Royal Pains Review: 50 Strains of Fame

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It's no secret that I've warned time and again that the path of discontinuity Royal Pains has approached through Season 4 with was akin to "Dancing With the Devil," and if tonight was not the ultimate culmination of that fear, I don't know what is.

Finales of any kind are prime opportunities to tie up loose ends and unleash plots that the audience didn't see coming. But between the awkwardly executed addition of HankMed doctors and the many introduced/unexplored relationships, this finale didn't knock my socks off.

Hank Treats a Pop Star

Let's start with Divya, whose steamy moment with polo player, Rafa apparently turned into quite an evening for the usually very reserved physician's assistant. It didn't take long to see that it was becoming more than just a one-night stand. But what is it becoming, exactly? To be fair, while in her presence, I haven't actually heard Rafa say very much to Divya or even about himself. This was more true tonight than last week.

What are we going to do when he leaves? He's only supposed to be around for a week according to Divya herself.

I also don't think that every time Divya is presented with more than one thing taking place in her life, whether it be two jobs last season or now with Rafa, she should be portrayed as distracted to the point it compromises her occupation in some way. I got a flashback to when she accidentally prescribed the wrong medications to a patient in the Royal Pains Season 3 mid-season finale.

Mix that with the Lady Gaga-esque pop star, Eva and Dr. Sacani's attempts to treat her while clubbing, and it only gets stranger. I couldn't tell the whole time whether he was crushing on her the same as he was on Divya, or whether Eva was meant to be an emotional stand-in for Divya? It could even just be that he's starting to warm up to people in general.

At the same time there was the fallout from the revelation of Paige's adoption to address as well. The bombshell that dropped at the end of last week's hour had me believing it would be a focal point of this episode. In reality, it took a back seat to the hodge-podge of other plots that emerged.

Though her denial lasted a good part of the episode, Paige eventually admitted to Evan that it was taking its toll. Whether her new college digs or Evan's statement that they move forward and start from scratch together will ease her inner turmoil is yet to be seen.

Then there was the matter of Marissa and Carlos' sudden and inexplicable reappearance. While I appreciated the effort to bring them back into the mix, it seemed to me a little too late.

This feeling was only enhanced when it became clear that the most qualified pediatrician to treat the little one was also the same doctor Hank semi-stood up for at dinner earlier in the season to be at Boris' beck and call.

Hank just keeps moving from woman to woman. I don't know how to feel about it in all. The minute Jill leaves there has to be another woman in Hank's orbit; that is not the way to conceptualize a character.

I do like the pediatrician, and I hope for continuity sake she sticks around. Maybe the final few episodes will have them both together and attending Eva's concert?

Which story line interested you most this week?


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lol you posted this as though you're some kind of authority on television, yet you couldn't even figure out that this wasn't even the season finale? Credibility gone. And Royal Pains is actually pretty good about maintaining continuity all things considered. I've caught one or two minor errors, but they're usually hardly noticeable or easily explainable. Either way though, when you can't even figure out what episode the season finale actually is then criticize a different episode as a poor finale, your opinion is not to be taken serious.


Let me clarify a few things:
1. @ReaRea2013: I don't hate this season so much. Just from a critical perspective, and in comparison to the other shows that USA Network has cranked out for this, and every other season of the year, Royal Pains, in my opinion, has struggled to keep up in terms of pace and growth. 2. @RP Fan: USA Network just changed the schedule changes in the past week, so when they released the episode for pre-screening they were still calling it a mid-season finale at the network.


How can write reviews on this show all season, and not realize that this wasn't the Summer finale episode. I enjoy your insight into the show, but seriously check your info before writing something


I always look forward to seeing the show and it rarely disappoints, however Hanks moment's of self righteous bully who thinks he can get in people's face like his gracious host makes me want to change the Chanel until he gets off the screen. In general, people getting sick at his feet is getting old too and although his almost empty dr.'s bag sometimes makes me laugh (it reminds me of Mary Poppin's travel bag), I rather like to see him use common items, like the Polo mallet instead of pulling rabbits out of the hat' I mean bag! Is this being too hard on this fun show?


I thought this was one of the better episodes this season. I agree that the shows have been scattered. I do like the fact that they are putting Hank and the other doctor (forgot her name) together. I think this is a good match. Divya's story isn't over yet, next week should be interesting. I did think that Paige's shock could have been done better, although I loved the scene where she went into her room and looked at the portrait. That was a good moment for the actress. I'm still liking this show, although I think they did do better in the past.


It was an ok episode, but what did you expect? This is a PG very safe, almost throw back show on the USA Network - Basic cable. It's not edgy nor a challenge. It's a summer show! And Hank is fine with Harper. I don't get the constant whinge from a couple of almost Stephen King's airport paperback novel "Misery" type Hank/Jill shipper fan. Actors move on. From basic cable to pay cable to major network then into films. It's an actor's job to improve their work, they don't exist have careers tied to one show or role. They'll go crazy, and lose what it is that made acting so special to them. Let it go and geez... it's basic cable and free-- stop complaining!


I liked this episode. I don't think it needs some continuous serious plotline. This is a light hearted show to watch and enjoy after a day's hard work. I think all the characters are adorable. I do agree that Paige's outfit tonight was a total miss.


I'm sorry you hate this season so much Chandel.


Well, I liked this episode, but where is Van Dyk? Isn't a bit odd that after that bunny drama he has no screen time at all? I don't know who dresses Page but she/he did an awful job this time. Jeremia was the best in this episode. I hope he's not in love with Divya. I'm starting to like this guy.


Divya never said she was a virgin and I'm pretty sure she wasn't.

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Royal Pains Season 4 Episode 11 Quotes

Once we get your potassium levels back to normal you will be dancing with the devil in no time.


I don't want to live in the past anymore. I'm ready to start my future.