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Royal Pains Season 7 Premiered Last Night

Hamptons-based doctor dramedy Royal Pains aired its Season 7 premiere last night, Tuesday, June 2, on USA. The first episode of the season, and the show’s 89th overall, “Rebound,” started things off with a bang.

For those who don’t know, Royal Pains stars Mark Feuerstein as Hank Lawson, a young emergency room doctor who is blamed for a patient’s death and ends up moving to the Hamptons to work as a “concierge doctor” for the rich and famous. Hank is joined by his younger brother Evan, played by Paulo Costanzo, who is an accountant and CFO of their business, HankMed.” The show focuses on Hank’s efforts to remain a doctor who does good caring for those in need, including work with the local hospital, while still maintaining a successful and lucrative business.

Unlike ABC’s Hamptons-set melodrama Revenge, which concluded this spring, much of Royal Pains is actually filmed in the Hamptons, often with real Hamptonites as extras. Khloe Kardashian and Scott Disick even made a cross-promotional appearance on Season 6 while they were in town shooting E!’s Kourtney and Khloe Take the Hamptons.

In the Season 7 premiere, Hank helps a TV host who is off her game and takes a big step in his personal life. When Evan and his wife Paige (Brooke D’Orsay), the daughter of a wealthy military man and Congressional candidate, buy a new home and get some unexpected news, they learn the next chapter in their lives will be filled with ups and downs. Meanwhile, Hank’s physician’s assistant Divya (Reshma Shetty) saves the life of a young skateboarder on the street, but then gets arrested after leaving her daughter Sashy unattended in the car. To maker things worse, in the final episode of Season 6, we learned Sashy’s father Rafa is seeking sole custody of her. Also, the German billionaire aristocrat, Kuester von Jurgens-Ratenicz (Campbell Scott), who has a deadly hereditary disease, offers Evan an exciting career opportunity.

Former Charlotte Hornets basketball star Muggsy Bogues makes a cameo in the episode as himself.

Royal Pains is contracted to continue through at least Season 8, which will put it past the magic episode 100—traditionally the number needed for a show to be viable for syndication.

Watch Royal Pains Season 7 airs Tuesdays at 10 p.m. on USA.

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