Royal Pains Review: If It Makes You Happy

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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."

Hank & Divya Help a Patient

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?


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


I...didn't actually enjoy it. This episode was...meh. Aside from the whole Boris thing. The thing bothering me the most is the relationship between Hank and Evan. It's just getting weird. First, they're fighting and pulling each other's hair out, and then the next they're all "I'm so proud! Yay! Candy and rainbows!" It's very unrealistic. The main reason I enjoyed the show was the brotherly chemistry and how Hank and Evan easily balanced each other out. Now it seems like the writers are trying too hard to make them get along. I want more real sibling moments like in the first and second season, or like when we witnessed Evan chasing Hank in that lab. Also, what is it with Evan wearing suits all the time?? At least he used to wear a diversity of shirts, shorts, jeans. Now it seems like Evan's trying to hard to make himself look too professional. It doesn't suit him AT ALL. On the upside, I'm glad Miss Newburg was brought back. Now all we have to do is wait for Tucker and Libby and it'll be just liked old times! Not to mention the awesome OLD opening. I really don't like this new one. It looks like amateur filmmakers edited it.


I didn't have a problem with the "disease of the week" being Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever--I knew it existed. I just thought the diagnosis was rushed and a bit too convenient (rewind through symptoms...oh look, a rash--that clinches it); it reminded me of the "epiphany" in the last seven minutes of every episode of "House." As for the Boris storyline, I agree with the reviewer--I'm intrigued by the plot points thus far and am hoping for a juicy backstory. If Boris is doing work sensitive enough to have his house clandestinely (though unsuccessfully) bugged, I hope the writers make an honest go of it.


@Terrie---unfortunately that's exactly what I'm saying. I'm not a medical professional, nor, I suppose, is it something very prevalent in my area. haha @All---now that we've moved past the whole HankMed split plotline for the most part, give it a little time to settle back into what it used to be and then decide whether or not the show is too far gone for you!


These is how the season should of open


Royal Pains has always been a summer and winter fill-in fluff show that is pretty to watch.. Less pretty now that Jill Flint was let go but the new female doc was the first of many beautiful women to probably throw herself at our Hank.. I also don't buy the Evan hate... He's always been about the money... he's lived off his brother's talents but his job is to be a business side and the business side wants to grow... I guess no discussion of Obamacare and its impact on medicine in the world of Royal Pains.. HankMed is a strictly cash business... no insurance discounts for them.. Just like medicine used to be..


I think the author missed Paige's reason why she thought she wasn't good enough. She clearly said that she felt the only reason she got into the program was because the director had the hots for wasn't about her talent, it was about trying to seduce her.
Evan only bothers me sometimes. I sort of get where he's coming from though. He felt as if he wasn't taken seriously....that his ideas weren't taken seriously.
I've actually heard of the Rocky Mountain fever thing....but I never really knew what it was. friend lives up on a hill and she has ticks all over...I can't even go to visit in the summer it freaks me out too much. Boris's life seems so incredibly out there. Spy's, NSA, murder attempts....good grief. I don't think I would want to live on the same property as that.


I agree this season hasn't been the best so far, but tonight's episode I actually Kind of enjoyed. Eddie R was amazing as usual. And I like the Boris angel right now. I
Think the season is heading up hill


I agree Linda, Royal Pains is literally painful to watch. I miss the novel idea this show was once built on at the beginning.'s a train wreck.
Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever is extremely relevant because this year has been a recording breaking number of cases in the US. A mild winter is creating a hot summer full of ticks.


I was just watching tonight's episode and had to walk away. Did the same last week, about half the way through I just can't take Evan, his character is ridiculous. Overall, it is very well acted but Evan- no one would put up with his crap, in real life! And Henry Winkler's character - irritating!Come on people - you are making the big bucks - put together a more believable show! Sorry, you are losing my interest and others, I know, agree.


Are you seriously setting there and saying you haven't heard of Rocky Mountain Spotted fever?!?!?!?!

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Royal Pains Season 4 Episode 5 Quotes

Hank [to Evan]: I'm so impressed by what you do. I am so proud to be your partner, and you brother.
Evan: I think I really needed to hear that.

If I am going to work with you, and I need to know whether or not it's going to put me in the middle of something I don't believe in.