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"Private Practice" Rundown: Episode 3, "In Which Addison Finds the Magic"

"Private Practice" Rundown: Episode 3, "In Which Addison Finds the Magic"

This week's episode of "Private Practice" presented me with a whole new problem: overwhelming boredom. I've found previous episodes to be eye-rollingly bad or, in the case of last week's, actually kind of OK. But this one really had me struggling to keep my eyes open. The ratings have been good, so people are definitely still watching — but I really hope the show picks up soon. For more of my thoughts, just

This was supposed to be the original second episode of the series, and I think it would have made a lot more sense that way. It was strange to have Addison feeling alienated from her coworkers when we'd seen her working pretty seamlessly with them the previous week, and it's obnoxious that all of her conversations still end up with "you kissed Pete!" On the other hand, her whole disgust with the rain in LA, and with LA not living up to her expectations in general, made sense. I was glad to see her acknowledge that making this drastic change did not automatically make her life magical (though if one more person said "magic" or "magical" in this episode, I was going to slug them on the nose).

Speaking of characters not advancing: Violet, what are you doing? Are we supposed to dislike her? I thought she'd made a little progress on not mooning over the ex when she destroyed the bike last week, so it was jarring to have her listening to his lame phone messages on repeat again. Hopefully that will be an issue that shakes itself out once we're back to having the episodes airing in order, but sheesh, that character needs something else to do. I giggled in joy at the sight of Andy Milder, aka Dean from "Weeds," as her patient, but other than that, the case didn't grab me.

I'm so not interested in Sam and Naomi at this point, either. Are we still supposed to think Naomi has a crush on Dell, or did that go out the window when Merrin Dungey did? The cake thing was kind of cute, but it was also weirdly sexist — did Dell actually say something like "you have to give women what they want?" Dude, you're barely legal. He did have one great line though: "They're women, Cooper. Tiny, blue women. But still."

Speaking of Cooper, he was a bright spot this week. I was glad the kinky-sex bit was tamed down this week to allow him to play up the goofiness of his character. That scene with him in the fairy wings and the wand was priceless, and by visiting the blue girls' house and figuring out what was wrong with them, he actually seemed like a good doctor.

I'm glad this episode gave Pete a little more depth; finally, a character with a real back story! We already knew his wife had died, but it's interesting to learn that their marriage wasn't that happy when she was alive, either. Did that teach him not to take the good things in life for granted? Or did it give him even more emotional damage?

Am I being too harsh on "Private Practice"? Or are you in danger of tuning out? I felt like this week's installment was utterly mediocre, and I have to believe the show is capable of more.

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genvessel genvessel 8 years
the title? private practice needs to find the magic. definitely. i'm holding out hope for this one, but it's dying...
Firesheep Firesheep 8 years
I liked this episode, I like the characters, and I think I like to show. It was a bit annoying, the whole Addison getting pissed at Pete, but when I remembered it was suppose to be the 2nd one it made much more sense. I think this show has potential, so for now, I sticking by.
unicorn18 unicorn18 8 years
I enjoyed it. I'm sticking with this show.
4everandalways 4everandalways 8 years
This was the first episode that was character driven and had substance. Addison was herself and Pete finally gave us something to chew on. Im pumped for next week!
angeldevilwings angeldevilwings 8 years
I actually liked this episode, I thought this epi was better than the last. This show with Criminal Minds, holds my attention better than Bionic Woman (plain boring) or Gossip Girl (style over substance) during Weds.
SassAndBide SassAndBide 8 years
"about the rain--first of all, it never rains that much in LA! Second of all, I didn't find it funny that Addison was complaining so much about it. Buy a damn umbrella and shut up." thats what i was thinking. seattle = rains alot. i would know :rotfl: :innocent: but LA .. umm yeah i agree. get an umbrella ella ella addison! ;)
Liz4aker Liz4aker 8 years
My roommate and I are giving the show 2 more weeks get shape up or we are done. The show is just so bland and I don't feel sucked in. It's like I know I'm watching actors instead of thinking of them as people
mediafreak mediafreak 8 years
I thought spinoff was a bad idea and i think i was right...the show's not terrible but i just can't feel it. I don't think it's gonna last.
Lizzle Lizzle 8 years
I thought the medical cases were way too over the top and I thought most of the characters were annoying. I'm about ready to give up on this show. Also, about the rain--first of all, it never rains that much in LA! Second of all, I didn't find it funny that Addison was complaining so much about it. Buy a damn umbrella and shut up.
JLew1982 JLew1982 8 years
Agree with everything. I did enjoy the scene with the cake and saying she wasn't eating sugar.
tati33 tati33 8 years
Thank you!!! Dell is :OY: seriously! Ok and can Addison and Pete just get it together. Or stop being dumb around each other..I want to smack them.. I also agree if I heard the word magic anymore I was going to slap somebody!!
tati33 tati33 8 years
Thank you!!! Dell is :OY: seriously! Ok and can Addison and Pete just get it together. Or stop being dumb around each other..I want to smack them.. I also agree if I heard the word magic anymore I was going to slap somebody!!
Linda-McP Linda-McP 8 years
Buzz, I couldn't agree with you more. I actually did doze off at one point during last night's episode. I'm not ready to give up yet, but I'm just not connecting with either the story lines or the characters. You definitely are not being too harsh!
Kazagirl Kazagirl 8 years
I am not feeling this show at all. I am really trying to stick with it because I love Addison but last nights episode was terrible. It was extremely slow, and I find it really hard to connect to certain characters such as Violet and Dell. The only thing I did enjoy was Addison and the whole rain thing. I don't know, I just hope it gets better soon.
octobergirl1311 octobergirl1311 8 years
Now that you say this was supposed to be the second episode, it makes complete sense. Something was off about it... like a few steps back. Whew, glad I wasn't losing it. I think the show is ok, not fabulous. I miss the old Addison from Seattle Grace.
NadiaPotter NadiaPotter 8 years
no buzz, you are not being too harsh, They need to bring up more. I´m still watching it, when I can, in my pc, and I start doing things and only listening to the show. I hope it gets better.
saritabonita saritabonita 8 years
jajajajajajaj i really enjoyed the show.
SassAndBide SassAndBide 8 years
LOL @ The "did Dell actually say something like "you have to give women what they want?" Dude, you're barely legal. He did have one great line though: "They're women, Cooper. Tiny, blue women. But still."" DUDE UR BARELY LEGAL LMFAO!!! dell annoys me !!
SassAndBide SassAndBide 8 years
"I'm glad this episode gave Pete a little more depth; finally, a character with a real back story! We already knew his wife had died" LOL i had no idea. I even frequently forget their names since its only three episodes in. i love the whole cake analogy and addison's convos with naomi. the writings getting a lil better, imo.
SassAndBide SassAndBide 8 years
i loved this episode. its bout time haha especially the ending, it tells u lot bout pete, i had no idea he had an ex wife that passed away especially when he said "im sorry i couldnt save u" i was like --> :cry: :( lol
LaLaLaurie06 LaLaLaurie06 8 years
I agree with everything you said. This show needs to keep its episodes in order! I feel like I need more growth from the main characters, although I do like the patient story lines.
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