Royal Pains Season 5 Review “Pins and Needles” – Confronting the Truth

In this episode of Royal Pains, called “Pins and Needles,” Hank is forced to confront the one thing he hasn’t wanted to acknowledge since his surgery, while Evan inadvertently causes his wife to feel jealousy.

Well, I feel like we’ve been waiting for it all season and finally we’re (hopefully) getting into the nitty gritty of Hank’s addition. Just as Jeremiah noted, Hank said and did all the things that an addict would say and do, but Hank of course didn’t want to acknowledge that it was actually happening to him. Hank has had a lot of challenges since his injury and surgery and I think all of them stem from the fact that he’s always felt that he had to be the strong one. First it was as a kid when he had to take care of his dying mother and little brother, then as an adult who became a doctor and had to take care of hispatients. I think that Hank getting injured scared him in more ways than one and having to feel weak wasn’t something he liked. If he is weak, then who will take care of everyone? So Hank taking more painkillers – and refusing to take the meds that might make him dopey and unable to practice medicine – made perfect sense. Read More...


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