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Royal Pains: A Trismus Story

An exuberant and enthusiastic reporter comes to town to cover the election, and soon needs the services of HankMed. The election itself descends into mudslinging that affects more than just who wins and who loses. With Don on the mend, Hank's concern returns to Molly who is exhibiting unusual behavior. Shelby's investigation into Hank's recent issues leads to the loss of a HankMed employee.

Episode Info

Episode number: 5x12
Airdate: Wednesday September 04th, 2013

Alternate Airdates:

AU (Seven) Sep 09, 2014


Guest Stars
Frances ConroyFrances Conroy
As Blythe Ballard
Laura BenantiLaura Benanti
As Shelby Shackelford
Brad BeyerBrad Beyer
As Don O'Shea
Alexandra SochaAlexandra Socha
As Molly O'Shea
Matt MalloyMatt Malloy
As Dr. Oren
Laura Bell BundyLaura Bell Bundy
As Gina Black

Co-Guest Stars
Sal RendinoSal Rendino
As Stu
Drew McVetyDrew McVety
As Bobby Moxley
Pippa PearthreePippa Pearthree
As Choir Member #1
Nick SullivanNick Sullivan
As Choir Member #2
Main Cast
Mark FeuersteinMark Feuerstein
As Hank Lawson
Paulo CostanzoPaulo Costanzo
As Evan Roth Lawson
Reshma ShettyReshma Shetty
As Divya Katdare
Brooke DBrooke D'Orsay
As Paige Adele Collins
Ben ShenkmanBen Shenkman
As Dr. Jeremiah Sacani


Journalist Gina Black arrives to the Hamptons to cover the election for village council, and she appears to be the adventurous type, complete with an automobile that can float and navigate in the water...

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Episode Notes
Gina was diagnosed with Lemierre's Syndrome, a bacterial infection that led to the blockage of her jugular vein and the Trismus or lockjaw she experienced.

Episode viewers (millions, Live + Same Day): 3.62

ArtistSong TitlePlayed When
Fitz & The TantrumsThe WalkerEvan sitting on the car, using a meagaphone

Episode Quotes
Evan: Why not just bus in the entire Southampton social register?
Blythe Ballard: Mr. Lawson, you've given me an excellent idea.

Evan: Don't play possum. Vote for Lawson.

Shelby Shackelford: (to Hank) You know... before I met you, I heard all these amazing things about you. And I just kept thinking you had to be too good to be true. Now we have a patient in a coma and your positive tox screen results, and I can't help but think maybe I was right.

Shelby Shackelford: Bobby is Symphony's Associate General Counsel.
Hank: Ah. So is he here for me or for you?
Shelby Shackelford: For us. Hankmed is part of Symphony, so we're all in this together. Aren't we?

Blythe Ballard: Once again, Mr. Lawson,
you show what a neophyte you are. God help us all if you are elected. You don't apologize for hitting below the belt. That's how politics works, my dear boy. You punch me, I punch you-- but harder.
Evan: So... what are you gonna do?
Blythe Ballard: I've already done it.

Shelby Shackelford: Jeremiah, there may be lawyers asking you these questions, and it's just very important that you tell the truth.
Jeremiah: Why wouldn't I tell the truth?
Shelby Shackelford: Maybe to protect Hank? He does seem to have quite a bit of influence over you.
Jeremiah: Are you suggesting that Hank came to me not because of my medical expertise,
but because I wouldn't say no?
Shelby Shackelford: Do you think that?

Jeremiah: Why do you think... Hank came specifically to me for his pain medication?
Divya: Jeremiah, uh, you are a doctor.
Jeremiah: But he knows other doctors. And he didn't tell you. And he didn't even tell... his brother. He-- he told me. The person he knows the least. Why do you think that is?
Divya: I don't know.
Jeremiah: Unless... he thought he could count on me to give him what he wanted without asking questions. Because I... am... me.

Gina Black: I have the final election results. It turned out to be a real squeaker. The new village councilperson is... Edwina Bowman. Who won by a razor-thin 27 votes.

