USA's Royal Pains made its first appearance in between summer seasons as the much anticipated wedding episode aired last night.
Jam packed action:
In the first thirty minutes we learned that Hank is experiencing neurological effects of the season-ending explosion at Boris' home, Divya reconciled then blithely married Rafa in Vegas and Evan began to have guilty flashbacks of his selfish past.
We were introduced to cousin Owen who became an important plot tool for Evan to clear up his karma.
Within moments of that we were led to believe that Boris died in the explosion and HankMed was granted a reprieve from being thrown out of their plush digs.
It was all about the weather.
The most important story device was the weather and how it changed bachelorette party plans and ultimately the entire wedding day. Only nine people, including the bride and groom were in attendance at what was to be a lavish 250+ person affair. Blizzards happen in December.
It was very difficult and ultimately not successful for Royal Pains to cosmetize warm weather and sun when the episode was filmed with fake snow, particularly in scenes where one or more of the characters braved a blizzard without coats.
Writers also stuffed the two hours with medical stories.
There wasn't just one patient, there were four --- with Hank among them --- and somehow they needed MacGyver-like techniques to save them.
One particularly over-the-top maneuver was Christmas themed when Hank used Christmas lights and a candy cane decoration to save a life.
What was good about the episode?
Paige learned about the truth fudging that runs rampant in the Lawson family and accepted it with love.
All brotherly issues bubbling beneath the surface were dealt with head on, and Hank cleared his own karma slate with a long needed apology to the hometown girlfriend he dumped when he became a successful doctor.
Daddy Lawson was resourceful as usual and saved the day when neither a minister nor rabbi could make it due to the blizzard. It's my candidate for line of the night.
"Dearly beloved, in accordance with the template provided to me by www.tenminuteminister.org we gather here to witness the marriage of Paige Adele Collins and Evan Ross Lawson."
Jill was teased as coming back for the nuptials but we had to settle for a few scenes from Africa where an emergency caused her to miss her flight to N.Y.
Ultimately Paige's speech at her wedding was the sweetest reminder of Royal Pains loving spirit when it isn't engaging in all the other nonsense.
The hanging plot lines:
Hank experienced either a stroke or a stroke-like episode after the wedding and we last saw him being wheeled into an operating room.
Only then are we given the true cliffhanger and not surprisingly it's about Boris. He's not only alive but cognizant of what is taking place at home, including Hank's dire medical condition.
And finally, Divya's marriage...is it on or off?
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