Getting Back to the Addison of Old

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Shonda Rhimes & Co. apparently got the message that in May's back-door pilot of Private Practice, Addison acted like too much of a whiner and wimp.

As a result, two changes were made by the producers late in production of the season opener last week, "In Which We Meet Addison ..." They were:

1. The opening scene where Addison resigns from Seattle Grace. This was going to be, initially, a casual little chat over coffee with Dr. Richard Webber in the Chief's office, instead of the more heated confrontation you saw. This, in fact, was such a last-minute change that the photos released by ABC (and posted on this site) depict the original version of the opener. See below:

Good Friends Say Goodbye

2. Addison's big speech to the other doctors, which originally was to end with her admitting that she didn't have a big finish, which was to be followed by much mockery from the other docs. In the end, they added the big finish, including the whole "world-class surgeon" bit that left the other Oceanside Wellness doctors practically kneeling in her presence.

Small changes, to be sure. But what they have in common is that Dr. Addison Montgomery seems far more confident, aggressive and in control of her own destiny - in other words, the Addison everybody liked enough to make her deserving of her own Private Practice to begin with. And those changes suggest that someone finally got through to Shonda along those lines.

Baby steps, but steps in the right direction.

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Private Practice Quotes

Charlotte: My mom always says God doesn't give with both hands. You're young, beautiful, brilliant. There has to be something you can't have.
Amelia: Some days I'd give that all up.
Charlotte: That's just the craving talking. The longer you go without a drink...
Amelia: I drank at your wedding. I thought it was ginger ale. I spit it out.
Charlotte: OK, since then?
Amelia: Nothing, but I can't stop thinking about it.
Charlotte: It was an accident. Don't let a slip turn into a fall. Get your butt to a meeting.

You ever been violated? Anybody rape you lately? Let me tell you what its like. You know those made for TV movies where some woman's crouched down naked in a shower holding her knees and sobbing because when she closes her eyes she can still feel the guys hands on her? How when they show the attack the woman's eyes go all blank and still and she goes to some other place in her mind just to deal with the horror of what's happening to her while some Lillith Fair song plays. It is nothing like that. He's sturdy and sweaty and he licks your face and wipes himself off in your hair and when you try to scream he punches you so hard you see God. And then he goes at you again reaping stuff you didn't even know you had because he enjoyed it so much the first time. I know you're trying to help but if helping me means that everyone is gonna be looking at me the way you're looking at me now please do not help me.

Charlotte

Private Practice Music

  Song Artist
Song Lost The Mary Onettes
Down in the valley Down In The Valley The Broken West iTunes
Song Message From Yuz The Switches