Royal Pains: Season One
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Hank is a rising star in the New York City medical community, until he loses everything fighting for the life of a patient. With his career stalled and his personal life in shambles, Hank is in need of a new beginning. That’s where his younger brother Evan (Paulo Costanzo) steps in. Fed up with Hank’s personal pity party, he convinces Hank to join him on a last-minute trip to the Hamptons for Memorial Day weekend. When the brothers crash a party at the home of a Hamptons billionaire and a guest falls critically ill, Hank saves the day. His dramatic medical rescue draws attention from the crowd. Inadvertently, Hank becomes the hot new “concierge doctor” in town. With encouragement from Evan and an ambitious young woman who volunteers to be his physician assistant he decides to stay in town solving medical crises and helping those in need. Hank is back to doing what he does best. And now he’s reinvented himself as the Hamptons’ hottest new “doctor-in-demand.”
Now it can be told: the mega-rich get sick and hurt too. It's just that their illnesses, injuries, and conditions are a lot weirder and more exotic than those suffered by mere mortals. At least that's the message delivered in Royal Pains, USA Network's medical-comedy series offered here with all 12 first-season episodes (plus bonus features) on three discs. Mark Feuerstein plays Hank Lawson, a Manhattan physician who unfairly loses his hospital job, and soon thereafter his gold-digging fiancée, when a powerful trustee dies on his watch. Enter younger brother Evan (Paulo Costanzo), a nerdy accountant and shameless social climber, who enlists Hank to help him crash a fancy soiree in the Hamptons; Hank saves the life of a partygoer, which leads to more and more work, and all of a sudden he's a "concierge" doc at the service of people whose wealth is matched only by their vanity and acquisitiveness.
Hank soon establishes himself as not only a remarkably creative doctor (since he makes house calls, he's often obliged to be a medical MacGyver, jerry-rigging equipment out of whatever's lying around) but a man of unimpeachable ethics--a real rarity in this crowd. He also finds Divya (Reshma Shetty), an eager and reliable assistant, and Jill (Jill Casey), a fellow doctor and potential new love interest who seems to be a real person. That leaves the patients, and therein lies the rub. How much can we really be expected to care about a ballerina who's allergic to pizza, a woman whose jealous husband has had a tracking device implanted in her chest, a scientist nipped by a shark kept in a tank in some rich dude's basement, a billionaire with substance abuse problems, or a frivolous socialite whose maid becomes ill during her dog's "bark mitzvah"? Sure, some of these bits are amusing, but they seem at odds with Hank's utter seriousness about his duties. What's more, while Hank is an appealing protagonist, his relationship with Jill is uninvolving, and the snobby Divya and always-on-the-make Evan both wear thin in a hurry. Royal Pains has a lot of potential--let's hope it's more fully realized in subsequent seasons. --Sam Graham
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I am on the third season of Royal Pains and I am in love.
The show starts out with a doctor (Mark Feuerstein) who makes a judgement call in his hospital (in the ER) and is fired because of it. His brother then takes him to the Hamptons (outside of New York) to have some fun and they end up staying to become HANKMET--the doctor to the rich and the poor; a doctor who comes to them! The brother handles the business end of things.
The new venture is very successful and this doctor is another "Mcgyver " (another fantastic show).
The show is funny and has all the qualities one could want: great writing; great acting; great drama; great comedy; great medical fixes and just an all around fabulous show.
I am so happy I decided to give this show a chance. Whatever I can't get in DVD I'll get through the Kindle Fire (they have all the seasons up to date).
The show is taped in New York and the Hamptons and a few other places but we can see how beautiful the Hamptons are-and the 'castle'..OMG....there are no words!
So check it out-you will not be sorry!!!!!!!
Is it a show to change the world? No, but the keyword is entertaining!
The DVD set is of great video quality and has several behind the scenes videos and an episode of another USA network show PHYSC included. It is definitely worth the usual Amazon great price and looks good converted for our iPads too!
Hank Lawson (Mark Feuerstein) is engaged to a beautiful woman and rising in a New York City hospital. That is until the day he decides to treat a poor young man with a serious medical condition instead of focusing all his time on the hospital trustee member who appears to be in stable condition. While the young man lives, the trustee takes a turn for the worse and dies, causing the hospital to fire Hank and blacklist him around the city. Hank slips into depression, causing his fiancee to break up with him, leading to further depression.
His brother Evan (Paulo Costanzo) decides that a weekend in the Hamptons is exactly what Hank needs to pull himself out of his funk. At a party the first night, Hank saves the life of a young woman, leading to an invitation to open a private medical service for the rich in the area. Evan is the first to get on board, quickly declaring himself the CFO of HankMed. Hank gets an assistant in the form of Divya Katdare (Reshma Shetty), an Indian woman whose parents don't know she has gotten a medical degree. Then there's Jill Flint (Jill Casey), the cute administrator for the local hospital. She and Hank seem to flirt as often as they fight over the best use of hospital resources.
Along the way, Hank gets some unusual cases. There's a senator's son who collapses for no apparent reason. Hank is asked to accompany a pregnant woman to an island so remote it has no phone service. The guests at a bark mitzvah (yes, you read that right) get quarantined when a mysterious disease breaks out there. And a local children's illustrator is risking his life to finish his latest book. Can Hank deal with all these cases?
This show definitely takes its cue from modern medical shows. Very few of the diseases faced are common enough that I've heard of them. It seems that if you want to get sick in the Hamptons, you need a disease as exotic as the location. Of course, that goes right along with Hank's diagnosis skills. This man took lessons from MacGyver, sometimes making medical instruments out of the weirdest stuff. Okay, so it isn't that practical. The show is so much fun, I really don't care.
Yes, this fits quite comfortably into the USA Network's family of dramadies. This is especially true when Evan and Divya are together. Those two exchange some of the funniest barbs. I can't help but laugh at them. But all the characters provide some comic moments in the middle of the medical drama.
Another staple of the USA Network's hits is strong character, and once again this show perfectly captures it. The four main characters are all very believable and relatable. They're helped by wonderful acting by the leads. There are actually several recurring characters on the show, all of whom add greatly to the its depth as a whole. My favorite of these is Tucker, a neglected teenager played by Ezra Miller. The teen latches onto Hank as a caring adult, and the two have some of the best scenes together.
The big flaw in this season is Evan R. Lawson, CFO of HankMed. Evan is a bit too much of an idiot most of the time. In fact, there are plenty of times I want to smack him. Most of the time he is funny, but he crosses that line from funny to annoying at least once an episode. Paulo seems to go a little over the top with the acting at times, but I blame it more on how the character is written then how it is acted. And maybe it's just because he's an accountant so the character hit a little too close to home for me because both my roommates watched the show with me and loved his character.
This three disc set collects all twelve episodes from season 1 of the show in wide screen and full surround. Extras include the usual deleted scenes and outtakes along with six commentaries on four different episodes by various members of the cast and crew. We also get a featurette on the real doctor who is the medical consultant for the show and Paulo Costanzo's video blogs from the set.
Even with how annoying Evan R. Lawson, CFO of HankMed, could get at times, I still couldn't wait for Royal Pains each week. This first season set is a must try for fans of medical shows and should entertain everyone who enjoys a light, fun show.