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Royal Pains 7 Seasons 2009

Season 1
4.5 out of 5 stars (123) IMDb 7/10

Meet the Hamptons' newest doctor-on-demand, Hank Lawson. After Hank, a young doctor on the fast track to success, falls from grace when he is blamed for the death of a hospital trustee, he inadvertently stumbles into the world of private medical service for the elite denizens of the Hamptons. With the encouragement of his younger brother Evan and an ambitious young woman who volunteers to be his physician assistant, Hank reluctantly agrees to be a "Concierge Doctor" for the summer. But will he be able to treat his high-flying clients while still managing to keep his own feet on the ground?

Starring:
Mark Feuerstein, Paulo Costanzo
Original air date:
August 27, 2009

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Season 1

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1. Pilot

Meet Dr. Hank Lawson -- young, brilliant, and recently fired from his ER in Brooklyn for all the wrong reasons. Through a twist of fate, he now finds himself the newest "concierge doctor" in the Hamptons. Providing round-the-clock house calls to the community's rich and famous might be lucrative, but it's not without its challenges and frustrations.

CC TV-PG June 4, 2009 1 hour, 7 minutes
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2. There Will Be Food

Hank, Evan, Jill, and Divya attend a retirement party ... for a 27 year-old.

CC TV-PG June 11, 2009 42 minutes
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3. Strategic Planning

Hank and Divya are called to the home of a wealthy U.S. senator, whose pushy wife Lilly Everett asks them to perform a discreet "executive physical" on their teenage son Kendrick, who will be Notre Dame's starting quarterback in the fall.

CC TV-PG June 18, 2009 43 minutes
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4. TB or not TB

When Allison Moore, the owner/head chef of a trendy Hamptons restaurant suffers a stroke, Hank attempts to save her from potential long-term damage, but she goes missing before treatment is administered.

CC TV-PG June 25, 2009 42 minutes
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5. No Man Is An Island

Just as Hank and Jill's relationship is beginning to blossom, he and Evan take a weekend-long assignment -- as doctor and nanny, respectively -- with the wealthy Grant family during a gathering on their technology-free private island.

CC TV-14 July 9, 2009 43 minutes
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6. If I Were a Sick Man

Hank quarantines guests at a "bark mitzvah" after some come down with a serious disease, which causes him and Jill to debate whether or not to call County Health.

CC TV-PG July 16, 2009 41 minutes
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7. Crazy Love

Hank and Divya treat a Spanish spitfire involved in an accident whose injuries are more serious then they appear. A dream job offer from Boris brings Jill's childhood friend Katie back to the Hamptons, but tempers flare when Hank learns Boris has been keeping a dark secret. And the arrival of Divya's fiancé causes to her to rethink their relationship.

CC TV-PG July 23, 2009 42 minutes
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8. The Honeymoon's Over

Hank unexpectedly takes on a successful children's book illustrator who has a serious heart condition, causing tension between him and Jill.

CC TV-PG July 30, 2009 42 minutes
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9. It's Like Jamais Vu All Over Again

Hank and Divya attend a lavish equestrian show -- the former as the on-site doctor, the latter as a rider -- where they treat a girl who's fallen off a horse and developed some bizarre symptoms, and whose father Hank believes is hiding something.

CC TV-PG August 6, 2009 43 minutes
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10. Am I Blue?

When Hank learns Tucker's father has a substance abuse problem, he suggests a visit to rehab but Tucker's father prefers to clean up through an Ultra Rapid Detox program, a risky method that Hank objects to.

CC TV-PG August 13, 2009 43 minutes
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11. Nobody's Perfect

While in New York to learn more about Boris' mysterious disease, Hank discovers the Gardner family is attempting to strip him of his medical license.

CC TV-PG August 20, 2009 44 minutes
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12. Wonderland

Hank treats a woman suffering from hallucinations, Divya and Raj fret over their engagement party, and Charlie moves back in with Jill, making her question her feelings for Hank.

CC TV-PG August 27, 2009 43 minutes
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In some ways, the rich are no different from the rest of us: they get sick, get hurt, and need doctors to figure out what makes them ache. "Royal Pains: Season One" follows the misadventures of a doctor who finds himself at their beck and call, and it has the right mix of everything -- luxurious living in the Hamptons, weird medical crises, and a fair amount of humor.

Hank Lawson (Mark Feuerstein) is a successful young E.R. doctor in New York... until the day when a wealthy trustee dies because he focused on saving a dying teenager. Trying to distract him from his woes, his brother Evan (Paulo Costanzo) whisks him to an exclusive party in the Hamptons, at the palatial mansion of the reclusive, absurdly-wealthy Boris Rabanisch (Campbell Scott).