Evan: What?
Hank: Jeremiah resigned from HankMed. Effectively immediately.

Cultural References
Evan: (to Blythe) I guess you saw the latest Twitter poll.

Twitter is a social media service that allows users to express their opinions for all to see.

Episode References
Divya: (to Jeremiah) We all missed what was going on with Hank.

Hank has become addicted to pain killers after his cranial surgery. Jeremiah enabled his addition beginning in episode 5x01, Hankwatch, by prescribing pain medication for Hank.

Other Episode Crew

CreatorJohn P. Rogers  |  Andrew Lenchewski
Executive ProducerConstance M. Burge  |  Carol Flint  |  Andrew Lenchewski  |  Michael Rauch  |  Rich Frank  |  Paul Frank  |  Jeff Kwatinetz
Co-Executive ProducerJon Sherman  |  Jack Bernstein
Supervising ProducerAntonia Ellis (1)  |  Jessica Ball (2)
ProducerMark Feuerstein  |  Jeff Drayer  |  Kathy Ciric
Associate ProducerKaren Clark  |  Margo Johnston
Production DesignerRay Kluga
EditorDaniel Valverde
CastingSteven Jacobs (2)  |  Bonnie Finnegan
Unit Production ManagerKathy Ciric
First Assistant DirectorEric Yellin
Second Assistant DirectorDeanna Leslie
MusicJames S. Levine
Music EditorLesley Langs
Music SupervisorAlicen Catron Schneider  |  Oliver Hild
Costume DesignerCaroline Duncan
Key GripSal Lanza
Camera OperatorSteve Constantino  |  Michael Caracciolo
Set DecoratorMila Khalevich
Location ManagerPeter Sabat  |  Michael Fucci
Property MasterPeter Dancy
Production Sound MixerBrian Miksis
Script SupervisorMary A. Kelly
Production CoordinatorBrette Billow
Script CoordinatorHelen Berger
Assistant EditorKatie Ennis  |  Marnee Meyer  |  Matthew S. Nickelson
Supervising Sound EditorLouis Bertini
Re-Recording MixerBob Chefalas
LeadmanChris Vogt
GafferSteve Ramsey
On-Line EditorPat Kelleher
Director of PhotographyJoseph R. Collins
Stunt CoordinatorCort Hessler
Art DirectorKevin Rupnik
Assistant Production CoordinatorJohn Sesumi  |  Ryan Wilson
Post Production CoordinatorDavid McElfresh
Medical AdvisorOren Gottfried  |  Audie Liametz
ConsultantJohn P. Rogers
Makeup Department Head Francesca Buccellato
Art Department CoordinatorAlyson Wellins Lewin
Visual Effects SupervisorLuke DiTommaso
Main Title DesignJ. John Corbett  |  Randall Balsmeyer
Production AccountantLynda Van Damm
Transportation CaptainSteven R. Hammond
Set DresserDaniel K. Grosso  |  Tom Gough  |  Steven Gamiello
Casting AssociateSabrina Hyman
Original CastingSusie Farris
On-set DresserDevin M. Ladd  |  Thomas Lavecchia
Set Decoration BuyerNicole Duryea
ColoristMark Wilkins
Assistant To The Executive ProducerAlice Elizabeth Hunter  |  Chris Luttrell  |  Caty Zick  |  Hillary Messenger
Assistant Costume DesignerJared B. Leese
Assistant AccountantMichael Drew Collins
Hair Department HeadAnita Roganovic
Digital Imaging TechnicianLewis Rothenberg
Special Effects Make-upCraig Lindberg
Wardrobe SupervisorKenn Hamilton
Assistant Set DecoratorShannon Finnerty
Charge Scenic ArtistRalph Cava
Main Title Theme Performed ByThe Blue Van
"A" Camera First AssistantJohn R. MacDonald
DresserJosh Clark (2)
Loop Group CoordinatorSondra James
Background CastingGrant Wilfley
"B" Camera First AssistantConstantine Limberis
Transportation Co-captainPeter Clores
Background Casting AssociateSteven Vago
Key CarpenterJoseph S. Patire
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