Pilot

royal pains pilot

Doctor Hank Lawson has the perfect life, complete with a beautiful fiancé and a promising job at a top New York City hospital. But it suddenly becomes a living nightmare when he chooses to save a neighborhood teen instead of a wealthy hospital patron because the teen’s situation was more urgent. After the patron dies, the hospital board fires Hank and threatens a lawsuit. As his professional prospects evaporate and bills start piling up, the former rising star becomes a recluse. Hank’s fiancé, Nikki, soon gets fed up and leaves him for good. Finally, Hank’s younger brother, Evan, convinces Hank to spend Memorial Day Weekend in the Hamptons in the hopes of getting him out of his slump. 

On his first night there, Evan drags Hank to an exclusive party, which they clearly haven’t been invited to, on the massive private estate of a mysterious mogul named Boris. Thanks to Evan’s ability to make even the most outrageous story sound plausible, they manage to get in. At the height of the festivities, Hank winds up saving the life of a sick girl who has been mistakenly diagnosed with a drug overdose by the presiding concierge doctor. 

Word spreads throughout the East End that there’s a new on-call doctor in town and Hank suddenly finds himself responding to calls from the area’s wealthiest residents: a teenager suffering from hemophilia who has been injured in a car accident, a wealthy woman with a leaky breast implant, and a girl who suffers from an internet-induced version of hypochondria. Also in pursuit is a savvy physician assistant, Divya, who insists that she help Hank set up shop in the Hamptons. Along the way, he meets the local hospital administrator, Jill Casey, whose interest in his story may be more than professional. 

Realizing that he has no job prospects in New York City yet suddenly a growing clientele in the Hamptons who are willing to pay big bucks for his services, Hank decides to give this concierge doctor thing a try with Evan as his business manager and Divya as an assistant. Little do they know, they ain’t seen nothing yet. 

About Royal Pains

USA Network is proud to announce the return of the Hamptons' newest doctor-on-demand, Hank Lawson (Mark Feuerstein), in Royal Pains.

Once a rising star in the New York City medical community, Hank found himself out of work, dumped by his fiancée and out of options after a dustup with some hospital honchos. Fed up with Hank's personal pity-party, his younger brother, Evan (Paulo Costanzo), convinced Hank to join him on a last-minute trip to the Hamptons for Memorial Day weekend. When the brothers crashed a party at the home of a Hamptons billionaire and a guest fell critically ill, Hank saved the day. His dramatic medical rescue drew attention from the crowd, and soon Hank's phone started ringing off the hook with patients wanting Hank to make house calls.

By the end of the weekend, HankMed was born. With Evan as the company's CFO and the whip-smart, ambitious Divya (Reshma Shetty) as Hank's physician's assistant, Hank becomes the Hamptons' new in-demand Doctor-for-Hire. News travels fast on the East End, especially when it's about a talented young doctor with MacGyver-like skills who makes house calls. But the rich and powerful aren't the only ones seeking out HankMed's services; there are plenty of less well-off locals who need his help, too, and he's more than happy to lend a hand.

But even with a few Hamptons summers already under their belts, things aren't going to be so easy for the HankMed team this time around. Hank is recovering from a life threatening injury, and might not be out of the woods just yet. Evan and Paige (Brooke D'Orsay) are newly married, but discovering that their honeymoon phase may already be over. Divya finds that choices she made over the winter will change her life forever. And HankMed's newest doctor, Jeremiah Sacani (Ben Shenkman) returns to find that his unrequited feelings for Divya are even stronger than before. All of these changes threaten the very existence of HankMed. And the mysterious circumstances surrounding Boris' death still hang in the air. So as summer heats up in the Hamptons, this season promises to be anything but a walk on the beach!

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