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Royal Pains Season Finale Review: Time to Unwind

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Another summer in the Hamptons has finally come to a close.

And while I've had "Bones to Pick" with this season of Royal Pains since its outset, I can honestly say that this ending has probably been one of my favorites of the entire series.

Divya in Crisis

What made the Royal Pains Season 5 finale stand out?

It all comes down to what we got to see from Jeremiah, who I've had my eye on this entire season due to his more prominent character growth. From his deepening feelings for Divya to his recent falling out with Hank, he's really come into his own as an individual. That's probably the best move that could be made by the writers, considering the fact he's now in charge of HankMed. I don't think I would have bought him becoming head honcho in the same state in which he started the season.

Even so, I can't say I'm not a little disappointed that Divya and Jeremiah decided to keep their relationship in the friend zone. I suppose that's because, as I've said over and over again, this couple is too cute to pass on. I mean, their final shot together in the finale was the two of them chilling by the pool each reading a book. I can't you guys, I just can't.

But was anyone else a little terrified that Divya might have to give birth to that baby early, or, even worse, might lose it? Definitely would have been a little dark and perhaps a little over-dramatic, but when you weren't really sure where they were going with Divya and Jeremiah and that dynamic, it might have been worth the risk in storytelling to make it happen. I'm just glad the writers took the route they did.

Another thing I really appreciated about this finale were some of the twists. We've seen Paige and Evan's romance sour a bit over the course of the season, no doubt a result of all the things that have kept them from focusing on their relationship; like Hank's surgery and Evan's campaign to name a pair.

It really came down to the last second to see whether or not those two would proceed in signing their marriage papers and redo-ing their vows or take a legit break. Glad to know these lovebirds are going to have some time to focus on each other and return next season perhaps stronger than ever.

Let's hope Hank returns next season in a better state than he left as well. Though I suppose I would return in a lot better state of mind if I had gone on a world tour all year. That was the other twist which I kind of liked. Him leaving Jeremiah in charge was pretty epic. I hope it goes a long way in repairing their friendship. Let's hope some time away provides clarity for our favorite in-house physician. 

What was your favorite part of the summer finale? What do you think next season might have in store for our favorite Hamptonites?

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This season finale almost makes up for all the poor ones that went before. My favorite part has been Jeremiah's character development this year. And I so admired Divya's calmness and openness in hearing what Jeremiah had to say. If it had been me, and I honestly didn't have "those kinds of feelings" for someone, I would have been squirming and doing everything I could to save him from opening himself up to me, or rather really saving myself from having to deal with the situation. Divya was so much more emotionally mature than I would have been or as a consequence much more honoring of Jeremiah as a person and of his feelings. I was annoyed at Paige's passive-aggressiveness, but am glad she and Evan are going to work on their marriage. And Hank giving up the power over HankMed and traveling around the world with Boris was a big step forward for him, too, because he's gotten more annoyingly self-rightious as the seasons have gone on. This has been a good come-uppance for him. So maybe the show can get back to the things that made it fun. Plus I have high hopes for Jeremiah and Divya together. If nothing else, Jeremiah will have evolved so much that he will be able to find a true love.

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BRAVO!!!!! Finally an ep with characters showing some depth. Jeremiah overcame his social phobias and shot bullet after bullet of honesty at those who,needed to,hear it. Evan finally acted like a grown-up, although I do worry what his might happen to his political office if he walks away--I don't wanna see a return of bitchy Blythe making Evan's life difficult. Oh, and Scarlett O'Whore-a in power pumps is gone or so it seems. Poor Laura Benanti though--2 series canceled and now written off a third. What'll be really interesting is how the practice does with Jeremiah the only available on-call doctor. I see a new cast member in this show's future.

Royal Pains Season 5 Episode 13 Quotes

Please be my friend, and let me be yours.

Jeremiah

I made promises to you, too.

Evan
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