ROYAL PAINS “Mano a Mano” Review


When we last saw younger brother Evan, he was kidnapped in Cuba and tossed into an old car (looked like an 1950s Chevy Bel-Air, but not an expert on such). So “Mono a Mano” continues the ROYAL PAINS adventure away from the posh playground of The Hamptons. It turns out Evan’s kidnappers thought he was doctor brother Hank and want him to save their uncle, who’s hand is caught in gears of machinery. Hank’s called in to save the day and he’s like the McGuyver of medicine. The old man has other problems and needs to get him to Dr. Caseras’ clinic, where ultra-rich Boris is undergoing trials for his mystery ailment. One problem though: the old guy’s a political dissident, thought dead by the Cuban government, so they have to smuggle him out again to Boris’ private estate and where niece Carmen (Ana de la Reguera) later makes a play for Hank. Evan ends up playing cards with the boys. Meanwhile, back in Hampton’s land, Divya and Dr. Peck are still at odds, though Divya makes a new gal pal and gets a girls night out. Boris goes into shock with a seizure and Hank steps in to save the day. Hank and Evan head back home, with a prize box of Cuban cigars from Boris’ private plane. When the Hank med trio are later all sitting around smoking ’em, it’s a playful moment, but the bubble bursts with another lil’ surprise as Peck announces she’s going to be sticking around as another concierge doctor.

There’s some solid brother bonding again from Mark Feuerstein’s Hank and Paulo Costanzo’s Evan. Boris talks about Hank’s “hero complex,” which is dead-on and we’re waiting to see Hank fail, in a way. Divya takes out a douchebag guy who thinks he’s God’s gift to women with a kick to the kidney and also helps a choking little boy in a restaurant while Peck does nada and Divya finally tells her off, which is a stand up and cheer moment. Paola Turbay’s appealing, passionate Dr. Marissa Caseras is a near-keeper, sure to return, showing up in the states.

So ends the road trip two-parter. It’s always good to shift from a familiar locale and there are hints Royal Pains may do it again at some point. All the while, the whimsy that drives the show as much as the drama, sparkled well in this episode.

Darryl Morden – That Writer Guy