Royal Pains Review: If It Makes You Happy
Hank removing a bullet from the chest cavity of a John Doe that someone on Boris' security staff shot, followed by treating a patient with the ever-creative (though apparently completely real) Rocky Mountain spotted fever?
Yes, Royal Pains returned from a week off and didn't hesitate for second to remind us of Hank's talents in "You Give Love a Bad Name."
Much to the relief of fans wary of the civil war taking place within HankMed that opened Royal Pains Season 4, Evan and Hank put aside their differences aside and launched HankMed 3.0.
An expanded staff and expanded patient base presented Evan with unintended complications from the get-go, not the least of which were the uninvited guests who appeared in the form of Mrs. Katdare and Eddie R. Clearly there are still some bugs to work out in order to make sure that the expansion is to the advantage of their patients, and nothing less.
In the meantime, Hank and Divya tended to a peppy matchmaker with a big heart - two of them, actually - who was relentless in her attempts to set up her physician and his assistant on their own individual paths to love. And all while suffering from a tick born illness named Rocky Mountain spotted fever. Who knew such an ailment even existed?
Interestingly, this episode focused very much on the happiness of our ensemble cast in their respective lives.
This theme emerged earliest with Evan's encounter with his disorderly business meeting, which ended rather haphazardly, if it ever really began in the first place.
It appeared again when Veronica suggested the possibility of setting Divya up with one of her clients. Though she fiercely opposed the idea, her mother's admission that she had never been in love with Divya's father likely proved the final push towards accepting Veronica's offer. I know I look forward to seeing the results.
Paige's behavior was especially perplexing in this regard. Evan's interpretation that planning and executing a HankMed launch party and her over-attentiveness to his needs immediately raised suspicions. Linked to the apparently sexual advances of her boss in London, Paige admitted the real reason she returned to the Hamptons.
What I didn't quite understand about this whole encounter was in what way it impacted her love for painting or her desire to follow her dreams? The director came onto her. That should have had nothing to do with it.
Luckily for us, Evan actually had the exact right thing to say to Paige in order to encourage and be there for her, just like Hank reminded him of.
Speaking of Hank and support: Would you all support Hank in a relationship if Harper became a recurring character?
I think not. Quite frankly, her behavior at the launch party was baffling to say the least, and awkward to say the most. I get that not wanting to date another doctor thing, but her exit just felt like a moment of poor writing. I do appreciate his dissatisfaction with her parting words. I just wish she would have at least responded or playfully flirted with the idea that maybe she had more to say at another time.
Honestly, I don't want him in a relationship right now. He just got out of one, more or less, and he needs some single time.
Let's talk about Boris. What the heck is up with this dude?
Everything is so cloak and dagger with him. Why on earth is the NSA involved? And who the heck lets a guy bleed out in his backyard and almost obstructed medical attention so he really died? It's going to take a very compelling backstory for me get on board with that.
I hope the same is true for Hank, who will, from the looks of the promo for next week's episode, take him off the grid in search of the truth.
So, TV Fanatics, any clues as to what proposal Boris might have for Hank?
Royal Pains: "You Give Love a Bad Name"
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