My first reaction upon hearing a TV series (and one that I adore) is doing a musical episode is to cringe a lot, which leads to a, "Please, no." Sometimes a musical episode just spells bad things and ends up in disaster. I mean, even an extremely successful series might not be able to pull it off. Well, fortunately, that can't be said for Royal Pains.
Admittedly, I had low hopes for Royal Pains' musical episode. However, the dramedy definitely pulled it off. From the catchy original songs to the entertaining dance numbers to the fabulous singing voices of most of the cast members to the way the musical numbers intertwined with the medical case of the week (Cloris Leachman was the patient), it's clear that the USA series could easily end up on Broadway.
So, for those who also believed it would be bad or absolutely hated it, well, move along, because it was a success.
As the penultimate episode of the series, why not just go for it completely and do a fun episode with singing? Also, it's a light, happy and fun way to lead into the final episode ever. Not to mention, so much good came from the episode, which just goes to show you that musicals really are magical.
With that, let me just list off all of the amazing things that happened.
1. Paige and Evan are going to be parents. Yay! She's pregnant.
2. Evan and Eddie reconciled.
3. Divya's chances of getting into Johns Hopkins are looking brighter.
4. Jeremiah is opening up his heart to C.G.
5. Eddie and Ms. Newberg finally got married — it's about time.
6. Hank caught Ms. Newberg's bouquet, which means only good things for his future, right?
See? So many wonderful things came from the musical episode, which means it was definitely the right call.
However, I'm not really sure how I feel about Hank possibly quitting HankMed, going on a new adventure and leaving the Hamptons behind him, unless it includes Jill. They have to end up together. Maybe that means Hank will fly off to be with Jill, wherever she is currently making a difference in peoples' lives. Obviously, I just want Hank to be happy, but I also really want him to get back with Jill.
Also, I do applaud Hank for coming to terms with the fact that maybe he's meant to be alone in life. Not everyone needs to be in a relationship to be happy or find fulfillment. He's totally at ease with it, especially since he has so many wonderful family, friends and Hampton residents in his life. Really, he isn't completely alone.
Do I think he'll really end up all by himself? No, because, hello, Jill. But until all is revealed in the final episode, you can find me watching the musical episode on a loop. Seriously, those songs are catchy.
Royal Pains' series finale airs Wednesday, July 6 at 10/9c on USA.
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