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Private Practice Recap: Episode 11, "Contamination"

Private Practice Rundown: Episode 11, "Contamination"

Private Practice is back and is ripped from the headlines! You've almost certainly noticed the heated debate taking place over the correlation between the immunization of children and autism (both sides have celebrity voices attached to their cause). It's highly controversial, super emotional, and extremely personal to moms especially, which means it was probably just begging for another preachy prime time drama to wade into the fray.

Anyway, despite some clunky, public service-y lines related to the autism (Sam: "CDC is clear, vaccination saves lives. End of story."), this episode on the whole is pretty absorbing and entertaining especially because everyone appears to be friends again. Or, in the case of Violet and Pete, super duper close sexy-time friends. Ready to chat about it? Just


So! The episode opens with—what else?—sex! Between Violet and Pete. This has got to be some kind of record, right? How many episodes in a row can the opening scene involve sex? I'm not necessarily complaining — it's just a little desperate, no? Regardless, Violet and Pete are still going at it and decide to keep things loose without much commitment. Except once Cooper takes Violet seriously that she is, in fact, sleeping with Pete, he freaks out ("Pete is the anti-relationship! Pete is the ruiner of relationships!") and blabs this to the whole office. Everyone stops by to tell Violet what a cad Pete is and to be careful, just as Pete (with some input from Addison) decides that he might want to try the whole relationship thing out with her. Violet pretty much disses him — and wisely so I think. She points out that they started hooking up while Pete had another girlfriend. I think he's going to have to prove his worth.

So meanwhile, a whole family of little boys Cooper has seen before has returned from abroad, and it turns out one has measles. This is because he was not vaccinated due to the mother's insistence that vaccination gave her oldest son autism. The practice basically goes into quarantine, and the health officials are called. The official who shows up is a smoking hot lady named Sonya who's clearly meant to be Sam's new love interest, but we spend the whole episode watching her be really mean to Sam ("You've been a bully!") before we get to the flirting stuff. It's totally cute to watch Sam scramble to make this mean lady happy, though.

The craziest moment of the night, in my book, was one Cooper sticks a needle into the third son's arm without the mom's consent! Is that legal? Do you think that was the right thing for Cooper to do at that moment when the other son is dying? I was actually touched by Charlotte's presence in the hospital the whole time too. I'm starting to maybe sort of wish she and Cooper would get back together. Am I nuts?

A couple more thoughts:

  • Big lesson from Dell's story line? Crack is whack. Just kidding. I mean, crack really is whack, but who knew Dell got his ex hooked on drugs? That was surprising. I'm glad they're working things out. Gotta think of the child.
  • I love how impressed Wyatt is that Addison is (was?) dating a cop. If I had an arrogant ass hanging over me teasing me about who to date, I too would be like, "Back off, buddy, I'm dating a man with a gun!"
  • So how long do you think they're going to make us wait for Addison and Wyatt to have hate sex? Naomi admitted she thought he was handsome too, but I think they're reserving him for Addison.
  • Ew! Sheldon's back! I do not like this guy, and I don't like him for Violet, and hello? No contest! Pete's a bajillion times cuter and nicer and better at sex.
  • Another funny moment: dance club with Sam and Sonya.

What did you guys think?

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Dr-G Dr-G 8 years
Please read if you still think there is no link between Vaccine and Autism. This episode was irresponsible. Parents shouldn't be making decisions about vaccine because a prime time soap says so.
Nitachequita Nitachequita 8 years
I kinda wish that Violet has some scenes with the immunization lady, since they co-starred together for so long on Judging Amy. Not gonna give anything away, but Sheldon is definitely coming back in a big way. (Don't read tvguide if you don't want spoilers)
tvjunkie45 tvjunkie45 8 years
This story line was really good. There is no proven link between autism and vaccinations. And the diseases that someone could get are deadly and put other people at risk. And as to Cooper giving the kid the vaccination, it was a health risk to everyone, maybe not legal, but I think it was the right thing to do in this case. Just started watching the show and have only seen a few episodes so I don't really know or understand the personal relationships between the characters but liked what I have seen so far.
emms emms 8 years
I think Wyatt is so cute!!! He looks just like my ex...ahh the one who got away. Dance scene at the end was HILARIOUS and was even more funny when I thought about them filming it. Because they film it with no music and I died thinking about them dancing like that in silence.
crazychica crazychica 8 years
I liked the episode, even if it was 41 minute long PSA for vaccination, since ya know Shonda likes to use this show as her soap box. Paul and KaDee really brought their A game this week, fab acting by them both made the story line really interesting, which helped to overshadow the preachiness of it all. Do not like Wyatt, bring back Kevin I say.
graylen graylen 8 years
Fair if my hubby looks that good at 52 ;)
Cupcake0110 Cupcake0110 8 years
graylen - OMG 52!?! That's crazy! And a little unfair. Loved this episode.
graylen graylen 8 years
I just saw online that Tim Daly (Pete) is 52 yrs old in real life. That totally blows me away. Ha- I pegged him at no more than 40!
graylen graylen 8 years
I kinda love/hate Wyatt. Such an *ss, but so cute! I think we will be seeing more of him. The health inspector was predictable. I also thought it was odd that they wouldn't know all of the codes/rules. Wouldn't they have been inspected prior to that or when the rules changed? Liked her and Sam dancing at the end though. Favorite exchange was the bribery/extortion one between Naomi and Addison. I do think this show is getting better, though... I was really looking forward to it last night!
EkaterinaBallerina EkaterinaBallerina 8 years
I was a little surprised to see Private Practice wade into the vaccines debate like that. Especially by delivering the one-two punch of that ending (don't know if I should spoil it). I won't get into much myself but I'm glad that they made the point that should be out there more: the diseases that vaccines prevent against are deadly and dangerous. (Although they should also have mentioned that statistically autism affects boy over girls 2-1 and unless boys get vaccines 2-1 over girls, the link is pretty much non-existant) I was actually really shocked to hear that Dell was the one that Heather hooked on the drugs! But I'm glad he took responsibility for it. Although I kinda doubt that someone who'd relapsed as recently as she had would have been able to get a job.
ilanac13 ilanac13 8 years
i was really surprised about what Dell said to heather about getting her hooked because of his friends. that's an interesting one since he seems so straight laced. it's so sad about what happened though - i think that both sides are valid, and well - it's hard to say one thing or another. The CDC lady hookup was SOOOOOO PREDICTABLE - i'm just saying! i kind of want addison to get back with her man rather than go for wyatt...
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