If last week's Private Practice was all about getting elected, this week's is about what happens to all the lofty campaign promises once the election is over. All of our doctors have lofty dreams or plans for the future (and chips on their shoulders about the past), and this episode sees everyone realizing that sometimes, you've just got to . . . let it go. To chat about it, just
Having Addison in charge is already causing problems at Oceanside. No matter what authority she now has, she's still the newcomer, and that means there's just a lot she doesn't know about the practice. Take Jenna: Addison sees a 17-year-old dying girl whose last wish is to have a baby with her reluctant husband and thinks it's ridiculous. Everyone else sees a patient who's been with them for ages, who's been through a terrible battle, and who's unfairly dying young. On that matter, Addison comes out ahead; though everyone is angry with her for interfering, they also realize they should have said no to Jenna long ago.
Addison also steps in to fix the practice's finances (with Dell as "the enforcer") and, by doing so, learns about the practice's second, empty office — a whole floor of prime real estate for the practice Sam and Naomi always dreamed of building. To her, it's a ridiculous expense. To Sam and Naomi, getting rid of it would be saying goodbye to the Oceanside they've imagined. And that's not the only thing Sam and Naomi are saying goodbye to: They finally realize that being together just because it's comfortable doesn't mean it's right. As for that office space, it ends up in very interesting hands: those of one Dr. Charlotte King, who's looking to bail on her St. Ambrose job.
Violet's story, meanwhile, dips into her past when a friend from college who's running for congress asks Violet to shred her medical records because she had shock therapy. Violet doesn't get the big deal: She sees Kara's story as a touching quest for help after the death of her mother. This, after all, is the person who counseled Violet through her rape (which we now finally know about). But when she gets her hands on the records, she learns Kara killed her own mother — accidentally, when she thought her mother was going to hurt her brother, but still. This story seemed pretty separate from the rest of the episode, but I like the way it brings Cooper and Violet back together.
Some other thoughts:
- I can't believe we started with a steamy sex montage again. Twice in three weeks?
- I'm going to miss Pete's friend, but Africa needs her. All the focus on her smoking seemed a bit silly until Pete said his wife died before she had the chance to quit. Sad!
- Cooper and Charlotte spend the whole episode abstaining from sex while they await the results of their HIV tests so they can ditch the condoms. OK, first, what happened to them having a relationship where they get to know each other? And second, did we ever see either one of them actually open the test results?
- The idea of Jenna profoundly moving Sam with some cliched life lessons rang a little false to me. Isn't he supposed to be some wellness guru? Wouldn't he already know to live every day like it's his last?
So, Charlotte is moving a little closer, Naomi and Addison have reached a sort of detente, and Sam and Naomi are going to attempt a real separation. Is this all a recipe for disaster? We have to wait two weeks to find out, but in the meantime, tell me your thoughts below!
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