Tuesday, July 20, 2010

What I’m Watching: Royal Pains

Royal Pains: Season 2, Episode 6 “In Vino Veritas” (B+)

I like these mini-trips that take Hank and company into the field but not out of the Hamptons. It also buys HankMed a bit of time to continue taking on their own cases before having to compete with another on-call physician trying to stake her claim to the clientele of the Hamptons. Tucker has been a great recurring character, and his discussions with Hank always prove compelling. The notable guest star of this week was Zoe McClellan as the taste bud-deprived winemaker, who I know from her role as Nick Darling’s long-suffering wife on “Dirty Sexy Money.” I found it quite coincidental that her character here had an AVM considering that Nate Fisher on “Six Feet Under,” played by Peter Krause, the very same actor who played Nick Darling, also had an AVM. Maybe that’s too many degrees of television separation, but I think it’s interesting. For a while, it seemed that Evan and Hank’s misguided belief that Divya was pregnant felt extremely tedious, but the way it worked to help Divya realize that someone was in fact pregnant, namely the woman they were about to put into an MRI machine, was smart. Jill and Divya hanging out continues to be a blast, and I enjoy their interactions immensely. While the idea is certainly better than the actual execution, it’s good to see Eddie and Hank working together right in the middle of a timely crisis. They definitely do make quite a good team, and hopefully they can now get a long a little bit better after sharing a bonding experience.

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