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- Eddie Lawson, father
- Catherine Lawson, mother (deceased)
- Toots Newberg, stepmother
- Carlos Casseras Kuester von Jurgens-Ratenicz, god-son
- Lena Lawson, adopted niece
- Wes Lawson, adopted nephew
- Ian Lawson, adopted nephew
- Bill Lawson, nephew
- Ted Lawson, nephew
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Hank grew up in Passaic, New Jersey, the eldest of two children born to Eddie Lawson and his wife, Catherine Lawson. When Hank was young, both he and his younger brother Evan were really close to their father. They would always wake up early on Saturday mornings and go to Hank's soccer games. They would always joke around with each other and try to make the other person laugh harder. Evan R. Lawson frequently commented about how much Hank loved their dad and how Hank worshipped him.
But when Evan and Hank's mother became sick, Eddie walked out on the family, unable to handle seeing his wife die. Therefore, Hank was left as the head of the family, taking the task of raising his younger brother and caring for his mother until her death. Because Hank's mother didn't have much money, they moved apartments a lot. Hank and Evan frequently had to share a room, a recollection which often comes up when either he or Evan see a set of bunk beds.
Following their mother's death, Hank sought to pursue a career as a doctor for numerous reasons. After he and Evan were left on their own, Hank realized the importance of obtaining a career which would assure him financial independence, which in turn also influenced Evan to pursue a career in business. In addition, his early life experiences enstilled in him numerous skills in problem solving and a staunch reluctance to accept what he cannot change.
Hank was a well known, respected doctor for most of his adult life while living in New York City. He was a ER physician at Brooklyn Heights Mercy Hospital. He was engaged to a woman named Nikki.
One day though, Hank's life took an unexpected turn when a series of events which Jill later noted to him as just being bad luck, and being in the wrong place at the wrong time. On a sunny late spring afternoon, Hank was playing basketball with some other guys on a public basketball court, when one of the other players fell to the ground and became unconscious. After confirming cardiac arrest, Hank quickly started treating the young man, and when he realized the EMT's wouldn't reach them in time, he and the other men he was playing basketball with made a makeshift backboard and transported the patient in the bed of an SUV to Brooklyn Heights Mercy Hospital.
Before Hank started operating on the young man, Hank learned that one of the hospital's major sponsors, Clayton Gardner, was also in the hospital after an apparent heart attack. Once Mr. Gardner was stable, Hank saw that the young man he had treated before needed more attention, so he decided that he could operate on the young man first, then operate on Mr. Gardner, being able to save them both.
However, while Hank was operating on the young man, Mr. Gardner died. This lead to Hank being reviewed by the hospital board through a disciplinary hearing. After Hank trying to explain why his actions were as they were, the board fired Hank from the hospital. In addition, the Gardner Family had him blacklisted from every hospital within New York City. With this forthcoming, Hank's life began to fall apart around him.
Falling into a depressive state, Hank's life crumbled. He sat around in sweats, watched television and movies, and accumulated take out garbage. In addition, Nikki sided with the hospital in blaming Hank for Mr. Gardner's death, which ultimately led to Hank calling off their engagement. She returned her engagement ring to him, and harshly scolded him for not being able to accept what he cannot change. That was the last time Hank saw her, though she would later call him on his cell phone on the day their wedding was planned to have taken place on.
Arriving in The Hamptons
Just after a team of movers finished moving Nikki's furniture from Hank's apartment, Evan visited Hank, insisting Hank accompany him on a weekend vacation to Long Island. After some convincing, Hank and Evan left New York City and drove to the Hampton's for Memorial weekend. After checking into a hotel, Hank accompanies Evan in crashing a party at the estate of Boris Kuester von Jurgens-Ratenicz, more officially known as Shadow Pond, In Sagaponack, just outside of Bridgehampton.
While not as interested in the festivities as Evan, Hank overhears some commotion over April, one of the party guests, suffering from what a private practitioner, Dr. Silver, unknowingly misdiagnoses as a drug overdose. Hank intervenes, pointing out a few symptoms Dr. Silver had missed, and after asking April's boyfriend where the two had been prior to her ailment, he is able to conclude insecticide poisoning. After this discovery, Hank points out to Dr. Silver the consequences of assuming the worst in people; that it halters properly resolving such a case by not exploring all possibilities.
