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'Royal Pains' - 'Lovesick' Recap

by Allyssa Lee, posted Jun 11th 2010 7:20AM
(S02E02) Ah, the heart. It's a life-giving organ that means well, and can bring two people closer together. But a wounded heart can also lash out at old hurts and get you into trouble. And it was all of these cases in the second episode of the season.

And I'm happy to report that this episode seemed to gel a lot better than the season 2 premiere: the rapport between Hank and Evan was strong and snappy, Christine Ebersole made a welcome return as the wealthy and surgically addicted Ms. Newberg, and we got a special treat of a guest star in '24' fixture Mary Lynn Rajskub.

Rajskub played Blake, Ms. Newberg's stepdaughter who gave up meat and dropped out of culinary school in Lyon to live the life of an ascetic in San Francisco after falling for a hot young yogi named Jamie. Trouble was, she was also falling in all the wrong places -- first at Ms. Newberg's shindig, and then while attempting some balancing moves. While Blake tried to shoo away the bobbles with wryly funny excuses like "I'm suffering from a condition known as 'complete lack of coordination,' and I've had it since birth," both Hank and Divya had their doubts, and insisted that Blake be strapped to a very uncool heart monitor.

Turned out it wasn't her age or her lack of bendiness that was causing her palpitations: it was her heart. Jamie turned out to be as awful as that gluten-free casserole Blake was trying to make, because he didn't have the soy balls to break up with her in person. Instead, holistic boy did it via (gasp!) text message and tried to cloak it in some ying-yang nonsense. (No one treats Chloe that way and gets away with it!) Just goes to show that one should never give up baked goods for anyone.

Anyway, the break up put Chloe Blake over the edge, and once again she found her chest constricted and was sent over to Hamptons Heritage. Only, it wasn't a heart attack she was suffering from: it was takotsubo cardiomyopathy, also known as "broken heart syndrome," triggered by deep emotional stress ("my favorite kind," cracked Blake).

Also suffering from matters of the heart: Jill's neighbor Sherry and her cop husband. Both were secretly embarrassed to find a yucky-looking rash in their swimsuit areas, and when the tests came back positive for syphilis, angry words were exchanged, infidelity fingers were pointed and the husband was promptly thrown out the door. In a quirky medical WTF twist, however, it turned out that the rash was actually something called Hansen's disease -- a.k.a. leprosy -- that Sherry caught while on the receiving end of an infected armadillo. That also happens to cause a false-positive for syphilis. Syphilis to armadillos to leprosy? Sure, I'll buy it for a dollar. Whether or not the armadillo will now serve as the scapegoat for those trying to downplay an STD, however, remains to be seen.

So the cop was telling the truth all along. Only Hank had a hard time believing him, because he was so scarred by his own father abandonment issues that he automatically assumed that if a person commits an indiscretion once, then he will in all likeliness do it again. Which is why he refused to forgive his father for leaving them when they were little.

And despite Eddie R.'s huckster ways, it does seem like he genuinely loves his sons. His golf course scheme ("the louder the clothes, the deeper the pockets") worked toward winning HankMed clients and winning over Hank's heart by getting them back in the black. And it looks like he'll be sticking around for a while, as the last image we saw of The Fonz was him nestling on Ms. Newberg's lounge chair. Though getting cozy with a wealthy single woman and her spaniel just indicates that that old dog's got some new tricks up his sleeve.

The heart was also thawing for Divya and Raj, who look like they were slowly but surely warming up to each other, what with all their "compatibility" discussions. While I'm still a believer that this couple won't make it to their wedding date, and that Divya and Evan will end up together, I find myself enjoying the organic way that she and Raj are learning more about each other and getting closer because of it.

We've now switched to the ON position on the Jill and Hank romantic Tilt-A-Whirl. Even though Hank put out the red light last episode and they insisted they were just friends, they still managed to have a moment on that old green couch before Hank was called away for a medical emergency. Honestly, I wish they would just stick with on or off for longer than one episode; this cold one minute and kissing the next does not make for a satisfying emotional payoff and, while, as Evan says, their attraction is "palpable," part of me feels like they're snappier when they're not romantically involved.

What do you think? Did you think this episode was, as Evan says, "subliminal," or so-so? Are you warming up to Divya and Raj? When is the best time to wear armadillo? HankMed mug or HankMedhead?

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Hey, where's the review for ep 03 (aired 06/17/10)? It's 2:10 PM PST on 06/18/10.

June 18 2010 at 5:10 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Tom Chatalbash

I'm really warming up to this show. This was a nicely balanced piece of summer television. I like how the father storyline picked up some heat in this episode. I really like the plot thread since there isn't much of an arc with this show. The comedy was good, the drama was pretty effective, and the light and enjoyable tone was maintained. I look forward to next week's episode, and please use a still from the episode you're reviewing and not one from the previous week haha

June 11 2010 at 8:39 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

It was great seeing Mary Lynn Rajskub smiling unlike Chloe who always scowled.

Fairly sure the picture at the top is from last weeks episode.

June 11 2010 at 7:35 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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