Posted: 06/03/2010


Royal Pains, Season Premiere, June 3 On USA


by Laura Tucker

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Royal Pains ended last season with some great cliffhangers, ones that I’ve been waiting months to find out how it was all going to turn out. I had a half answer to one of them a few months ago with the casting news for this season, but in many ways that just made me more anxious to get the season started.

Last seen, everything surrounding HankMed was in trouble. Hank Lawson (Mark Feuerstein) had given up on a relationship with Jill (Jill Casey), figuring she wanted to stay with her ex-husband. Meanwhile, she’d kicked the ex out. Divya (Reshma Shetty) had planned to tell her family she did not want to take part in the prearranged engagement, but once she got to the engagement party, she went ahead with it anyway. Hank found out from Evan (Paulo Costanzo) that he had made a bad business investment, losing all of HankMed’s capital. Worse yet, that money was invested in their estranged father.

As soon as that episode ended, it just filled me with questions. While I figured Hank and Jill would continue their will they/won’t they relationship, Divya and Evan had seemed to be getting close, then she went ahead and got engaged anyway. What would Evan do when he found out? Would he declare his love for her? And knowing that Hank and Evan’s father is still around, and is now the source of the financial difficulties, just put a whole new spin on things. Would he come back in the picture now and try to resume a relationship other than financial with his sons?

That last question was answered with the casting news, hearing that Henry Winkler had been cast as Hank and Evan’s father. Obviously he would be back in the picture, but I had a feeling they wouldn’t be one big happy family. At the start of this episode, no one seems to be on good terms with anyone. Jill is having a hard time at work as her mentor (Marcia Gay Harden) seems to want to push her out of her job. Evan is definitely disappointed to find out Divya went through with her engagement, and Hank is even more disappointed in him. They get together to meet up with their father to get the money back, but of course he has skipped out on them yet again.

Hank is still trying to help cure Boris’ (Campbell Scott) genetic disease that is bound to kill him eventually, but is irritated that Hank isn’t always at his beck and call. The case HankMed is called on this week is for Spencer the Spaz, a guy who hawks products on infomercials. He can’t seem to stop having maladies, and Hank and Divya work to find out why.

I kept waiting around to see if Henry Winkler was going to show up on this episode or not. We know he turns up at some point. I won’t ruin it for you. If I had to wait to find out, so do you. In the meantime, though, enjoy the episode, which utilizes all the same humor it became known for last year during its premiere season.

Catch the season premiere of Royal Pains June 3 on USA.

Laura Tucker is the webmaster of Reality Shack and its accompanying Reality Shack Blog, provides reviews at Viewpoints, and provides entertainment news pieces at Gather. She is also an Instructor and 2nd dan black belt in tae kwon do with South Elgin Martial Arts. Laura can be reached at

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