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Private Practice Recap: Episode 15, "Acceptance"

Private Practice Rundown: Episode 15, "Acceptance"

After this week's Grey's Anatomy ends with Addison making an urgent phone call to Derek, we slide right into Private Practice, which repeats that phone call from Addison's perspective. The rest of the episode then shifts into flashback, as we relive the 14 hours before Addison's panicked call. To talk about it, just


Just a couple of weeks ago, Addison was wondering what would make Archer move to Santa Monica unannounced, and now she knows: He'd been diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumor, and he wanted to be close to her while there was still time. I'm glad Naomi tells Addison that something's wrong; I couldn't see her being more loyal to a guy she slept with a few times than to her supposed best friend. Addison almost immediately switches into alpha mode: She's a fixer, and she's going to fix her big brother whether he likes it or not. But Archer might not have a choice: His suspected tumor is actually fast-growing parasites, and by the end of the episode, they've had to force him into a coma. That's when Addison calls Derek, and then a helicopter, and sets off for Seattle. This show has been about major ethical dilemmas all season, but has there been one bigger than when to give your comatose brother a difficult treatment against his previously expressed desires? Addison might be acting rashly, but I also feel for her; she doesn't want to let him go without a fight.

Meanwhile — presumably oblivious to all of this — Violet finally realizes she has to do something about this baby. She confides in Dell, who gives her an ultrasound and then talks her down from a panic attack, and she gets Pete and Sheldon in the room and confesses everything. Problem is, she's spent these past few days arranging everything for herself — deciding to keep the baby, allowing Cooper to move in — and that's not news Pete and Sheldon take well. They feel like they deserve more of a say, which . . . I don't know, Violet definitely could have handled things better, but right now she's the only one who knows she has a connection to the baby, so shouldn't they be her decisions? Anyway, I did get a kick out of their meeting later in Pete's office, where Sheldon launches into a spiel about the stages of grief and Pete just says, "I'm pissed off."

Cooper's off in his own storyline for most of the episode, taking care of a little girl whose parents ditched her at his office on the day of major surgery. OK, I don't care what kind of financial hardship you're under; a kid is not a piece of furniture. Ugh. Anyway, Cooper convinces Charlotte to break hospital protocol so the girl can still have her surgery (side note: Charlotte really has her own practice and her job at St. Ambrose?), but then the two of them wind up in a huge confrontation. Cooper admits that he moved in with Violet because she's pregnant, and Charlotte reacts icily — like, "all those first-kid moments should have been ours." Which is a bit of a leap, because until the wedding talk came up, they mostly just bickered and then had kinky sex, but at any rate, I guess we won't be getting a reconciliation anytime soon.

In other news:

  • This might be mean, but somehow I'm not surprised that kids never liked Sheldon.
  • I still have such a sense of doom about that baby Dell delivered.
  • Dell's response to either Pete or Sheldon being the father of Violet's baby: "Keepin' it local! That's cool."

So, next week Addison and co. head to Seattle to see if Derek can help Archer (aka, the real "crossover" part). What did you think of the setup?


zeze zeze 8 years
They totally fooled me into watching this show because of the crossover claims! It was so boring!
Allyace Allyace 8 years
I don't know how many people agree with me, but I really wish TV would stop reminding me we are in a recession. I watch TV as a form of escape when I get home from a long day of work. I don't need reminding that our economy sucks and I may have trouble finding a job in a year and a half when my clearkship ends.
Entertainment Entertainment 8 years
pinkflake2 — Dell's been taking classes to become a midwife (he might actually be done, not sure), and part of why he joined the practice was to get hands-on experiences delivering babies. They'll sometimes go for a long time without talking about it, though.
crazychica crazychica 8 years
I loved the set up. It was a good episode. I agree with Pete and Sheldon, they have a say too. Violet has just seemingly made all of these decisions without taking either of them into account, and she has made them based on the assumption that they do not like kids. Since when does Vi think for other people? That baby she is carrying has a father, and even though we don't know who, IMO he should still have a say on if he wants to be involved or not. Those parents were just sick. I don't get how anyone could abandon their kid like that. Kudos to the little actress though, she was great! Cooper/Char break my heart every week. I want them together, they work in their own dysfunctional way. Charlotte had a good point and I for one am not down with this whole Cooper living with Vi thing, even if it is a nice thing to do. On an end note how awesome was Kate Walsh in this episode? Someone needs to get that woman an Emmy stat!
pinkflake2 pinkflake2 8 years
I might have missed something, but what training does Dell have that allows him to deliver babies and do ultrasounds??? I thought he was the receptionist? They don't let receptionists deliver babies.
ilanac13 ilanac13 8 years
first off - when archer said where he got the parasites, i had a mini-freak out since my fiance goes to that exact city every so often. anyway, i was a bit upset about this episode since i thought that there was going to be a real cross over - but i guess that comes next week. it's scary to see what was happening to archer though, and how addi was dealing with it. as for the baby thing - i can completely understand why everyone was mad at everyone else, but you kind of have to feel bad for cooper. he's just having a rough time with his patient, and with his woman, and his best friend.
emms emms 8 years
I had the same feeling about the baby Dell delivered! But in the end, I'm glad Dell was wrong because I kind of like the idea of Addison being a great doctor and of course the baby if okay. In Naomi's defense, when Archer first appeared on Private Practice it was evident that he has known both Naomi and Sam for several years (since Naomi and Addison go way back) and was close to them both so he is more than just a guy she slept with a few times.
PollyPrissyPants PollyPrissyPants 8 years
I really liked this episode. I thought Cooper's scene dealing with the parents of the little girl was amazing...each week I love him a little more. Also...I agree that Violet should be the one making all the decisions but if I were Pete or Sheldon, I'd be more pissed off about all the assumptions she made on their behalf without clueing them into the situation. Also...I love Naomi and Addison's friendship in this episode. I hadn't realised I'd been missing it until now.
tlsgirl tlsgirl 8 years
I dunno, I kind of feel like Sheldon and Pete should have a say. I mean, it's not their fault that Violet doesn't know who the father is. If I recall correctly, she didn't tell them that she was sleeping with them both for a while. So far, she's been in the wrong a lot when it comes to honesty. Also, worm sacs in Archer's brain made me want to vomit everywhere. EEEEWWWWWWW. Every time now that the show begins with a sex scene, I crack up now. I mean, this was a special one, in that it included a seizure, but still, it basically starts out with Naomi and Archer all naked and blissed out.
graylen graylen 8 years
That poor little girl. I thought she was a pretty good little actress. Dell was good in this episode, which was refreshing. I like his concern for the little girl and his cute little talk with Violet at the end about being a good midwife. I'll be interested to see next week's actual crossover. I thought it was a little lame that they titled this one a "crossover event." More like "crossover phone call where you don't even hear the person on the other line."
EkaterinaBallerina EkaterinaBallerina 8 years
Dell's comment about Pete or Sheldon being the father had been in fits of laughter. So funny. I also was nervous about the baby he delivered! But Violet was so right about him wanting the tests to make him feel better, not the baby. I actually thought this was a pretty good episode, but the storyline with the abandoned kid, broke my heart. My mother had her jaw on the floor for most of it. She kept saying that no matter her situation, she could NEVER give her kids up. Also, they looked really, really young. Could that have had something to do with?
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