Anyone watch the USA Network show Royal Pains? It stars Mark Feuerstein, who I liked a lot in a show a few years back, Good Morning, Miami, as ER doc Hank Lawson who, due to some bad luck, becomes a concierge doctor for the rich and famous in the Hamptons. Also on the show are Paulo Costanzo (his annoying brother), Reshma Shetty (the cute PA with a great accent), and Jill Flint (the annoying love interest with no chemistry).
My take on this show is that while Mark Feuerstein is very endearing, he's just not enough to save the show for me. It's full of cliches, annoying characters--particularly the brother, and bad writing. Julie and I were making a game out of finding inconsistencies in the plotlines. It's like the writers don't read their own scrips! For example, they have the physician assistant, Divya (Reshma Shetty), supposedly hiding her interest in medicine from her parents. You see, they want her to marry well and be a trophy wife---and not be working or overly educated. Yet she's got a degree as a PA, which takes 2-3 years of study, and supposedly got the degree without her parents knowing. And did I mention the SUV crammed full of expensive equipment and supplies? It was a running gag in the first few episodes that she had every type of portable diagnostic equipment that "Hank" would need. We're talking hundreds of thousands of dollars here! Hard to believe that her parents haven't noticed this "hobby."
Anyway, inconsistencies like that really drive me bonkers and I've finally given up on the show. Let me know if you like it---maybe I'll try the show again later on.
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