Private Practice Review: "Blind Love"

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This was an intense episode of Private Practice in far too many ways.

For much of "Blind Love," we were focused on Charlotte, hoping she would have a breakthrough now that she was face-to-face with Lee McHenry, the man who so violently raped her (in her own hospital, no less). 

Charlotte's a spitfire, but a big part of her was shattered by McHenry. He broke her into a million pieces, and she spent a long time trying to get over it.

Charlotte had her day in court, so to speak. McHenry was on King's turf, with a knife in his heart and his life at the mercy of doctors who suffered through this devastating event with Charlotte. 

It's Crunch Time

The Oceanside Wellness group has had to deal with a few "should we save the patient or not" dilemmas in the past few years, the most recent being the man who killed Dell in a car accident. 

While it's so easy to see things in "black and white" as Charlotte put it, as a doctor there is an ethical standard you have to stick by, whether the patient deserves to live or not.

Sam was faced with this last night, and left it up to Charlotte to decide if Lee should live. While I respect Sam's loyalty to Charlotte, I can't agree with his decision to put McHenry's life on the table.

Yes, what McHenry did was despicable and unforgivable. But if we're going to think in black and white terms, deciding whether to save him or not based on his actions is wrong.

Ultimately, Sam came to his senses: "To let a man die, no matter how bad he is, is wrong." Sheldon, the voice of reason, silently thanked his stars that someone was listening to him: "You're right, Sam. That is what we do." 

Having watched Charlotte try to rebuild her life after the rape incident, I was so proud of her for marching into the OR to give McHenry a what-for, then to be the first person he saw after waking up from surgery.  "You've got no power over me," she told him. "I am not afraid of you."

Damn straight! We've got a pulse on Charlotte King. Sassy pants is back!

Addison obeyed Susan's wishes regarding DNR, but Susan failed to loop Busy in on the big decision; one that would determine the rest of Bizzy's life. I don't know how to address this issue without pissing off a lot of people, but I will say this: Addison did as Susan requested, and she can't second-guess her decision. She was faced with a huge responsibility, and risked ruining an already unstable relationship with her mother. 

Bizzy was an unhappy lady from the start, and to lose the only person she ever loved (PS, I believe she stated that on more than one occasion to her daughter) made me nervous for her.

When Bizzy refused Addison's offer to spend the night in the hotel before she went back home, I knew something bad was going to happen. My heart sank as soon as I realized it. So when Addison changed her mind a few hours later and went back to the hotel room, I couldn't help but tear up a little thinking about the relationship she was hoping to develop with Bizzy.

Even at the end, Bizzy made sure even the help wasn't put out by her actions, telling Addison in a note, "The money is for housekeeping. Apologize to them for the inconvenience."

A few particularly memorable quotes and moments:

  • It was too perfect when McHenry was brought into St. Ambrose's ER with a knife in his heart. "Please don't let me die," he begged Sam. This caused quite the moral dilemma. "Who would care?" Charlotte asked Sam. 
  • I wanted to rip that knife from McHenry when he picked up that Sam was friends with Charlotte, "You're friends with her," McHenry said to Sam. "Yeah," said Sam shortly. 
  • "Do you really not understand or do you just need to blame someone for what happened?" Addison asked Bizzy in the hospital chapel.
  • When Dr. Rodriguez smiles and shows those pearly white teeth, I get a little weak. Why is he so handsome?
  • "Go home. Go home to Sam. He's a nice guy. Stick to him," Bizzy said to Addison before they parted ways. I burst into tears after writing down this quote. 

This was a tough episode. What did you think of last night's Private Practice? Discuss!


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@ Claudy As a medical student, I can safely say that though we may try our best to adhere to the inhuman standards our respective medical councils place on us, we are but human. It's not that far fetched, nor that unreasonable that someone may consider acting subpar in such a personal, distressing situation. Put this another way. If this guy was a rapist but hadn't attacked anyone the doctor knew personally, there would be little hesitation in Sam doing the best he could. But the fact is, the rapist attacked someone very close to Sam, and did so very brutally. Sam would be a lot more (or less) than human if it didn't occur to him that he could just not act to his usual standards. After all, mistakes happen in surgeries and as Charlotte pointed out, who would care enough to do a detailed, indepth query? So that aspect, however unethical and distasteful it may be, was realistic in my opinion. Doctors are indeed duty-bound to follow the law but I would argue that the mejority of the doctors would bend the law at some point in their careers, usually to help their patients but rarely to their detriment.


