Royal Pains “A Farewell to Barnes” Advance Review

Royal Pains (USA) A Farewell to Barnes

Much like last night’s premier of White Collar; the winter premiere of Royal Pains also starts out right where it left off in summer, with Eric on the floor and Hank desperately calling for an ambulance. After that, things get a little serious, then a lot less serious, then maybe slightly serious again.

On the not so serious side, we have the reason behind the title of this episode. Called “A Farewell to Barnes,” the name refers to a party a divorcing couple decides to throw for themselves for a very unique reason. It was alternately oddly romantic, fairly odd, and absolutely hilarious all at once. Once you’ve seen it, I’m sure you’ll agree with me that a lot more people should do these kinds of parties. I know I’d go.

On the more serious side, we of course have the whole accidental overdose thing and the ramifications of that stretch pretty far. Not only is Divya affected, but of course the patient himself, Hank, Van Dyke, Jill…it’s a regular smorgasbord of emotions for everyone involved, only some of which will be resolved when the episode is over.

Not to be outdone in the drama department, Jill’s comes to a pretty serious decision herself and struggles throughout much of the episode to tell Hank about it. Seeing how busy the two of them are, plus patients dropping like flies around Hank, that’s not as easy as it sounds.

As for Evan and Paige, last we saw them Evan had been ordered by the colonel to put their engagement on hold and I know I’ve been wondering how long it would take for them to make it happen, or if (gasp!) they might even break up. All I can say is that by the end of this episode, you will know exactly where those two stand.

Overall, I found this to be a great start to the rest of the season. I didn’t enjoy all of the summer finale and frankly I was a bit nervous how things would pan out in the premiere. I am happy to report that I enjoyed every second of it and by the end of this episode I was sure of two things (two things that I’m nearly always sure of by the end of every episode). Number one: I’m desperately in love with Hank and number two: I want to move to the Hamptons.

I realize that the first one may never happen, but I’m still hopeful about the second one. I just may have to start looking at the real estate sections of some Hamptons newspapers, I can totally do these reviews from the beach.

My favorite (non-spoilery) bits…

“You wanna fight? You take it to an Irish pub where it belongs.”

“He never mentioned you.”
“Yeah, that’s my brother.”

“If I’m dying, it dovetails nicely with the day I’m having.”

“I drive a Saab, not an ambulance.”

Someone mistaking Hank for a Mormon. You’ll have to watch to see why that made me laugh out loud.

“You do own some clothes that aren’t pink?”

Hank and Jill on the dance floor.

Another brilliant diagnosis by Hank.

An ending that made me wish it was next Wednesday already.

Don’t forget, this episode of Royal Pains premieres tonight at 10pm on USA Network. Once you’ve seen the premiere, come back up and let us know what you thought. I love hearing from you guys!

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