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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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Dear Nikki,
come on!! I said the same think... Violet used to be lovable to every one... You must read that I mentioned it is sad to see her sleeping with Captain or Seldom..she must be with Pete! But don't you tell me that is a selfish cause she slept with Addisons father..what about Addison ??she kissed her best friends ex husbant!!!! Do you find that right?We still love Violet!! She has past through difficult times and we forgive her ..hope that soon she will be the Violet we all loved!!
Many many many kisses!!!

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Angie, if anyone is selfish it is VIOLET. Violet SCREWED HER FRIEND'S MARRIED FATHER. She cheated. She is a whore. She slept with TWO GUYS last season. Most people I know hate Violet. She used to be likeable, but becoming a whore has made her the most hated character on the show.

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Pete with Violet!!!! Perfect couple!! She needs to get over what has happened and move on WITH PETE!! It is really very sad to see her sleeping with Seldon and now with Captain! Come on give her a better role a better picture in PP!! We love Violet! Hope soon be with Pete! Pete and Addie? No way ...she will take care of Violets son?? Addie and Sam?? How can she do this to her best friend? Unforgivable!! If she would like to talk this should be Naomi!So selfish...

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In answer to a previous post, the closing song was "Hold onto Hope Love" by Amy Stroup. Great song. This was a great double episode with two stand-out scenes (both endings coincidentally) 1) The end to 3.09 with Addie letting off steam to the Captain. So emotional, so brilliantly played. Oh Kate Walsh how I love you ! 2) And the end to 3.10 with Addie slipping back into WASP speak with her mother and leaving things OK. Nothing important was said, but what was said spoke VOLUMES. Best writing on the show for ages and by a new writer for the show. If there was any justice Kate Walsh would be nominated for an award for these episodes, but as Private Practice is undeservedly seen as inferior to the overhyped Greys, I doubt anyone on the show will ever see any awards, let alone nominations. Hope the quality of these last couple of episode continues in the new year.

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@SaneN85 Also what is with the double standard? You blame Addison for not being by Dell's side, when HER LIFE just blew up in her face and clearly she was not in a good state. However, you have no problem with Sam who wasn't by Dell's side. Sam chose to be with Addison. Addison and Sam both went to the hospital with Dell and were both their in the end.

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@SaneN85 Well, DUH, Addison is the LEAD CHARACTER. Her parent storyline was the main storyline. Of course she would be in her own storyline. LOL. The Dell storyline centered around her and came back to her in the end when she helped Dell. Addison had every right to be angry. She JUST learned her whole had been a lie. Anyone nomatter there age would be upset and broke, otherwise, they would not be human. They would a robot. Addison did not blame her parents for her actions. Addison called herself in previous episodes a CHEATER and a MESS. She admitted to her wrong doing with the Noah thing. Addison (besides Charlotte and maybe Pete) is the only character who own up to their actions and apologize on this show. Also Addison was the ONE who helped Dell in the end.

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SaneN85, think I watched a different show to you as Addison always takes responsibility for her actions. She is always self-aware. Did you miss the line - "I'm a cheater, Archer's a cheater, we're all these awesome cheaters" !! (Loved the way Kate said awesome lol) Addison admitted she was wrong in her relationship with Noah, even thought she never slept with him. The show almost crucified her for that relationship, but they expect us to give Violet congratulations for screwing the married father of her friend. Such double standards. Really hate Violet now. Her selfishness has reached new levels. Re. Pete - that speech was nothing to do with Violet. That was all about his dead wife. She died with Pete hating her and Pete didn't want Dell to fo the same thing and feel guilty for it. I don't see how anyone who likes Pete would ship him with Violet. She's treated him like shit from the word go. Slept with him one day, then slept with Sheldon the next, going back and forth between them like a whore. Refuses to give him a paternity test. Ignores him and now sleeps with a married man. I never shipped Pete/Addison, but Pete deserves ANYONE that isn't Violet.

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I guess I'm in the minority here, because I definitely think that Addison was being too mopey. We get it, life sucks. People make mistakes and other people get hurt. For someone who has cheated and made plenty of mistakes, you'd think she'd at least try to understand that people CAN AND DO make bad choices. I guess with all the things that people go through, I just cannot relate to spending two hours watching a grown a** woman whine about her parents lying to her. Be angry at them, that's fine. To go into a depressive funk while one of your friends/colleagues is losing the mother of their child after a betrayal that almost cost him said child is just ridiculous. If she could't look at what Dell was going through and have some sort of perspective on her situation, I have no sympathy. I'm not saying she had no right to be angry, but I think she was being overdramatic (yes, I know it's a drama, but I think we had enough going on). Your dad is still a cheat who used you as a cover (when apparently he didn't have to) so you didn't wrongfully hate him and it sounds like she never really felt that sorry for her mother, just found her pathetic. Addison is so self-absorbed it's not even funny (I still love her though) and I hate how she has repeatedly blamed her parents for her (and Archer) being "cheaters". You're a grown a** woman, take responsiblity for your own actions and stop blaming your parents. Also, I think Coop is OVERreacting, but I don't think he's wrong. Charlotte used wanting her wedding to be special, etc. as a reason not to get married. She did more than omit, she insinuated she'd never been married and basically lied. My point is, I think Coop is thinking that she didn't want to get married and used it as an excuse and there is more behind it. These two just need to go separate ways, they are always fighting and I'm sick of seeing it.

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when you find out that what you thought is real isn't, that you have spent so much energy hating one person when you actually shouldn't have, when you felt sorry for someone else for so long that was actually the guilty one. there is no book on how to react you have to do what's natural and if she wanted to break down she wanted to break down give the girl a break.. but Violet sleeping with the Captain, that was wrong

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Does anyone know the name of the song/music they were playing at the end "Blowups"? It was so beautiful but I can't find any mention of it anywhere.