After injecting April with the first part of the antidote for such poisoning, Boris objects, wishing to seek an alternative method of helping the ailing guest without invading his own privacy. In addition, Boris points out that Hampton's Heritage, the local hospital, doesn't exactly have the best reputation for providing medical care, referring to the facility as being a 'glorified taco stand.' Thinking back to Boris' bodyguards and identifying them as former Mossad agents, requests a MARK I Kit with an autoinjector from them. Hank proceeds to treat April, and she eventually begins to recover.
When Boris asks Hank where he practices medicine and learns of what happened in New York City, he scoffs at Brooklyn Heights Mercy's reason for firing him. Later on, while Boris offers to compensate Hank for his services, it is here that Hank first learns about the profession of Concierge Doctor, basically being a private practitioner for the upper class. Hank declines to accept any compensation, stating he was ethically obliged to intervene and standing by his earlier claim that emergency services should have been contacted. Noting Hank's skill and level of care towards April, Boris asks Hank to stay on for the summer in his guest cottage, which Hank again declines. Hank pulls Evan away from the party and as they are leaving Shadow Pond, Evan discovers a briefcase in the back seat with a note attached, inscribed 'The Doctor'. The briefcase is from Boris, and contains a bar of gold as payment for Hank's help that night.
Concierge Doctor - A Fresh Start
The morning after the party, Hank receives a phone call from a Mr. Bryant, requesting his immediate assistance. Upon his arrival at the address he is sent, Hank meets sixteen-year-old Tucker Bryant and his girlfriend Libby, who had been involved in a car accident. When Hank asks Tucker how he got his number, Tucker explains that his father had left a list of emergency phone numbers, and under the listing of Concierge Doctor, the number of Dr. Silver, the doctor he had met the night before at Shadow Pond, had been crossed out and replaced with Hank's number. He treats Libby for a facial laceration and also diagnoses her as being a cyberchondriac, explaining her obsession with researching medical terminology online. While on his way out the door, Tucker suddenly collapses. With Libby's help, Hank treats Tucker for a heart contusion he sustained in the accident using various household items, including a pen, sandwich bag, and duct tape. After stabilizing Tucker, Hank tells Libby to call for help, only to find out once again that the reputation of Hampton's Heritage is far from perfect. Therefore, an air ambulance arrives and wisks Tucker and Libby off to Mount Sinai Hospital in Manhattan.
Meanwhile, back at the motel, Evan is confronted by two women looking for his brother. April, the girl Hank had saved the night before at Boris' mansion arrives looking for Hank, apparently smitten by him after saving her life. She is followed by Divya, a physician's assistant looking to work with Hank. When Hank arrives back at the motel after treating Tucker and Libby, he is confronted by the two women. He meets with April first, explaining to her that she is experiencing a medical condition called Nightingale Syndrome, whereas a patient develops an emotional bond with their caretakers. When he meets with Divya, he is a bit confused about what she is looking for. Divya explains to Hank and Evan that all Concierge doctors have assistants, and when Hank repeatedly denies being a Concierge doctor, Evan asks about the profession in question. Both Hank and Divya explain that Concierge Doctors are essentialy private physicians who cater to the rich and famous. After seeing his brother having saved two lives, had a model fall in love with him and obtain a bar of gold in the process, all in less than 24 hours, Evan realizes the potential that Hank has found for himself. With Divya's help, Evan tells his brother that pursuing the position of Concierge Doctor could be the lucky break Hank has been waiting for since getting fired.
During their meeting, Hank gets another phone call from a patient requesting his assistance. After reluctantly accepting the case, Divya offers Hank and Evan a ride on the way to meet the patient. She shows Hank her truck, filled with medical equipment. The address Hank had recieved leads them to Hampton's Heritage, where he meets Ms. Neuberg, his patient. She presents to him her medical dilemma, a faulty breast implant. While Hank continues to decline treating her for numerous reasons, he suddenly finds himself confronting Jill Casey, a woman he had met the night before at Boris' mansion who is also the Hospital Administrator. After speaking with her about Ms. Neuberg, he suddenly finds himself willing to treat her, and at the same time finds himself slightly smitten by Jill.
Later that day, he and Divya are able to solve Ms. Neuberg's problem by draining the remaining seline implant in order to diffuse her awkward apparence, which she thanks him for graciously. It is here that Hank first hears the term HankMed, from Evan, who has given himself the title CFO (Chief Financial Officer). However, despite their immediate success, Hank still blatantly refuses to consider working as a Concierge doctor.
