Private Practice Review: "Eyes Wide Open"

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The saga of Kayla the surrogate continued on Private Practice last night, with an interesting, personal new wrinkle thrown in: Dr. Amelia Shepherd. Yes, as in that Shepherd.

The McSister, if you will, is a promising young neurosurgeon who is part of a team asked to help Kayla. Man, Addison just can't get away from these people from her past!

Our episode recap has all the details on Thursday new's Private Practice. Below, TV Fanatic reviews and gives you its official rundown on the events of "Eyes Wide Open" ...

If Kayla's condition wasn't dire enough when we left her in last week's "Pulling the Plug," it's getting more intense now. Fortunately, Amelia Shepherd is a force of nature.

Her boss, the renowned Dr. Ginsberg, says she can’t help the patient, but Amelia offers a new option of hope. Dr. Ginsberg fires Amelia on the spot, but she still fights on.

Definitely a little bit of Derek in this upstart, isn't there? Bring on the obligatory Grey's Anatomy crossover when we see them interact! Okay, tangent over. Moving on ...

Addison and Pete on PP

Pete says he's moved on and is happy with Addison ... but is he?

Addison and Vanessa are against the surgery, but Charlotte signs off on it so it's a go. This sets off major tension between and Amelia and Addison, some of it rooted in their history.

When Addison tries to guilt her out of the surgery, Amelia accuses her of settling in her personal life (cold) and with her patients (colder)! Usually unflappable, Addison is thrown off.

After a blood clot puts all three babies in distress, Addison has to get them out and after some CPR, all is well. Sam then gives Amelia an awesome pep talk to carry her through.

Tough love is what she needed and Sam delivered. Bravo, Dr. Bennett. As a result, little McDreamy proved once and for all that big brother isn't the only brain surgeon on the block.

Proved it to us, anyway. Addison lectures her again, this time about getting lucky after pushing what was by all accounts a risky move. Amelia steadfastly stands her ground, though.

An interesting side development to all of this? Vanessa wondering why Sam didn't get her back in the OR. He's totally in love with Addison still. He said it all by saying nothing!

Follow the jump for our take on the rest of the night's drama ...

Sheldon bails on a sex ed seminar that Charlotte asks Cooper to take his place at. It's either going to go very well or very badly, given the strong personalities and history there.

It turns out to be the former. An elderly man named Oscar asks for help with pain he has during intimacy - which they learn is from prostate cancer. He opts against treatment.

Oscar worries about being less of a man, which Cooper can relate to, telling him how he pushed away a woman he loved because he felt he was being emasculated. A mistake.

This convinces Oscar to get treatment after all, and Charlotte is grateful. Cooper apologizes for being a jackass, and while fences are not mended fully, it's leaning that direction.

Fife admits to Pete he slept with Naomi and told her about William. Addison has something else on her mind when it comes to opening up to Pete: His “I love you" last week.

The one meant for Violet in his subconscious.

Pete says he will always love Violet, but that doesn't mean he doesn’t love her and he is happy now. So it's all good, right? Right ... until Violet comes to the door! Oh. Dear.

From the look on her face, she came to see Pete ... until she sees Addison, then says with a markedly different tone, “I want to see Lucas.” Where do you think this will lead?

Are you excited Violet is back? Did you like Amelia Shepherd? What did you think of Thursday night's Private Practice in general? Comment away below!


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Pete and Violet is better than Addison/Pete anyday.


OMG :O NOOOO! :( they can't do this


I hate how PrP isn't funny anymore! The only one that's funny is Charlotte! Cooper/Violet/Addison used to be funny, but now they never get to. So sad! And I really dislike the character of Addison. They are just dragging her through the mud. I do like Violet and Pete, while I used to be a big fan of Violet/Cooper, I kind of switched over time. Like Charlotte/Cooper and Violet/Pete. I hope she will finally bond with the baby.


I'm not watching the show. I will come back, if they reunite Pete and Violet. I started watching House. I like their cast interactions and the saracstic humor of House.


i've seen the promo pics for the next to episodes :( it doesn't look good for what i want to happen!?!? anyone else seen them and got any ideas? especially episode 21 - war...where they're in court!? do you reckon its to do with custody of lucas or something to do with the patient? because amelia is on the stand with brain scans next to her - or are they two different things!?!?!?!? i want pete and violet together - they're the reason why i watch it :) and why does everyone think that every episode has to obsess over addison? yehh, she started the show - but the show is about them all...they need to show more of everyone else. i like addison - but i love violet & peeps. they should have a better part in the show. like how addison met noah and "fell in love" at the hospital. i think others shouold get relationships like that - that last longer. ohhh - like sam and vanessa... violet&pete XDXDXDXD


I got out of watching the show for a while when Addison was crushing on the married doctor because I couldnt stand it or the Pete/Violet/Sheldon baby triangle. But it has gotten good again. I love Addison and Pete together. They have chemistry and the seem fun and natural to me. Pete and Violet seemed tense and forced. For me, the only one Violet ever has chemistry with is Cooper, but he is good with Charlotte too. Sam and Addison just seem weird. I think Dell needs a love interest again. And Alex and Addison?? Please. Alex is broken and every show needs to resident jerk. When he is a dutiful boyfriend he loses that edge. GO PETE AND ADDISON!


everyone loves pete and violet together so much. but iv been a pete and addison fan since their kiss when addison was still on greys anatomy! I think they are so cute together.!


I hate waiting for the new one!! I want so badly to see Violet be a mom! Finally! I love Violet and Pete too! Along with everyone else, for the most part. lol. Amy Brenneman is back!!! I agree, Violet/Pete are the only reason I watch!


Finally!!!! VIOLET IS BACK!!!We've really missed her!
The epeisodes finale was amazing! I have no words!!
It's obvious that we all agree that Violet seems the perfect couple with Pete!Can't wait to see Addie now...She knew what she would have to deal with Violets come back bur she took her risks...The only think that make me sick is that a lot of fans of Private Practice support the Addie_Sam couple!What about friendship?Do you find that moral? Would you do that to your best friend?Ok Naomi has moved on..but not with her best friends ex!
Enough with Addie..She has made lot mistakes!I dont like her at all!
I really do wait the next epeisode!!!Hope that we will see a lot of Amy as we really missed her in PP!!!


I like Violet with Pete but I mostly love Charlotte and Cooper. I want them together. They are the BEST couple on the show! Charlotte and Cooper are Hot and Awesome.

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