Private Practice Round Table: "The Parent Trap," "Blowups"

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Last night's two-hour Private Practice event featured a number of dramatic developments involving the characters we love, as we described in our lengthy review earlier.

Now it's time to explore "The Parent Trap" and "Blowups" even further.

Below, our staff breaks down some of the burning questions from last night's episode our Private Practice Round Table discussion. Here's how our panel saw it ...

1. Wow, two hours! What was your favorite scene from last night?

The Barnacle: It's hard to call it a "favorite," since it was painful to watch, but if we're going with the most powerful, Dell telling Heather how he really felt when he learned how the house blew up. You could see his anger and guilt building up as he just exploded.

Dr. Shepherd: Definitely Pete telling Heather "I forgive you" and "our baby will be fine," when she thought he was Dell. So compassionate, plus the parallels with Violet - he was probably channeling his own feelings as well. Great scene, however tragic.

M.L. House: At the end when Addison yelled at the Captain. Intense and three episodes (including last week) in the making. Love Kate Walsh so much!

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2. Was Addison being too mopey?

M.L. House: Given what was going on with Dell, I'd have to say yes. Not saying Addison wasn't thrown for a serious loop or didn't have a right to be upset/confused/shocked, but I thought she should have tried to pull it together. I do feel bad for her, though. What a mess!

Dr. Shepherd: Sometimes I think she is, but I'll cut her some slack last night. She had serious family issues anyway, then learned her whole life was a lie. It was either fall into this fit of confused depression or go completely postal. She held up well, all things considered!

The Barnacle: No, I'm in Addison's corner all the way. Her parents used, abused (mentally) and damaged her, under the guise of protecting her, while they were only protecting themselves and their own lies. That it was so prolonged and calculated makes it much worse.

3. Here's a two-part question (a lot to talk about in a two-hour episode): Who's the better parent, Sam or Naomi? Do you see them together?

The Barnacle: I feel like we've been set up all along to want Sam and Naomi to get back together someday. I don't see it, but I liked last night. Face it, a lot of kids grow up with divorced parents. I'd like to see them work together as friends and parents.

M.L. House: Come on Sam. You can't be friends with your kids. Especially if they're dating guys named Dink. Maya needs more Nae laying the smack down!

Dr. Shepherd: I loved that when Sam's cool dad act blew up in his face, he didn't try to defend himself, nor did Naomi rub it in his face. Instead, they shared a mutual "what do we do now" moment and agreed to stay strong. Just like good parents do.

4. Because we have to ask: Share your thoughts on Violet.

Dr. Shepherd: I know I'll catch a lot of flak for this, but Violet was defined for so long by the attack, the attack, the attack, the baby, Pete, the baby, the attack, etc. Maybe now she can find herself again and rediscover the person she is - even if it took this act.

M.L. House: Look, I think we all realize Violet went through serious trauma and want her to be back to her old self. But you can't use that as an excuse for everything. Sleeping with the Captain, then acting like it didn't (or shouldn't) matter to Addison? Inexcusable.

The Barnacle: I choose to assert my 5th Amendment privilege.

5. Team Cooper or Team Charlotte?

Dr. Shepherd: I love Cooper but Team Charlotte all the way. Give me a break, he's not exactly Mr. Relationship expert himself. Pot, meet kettle... you're black!

M.L. House: Team Charlotte! Get the heck over it Coop!

The Barnacle: Cooper really needs to move past this, but I will say this: Charlotte can only blame herself for withholding it. Lying through omission may not have seemed like a big deal at the time, but in the mind ofthe other person, it feels a lot worse.

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