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Private Practice Recap: Episode Six, "Serving Two Masters"

Private Practice Rundown: Episode Six, "Serving Two Masters"

On this week's Private Practice, Addison dives in headfirst to her trust issues stemming from her marriage with Derek. Just as the good doctor is settling into a fun and easygoing relationship with her cute SWAT guy, he goes and says something that brings everything to an awkward halt. And while Naomi thinks Addison's hang-ups are clear as day to anyone with eyes, it takes a sweet elderly couple to reveal to her and Sam how to move on from the shambles of their marriage. There's all kinds of psychodrama going around once again, so let's not waste time — just


So right off the bat, SWAT guy interrupts sexy time with Addison to whisper that he loves her, which is a lot for Addison to handle. Thankfully she and Naomi are pretty much back to confiding in each other, so Addison has someone besides Pete (who makes a crappy girlfriend anyway) to chat with about guys. Naomi informs her that she can't say "I love you" back to him because she has trust issues ("You cheated on Derek, Derek cheated on you — how can you not?"). The best part of the opening for me, though, was all the guys at the bar trying to pick up ladies. Poor Pete's game is seriously hindered by Cooper and Sam. The three of them spot a cute blonde who turns out to be Charlotte, and this is the moment Cooper decides to go public with her (he later tells Violet he'd had a lot to drink by then).

But back to Addison. SWAT guy's confession has her in a mood and full of frustrating "you can't trust anyone; falling in love is scary" feelings which means: Cue the untrustworthy husband patient! In the regular world, a guy who is secretly married to two different women who both happen to be pregnant would be written off as a cretin, but in the world of Private Practice, this guy is actually someone Pete can sort of defend. I'm glad Addison stuck the women in the same room. I'd want someone to tell me the truth.

In other news, Charlotte is clearly about to break Cooper's heart. I mean, Violet basically spells it out: Why would she set up a practice to compete with her boyfriend if she didn't want to sabotage her relationship? And Sam and Naomi figure out they will always love each other but better move on. But the best relationship moment of the episode has to be Addison's crazy turn following SWAT guy and nearly getting herself arrested (Addison: "At first it was just routine surveillance." Naomi: "You are not a cop!"). A lesson to us all: Cheating on your husband with his best friend will likely cause long-term emotional damage and lead to stalking new boyfriends who love you.


  • I love the scene where all the doctors are gossiping about Cooper and Charlotte in the break room and they manage to ascertain from Violet's total silence that Coop's been dating Charlotte for a while.
  • Charlotte's called lots of fun names this episode, including Cruella (Violet) and the anti-Christ (Sam).
  • When Cooper hears about Addison's creepy patient, he gets pretty giddy with Violet about it: "Sad, but fodder for the best dinner party story ever!" Which is true.
  • I'm trying to sort out how the two women married to the same man would have figured that out so fast after Addison stuck them in that room together: "Oh hello there, my husband's name is Daniel." "Oh really? Mine too! Funny." "Yeah, funny." "Wait a minute, does your husband speak with an accent?" "Yes he does, how'd you kno . . . oh my God."
  • Dell has a kid! He was a teen dad!
  • I loved Addison's line about SWAT guy when she thought she'd ruined everything after, well, stalking him: "I'll never hear that sexy, SWATy voice again."

What did you guys think of this one?

Photos copyright 2008 ABC, Inc.

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hoyagrrrl hoyagrrrl 8 years
Nita ~ totally agree about the SWAT T-shirt. I laugh every time I see it. Maybe Addi should walk around her home wearing scrubs and/or labcoat all the time. I don't feel the chemistry between Addi and the SWAT guy. She seems all passionate and lustful but it feels wasted on him ("oh, you want sex? Okay, I guess I'll stop talking about my day and have kitchen counter sex. by the way I love you."). Maybe she is into it for sex and he's into it for emotion? Finally, when Addi was leasing the floor below did she not inquire about what the business was? Did she not have a lawyer draw up the lease who would inquire what the business was (and, if a good lawyer, say they couldn't open up a competing business)? This show makes no sense to me, but it's like a trainwreck: I can't look away.
Nitachequita Nitachequita 8 years
Wow, sharp eye arihm! I hate the crossover too; I noticed Alexandra Holden's repeat performance, but not the fainting husband. I also agree with emms on how playing Mad About You during Addison's crying was jarring, to say the least. While I too would want someone to tell me my husband was married to someone else, ethically it was NOT Addison's place to do so. I wouldn't want a doctor like her, who feels she can break rules when she feels it is appropriate. I wish they'd stop having David Sutcliffe wear a SWAT t-shirt ALL the time, I mean, COME ON.
arihm arihm 8 years
I wish Grey's and Private Practice would stop sharing guest stars who are patients on both shows. This week had a repeat pregnant woman (the one whose baby had a birth defect), she was one of Addison's patients at Seattle Grace during the episode where the boys go camping. Another repeat patient started out as one of Pete's patients who was constantly fainting/falling asleep in season 1 and reappeared last week as one of Derek's patients's husbands. It's sad that I notice those sorts of things, but I wish they would stop doing it!
ilanac13 ilanac13 8 years
THANK YOU - i'm with you on that whole 2 wife thing too. cause in 10 seconds all i would have gotten to was 'when are you due, oh nice, i'm due this date. oh how long have you been married - me i've been married xx years. oh my hubby's name is bob. oh, my hubby's name is bob too' NEVER IN THERE WOULD I HAVE SAID 'IS YOUR HUSBAND MY HUSBAND?'
Entertainment Entertainment 8 years
thanks crazychica- all fixed!
crazychica crazychica 8 years
That was actually episode 6 that aired last night, so the abc promo pic you used at the very top is kinda spoilery. This was an amazing episode, first one I have loved since the season 2 premiere. Great work PrP writers.
tlsgirl tlsgirl 8 years
Normally I don't go for kids AT ALL, but Dell is such a cute dad! I wonder when they decided that him being a single dad would be a good plotline. I was wondering how the two women figured the whole charade out too. But what I really don't understand is how Pete thought it would be a good idea to keep the secret for that icky guy?! I would definitely want to know if my husband was also someone else's husband! Emms - I noticed the weird music too. They also did it a couple episodes ago when they played "Naked Eye" by Luscious Jackson. Sort of an older choice for a new show.
pinkmystic pinkmystic 8 years
*Dell :-(
pinkmystic pinkmystic 8 years
I loved the whole chase scene :). I can't believe Dale is a dad, no wonder he's so cute and responsible.. he's got sexy single dad written all over him About the pregnant women..... Maybe the two women introduced themselves to each other and they realized they had the same last name. It's possible... then eventually figured out that they had the same husband as well.
menthadict menthadict 8 years
sometimes i forget that addison was on greys anatomy
Courtney82 Courtney82 8 years
I am going to guess they introduced themselves and realized they had the same last name. Than the conversation might have turned into oh maybe we are related? I don't know, it was weird and how would Addison know they would be okay with "sharing" a room for a bit, i would just say oh that's okay i will go sit in the lobby.
emms emms 8 years
I was wondering how the women came to the conclusion they had the same husband too. Why didn't they show that scene?! I think they rushed that storyline a little. They could have stretched it into two episodes. But I love Alexis Denisof. And how appropriate that both the women were pregnant and his wife Alyson Hannigan is pregnant now! Let's hope she is the only one. Did anyone else notice they played "Mad about You" by Belinda Carlisle for the last four minutes of the episode. And it was totally weird? It wasn't in a fun "Hey this is a fun, catchy, 80's song- Let's Dance!" it was used during the emotional Addison and SWAT guy moment. Made no sense but was kind of funny!
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