It is a decision, however, he comes to reconsider when Jill stops by the motel later on, and asks Hank out for lunch. While talking with Jill, it becomes clear that it is Hank's ethics which are making him hesitant towards pursuing this new enterprise, as he is seemingly worried about losing sight of his stance on his work as a doctor. While talking to Jill, he comes to realize that her ethical standing as a doctor is almost parallel to his, in the sense that she strives to treat those who need it without complicating the issue with money and profits. It is here that Jill reveals she knows all about what happened to Hank in Brooklyn and asserts that he did nothing wrong, concluding it was only bad luck. Hank's biggest surprise comes when Jill tells him that he has to change what he cannot accept, which is one of his most prominent traits as a doctor and as a human being. They take a stroll on the boardwalk by the beach, and after Jill gives Hank her phone number, he comes to realize that perhaps this new job could indeed be the second chance he'd been waiting for.
Hank ultimately decides to stay in the Hamptons and pursue a new career as a Concierge Doctor. Evan also decides to stay and work as CFO of his brother's practice, and Hank also hires Divya as his physician's assistant, the three of them establishing the Concierge Practice known as HankMed. He takes up Boris' offer to stay in the guest cottage at Shadow Pond, which he and Evan move into after Dr. Silver moves out. Putting New York City behind him, Hank gets a fresh start and a new life.
Life in the Hamptons
In the following years, Hank treats numerous clients throughout the Hamptons and saves dozens of lives. He becomes a highly respected member of the community and befriends many of his clients such as Ms. Neuberg and Tucker Bryant. His relationship with Evan grows stronger in their living and working together, he becomes good friends with Divya and has an off-and-on romantic relationship with Jill. He manages to slowly begin to reconstruct his relationship with his estranged father and builds a strong friendship with Boris, who becomes his most prominent client when he asks Hank to monitor his rare genetic illness.
He underwent brain surgery after having complications from a concussion but is back to normal.
Love life When hank lived in the city
Hank tries to be at his best both personally and professionally. He's a compassionate person who thinks highly about the well being of others, is quick on his feet when it comes to solving problems, and understands the importance of being honest and seeing things as they truly are. He frequently relates these traits to his choice to become a doctor, as they provide him the opportunity to make a living doing what he does best.
Throughout HankMed's history, Hank is highly reluctant towards accepting Evan's recommendations on growing their business, as he feels that mixing business with medicine contradicts his work ethic and compromises his practice in medicine, just as it had done in New York.
He also takes his own health seriously, as he often prefers foods which are much more on the healthier side, particularly compared to what his brother eats, and he frequently goes jogging on the beach.
‘Royal Pains’ Finale: EPs Talk Series Ending, Why Hank Didn’t Leave the Hamptons For Good & HankMed’s Future
SPOILER ALERT: This story contains details of tonight’s series finale ofRoyal Pains.
Royal Pains, which ended its eight-season run tonight, was the epitome of USA Network’s “blue skies” brand – fun, light shows in beautiful locales. Set in the posh summer enclave of the Hamptons, the series starring Mark Feuerstein as concierge doctor Hank Lawson, was a breakout hit when it premiered in summer 2009. Seven years later, USA is home of darker, edgier fare highlighted by its new flagship drama Mr. Robot. The end of Royal Pains, the last of USA’s blue-sky shows, marks the end of an era for the network. In an interview with Deadline, Royal Pains co-creator/co-showrunner Andrew Lenchewski and co-showrunner Michael Rauch discuss the finale and the musical episode that preceded it, the last scene and how it bookends the series, alternative endings considered and what the future holds for the main characters: Hank, Evan, Paige, Divya, Jeremiah and Boris.
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Obviously this is not the original finale you had had in mind because Brooke D’Orsay was not in the picture at the onset but how close was the series closer to what you’d had in mind?
We never spent much time trying to divine what the series finale would be. There were a few vague notions we had, about what it would be fun to do in our final Hank scene, or our final Hank/Evan scene. But ultimately, the finale had to largely serve the stories we had been telling in our final couple of seasons. And there was no real way to anticipate what those stories would be. Having said all that, looking back on the finale now, it’s nice to feel like it was really the one and only way to end the series.
What are some alternative endings you considered?
The biggest debate in the room (and with our very passionate partners at USA and UCP) was whether Hank should end up in the Hamptons, or elsewhere. Was the Hamptons just a pit stop on his road to reinvention? Or was it his ultimate destination? It was a pretty polarizing debate, with everyone bringing very strong arguments to the table. But ultimately, we felt that the audience wanted to walk away from the series, feeling like Hank’s life in the Hamptons would continue, even if they weren’t there to see it.
