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TV Recap/Review: Private Practice Season 5 Episode 14 (Too Much)

15 Feb

“Lucas wanted to know if his truck could fly…and it couldn’t so I bought him a new one.”

Violet should think herself lucky that that’s the only parenting issue that she has to face in this week’s episode of Private Practice, although she does also have to contend with Pete attempting to veto her relationship with Scott.  Exasperated, she goes to Cooper to discuss the problems, who tells her to tell Pete that it’s just sex. She does, and he tells her it stills bothers him. I’m sure I’ve said this in reviews before (I’ve certainly shouted it at the television screen enough times) but it’s a bit late to start caring now!! I would choose Scott and his sexy bare chest over Pete and his anger issues any day of the week (sadly, neither of them are offering as of yet, but I remain hopeful). But even with all that, Pete and Violet’s issues are relatively minor compared to some of the other events in this episode, such as…

The Crack Baby

OK, it may not actually be a crack baby. It may be a heroin baby. Or a some-other-kind-of-drug baby. The point is, it’s a baby with a druggie for a mother, and a sister who wants to keep him away from his mother at all costs (unsurprisingly, given her childhood experiences). But then the real mother turns up, having apparently got clean by locking herself in a motel room for days, and suddenly it’s war. And not even between mother and daughter so much as between Cooper and Pete, who have each chosen their own mommy candidate to back. Addison has a more practical response, she’s calling Social Services. To make matters worse, the baby has a whole stack of medical problems (again unsurprisingly) and needs urgent treatment. It all ends happily though, as the mom decides to stick around and care for both of her children. The more cynical among you may ask how long it will last, but I’m just a sucker for a happy ending.

The Crazy Sister

Actually, Sam’s sister (Corrine) doesn’t exhibit much craziness in this episode, although Sam tells plenty of stories about her, but that’s probably due to the cocktail of drugs that she’s on. After speaking to her, Sheldon decides to wean her off them and make a proper diagnosis, and I spend the rest of the episode waiting for her to flip. It doesn’t happen (maybe she’s not as crazy as they thought), but she and Sam do share a moment at the end of the episode when she tells him that his house reminds her of a place where they used to go on holiday. All together now: awwwww!

To be honest though, I’m not especially invested in this storyline, particularly as it seems to be being used as an excuse to get Addison and Sam back together. This, as everyone at least ought to know, is a phenomenally bad idea, but it doesn’t stop them having very hot sex. Jake, with his spooky mind-reading skills, figures out that this has happened and gives Addison his disappointed face. Maybe he shouldn’t have rejected her last week…

The Clever Plan

Charlotte’s babysitting for a worried Mason while Erica rests after her first chemo session, and the kid has worked out that he’s being lied to. She tries to distract him with macaroni cheese but, despite containing both macaroni and cheese, it’s not good enough for him and he runs away, trying to get to the hospital to see his mom. This is enough to get them to take him to see her, but apparently still not enough to get them to tell him the truth (“Mommy’s gonna be just fine!” Erica promises, in possibly the biggest lie ever to escape her lips). But they may not have to if Amelia’s plan works, because she thinks she’s found a way to cure Erica. And of course, it involves what we’ve all been predicting, a trip to Seattle to see her brother. In other words, it’s time for another crossover!

TV Recap/Review: Private Practice Season 5 Episode 13 (The Time Has Come)

9 Feb

The sole patient

We seem to be averaging one patient per episode in Private Practice at the moment. However, our patient this week is unusual in that he is not there to bring out the doctors’ underlying issues. Rick is soldier who has recently returned from Afghanistan, where he was raped by his sergeant. After he attempts suicide, Sheldon spends most of the episode counselling him until he is ready to tell his partner, but when he does she reacts in the worst way possible, asking why he didn’t do anything to stop it. With Sam’s help , she comes back to support him, but the case is a reminder to us that rape is rape, regardless of whether it happens to a man or a woman. Well done, Private Practice, for making this episode about more than just the doctors.

The car crash

Actually, there are two more patients in this episode, but they’re Mason and Erica. After having a seizure at the wheel, Erica has landed the pair of them in hospital. Mason is terrified, Cooper is furious, and once again Charlotte finds herself playing peacemaker. She really has changed a lot this season, but I like the softer side to her. Anyway, she has a lot of peacemaking to do this episode as Amelia has some bad news: before Erica dies she could lose her sight and speech and become paralysed. (It’s at times like these that I have to suspend my disbelief; could they really not see this coming?) Cooper is upset and angry, but with Charlotte’s help he manages to convince Erica to fight. Cue miracle cure?

