Royal Pains

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Meet the Hamptons' newest doctor-on-demand, Hank Lawson. After Hank, a young doctor on the fast track to success, falls from grace when he is blamed for the death of a hospital trustee, he inadvertently stumbles into the world of private medical service for the elite denizens of the Hamptons. With the encouragement of his younger brother Evan and an ambitious young woman who volunteers to be his physician assistant, Hank reluctantly agrees to be a "Concierge Doctor" for the summer. But will he be able to treat his high-flying clients while still managing to keep his own feet on the ground?
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Paulo CostanzoMark FeuersteinJill Flint
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ComedyDrama
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English [CC]
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  1. 1. Pilot
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    June 4, 2009
    1 h 7 min
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    Meet Dr. Hank Lawson -- young, brilliant, and recently fired from his ER in Brooklyn for all the wrong reasons. Through a twist of fate, he now finds himself the newest "concierge doctor" in the Hamptons. Providing round-the-clock house calls to the community's rich and famous might be lucrative, but it's not without its challenges and frustrations.
  2. 2. There Will Be Food
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    June 11, 2009
    42min
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    Hank, Evan, Jill, and Divya attend a retirement party ... for a 27 year-old.
  3. 3. Strategic Planning
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    June 18, 2009
    42min
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    Hank and Divya are called to the home of a wealthy U.S. senator, whose pushy wife Lilly Everett asks them to perform a discreet "executive physical" on their teenage son Kendrick, who will be Notre Dame's starting quarterback in the fall.
  4. 4. TB or not TB
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    June 25, 2009
    42min
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    When Allison Moore, the owner/head chef of a trendy Hamptons restaurant suffers a stroke, Hank attempts to save her from potential long-term damage, but she goes missing before treatment is administered.
  5. 5. No Man Is An Island
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    July 9, 2009
    43min
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    Just as Hank and Jill's relationship is beginning to blossom, he and Evan take a weekend-long assignment -- as doctor and nanny, respectively -- with the wealthy Grant family during a gathering on their technology-free private island.
  6. 6. If I Were a Sick Man
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    July 16, 2009
    42min
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    Hank quarantines guests at a "bark mitzvah" after some come down with a serious disease, which causes him and Jill to debate whether or not to call County Health.
  7. 7. Crazy Love
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    July 23, 2009
    42min
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    Hank and Divya treat a Spanish spitfire involved in an accident whose injuries are more serious then they appear. A dream job offer from Boris brings Jill's childhood friend Katie back to the Hamptons, but tempers flare when Hank learns Boris has been keeping a dark secret. And the arrival of Divya's fiancé causes to her to rethink their relationship.
  8. 8. The Honeymoon's Over
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    July 30, 2009
    42min
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    Hank unexpectedly takes on a successful children's book illustrator who has a serious heart condition, causing tension between him and Jill.
  9. 9. It's Like Jamais Vu All Over Again
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    August 6, 2009
    43min
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    Hank and Divya attend a lavish equestrian show -- the former as the on-site doctor, the latter as a rider -- where they treat a girl who's fallen off a horse and developed some bizarre symptoms, and whose father Hank believes is hiding something.
  10. 10. Am I Blue?
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    August 13, 2009
    43min
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    When Hank learns Tucker's father has a substance abuse problem, he suggests a visit to rehab but Tucker's father prefers to clean up through an Ultra Rapid Detox program, a risky method that Hank objects to.
  11. 11. Nobody's Perfect
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    August 20, 2009
    43min
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    While in New York to learn more about Boris' mysterious disease, Hank discovers the Gardner family is attempting to strip him of his medical license.
  12. 12. Wonderland
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    August 27, 2009
    43min
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    Hank treats a woman suffering from hallucinations, Divya and Raj fret over their engagement party, and Charlie moves back in with Jill, making her question her feelings for Hank.

