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Private Practice Rundown: Episode 9, "In Which Dell Finds His Fight"

Private Practice Rundown: Episode 9, "In Which Dell Finds His Fight"

This week's Private Practice was the last new one ABC has scheduled at this point; one more episode has been filmed, but on account of the writers' strike, there's no knowing when we'll see it. So I figured this would be a good time to take stock of the show. Are you enjoying it? Have you started to like it more — or less — since the start of the season? And when the strike ends, will you come back to watching it?

This week's episode wasn't my favorite, and it reminded me of the persistent problem I'm having with Private Practice: With the exception of Cooper and occasionally Addison, I'm still having a hard time caring about these characters. It wasn't a terrible way to end the series for a while, though, so to talk about it, just

Dell's love for Naomi is out in the open now, at least to Sam, but I'm still not sure I buy it. On the one hand, I'm glad Dell got a story beyond being the goofy midwife-in-training, and his concern for his grandfather and his old man fight club companions was sweet. But I thought the connection between Dell's Paw-Paw fighting for amusement and Dell's own fighting for Naomi was a bit of a stretch. Then again, maybe that's because I still find their relationship creepy; I thought Naomi looked terrified when Dell had her up against the wall. I think I'm supposed to be rooting for Dell, but I'm just not.

I do wonder, though, how Dell's professions of love (however misguided) will change Sam and Naomi's relationship. Sam knows that this midwife/nurse/receptionist/kid has a serious thing for his ex-wife; he also thinks he might want to be with Naomi again. What that means, it seems, is kissing Naomi in front of everyone, making their reunion public — and sending a signal to Dell to stay away. But did anyone else think he seemed disgusted after their kiss?

Addison's fighting for what she wants, too — and this time, it's the policeman from a couple of weeks back. Watching Addison stride into the police station and ask for a date wasn't exactly the old, assertive Seattle Grace Addison, but it may be the closest we get. And I'm glad she's expanding the dating pool beyond the walls of Oceanside; that place could hardly be more incestuous.

Some other thoughts:

  • I liked seeing Addison and Naomi's patients return; that should be one of the benefits of having a show set in a clinic, and I wonder if we'll be seeing them again as the pregnancy goes on.
  • Addison's storylines for the past few episodes have been almost exclusively "pregnancy against all odds," so I'm wondering: Is the show ever going to get back to having Addison try to have a child?
  • Cooper and Charlotte crack me up. Cooper seems so meek around Violet, but his antics in this episode — he stole an entire fathering class, for one thing — show that he can go toe-to-toe with a much tougher woman. Also, those bedroom scenes? Surprisingly spicy. Then again, didn't we once see Cooper tied to a bed? Maybe I shouldn't be so surprised.
  • 'Nuff said: "It's like Rambo time . . . inside my testicles."

So, what's the state of Private Practice for you? Is there a chance Naomi will actually choose Dell? And would you rather have Cooper paired with Violet or Charlotte? Tell me below.

