I've been talking about USA's new original show, Royal Pains for a while now, but it's finally time for me to share my opinion of the first episode.
Royal Pains follows Hank Lawson (Mark Feuerstein), an ER doctor who is fired after making a decision to help the "wrong patient." Now jobless and girlfriendless, Hank is convinced by his younger brother, Evan (Paulo Costanzo) to head out to the Hamptons for the summer season kick-off weekend. Through a series of unforseen events, Hank is thrown in the world of the rich, and unintentionally becomes their new on-call doctor.
Now with a self-appointed assistant, Divya (Reshma Shetty), and a potential romance with the local hospital administrator Jill (Jill Flint), Hank is in for a big ride.
What you need to know about the first episode is that it serves to establish the main characters as well as the main story. Hank is the hero of the show and as so he is very likeable. His brother Evan is the comic relief to some of the more serious subjects of the show. As for the female characters, I have to admit that they are not as strong as Fiona from Burn Notice or Mary from In Plain Sight are, but hopefully we'll get to see different sides of them as the series progresses.
As far as the story goes, when I first started watching the episode, having not read much about the show, I thought to myself "why is USA coming up with an ER-like show?" But the ER-like feel lasted very shortly, as Hank gets fired and moves on to bigger and better things. I think Royal Pains does a good job at establishing all the major plot points and characters that lead Hank to his new calling. However, although we do see Hank in action at the Hamptons, we don't yet get to see the full "formula" for the show that will be Royal Pains, and that's something I'm really looking forward to in future episodes.
Royal Pains is a show worth checking out, especially with the empty schedule TV has left us with. This is your chance to enjoy a new show that won't interfere with your other TV viewing habits. Fans of USA will also recognize their signature feel to the show. Royal Pains very closely resembles Burn Notice and In Plain Sight tone wise.