Private Practice Review: "Second Choices"

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"Second Choices" was an appropriate name for an episode of Private Practice filled with difficult, complicated decisions. Oh, the tangled web these characters weave.

Look no further than Violet Turner if you want a story line surrounding a complex individual. The focal point of "Second Choices" was her long-awaited return to L.A.

She seems nonchalant about her Costa Rica and New York adventures - which she calls her "crisis point," no thing - as she wants to reinsert herself in Lucas' life.

Pete does what he can to accommodate this, bringing Lucas to the office, convincing Addison to support it, etc. But then Violet takes things a bit far for Pete's liking.

He bristles at the idea of sharing custody or any routine that isn't very, very slow. She says slow is good ... but may sue for custody, since her definition is different.

Much as we'd like Violet to be back to normal, we are squarely on Team Pete. He's right when he says she earned her crazy. But that doesn't give her a clean slate.

Violet is Back

Violet's back in body ... but not where she needs to be in spirit.

Forgiving her for what she did, as understandable as it was, can't erase what happened, and he is doing right by Lucas. We hope Violet comes to see it that way with time.

We did love how Violet and Addison uneasily, but sincerely tried to understand, respect and support each other in what has become a very unusual, difficult situation for all.

As for Pete and Addison, there's a bit of a snag there as well. A snag named Sam, who lets Amelia convince him to fight for Addy, and makes out with her on the balcony.

She clearly has feelings for both, but for very different reasons. But who will be the first choice, and who's the second choice? Would this be a moment of enlightenment?

Pete catches them, which leads to a "crisis point" of sorts as well - they seem to step up for each other right then and there. The question is whether it sticks this time.

On an interesting side note, Amelia admits she doesn't know what she wants, who she is ... by telling Sam to take control of his life, was she trying to force herself to?

Speaking of unresolved issues, there's Cooper Freedman ...

His patient this week eats stuff. Like, non-food stuff. He and Sheldon want to fix it, but the kid's impatient mom just wants him to quit eating dirt by any means necessary.

When they see her personally eating toilet paper (really), she admits she had the same mental ailment as a kid, but willed herself to stop. Until now, 'cause she's so upset.

Cooper, predictably, gets unnecessarily angry about her lying to her son and how he'll never be able to trust her now. Which we later learn, is all rooted in his own issues.

Opening up to the poor little guy, Coop asks him to forgive his mom - to do it for himself. Baring his soul, he says he never has forgiven his own parents for lying to him.

It turns out that his folks had an older son who died two years before he was adopted. Learning about this many years later made Cooper feel like he's just a replacement.

Whatever issues Cooper has - and he has plenty - don't stop him from being a great pediatrician. In this case, it may lead to a breakthrough for the patient and himself.

Charlotte and Cooper Picture

Cooper tells Charlotte it was about more than sex. It was more than that.

Perhaps the reason why he can't forgive Charlotte is that he feels like he's just replacement for her husband, who she also didn't tell him about until much, much later.

It all comes back to childhood trauma, the things making us dark and twisty inside (Meredith Grey can attest). Some deep-seeded emotions take a lifetime to resolve.

He's going to try to get her back and pull out all the stops - starting with vintage Grey's Anatomy / Private Practice repeated, soul-baring lines: "It was more than that."

Time will tell if whatever it was will be again - and whether both of them live to see it through, although we don't see Charlotte or Cooper as PP death pool favorites.

What did you think of last night's Private Practice? Is Pete being too stringent with Violet? Should Addison be with him or with Sam? Discuss below!


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I just don't understand people. Violet was assaulted, she had a baby ripped out of her stomach. She and the baby almost died. Ya'll act like this was her fault. Show a little compassion folks. At the time, she did the best she could do which was give the baby to Pete, the adult thing but no one said that it would be forever. Pete knew this day was coming and now he's acting like a butthead. This healing is going to take years but that is no reason, now that she's had her break through, not to be able to see her son or even get joint custody or Pete even entertain the thought of such a possibility. The best interest of the child is for the child to be with his mother.


I have to say I'm getting really fed up of the Addy/Sam/Pete relationship, can she please just make a choice?! To be honest, I don't think her and Sam are right for each other, she seems to be putting feelings into what appears to be just a really good friendship. Pete was the one she was initally attracted to, even at the beginning of the show, and now when he is finally available, and laying his heart out on the table, she goes and kisses Sam. It's like Cindy said, as soon as things get too complicated for her, she falls straight into the arms of the guy with the less complicated situation. Violet is pissing me off as well. She comes marching back in and demands Lucas back when she's been off gallivanting for the last two months, and then she gets upset when Pete isn't all for the sharing? Yes, she has been through a terrible ordeal, but surely she can see his point of view!
About the only good thing about Violet was the way her and Addy interacted. It was very mature of them both, and honest. Loved the Cooper/Charlotte interaction, and the fact that Cooper is being civil with Charlotte -- especially after the way he has been treating her in the earlier parts of this season. And Sheldon, well he's fantastic! He always has the right thing to say, and he's just such a laid back, and relaxed character in comparison to the rest of them.