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2009
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agrayReviewed in the United States on October 29, 2020
1.0 out of 5 stars
Blasphemy
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disliked because they made these negative comments about God often, supposing I guess to be funny, going in the trash where it belongs
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Sherrie HReviewed in the United States on August 17, 2014
5.0 out of 5 stars
A VERY PLEASANT SURPRISE!!!!!
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ONE TERRIFIC SHOW

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!!!!!!!
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HappybooksReviewed in the United States on March 24, 2013
5.0 out of 5 stars
Fun, fun, fun
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*My husband and I had just caught up with all the past shows on White Collar and were twiddling our thumbs wondering what we could watch together. Nothing violent or gorey (my preference) and nothing too cutesy or overly romantic (his preference). This fits the bill!I I was 'iffy' with the pilot but liked the main character well enough to give it a second chance. I am glad I did. My husband and I both enjoy this show-it's funny, interesting and the characters are very engaging! Very little blood or gore-great for me since I am squeamish and don't typically watch 'doctor shows' becuase they are too graphic. This is just well-written and fun to watch! So far, nothing offense. How nice is that??
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Jerry S.Reviewed in the United States on May 22, 2020
1.0 out of 5 stars
Total screwup! Not wanted, not viewed
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Was trying to see if we could carry on from where we left off, and somehow got onto a screen for purchase. DID NOT WANT THIS VIDEO.
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Megan HalliseyReviewed in the United States on August 22, 2019
5.0 out of 5 stars
Great TV Show
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I enjoy this show when it was on. I didn't see 6 episodes, and it was great to see the characters that I like so young. Great TV Show.
Miss BarbaraReviewed in the United States on July 18, 2011
4.0 out of 5 stars
MacGyver meets House
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Ok, here's the premise. Hank the ER doc has two emergencies. He lets the poor kid live & the fat rich guy die. End of career you say? Well, yes, in the big city hospital but Hank's bro Evan whisks him off for a weekend jaunt in the Hamptons. Here they finagle an invite to a high end Par-Tay & he proceeds to use his newfound Jungle Medicine Powers on a party goer.

The brothers are invited to stay in the guest house of a rich enigmatic German who Hank refers to as your typical Bond villain - probably because of the shark tank in the basement. The brother Evan is a CPA who's always looking for an available female and/or a new rich client for HANK/MED, the medical corporation he's set up. This starts the trip down the newfound life path as a concierge doctor to the rich.

A great assortment of offbeat medical emergencies present themselves each week from upper respiratory infections presenting at a dog's Bark Mitzvahs to tracking devices hidden in boobie implants by jealous hubbies. Hank meets each riddle with aplomb and MacGyver tactics.

I think Hank may be too serious & Evan too foolish but they play off each other well and the result is a believable sibling rivalry. The entire cast is first rate with a big thumbs up to the PA Divya a beautiful Indian actress who lends reality to the whole medical scenario.

I really like this show; it's a fresh and unique medical drama that steps out of the genre. I'd recommend it to all.
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Mr billReviewed in the United States on July 31, 2010
5.0 out of 5 stars
Weekend at the Hamptons - Guilt Free
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Royal Pains seemed like another TV formalistic show by USA Network. Good guy wronged other around him see his fantastic qualities and he just wants to do what is right (Robin Hood in NYC). But it is much more than that. A cleverly hidden set of dynamics was set in place to keep drawing in viewers. First was just Boris, the local Billionaire; then our friendly way too rich neighborhood 16 year old kid - Tucker who fixes his Dad's crashed Ferrari's for sport; a series of folks up and down "the right side of the Hampton's Main Drive" who all flit in and out of the enhanced story line. As it is centered around Hank, his Brother Evan; Jill the local "down and trodden Little People's Hospital" Administrator and Hanks Medical Assistant Divya - they can bring folks in and out with ease to stay a while or just or a show. If audiences like the interaction; they can always have another "convenient" illness that sweeps them back into the picture. On Season 2 now and if the writers deep their scripts taut and the acting crisp, then this series should run for quite a while. Fun to see how the other half lives while I'm in my "smallish" home watching the Rich and Silly swill around in their luxuriant and opulent settings all semi-guiltless pleasures on the screen....
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H. BalaReviewed in the United States on January 27, 2014
4.0 out of 5 stars
panacea for them dog days of summer
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Royal Pains will never get the high-brow acclaim that more serious medical dramas like, say, House or ER got. Royal Pains is more a guilty pleasure than a critic's darling. I guess you can make a case for Royal Pains being similar to House, only with more fine women and comic bits and heaps more self-absorption. Our guy Hank Lawson (Mark Feuerstein) once was a gifted ER surgeon in Brooklyn until an aged billionaire hospital trustee expired under his care (see, Hank was simultaneously trying to save a young man's life). Nothing to do then but for the hospital to blame and fire Hank, nothing but for the billionaire's family to blackba11 him in the medical community.

Thirty days or so later, check out Hank Lawson in his suddenly slovenly digs. He's down in the dumps, planted on the couch in his undies, unable to land a job. His fiancée I guess was in it for the money and the prestige because she's just bolted. And I guess you've got to credit his goofy CPA brother, Evan (Paulo Costanzo), for extracting Hank from his deep mopes. Evan drags Hank to the Hamptons for a weekend stay. Hank probably wouldn't have gone, but his Netflix account just died, he's that broke now.

