OK, first of all, I need to dispel a myth about tonight's much-advertised Grey's Anatomy and Private Practice crossover "event": the two shows don't do much crossing over tonight. Said crossover is coming; in fact, we even see a couple of Private Practice characters head for Seattle by the end of the evening. But if you're hoping to see Addison storming around the halls of Seattle Grace and making life awkward for Meredith, well, this is not the week.
That said, technically the "event" does start tonight: Something happens that forces Addison to seek out help from her old Seattle colleagues. It actually happens right at the end of the Grey's hour — but then most of the Private Practice that follows is a flashback, so don't get your hopes up like I did. That said, the things that do happen give me high hopes for next week; of all the ethical dilemmas the PP doctors have faced all season, this one might be the biggest.
Even if the "crossover" aspects are a little lacking this week, I still enjoyed both episodes. In the case of Grey's, there's a lot of Bailey and a notable absence of ghosts, two things that automatically make any Grey's episode a little better. And on the Private Practice side, we see Addison's relationship with her brother in a new light, while Violet navigates her feelings about possible motherhood. It's still worth tuning in, just not for the reasons I was expecting.
To check out a clip from each episode (warning — if you don't want to know about what drives Addison to Seattle, don't watch the second one), just
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