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Private Practice Recap: Episode 17, "Wait and See"

Private Practice Rundown: Episode 17, "Wait and See"

After a couple weeks of serious cross-over drama, Private Practice pretty much gets back to normal on this week's episode. Of course, there are issues with a patient's baby, plus a small cancer patient side story for Pete. The real drama, though, centers around Archer apparently feeling well enough to get up to no good with the ladies, just as Naomi assumes they're boyfriend and girlfriend. Oh — and a serious Charlotte/Cooper twist goes down that will likely alter their already tenuous relationship. Ready to talk about it? Just


So after a super-intense showdown in the Seattle Grace OR, Addison is back to the warm glow of her beachy lifestyle, sipping wine in the moonlight with Naomi. The ladies hardly dwell on the fact that their brother/lover nearly lost his life presumably just days before and jump right in to giggly boy talk. Naomi's convinced Archer's now her boyfriend even though, to be sorta fair to Archer, we didn't see them have the old define-the-relationship chat. But as soon as Addison heads downstairs — OMG! — Archer is making out with some lady (Addison calls her old, too!). Right away, Addison covers for him — which, I don't know, she lets Archer guilt her a lot.

I think Addison should have told Naomi straight away. It's one thing if you bump into your brother at say, the zoo, and he's with someone else on a date. Then he could say something like, "Naomi and I never agreed to be exclusive, and I'm dating, and you should stay out of this." But when your brother, whose life you just saved, is being slutty and bringing back randoms to your hallway to grope when the odds are pretty stellar that you will be home (given it's your house), I say no mercy! Side with the friend. But you tell me.

Meanwhile, Sheldon somehow convinces Violet to cohost a couples therapy group. They look terribly awkward from the start, and then things get crazy awkward when people in the group have affairs with each other. Violet says a bunch of coded stuff in the group that's supposedly directed at the couples but is probably really something about what she's feeling inside. Sometimes PP gets frustratingly cryptic, and the subtext of what the doctors are saying isn't clever — it's just annoying.

Oh! And Charlotte's still super frustrated that Cooper moved in with his needy friend instead of with her, and she makes a little effort, but he still turns her down. So then, holy cow, she has sex with Archer. Or at least they do some heavy petting and Addison catches them. Archer is such a d-bag!

Some other thoughts:

  • Not to be a stickler, but babies born with ambiguous sexualities are kind of big deal. I'm pretty sure most parents would consult a bunch of doctors who are experts on the topics and probably do a little research before they made any big decisions. Instead, these parents rely solely on Naomi and Addison? Hrmm.
  • Do you guys like Sam's girlfriend? She's almost too good to be true. That's a little boring. I kind of want her to make Sam draw some lines when it comes to Naomi.
  • Archer and Addison's fight was intense and full of daddy issues. Were you buying Archer's excuse that he can't help but be like their father?
  • Do guys care much for Sheldon and Violet? Did his little chat with her move you at all?.

I'm glad Naomi isn't mad at Addison in the end, I couldn't take another fight between those two. Are you cool with Cooper forgiving Charlotte? These two have so many issues sometimes I wonder if their relationship is more effort than it's worth. What did you think of last night?

