June 17, 2012 No Comments

Summer’s favorite doctor is back.

Royal Pains, Season Three Volume 2 (2011) USA TV Show Review

Secrets have no place in HankMed’s concierge organization. Or they don’t where its doctor, Hank Lawson (Mark Feuerstein) is concerned. Following the near death of one of his wealthy Hampton clients, Hank is furious to learn, the Hampton hospital prescription is wrong. And he knows who it was: Hampton’s cocky Dr. Van Dyke (Kyle Howard). Fortunately, Hank finds the patient in time to rush him to the hospital but for one of his staff members, the trouble just begins.

After a botched arranged marriage, Physicians’ Assistant Divya (Reshma Shetty) takes a job at Hampton’s Heritage in order to pay back the money her fiancé’s family threatens to sue her for. Her father cuts her off completely which means Divya has to earn a paycheck instead of working for joy. Learning that her fatigue causes this horrible accident, Divya takes responsibility but how will her double life affect her relationship with Hank? And will she still have a place working for HankMed?

‘ROYAL PAINS,’ SEASON THREE VOLUME 2 (2011). The HankMed team is back for more mysteries and fun, too! All review text © Rissi JC

Younger brother Evan Lawson (Paulo Costanzo) is coming to terms with his brother not disclosing the illness of his fiancée’s (Brooke D’Orsay) mother. This drives a wedge between the brothers. Now in the fall-out, HankMed is already in a precarious position. Just when things seem to be getting back to normal, Hanks golf pro friend, Jack (Tom Cavanaugh) takes a bad turn and his girlfriend Jill (Jill Flint) decides things between them has to end. HankMed has some serious ‘healing’ to do.

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Medical dramas are not my “thing,” usually they’re far too much like a soap opera for my tastes but I’ve fallen in love with this breezy show. There’s flaws and it cause me to question it a time or two but most of the time, it delights more than disappoints. The writing is sharp without being crude (usually) and the mysteries keep getting more fun. (If possible!) Not something that will challenge our intellect, Royal Pains is a great form of summer escapism. The fact that this takes place in the beautiful Hamptons only adds to the beauty of this show’s backdrop. The beach scenery is breathtaking and the architecture always overwhelming but stunning. Consisting of a mere six episodes, this second volume focuses more on one HankMed patient than multiple cases.

Tom Cavanaugh doesn’t get a credit as a “main” character but he plays a big part this go-round. For the first time, I think these installments open some of the most personal floodgates for the brothers Lawson. Hank because he doubts his abilities in his profession (again!); and Evan because he seems more concerned with growing the business than the patients (again!). This isn’t the first time Evan thinks he knows better than a doctor. This all plays into the finale and isn’t one that is all that pleasant for those of us who don’t like to see such division between the fictional brothers.

As always the characters are great fun and I must give props to the writers for continuing to deepen Paige and Evan’s already adorable relationship. Seeing how sweet their romance is and how well I love it makes me realize that I’m weary of the back-and-forth between Jill and Hank; either split them up for good or keep them together adding in tension and conflict whenever appropriate. It is wearing very thin. I also miss Adam, the one-that-got-away for Divya; I’d sure love to see writer’s bring his character back because she deserves to be happy. Everything about these episodes make great additions to a fun, witty, crowd–pleaser of show. Its finale begs for a quick resolution to the tension and its characters. Although sometimes ‘royal pains’ themselves, they keep us laughing at their antics.  

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You can find Royal Pains, Season Three Volume 2 digitally on Amazon Video

Content: There’s lots of medical terms; sometimes delicately spoken, others times in more detail. Evan and Paige are shown in bed together [clothed] as they live together for a period of time. There is some suggestive dialogue and language includes sh*t, GD and other mild profanities. The show is TV14.

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amateur photog. #bookblogger. downton abbey. inspys. internet-photo-shy. writer. the aspiration is to someday write professionally. a girl can dream, right?

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amateur photog. #bookblogger. downton abbey. inspys. internet-photo-shy. writer. the aspiration is to someday write professionally. a girl can dream, right?

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