'Royal Pains': Looking forward to Evan being a whore again

royal-painsImage Credit: David Giesbrecht/USA NetworkOn last night’s episode of Royal Pains, Evan (Paulo Costanzo) agreed to be a young woman’s “faux beau” for cash. Paige (Drop Dead Diva‘s Deb, Brooke D’Orsay) needed to send her wealthy parents photos of her and her boyfriend and didn’t think they’d respond well to her much older real beau (Peter Strauss). Cue Evan’s Pretty Woman-style makeover and him actually falling for her. I thought the writers could’ve taken the Pretty Woman references one-step further and have him leave the cash on his car seat when she dropped him off, but that would’ve revealed his feelings too soon. Now that her parents want to meet Evan in-person — apparently for a hunting trip, pictured, in the Aug. 5 episode — the writers can have Paige unknowingly torture Evan more with pretend scenarios. With Paige’s boyfriend out of the picture (he didn’t appreciate being a secret), what reason do you think the show will give for ultimately tearing these two apart? Or will they? USA confirms D’Orsay will be in at least seven episodes this season.

As for the rest of the episode, I like Hank sexy, flirty, and tension-filled, so that love triangle between he, Emily, and Jill is developing nicely. Curious to see if they can make us like Emily. Hank putting a needle into the eye of Paige’s older boyfriend to save the photographer from going blind during an ocular stroke was both MacGyver-cool and totally wince-worthy. (Did you know Henry Winkler, who’s been guesting this season as the boys’ father was an exec producer on MacGyver?) We all assume the man Divya’s supposed to find love with his Evan, right? And did anyone else think of that awesome Cougar Town moment when Andy (Ian Gomez) got the “full Shawshank experience” when guest star Gomez fell into the pool? Love him, but I wish he’d had funnier material last night. (Evan got the best line: “Move that van! Move that van!”)

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  • Summer

    I guess it is Evan that is supposed to end up with Divya, but I think she needs to aim higher. Obvs. things with Raj are not going to work out, but at least she does not have to bother with telling her mother – the psychic on staff will do that dirty work for her.

    I actually liked Paige and I think that she made Evan work for any bit of flirting that was returned. Someone like Paige could help Evan turn into a likeable creature instead of the dud he has been thus far.

    I don’t like Emily Peck either, but I did rather enjoy her banter with Hank. She seems to bring out a personality in him, whereby Jill and Hank seem so comfortable it is more like a brother/sister thing (which is sometimes creepy).

    I am waiting for more Boris! His repartee with Hank is some of the snappiest writing.

  • confidential

    I wish the posted Royal Pains on Hulu the day after airing, like they did last summer. I looked forward to watching while I’m supposed to be working on Fridays. Tear.

  • Lisa Simpson

    I like Evan and liked his faux beau storyline last night. His reaction when he realized what he really was was priceless, as were the blase reactions of Hank and Divya.

    Not loving Emily Peck, either. She’s a little too cliche right now, though she does bring the tension.

    And where can I get that macaroni and cheese recipe?

  • Teresa

    Ewww on the needle in the eye thing. I couldn’t even watch that part. I like the chemistry between Emily and Hank.

  • Diane

    BORIS BORIS we need more Boris

  • PJM

    Obviously, they are starting to set us up with an Evan/Divya pairing, given her mother spouted off about her spiritual advisor saying something’s wrong (which in reality is BS, but this is a TV show), and suddenly Paige liking Evan. Given the show’s ratings are on par with Burn Notice, they can take their time with it, as almost certainly they’ll get a third season.

  • laylagalise

    They’re setting up the Divya/Evan pairing, which I like. They’re amusing together and Raj is very bland (as I’m sure he’s supposed to be). I figure they’ll keep Paige around as long as it takes for one of them to “realize their true feelings” (I’m thinking it will probably be Evan, since that’s been hinted at before) I really don’t like the new girl (Emily), the character’s pretty unlikable– but Hank’s obliviousness to her lameness as a doctor (as evidenced in the episode she and Divya worked together) and person is really interesting.

  • maxwell19596

    This episode was another great one. It’s cool to see Constance M. Burge writing for this series. She is hands down one of the top writers in television today. She’s written for Ally McBeal, and created, and wrote a ton of episodes for Charmed. You could feel her touch all over this episode,and she brought in a new reoccurring character (who is going to be in at least 6 episodes this season) a rich girl named Paige, which created an interesting sub-plot for Evan. Paige is played by Brooke D’Orsay. Who is great on Drop Dead Diva. I liked Constance’ development of every main characters love life. Way to keep the show moving forward! Well I’m off to watch Burn Notice, and all of the other top notch USA shows. I’ve been DVR’ing the new show “Covert Affairs”, but haven’t watched it yet! It looks to be another winner.

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