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Royal Pains Review: Your Own Path

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Royal Pains saw Jill leave for a better position than she would have dreamed of, Hank and Evan fight for a new client and Divya launch a plan to try and bring the boys back together, only to find that the only appropriate course of action might be to bring in their father.

Yes, Divya sure had quite the busy hour dealing with all the changes in "A Guest House Divided."

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The turmoil, of course, was not strictly dealt with by Divya, as Paige made her long-awaited return to the Hamptons, albeit unexpectedly, only to find herself in the middle of the epic Lawson brother feud.

WHEN WILL THESE TWO LEARN TO COMMUNICATE??????!!!!

That's the question I've been frustratingly yelling at my television screen any time Hank and Evan appear together.

Poor Divya is so dead-set on making them come back together as a united HankMed front that she has resorted to sabotaging BOTH brothers in their separate endeavors, only to exacerbate the tensions.

She is much more devious and plotting than I think most fans, including myself, expected her to be. Personally, I like getting the opportunity to see this side of Divya.

If anything, it's Divya's plan and her gift to Jill that solidify the idea that HankMed truly is  family, and we're all hoping that it will continue to be so in the future, once this cold-snap passes.

Speaking of family, it seems Divya, realizing she is no match for sibling rivalry, has enlisted the services of one Eddie R. Lawson, who may be just what the doctor ordered to cure this chronic illness.

Henry Winkler likely returns for an extended Hamptons stay next week, and all Royal Pains fans are wondering what he could do any different to secure a cease fire.

It would be remiss of me to close this review without a discussion of Jill's long-anticipated (avoided?) departure from the Hamptons. Since I had been waiting for it since Royal Pains Season 3, I thought it would be an easily dealt with event. Actually experiencing it, however, brought up more feelings of sadness than I expected. I am actually truly sorry to see her go, even though I know what she's doing is so important.

What made the exit that much more saddening was the realization that her departure might only make the HankMed split easier, given that one of the people who was around to see it flourish was exiting in its time of need in some respects. At least as far as the emotional health of its two related contingent parts, Hank and Evan. She was a portion of the glue that held them together in some way, as Divya is, and to have her gone seems like a greater  loss in the grander scheme of things.

I place my faith that Eddie R. will function as a temporary fill-in in that capacity. It can only go up from here... we hope!?

Other Highlights:

  • Dr. Sacani referring to a potential client as morbidly obese.
  • Paige hugging Divya at the confession of her plan to bring Hank and Evan back together.
  • The return of Henry Winkler as Eddie R.
  • Divya's amazing necklace gift to Jill.
  • Evan's Bed Bug whatchamacallit cocoon for Jill.
  • Hank's scrapbook for Jill.
  • Jill's reference to HankMed as a "family" in her letter to Hank. 
  • Legionnaires disease causing Evan to freakout on Hank unnecessarily.
  • Paige returning and finally getting Evan's attention.

Who's excited for Winkler's return next week?!?

Review

Editor Rating: 4.9 / 5.0
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Rating: 4.1 / 5.0 (37 Votes)

C. Charles is a TV Fanatic Staff Writer. Follow her on Twitter.

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How could a letter Jill wrote just before leaving say "I wish yiu coukd see it here, it's so amazing"? Suddenly as Hank is reading the letter it moved time and was Jill talking to him from Africa? Come on now, the show has to have somebody checking the scriot for continuity. This season has totally lost me.
Nobody fun. Nobody funny.
Nobody acting like someone I would care about.

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Ok, pardon my stupidity, but did I sleep thru Jill suddenly getting a new job in Africa???! Thought last week she was stuck in the Hamptons, jobless and houseless.....huh? And I adore this series but ENOUGH OF THE SIBLING RIVALRY! And now, we have to call in Dad? Sorry, spoiler alert belated....