Monday, August 20, 2012

What I’m Watching: Royal Pains

Royal Pains: Season 4, Episode 9 “Business and Pleasure” (B+)

This episode was entertaining more than anything else, with a bit of drama mixed in as related to Hank’s personal and business relationships. Evan’s fervent desire for the entire staff to enter the Ferrari raffle was amusing, though he definitely took it too far. Evelyn Larson winning was even more hilarious, and it’s good that Evan has Paige to keep him calm and reasonable when he gets out of control. It’s also convenient that Dr. Sacani happens to own a Ferrari, and that closing shot of Evan driving with a buttoned-up Dr. Sacani in the passenger seat was great. Dr. Sacani proved to be exceptionally capable in this emotion-involved case, mainly because it had a specific neurological explanation, and his quick thinking with the fire alarm helped to save the patient’s reputation. Evan was barking up the wrong tree with the undercover DEA agent, and it was nice to see her confide in Evan. It’s nice to see that a DEA operation on this kind of show is infinitely more relaxed and less deadly than on any other primetime series, with her medical condition serving as her only life-threatening problem. The initial meeting between Evan and Christina was heavily awkward, and things just got worse on a more serious note when Christina mentioned Boris’ itinerary and then Dmitry’s condition. Boris canning Christina and blaming Hank has led to a major falling out between Boris and Hank, the likes of which we haven’t seen before, and I don’t imagine it will lead anywhere positive.

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