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Private Practice Recap: Episode 8, "In Which Cooper Finds a Port in his Storm"

Private Practice Rundown: Episode 8, "In Which Cooper Finds a Port in his Storm"

I was pretty excited to see Cooper's name in the title of this episode of Private Practice. He's easily my favorite character, and from the comments on last week's episode, it seems like some of you agree. But the, er, "port" Cooper found in his storm wasn't quite what I was expecting. Meanwhile, Addison's baby fever kicked in again, and Naomi and Sam became convinced they were being punished for their sins. To read my take on the episode and add your thoughts, just

Cooper and ... Charlotte? My favorite character and my least favorite? Hmm. I do think it's funny that Charlotte's an online dater, too (and CanYouHandleMe441 is a great, revealing screen name). I'm just still not sure how much I'm supposed to care about Charlotte. Some weeks she's a major part of the show; other times, she's not there at all. Maybe it's a way of integrating her more with the rest of the cast, but I'm really unsure about this pairing.

By the way, how small is the world of this show? They can't even go for coffee or online date without running into someone they know (or one of their patients)? They know they live in one of the nation's largest metropolitan areas, right?

Addison had two central stories in this episode — one of which I loved, one of which I loathed. She was absolutely adorable with Batgirl (Naomi: "OK, you just can't have kids"), and her pain over having to give up a baby that someone else had so easily handed over was believably real. I thought the show rushed the second part of that story, with the baby who died, but the outcome was the same: Addison is surrounded by unwanted, unloved children when all she wants is a child to want and love. On the other hand, everything about her dating "the trunk" was gross; did he really have to do that to her shoe? I did like Violet's delicate explanation of what a trunk would be "in an anatomical sense" and Addison's corresponding icked-out face, but still. Ew.

Sam and Naomi still bore me, which is a shame, since their relationship is becoming an even bigger part of the show — especially now that they know they can have all the sex they want without sinning. The resolution of the typhoid case was weirdly sweet (the priest sneaks into the nunnery to ... cook?), but I don't think those sorts of "quarantine everyone from the long-dormant disease!" stories carry as much weight here as they did on Grey's Anatomy.

Some other thoughts:

  • Did anyone else see Joy Lauren from Desperate Housewives and think, "But Danielle already gave birth!"
  • I liked Addison's indignant "I'm Addison! That means something!" While I still think the writers still haven't quite found their footing for this character in LA, every so often some flashes shine through.
  • In fact, the whole women vs. men plot at the start of the episode, with each group gossiping about the other, did make me laugh, immature as it was.
  • Why wasn't anyone worried that Sam and Naomi had been exposed to typhoid, too?

Your thoughts? Will Addison ever try to have a baby instead of coveting everyone else's? And can anyone muster up the energy to care about Sam and Naomi?


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