The break-up issues

At least we have a reason for the doctors seeing so few patients today; Addison and Jake are at a medical conference. Addison is in the wallowing stage of her break-up with Sam, eating everything she can get her hands on, and later drinking the hotel bar dry. Jake tries to snap her out of it, flattering her ego by calling her “the Meryl Streep of maternal-fetal medicine,” which she takes as an invitation, turning up at his door for sex. He rejects her, and a hilarious scene ensues in which she rolls around drunkenly on his bed asking why he doesn’t want to sleep with her. One of Jake’s heartfelt and perfectly-worded speeches (this guy is nothing if not a smooth talker) about her not being over Sam yet is met with the response: “But is it also just a little bit because you saw my vagina in a medical way?”

“Did I ask you for sex and then cry?” She asks the next morning upon waking up in his bed. But her antics the previous night aren’t up for discussion, and Jake is being the perfect gentlemen. He’s even ordered her a bacon cheeseburger and rescheduled her presentation. Seriously, the man is so perfect it’s almost annoying!

The hypocrisy

There are more Violet/Pete issues this episode, Pete not being especially happy to have walked in on Violet kissing Scott. I’m sure I used to like Pete, but I can’t remember why, because all he seems to have done this season is be a jerk. While Scott is being supportive (and sensible, suggesting that Violet might actually want to move out of the house where she’s suffered trauma after trauma), Pete wants to yell about Violet finding a new squeeze. Uh, excuse me? Do the words elevator sex mean anything to you? Still, perhaps we should be grateful to Pete for making a scene, as it meant that we got to see Scott shirtless. And that, in my opinion, can never be a bad thing.

There was also a surprise twist at the end of the episode as, while Addison tells her therapist that she “likes to know what’s coming”, we see Sam picking up her sister from the county jail. Shit is about to go down!

TV Recap/Review: Private Practice Season 5 Episode 4 (Remember Me)

29 Dec

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For me, the most important thing which happened in this episode of Private Practice was seeing Addison’s therapist’s face for the first time. Well, OK, perhaps not the most important thing, there was also…

Cooper’s kid

Both Cooper and Charlotte are scarily calm upon receiving the news that Cooper’s a daddy. In fact, Cooper seems very excited by the whole idea, having never had any biological family members before. But the more she thinks about it (and the more the gossip spreads around the practice), the less happy Charlotte becomes. And, being Charlotte, she takes matters into her own hands, offering to pay Erica to stay away. She’s more than a little insulted by this, and when word gets back to Cooper it results in a blazing row. Can the scriptwriters not let those two be happy for five minutes?

Violet and Pete

Another unhappy couple is Violet and Pete, whose marriage trundles on in the same unhappy state which it has been in since the end of last season. Pete is at work today, and Violet is definitely not babysitting him, not in the slightest. Pete’s also still seeing everyone’s favourite free therapist, Sheldon, and after being told that he’s being an ass he does at least make some effort to relate to his wife. Unfortunately the only way that anyone can relate to Violet at the moment seems to be by telling her that they like her new hair, which may say something about her character. As does the fact that not long before telling Pete to be nice to his wife, Sheldon was telling Amelia that he wanted to strangle her. Can I hear you say double standards?

The amnesiac patient

To fulfill the practice’s daily quota of patients (was anyone surprised when they started having financial problems?) we have Jodie and Zach. Thanks to a car accident, pregnant Jodie has the memory of a goldfish, having to be told everything (including the fact that she’s pregnant) over and over again. “Jodie is very sweet but it is kinda like living with a parrot.” Amelia muses, summing up the situation perfectly. Unfortunately, Zach is sick of taking care of his wife, and is considering taking the baby and leaving her. This leads to a lot of arguments, both with and about the couple, and culminates in Jodie going through most of labour alone and with no idea what’s happening, the thought of which is so terrifying that it makes me seriously consider wearing a crash helmet for the rest of my life. Zach returns at the last minute though, and, having seen Jodie holding her child, doesn’t know if he can stand to leave again.

And of course, we have Addison’s ongoing baby drama. Addison is panicking that Sam will leave her if she goes crazy on her IVF hormones, and the fact the Sam is already panicking about those same hormones making her crazy, I think she might be right to be worried. I live in hope that these two will wake up and see how huge the cracks in their relationship are, but I have a feeling that that’s no more than blind optimism!

