Private Practice Review: "Can't Find My Way Back Home"

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This week on Private Practice, Addison came to a surprising realization, Pete confronted his family's checkered past, and Charlotte finally came face-to-face with her attacker.

"Can't Find My Way Home" was loaded with emotional scenes and heavy stories, even relegating the rape story line to the back burner at times, which was no small feat.

To say Pete comes from a troubled background is an understatement. His brother, Adam (Kyle Secor), shows up to say their jailed mom Frances (Louise Fletcher) is dying.


Violet tries to help Pete confront another impossible situation.

The goal, if Pete can find it within himself, is to win Frances a humanitarian release. He agrees to "spin" her condition so she'll get it, and Sam agrees to lend his name to the effort.

Funny thing, though. Just as he's convinced himself this is the right thing to do, Pete realizes that his mom really hasn't changed, and questions his own motivations in helping her.

He feels this is some bizarre, emotionally repressed decision by which he's really trying to win her love by springing her. Making things tougher is his brother, who's pushing for it.

Pete does want a relationship with Adam, but that's probably not happening if he doesn’t help their mom. After all of that, it looks like Pete's going to remain estranged from both.

Emotional blackmail can be tough, even when you're doing it to yourself. Seeing Pete come to grips with the past and debate the right course of action was compelling and sad.

Elsewhere, Amelia wants to perform a risky surgery on a woman's brain, but the woman resists, not wanting to change leaving her daughter alone should something go wrong.

Addison supports this. Amelia does not, for reasons pertaining to her own background, which we are familiar with from her stints on Grey's Anatomy and Private Practice so far.

Addison believes she could have 10 good years without surgery, but Amelia says she offers a lifetime - something she never got with her father, after he was brutally murdered.

Amelia does her thing and the woman comes through. She was right, and Addison knows it. Her "10 years" argument failed the ultimate test, as family bonds can't be measured.

She tells Sam that she wants a baby. Soon! Think they'll really do it?!

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Addison ... future mom?

Finally, we have Charlotte. Cooper still has no idea what happened to her, but Sheldon and Addison do, and Dr. King is LIVID that they shared this information with the police.

With a two-way mirror between them, Charlotte looks her attacker in the eye, then balks. This has likely happened countless times in real life, making it even more painful.

Sheldon is stunned to see Lee walk free, and follows him inexplicably, where he sees him approach a woman. This turns out to be his girlfriend, who's playing with their kid.

Violet, who was there ostensibly for moral support, realizes Charlotte lied at the lineup, then calls her out, which was a boldly awesome move, even if Charlotte lashed out.

Between Violet calling it like it is - she was there because Cooper would have seen through the lie - and Sheldon telling Charlotte about Lee’s girlfriend and son, she finds it within herself to do what must be done, no matter how difficult it is. Powerful stuff.

Violet tells Cooper that Charlotte raped. He doesn't take it well, but vows to do whatever he can to help get Lee off the street. But Charlotte beats him to the punch.

You could FEEL the courage in that scene. The gut-wrenching agony of having to return a second time was almost more than she could take, but Charlotte did it. She did it.

What do you think will happen next? Will they square off in court? Will Addison and Sam try for a baby? What did you think of last night's Private Practice overall?


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The song is called In the morning and plays Fran Healy.
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I immensely enjoy watching Private Practice. I thought the last two episodes were extremely emotional and thought-provoking. It brought tears to my eyes to try to imagine this real-life plight of women & men. Rape is a crime of POWER not passion. It is passion for power. Charlotte's whincing with pain during her intitial exam with Pete; chilled my bones. Then she would not cry in front of Addison despite the intensity of her wounds, but dealt with the severe pain mentally, emotionally & physically. She must have been feeling invaded during her examination. She was trying to control something that was on longer in her control. Addison KNEW she'd been raped, but kept up the charades because, I think, she felt it was an opening to "bond" with Charlotte; who as we know is not the easiest person to get along with! I feel that she was tramatically wounded in her prior life and uses that abrasive demeanor to protect herself because that was the only way she could survive. She recognizes she is quite intelligent, very capable at her craft & doesn't take shit from ANYONE! Her "weakness" is it is second nature to her to have her guard up & although she loves Cooper it scares her to death " to let him in totally." I think her soul was wounded and she's never been quite whole since then. She revealed to Amelia that she attended NA meetings & she could recognize a fellow-NA-er. She is someone who desparately NEEDS love & this unfortunate situation is causing her vulnerability to surface. I think Cooper's gesture to "make it look like an accident" helped her come to terms with what she knew she had to do. His love for her was so strong he was willing to risk his freedom and do a "wrong thing" even if she wasn't strong enough to a "right thing" cause he wanted to keep her safe. Love is a powerful motivator & healer. I can't wait to see the up coming episodes. I love this show! Thank you for this forum to express my opinion.
These episodes unnerved me and gave me plenty to think about. I am looking forward to next weeks drama with eager anticipation! P.S. The cast is a handsome bunch of actors & actresses! Easy on the eyes....SMILE!


@McDreamyLover18 The song from the end of the episode is called In The Morning by Fran Healy.


does anybody know the last song in the episode. when its like last 5 minutes and charolette finds out cooper knows and addie says she want kids and pete talks about his family problems ? does anyone know the song? thankss


i thought this episode was great. i loved the last scene between charlotte and cooper the most. i think it shows how the two will be working together towards charlotte getting over what happened to her. and like kadee said in interviews, we'll be seeing char&coop in a different way now and i think this is the beginning of that.


this was a really really good episode. can't wait for the next. private practice had a shaky start but this episode helped boost it back up. I mean I could literally tell where the writers used scenes related to the real world (which is not a bad thing)


@Sarah Addie can still adopt ;) I think she's pretty much come to terms with the fact that she'll never have a biological child of her own, but an adopted child is just as good. What matters is that the child will be hers to raise (unlike Lucas, who she was merely playing family with, knowing deep down that it wasn't going to last)


great episode. i loved it. like the toryline between the patient with the seizure thing. and how addie and amy were fighting eachother. then amy finally broke about her dad and her speech about that. it was heartbreaking i felt soo bad. almost made me cry. then the ending. omg the ending was powerful when violet told cooper. didnt see it coming. then when he walks in shes like yu know. but he was really supportive about it. but i loved this episode.


where is Namoi?


by the way sam looked when addison was talking about babies in bed i doubt he wants one

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Private Practice Season 4 Episode 9 Quotes

You didn't bring me here for moral support, did you? You wanted a witness to go tell Cooper that you had tried because if he would have been here he would have seen how you reacted and he would have known, too.


Amelia: You are not a neurosurgeon!
Addison: You were promising her a cure!
Amelia: Because I can give her one, because I AM a neurosurgeon! Look I don't tell you how to handle vaginas!