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"Private Practice" Rundown: Episode 2, "In Which Sam Receives an Unexpected Visitor"

"Private Practice" Rundown: Episode 2, "In Which Sam Receives an Unexpected Visitor"

It's week two of the season, and I'm beginning to wonder when I'm going to start tuning into "Private Practice" because of its inventive plot and compelling characters. Mostly, I'm still watching because I can't see Addison on "Grey's Anatomy" anymore. On the other hand, I thought this week's episode was somewhat better than the first one, and there might yet be the makings of a solid series in there. To chat about it, just

Interestingly, this week's episode was supposed to be the season's fourth episode, but it was moved up because ABC thought viewers would be sucked in by the swapped-baby story. I can't lie: I was sucked in. It was certainly the best medical case of the two (or three, depending on how you're counting) episodes we've seen, and even though it's a story that pretty much every medical show ever has done at some point, that doesn't make it less emotionally affecting. I was impressed by the scene where the mothers talked to each other about their babies, sharing all the things only a mother would know. It's an emotional note the rest of the show hasn't quite managed to hit yet, but it's nice to know it's possible.

My biggest problem with the show so far is that it hasn't quite figured out how to tie the cases and the doctors' lives together yet. Sam and Naomi's marriage issues aren't that compelling, and I really, really don't care about Violet and her ex (though watching her take out her aggression by hammering away at a $6,000 bike was pretty awesome). "Grey's Anatomy" has always made a point of making its medical cases mirror the doctors' lives, and while that's occasionally annoying — as with last week's change = change situation — it still makes the show more cohesive. I would have liked it if Sam's case with the poisoning grandma, in particular, fit more neatly into the theme of the episode. (Was there a theme to the episode? Maybe that's the problem.)

A few other thoughts:

  • One person who had the potential to be a scene-stealer is KaDee Strickland as Charlotte, the tough hospital administrator, but I just can't believe her as a tough whip-cracker. I keep imagining how much better Brooke Smith (Dr. Hahn, Burke's rival from the second-season finale of "Grey's Anatomy") would be in the role.
  • I actually thought it was kind of amusing that they ordered Sam a stripper. At least they didn't order him a stripper at work.
  • Will every conversation between Addison and Pete end with Pete saying "You want me to kiss you again"? His whole "I like my women real" speech also didn't ring true for me as something he'd say to someone he's known for such a short time, but maybe that's where the plan for this to be the fourth episode comes into play.
  • Naomi's best reason why Sam should appreciate her: "I do the New York Times crossword puzzle in pen."

Did this episode help you warm up any to "Private Practice"? Or do you still see it lacking? And will you keep tuning in?

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MamaD MamaD 8 years
You know, I'd like to be entertained a little bit more. This episode had me bawling my eyes out so I wasn't exactly "entertained". I seriously do love the relationship between Cooper & Violet though!
Jinx Jinx 8 years
Prison Break called, they want Kellerman back. ;)
Ashlyn-Rose Ashlyn-Rose 8 years
It was better than last week's. Here are my complaints: -The pacing. One of the best parts of Grey's is that it's so faced paced (with there being a dozen cast members to follow and medical emergencies) but it feels like this show is just to slow to hold interest. -I hate that they're trying to sell Pete as the hot leading man. I don't buy it. His character's conversations with Addison are annoying and he's just not too hot, IMO. -Addison doesn't really seemed like the Addison we all fell in love with. She needs to be more forward and spunky.
LaLaLaurie06 LaLaLaurie06 8 years
Molly, I agree... if I were Addison and Will had just told me that he liked real women and the lines on their faces or whatever, I would have shouted, "So are you saying that I have wrinkles?!" That was out of place. Their whole relationship is out of place.
LaLaLaurie06 LaLaLaurie06 8 years
I actually liked this episode and started crying during the final baby swap scene. I really enjoy Amy Brennaman as Violet and her relationship with Cooper. That feels real. I also think that the patient storylines are much more compelling than anything Grey's offers. I mean baby swap > saving a deer. That was ridiculous. But even Private Practice has ridiculousness. Why was Addison so feisty with Tim Daly's character? I didn't get it. And then when he said "You want me to kiss you again." She said "No," but after he went into his office, she made a face that to me signified that yes, indeed, she did want to be kissed. What's going on with her? I find her character to consistently be uninteresting now.
angeldevilwings angeldevilwings 8 years
It was an improvement from the pilot although Dirty Sexy Money is till better. I'm sticking w/ this show, I think it will improve in time. It was better than Grey's IMO, since I can't stand watching a full episode of that show.
Linda-McP Linda-McP 8 years
I'm with you all the way on this one, Buzz. The show seems tired already and it's only episode two (or four?). The story lines were better this week and did seem to be loosely connected to a theme of mothering, but they weren't compellingly original and the doctors seem to be going though the motions with their patients and with each other. Addison is changed--and not for the better. She seems whiny and self-centered. I'm getting annoyed with her need to tell everyone what a top notch surgeon she is, maybe in an effort to convince herself that she is strong. I'll keep watching, though, hoping that it will get better, but my patience is running thin.
megmarmor megmarmor 8 years
I have to admit I cried at the end. And I think they did have a theme..Mothers. What a Mother's Love really means.
mwmsjuly19 mwmsjuly19 8 years
I miss Addison, but I hate this show! I don't care about any of the characters and I hate what they've done to Addison. She's watered down and weak. It's lame.
cindeerella cindeerella 8 years
awww...i thought it wasnt bad...i guess i'll give it a few more episodes and see where it goes =)
tati33 tati33 8 years
I didn't watch it..I was sucked into Top Chef instead..I may catch this episode online..But I don't know how I feel about this show yet...
graylen graylen 8 years
I am apparently the only person who likes this show thus far! Though admittedly, last night I was looking forward to Dirty Sexy Money a little more!
wingedkiare wingedkiare 8 years
This was better than last week, and mostly because the case was more compelling (as was the interaction with Charlotte). But still? I feel like they're just shoving the rest of the characters at me - saying "here, this is why you should like them." As opposed to giving them side stories that are interesting, and letting me discover them as the series goes on. (And knowing that this was supposed to be episode 4 makes the Addison/Pete convos make so much more sense)
Molly Molly 8 years
I agree that it was better than last weeks, but I definitely cared a lot more about the patients than the doctors. I mostly tuned out for all of their interpersonal interactions, but I did find that "real girl" speech Will gave Addison sort of odd. The whole time I was thinking that without any context or some sort of original conversation, he sort of sounded like he was insulting her. It was weird and possibly missing something from episodes 2,3 that they skipped.
Cymone Cymone 8 years
I only tuned in on commercials of Gossip Girl *no tivo, dvr, etc.* and the parts I caught were okay. But I must say the scene with the mothers swapping babies did reel me unexpectedly. It just hit home... still not skipping GG for it though!
NadiaPotter NadiaPotter 8 years
wow... sorry it was still very lame for me. Addison was better in Seattle grace. I couldn't finish the first episode, I give a try to the second, and was the same result. Sorry.
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