Private Practice Review: "Heaven Can Wait"

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After being away for the longest time (and almost making us forget all the bad stuff), Private Practice came back last night in the usual fashion with "Heaven Can Wait."

People we thought we knew turned out to be shadows of their former selves, handsome Latino doctors stroked our cheek, and our waspy mother formed the phrase, "Thank you."

Hell hath frozen over, for Bizzy Montgomery is in love. 

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Her longtime (and secret) lover, Susan, is ill with ovarian cancer, and after a successful surgery, Addison and Dr. Rodriguez believe they have cured her. On the day of her wedding to Bizzy, Susan reveals to Addison that she believes the cancer is back, only to pass out on the dance floor later that night.

Sheldon has to deal with a colleague who's developed a heavy dependency on prescription drugs. This hits home for Sheldon mainly because he looked up to this doctor and his revolutionary dealings with "talk therapy." After his friend suffers  a very public psychotic breakdown, Sheldon makes the difficult decision to report him to the police.

Despite her uncomfortable therapy session with Sheldon's friend, Charlotte slowly learns to rebuild a life that was disrupted by her rapist. And Addison is learning not to be frightened and run away when things in her relationship get rough. We'll see how that pans out.

I find Addison to be selfish and impulsive when it comes to relationships.

She married Derek, then carried on with his best friend. Then she moved to Los Angeles and tried a few men on there. Then she developed feelings for Sam, who is her best friend's ex-husband, but then started dating Pete. THEN she decided that she really wanted to be with Sam and had to break the news to Naomi.

There's something so self-centered about Addison that makes me want to just... grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr.

I also dislike when Addison inhales deeply after a run-on sentence. It's the WASP in her. I know she can't fight it, but why does she have to do it so often?

When I first saw Sheldon's psychiatrist friend write Charlotte a scrip for five months worth of anti-depressants, I thought it was a dream. I kept thinking to myself, "This is far too unethical for the FCC to condone.  There has to be a catch." Oh, but there was.

The debate over whether or not we humans are machines was quickly put to bed at a lovely restaurant with white tablecloths. Dr. Feel-Good takes a handful of pills, Dr. Concerned confiscates the pills and confronts Dr. Feel Good, and Dr. Feel Good goes off the deep end, taking the table cloth and silverware with him.

It ended badly, but proved to us that prescription drugs are not Skittles.

I don't know how Naomi manages to look Addison in the eye every day, let alone speak to her. The moment Addison told her that she was seeing Sam, their friendship changed. Addison is dating Naomi's ex-husband, and there are a million things wrong with that.

Addison still thinks she can come to Naomi and talk about her relationship problems, but that's simply not the case anymore. Get a clue, Monty. 

Things I Thought About To Distract Me From The Dangerously Good Looks Of Dr. Rodriguez  

  • Please tell me Bizzy and Susan's first dance was NOT to Metro Station's "Shake It." Who was the music supervisor for this scene? Did he or she get a copy of the script beforehand?
  • Raise your hand if you think Addison is going to hook up with Dr. Rodriguez.
  • Loving Bizzy's Bulgari necklace. I'd fight Addison to pry it out of Bizzy's "cold, dead hands."
  • Charlotte got her groove back against the ice machine. At Bizzy's wedding. Thumbs up.

What did you think of last night's Private Practice? Discuss!


Editor Rating: 4.0 / 5.0
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Rating: 4.4 / 5.0 (45 Votes)

Who the hell wrote this review? This review is so unlike the other reviews for the show.


This review is the kind of review one would expect to find on a personal blog. A major fansite like TV Fanatic should expect a much higher level of professionalism from their reviewers. As much as I can agree to some of the matters brought up by the reviewer, I just don't view an "official" review of an episode to be the appropriate arena for it. Start a forum topic, invite us into the discussion, don't use what is supposed to be the website's "opinion" to channel your own personal feelings, and especially do not launch an attack on one of the show's characters.


I'm glad charlotte got her groove back! Is it me or does she get horny at weddings? Chalotte and Cooper had sex in a storage shed at violet and pete's wedding now they had sex against a ice machine at Addison's mother's wedding.


well i whole-heartedly agree addison needs to leave naomi out of things with her and sam its just to much
just because they are not together doesnt mean she wants her only best friend to date sleep with or marry her ex-husband
i just really dont like this whiney self-absorbed addison
charlotte my fav character she is the best and the crazy psych guy was hilarious
and addi is definitely hooking up with the resident latin sexy


Can someone please explain to me why it seems to be such a crime that Nai slept with Addi's brother? And why is Addi a hero? cause she forgave her? Archer's her brother, not her husband! And for the record - the looks that Nai was giving Sam throughout the episode, the insecurities and doubts Addisam are having - doesn't that tell us something? ;)


I have this feeling that Charlotte took that prescription in and is using it. We just haven't been revealed to it yet.
As for Amelia, when does she get a storyline? I'm getting really sick of her randomly walking into a room with a sarcastic line and walking out again.
As for Naomi and Pete's comments about Addison, I think they're both a little quick to jump. Every relationship is different. Give her a chance. Especially with Pete's history.
As for Sheldon turning his friend in, as much as I think it was horrible, he did the right thing.


I also question addy's relationship ethics.......I loved her so much on Greys......I know my like and respect for her has went downhill right along with her chraters decisions(in relationships). But i still watch every week.....i'm invested in everyone else too.


I have to say that I agree Addison gas made some bad choices, but Lord, so has everyone else on that show. The only truly stable, sensible, emotional adult on the show is Sam. I could have slapped Nai into oblivion the way she treated the Mia pregnancy. Nai always wants her way and in my opinion is more selfish than Addison will ever be. Addison just has emotional issues she really needs to deal with...and I feel they should write that in before she let's Sam slip away. Sam is too awesome to hurt...and remember...Addie kept hurting Sam to protect Nai, but Nai wont see past herself to realize athiof this.


I think that the reviewer was wrong, I mean Addie is a favourite no to mention the main character on the show I mean seriously it kinda revolves around her so Duh she is going to seem self centered. All of the other characters are too you just see less of them so it doesn't seem as bad. It just makes me mad that people don't even realize that Addie forgave Nai for sleeping with Archer and she forgave Violet for sleeping with the Captian and yet because she wants to have a RELATIONSHIP with Sam everybody is saying she is a slut and is going to screw things up. Also Naiomi tried to talk to Addie about Archer too so what goes around comes around..... SERIOUSLY


I actually agree with the reviewer. I use to LOVE Addison. I thought she was fantastic on GA, and was able to overlook her bad decisions because she still seemed like a decent person. Things started to change for me when she "fell in love" with her very pregnant patient's husband. She was so self involved in that situation. Then, when she moved on to her best friends ex-husband....just awful. Her character is de-volving in my opinion. Anyways, her "relationship" (until she cheats on him) with Sam is why I stopped watching the show. I still read the reviews of the episode because I do still love the other characters...just can't bring myself to watch "AddiSam". I'm glad that I'm not the only one out there questioning Addison's ethics.

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