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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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I loved the interaction between the characters! How they showed how much they love Charlotte even when she was the bad guy 1 and a half season! It was so clear that Bizzy is going to take her life, but Kate showed great acing once more! I love the show!

Misskitten

@Lara Violet was mentioned in the episode last week that she was busy with meetings in New York. And Pete did mention Violet this week as well, in passing when talking to Cooper (about how he wouldn't want Sam working on the guy if it had been Violet). But she'll be back next week (thank god!) @Aries93 Audra is quitting for family reasons. Amy had a break last season due to medical reasons and this season her time away has been spent on a side-project. I think Amy cares too much about her character and the show to just leave, while Audra naturally has to prioritize her daughter.

Tvjunkie

Without a doubt, one of the most intense episodes of Private Practice to date. The events themselves weren't necessarily intense but what brought this episode to life were the emotions that you saw through all the characters, especially Charlotte and Addison. This episode definitely belonged to the both of them. And personally, I don't know why they had to squeeze in that case of Amelia and Pete. Anyway, for Charlotte's story, I loved how it developed throughout the entire episode. The vulnerability and weakness that she showed when she first talked to Sam about it was great and it became even better when she discussed her dilemma with Cooper, Sheldon, and Naomi. That moment when she entered the OR was also great but nothing could beat the scene when she said "I am not afraid of you". I hope a similar kind of breakthrough can be experienced by all survivors of this horrid act. I loved seeing how Charlotte got through what happened to her by being faced with Lee. I wish there were more Char and Coop scenes but the last one when they were hugging in her office was beautiful enough. As for Addison's story, I felt so bad for her throughout the entire episode. She knew what she needed to do which was to respect Susan's wishes but that didn't make it any easier for Bizzy. I was happy for Addie when she had the moment with her mother after saying "I love you" but when Bizzy refused to let her stay I knew something would happened. That last scene though was just so tragic.

Aries93

@Lara:
She left for New York to get her book published the episode before last. I wish she'd hurry up and come back though. I miss her.

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Love Private Practice - but where is Violet? They haven't even mentioned her in the past several episodes. How do they explain that?

Aries93

To begin with Charlotte's storyline, I must say that they're handling it well. It's enjoyable to watch and I am glad she got to confront her rapist and say what she needed to. I was proud and that she took the moral high ground and didn't kill him. But to be honest, if she had of killed him, I wouldn't have blamed her. I would have applauded her. And if I were on the jury, not guilty. Lee has done something horrible and like Sam said "he deserves something more horrible than death". As for Amelia and Pete's storyline (which was left out of the review), I completely disagreed with Amelia on this, it was selfish of her to contact that woman's mother-in-law. If she said she could handle it, she could have. But it doesn't make Pete any better covering up for her after she had the surgery to fix her sight (only to make it worse). All and all though, it was resolved with a borderline happy ending. I agree with the review, Addison did the right thing respecting Susan's wishes. Even though Bizzy did not approve. I knew for a fact that Bizzy was going to kill herself once she told Addison to leave. I knew it for a fact. When Addison came back and found her like that, I literally was in shock for Addison to have found her like that. It makes me upset though that Bizzy still couldn't tell Addison the words she needed to hear before she killed herself. A simple: "I Love You, Addison" would have been good to tell her daughter before she offed herself. As for Naomi, her character to me seems irrelevant now that I know she is leaving, but I must admit seeing her and realizing it's her last season made me upset. Speaking of last seasons, is this Amy Brenneman's too? She is not in it much. Taking time off for season 3 and now this season. I understand her character is writing a book, but it annoys me that they're slightly pushing her character away for numerous episodes.