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"Private Practice": Episode 1, "In Which We Meet Addison, a Nice Girl from Somewhere Else"

"Private Practice": Episode 1, "In Which We Meet Addison, a Nice Girl from Somewhere Else"

"This is not my Addison." — Chief Richard Webber

Wasn't that quote, from the very first scene of "Private Practice," a funny way to start the series? It set us up for what we were about to see: an Addison different from the one we saw on "Grey's Anatomy," for better or worse.

Maybe it was a case of having low expectations going in, but I didn't think the first proper episode of "Private Practice" was awful. And yet, it was still a long way from being must-see TV. I didn't think it was bad, per se — just utterly ordinary, without a whole lot to bring me back. To hear my thoughts on it and share your own, just

For ease, I'm going to divide this into three categories: The Good, The Bad, and The Meh.

The Good

  • Addison and Richard's scene in Seattle Grace. I'd been expecting the more demure resignation scene from these clips, so I was glad that it was reshot to be more dynamic.
  • The chemistry between Amy Brenneman's Violet and Paul Adelstein's Cooper. One of my issues with the show is that it seems cobbled together from people from other canceled series (Tim Daly, Taye Diggs, etc.), but these two and their characters have a depth to their relationship that nobody else does yet.
  • Dell the receptionist getting something to do. I really like Chris Lowell, and I was worried he was just going to be surfer-boy eye candy, so I'm glad he's an aspiring midwife who will actually get to add to the show in ways other than looks.
  • Audra McDonald as Naomi. I can't say much about her chemistry with Addison yet, but I did like the way she kept Addison's hiring a secret from the other co-op members and then told Addison she needed to be "her someone." Much like Meredith being Cristina's "person," eh?

The Bad

  • The Addison-dancing-naked scene. Actually, that scene was fine — it was the scene that followed, with her babbling awkwardly to Sam about looking good naked, that made me cringe. And I hated how by about 17 seconds within Addison's arrival at Oceanside, everyone knew that 1) Sam had seen Addison naked and 2) Pete had kissed her.
  • Some of the medical stories at the co-op seemed like the writers were making it up as they went along. There were no shock paddles for the guy who had a stroke, but there were for the girl delivering her baby? They're a well-respected alternative medicine center that can't get to an ambulance in under 20 minutes? I liked Addison's struggles with moving into that kind of environment, but some of the details seemed like a stretch.
  • That one actress wailing "give me his sperm, now!" Thankfully, she went away quickly.
  • The medical cases themselves. Addison's was juicy, but the other two didn't interest me at all, especially because Sam and Naomi's only served as a referendum on the state of Sam and Naomi.

The Meh

  • Addison. I still can't tell if she's going to be strong, stubborn Addison or weak, ditzy Addison. We saw both here — the strong (her refusing to leave Oceanside) and the weak (the babbling about being naked).
  • The lack of spark. I thought the episode was utterly OK overall, with nothing compelling to get me to watch again. I keep thinking back to that opening scene, with Richard saying "I'll keep your job open as long as I can." Does that apply in real life, too? Can Kate Walsh go back to "Grey's" if this doesn't work out?

So, what did you think? Better than you were expecting — or worse?

Photos copyright 2007 ABC, Inc.

