Royal Pains Episode Three Strategic Planning started out almost immediately into what seems to be the formula for the show. There will be an upstairs (i.e. rich patient)) and the downstairs (i.e. poor patient) and Evan, Dr. Hank Lawson’s brother, doing something silly.
Some spoilers may follow.
The poor patient in this case was a dog walker whom Evan and Hank encounter while jogging, or rather while Hank was jogging and Evan was complaining. Evan spooked one of the dogs while trying to demonstrate how Hank should approach a woman. The dog bit the dog walker, causing Hank to have to improvise to treat the bite.
Dog walker patient was this week’s vehicle to demonstrate how mind bogglingly bureaucratic the health care system is for the uninsured in America. Hank eventually has to walk the poor fellow into the local ER and bully the duty nurse into not making him fill out forms with his injured hand.
Here’s a note taken from experience. If you collapse on the floor of the ER in pain, they will tend to take you right away and make your friend fill out the forms. All are satisfied in that case.
The rich patient is the son of a Senator whose life mom has all planned out, considerate woman that she is. Football at Notre Dame, followed by an Ivy League law school, followed by prosecuting malefactors at the Justice Department, followed by the modern Cursus Honorium of House, Senate, President before the kid is fifty. The Senator had almost gotten to the top of the greasy pole, but fell short.
Instead sonny boy got to have a collapse, a seizure, a spell of babbling incoherently, and then a coma. If would have made a fine episode of House, except House was not there to make cutting remarks, order some tests, make the boy’s mother’s life a living Hell, and then to find out what was really going on in the last three minutes of the episode. Hank, being a nice guy, only did the tests and the proper diagnosis, unaccompanied by the House snark.
Along the way, boy’s sister announced that sonny boy did not want to be President anyway, but just wanted to play football. Mom, whose mind is very nimble, observed that her little girl had at last stood up to her; great leadership potential that. The reviewer observers that it is fortunate that mom does not get it into her head to run herself. She might win and then where will the country be?
Evan’s stupidity of the week, besides the dog bite and being overly familiar with the German Duke and with Jill the hospital administrator, involved three bikini clad babes and an uncleaned Jacuzzi. Sometimes sin is its own reward.
Royal Pains Episode Three followed the same formula that the show seems to be settling into, with a little steal from House thrown in. The series is light, airy, and just a little bit trite. It is not too difficult to watch, unless one is interesting in meatier fare. Doctors deal in life and death all the time and stories involving them should not be quite so-well-buoyant all the time. Hank needs to lose a patient once in a while, get snarky with one of the snooty rich folk he has to deal with, and for heaven’s sake get it on with Jill. She’s both smart and cute, a real winner in the reviewer’s opinion.
Source: Royal Pains Strategic Planning, TV.Com