Private Practice Review: "Til Death Do Us Part"

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Last night on Private Practice, both Sam and Naomi struggled with their mixed emotions as Maya prepared to wed Dink. Addison battled some internal conflict of her own.

Jealous Cooper suspected Charlotte's new beau was abusing his meds, which took a surprising turn at the end of the night. Here's our review of "'Til Death Do Us Part" ...

Addison wants to talk to Sam about how she is seeing someone (he doesn't know about the Pete-Addison romance), but a baby about to be born prematurely interrupts.

Pete calls an ambulance, Naomi and Addison. This week's impossible Private Practice decision (they have more per season than any show in history) is particularly tough.

The baby is 25 weeks old, everything is going wrong, and a full battery of surgeries, ventilators, and incubators will be needed ... just to give him the slimmest of odds.

Addison suggests tactfully that they don't allow it to suffer. The parents, Pete and Naomi are want to fight. Addison decides to do as they advise and operate anyway.

Sam and Maya Photo

Sam ultimately played the role of dad - not just of a guy in a suit.

Sadly, it doesn't go well and in the end, the parents come to realize she's right, a miracle simply isn't in the cards. They cry as they hold their baby for the first - and last - time.

It's moving and depressing, but at least it's realistic and well-acted.

Cooper is out to get Charlotte's new boyfriend. Not out of jealousy, he says (yeah, right), but for his Oxycontin scamming ways. He passive-aggressively rats him out (this is Coop).

When she rebuffs him (who saw that coming), he confronts the guy himself. Cooper at least convinces him to talk to Violet, where he gets snippy and reveals he has real problems.

Charlotte is still unmoved by her ex's meddling, until he messes up at work and her ass-kicking side rears its ugly head. Dude better be checking into rehab or he's gonna be fired.

At Maya's wedding (more on that shortly), Coop shows up with someone else, much to Charlotte's chagrin. But they quickly change that and "consummate" something themselves!

Wow, just like that. Are you excited for Cooper & Charlotte Round II?

Follow the jump for our take on the big story of the night ...

At the beginning of the episode, Dell is offering up marriage advice and consolations to Maya. He's probably the only one doing so, given the unusual circumstances surrounding it.

Her pissed mom won't come to her shotgun wedding, and her dad, while a little more supportive (he at least legally signed off) is clearly less than psyched about the whole ordeal.

Luckily Dink's mom is there to pick up the slack and is trying to put a positive spin on the wedding at every turn. Admirable as that is, what Maya really wants is her own mother.

But instead of being touched by Maya's gesture, Naomi decides nothing makes up letting her daughter down and ruining her life (her words)... than abandoning her again now.

Makes a lot of sense, right?

After Dell tells Sam to get his head in the game and act like he's actually happy for Maya, rather than merely showing up, Sam gives his ex-wife a lecture she was overdue for.

The gist: Don't miss your daughter's wedding. Otherwise, you'll be missing your daughter ... for good. No matter how difficult things are for her, Naomi comes around at the end.

The wedding is a dream come true ... or at least as close to it as a pregnant 16-year-old's wedding can be. Sam killed with his big toast about being Maya's "anyway" friend.

Because no matter what happens, he loves her anyway. Talk about an appropriate story to tell at this event. Almost makes you forget that there was any animosity in the family.

The only animosity there was? Sam telling Addison he doesn't want to see her. Period. Pete is his friend, he says, and he's clearly stung by her dalliances with him. Ouch.

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

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haha, its ridiculous to imply that she should somehow be punished at her wedding. She is getting married.. whether you are 15 or 35 marriage is marriage regardless of thte circumstances and it SHOULD be one of the most memorable days of her life, knocked up or not. It's like the "dont throw the teenage Mom a shower" concept, "let her wallow in her wrongdoings", people need to let it go. Having a baby at 16 will be enough to deglamorize her youth, additional ramifications outside of allowing her to be FULLY responsible to care for their child (as parents of any age should be), and allowing these children to EXPERIENCE the responsibility of supporting a marriage and family at that age are unnecessary. She will go through enough being a teenage Mom and young wife.

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PLEASE! Can you please give me information regarding the title, artist, and availablity of the bride's wedding march song used at Maya's wedding on Private Practice. It was fabulous! Please respond. I am assisting my niece with her wedding and want her to consider this song. Oh,by the way, I first watched the show just as a curiosity after I loved Addison so much on Gray's...and immediately got hooked. I love Private Practice...but please get Pete a real steady girl all of his own. Best wishes, DM

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Uh, first off, I'd like to thank everybody for coming. I know I speak for Naomi and Corinne, and Maya and Dink when I say that we feel so very blessed that you all came and shared this special event with us. Seeing Maya in this wedding dress, I'm struck by what a beautiful and elegant young woman she has grown up to become. And I know that moving forward, this image of her will stay with me, the same as another image of Maya in a different pretty white dress has stayed with me as well. The dress I'm talking about was white, but it had red and blue abc's all across the front. I, uh, I remember, I came home one evening after a-a marathon of kids' parties and whatnot, and little miss Maya was not quite ready to take her little dress off and get in the bath. So we went to her room and hung out on her floor, started talking. And out of nowhere, she told me that when she grew up, she wanted to marry me. So, uh, I said, "why?" I asked her, I said, "why me?" And she looked up at me, and she said, "because, daddy, you are my anyway friend." Now at the time, I didn't know what that meant. So Maya had to explain to me that an anyway friend is the one person in your life who, no matter what they say or do, no matter what they've been through with you, they love you anyway. So my sincerest hope is that for Maya, Dink, and for Dink, Maya, is that anyway friend. Because no matter how old you are or what your responsibilities, if you have love... Real, unconditional love... I think you can make it. So... (holds his glass up in toast) To my anyway friend and her anyway friend. May you not only make it... But enjoy it.

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PLease someone if you know the words to the "ANYWAY" toast, please send them to me. It was very nice & I can't find it in the quote section.

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Cooper is a douche, but I admit the chemistry is with him and Charlotte. I hope that Charlotte makes him sweat, and come heel to her, and he should with the cracks and insults he gave her. Pete told Addison before they had sex, that he still wants Violet.
So, bring back Pete and Violet together. I like Addison and Sam. I'm drawn to them. Naomi moved on from Sam, and was romantically dating other men. They're divorced, so bring a new love interest for Naomi. If they do go with Sam and Naomi, then cast a hot man who is just for Addison.

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Cooper and Charlotte definitely need to be together. And pleeeasseee Violet and Pete! I love Violet and Pete! They're probably my favorite. Then yes, Sam and Addison. I think they'll end up together too.

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I have nothing against couples with different ethnic backgrounds and/or skin color, but they do seem to be pushing this a little too hard lately. Mya/Dink, Sam/Addi, AND the parents of the premature baby. All black and white. There are many OTHER races. Sam's toast was lovely, but think Mya's wedding was way over the top for a knocked-up 15 year old. Appreciate the sentiment of loving her, but definitely should not be glamorizing the situation or rewarding these children's irresponsibility with a dream wedding.

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Cooper and Charlotte ned to stay together they are awesome!

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I also think that Sam and Addison are not over. I really hope that they end up together...I love them as a couple!

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I'm just going to jump in this and say, I want Violet and Pete together!
I want Sam and Addison together!