Royal Pains Review: It Lives?!

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Zombies, mad scientists and family matters ruled the day on Royal Pains this week.

Surprisingly, the aptly titled episode, "Dawn of the Med," did, in fact, allude to the reconciliation of HankMed's founding partners, Hank and Evan.

Hank & the Zombies

We may not have gotten to see our favorite Hampton-ites perform Michael Jackson's famed thriller dance, but we sure were treated some hilarious almost sepia-toned horror moments this episode.

Poor Evan, losing both cell service and gas simultaneously, forcing him into the unsuspecting house of an old man and snarling dog. It seemed to me that the isolated location and black wrought-iron fence should have been the first features to bring Evan pause before he even entered the home.

Lucky for him, a lovely young girl named Nell appeared to provide some certainty and normality previously absent in that situation.

I did not expect, however, to find that the poor old man was suffering from a disease that lay dormant inside him for nearly 30 years and was contracted in New Guinea, of all places.

I was also intrigued by the attempts to paint him as some sort of mad scientist, using germs for likely sinister or supernatural purposes. It was kind of funny, but severely underplayed to the point it was almost laughable. Really wish they would have decided on one genre, either mad scientists or zombies, and stuck with it. I simply think they could have done a better job in that department.

Speaking of which, the whole concept of a zombie run for charity was underdeveloped. One minute they a treating a young man who was apparently choking on a fake blood recipe he created, the next he's got an esophageal tear. What kind of charity and for what purpose they were involved, was never really discussed, and the part zombies play is only mildly apparent once the actual race itself got underway.

The bit with Hank faking being a zombie with Evan was cute and humorous, but reinforces my point about flip-flopping on the genre they wished to spoof.

They didn't necessarily have to spend a lot of time on development or zombies, but the horror stuff didn't really seem to go at all with what was going on in the character's lives throughout the episode either.

First, we have Eddie R. returning to the Hamptons, both to promote his book and spend time with his bickering boys. I have yet to decide which purpose Eddie R. wished to serve most. That said, I was surprised to learn he was allowed to maintain a blog while behind bars, and wonder if it wasn't some get-rich ploy for his post-incarceration days.

Similarly, I am unsure he really played that significant a role in Hank and Evan's reconciliation. Perhaps his presence tamed the tensions between them enough that they could level with each other by reflecting on the past that brought them closer together, mainly their mother falling ill and their father abandoning them? Maybe it was simply seeing themselves work together again?

Either way, there may be a chance that HankMed will emerge reunited and stronger than before, though we only have a tacit agreement of that possibility existing and nothing quite yet set in stone.

One thing I am still wondering about it Boris and the craziness that erupted twice at his home during the episode. Men in suits storming a departing van to gun shots in the middle of the night. It seems Boris' return to the show will bring with it some new drama concerning his family with Marissa and their son, Carlos. Why was he so obstinent about Hank treating the man who was shot. Why was he even shot in the first place, besides because he was perceived an intruder? Who was he?

Drama was also at Divya's doorstep this week... literally. The hour saw Divya and her mother reunite in secret to leave Divya's father unaware of their meetings. They ate hot dogs and had girl time at the salon, but by the end of the episode, Divya's mother was unloaded on her doorstep proclaiming she had left her husband. I know we were all wondering: WHAT THE HECK JUST HAPPENED?!

In fact, if most of the episode didn't have you asking that same question, then you must not have a pulse.

Or you're a zombie.......

So, TV Fanatics, which storyline from this episode most caught you attention?


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Honestly, IMHO the entire episode and Evan and Hank's reunion was lame. Eddie's presence did absolutely nothing except remind Hank and Evan that he was the reason they stood up for each other as they were growing up. Hank realizes out of the blue that he has been short changing Evan. And Evan "magnanimously" forgives him???? As much as I wanted them together by second or third episode, this reconciliation was not convincing. Disappointed.


Not the greatest episode, but it was still entertaining. It's TV, so people constantly pointing out things that are not plausible is pointless. It's TV not reality. If you are entertained then, whats wrong with that. If I was am not, then I would move on. Reality is off your couch and out the door. I'm glad they finally ended with Hank and Evan not being partnered anymore. I'm also glad that Boris is back, he does give some good story lines. I liked that Eddie was back. Divya's mom leaving her father might be interesting. I know there are those who want Jill back, I liked her, but I was getting tired of the, is she or isn't she leaving, at least they made up their minds finally. I agree the previous seasons were better, but I'm not giving up on this show yet, I'm still interested.


I have to admit that I agree that the writing in this show is becoming cheesy.
The saving grace of this episode was Boris' return. And maybe Divya's mother leaving her father........


It was so wonderful seeing the actor John Collum from Northern Exposure playing the "mad scientist". He looks exactly the same after 20 years! I am relieved that Hank and Evan have finally made a reconciliation.
Happy that Boris & Paige have been promoted to regular cast but I hope that Jill returns since she and Hank had a lot of chemistry


The writing is still sub par. The storyline is very cheesy and what a weak way to get the boys back together. Come HOME JILL FLYNT. The best thing tonight is that Boris came back. he mad the story line a C. Royal Pains writers don not make thing a "Royal Pain" to watch. Give us the fun of Season 1 and bring back the chemistry of Hank and Jill.


This show tends to sometimes lean towards the cheesy side but I just found myself rolling my eyes too much with this episode. I'm not sure I care enough to tune in next week.


Oops. To finish that thought: @Chandel: The old man did NOT have kuru (which is the same sort of prion disease as Mad Cow). That was Hank screwing around. He had a B12 deficiency, which had nothing to do with his being in New Guinea.


I agree with Chandel that the whole episode felt like it was only loosely sketched out. They had a couple of set pieces they wanted to squeeze in -- the choking zombie groom, Hank becomes a zombie and attacks Evan -- and everything else felt gauzy and a bit out of tune. Maybe they had to slap this one together at the last minute for some reason. Last time, I said I'd rather have Boris than dad ... and we got both. Interesting. Yes, it's clear that something is up with Boris. And I enjoyed the slap-down the former gave the latter before the troops came marching in. As for Divya's mom, didn't we see her having an affair in the first season? Or am I thinking of Divya's sister? @Donna: The old man was played by John Collum, formerly Holling in "Northern Exposure" among other roles. @Chandel: The old man did NOT have kuru (which is the same sort of prion disease as Mad Cow). That was Hank screwing around. He had a B12 deficiency, which had nothing to do with his being in New Guinea.


Does anyone recognize the old man who played on last nights episode of royal pains? I can't place him and its bugging me.

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To the return of the living HankMed.


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