Was Hank always destined to end up with Jill?
And that was the second-biggest debate. Watching the pilot, and seeing her introduced as his reason for moving to the Hamptons, it does feel inevitable that they’d end up together. And ever since Jill Casey (and Jill Flint) left the show in Season 4, she was sorely missed. But we knew that if we brought her back, we had to do it in a way that felt earned, and honored the intervening seasons with her gone. So we decided to bring her back before the finale, to properly set it up. The episode we brought her back for happened to be our 100th, which only reinforced the fated quality of her return.
Was the series always going to end with Hank’s signature move putting on the sunglasses? (Here’s the end of the finale script: “As Evan smiles and walks away, we stay with Hank. Taking in the image of his full, thriving family. He smiles, throws on his shades, and looks up to find…a bright sun, in an impossibly blue sky, smiling back at him.”)
It was meant as a bookend to the final moment of the pilot, when he does the exact same thing. But Mark made the moment truly magical. Because he showed up on set, and showed us that he had kept that exact pair of prop glasses from the pilot, and thought it would be a nice little reward for those who had watched from the beginning. Visually, poetically, and emotionally, it became the perfect grace note to end the series on.
HankMed folded with the original gang of Hank, Evan and Divya all leaving, but in the final scene of the finale set three years later, the concierge practice was up and running again. Is that just for the summer season or the company was launched with now-Dr.Divya Katdare and Jeremiah?
We imagine that Dr. Katdare and Dr. Sacani are running the medical side of HankMed throughout the year, while Hank returns for the busy season, the summers. Of course the business side continues to be controlled by Evan R. Lawson, CEO, though he needs help as he’s also running Hamptons Heritage, so Evan gives his children an early at-home MBA in business management and revenues.
What’s the future for Hank and Jill – work in Africa and spend the summer in the Hamptons?
Hank and Jill will travel the world together helping to establish and provide medical attention to those in need. And, yes, they will return home to the Hamptons, and their families, in the summer time. Their future children will accrue serious future frequent flyer miles.
Will Hank ever return to the ER?
When Hank is needed in the ER he will always help out, but he’s happiest when operating outside the bureaucracy of a hospital.
Where do you see the characters 5 years from now? Will Boris rule over Russia?
Hank and Jill globetrotting, saving lives and raising their own kids. Evan successfully making Hamptons Heritage a profitable hospital, while also catering to those who cannot afford hospital care. Paige running the Hamptons’ most successful antique store, ‘Lawson and Berger – Past and Present’. After finally getting legally married, Evan and Paige will install a full court basketball court inside Shadow Pond, so their five children can one day form a team. Divya will be professionally satisfied as a physician, and a mother, realizing, and embracing the fact that no one can do everything. Jeremiah will win a Lasker Award, and just miss out on a Nobel Prize for his work with decoding genetic disorders. And Boris, well, he will be doing some very under-the-radar important work, in a very volatile country, but if we tell you any more Dieter will have to kill you.
How did the musical episode come about?
First of all, USA network said “Yes.” We are always looking for new ways to tell Royal Pains‘ stories, and since we are blessed with an incredibly talented cast of actors who can also sing, dance, and are brave enough to do it all on camera, it felt like a musical episode could both capture the tone of our world, and challenge us to try out another way of storytelling. Also, one of the innumerable benefits of making television in New York City is that the reservoir of guest stars is filled with Broadway performers who often do musical theater. The opportunity to combine New York’s bevy of great talent along with our own incredibly gifted cast was too much to pass up. And once we tricked Tom Kitt into writing the music, we knew it was a risk worth taking.
Musical episodes are always risky. Why did you decide to have it as the show’s penultimate installment?
Using a musical to set up our series finale felt like a fun way to platform the end of Royal Pains, in that we’d be giving the audience something different, and unexpected, both as a penultimate episode, but also as cliffhangers into our finale. It also felt like it would allow the series finale to breathe a little on its own, and not feel like a ‘to be continued’ from the prior week. Then, practically speaking, a musical requires months of ramp-up, to find a songwriter, to let that songwriter write the songs, then have our actors learn and record them…we quickly realized to do this right we’d need as much time as possible to prepare, so we pushed it as late into the season as we could, without infringing on the series finale.
