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Royal Pains Review: Foreign Accent Syndrome

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Royal Pains kicked off its fourth season with a slow but riveting start that set the tone for at least the first few episodes.

"After the Fireworks" didn't simply close with an unexpected explosion; plenty of bombs were dropped throughout the entire installment, as fans happily put on their figurative sun screen and jumped on the Jitney tonight for a trip back to the Hamptons.

Hank & Divya At a Food Festival

When we left Hank and Evan at the end of Royal Pains Season 3, the two had come to blows over how the company should be run, which resulted in Hank leaving his own practice.

Coming back, we're right where we left off, and the tensions between the two brothers have escalated, with Divya desperately trying to pick up the pieces.

I think Divya's attempt to mend the broken relationship was a direct reaction to her own failure to navigate a relationship with her parents. It still hurts me to see that they're rejecting their daughter, especially when Divya is so desperate to have them back in her life, or at least act like they know her in public.

Furthermore, I think that Divya is grabbing at the fray for something that's normal and consistent. Her family has excommunicated her, Raj has a new beau (who we discovered is pregnant) and Jill is about to head to new adventures in Uruguay. Now the only family she has left, Hank and Evan, is about to break apart as well. What is Divya supposed to do if these two split up? Will she inevitably be forced to choose between them?

It only hurt more to see that even her best attempts to sit Hank and Evan down to talk to one another and work out their differences imploded when they engaged in a shouting match about having the last word. Talk about foreign accent syndrome in one of their patients... Hank and Evan can barely understand each other when they speak English!

If there's any moment that confirms my suspicion about their miscommunication problem, it was at the end when Hank sang Evan's praises, only to say that whoever was lucky enough to have Evan's talents bestowed upon them was sure to be successful.

Evan really wanted Hank to start taking him seriously and appreciate his gifts as they related their partnership and HankMed. Evan never really wanted to break up their business or continue on his own, only to have Hank see him as an equal.

Speaking of which, Rosie Nowak, faux-famed competitive eater with a symptomatic accent, was a nice and interesting medical-focused addition to the episode. So was the revelation that too much water can be bad for you. I thought I'd never see the day when water became the enemy. But, alas, it does exist!

I also appreciated Donal Logue's performance as Jill's brother, Ernie. Not only because he's a great actor, but I've wondered where he was since FX canceled the truly amazing Terriers. Meeting a new member of the McGuillicuddy clan was most definitely a welcome sight.

With the unexpected explosion below, it's useful to note that we haven't quite hit the Monday deadline, at which time Hank and Evan will make final decisions about what to do about the company. While Evan has clearly made some decisive moves towards securing his financial and business future sans Hank, there is most certainly time for him to change his mind.

I don't know about you, but I don't think that HankMed can survive not only without Hank, but with Dr.'s Van Dyke and the ever-awkward Cicani at the helm. I just don't have any faith in it.

So, TV Fanatics, what do you think will happen come Monday? Might there be a miracle reunification of HankMed? Or is it donesies for real?

Review

Editor Rating: 4.8 / 5.0
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Rating: 3.7 / 5.0 (33 Votes)

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

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Ccharles

@sandee we don't know who was impacted by the explosion, we assume it's something that they will follow up on next week. @all I'm not the biggest fan of the sibling rivalry that's taking place so far, but I do have full faith that the writers know what they're doing and it will make for great television! Hang in there!

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This episode reminded me how much I love Evan and Divya together. Pleeeeeease let them hook up this season!

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i'll give it one more episode and if it's still evan VS hank then i'm done with this show. this episode didn't really leave me wanting to come back for more.

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DVR-ed the show but for some reason lost the last few minutes: what was the explosion about and who got hurt?

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@Am
That was not the season finale.

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wasnt eddie r. lawson sick/dying on the beach at the end of the season finale? why was that not resolved?

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Hope Jill don't leave the show...

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I'm really disappointed that this Hank vs. Evan thing is a storyline. It's ridiculous and boring. Evan is not a Dr. Why should he be allowed to make a decision to use an unapproved medical device on a patient? I personally don't like Evan's character or Costanza either and would love to see him leave but that probably won't happen. That said I feel don't think his character needs this much juice and this storyline is insulting to my intelligence. I'm surprised this episode got such high ratings. The Diviya story was great. Jill's departure is being treated like she's going to a sleep over and they have turned Hank into such a wuss when it comes to Evan. I'm about ready to stop watching.

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I Agree with Mara. Evan is a little too full of himself there. He isn't a doctor. Plus in what universe someone without any medical knowledge could make medical decision ? I don't see how this could be a debate. Clearly Evan was in the wrong here.
Plus, Evan has to realise that without Hank, he has nothing. Hank can still be a doctor without Evan.

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Jill wasn't at the USA Network upfronts nor in the new official cast photos, so I do believe she's really leaving. I'm happy for her because the writers have gotten into a rut, and it's the perfect time to depart. Hope to see Jill Flint in something this Fall TV season. Off course, the first choice would be The Good Wife, but I could see Jill fitting in on Lucy Liu's new Sherlock Holmes show -- ELEMENTARY.