Sunday, July 15, 2012

What I’m Watching: Royal Pains

Royal Pains: Season 4, Episode 5 “You Give Love a Bad Name” (B+)

This episode had more than one fantastic female guest star showcased in a great role. Judy Greer is always lovely, and it was fun to see her in an energetic and buoyant part as a matchmaker with two hearts. Her positive spirit was wonderful, and she’s a perfect retainer client for Hank. I love her choice of a match for Hank as well in a fellow flirtatious doctor played by Kat Foster, who really is popping up everywhere this season as a love interest, here and on “Franklin and Bash” and “Weeds.” I hope she’ll be back again, though Hank has really only dated doctors on this show, first Jill and then Emily. I like the layout of HankMed 3.0, with an investor at the staff meetings and Dr. Sacani and Dr. Van Dyke getting time to interact. Dr. Sacani talking about how he lost all of his funding for his laboratory after his mentor’s death was rather depressing, but Ben Shenkman plays the part so well. Paige throwing herself into HankMed because she thought she didn’t have any talent was somewhat eerie, and it’s a relief that Evan was able to realize that something was wrong and to rectify the situation by inspiring her with confidence and compliments. Boris shooting a spy after he tried to escape adds a whole extra level of drama to this show that’s not usually present. I’m curious to see what Boris needs Hank’s help for, though I hope that it won’t be to the detriment of HankMed 3.0.

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