How does it feel to be the last of USA’s brand of blue sky comedic dramas?
We feel so lucky that we got to be on the right network, at the right time. And so grateful, to have had such enormous and consistent support, from both USA and UCP, starting with the marketing blitz that launched Season One, and ending with the massive P.R. campaign they’ve waged this season for our sendoff. (#RoyalFarewell) Obviously, the network is evolving, as is the entire TV landscape. But for 8 years, the tone of our show and the tone of the network were one and the same. So we had the amazing fortune to be on a network that just let us be us. For writers, that’s a very rare gift.
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Episodes: 104 (hour)
TV show dates: July 4, 2009 — July 6, 2016
Performers include: Mark Feuerstein, Paulo Costanzo, Jill Flint, Reshma Shetty, Campbell Scott, Anastasia Griffith, Dieter Riesle, Ezra Miller, Henry Winkler, James P. Anderson, Meredith Hagner, Christine Ebersole, Rupak Ginn, Bruno Campos, Marcia Gay Harden, Anna George, and Paul Weaver.
TV show description:
This medical drama is about a doctor who was kicked out of his hospital job because he chose to save the life of a “nobody” instead of a hospital benefactor. He reluctantly goes on vacation to the Hamptons with his brother the accountant. He then falls in to being a concierge doctor. He helps rich people that have too much money to go to the hospital, and also aids those less fortunate.
Hank Lawson (Mark Fuerstein) has everything going for him — a great job and a beautiful fiancee — until the bottom falls out. He loses his job, and consequently the woman he was going to marry, who seemingly only wants a successful doctor. Hank is often referred to as the “Medical MacGyver” as he always finds a way to get it done, no matter what the situation. At first, he resents those he meets in the Hamptons, as they represent the very people that got him fired. But, after living and working amongst them, he starts to understand his new community better.
Hank’s younger brother, Evan Lawson (Paulo Costanzo) is an accountant and the more manipulative of the two. He pushes his brother into accepting this position in the Hamptons because he dreams of the finer things in life. He’d do anything for his brother, including managing his concierge service. He also seems to resent and admire the fact that Hank can get nearly any lady.
Hank can’t do all the medical work on his own and needs an assistant, so he and Evan hire Divya Katdare (Rashma Shetty). She’s always very practical and efficient, but doesn’t really need the job. Her family is extremely wealthy, and they’d rather marry her off in an arranged marriage than have her working. As a result, she keeps the job a secret from them.
The other woman in Hank’s new life is Jill Casey (Jill Flint). She’s a hospital administrator in the Hamptons who knows how to move about the rich and famous to do her job. She also recognizes that the reason there are such things as concierge doctors is because her hospital is so undesirable. She shares the same principles as Hank and makes sure that Hank can help her out whenever he can. The two start a romance, but it gets hairy once her ex returns to town.
Episode #104 — Uninterrupted
Hank and Evan snoop for clues about Boris’ disappearance until Boris makes a surprising reappearance in the Hamptons. He’s returned to wrap up his affairs at Shadow Pond, and has an interesting offer for Hank. Meanwhile, Divya receives news about her application to Johns Hopkins. And Evan and Paige grapple with a big decision.
Hank also treats Libby, who’s busy protesting the closure of a public beach access by a rich Hamptonite. Libby’s certain the jaw pain she’s experiencing is from all her chanting during the protest. But when Libby takes a turn for the worse, Hank realizes she caught more than just the protesting bug.
Evan attends a custody deposition for Lena and her brothers, however it doesn’t go according to plan and Lena and her brothers face a big change. But as Evan and Paige prepare to welcome a new baby into their home, Evan convinces Paige that they may be able to help Lena and her brothers, too.
As Boris prepares to leave the Hamptons for good, Hank notices he’s suffering from joint pain. Fearing a return of Boris’ disease, Hank performs a medical work-up. But when it yields a surprising result, Hank has an idea of Boris’ plans for the future, as well as a surprising insight into why people have been after his DNA.
Meanwhile, Divya plans for her move to Baltimore, and Jeremiah navigates the beginning of a relationship with C.G. As everyone begins to move on with the next chapter of their lives, Hank struggles to figure out what’s next for him. But after plenty of soul-searching – and despite many new opportunities nearby – Hank decides to make a change as big as the one that brought him to the Hamptons in the first place. (Courtesy USA)
First aired: July 6, 2016.