I completely understand Pete's reaction. As much as I agree that Violet should be in Lucas' life, custody right now is a little much. She just got back and she claims to be all healed, but being in Pete's position,I completely see why he's hesistant. You can't just drop off your child one day at the doorstep and then expect to just get him back when you feel like being a mother again. Yes, her situation was understandable and I don't fault her for giving Lucas to Pete to take care of when she was going through her crazy. But she should understand that Pete was left alone to take care of their child. And that he has every right to be overprotective and worried about her capabilities as a mother. Maybe over time she could try custody but right now, I think Pete has every right to fight it. As for the Sam/Addison/Pete scene: love Addison but when struggles come her way, her logic and reason goes out the window - and she becomes this confused wounded gazelle. Not a fan of it. Not a fan of the Addison and Sam kiss either - WASN'T hot for me at all. I think I was cringing in pain the entire time because in that moment, I am SURE she would have fallen into ANY GUY she's every liked's arms. She's metally messed up with the Violet/Lucas/Pete thing, was doubting her chances of that relationship working out so when another (at this point seemingly) less complicated guy pursues her, she automatically gives in. I would bet 1000$ that if Mark or Alex, Noah...Derek even, Cop guy decided to kiss her at that moment, she would have given in too. it's the only thing that bugs me about Addison - she can conquer any challenge at work and professionally, but when it comes to challenges in a relationship, she's miserably awful at dealing with it.


I think that episode was great. Love the scene with Addi and Violet. They were 2 matured adults who sat and discussed Lucus. I don't think Addi should be with either Pete or Sam. I would like her to get back with her ex-husband. He seems right for her and I believe he still loves her. People might not think so. Although Sam loves her, I believe she is honorable to her friend and I believe it should be that way. I would like to see what happens in the end. Addi should adopt a child and that will bring her happiness.


Sam= Delicious cake. Really delicious cake. ;D Also my fave, chocolate! xD Addisam Kiss= Hot! :) PICK SAM. This episode has finally silenced the voice inside my head. PICK SAM! Loved the episode! :) I think Violet is moving a little too fast and suing for custody is just too far. But I don't think Pete should have shut down Violet so soon, albeit, it IS too soon for her to take of Lucas. But all she wants to do is try to be his mom. (shrugs) I thought that she needed to lay off for a while, take some time, do it slowly, just by seeing Lucas a couple of times and then go take care of him and then share the schedule. Moving too fast. Also... COOPER AND CHARLOTTE ALMOST KISSED! :) Go Cooper!


This was was a good episode! I understand where both Pete and Violet are coming from. Though Violet suing him takes it a bit too far IMO. Loved the Addison/Sam kiss! That was hot. Why did Pete have to interrupt them?
I didn't like him shouting at Addie.


Good episode. I think Violet wanted to move too fast. She hasn't proven anything to Pete, aside from watching Lucas for a couple of times. She asked for too much too soon. I can't say I disagree with Pete on this issue. I liked that Addie came clean about Lucas being the one to fix her up but the whole mess with Sam and Pete has to come to an end. I cringed in the Pete/Addie convo. Sam is awesome. He really is cake. I love that he shut Amelia up, who needs to visit her brother because she needs some parenting. Sheldon should be made a regular. Lost concern with Cooper and I still love Charlotte.


I think its too much to ask from Pete....I mean what happened to Violet was terrible but she hasnt proved worthy of being a decent mother yet....she knw that herself when she gave lucas up....Pete's reaction is totally understandable...who knows maybe at some point he might start trustin Violet dont give ur son up and then suddenly want him so bad that u sue him for custody.... Addison is once again proving to be the confused woman who doesnt know what she wants or isnt strong enough to hold what she has...she's using violets return as an excuse to mask her feelings towards sam.. sheldon is jus brilliant...his demeanor makes him a far better psychiatrist than the way Cooper does his thing...wud be great to have Charlotte and Cooper back....din miss Naomi or Dell


Violet did not ask for joint custody right away, she was presenting it as an eventual goal, but rather than telling her they could revisit the idea later on, once Violet is a more regular part of Lucas' life, Pete completely shut her down. He didn't as much as throw her a bone, he simply shut her down. I don't blame Violet for going the legal way. She tried suggesting some kind of schedule, a way to ease Lucas into it, but Pete didn't want to listen, not even when she tried to clarify it. And how come you guys didn't cover the best scene of the entire episode, which was the one that went down between Violet and Addison? I thought that scene was just brilliant and wonderful. Both Addie and Violet showed understanding and respected as well as supported each other regarding their roles in this mess of a triangle that they currently find themselves in. Kudos to both Addie and Violet for their behavior in that scene!

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