Royal Pains

Season 1 Episode 4

TB or Not TB

Aired Wednesday 10:00 PM Jun 25, 2009 on USA
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Episode Summary

On the day that Hank had previously planned to get married he spends time with Jill. Meanwhile, a Tuberculosis scare at a high-end Italian restaurant leads to a mysterious illness for the head chef, and Evan and Divya learn to work together.

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  • Hank and Divya go into a restaurant to do a health check for TB. The owner/chef has some symptoms which seem to suggest a stroke of some kind. Hank and Jill race to get her the medical help she needs. Evan gets in more trouble and fights with Divya.moreless

    Another enjoyable episode with some clever tricks and turns. Hanks ex-wedding day is coming up and a number of things complicate this. Evan is being a pain in the neck about it and Hanks ends up inviting Jill out that day as it seems with their medical schedules to be the only day they both have free. Of course this creates an awkward situation between them which they eventually manage to work through.

    Being the chef and owner of a fine restaurant is no picnic. It literally is a twenty hour a day job seven days a week. If you've ever wondered why a lot of finer restaurants close on Mondays now you know why. The woman who is running this restaurant is burning the candle at both ends. She experienced a weird semi-black out and Hank warns her that it could be something very serious. He and Divya had been at the restaurant testing for the health code TB check up. In the other major plot line Jennifer Missoni plays an up and coming Sieu Chef from Italy that works for the owner. She has a reaction to the test meaning she could have TB.

    Meanwhile Evan cannot get the best of his curiosity. He sees a weird vehicle deliver something to his hosts Boris house. Evan seems bound and determined not to follow the house rules and goes where he shouldn't and see's things he shouldn't. Somehow eventually you know he is going to get in some real trouble. Also his constant misuse of the property is really annoying as well. Despite all of this he doesn't seem to learn his lesson.

    Hank and Jill race around against time to save the chef after she has another spell and managed to help her in the end. One of these times I am waiting for Hank to not be successful. At this point I think that would be inappropriate as it goes against the spirit of the show which is helping people is the right thing to do no matter what. It is one of the things that make it cable's new #1 hit show.

    Evan and Divya's dynamic gets really tested as well in this episode. Evan does not seem to understand the importance of Divya to Hank and treats her like the help. Which is funny because it is the one thing he is striving not to be himself. He wants to rise above that station. Divya's professional knowledge saves the day on the TB situation when she recognizes the inoculation the women had from Italy and realized she was just having a reaction because she had been vaccinated against it.

    Overall a very enjoyable episode. This show is turning out to be a real winner in general. I hope they keep it up. Thanks for reading...moreless
  • Evan is a moron!

    No social skills, no intellect, no tact, no instinct, no math skills (don't you need that to be an accountant?) and no Italian! Evan is getting more and more on my nerves every episode. Without proof from "tests", medicine is a guessing game and HankMed is perfect to show how doctors deal with not enough information and not enough equipment. So far the series is OK, but it will go downhill from here. I like Jill, but the chemistry is not as much fun as the House/Cuddy war. I think it's sad that the intelligence of the characters are only as smart as the writers... I guess you can fake dumb but you can't fake smart! I miss the 4400...moreless
Callie Thorne

Callie Thorne

Allison Moore

Guest Star

Matt Burns

Matt Burns

Christopher Stevens

Guest Star

Jennifer Missoni

Jennifer Missoni

Valentina Rossi

Guest Star

Campbell Scott

Campbell Scott

Boris Kuester von Jurgens-Ratenicz

Recurring Role

Dieter Riesle

Dieter Riesle


Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (1)

  • QUOTES (8)

    • Evan: 1986 called. It wants its shorts back.
      Hank: (wearing short shorts) I missed laundry day this week. Cut me some slack.

    • (Hank runs into Jill in the street with gourmet coffee)
      Hank: Is the, uh, hospital coffee really that bad?
      Jill: Oh, officially speaking? No, it's delicious. But off the record...
      Hank: You could remove nail polish with it.

    • Evan: Uh, have fun at Sunday brunch, by the way.
      Hank: Aww, you're bitter about Hankapalooza.
      Evan: No. No, I'm not bitter. Not at all, man. Hank-o-rama. Hankstock!
      Hank: Stop doing bad things to my name.

    • Evan: (alighting a golf cart) Note to self -- get a car, preferably one with doors.

    • (after Divya asks Evan to translate her words to Valentina)
      Divya: Valentina may have TB.
      Evan: I'm not getting a disease. Are you kidding me? Especially one I didn't have any fun catching.

    • (toasting at the restaurant)
      Hank: To Allison.
      Divya: To Valentina.
      Evan: And to two more checks in the mail.

    • Divya: Here's an idea -- let's have dinner, but absolutely no conversation.
      Evan: Yeah, like we're married.

    • (trying to communicate with a chef who only speaks Italian)
      Divya: Tell her it won't take long.
      Evan: (in very bad Italian) The clock, it will not last long.

  • NOTES (3)


    • Title:

      The episode title is a pun resembling Shakespeare's famous quote from Hamlet, "To be, or not to be." It is also the name of a season two episode of House, the season four premiere of ReGenesis, and a season five episode of Steptoe and Son.