Royal Pains Review: Open House

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After all of the Royal Pains shockers that came out of “Hank Watch,” "Blythe Spirits"proved a great follow-up. It both answered some questions and caused us to ask more.

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When we left off last week, we found out Divya was pregnant and Mrs. Ballard served Evan with a cease and desist letter for HankMed. This installment, we moved forward in both plots.

It seems Divya’s pregnancy revelation had a lot more to it than simply finding herself expecting. A childhood accident had apparently rendered her unable to conceive, or so she thought.

The impossibility becoming a reality was a key component impacting Divya’s behavior, which caused her to lash out at Paige early on. It was terrible to have it come to the end of the episode and there be a possibility that the pregnancy won’t be viable. The turnaround on her fortune, and its impact on her moving forward, will definitely be something to watch.

Something else to watch moving forward will be Paige and her unfailing ability to fix things. This week, she taught us the difference between how old money and new money solve their problems. The answer: Cocktails. It certainly seemed to work, if the flowers and retainers were any indication, swiftly putting Blythe Ballard in her place.

If only staying operable was their only issue. It now appears that Symphonia wants to by HankMed. We all know what happens when mergers occur. Unless there are stipulations on the table, in legal writing, there’s always a chance that promised autonomy is only temporary.

I see the possibility of HankMed taking the buyout offer as a problem for several reasons, chief among them the possibility of the person offering to purchase them not making it long enough to see it through. It was revealed that Shelby Shackleford suffers from MS. While I don’t know much about the condition, it seems to be degenerative. If Shelby Schackleford’s health deteriorates to the point that she can no longer act in her current capacity, that means she’ll have to step down. Regime changes are messy, and successors don’t always see eye to eye with their predecessors, leaving HankMed and the way it traditionally operates in jeopardy.

While clearly no decisions have been made regarding the potential acquisition, Divya and Jeremiah have yet to make their exploratory trip to Savannah, these are definitely some things to keep in mind as you watch the season progress. I highly doubt anyone, especially Divya, who is the only one who knows about Shelby’s condition at this point, has, or even will, stop to consider this.

Speaking of Jeremiah and Divya, I am loving that Jeremiah has returned to the Hamptons and yet refuses to attend any HankMed functions. Clearly he’s got it bad for Divya, but he really needs to get over it because I miss him and his quirkiness.

We did get to see him treat Hank. I’ve decided that perhaps Hank’s decision to involve Jeremiah was the best decision he made. He really is a stickler for procedure and surely wouldn’t let him get away with anything, especially addiction to pain killers. You saw how insistent he was that Hank give him a blood sample. I find this to be comforting.

What I wasn’t finding very comforting for a while was Evan’s ghost theory. As we know, Boris isn’t dead. Now we also know that Dmitri and Boris were half-brothers, making this ever-deepening plot delve even further into unknown territory. I could have sworn it was going to be revealed that Boris was alive today, but props to the writers for thinking up the surveillance tape angle. Way to draw it out, guys.

Other highlights from the episode:

  • Evan on the Segway. I have never wanted to try one more than I do now.
  •  Evan and Paige going door-to-door to invite the neighbors to the open house.
  • Jeremiah backing himself into a corner over the trip to Savannah. Time to face your feelings head on, buddy.
  • Evan continuing to be Jeremiah’s not-so-silent support on the Divya front.
  • Paige and Divya becoming even closer gal-pals. After Jill’s exit, Divya needed a new confidante.
  • Evan thinking that Boris' ghost was roaming the halls of Shadow Pond.

What do you think Dmitri is up to? What will become of Jeremiah and Divya’s trip to Savannah? Sound off below!


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


Hank is very arrogant, and I have always preferred Evan. I loved seeing the Segway...made me want to try one so bad. I feel bad for Jeremiah being so hung up on Divya, I really hope that their trip to Savannah is goes well for both of them. And, Jeremiah's beard screams fake to me too...I really wish that he would shave it off already.


I agree on the Hank thing, I often think the show should be about Evan and everyone else with Hank bringing up the rear. I also find him smug and I don't know what the women written in for him see in him. He lacks charisma and leading man credentials. Is it just me or is Jeremiah's beard and long hair all fake? It's like I can smell the glue from my chair. I also wonder if this show has even one more season left in it.
Waiting to be wowed (or lightly shaken, please)


The writers really seem to be playing up the "quirk" think this season. Evan's "ghostbusting" was annoying and soliciting an opinion from a psychic / medium was just completely over-the-top IMO. And the fact that WE know that Boris is alive only confirms to us that "Shar" is a fraud. I"m curious to see how the Boris / Dimitri thing plays out--this to me is the most intriguing plot line so I hope the writers handle it with a bit of gravitas and don't hit with some lame ending (remember who turned out to be poisoning Boris--literally, the butler did it. Don't do that kinda thing again please). Meanwhile, I think the reviewer went down a rabbit hole with regard to the merger / acquisition thing. Let's just hope that the appearance of Laura Benanti doesn't spell doom for her character or the series (anyone see the Tony Awards a couple of weeks back? ). Oh, and do people still use Segways? Seriously?


I like this series and must say Hank is the most annoying main character ever written. He is smug, overbearing and a hypocrite when it is in his favor. Love the Segway, Evan and Paige, Divya dilemma and the sharriff (oops Jeremiah is just the right amount of quirky)

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Royal Pains Season 5 Episode 2 Quotes

Maybe the next time you can pull over my brother for tweeting while driving and lock him up for a couple days.


New money settles problems with lawyers. Old money settles problems with cocktails.