‘Royal Pains’ season 7, episode 4 review: Hank’s new patient, potential romance, and Jeremiah’s sadness
“Royal Pains” tonight really put itself out there by taking on a pretty wide array of storylines, and with that of course comes one other thing: A whole lot of pressure in order to pay some of these stories off.
The most socially-relevant tonight comes courtesy of Hank doing what he can in order to help Anna, a transgender woman who is struggling medical as a result of some of the estrogen that she is taking. The show handled this situation perfectly, allowing you to sympathize and care for this character without resorting to easy tactics, and also showing some of the problems that transgender men and women face during their transformation. It can be a difficult process, but in the end one they find particularly rewarding. This was about as well-constructed a one-episode story on “Royal Pains” as you could possibly hope for.
As satisfied as we were with that story, this show still had us worried at other points in the episode. For example, Evan possibly having cold feet about suddenly getting to adopt a child with Paige. This is something that he was extremely excited for at first, but that may be changing a little bit now that it is happening so quickly.
While all of this happened, Divya found herself right in the middle of a love triangle, and by the end Hank may have had a possible romance himself with Olympia (Vanessa Williams), a woman who bid on a “date” with him that she initially did just for charity.
Now, the saddest story of all: Jeremiah realizing that he had been completely taken advantage of to the point where he could be left devastated. He had just started to open up to people using some of the tools he has been learning, only for him to end up like this. Devastating. Jeremiah really needs a win right now. Grade: B+.
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