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allyc20 allyc20 9 years
i think this episode was sooo much better than "The Other Side Of This Life" episode. The problem is..i didn't really like Addison to begin with so I don't rally want a show just about her. Kate Walsh is a great actress, but she tends to over act, especially in Private Practice. I don't really like the new Naomi at all and I sort of want to see Taye Diggs and Addison to flirt a that wouldn't be boring! Also Chris Lowell will always be the guy who ruined Logan and Veronica on Veronica Mars to me so I'm not a fan. Overall the show was better than I expected but isn't half as good as Grey's and if it is cancelled, let's hope Kate Walsh is allowed on Grey's again!
SugarRum SugarRum 9 years
Definitely worse than I expected. My Wednesday 9pm Tivo slot is going to Gossip Girl instead.
beingtazim beingtazim 9 years
i'm not watching this for a while so if i decide to i'll see if you guys' opinion changes in the next few episodes
Nitachequita Nitachequita 9 years
I'm with DH31, Violet and Cooper all the way. I hated how they ditzed out Addison. We do not need an Ally-McBealed Addison. And Kate has absolutely no chemistry with Tim. I'll keep watching, but only time will tell whether I end up taping and fast forwarding over Addison storylines.
Linda-McP Linda-McP 9 years
Buzz, I'm with you all the way on your assessment of PP. I liked it more than I expected to, but I really wasn't expecting much which is why I'm not too disappointed. I'll probably keep watching for awhile to see if the plot lines and characters grow beyond the ordinary. Here's hoping...
yyam084 yyam084 9 years was totally boring i tune in during gossip girl commercials but only for 5 minutes, and it was totally boring watching many adult who tries hard to convince audience to watch them...
mrskrismendoza mrskrismendoza 9 years
This show will probably be canceled soon like Joey.
rlveronica rlveronica 9 years
I wish I had a DVR or TiVo. :(
jamiegirl jamiegirl 9 years
I agree with Buzz, there was nothing in the first episode to keep me coming back. I don't think I'll tune in again.
rinxy rinxy 9 years
wow I totally thought the show sucked. The script was soo blah, and unoriginal and the cast had NO, absolutely, NO chemistry together!! I think its going to be cancelled and it should be!
MamaD MamaD 9 years
Let's hope the naked dancing died last night never to be revived again! And apparently "FOCUS" is the catch word we're all supposed to latch onto! I just hope the writing team finds a focus.
krampalicious krampalicious 9 years
where is my strong, bitchy, badass addison? i do not recognize this strange woman. i am so disappointed in this show. i'll try to stick with it and hope it gets better, but i just want her to go back to grey's and back to being awesome and confident, not lame and neurotic *coughmeredithcough*. fortunately, dirty sexy money was just that: dirty and sexy. pure late night trash, and i love it. now if only PP could get its shit together, wednesday might be a good tv night for me.
msmiller msmiller 9 years
I didn't dislike it, but I didn't like it either. It seemed more like a show you watch on Lifetime as opposed to primetime. Now the show that came on after it Dirty, Sexy, Money? That show was awesome.
jules1033 jules1033 9 years
Did anyone else remember that girlfriend trying to get the married man's sperm plot from another show? It was the exact same plot (I just can't remember the other show)! That, I thought, distracted from the rest of the plot for me. So did the cutting of Merrin Dungey who I loved on Alias and loved on the pilot of Private Practice. I was not as impressed with the expressiveness of her successor. I will give it another chance though.
t-and-co t-and-co 9 years
Boo for bad grammar! I meant woman not women.
t-and-co t-and-co 9 years
I thought it was great. They have a lot to do, to get it to Grey's status, but there's lots of character building that has to go on with everyone so I think it'll be a little slow for the first few eps. On another note, I think Addison has to change. She can't be the same women she was at Seattle Grace, and I thought that was the whole point of her moving. To change.
agrepina agrepina 9 years
i actualy really liked it.. im gonna keep on watching!
Entertainment Entertainment 9 years
Something interesting I just learned: Apparently, the first version of the episode had Addison ending her speech after she said she didn't have a big finish. I'm SO glad they at least let her have a big finish! If she'd just sat there weakly after that, I would have been so disappointed.
Cymone Cymone 9 years
aren't* doing enough..
Cymone Cymone 9 years
Phasekitty- I agree, Gossip Girl is better. I like watching gossip girl more because the actors are relatively unknown and I have an easier time believe they are who they're pretending to be. But with Practice most of the characters are played by TV vets and are doing enough to embrace their characters and make it their own. When I watch Taye Diggs I'm watching Taye Diggs not his character on the show. I just think they need to step it up.... including the writers/producers. Give us something juicy (and believable) next time!
telewyo telewyo 9 years
It was a mistake for her to leave Grey's! This show was boring and what was with that awful babbling at the end about not letting them vote because she was already there and she doesn't have a way to finish her rant, blah, blah, blah. I love Kate Walsh but that scene made me cringe!
Phasekitty Phasekitty 9 years
I was thoroughly bored by this episode last night. Regarding the "I'll keep your job open" line- I thought the exact same thing, Buzz! Does that mean that if the show gets canceled then Addison goes back to Grey's? Also, my bf made a really good point last night- Seattle Grace has lost two of their head surgeons with both Addison and Burke leaving...and they haven't hired anyone else? That seems a little off- can the hospital really afford to lose two top surgeons without replacing them? (On the other hand, I bet the Grey's casting budget can!) So maybe something will come of that. I don't think I'll be going out of my way to watch any more episodes of this show. Gossip Girl is on at the same time and waayy better :)
hanako66 hanako66 9 years
It was okay...My tivo was too full and "ate" the episode of Grey's where Addison first visited Oceanside so I was really interested to watch. I have to say that I am drawn more to the male characters on the show and the 2 other females just are not drawing me in. I loved Addison on Grey's and saw sparks of that character about halfway through this show. I hope that it gets better through the rest of the season!
leahlarocco leahlarocco 9 years
Oh I thought it was so boring. Seriously, I kept watching hoping it would get better, but there was nothing that really held my attention for long. I love it how The Chief of Surgery said he'd "keeep her position open as long as he could." Perhaps if this series flops, there will still be a place for Addison on Grey's.
CM213 CM213 9 years
I've always thought of Addison as this strong, I'll fight for the things I want in life Addison. Not the I'm alone so let me move and then dance aaround naked in my new place. What was that??? The only thing I liked about last night was when she had stood up for herself in the end and she had that big speech and then she thought she had a big finish but didn't but then did. I'll watch just to see if things changes...
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