Then a woman nearly dies at the party, and Hank manages to save both her and Boris' treasured privacy. As a result, he soon finds himself drafted as the new concierge doctor for the wealthy Hamptons residents, along with Evan and a physician's assistant named Divya (Reshma Shetty). And his work often brings him to see Jill Casey (Jill Flint), the administrator of a local hospital.

Among the cases: breast implant disasters, an epidemic at a "bark mitzvah," a mystery shark bite, a hemophiliac teenager and his "cyberchondriac" girlfriend, and mystery ailments afflicting a senator's son, a ballerina, a horseback rider, a restauranteur, and a bestselling illustrator. Since Hank cares more about curing people than making money, he also provides care for people who can't afford the best -- but the person who needs his help the most may also be the wealthiest.

I normally can't watch medical shows -- every time I try, I develop a massive case of "medical students' disease" and end up having to go watch "Psych" instead.
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Overall it was much better than I thought it would be. Interesting characters, good writing, some very funny dialogue, and a good solid foundation to build a good series, which is going well so far.
The show, Season 1, which originally aired on USA network on June 4, 2009, features an E.R. Doctor, Hank, who gets fired from his job at the hospital, and finds himself offered the much coveted concierge Doctor in the Hampton's taking care of the rich and richer, for the summer, and despite some reservations takes the job. So each episode features some new client who he helps (or in some cases, saves). It reminded me a little of David Duchovny's character from the movie 'Playing God' due to Hank's sometimes 'outside the box' medical solutions.
I'll admit, when I saw the previews for this show they kept running on TV trying to drum up interest before the first air date on USA network, I thought it was a joke. I thought it was going to be very dumb.
However, I was pleasantly surprised. I've seen the actor playing Hank in other movies and tv shows (played a lawyer in West Wing, and the boyfriend/fiance of Toni Collette in the movie 'In Her Shoes'), and have enjoyed him as a performer. Well, he's really good in this series as well because you believe in him as the character Hank, and you want to see what he's going to do with the twists of each show. Plus he's surrounded by his team, a spunky female Physician's Assistant and Hank's brother the Accountant, which provide for another layer of entertainment and subplots that help fill out 'Hank Med'. And then of course there's the variety of Hampton hob-nobs with their issues as well that sort of round out the fun for each episode.
While I prefer some episodes to others (though that can be said of almost every series), I'm enjoying the added new addition to the somewhat 'Been-There-Done-That' that I've seen of television series.
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This is a review of the whole season, not just one episode.

This show is promising. In its present rendition, it comes in more like 3.5 stars but with some added punch and oomph to its storyline, it could easily climb to 4 stars.

The premise is that Hank, an excellent emergency room doctor, ends up employed as a concierge doctor in the Hamptons. He pays house calls in emergency situations, usually to people who do not want the publicity of checking into a hospital.

Hank's brother, an accountant, manages him. His brother is far more into the Hampton's lifestyle than Hank himself is. He is more comic than Hank because he is always sticking his foot into it.

The most interesting aspect of the show so far is the medical one. Each week some new case presents itself and Hank must fix the patient under less than ideal circumstances. It is interesting to me that some people are more interested in how they might appear in gossip columns than in saving their lives in emergency situations.

So far this show is still developing itself and which characters to keep. The only two keepers so far are Hank and his brother.
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Of course, this review is from the perspective of only having seen the pilot so far, but this show was well acted, well thought out, and interesting.

Our hero is an emergency room doctor who was fired after a bum rap where he had two heart patients under treatment, and one (a rich patron of the hospital) died while he attended the second.

In an attempt to cheer him up, his brother takes him to the Hamptons for a party weekend. Accidental patients pop up despite his resistance to become involved as a 'private physician to the rich', and finally he gives in and agrees to stay in the area. He winds up agreeing partly because his other job opportunities appear to be blocked off for the time being, and because a local hospital administrator convinces him that he can help take some of the pressure from the local hospital staff, who are often beset by minor problems from rich and demanding people.

The show was amusing, sexy, and seemingly well informed. I don't know what the market really is for private physicians, but whether or not it exists, this show sold the possible concept acceptably.

Of course, the success of the show in the long term will depend on their ability to come up with a couple of medical problems per show that aren't repetitive or trite, or making the Doc look like too much of an unbelievable miracle worker at a house call. This will be a more challenging writing puzzle than a hospital based medical show, or the standard murder mystery fair that USA has also been quite successful with.

I'll be interested to see if they can pull this off show after show.

EDIT: Four years later, we're still watching every show with relish. They did pull it off. :-D
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