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'Royal Pains' series finale recap: 'Uninterrupted'

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Royal Pains

type:
TV Show
Current Status:
In Season
run date:
06/04/09
broadcaster:
USA Network
genre:
Comedy

Welp, that’s that. As we knew it — for eight fun seasons — HankMed (and Royal Pains) is no more.

Eddie’s marriage to Ms. Newberg and the reconciliation of all the Lawson men last week served us a bit of finality all its own, but this week we get to learn the status of everyone else’s ever afters, and boy, are they all happy. Almost too happy, really, but that’s what makes it all so satisfying.

As promised, Dr. Hank does indeed make his big move into post-bachelor life, Divya’s determination finally pays off, and Boris rewards Evan and Paige’s emotional generosity with something incredibly (and not just monetarily) valuable.

What we’re left with at the end is an unquestionable assurance that as we leave this part of the Hamptons, our friends are and will be continuing to enjoy the fruits of their good labor in the best ways possible — so yes, sometimes we can have nice things.

Bye, bye Boris…

Boris is basically a bookend to HankMed. He was the one who recruited Hank to stick around in the sunshine and do his personal doctorly bidding, and his departure is part of what finishes it.

This season began with a mysterious hacking incident at Hamptons Heritage Hospital, and along the way, we found out it was Boris’s medical records that were being targeted by someone overseas. Now we finally know exactly why these cyber-attackers were pillaging Boris’s files: It was Russian oligarchs who wanted to recruit him to reign. Didn’t see that coming.

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Turns out, Boris is distantly related to Russian royalty — historical czars, in fact — which explains his many monikers and why he was willing to let Evan (and his feigned relationship to the monarchy) in his doorway back in the pilot episode. He’s not interested in “intervening in Russia’s destiny” right now, though, so instead he and his family are flitting off to parts unknown to hide from whatever coups these rich Ruskies are about to pull off. That’s a hard pass for him, in other words, but one family member he does want to take along for his new journey is Hank.

Yes, Hank’s become family to him, he says, and he has the doc to thank for all his healing — and not just the medical kind. “In large part thanks to you, I now have a great deal of what I want in my life,” he tells him. And even though Hank declines his offer to join him overseas…somewhere, Boris still wishes the best for his now-old friend. (And that’s just the beginning of the feel-inducing farewells, guys.)

NEXT: Someone’s putting the Hamptons in the rearview, for now…

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Doctor Divya-to-be…

Next up on the send-off roster is Divya, who waits to read her email from Johns Hopkins until the final meeting of HankMed’s minds is complete (she got in, eep!). Div’s the only founding member who isn’t related by blood or marriage to its namesake, but their teary toasts insist she’s just as much a part of their family unit as everyone else.

Evan, who last week delivered a poetic pseudo-forgiveness speech to his father, kicks it off with the admission that from the start, Divya’s made a mission out of keeping him on his toes. “You’ve always forced me to raise my game,” he says. “Without you, I don’t know who I would have become.” It’s so true, really, because remember what a jabber-mouthed pipsqueak Evan used to be? Comparing season 1’s Evan to the Evan R. Lawson of now is pretty shocking, actually, and yes — he does have her to thank for much of his growth.

Hank chimes in with his appreciation for her providing him “a reason to stay out here” and hopes that she, too, will continue to practice her supreme diagnostic skills on the Hamptons home front once she’s finished her M.D. And even Jeremiah gets extraordinarily squishy — for him, at least — when he credits her with his own personal advances.

It’s nice to see the squad giving credit where credit’s due to Divya’s poise and sure-footedness, because she really has been such a solid and prescient part of this organization. Cheers to Divya indeed!

Evan’s family (and home) grows exponentially…

After last week’s news that Evan and Paige’s first round of in-vitro fertilization was a success, it looked like baby would make three. By the end of this thing, though, Evan’s basically signed up to run his own little daycare, so it’s a good thing Boris left him a little (okay, BIG) something to help his growing family.

After finding out he’d be welcoming his own little bundle of joy, Evan attends the custody hearing for the trio of kiddos — Lena, Wes, and Ian — he outed as guardian-less, thanks to their wishy-washy “aunt” who’s never around. Lena tells him she’s disappointed the judge chose to separate her from her brothers, because she’d promised them she’d keep them all together after they lost their parents.

Lena can admit Evan did the right thing by reporting them, because it’s been very difficult for her to be responsible for children when she is still legally a child herself. So it’s not a guilt trip that drives Evan to talk himself and Paige into fostering them…just a sense of empathy for their situation. He can remember a time when he and Hank were on their own — their mother had passed away and their father was as unpredictable as the weather — and he knows how much siblings mean to each other in times like this. As much work as they’ve done on it, their home is still humble, but they commit to making it work and keeping these little ones together, because they’re as sweet as Paige’s buffet of bakery items, and because they can.

Little did they know before making that decision, Boris had signed over the deed to Shadowpond (yes, his colossal estate — not just the guest house) to Evan, which means he could adopt these kids, give birth to twins (yes, TWINS), have Divya and Raj’s brood move in, and still have room for a few dozen more guests. And here we thought the car Hank re-gifted him from Ms. Newberg circa season 1 was a swanky bestowal.

From sneaking into a party there under false pretenses to having his own name on the mailbox — some guys have all the luck.

Hank’s home after Hamptons…

He might have been unhirable at the beginning of the series, but boy, is Hank in high demand now. He’s fielding worthwhile offers left and right: Boris wants to take him on another great adventure and Evan even offers to give him full, uncensored reign over the hospital’s ER. Both are incredibly tempting, of course, because he’s been there, done that with both and he wears the T-shirts very well.

But at this point, Hank’s ready to try something new, and, yep, it does require a plane ticket or two (probably three or four, actually). “This isn’t just about finding a new way to practice medicine,” he tells Ev. “I realized I need to find a new way to live.” If he stays in the Hamptons or follows Boris on whatever crazy path he’s heading down next, it would mean he’s settling instead of settling down, and that’s not where he’s at anymore.

Instead, he’s got his eyes on the prize in Sierra Leone. It’ll be good work with deserving people, and bonus! Jill, the woman who’s always been right for him, just so happens to live and work there now. He promises Evan he’s not going to disappear from his life — and the three-year flash-forward featuring their visit proves that — but what he really wants is love and a new challenge. He’ll come back and summer in the Hamptons, like the casual visitor he used to be, and he’ll even revive HankMed ‘cause it’s the busy season, but his new life with Jill and their patients in Africa will otherwise be uninterrupted (episode title wink!) from here on out.

The end. (Anyone know the medical term for sudden sadness?)

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