Royal Pains Review: Ready for Some Football
Royal Pains delivered another solid episode this week, tackling charity football and jilted offspring in "But There's a Catch."
Faced with the opportunity to face his high school rival again, Hank agreed to compete with some pros the former, as Greg Jennings guest-starred and gave Hank the push he needed to get in tackling shape.
Lucky for Hank, his McGyver medical skills were in better shape than his gridiron game, which proved lifesaving for Ken Keller. Though, to be fair, Hank did possess some actual game of his own.
As if using Evan as a splint last week wasn't crazy enough, Hank's quick thinking had him creating a makeshift traction with a heavy-duty stapler, glove and rope here. Late in the episode, he used greenhouse supplies to measure the pressure building in Keller's arm. Impressive.
If there's one thing you can learn from this show, it's how to act under pressure.On another front, Evan launched Operation: Keep Divya Busy with mixed results. Though he mounted a strong effort, his actions only aided in reminding her of what happened, from the declined credit card to the repossession of her prized Mercedes.
I appreciated the honesty from Divya. She's usually very composed and proper, but for once she lashed out at Evan in a personal way. In the end, what was important for Divya was realizing that family could be found as much in Evan and Hank as in her parents.
Speaking of growth, what is with Evan's new obsession with growing the company and bringing in Paige as a publicist? I know the Jitney rescue is big news in the Hamptons, but does Hank see the value in seizing the moment? Or is Evan off base in his progressive marketing tactics? I wonder who will win what is sure to be an underlying battle.
Elsewhere, what's happening with Paige? Her unexplained absence in the season premiere was red flag on its own. Now, to have her shying away from telling Hank an important medical issue, it makes me wonder: is she pregnant?!?
I know, I know, everyone is doing the pregnancy thing, but would the writers really whip out something more serious on such a sunny and optimistic show?
And another thing: I'm still basking in the confusion of Jill Casey's role this season. One minute, she's leaving the next day, the next minute she's part of Operation: Keep Divya Busy and insulting Greg Jennings. I like that we learned she plays with the big boys in fantasy football, but how do we deal with her unsettled role? The only real answer: Just keep watching to see if she changes her mind. You got me, Pains.
Royal Pains: "But There's a Catch"
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