety to it that still managed to have me tearing up. I honestly expected this to occur in the finale. Then again, we would have to wait many months to see the impact, which at that point the event itself would have lost its intensity.

Props to Tom Cavanagh for his outstanding performance throughout his stint on this series. Jack had a sense of genuine humanity as a character that Cavanagh lived inside of and emoted to the fullest extent at every moment.

This was a difficult show to incorporate this arc into, being typically lighthearted, and to nail a serious storyline is now undoubtedly within the capabilities of this cast. Congratulations.

I sincerely thank the writers for taking the time and care that they did with the Lupus storyline. As I have mentioned before, someone very close to me struggles with the disease on a daily basis. She is one of the strongest people I know, and for Jack to be portrayed with such vulnerability and simultaneous dignity was much appreciated.

That said, there was a whole lot of other sides to this week's episode. Let's start with Divya and Evan.

I think this is the friendship we'd almost lost sight of in some sense. Before Paige entered the picture, I have to admit, I was a bit of a Divya and Evan shipper. After a while, I downgraded that to a realization that these two are best friends. And, as Evan put it, they are even family now.

So when we heard Evan trying to sell of some of their stocks, I knew that he was trying to find Divya a way out of her financial obligation to Raj and his parents. That, to me, truly does say that they are close enough to be family. Which is why I also appreciated that Evan tried to sit down with Raj to get to the middle of what was going on between Raj and Divya, clearly mistaking it for something it wasn't... how embarrassing!

Then, there was the return of Boris and Marissa and their baby boy. They weren't much featured much, aside from the appearance of Claudette Von Jurgens-Ratniscz, who came with iPad proof that Dieter had been arrested in Germany.

What does this mean for the so-called family feud? That's yet to be determined. My question is: Can Claudette be trusted?

Given Evan's reaction to the package she wanted delivered, the answer is a resounding NO. But nothing is ever quite as it seems with Boris.

Were you as much of a wreck as I was after the episode ended? What did you think about Hank being bestowed the title of godfather?


Editor Rating: 4.8 / 5.0
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C. Charles is a TV Fanatic Staff Writer. Follow her on Twitter.


@Anne.......was it Dr Rollins?????


They don't know yet if there is going to be another season???? Really????? Pretty emotional episode. I'd say it's one of the best they've done. I agree that Tom Cavanaugh should get an Emmy for his performance..... If anyone's seen the previews you know Hank tells Evan he's not arguing with him anymore about expanding HankMed.....I think that is why Evan bought Divya's shares......even though they are still Divya's.......he's going to somehow use that to his get over on Hank...


What was the doctors name that helped with Cavanaugh in the last 2 episodes.


I loved this episode and think that Tom Cavanagh should get an Emmy for his portrayal of Jack. I agree with the reviewer C Charles-somehow I also don't trust Claudette. Can't wait for next week's season finale episode. Let's hope that Royal Pains gets renewed for a season 4


Agreed - Excellent episode...
...EXCEPT for the actress who played Boris's cousin. WHat the hell was that accent supposed to be? There were times it sounded vaguely Swedish, at others almost - but not quite - French. Besides that, though, it was very touching and very well handled in both of its primary story lines. I'm goign to miss Cavanaugh, too. He showed great range in this and there was real chemistry between Jack and Hank and Jack and Jill. His delivery of the line "Don't treat me like a sick person" was spot-on - not melodramatic - and something one often hears from people who become defined by a disease or condition.


Ooops...Sorry should have finale not finally. Don't want to get anyone upset.


@anonymous....Perhaps you should edit your own. Most people start a new sentence with a capital letter and the I have contraction has an apostrophe (I've). Do you see how stupid that is to mention? Get a life. Now, lets get back to important stuff. I loved this episode. I'm so sorry to see the end of Jack. I'm going to miss him and really felt for Hank. I love that Evan is acting all "big brother" for Divya, it has shown how their relationship has grown. I still think Raj should have been a man and helped her with the payments to her parents. I hate that the finally is next week already.


I miss Jack already :( I loved Evan's comment that HankMed was started by two brothers and a Divya. Next week will be an emotional episode. Hank didn't must lose a patient, he lost a friend.


FINALLY...some closure to the Boris storyline--even if it came from a LOUSY, wooden actress.


i have a great idea for an episode. we live in an adirondacK community (ZIP 13420). IN THIS TOWN THERE IS AN EXCUSIVE CLUB WITH PRIVATE LODGES FOR THE VERY WEALTHY. i think a great story would be the character's like boris visit a relative there. there is a private lake no motor boats but they also keep their elegant wooden pwer boats on a chain of lakes near by.the plot a night boat accident in the fog, the hospital is 50 miles away (true) medical center in town barely has the ability to do physicals. too foggy tu medivac the the injured. thus a emt ambulance ride with hank and a very well qualified volunteer emt. the result a happy ending in appreciation the wealty patient gives a $1,000,OOO TO BRING THE HEALT CENTER IN TO THIS DECADE

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Royal Pains Season 3 Episode 15 Quotes

Oh, and Raj, given your parents my regards.


It all happened so fast. We couldn't get to him in time. He went Septic. Jack is dead.