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Private Practice Recap: Episode Nine, "Know When to Fold"

Private Practice Rundown: Episode Nine, "Know When to Fold"

Grey's Anatomy may be imploding before our eyes, what with ghost sex and rumors of original cast members quitting, but something's kicked into gear over on that other show Shonda Rhimes created. This week's episode is a pleasant surprise — and is exactly the kind of show I've known Private Practice could be: funny, moving, thoroughly entertaining, sexy. And most of all, it left me wanting more. Yay! In fact, there's so much good stuff going on here that I can hardly figure out where to start, so let's get to chatting —


My basic conclusion is that when this show focuses more on the doctors in the practice than on trying to drum up crazy patient stories, the whole thing improves. In this episode we see the main cast members mixing it up with each other — the ladies dishing about sex in the opening, Sam and Pete on a medical case together, Cooper and Dell in a heart-to-heart, Dell and Naomi, the team meeting, etc. Oh and let's not forget Violet and Pete! OMG! So here's my question about that: When Sheldon first approaches Sam and Pete at the breakfast buffet about Violet, and Pete gets all protective ("Violet's one of our women — they took our floor, they are not taking our women, too") Sam asks if Pete is jealous as if that would be totally normal. Do you guys recall Violet and Pete ever dating? I don't. Strange. But whatever, I like them together. I really hope it doesn't turn out to be some kind of momentary comfort hookup kind of thing because I think they'd be a cute couple. Plus, that would lead to all kinds of awesome drama.

But I have to back up, because we've got to discuss the Sheldon stuff. I kind of laughed when those two are naked together talking about his inability to . . . you know, make things happen down there. Two shrinks talking about impotence naked together in that "tell me your feelings" tone of voice might be the least sexy sex scene I've witnessed. And Sheldon is neurotic and not cute: buh-bye. You know who on the fourth floor is cute? Dr. Wyatt Lockhart! He's totally an ass, but he's clearly meant to be someone Addison has hate sex with eventually, wouldn't you say? Are you ready for SWAT guy to step aside and make way for this new guy?

And as terrible as Charlotte is (I believe Violet refers to her as "the source of all evil" in this episode), this pregnancy scare between her and Cooper is awfully cute. Cooper would make the best dad! But when he discovers she's not actually pregnant, he totally goes cold on her again and shuts any hope of a relationship down. Now, do you guys think that because Charlotte gets oddly emotional at the end (and how great is Addison's facial expression during this scene?), that's a sign that maybe the pregnancy test was wrong? You know, hormones raging and stuff? Interesting!

Other thoughts:

  • Violet to Pete on how her date went: "Do you have anything for erections?" Ha!
  • Um, Lockhart asks Addison to dinner and says they could skip dinner and go straight to his place like, the first day they meet. That makes him kind of slutty.
  • Ugh and he keeps calling her "Monty," which is just so disrespectful but also totally hate-sex foreplay talk.
  • I love Charlotte's angry pregnancy test attitude: "I have sticks and I intend to pee on them!"
  • My hands-down favorite moment of the night, possibly the entire season, is Sam learning how to ride a bike with Naomi. It. was. adorable.
  • And I cracked up at this exchange between Cooper and Dell:
    Dell: "Do you ever feel like you're in over your head?"
    Cooper: "Have you met me?"

  • Are you guys mad at Pete for cheating on Meg? Does this count as cheating? Are he and Meg totally committed?
  • Ione Skye was the bicycler's wife! She's awesome. I have a feeling she'll be back to sue Sam and Pete or something.
  • Finally, Dell's adoption scheme is so headed for disaster. That girl is not going to give those nice people her baby.

Did you guys like this episode as much as I did?

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