In the Hamptons, Evan and Hank crash a swank party, and Hank doesn't know it yet but he's just stumbled onto his true calling when he ends up saving a distressed model. Word gets around like brush fire in the Hamptons, and, suddenly, Hank's services are in high demand. Our guy protests that he's only in the Hamptons for a few days, but this is the pilot episode, so we know better. As our reluctant "conscierge doctor" makes his house calls, can he reconcile his professional ethics and his personal integrity with the outrageous demands issued by his new clientele?

In these economically mean times, you ask what's the fun in eyeballing a bunch of stuck-up swells moaning about their medical peccadillos? It's partly the wish fulfillment syndrome, of course. We with our lunch pails and hard hats, we make fun of the toffs but we want to be them, admit it. And this show does make for good summer distraction, takes our mind off whatever. USA network's good for that. For a while now USA's specialized in the easy-breezy show (Monk, Psych, White Collar, etc.). Royals Pains is right up that fun alley. It gets plenty of chances to tweak a time-worn formula. In the land of the supremely affluent, where the local hospital is referred to as a "cemetery" and a "socialist conspiracy" and a "taco stand," Hank Lawson is forced to arrive at unconventional solutions on the fly. There's an awesome grotesquerie to our conscierge doc's cases. In Season One alone, we see him perform makeshift surgery on a hemophiliac, drill into a skull to relieve hemotoma in the brain, attend a barkmitzva - yeah, a barkmitzva - and deal with a potential epidemic, remedy a deflated b00b job, inflate a collapsed lung with prodigious use of fish hooks, plastic gloves, and bottles... and you get the picture. The segue: I wonder who people compared MacGyver to when they tried to describe him back in the day? The point: Hank Lawson, the "newest accessory of the rich", is kinda like the sawbones version of MacGyver.

You'll find that Andrew Lenchewski is a dependable, likable lead actor. My one knock against the show: I found Paulo Costanzo as the sidekick brother to be an irritant, smug and intrusive and trying too hard. The writers were obviously aiming to make Evan the lovable, comic foil, except the guy's so crass and embarassing with his low-rent marketing schemes, I'm cringing each time. Thankfully, he's offset by two very fetching series regulars, Jill Flint as the lovely hospital administrator Jill Casey and the awesome Reshma Shetty as Hank's brainy and posh physician's assistant Divya Katdare. Maybe it'll enhance your viewing experience to know that Reshma Shetty in real life was a pre-med before she pursued acting. And this may be my favorite Campbell Scott role. He plays the enigmatic Boris, the German gazillionaire on whose sprawlling estate Hank makes his residence. We learn soon enough that Boris pulls the strings in this show.

Royal Pains won't tax your brain too much. It may make you tsk-tsk those crazy, miserable, offensively rich people and their albatross of too much money. Royal Pains is what the sadist would recommend to the hypochondriac. As if there weren't enough outlandish ways to get sick. However, if you're in fine health and of good humor, come soak in this fun USA series. Take in the colorful characters, the awkward romance or two, Hank's moments of improvisational treatment, and the freak show that is the Hamptons' elite and glamorous. Maybe you should count yourself lucky to be so poor yet down-to-earth. Or maybe not.

Season One's 12 episodes come on three discs, with the following bonus stuff:

- Option to play each episode with an intro from crew & cast (and by cast, it's meant actor Mark Feuerstein)
- 6 Audio Commentaries for 4 episodes: "Pilot" (with episode director Jace Alexander), "Pilot" (with exec. producers Michael Rauch and Andrew Lenchewski), "No Man is an Island" (medical consultant Dr. Irv Danesh), "Nobody's Perfect" (exec. producer Michael Rauch and series stars Mark Feuerstein & Paulo Costanzo), "Wonderland" (exec. producer Michael Rauch and series stars Mark Feuerstein & Paulo Costanzo), and "Wonderland (exec. producers Michael Rauch and Andrew Lenchewski)
- Deleted Scenes for 7 episodes
- Gag Reel (00:05:33 minutes)
- "Dr. Irv Danesh: The Real Doctor of ROYAL PAINS" featurette (00:06:18 minutes)
- Paulo's Video Blogs (six clips totaling 0031:28 minutes)
- Bonus PSYCH episode: "High Top, Fade Out"
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