ROYAL PAINS 2.5 and 2.4: No Doc is an Island

Hank became something of a “Hero of the People in Cuba” when he fought to save an “Enemy of the Cuba” with a heart problem in this week’s installment of ROYAL PAINS. Oh, and he also fulfilled his commitment as “house doctor” when he saved Boris’ life in the concluding chapter of a two-part sojourn to the communist island.

Well, Imagine my disappointment when Evan’s kidnapping in last week’s cliff-hanger turned out to be just what I feared/expected: the ol’ “We kidnapped us a doctor” plot, in which a medico is needed to treat someone who must stay hidden, but the doctor’s relative/friend/lover is nabbed by mistake. Happens all the time, right? At least the-powers-that-be changed it up slightly by making patient a dissident writer who was hiding from the government. He was presumed dead, so visiting a hospital would have exposed him and his family. So, of course the requisite complication required him to get an echocardiogram heart scan. Gee, if only Hank knew of a fully-stocked, private medical facility where he could perform the test in secret…

If you remember, Hank (Mark Feuerstein) and Evan (Paulo Costanzo) were shanghaied to Cuba by Boris (Campbell Scott), who had decided to allow another member of his medical team, Dr. Casseras (Paola Turbay), to perform an experimental treatment on him in a private clinic Boris finances. (That massive shipment of drugs Eddie R. (Henry Winkler) signed for the other week? Supplies secretly bound for this clinic, on the embargoed island.) Boris wanted Hank around just in case anything went wrong. The best part of this development was the insight into Boris: turned out he was having an affair with Dr. Casseras, and so Hank was (rightly) concerned that the emotional entanglement was influencing decisions on both sides.

Also in this two-parter, we learned why Boris hired Dr. Emily Peck (Anastasia Griffith) a couple of weeks back. She filled in for Hank as concierge doc back in the Hamptons. Among the patients she treated was Alan Rider (the returning Peter Jacobsen, know as Dr. Taub on HOUSE), who was worried that is migraines indicated he had a brain tumor. Sadly, there was no sign of Rider’s supermodel wife, Rachel, played by…er, supermodel Brooklyn Decker. Dr. Peck turned out to be a punctuality freak with a distinctly clinical bedside manner. Emily tried to bond with Divya (Reshma Shetty). Dr. Peck explained that “order is important,” but her tightly-wound anal-compulsiveness made Divya look devil-may-care. We also learned just how cold Emily could be. While Divya leaped to help a little kid who was choking on pasta in a restaurant (She blew it out of his nose; don’t ask!), Emily did nothing, citing her “3-second rule,” which means, When someone calls for a doctor, she waits 3 seconds for someone else to step in first. A horrified Divya replied, “I’m not one of those women who doesn’t like other women; I’m one of those women who doesn’t like you.” Nevertheless, at the end of the episode, Dr. Peck announced that she is staying in the Hamptons to open a rival concierge service. So now it will become Good Doc vs. Bad Doc? At least until Hank and Emily tumble into bed…

Back in Cuba, Hank’s dissident patient was diagnosed with endocarditis, which Dr. Casseras agreed to help monitor; Hank cleared Boris for treatment — but not before saving his benefactor when he went into seizures. That little crisis got Hank put back in charge of Boris’ care. Also? Hank got to kiss the pretty girl, Carmen (Ana de la Reguera) the bartender. Hank also admitted to being jealous of Evan while growing up because Evan got to spend so much time with their mother, playing dominoes with her and making her laugh.

The best line of the last couple of weeks came from Evan, as he begged to hitch a ride on Boris’ jet (not knowing it was bound for Cuba). He argued that sharing a trip into the city was more green than making Evan drive solo: “You could do the right thing here, or you can kill a polar bear.”

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4 thoughts on “ROYAL PAINS 2.5 and 2.4: No Doc is an Island

  1. Thanks for the comment. I like Hank and Jill, too, but the-powers-that-be seem to have decided this is going to be a long-term story, so I’m betting Hank hooks up with Dr. Peck in short order. In fact, I’ll bet she asks him out!
    And yes, nice to find someone else who enjoys the show…


  2. lol. I have to agree with you comments about royal Pains. i love the only funny line you use at the end of blog. It really works. And especially for Evan’s character which I feel that he performs well. i loved seeing hank getting some. But I always be a fan of hank and Jill getting back together. I’m glad that another person enjoys this show. Royal Pains rocks!


  3. Well, that was a pleasant 32 cents!! Good job.
    😉 Dr. Peck is going to really throw a wrench into things, huh? I’m glad we’re done with Cuba. I much more prefer the “case of the week” episodes we get with all if them together.

    I have noticed since day one that the writers seem to want Divya and Evan to get together. I am thinking he might “interrupt” the wedding to object her marrying Raj…or some similar set up. It should continue to be interesting for a long, long time.


    • I am usually one who likes ongoing stories, but I think I agree that I prefer “case of the weeks” hijinks on RP, with long-term background storylines, such as Evan and Divya. I’m in favor of Evan interrupting her wedding on one condition: that it’s not used as the season-ending cliff-hanger. That’s all I ask.
      Thanks for the comment, and the compliment.


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