Recap/Review: Private Practice Season 5 Episode 1 (God Laughs)

7 Oct

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Another week, another season premiere! Out of all of the shows which I watch, Private Practice is my current favourite, and so this was the most eagerly-anticipated premiere for me. Of course, the massive cliffhanger which we were left on at the end of the last season, with Pete fighting for his life, only increased this anticipation, and when I looked for the new episode a week too early (assuming that Grey’s Anatomy and Private Practice would premiere on the same day) and discovered that I had seven days still to wait, I nearly cried!

But still, premiere day rolled around soon enough, although the episode only produced new cliffhangers, whetting my appetite further for the rest of the season. And so, without further ado…

Addison

As in the last episode of Season 4, this episode started with Addison visiting her therapist. Given that Addison has been in need of a therapist pretty much since we first saw her in Grey’s Anatomy, this was a welcome development, and also helps to tie the episodes together. Also in this episode, it allowed Benjamin Bratt’s character to be introduced, in a way that didn’t detract from the rest of the episode (although I was a little unsure as to how much time was meant to have passed between Pete’s heart attack and Addison’s visit to her therapist). Personally, however, I found Addison’s discovery that her nameless admirer from the end of last season was also a fertility specialist the least engaging part of the episode, although this may have been because I had already known that it was coming, and therefore the shock factor was missing.

But Addison’s baby blues were tied cleverly into the rest of the episode, as she was the one to look after Lucas when Pete was admitted. She looks so comfortable holding that child that it makes your heart hurt for her, especially when she is continually reminded that Violet is who he really needs.

Violet

In order to let Addison have her moment with Lucas, Violet is kept out of the way for most of the episode, waiting at the airport for her delayed flight to New York. Even there though she still has her therapist’s hat on and ends up convincing the woman in the seat next to her to leave her abusive husband. This sub-plot is mostly a suspense-builder, drawing out the time between Pete’s scenes, and I found it difficult to concentrate on, although Violet did deliver one of my favourite quotes of the episode:

“Airports are like hospitals or high school dances. Somebody’s crying somewhere!”

Amelia and Sheldon

After an unfortunate accident involving far too much alcohol and a spot of bar dancing, Amelia calls Sheldon to be her knight in shining armour. Now, I know that alcoholism is a serious issue and should be treated as such, but I really hope that we’ll be seeing more of drunken Amelia because she is AWESOME! (Well, regular Amelia is pretty awesome, but thanks to this storyline she’s getting more screen time to showcase the awesome). After kissing Sheldon (because “I just need you to shut up so you can give me a ride to the hospital and I don’t bleed to death in the street”) she proceeds to go to the hospital and suture her own hand. She then considers herself to be sober (“Nothing sobers you up like repeatedly puncturing your flesh with sharp metal!”) enough to operate on Pete. The message is now clear, she has a problem, and it will be very interesting to see how it develops.

The fight to save Pete

Of course, this is the main focus of the episode, and Cooper, Sam, Amelia and Charlotte are all involved at various points. Cooper is the one to find Pete, after Lucas proves that he is not the kind of child that you would want to have around in an emergency (Pete:*collapses* Lucas:*stares intensely and continues to play*), but bows out as a doctor fairly early on after managing to get shocked by the defibrillator. (Interestingly, the only time I’ve ever seen that before was in Scream 4). Sam then takes care of the cardiac side of things, as Amelia operates, with grudging permission from Charlotte, operates on a bleed in his brain.

Charlotte is, of course, incredible, switching from cold-hearted to caring and back again in the blink of an eye. At the beginning of the episode, having seen straight through Addisam’s attempts to hide their rekindled relationship, she responds to the suggestion that Pete might have gone AWOL because he was upset over Violet’s departure by saying: “He could have been upset here. Lord knows there are enough people around to cheer him up.”

Then later, when Cooper asks her (in typical Cooper fashion) what she would expect him to do if she died, she tells him: “I’d want you to be miserable for the rest of your life…you asked!”

Thankfully, Pete survives both the heart attack and Amelia’s surgery, and is completely unaware of his argument with Violet when she visits him in the ICU. Oh, and he’s completely high. “I know it sounds odd, but I think I’m OK, I think that I can get up now,” he tells her, but luckily she manages to convince him otherwise.

So all’s well that ends well, but something (ie. the ABC Sneak Peek) tells me that there will be some drama next week – or rather in half an hour…