Help! Who played the mother of the blind girl. I recognize her and can't place it! Driving me crazy!!!!!!


I guess I am the only one who is outraged at the portrayal of the blind here. That a blind mother wouldn't notice that her baby was unconscious while breatfeeding because she couldn't see that the baby was turning blue was ridiculous. Guess what? Blind women do successfully raise their children - often alone because the father of their children may abandon them in their difficult situation. How do they do this? Because they are able to notice little details like a baby that has stopped feeding, stopped moving, and indeed stopped breathing. I am appalled that in 2011 a prime time television program would portray the blind in a manner more appropriate to 1811. Actually, that storyline shouldn't surprise me that much, since the characters and their actions in this series are generally unrealistic & often unethical. I think that it is time to move on from this unpleasant waste of time.


Alright, I take back the "making it personal" part. As you said yourself though, it was indeed "her opinions", in the reviews. I felt that official reviews should be written more objectively rather than done with personal takes, but of course that's just my opinion, and if this is the approach for making it "more passionate", then so be it.

Steve marsi

@ Claudy - Kelly is writing PP reviews because we felt the show deserved a more passionate, in-depth commentary than I was providing as the editor of the site. You might not like her opinions and that's fine, we encourage you to express your views, but she's just doing what we ask of her, so please don't make it personal.


Why is this Kelly Lynch still writing reviews? Here's a tip if you don't know "how to address this issue without pissing off a lot of people": keep your personal opinions to your personal spaces, not a supposedly official episode review from the TV Fanatic website. (And please, for the love of God, don't then start pretending and saying things you don't actually believe in.) Frankly I found it absurd that the writers even considered there be a "choice", so to speak, on the McHenry situation. His rape of Charlotte wouldn't justify their murder/manslaughter of him. I get that they will feel emotionally troubled (and that's the understatement of the year) but really? They actually put it out there that "Sam will do it for me", says Charlotte? I don't mean to sound like I have a God complex, but seriously, even though that man deserves something more horrible than death, it wasn't in their hands to punish him. That's why the world needs rules and has a legal system, however loopholes it may have is a complete different matter (and deserves discussion on another day). I will skip commenting on the Addie storyline. I'll just head home and sulk in the corner over Bizzy's death now.


it sucks that audra is leaving cus i like naomi. but it is true that she has less to do these days. and amy/violet will be back next week. just a 2-episode break for the book storyline. anyway, absolutely amazing episode. every single one of the 3 storylines (char, addi, pete/amelia) was interesting to me and i felt so bad for addison at the end :(


Bizzy, in her suicide letter, had the "decency" to apologize to the cleaning ladies for the "inconvinience", but didn't write "I love u" and "I'm sorry" to her own daughter...She knew how devastated Addison would be to find her dead, how much she'd blame her self for leaving from the hotel, even for a while and how painful it will be to keep this suicide a secret...


First, good for Charlotte! Standing up to that man, making the right decision, and being able to forgive and pity him! She amazes me! Poor Addison! When Bizzy insisted that Addy leave, I knew what was going to happen. But that didn't make it any less sad! :(


OMG. And i thought the ep where dell dies was hectic... This is ten times more!
Thank you reviewer for bieng more objective!
I never liked bizzy and I can imagine how this is gonna send addison spinning ... Probably into the arms of Dr Rodriguez. I love charlotte and how they handled the story esp today with her scene in the or. Most rape victims feel powerless and are afraid of the b@$t@?d who raped them and for her to go in there and do what she did was amazing and is a lesson for rape victims! Go Shonda u created the best PSA in a while!!! Amelia needs to get a story already... They promoted her to full time cast member to be boring and say a few comedic things which is a waste for Cat... She is a brilliant actress. I dont think amy is leaving... She is probably just taking some time off. She will be back foer Charlotte and Coopers wedding. She has to be the best wo-man. Lol. The whole wedding thing is what I want to happen. Cant wait for the captain and archie to roll in
For the funeral... Should be awesome! Who do u think archer will sleep with? Amelia or Naomi or both? Lol

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