Private Practice: Memorable Moments, Good & Bad

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We've already given you the blow-by-blow of last night's episode of Private Practice, "In Which Addison Has a Very Casual Get Together," in our episode guide, and given you the chance to sound off in our forums. Now, here's a brief recap of what we liked, disliked and remembered most about last night ...

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The positives: Cooper hit on Violet! Well, sort of. Almost. Kinda. In any event, it's obvious he is leaning in that direction, even if he won't or hasn't yet said it aloud. Along similar lines, Pete is sooo into Addison. His patient told us! We also liked Sam helping the pregnant patient and how Cooper bonded with the teen whose gay crush - and the fallout from confessing it - pushed him to the brink.

The not-so-positives: The humor doesn't always click with the drama as well as Grey's Anatomy, despite the writers' efforts to walk that line. Sometimes it seems Private Practice isn't quite sure what it is yet, or what it wants to become. However, we must remember that it's still early.

Some great moments:

  • Cooper to a struggling Violet: "Violet... step away from the pee."
  • From one woman trying to deal with inner turmoil to another - Violet, to Addison: "You're a little bit crazy. I like you."
  • After finding Cooper practicing his speech, when Pete asks him: "Were you just saying ‘I love you' to your genitals?" We saw that one coming a mile away, but a well-delivered scene by both actors.

The question will be if these moments can begin to flow better with the fairly heavy material that defines these episodes and these characters.

Right now, we're still willing to give Private Practice good grades, but there's room for improvement! Here's hoping the potential is reached.

Steve Marsi is the Managing Editor of TV Fanatic. Follow him on Google+ or email him here.


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.


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