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Royal Pains: Season 3 - Volume Two
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
on August 12, 2012
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I'm a collector of TV shows on DVD and I have a budget that I hold to when purchasing a season; I will not pay more than $1.00 per episode. I have spent years waiting to catch an acceptable price for some shows - the original Avengers for example, and have managed to stay within this set budget, but these split seasons are beginning to cause problems, especially when the split is uneven. Volume one of Royal Pains season three is ten episodes and volume two is only six. Now I might catch volume one on a special at $9.99, maybe around the holidays, but do you really think the price for volume two will ever drop to $6 or less?

The show has started to lose its appeal for me anyway; the medical parts of the episodes have begun to be a bit repetitious and in some cases just plain silly. The addition of the "iconic" Henry Winkler of Happy Days' fame has actually made me cringe. I have a hard time seeing Mr. Winkler as anyone other than "The Fonz" and while the younger generation may escape this mental time travel affliction, for me it's overpowering and makes every episode in which he appears just seem silly. I suspect Henry Winkler just may get his third shot at jumping the shark, how apropos that Boris had a shark hidden in a tank in season one; is it possible Henry Winkler was already tapped for the role of Hank and Evan's father? And speaking of silly, I'm actually afraid to see where the plot is headed since Hank accepted Boris' proposal. If the show survives this season, and I have my doubts, I believe it has one or two more seasons at the most.

Boycotting the purchase of split seasons just to protest the splitting of seasons is not my style; I will however, stick to my budget and if I never get the third season of Royal Pains it's not much of a loss. I usually catch the episodes when they're on or watch on demand within a day or two; there's not much competition in the time slot with the current schedule but if something new and interesting comes along I may be switching my viewing plan.
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26 of 31 people found the following review helpful
on April 6, 2012
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Why can't Season 3 be on one disk? Why do we have to purchase two different DVDs to watch one complete season?
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
on September 6, 2012
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No, not a review of the show so don't bother carping. I was all set to buy season 3 until I found that they are attempting to rack up more money by splitting the season into two sets. I have a strong response to that, done with this series.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on April 7, 2013
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Really? This needed to be sold in two different packages, and paying double for what the first season cost. I did it because I love the series, but was disappointed in the money it cost for this season.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on July 25, 2013
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We have enjoyed watching this show. I just find it rotten that the season was broken in two DVD's which were each as expensive as one whole previous season.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on July 8, 2013
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Obviously we love Royal Pains, since we have purchased all the seasons. Yep, watch it, I think you'll love it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on June 9, 2013
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This show is great and is sometimes on later than I stay up. It has a great cast and full of fun.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on February 4, 2013
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I am hooked on this show and the characters. So glad Boris is now included in the credits. Long live HankMed.
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While as a USA Network fan, I’ve gotten quite used to their split seasons (and actually, I quite like their counter programming schedule), for some reason they decided to split the release of season 3 of Royal Pains on DVD. While the first half of the season was released at the beginning of the year, we can now finish off the season with the season three volume two set.

The set contains the final six episodes of season 3 and picks up pretty much right where we left the HankMed gang. One of Dr. Hank Lawson’s (Mark Feuerstein) patients has collapsed because he was mistreated. Unfortunately, the person responsible for his bad treatment is Hank’s assistant Divya Katdare (Reshma Shetty). Meanwhile, HankMed CFO Evan Lawson (Paulo Costanzo) is still trying to get the blessing to marry his fiancée Paige Collins (recurring guest star Brooke D’Orsay), and Jill Casey (Jill Flint) has decided it is time to get serious about wrapping up life in the Hamptons to move to the clinic is South America that needs her help.

Of course, with all this going on there are still the cases of the week involving a band with mysterious leg weakness, a party planner with panic attacks, and an actor with stomach pains. In a first for the series, they bring back Tom Cavanagh’s (sp?) pro-golfer Jack O'Malley for a multiple episode arc as his health, which he thought was under control, begins to go downhill. Will Hank be able to get through to him in time to treat his new disease?

Despite the fact that the show is dealing with medical mysteries, it has always had a light tone. Part of that is because of the setting. It’s hard to feel like it is too serious in a resort community when you’re looking at life among the rich. Part of that is because the show spends plenty of time looking at the lives of our main characters. That aspect of the show can take on a soap opera quality, but it’s often light hearted.

That changes some in these episodes. They’re still fun, and there are still some great laughs, but the consequences of the earlier half of the season are definitely here and they definitely take a gray hue. The last couple of episodes are definitely darker than normal, but it doesn’t feel like such a departure considering what has come before.

When they first introduced Evan’s love interest, Paige, in season two, I figured she was a two or three episode guest star at best. I’ve been dreading the thought of them writing her out of the show because I really love her and I love how her character has matured Evan, arguably nothing but a goofball in season one. The two of them are so sweet together, and they get the best scenes in these episodes as well.

As always, the acting from the main cast and the guest stars is perfect at keeping that blend of light heartedness while still taking the medical mystery seriously. And when the story calls for them to be more serious, everyone takes it up a notch.

I still don’t understand the reasoning behind creating a split season DVD release of this season of the show. It’s not like the cheaper price is going to attract new viewers to pick up the set casually. I certainly wouldn’t jump in and buy season 3 of a show I’d never seen before no matter what the price. That’s especially true for something like this that requires a certain knowledge of the characters because of the ongoing stories before jumping in here. And the odds of finding it on sale cheap enough to make me want to get it are slim. Still, the set includes all six episodes on two discs in their native widescreen and full surround. The only extra here is a gag reel.

I hope this is the last time that the USA Network tries the split season approach for their shows. Still, the characters and stories are so fun that I can’t help recommending Royal Pains season three volume two.
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on July 8, 2014
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