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American medical comedy-drama television series
For the book with a similar name, see The Royal Pain.
Royal Pains (stylized ℞oyalPains) is an American comedy-drama television series that ran on the USA Network from 2009 to 2016. The series was based in part on actual concierge medicine practices of independent doctors and companies. The cast of the show included Mark Feuerstein, Paulo Costanzo, Reshma Shetty, Brooke D'Orsay, Ben Shenkman, Jill Flint, and Campbell Scott.
The series follows Hank Lawson, a young emergency room doctor, who after being wrongly blamed for an important patient's death, moves to the Hamptons and becomes a reluctant "doctor for hire" to the rich and famous. When the administrator of the local hospital asks him to treat the town's less fortunate, he finds himself walking the line between doing well for himself and doing good for others.
Cast and characters
Main article: List of Royal Pains characters
- Mark Feuerstein as Dr. Henry "Hank" Lawson, a formerly successful New York E.R. doctor, who is fired from his job after a wealthy hospital benefactor dies in his care. When he saves someone's life during a trip to the Hamptons, he accepts an offer from Boris, a German businessman, to remain as a "concierge doctor" in the resort community. He usually attends to wealthy clientele, but also others in need of care and often without the means to pay. According to the episode "Keeping the Faith", he and his brother are Jewish.
- Paulo Costanzo as Evan Roth Lawson, Hank's younger brother. He is an accountant and self-appointed CFO of HankMed. Evan's job is to promote the HankMed business, at times using strategies that Hank finds inappropriate or too commercial. At the end of season 4, he marries Paige, the adopted daughter of a wealthy, conservative military man who is running for the United States Congress. When Boris buys Hampton Heritage in Season 7, he becomes a member of the board and the hospital's Acting Administrator.
- Reshma Shetty as Divya Katdare, Hank's physician assistant. She joins the team early and is invaluable to Hank. She initially has to keep her medical career a secret from her parents. Forced by her parents into an arranged betrothal to a childhood friend, she has finally broken free of their control and is living on her own. As of season 6, Divya has a daughter named Sashi, but is involved in a bitter custody dispute with Sashi's father Rafa.
- Jill Flint as Jill Casey (seasons 1–4; recurring, season 8), Hank's on again/off again girlfriend and an administrator at Hamptons Heritage, the local hospital. Jill works with Hank to open a small clinic while running the local community hospital. In the fourth season, after finally giving up on any chance of romance with Hank, she leaves the Hamptons to do relief work in Africa.
- Brooke D'Orsay as Paige Lawson (seasons 4–8; recurring, seasons 2 & 3), Evan's wife. Paige is the daughter of a wealthy, conservative former military officer with political aspirations who initially does not think Evan is good enough for his daughter. Paige and Evan meet when she hires him to play her pretend boyfriend, but their pretend relationship soon blossoms into a real one. In the season 4 episode "Who's Your Daddy?", she is revealed to be adopted, and in the season 4 two-part finale/special "Off-Season Greetings", she and Evan marry.
- Ben Shenkman as Dr. Jeremiah Sacani (seasons 5–8; recurring, season 4), was hired by Evan to be Hank's replacement during Evan and Hank's temporary halt to their business partnership; Sacani stayed on when Hank and Evan made peace. He is an accomplished researcher and excellent at his work, although he has an awkward bedside manner because of his limited social skills. Sacani is an heir to a vast fortune. He and Divya are best friends and Divya and Sashi move into his house in season 6, but their friendship is almost broken when Divya meddles in and unintentionally almost destroys Jeremiah's relationship with a woman named Viviana. In season 7, Jeremiah is conned out of a great deal of money from a former fellow college classmate.
- Campbell Scott as Boris Kuester von Jurgens-Ratenicz (seasons 4 & 5; recurring, seasons 1–3 & 6–8), a wealthy and titled German businessman who offers Hank and Evan his guest house, and is Hank's first client. Boris has a genetic disease he is determined will die with him, and which he fights with equal determination, often by seeking rare or risky treatments. Used to getting what he wants, Boris has a rigid code of conduct, which can at times put him at odds with Hank. In season 3 he has a son, Carlos with his wife Marissa. In Season 6, he buys Hampton Heritage, stating that he intends to settle permanently in the Hamptons, and convinces Hank, Evan, Divya and Jeremiah to become members of the hospital's Board of Directors but has a secret agenda.
