Royal Pains “Doubt of Africa” Review (Season 8, Episode 4)

Doubt of Africa

Last night’s episode of Royal Pains was actually its 100th episode and then was quite a bit of story happening along with the return of an original cast member.

Let’s break down what happened:

• Evan was in a quandary about a shortage of doctors for the hospital’s emergency room.

Solution: Hank volunteered to handle it for the day despite the fact that he has been away from the ER, working as a concierge doctor for many years.

• Former hospital administrator Jill Casey (and Hank’s former girlfriend) made a surprise return to the Hamptons.

Initial Reaction: While Hank was very pleased to see her – she’s only in the Hamptons for a short time from her ongoing work in Africa – she was with Dr. Hans Degroot, who Hank believed to be her latest boyfriend.

Final Result: Hank learned at the end of the episode that while Hans and Jill are the faces of the clinic, Hans is gay. It would seem that, once again, Hank lost the girl of his dreams – AGAIN!

• Jeremiah treated a new patient who was having a lot of unusual symptoms; and what’s more, he figured out that she was actually the mysterious writer of a series of books that he has enjoyed reading for years based on a recommendation by his therapist.

Initial Reaction: Jeremiah volunteered to help the writer (Cindy Green aka C.G. Leviathan) complete her sixth book – for which she was on a tight deadline and she couldn’t type because she broke her wrist – but then she developed worse symptoms.

Final Result: Jeremiah and Cindy actually have a lot in common (could there be a possible romance brewing there?), she has Cushing’s disease (which can, thankfully, be treated) and Jeremiah assisted Cindy in attending a big panel discussion about her books for which she was very hesitant to attend.

• Hank’s recent patient Lena, whose younger brother got his foot caught in the spokes of his bike, ended up in the hospital because of what she thought was food poisoning.

Initial Reaction: Lena checked herself out of the hospital because she was convinced it was nothing more than food poisoning [although she was hiding a diagnosis by Diyva that she has pancreatitis].

Final Result: Evan had no choice but to call a social worker in [because of concerns over Lena’s younger brothers seemingly being unsupervised], creating an issue for Lean with social services; but she was also going to get the treatment she needed.

• Dr. Hans Degroot sought out help from Hank because of strep throat that he developed, but when Evan learned he had been in Sierra Leone, he enacted a hospital-wide quarantine.

Final Result: At first it seemed that Hans might have contracted Ebola, but that wasn’t the case; he actually had bacteria from his strep throat growing on a metal plate behind his eye (that was inserted when he blew out his eye saving his younger brother from falling into a frozen over pond).

Needless to say, it was quite an eventful 100th episode that showcased Hank being able to handle the urgency of the emergency room even better than he (or anyone) might have thought; Evan following hospital procedures perhaps a little too stringently; Jeremiah finally finding someone much like himself and showing how far he has come in his development and how much Evan and Hank are still bickering brothers. Oh, and let’s not forget that Hank let the girl of his dreams go a second time.

What did you think of the show’s 100th episode? Please share your thoughts below.

The next new episode of the 8th and final season of ‘Royal Pains’ will air on the USA Network on Wednesday, June 15 at 10/9c.