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Royal Pains Review: Darkness for Divya

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Evan attempted to land the Blackstone as a new HankMed client, while Hank tried to balance his professional life with a personal life, and Divya struggled to connect with her stubborn father with shocking results.

Indeed, Royal Pains delivered an intense episode with "About Face."

Paige Helps Evan

Evan appeared to have overextended himself this week. With an over-abundance of alcohol wipes invading his patio, plus Paige's surprise potential client, he certainly seemed to have his hands full.

Luckily for Evan, Sydney Bartlett seemed to be suffering from something that HankMed was fully prepared to treat, and successfully signed the Blackstone.

On other fronts, Hank embedded himself deeper into whatever silent dealings that Boris has managed to get himself into. Now strapped with a pager-watch, Hank is required to come running at Boris' will. I just want to know where that helicopter was headed? I thought that plotline was going to lead the episode. Instead, it ended it.

Unfortunately for Hank, it may have cost him his chance with Harper, who appeared in the episode several times. I think I liked her a little bit more this time, especially at the beginning when we saw her working out on the same beach Hank was running on; the witty banter that ensued was a fun start to the hour.

He seems to be moving on rather smoothly from Jill, which surprises me just a little bit. Not that he doesn't deserve to do so, it's just that they put him back in the game a little earlier than I expected.

Speaking of being back in the game, Divya, apparently with matchmaker Veronica's help, is back in the dating pool as well. Jim was a really cute guy. If only Divya hadn't aired out all her family's dirty laundry in one swoop, she might have had a chance with this guy. Maybe she should have arranged to meet him for some family therapy sessions? I would be shocked if they decided to pursue a romantic relationship after that little display. So instead of it being a total loss, she could at least get help on another front.

At this point, there's no telling quite where the situation with Divya's family may only grow worse after her father's potentially failed suicide attempt. It was a pretty dark route for this show to take in suggesting suicide, but I think the implications will make for some very powerful moments in the future... should Divya's father have one on the show.

That said, this was likely Reshma Shetty's best performance as Divya. The emotion was above and beyond anything we've really seen from her, from standing up to her father to mourning his current state, she really knocked it out of the park.

Where do you think that helicopter is headed? Do you think Divya's dad will make it?

Review

Editor Rating: 4.7 / 5.0
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Rating: 4.3 / 5.0 (19 Votes)

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

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I want Divya to have a real chance with that documentarian from previous seasons!!! They were so lovely together.. why has that plotline been so totally dropped! Of course Hank is going to put this exciting adventure with Boris first... it ould have happened sooner or later anyway... I'm sure Harper is not going anywhere fast. Paige and Evan are the cutest couple on TV!!

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I don't think it was too soon for Hank to go towards another relationship, after all, Jill and he were not together for quite a few episodes. But, I think everyone knew his new job with Boris would get in the way. I think we are not through with Harper as yet. I wonder if she joins HankMed at some point. I also thought that Rhesma did a great job of showing emotion. I was surprised that they thought it was probably a suicide attempt, or maybe we find something out later, that it wasn't. Poor Divya, relationships are hard for this character. Well I guess Evan, hires Paige. I hope this does not ruin the relationship, I do like them together.

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Who is the actress that played "Sydney Bartlett" in the "About Face" episode?
Did she also play a fire investigator on "Psych"?

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@MrWriteSF I'm there with you, as soon as he got that pager from boris i knew it would happen.

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Raise your hand if you knew Hank would have to break his date with Harper because of a from Boris.. I saw that one coming from space!!!!!

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I found it interesting that both Royal Pains on USA and the new show, Perceptions on TNT featured face blindness the same week. It's good that Sydney's condition was only temporary.