- Henry Winkler as Eddie R. Lawson, Hank and Evan's loving, ne'er-do-well father who left the boys when they were young. Accused of embezzlement, Eddie served a short term in prison and is now on parole, a best-selling author and has been rebuilding his relationship with his sons and his new-found daughter Emma.
- Anastasia Griffith as Dr. Emily Peck, an arrogant rival doctor who works with (and becomes briefly involved with) Hank. Emily is hired to substitute for Hank while he makes an extended visit to Cuba with Boris, and soon comes into conflict with Divya because of her arrogance and her detached approach to her patients.
- Michael B. Silver as Ken "Killer" Keller, a sports agent and Hank's former high school bully. While Hank is initially hostile to him they develop a mutual respect and friendship. By season 5 Keller joined HankMed as the practice's lawyer.
- Tom Cavanagh as Jack O'Malley, a pro golfer who was featured in the season-two episode "Mulligan" and later became a recurring character in season 3, as his friendship with Hank became more pronounced. Jack died in the season 3 episode "Hank and the Deep Blue Sea" which caused Hank to develop emotional trauma.
- Kyle Howard as Dr. Paul Van Dyke (nicknamed "V.D."), a staff doctor at Hampton's Heritage; Divya first meets him while moonlighting at the hospital. After a brief flirtation between Divya and him, Evan hires him as one of Hank's replacements during the temporary halt to the business partnership between Hank and Evan. Van Dyke's personality is very energetic and impulsive, which has gotten him into awkward situations professionally and socially. Van Dyke would later join the new HankMed. He had a pet rabbit of which he was very fond. He also has a slightly older fraternal twin brother named Daniel (nicknamed "D.V.D.").
- Anna George as Rubina Katdare, Divya's reserved and loyal mother. She follows the traditions of a traditional Indian housewife, a sympathetic ear to Divya's frustrations and a bridge to Divya's father. When Divya's father disowns her, Rubina secretly keeps a relationship with Divya. She is eventually inspired by Divya to follow her heart, which causes her to leave her husband and travel the world.
- Ajay Mehta as Devesh Katdare, Divya's strict and strait-laced father. He practically disowns Divya when she cancels her wedding with Raj (Rupak Ginn), but they reconcile once she becomes his nurse after he nearly drowns.
Main article: List of Royal Pains episodes
Principal production of the show's pilot occurred in the Hamptons. However, other locations throughout Long Island were used, with Oheka Castle being the most prominent. Although actually located 60 miles to the west, in Huntington, Oheka served as the Hamptons home of Boris, the German nobleman who offers his guest house to Hank and Evan. In later episodes, exterior and aerial shots of Oheka are used to introduce scenes in the guest house.
In one episode, a Long Beach drive-through convenience store, Dairy Barn, was used as a fictional hot dog stand; a sign can be seen in the opening of that scene. Also, several scenes were shot on the bay side of Point Lookout. Other places used as fictional Hamptons locations include Northport Village in the Town of Huntington, Old Westbury Gardens, Freeport's Nautical Mile, which served as the exterior and parking lot of Hampton Heritage Hospital (in one scene, Freeport's charter coat can be seen across the bay) Caumsett State Historic Park and Oyster Bay Town Hall, which was transformed into the entrance of the Hamptons Heritage Hospital emergency room. Catalina Beach Club in Atlantic Beach, New York was transformed for the pilot episode into the fictional Hampt Inn, the hotel Hank and Evan stayed in upon their arrival in the Hamptons. Downtown Locust Valley, another haunt of the wealthy on Long Island's Gold Coast, plays downtown East Hampton in at least one episode (where Evan and Paige go shopping), with interior shots in a store as well as street scenes. Other areas of filming include Roslyn, New York and Manhasset, New York, where the North Hempstead, New York Town Hall was used as a police station.
For several beach scenes, West Neck Beach (Huntington) was used and a food shopping scene was filmed in Southdown Market in Huntington. Huntington Hospital was used for Hamptons Heritage Hospital.
Two episodes of the second season take place in Cuba, but were filmed in Puerto Rico. The third episode (Lawson Translation) of the fifth season is set and was also shot in Budapest, Hungary.
Development and production
The pilot was filmed on location on Long Island, New York in the spring and fall of 2008. The pilot was directed by Jace Alexander, who also filmed the pilot of Burn Notice, another USA Network show, which aired in the hour before Royal Pains. Andrew Lenchewski wrote the pilot and Rich and Paul Frank executive-produced the project, with Lenchewski co-executive producing and John P. Rogers producing. The series was then picked up for a 12-episode season. On February 24, 2011, the show completed its second season. The show was renewed for a sixth season which was filmed in New York and premiered on June 10, 2014.