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d-purple-1 d-purple-1 9 years
Finally, there may be a reason to like Naomi. Before this episode, I could not stand her character, let alone Sam's character. Kudos: Dell: I did not know it was even in him to stand up to anyone including Sam. Dell is a very likable character. Sam: Wake up and smell the coffee. You can't leave your wife and claim her in the same breath. Whizz or get off the pot. Addison: Get with the policeman and don't look back. Cooper: No more Violet...for now at least. Hisses: Charlotte: She still gives me the creeps. Maybe it's her thick accent or the lack of character development. (No offense to Southerners because I reign from the South) Violet: I hope she get over herself very soon. She frustrates me more than Sam does. Will the series last? Probably not. The writer's strike does not help the situation out much. If all else fails, send Addison back to Seattle Grace to turn up the heat on the show.
menthadict menthadict 9 years
I'm REALLLY REALLY REALLY grossed out by dell and naomi. There's NO chemistry. She's way too old for him. He doesn't seem to have any reason to "love" her. All in all, EW.
suraheg suraheg 9 years
agh i wish i could watch this episode but its not up anywhere but abc... and i cant watch it on that. anyone know where i can see it???
tlsgirl tlsgirl 9 years
Omg, Cooper and the "how's it feel to be somebody's bitch?" thing: I almost lost it. I actually have started to really like this show, with the sole exception of Violet. It has all the good things that Grey's used to have before it became a giant suckfest - hot sex, interesting patients, character development, etc. I'm sad that this will be the last one for a while.
kk_bama kk_bama 9 years
Private Practice and Gossip Girl are my favorite new shows! I've been trying to get into Dirty Sexy Money and Pushing Daisies, but they haven't grabbed my attention as much. And I think four shows is my limit anyhow. Wednesday is GG and PP, Thursday is Grey's and The Office. Thank the Lord for DVP since they're all on at the same times!
LaLa0428 LaLa0428 9 years
Choose DALE! Its sad to think we are going have to wait forever and a day before we get another episode.
lilegwene lilegwene 9 years
The part about Dell's grandpa was so sad! If you have a grandparent/parent in a nursing home, go visit them and make their day :)
Hautie Hautie 9 years
I am only watching this mess since there is nothing else on. I love Cooper... and his character is the only one that has my interest. Not sure about the Charlotte thing... but it is much better than Violet in his bed. I also want Addison to find her old inner bitchy-ness. I don't buy into the Dell/Naomi thing at all. Mostly cause I can't see Naomi taking Dell serious with that terrible frosted hair color. Plus he just comes off as a teenager.
nikkie45 nikkie45 9 years
i like dell and naomi. i dont think this show will last.
i-am-elle i-am-elle 9 years
I like Cooper too.
Linda-McP Linda-McP 9 years
"With the exception of Cooper..., I'm still having a hard time caring about these characters." My sentiments, exactly, Buzz! Each week I ask myself, "why am I still watching?" and my honest answer is that I haven't a clue--except for Cooper who steals the show for me--and the fact that I keep hoping that it will get better.
unicorn18 unicorn18 9 years
I like the show mainly because of Addison. I think they should consider holding on to David S. longer cause he's such an eye-candy.
tubetalker tubetalker 9 years
I love Dell but I am not sure he and Naomi are a good match. It is slightly unrealistic. Isn't he in college. She is old enough to be his older mother. And he is a kid. She already has a kid. But I'll give him credit for putting one on her like he did. Very manly move!
emalove emalove 9 years
"I'm still having a hard time caring about these characters." My thoughts exactly about this show, Buzz...I like Addison, but I'm just not attached to the other characters at all yet. I keep giving it a shot though...
Entertainment Entertainment 9 years
crazychica — thanks! I just had fireman stuck in my head for some reason.
Kazagirl Kazagirl 9 years
I love Kate Walsh and I love her character Addison, but I think I am done with Private Practice. It doesn't hold my interest what so ever. Last night while it was on, I was on the internet not even paying attention. So I am not sad to see that last night was the last episode.
crazychica crazychica 9 years
Ok he's a policeman not a fire fighter and this show is amazing, I do agree that this episode was not one of my favs but in comparison with the "not a pilot" and then the pilot from September it has improved vastly. Dell, Addison and Cooper are my favorite characters so far. Violet just bugs me for some reason. But I really want to see Cooper stay with Charlotte they are just hot together! But please drop the Naomi and Dell thing already, it is just ew. I am so bummed that there are no more new ones. I hate cliffhangers.
fabinpink fabinpink 9 years
I love Private Practice, but mostly only watch for Kate Walsh/Addison! I love my Addison so I will always watch!
nikkiblue nikkiblue 9 years
ughh the whole naomi/dell thing is so annoying and forced. it kind of reminds of the whole george/izzie situation, with the whole forcedness thing. it seriously needs to end. i love addison but she seems to be lacking the spunk she had on grey's. i miss her and that's the only reason i watch the show.
krEnElk krEnElk 9 years
Cooper is the only character on this show that i like, and watching his character is the only reason i keep tuning in!!!
bluesarahlou bluesarahlou 9 years
And don't get me wrong, I really do love this show and I think its finally getting out of the Grey's Anatomy shadow. :)
bluesarahlou bluesarahlou 9 years
I think it would be sweet if Naomi chose Dell, but not exactly realistic. I think she's gonna go back to Sam. And honestly....Taye Diggs could make out with his stethoscope and I'd root for the stethoscope! And speaking of realistic...I thought the in vitro fertilization scene was pretty unrealistic and oversimplified. I love Cooper with Charlotte.
genvessel genvessel 9 years
chris will always be "piz" to me and i loved him so much more in that role then as dell... i'd like them, also, to fix his hair. i miss addison too much to really invest in this show - it's like rubbing salt in a wound each week... but i'm constantly willing to give it another go
Phil Phil 9 years
Love the show! I think the characters are great and had little trouble settling into the cast, likely because I've been harping on most things Paul Adelstein, Taye Diggs, and Tim Daly do (mainly Adelstein). Great call leaving Prison Break Paul!
DCBaxter DCBaxter 9 years
I personally am a big fan of Private Practice. I am even liking it more than Grey's Anatomy. I don't buy Dell/Naomi. At all. Also, was Paw Paw the dude from "Just Shoot Me" and "Look Who's Talking"????? Homeboy AGED! Unless it's make-up. I will definitely continue watching and wait with baited breath for its return. I agree with the theme of Addison's story lines. I wonder where they will go with that? I was happy to see Sam and Naomi together...but at the same time, we don't know anything about why the got divorced, unless I missed it, so I can't completely buy into their reunion. Other commenters will have to fill me in! I am female and straight, but honestly think Charlotte is one of the hottest things on the planet! Haha!
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