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ROYAL PAINS Kicks Off New Season With Traffic

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ROYAL PAINS Kicks Off New Season With Traffic

Royal Pains Season 3 Episode 1

Summers are the busy season at the Hamptons and for the good folks of ROYAL PAINS. Now that the weather’s heating up, it’s time for everyone’s favorite concierge doctor to return to the airwaves.

Summers are the busy season at the Hamptons and for the good folks of ROYAL PAINS. Now that the weather’s heating up, it’s time for everyone’s favorite concierge doctor to return to the airwaves.

When we last saw the employees of HankMed: Dr. Hank Lawson (Mark Feuerstein) said goodbye to sometimes girlfriend Dr. Jill Casey (Jill Flint) as she flew off to work at a clinic in Uruguay; Divya (Reshma Shetty) called her arranged wedding off at the very last minute much to her parents’ chagrin; Evan Lawson (Paulo Costanzo) met the girl of his dreams in socialite Paige (Brooke D’Orsay – DROP DEAD DIVA, GARY UNMARRIED,; Mark and Evan’s father Eddie (Henry Winkler) was convicted despite spying on HankMed’s benefactor Boris Kuester von Jurgens-Ratenicz (Campbell Scott) voluntarily went to prison instead of escaping; and Boris threw Hank and Evan out of the guest house for not disclosing that Dr. Marissa Caseras (Paola Turbay – TRUE BLOOD, THE SECRET LIFE OF THE AMERICAN TEENAGER, THE CLOSER) was pregnant with his child. Whew.

Royal Pains Season 3 Episode 1

Season 3 starts at the beginning of the next summer. Hank receives a postcard from Jill that states she has something to tell him, Evan is trying to impress Paige and keep her happy, and Divya wants to patch things up with her parents. Also, Hank and Evan have had to move into Ms. Newberg’s (Christine Ebersol) place and have yet to visit their dad in prison – Eddie’s decision, not theirs. As for Boris and the now very pregnant Marissa, she wants them both the raise and love the baby while he is approaching the situation from a more logical angle. All these plot-lines setup the trajectory of the season, though I’m sure there’s going to be some surprises along the way.

It’ll be interesting to see how Evan progresses now that he’s (presumably) in love and the likelihood that the relationship will hit a rough patch is very high. It also seems that Hank has really settled into his concierge doctor life and is very happy with it. Now that he’s fully at peace, there’s likely something in the wings to shake that up. Meanwhile I’m most interested in seeing where Divya’s storyline goes. She’s had the most interesting personal storyline throughout the series for me and the next phase should provide some great material for Shetty to sink her teeth into.

Natalie Zea (Winona Hawkins on JUSTIFIED, HUNG, DIRTY SEXY MONEY, EYES, THE SHIELD) guest stars as the Patient of the Week which was a nice surprise as I love her. While I have no idea if her character will return this season, I got the feeling she might but that may be just wishful thinking. She and Feuerstein had great chemistry and it’d be fun to see where it might go.

ROYAL PAINS Season Premiere on USA Wednesday, June 29th 9/8c

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