Royal Pains Finale Sneak Peek: Las Vegas Looker Molly Sims Tries to Be a Model Patient

Las Vegas alumna Molly Sims represents more than a pretty face when she guest-stars on the Royal Pains Season 3 finale (airing tonight at 10/9c, on USA Network).
Playing Grace, a onetime model-turned-fashion industry icon, Sims will interact with Reshma Shetty’s Divya when she complains of tightness in her chest. But as a character who’s also wheelchair-bound, Grace stands as an example of the cable network’s Characters Unite initiative to combat prejudice and discrimination, by in this case accurately depicting someone with a disability.
Specifically, USA and Royal Pains show bosses Michael Rauch and Andrew Lenchewski worked with the AAPD (American Association of People with Disabilities) to do right by Sims’ character.
Press PLAY below for a first look clip at Divya’s effort to get Grace to “sleep” with her. Elsewhere in the season-ender, Hank struggles to cope with Jack’s passing, while Evan teams with Boris’s cousin, Claudette (guest star Judith Grodreche), on an experimental product that may help a patient.

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  1. destiny says:

    i’m confused, isn’t it ‘molly sims’ with only one m or did i write it wrong all the time?

  2. Andrea says:

    As someone who was born with a disability and used a wheelchair for mobility since the age of eight, it’s great that the producers sought out people with disabilities for consultation. However good of an actress that Ms. Sims may be though, I know that she doesn’t have to use a wheelchair in daily life.
    I can personally neither act nor sing, but I’m guessing there’s at least one person who uses a wheelchair in the New York area who has those talents and could have been chosen for this role.
    Seeing people with disabilities represented in positive ways on TV is terrific, but it’d be even better if the performers had a disability and could speak to that life experience. Representation is great, but actual inclusion is even better. If a casting director wants to represent a specific ethnic perspective in a cast, he or she hires a person who lives that experience. Actors and actresses with disabilities haven’t reached that threshold yet, but I’m hopeful that one day producers will find it just as easy to cast a person with a disability as easy as they find consulting with one on a portrayal.
    As great as it is to see a teenager in a chair rolling and singing his way through the hallways of GLEE, some of that greatness is lost with the knowledge that I know he can walk and stand the moment the cameras stop.

  3. Tina says:

    Can someone please feed Molly Sims.

  4. Ella says:

    I want Evan and Divya to get together. SERIOUSLY. I’ve been so bored with this show since Paige showed up, there’s just no good banter between the characters anymore. Off her.

  5. Mooshki says:

    So, last week Evan realizes that Hank Med doesn’t work without Hank’s philosophy of patient care, and now he dumps all that for sparkly new technology? Quite a fast turnaround. Not that Hank was right to dismiss his ideas out of hand, but that was a crappy, lazy ending.

  6. disabilty rights says:

    “But as a character who’s also wheelchair-bound…”
    This is not disability friendly language. The character is using a wheelchair to gain access and mobility. She isn’t “bound” to a wheelchair – she “uses” a wheelchair.
    Language is a powerful tool, if we continue to use words like wheelchair bound, then we will continue to see people with disabilities as victims and people to be pitied.