Monday, January 31, 2011

What I’m Watching: Royal Pains

Royal Pains: Season 2, Episode 14 “Pit Stop” (B+)

Watching this episode with my roommate, who hadn’t before seen a full episode of this show, I noticed that I was twice able to predict exactly what was going to happen moments before it did. The first event was something typical of the show – that something would occur to the hapless reality stars playing around on their jet skis that would require Hank to jump in and save the day – and the second was a more obvious plot point, that Emily would go into Hank’s bedroom and get into bed, quite accidentally, with Jill. I don’t think it’s a negative thing that I was able to call what was going to happen, firstly because it wasn’t all that difficult, and secondly because it’s part of what makes the show entertaining and amusing week-to-week. It’s good to see Emily come back to the show since she’s sort of been sporadically disappearing, and this episode was most definitely stacked with plenty of romantic interests, as Divya went to see Raj, Marisa consulted Hank about her pregnancy, and Evan spent some time with Paige. It’s a shame that Evan is so oblivious to the way that Paige perceives him, and inviting the cast and crew of a reality show on a date definitely isn’t a good move in any relationship. All of the romantic pairs on this show are interesting in that they never really go anywhere definitive, and I’m curious to see what ultimately happens between Evan and Paige, as well as Hank and whatever girl he eventually chooses.

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