Vertigo
S5 episode 5 Aired on July 17, 2013

Hank checks in on Officer Don, who’s feeling better after his kidney-stone debacle. This doesn’t stop Don from being alarmed by his daughter Molly’s increasingly bad behavior, especially when she’s hanging out with the local teen troublemaker, Slack.  Don isn’t completely honest with Hank about his symptoms, though, which Hank only starts to discover after they’re both caught in the middle of a police standoff.

Evan’s plan to publicly reveal his candidacy is spoiled when he learns that Blythe already knows.  Not to mention he has to get 300 supporters in order to officially get his name on the ballot.  And as Evan starts stumping for signatures, he realizes it’s not going to be such a breeze.

After attending a concert in the park, Divya gets to meet one of her musical idols, though not in the way she intended. She treats Santiago “Santi” Diaz, the “rock star” conductor of a traveling youth orchestra.  Unfortunately for him, what starts out as a bump on the head, turns in to something that could cause Santi to lose his gift forever.

Paige takes time off from HankMed to fill in for an ailing Russel. She’s tasked with picking up a valued painting from a wealthy art lover, who turns out to be someone she knows all too well.  

Production Notes

Royal Pains likes continuity! Santi’s concert-in-the-park was filmed in the same place as the show’s last big performance – Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream from “Bottom’s Up” (season 3, episode 14).

Santi’s orchestra is played by the Interschool Orchestra of New York. ISONY is a youth organization based out of Chelsea, New York that’s performed all around the world, teaching children of all ages how to play. 

The Chagall painting “Lovers in Green” is a real painting.  But of course it’s too priceless to have on the show, so a replica was used (with permission) in its stead.

The hostage scene was filmed at a Long Island marina with real police officers, actors, and a stunt team.  A police official was on hand to make sure police procedures were reflected properly on screen.

The scene where Santi experiences vertigo in his home what shot on a raised set in Greenpoint against a green screen.  The crashing water, cliff, sunset - everything was inserted via visual effects!

The final scene in which Molly confronts Hank on the beach was shot of a very cold, grey and cloudy day.  The sky was digitally altered so it looked blue and sunny. There’s even an instagram photo to back this up!