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Private Practice Recap: Episode 8, "Crime and Punishment"

Private Practice Rundown: Episode 8, "Crime and Punishment"

For the first time in a long time, this week's Private Practice did not kick off with some kind of steamy sex scene and instead opted for murder. It was sobering and an appropriate start to an episode that is very much concerned with when life begins and when it ends. After last week's relatively upbeat episode, this week felt dark and made me sad. Ready to chat about it? Just


Poor Violet. Her job is rarely done once the patient leaves her office. She's called mid-models-walking by her ex-patient Doug, who asks her to come to his house because he's shot his wife in the head. It's a pretty dramatic scene, but Violet and Sam seem to take it in stride and quickly start debating whether Doug killed her in cold blood. For the rest of the episode, Violet acts really stressed out and is rude to people in the elevator — including the new therapist working at Charlotte's fourth-floor clinic. I smell a love connection! He seems nice, and he understands her line of work and all, but . . . couldn't they have found Violet someone a little cuter? I mean, everyone else seems to get really hot significant others (Charlotte can get away with a frosting bikini, Meg's a dead ringer for Tea Leoni, Addison's brother is a stone cold fox, and SWAT guy's adorable). Just sayin'.

Then we have Pete and Meg. After last week's previews, I was positive I'd dislike Meg working at Oceanside Wellness and therefore dislike Meg herself, but the exact opposite occurred. She's smart, articulate, matter-of-fact, and a grownup, and I think she's good for Pete. However — when she's pouting to Pete about being bored and "Oh, what do people who don't work or have kids do all day?" I was thinking, "People who don't have to work and don't have kids are probably stoked, lady!" And then the way she drums up a job after Pete suggests she does so is not totally believable, but I let it go.

It's funny the way decisions are made at this practice. Naomi sort of hires Meg, and in the same day, Meg's getting down to business and Dell's shadowing her. And she's performing an abortion, which is totally news to Naomi, which strikes me as strange since you'd think the kind of medical procedures Meg was planning on performing would have come up. Regardless, the abortion thing catches everyone off guard and results in a lot of rumination on the pros and cons of helping women get pregnant and ending pregnancy in the same practice.

All in all, a thoughtful but sad episode. A few more thoughts:

  • I like Violet's rule about no calls when the models are walking. I need a similar rule myself, and it would apply to both Project Runway and America's Next Top Model.
  • Do you think Cooper's going to take Charlotte back after she "does time"? Do you want him to? Addison points out Charlotte's clearly in love with him.
  • That couple that Addison and Charlotte help together broke my heart! When he carries his baby to see her mother one last time I totally broke down in tears.
  • Violet's meeting with Kevin is actually super-cute.
  • Remember when Dell was young and carefree and kind of like eye candy for the practice? I'm glad he's become a full-blown character with his own personal life, but man, he gets more and more complicated each episode. He's a dad, his mom's a drug addict, he's really torn up about abortion. The poor guy seems saddled by lots of stressful emotions.
  • As inappropriate as it seems, I, too, have secretly, momentarily wanted an ex to just die — but not really. I feel like Cooper and Sam capture that feeling really well this episode.

What did you all think?


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kafarine-tin-tin kafarine-tin-tin 8 years
When the Dad bought his baby in to see her mother, I was screaming "Wake up! Wake up and see your baby!" but then I thought for a dead person to wake up was maybe too Grey's. Sensitive, full-blown character Dell makes me happy that he's more than just sexy surf board holding Dell, but I agree that he is sometimes a little to sensitive. Maybe he needs to take his shirt off again. Mmmmmmmmmmm...
Nitachequita Nitachequita 8 years
Yet another disappointing episode. The wellness center has NEVER had to deal with the ethical issue of abortion? Sensitive Dell turns away a patient under distress? Violet is a licensed psychiatrist and yet she doesn't know that women trend toward less violent forms of suicide? (I'm sorry, but that's a Psych 101 fact). YEESH. As an aside, I'm totally with Buzz on the "why couldn't they cast a hotter guy" than Brian Benben for Violet, haha!
thelorax thelorax 8 years
Ohhh goodness, I just watched this episode and cried my eyes out!! Especially during the scene where the dad brought in his newborn baby to see her dead mother. So heartbreaking. And I got sympathy tears for Addison at the end of the episode, too. I'm with Naomi on this, but it's just like Meg said, abortion is probably the hardest decision a woman could ever have to make. What a SAD episode!!
Linda-McP Linda-McP 8 years
Great recap, Buzz. I missed last night's episode so I'm even more eager to watch it now that I know what happened. (Yes, I do love spoilers, too!)
tlsgirl tlsgirl 8 years
You mean a normal case that probably makes up 90% of most OBGYN's practices? Totally crazy idea ;)
amybdk amybdk 8 years
Can a woman REALLY carry a child to near-term while she is unconscious for nearly her entire pregnancy?! That is crazy! Would love for Cooper and Charlotte to get back together. They were fun!
Entertainment Entertainment 8 years
tlsgirl - it's funny you say that about the baby overdone stuff on the show because I had a similar thought when this couple is introduced: "Another pregnancy in jeopardy that is the catalyst for some sticky moral questions?!" and then I realized that's sort of Addison's job. But I think it would be totally great to see a couple who's pregnant come in to see Addison and then they have a baby, and then they go home. Crazy eh?
tlsgirl tlsgirl 8 years
I know it might seem wrong, but I think I liked Dell a little better when he was just eye candy and a fun guy. All this stress has totally taken over his character and there's no fun at all anymore! Plus, honestly, his early anti-abortion stance probably prejudiced me a little, just like it made me judge Naomi a little. I don't want to start a pro-choice/pro-life debate here or anything, but I'm so staunchly pro-choice that it does color my opinion of people. I was with you on Meg, Buzz. I was sure that I would dislike her because the previews made it seem as though she was really horning in on Pete's territory, but I sided with her on this one. Pete was so closed off with her. When will these people learn to talk about things?! I actually had the opposite reaction to the baby couple. I literally sat there with my lip curled in disgust when he put the baby's cheek up to his dead mother's cheek. I also am getting a little sick of this whole storyline that they keep doing where people stick to their guns to the point of jeopardizing their child, and then everything's okay at the last minute. It seems overdone on this show. I actually want Charlotte and Cooper to get back together. I get that Cooper is mad, but she did sign a confidentiality agreement, and I really liked them together.
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