ROYAL PAINS “Listen to the Music” (Season Finale) Advance Review

Royal Pains "Listen to the Music"

ROYAL PAINS “Listen to the Music” Season 2 Episode 18 (Season Finale) – Summer comes to a close as major characters face turning points in the “Listen to the Music” episode of ROYAL PAINS. I was lucky enough to preview the episode and it wraps up some old storylines in classic season finale fashion while leaving a couple threads dangling for next summer.

It’s official: Boris did indeed throw Hank and Evan out, but luckily for them, Ms. Newberg is willing to at least temporarily run a home for wayward Lawsons. This enables the boys to be with Eddie after the judge renders his decision and he must make a difficult choice. This story unfolds well and leads to genuinely touching father-son and brotherly moments. It’s astonishing how much Evan has grown since Royal Pains premiered. Somewhere along the way, he has become my favorite character, and I couldn’t be happier with how the season ends for him.

Divya and Raj attend tango boot camp with dance instructor Niko (guest star Gilles Marini) in preparation for their wedding, and this is the most entertaining this couple has been. Raj is exponentially more interesting-and snarky–now that Divya has spilled the beans about Adam and I like the new honesty between them. Meanwhile, Niko becomes one of the patients of the week with unusual consequences.

The other patient of the week is Ben, a benefactor of the hospital who has MS and who presents Jill with a surprising opportunity and–in grand TV tradition– very little time to make a decision. Clichéd, yes, but it works better than it sounds.

A taste of the episode:

“Yeah, we wouldn’t last long on the rough beaches of Southampton.”

“Well, we feel fated to take a break.”

“Okay, Mr. ‘Life is Fever,’ I need to examine you.”

“No. No, don’t have a confession. Why must you always have a confession?”

“Perfecto. Now call me when you respect how I feel about it.”

“I had a crazy thought.”/”Evan’s favorite kind.”

“Listen to the music. At any moment it can change on you. You have to be ready to pivot and move in an entirely new direction.”

Royal Pains has meandered a bit this season with the too drawn-out Divya mess and the Boris-Marissa drama, but my love for all things Hank and Evan remains unabated. Not every story gets the attention it should (*coughBoriscough*), but “Listen to the Music” refocuses the show’s attention and emotionally grounds it with some nice callbacks to the series premiere. I do find it odd that Hank seems to have the least to either gain or lose here and I think it would be fascinating to see him genuinely shaken up, so I hope next season brings him a juicy storyline that rocks his world.

After you’ve had a chance to watch the Royal Pains season finale on USA tonight at 9pm eastern/8pm central, I hope you’ll come back and post your thoughts. Are you happy with how stories developed? How did you like the season as a whole and what do you want for next season? Let’s talk in the comments.

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