Vertigo

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! 

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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