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'Royal Pains' proves that owning a private island is not all it's cracked up to be


In episode five of Royal Pains (, Hank (Mark Feuerstein []) and Evan (Paulo Constanzo []) are hired by a wealthy family to travel with them to their private island for the weekend.  One of the members of the family is pregnant and they want Hank to be there just in case she needs medical assistance.  Evan cons his way into tagging along by offering to watch the family's children, who would otherwise be without a nanny for the weekend.  Back on the mainland, Divya (Reshma Shetty []) is left to man Hank MED on her own, and Jill (Jill Flint []) is left hanging after Hank jets (actually, he helicoptered, to be exact) off to the island just as they were about to cross a critical relationship milestone.  Needless to say, nothing on the mainland or the island goes at all smoothly, but issues are resolved and understandings are reached by the time all is said and done.

This episode of Royal Pains is just OK.  Evan annoys.  Divya is rigid.  Jill analyzes excessively.  And Hank saves the day.  But it all seems more than a bit redundant, as tends to happen with television series.  However, the best shows find a way to surprise with inventive storytelling more often than not.  So, here's hoping that as far as Royal Pains goes, the best is yet to come.