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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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