Royal Pains Review: Bucked Off

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Royal Pains delivered another episode in which anything and everything that could possibly take place within an hour did.

And that combination made "Who's Your Daddy?" another scattered addition to an already questionable season.

The Polo Challenge

I've made it no secret that I've not been completely sure where this season is trying to go. From the disbandment and reconciliation of HankMed, to Hank's strange position as Boris' personal diplomatic doctor - and now a return to tensions between Evan and Eddie R. - I'm at a loss. Characters are supposed to move forward, not backward.

The way Evan treated his father was completely unacceptable. I don't know what it's been about Evan this season, but he's gotten more and more rude, obnoxious and just plain annoying as time has progressed. Sure, Eddie was acting a little too much like himself by offering his services as an opening act, but it's who he is.

Clearly the General knew about his prison time, so it wasn't like it was a devastating surprise. If he really had an aversion to the incarcerated, the dinner was likely to have not taken place at all. Shame on Evan for jumping to conclusions like that!

I feel like the less sure that the writers are with where they want things to go, the more disjointed their storytelling becomes. We've spent the last few weeks learning more about both doctors Van Dyke and Sacani, only to have neither appear in this episode. Same goes for Boris, who was nowhere to be found. While it likely would have resulted in casting overload given the several guest stars that participated in tonight's episode, the personnel discontinuity is painfully obvious.

Elsewhere, the use of polo felt highly appropriate for the Hamptons, only enhanced by the star player, Rafa, who made all the ladies swoon. He was quite the charmer, trading quick and witty remarks with Divya, and by episode's end, pulling her into quite the passionate lip-lock.

If Divya was fretting over the uncomfortable status of her dating life, I think a hot kiss from a polo player likely resolved those issues quickly!

While Divya's dating life heated up, however, Paige's family life seemed to have fallen apart before her eyes. I didn't see bombshell that dropped in the final minutes about her being adopted coming. Did you?

We all know that Paige's family life hasn't been without turmoil. From her mother's depression to her father's denial of that fact, the Collins as a family clearly have issues. Perhaps we should have seen this news coming after all.

But it provides plenty of fodder fat least. If Paige goes looking for her birth parents, we're in for a storyline the writers might actually care to follow through on!

Do you think Royal Pains has fallen of the horse? Or do you think it's riding high going into next week's mid-season finale?


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I think getting rid of Jill was a mistake. Now Hank has nobody and Jill has no friends. Face it: Hank will never have anyone in his life because the writers are not going to hire anyone new. The show is crammed as it is. And the Paige storyline? Came out of nowhere. I think they are struggling to keep her in the show like they did with Jill. Only difference is that Jill has ties in the Hamptons. Paige has Evan and that is it. I If they don't fix this show and bring our Jill back then the next season if there is one won't make it. And Jill's "Dream Job"? Yeah came out of NOWHERE. They had no reason to get rid of her and the reasons they gave suck. So because she is not a doctor suddenly Hank can't date her anymore? WHAT? Since when can doctors only date other doctors?


@Terrie - I agree, there is no continuity. No Van Dyk for two episodes and I thought he's now part of the big Hankmed family and friends with them. This episode we had no Dr. Sacani either. It's good that Divya finally has someone in her life but this is not going to work, I suppose, since the guy is going to tour all the time. It's nice to see Eddie caring for his family, too bad I don't believe a word he says.


Getting rid of Jill? BIG mistake. Now they have Hank acting like a manwhore and I don't like it. He NEVER told Jill he loved her. He said he "cared about her" and would not hold her back. Well then who's fault is that dumbass? You let her leave! Paige is adopted? Yeah,who cares. Since Jill left this show has declined big time. If they get a season 5, they need to seriously fix this show. Bring Jill back and scale WAY back on Paige and Boris. They are trying TOO Hard to give Paige something to do and she might end up like Jill: shipped off to a foreign country never to be seen or heard from again. The writers also lied. They said we had not seen the last of Jill. But so far? She has not been seen. Yes she was mentioned last night. Big whoop!


@R: Despite your point, it's happening. Jill moved on to a different job. Evan went from skirt-chaser to devoted fiancee. Eddie lost his get-rich-quick mentality and became a devoted father. Divya found strength to break her engagement; hell, even Divya's father is dealing with his "control" issues. Characters undergo change just like people do; otherwise audiences grow bored and they too move watching other shows.


I found the Rafa/Divya liplock kind of ridiculous- they hadn't really interacted throughout the episode until that one scene in the barn. While on the topic of relationships: Maybe they should have Hank come out - that would give Mark Feuerstein the chance for some nice guest star interactions. ;-D Also, should Paige's mother be drinking? Did they forget about her depression and probable meds? Totally agree that the Evan suit gaffe was just stupid - completely unbelievable and not even played well for laughs (they should study Buster keaton, Charlie Chaplin, Laurel & Hardy - Hell, I Love Lucy and the Honeymooners! - to see how to make those scenes work). The adoption revelation was a nice way to resolve the question of the nature of the General's indiscretion. Henry Winkler is looking and sounding great, and it's nice to see Eddie getting some depth without becoming someone else completely. Overall, the season is rather so-so. I LOVE Campbell Scott as Boris, but that storyline just keeps leading to irritating dead ends. I'm tired of hearing Divya whine about her love life or lack thereof (and I don't think a relationship with a transient polo player is the answer). But, I'll keep coming back until either it goes off the air or I can't find anything worthwhile to make up for the other stuff.


@R .........your missing the point. In storytelling, you have to have at least some continuity. If you don't, the story becomes boring and the character becomes boring. With this show nearing it's summer finale(I think it's next week), I would have thought it would have been better.


Who says characters are ALWAYS supposed to move forward. That's a stupid assumption. People don't always 'move forward' and 'grow'.
Watch a different show.


its keep getting better n better, good show, nicely scripted, good work writers.


I won't disagree with anything posted thus far. I do have a question though (re: Evan's wardrobe "difficulty"): who puts on a suit jacket BEFORE putting on the pants? How do you NOT notice that one piece of a 2-piece suit is missing? OK, that was two questions but the point stands. Sorry, but I can't suspend disbelief on that one.


It cut out the ideas i had.

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Royal Pains Season 4 Episode 10 Quotes

When I was ten I started riding a horse.....named Ajax. Named after the Egyptian hero, not the cleaning product...


You, Hank Lawson, are built for anything you want.

Eddie R.