Royal Pains Review: Handle It

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It was all about man's best friend tonight on Royal Pains. From a dog named Stanley to a bunny named Ronnie, "Manimal" didn't fail to entertain and inform us on a variety of subjects.

Hank Works At Boris' Summit

Let's start with Stanley, the hard-sought solution to Dmitri's stubbornness about treating his diabetes. It was no surprise that Dmitri would be so resistant to treatment, given not only his political stature, but also the fact that no one wants to be stuck with a needle or other device without it being a complete necessity.

I have to say, I'm glad they came to a conclusion on the issue, as I don't think another week of Dmitri's medical issues would play very well. It was already risking being way too drawn out. Props for letting go before things became boring or repetitive.

One aspect of tonight's episode that was anything but boring was Paul Van Dyke's left-field story line involving Ronnie, not a former love over which he turned to drink, but a bunny who he loved dearly and, I must say, almost inexplicably.

While I appreciated the sincere attempt to make Van Dyke more human and accessible, I think this pushed the pendulum in the complete opposite direction prematurely.

I say that is because of the impact that his indiscretion had on Evan's ability to take up for himself and the lesson that reinforces for him in the future. While it was Paige who initially urged him to seek the truth from Paul, the fact that he followed through but then had to retract that action sent mixed signals. The simple fact Van Dyke refused to tell Evan the truth was disrespectful to him as the boss. For him to then pursue the story and exonerate Paul on his own was not the order things should have taken place in.

Hank, if I've said it once, I've said it a million times: STAY AWAY from Christina. I still fail to understand her amorousness appeal in his eyes and I'm still strongly opposed to their relationship going any further.

I also appreciated getting to know another person about whom Divya cares besides her parents. It doesn't surprise me that she owns a horse, but it was refreshing that she maintained a connection with the individual who helped her choose that horse. He was a lot like Divya in his opposition to letting go of the battle brewing between him and his soon-to-be ex-wife. Divya certainly wouldn't let go of bringing Hank and Evan back together.

Notable moments from this episode:

  • Hank milking a cow.
  • Van Dyke stealing girl glasses from the bathroom floor of a bar.
  • Evan and Van Dyke becoming "friends."
  • Van Dyke holding a ceremony at which he dispersed the ashes.
  • Hank suggesting they "Casually disperse," quickly amending that statement to telling them to "just run."
  • Van Dyke's behavior while sloppy drunk.

So, did you find Van Dyke's humanization believable, or could they have done better?


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


Van Dyke is a strange character but I like him. It's not usual and therefore not boring, always brings something new and unexpected. Now, this thing with the bunny was a bit childish but let's hope from now on he's going to be part of the big Hankmed family and we'll see more of him. He's a good doctor and I bet he's a great man, he just need a some people around him, like the Hankmed's.


@Terrie No, I was not able to see the preview when the episode aired, so I would not know that. However, it wouldn't surprise me if it didn't last due to Boris. What did I make of their conversation over future children? I'm not sure. I was pretty surprised that Paige was so militant and insistent when it came to disciplining her children. I don't know why she jumped all over him about avoiding the conversation. I don't think he did that at all. The conversation overall was another strange abstraction in this episode. @MRWRITESF I don't believe I'm over-thinking it. It DOES matter that the content of these episodes continues to get more and more not cohesive, as I think it interferes with the storytelling.


I think the Van Dyke thing was a little strange, since it was never his personality in the first place to do something like that. I did like the rest of the episode, although I am also wondering about Paige and Evan, I wonder if a break-up is coming on. I hope not, I like them together, but I see the writers going with some conflict. I loved the dog becoming the hard nosed Russian's companion.


agree with Chria1215tine..
at least we should give them a chance,they have good van dyke 'thing'..


I don't like Hank and Christina's relationship, if simply for the fact it's too soon after Jill. I liked them so much together, I can't see Hank with someone else yet.


Chandel, IMO you're WAAAAAAAAY overthinking the whole Evan-Van Dyke thing--this was basically the side story that was played for comic relief more than anything else. As for Hank and Christina, I'm with you--I DON'T like them together and I hope that certain sensitive parts of their anatomy got freezer burn--would serve them right. Then again, according to the preview for the next ep (which airs in 2 weeks for some inexplicable reason), she may not last much longer. Meanwhile, with Boris' summit having concluded successfully, and Christina perhaps on her way out of our lives, the whole cloak-and-dagger thing with Hank and Boris seems to have contracted on itself--or are we in for more intrigue?


Chandel, your not the only one NOT liking Christina..........however, if you seen the previews for the next episode, it looks as though Boris(loving Campbell Scott by the way-would love to meet a man like him) is going to have something to do with the demise of that relationship. As to Van Dyke, yes, that WAS completely out of left field. If it was an attempt to make Van Dyke look human after all, I think something better could have been played out......... What did you make of Paige and Evan's conversation about their future and children?


Loving Hank and Christina together -

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Royal Pains Season 4 Episode 8 Quotes

You said the bartender told you everything!

Van Dyke

Thanks for handling the Van Dyke thing. You done good.