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Thursday, June 25, 2009: Royal Pains

by Angel Cohn June 25, 2009 6:00 am
Thursday, June 25, 2009: <i>Royal Pains</I>

I am a sucker for medical dramas the way that some people will watch every crime-scene show or law show that is out there. Medical series are my weakness. Even bad ones I tend to give a second look, even when they don't really deserve it. However, this Hamptons-set series is actually surprisingly decent and continues to keep me entertained, even after the first episode. I know it is predictable and whatever, but for me, it is a fun summer series, with a lead who I find charming and appealing and a cast that works well together. Some people really like Psych, and I think this has a similar vibe, but it's medical cases instead of mysteries. Just what I needed! How did USA know? There's something about this cast together that just works... and maybe while I sit in my small rain-soaked yard with a kiddie pool and no personal gardener, it is nice to be taken away to the rich lush world of the Hamptons and see a character who just walks to the beat of his own drummer. I'm not saying that it is the best show on TV, but it's leaps and bounds better than Hawthorne.

On tonight's episode Dr. Hank has to save a celebrity chef who has amnesia and at some point disappears. The plot sounds stupid, but so did last week's senator's wife who needs a physical for her prodigy son who suddenly falls ill, and that had some snappy lines of dialogue, the return of Christine Ebersole and her ample cleavage, Evan finally getting a hard lesson in flirting with young girls and a little bit more about the mysterious (and awesome) Divya. See, her parents don't want her practicing medicine, so she does it on the sly and hides everything in her giant SUV. She's totally one of the best things on this show. Plus, watching Evan and Hank together has a bit of an Odd Couple vibe. They are brothers, but they actually like each other, even though they are polar opposites. Hank, who seems so perfect, is a total slob. Evan, who is a screwup, is a neatnik with a knack for cooking. Again, I like this show, and I like discovering new things about the characters each week, and the concierge doctoring is a nice change of pace from all of the hospital dramas out there. Though I still (and always will) hate the name, that'll never change.

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