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Sarana Sarana 8 years
I have only just started watching this series and caught up on all the epis in the last few weeks and I love it! I like Cooper and Violet a lot as best friends, they are so close it's just sweet. I think It would be nice if they didn't end up as a couple because that is what would happen in all other series. And I also like Cooper and Charlotte as a couple. Don't care for Sam and Naomi at all, as a couple or single.
La-Tua-Cantante La-Tua-Cantante 8 years
I was really disappointed in Archer - I thought he'd settle down somewhat with Naomi. I think Addison should have told her from the start but I'm glad she finally did anyway. I do not think that Cooper and Violet should be together at all - I think Cooper and Charlotte go together way better. I think the whole Violet and Cooper living situation is so weird - of course Charlotte was disturbed by it! Her boyfriend is living with another pregnant lady? Okay... I think Violet is being 100% selfish. She's ruining what could potentially be a great and lasting relationship from Cooper because she's needy and unable to confront her own issues.
SKC-Sparkle SKC-Sparkle 8 years
My take on this week's episode: - Shelden needs to go away. I like Violet with either Cooper or Pete. - Cooper forgiving Charlotte brought tears to my eyes. But Cooper's situation with Violet is totally weird. I get that he's trying to be the good friend, but it's awkward with Charlotte. - Sam and Naomi should just get together and stay together - Archer was an idiot - Addison needs a man. I think that maybe Pete.
tlsgirl tlsgirl 8 years
I was wondering who the mom was. I can never remember where I've seen people before. I am so glad that Archer is gone. He was fine for one episode, but what a total d-bag. I couldn't stand him after a while. I'm also getting sick of the Violet/Cooper thing. Let him have a life!
Alithyra Alithyra 8 years
Wait, the baby's mum was Anya? I totally didn't catch that. It either speaks volumes about Caulfield's abilities as an actress or volumes about my memory. I've long since stopped questioning the medicine in either PP or Grey's. It makes no sense. At least House tries.
graylen graylen 8 years
Haha emmms! Totally true about the hair- I didn't even catch that!
emms emms 8 years
Pet Peeve: Shouldn't Archer have a shaved head (or at least partially shaved) after all the brain surgery??
Maribug Maribug 8 years
Hm, am I the only one who still wants Cooper with Violet? I mean, yeah, the way it is now obviously doesn't work (not fair to Cooper or Charlotte, since Violet is kind of hindering Cooper in having a love life, and Charlotte shouldn't have to be okay with her boyfriend living with someone else), but I just think they have such great chemistry, and they're really best friends, and kinda good for each other.. Though maybe Violet is a bit crazy, Charlotte certainly isn't entirely stable either. I loved the scene where Coop and Violet were sitting in the closet last episode. And while I don't dislike Charlotte as much now as I used to, I'm still not a fan. As for the medicine and/or science, I just..let it slide. After watching Bones, Grey's Anatomy and a bunch of other shows for years, I'm trying to learn to not get annoyed by Stupid Stuff That Would Be Completely Different In Real Life™.
yihaw10 yihaw10 8 years
hopefully what they've alluded to in this episode doesnt turn out like this: addy will get together with pete. sheldon and violet reconnect. then they will discover that the father is pete. drama ensues. *yawn* i actually really loved when coop told char - you're mine!! although he ruined it by telling her she needed to grow up. i think she was right to tell coop the other week that she should be his best friend, no violet.
crazychica crazychica 8 years
I liked it. Addison did the right thing by telling Naomi. Archer was not going to change, so no point in keeping his lies and watching your best friend get hurt. Plus the Addie/Nae friendship is the best thing about PrP. I secretly have been wishing for Char and Archer to get together, but then he up and left. Boooo. I will miss him, he provided so much amazing Addison back story. I am kind of over Cooplotte. Cannot stand the on again off again. It had better work this time or not someone please call it quits! The lack of Sam and Pete was very good. They should keep it this way.
ilanac13 ilanac13 8 years
the other thing that i found to be odd about the baby situation, is that Addison is not the kind of doctor that would handle a surgery like that. don't you usually need a urologist to do that kind of procedure? just asking!
amybdk amybdk 8 years
Loved Cooper forgiving Charlotte. Good guy, that Coop!
Mädchen Mädchen 8 years
As a Buffy fan, I just loved seeing Emma Caulfield as the baby's mom. I was sitting there going: It's Anya! Yay! :)
Entertainment Entertainment 8 years
Bah!! My TiVo cut the episode off at a weird place and I assumed it was the ending. I just caught up and updated my recap. Thanks!
graylen graylen 8 years
I loved Naomi railing on the father of the baby at the restaurant. He deserved it. I think it's good that Archer is gone. I'm not usually much for crying scenes, but I did think the Cooper/Charlotte scene at the end was good. Same with the "I hate your brother." scene.
DCBaxter DCBaxter 8 years
I really love Violet, but find her incredibly annoying recently - she has to understand that she is keeping Cooper from having a life, in a way...when she so flippantly said "Cooper, I'm not the one you should be talking to about this" I was so mad at her! But to her credit, clearly she is shocked, as she said, and confused. Still, she needs to realize that she should absolutely rely on Cooper but not so much that she is taking away from his life. I LOVE Cooper and Charlotte together - and while the back and forth was getting annoying, I love that he couldn't let go of her. And she of him, obviously. Agree with Kred, didn't really seem like Naomi and Addison were in a fight, I think Naomi was just super shocked when Addison told her. P.S. I love this damn show.
kred kred 8 years
Ummm.... Charlotte did tell Cooper about Archer.... remember the big crying scene at the end? Also Addison and Naomi seemed fine at the end when the both declared theri hater for Archer. I really, really, really, dont want the baby to be Sheldon's baby... he seems too needy.
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