Royal Pains Season 4 Report Card: C

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Royal Pains Season 4 has come and gone.

From the break-up and make-up of HankMed, to new doctors and new beaus, the Hamptons have never been this hectic. Read through our TV Fanatic Report Card now and then also check out the grade we gave to fellow USA Network drama White Collar...

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Moment We Wish Wasn't: The whole Hank and Evan fallout at the beginning of the season carried on for too long. The dramatic impact of it was lost after episode two.

Fools Rush In: Hank and Divya both had their fair share of romantic troubles and shake-ups this season. From Jill to Christina to Harper, Hank seemed to get around once every four episodes on average. It just seemed really out of character for him. As for Divya, the introduction of Rafa also introduced an almost unrecognizable alter ego of the cautious physician’s assistant. Out of character wasn’t even the half of it.

International Intrigue: Dmitri was probably the biggest thorn in the side for me when it came to Hank’s interactions with Boris. First, Boris was tight-lipped about his dealings, expecting Hank to go in blind with him... and then Boris whisks him away to help a man who eventually threatens to shoot him dead. That’s not even considering the fact in the final minutes of the finale it appeared that Dmitri might have actually killed Boris in an explosion. Talk about strains on a friendship!

Sacani Will See You Now: If I had to pick a favorite new Doc on the HankMed team, Jeremiah Sacani takes the cake. While his initial awkwardness was a little disconcerting, it didn’t take long for him to grow on me, especially towards the latter half of the season when he began developing a crush on Divya. I can’t wait to see where that takes him.

Family Ties: Now that we know that Paige is adopted, I’m struggling to see why that was important development to throw into the mix this season. While I understand that each character needs to develop, there was already enough unsatisfactorily addressed character development already in progress.  Now that the season is over and we still don’t know who her biological parents are, I don’t see what the point was, except to push Evan and Paige to get married a year sooner. I could have waited.

Royal Pains has been renewed for two more seasons. This should give them some time to seriously reflect on where they want to take this show, and maybe plan it out a bit better for the future.

Overall Grade: C

Your turn, TV Fanatics: What grade would you give Royal Pains Season 4?

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


first of all i must say i love the series my girlfriend watch it all the time.
we are from England so are a bit behind as they dont show them for months or even a year after you watch them so i have to download it online to get the up to date episodes.
the one thing that is troubling me is just before the christmas double episode hank got caught in the explosion but in the christmas double episode it didnt start off from where it left off from, it was if we had mssed a few episodes???? can anyone explain what happened?


I have said this before but what happened to Dr. Van Dyke? After that Rabbit episode I do not think he appeared again.


I agree that the fight between the brothers went on far too long. Two episodes should have been enough. I feel like the writers wasted episodes on this feud. I agree that Dr. Sacani was the redeeming grace for this season. His character is sweet and funny.


about hank romance, .. did u guys remember dr. emily peck? played by Anastasia Griffith. I think they should considered her back to hank's life.
she's arrogant, perfectionist, have an atitude, but i liked her. i liked her 2 b with hank. i want to know more about her life, the one that she can't shared with anyone even hank.. it seems interesting to me.
i hope they read my comment.


I think the reviewer is being too generous with a C. This was not a good season for this show.


The Hank/Harper relationship had potential and I was sorry to see it end the way it did. The whole Boris and Dimitri storyline is unsatisfying. Campbell Scott seems to have one facial expression - grim - and the "secret agent who is rich as Croesus" seems more like Batman than Royal Pains. I am really enjoying the development of Dr. Sacani's character, but the Evan R. Lawson character acting as if he is the most important part of HankMed is getting on my nerves. His interaction with Paige is good, but the writers would do him a favor if they made him a little less cartoonish.

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