Private Practice Review: "Best Laid Plans"

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Thursday night's episode of Private Practice was fairly predictable as far as the primary storyline was concerned, but still had some memorable, well-acted scenes.

If you missed it or need a refresher on the details, here's our episode guide to last night's Private Practice. Now here's our take on the events of "Best Laid Plans" ...

For whatever reason, TV shows will not feature a character getting an abortion. Past abortions people reflect upon are okay, but present-day ones don't happen.

Take it to the bank. For whatever reason, this is the last taboo, so you knew that Maya would not actually terminate her pregnancy, despite coming thisclose. Weak.

We're not saying we favor abortions, we just wouldn't mind a show taking a different tack. Let's say Maya has Addison perform the abortion instead. Will she regret it? Will her parents?

Will she tell the guy? What is the emotional fallout?

We'll never know, because she chooses life! As Naomi marches Maya in to see Dell helping a patient give birth, in hopes of freaking her out, she is enchanted!

Talk about predictable and cliched.


Pregnant Maya gets slapped by Naomi as Sam reacts in disbelief.

Naomi then pulls a Violet and runs away from Sam, because she just can't deal! Sam, in turn, confronts and threatens Dink, who didn't know Maya was pregnant. Oops.

Meanwhile, Violet tries to get the hospital to stop sending her free samples of baby products because she "is no longer a mother." A man who just lost his wife overhears.

He thinks she means her baby died and begins opening up to her. Violet doesn't correct him, since she sees it helps the grieving guy talk about it as he tries to move on.

Ultimately, she does come clean, but helps him finally leave the hospital.

Charlotte and Cooper stay broken up and say more mean things to each other for the 127th consecutive week. A cute scene came when Violet offered her a place to stay.

Throughout the night, Pete helps Fife make sure an Afghanistan veteran gets to keep his robotic arm despite an infection incurred when he had a bolt attached to his arm.

Painful as that was to watch, it was neat seeing Pete and Fife clash over the risks - and how far they'd both be willing to go to on behalf of a patient who wanted it so bad.

What did you think of last night's Private Practice? Comment away!


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For once I would like to see a story where a girl goes through an abortion, because that would have been the best choice for Maya. She was "enchanted" by the sight of a woman with her new baby... but she could just as well have an abortion and have that moment when she is older and PREPARED. Teen pregnancy stories make me sick.


Yes, the episode was predictible...but wasn't Audra McDonald AWESOME?!?!? What an incredible performance!!! Her eventual meltdown is going to be spectacular.


Wasn't all that excited they went the teen pregnancy route, You're right too predictable. Now we have to see this pregnancy thru nine months. Not for me. Would have liked More Char and Coop That fight was intense last week and I would have liked to see more of the fallout from that. Petes storyline was useless. I like where they are going with Violet. Slow and steady progress.


It was predictable with the main story you knew Maya would not have the abortion and we knew Naomi would react the way she did. I liked Violet and Charlotte. They had the best scenes. Liked when Violet found Charlotte throwing her shoes and the way she invited Charlotte to stay with her. I guess this will be the end of Coop and Violets friendhip since she is helping the enemy. I look foward to this storyline!

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