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Hank, still experiencing pain but unable to convince Jeremiah to refill his prescription, heads to a pain clinic in hopes they can alleviate what’s ailing him.

It’s Evan’s birthday, and Paige is planning a big surprise for him despite her being swamped with work all weekend.  Evan has promised not to snoop, but thinks he’s figured it out when Divya invites everyone to come with her to Italy to meet her mother’s new boyfriend. Divya plans to use the occasion to break the news of her pregnancy in person. Not until Evan finds himself in the middle of Tuscany does he realize what a big mistake he’s made.

Hank checks in on Don after the police officer misses an MRI appointment.  Don is desperately trying to track down Molly, who can’t be found.  A clue from Hank leads them to a dilapidated house in the North Fork. They find Molly in pain, which causes Hank to give her one of his pain pills.  And the physical stress of getting her to a hospital only proves to aggravate Don’s illness, putting both father and daughter in grave condition.

Production Notes

The jet that Evan and Divya fly on isn’t really a jet at all. The interior was built on the RP Sound stage, constructed with removable walls to allow maximum camera flexibility.

A small crew was flown to Europe for the Italy sequence. They were in Florence for a total of 4 days: 2 to scout, and 2 to shoot.

Only able to procure a few pigs for the back of the truck that takes Evan to the Italian airport, post-production beefed it up by adding one digitally inserted pig.

The little girl in the pig truck was the star of the Italy shoot. The crew was running out of light and had only so many takes they could shoot before it was dark. She nailed her lines on the first of every take, to the delight of everyone on set.

The house that Molly finds herself trapped in is also a set. It was built on the same stage as the jet (though not at the same time!) on an elevated platform so that Molly’s leg could be plunged through the floor. We promise no actresses were hurt during the filming of this scene.

About Royal Pains

USA Network is proud to announce the return of the Hamptons' best 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 became 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 after a few idyllic summers in the Hamptons, there are big changes in store for HankMed this season. Hank returns from his travels abroad with Boris (Campbell Scott), but realizes coming home isn’t always as easy as it seems. Evan and Paige (Brooke D’Orsay) grow stronger in their marriage thanks to the help of an unconventional therapist. Divya must find a way to balance the challenges of being a single-mom with her job at HankMed. HankMed’s newest doctor, Jeremiah Sacani (Ben Shenkman) realizes that having Divya and her baby stay with him isn’t going to be as easy as he thought. And when a mysterious young woman shows up at the guesthouse at the beginning of summer, she changes Hank and Evan’s lives forever. So as another summer heats up in the Hamptons, this season promises to be anything but a walk on the beach! 

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