Awards and nominations
|2012||Young Artist Awards||Best Performance in a TV Series—Guest Starring Young Actress 14–16||Sami Gayle||Nominated|
|2012||People's Choice Awards||Favorite Cable TV Comedy||Royal Pains||Nominated|
|2013||ASCAP Awards||Top Television Series||Royal Pains||Won|
|2016||GLAAD Awards||Outstanding Individual Episode||Royal Pains||Won|
Royal Pains has become one of the highest-rated shows on cable. The series premiere was watched by 5.57 million viewers, the highest series premiere for the USA Network since Psych in 2006. With episodes two and three watched by 5.59 million and 6.5 million viewers, respectively, it was the first show in five years to have viewership increase from week two to week three.
|Season||Timeslot (ET)||# Ep.||Premiered||Ended||TV Season||Viewers|
|1||Thursday 10:00 p.m. (June 4 – August 27, 2009)||12||5.57||5.90||2009||7.47|
|2||Thursday 10:00 p.m. (June 3 – August 26, 2010)|
Thursday 9:00 p.m. (January 20 – February 24, 2011)
|3||Wednesday 9:00 p.m. (June 29 – August 31, 2011)|
Wednesday 10:00 p.m. (January 18 – February 22, 2012)
|4||Wednesday 9:00 p.m. (June 6 – September 19, 2012)|
Sunday 9:00 p.m. (December 16, 2012)
|5||Wednesday 9:00 p.m. (June 12 – September 11, 2013)||13||3.68||3.75||2013||TBA|
|6||Tuesday 9:00 p.m. (June 10 – September 2, 2014)||13||2.38||1.78||2014||TBA|
|7||Tuesday 9:00 p.m. (June 2 – July 21, 2015)||8||1.67||1.57||2015||TBA|
Universal Studios Home Entertainment released the first season of Royal Pains in Region 1 on May 25, 2010, and released it in Region 4 on August 25, 2010. Season 2 was released in Region 1 on May 17, 2011. A DVD released on January 3, 2012, contained the first 10 episodes of the third season. The complete series is also available on iTunes.
The complete series was released on DVD by Mill Creek Entertainment on September 22, 2020.
|Title||Region 1||Region 2||Region 4||Bonus Features|
|Season 1||May 25, 2010||July 26, 2010||August 25, 2010||Deleted Scenes; Gag Reel; Commentary; Paulo's Video Blogs; Dr. Irv Danesh: The Real Doctor of Royal Pains; "High Top Fade Out" (Psych, episode 4.07)|
|Season 2||May 17, 2011||August 12, 2013||March 28, 2012||Deleted Scenes; Gag Reel; Commentary; Guest Starring; Location, Location, Location|
|Season 3||January 3, 2012 (Vol 1)|
May 29, 2012 (2012-05-29) (Vol 2)
|August 5, 2013||Deleted Scenes; Gag Reel; Commentary (Region 1 Only)|
|Season 4||May 7, 2014||July 6, 2015|
|Season 5||September 23, 2014||July 6, 2015|
|Season 6||April 28, 2015|
|Season 7||April 26, 2016|
|Season 8||July 19, 2016|
From 2011 to 2012, D.P. Lyle published two novels based on the television series, under Signet Books' Obsidian imprint.
On July 6, 2010, actor Hayden Christensen and his older brother Tove filed a lawsuit against USA Network in a Manhattan Federal Court. In the suit, the brothers claimed to have pitched USA Network an idea for a new television series, called Housecall, which involved a concierge doctor who made house calls to the rich and famous. The two brothers also claimed that a USA Network executive told them, "prior to learning about Housecall, he was unaware of concierge doctors and that he thought it was a fascinating idea." A USA Network spokeswoman declined to comment on the lawsuit. On May 10, 2011, a Manhattan judge ruled not enough evidence was available to justify a breach-of-contract claim because the claim concerns "materials that are not copyrightable, such as ideas." The decision was reversed on appeal in June 2012, the court holding that Christensens' claims were not pre-empted by copyright law. The opinion stated, "There are several qualitative differences between such a contract claim and a copyright violation claim," and added that sister appellate circuits recently had come to this same conclusion. The case was settled in May 2013, with no details made public.
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