Private Practice Review: "Home Again"

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"Home Again" was a particularly compelling episode of Private Practice.

This was because of two very intense storylines. We expected to find a very stoic and waspy Addison frigid in the aftermath of her mother's death.

She waved Sam off at the airport when he insisted on accompanying her to Connecticut ("It was like Addison was taken over by the ghost of her cold and waspy mother," Sam explained to the others), and greeted her co-workers as if they were patrons of the Montgomery Museum. 

What did everyone expect? Addison was in shock.

Off to Connecticut

What no one but Charlotte knew was that Bizzy didn't die of a heart attack or aneurism; she killed herself and Addison found her body. "Believe me, no one wants to know the truth," she told Charlotte. "You mean that your mother killed herself?"

If anyone was to get wise to Addison's skeletons, I'd prefer it be Charlotte. She's cool.

Leave it to Bizzy to:

  1. Assign Addison the eulogy
  2. Meet with the funeral director each year to update her contact list, so that the proper people would be invited to her memorial.  

When the Captain and Archer greeted everyone at the house, cocktail hour had gone south and the Captain got a little mouthy. He accused everyone at Oceanside Wellness Group of failing to save his late wife.  It was a heart attack. No, it was an aneurism.

Whatever it was, everyone's money (or their parents' money) was wasted on medical school. So, let's all go back to California and burn those medical degrees, because the Captain said so.

The only morsel of comic relief came when the captain asked if Violet was in attendance:

The Captain: "Is...Violet?"
Pete: "Uh, not here.  She had an emergency at work."
The Captain: "Shame."
Pete: "She sends her best."

But then it wasn't so funny when the Captain and Pete got into a scuffle, resulting in a few stitches for the poor Captain. I never realized how much he cared about Bizzy, but the Captain assumed she would return to him once Susan died.

A wasp's outer shell isn't so impenetrable, after all. Addison finally told Sam what really happened to Bizzy after he refused to let her go another minute with that creepy half-smile she'd been wearing with pearls. 

"That was a nice eulogy," Sam said to Addison after the memorial. "Thank you," replied Addison.  "Now I want to hear the real one," Sam demanded, shaking her out of her wasp coma.

Finally a hot mess of emotion, Addison broke the news to Archer, who let himself weep when Bizzy was laid to rest. 

It was an interesting thing Addison said to Archer about Bizzy's suicide, about how it wasn't selfish after all of her to do it; Bizzy just wasn't thinking. That's a though to leave you with.

The death row story kept me just as engaged as Addison's. This woman fought tirelessly for her husband's stay from death row for seventeen years, even though he confessed to the murder. In the end, she wasn't able to do it.

Sheldon and Violet were there to lend support to both she and her husband the defendant, with Sheldon even reassuring the defendant he'd be on the other side of the glass to lend support.

It was especially moving when the defendant's wife asked the victim's widow for more time. After a speech that left me a little teary-eyed, the widow said "I don't have anymore time to give. Your husband took it all from me."

What did you think of last night's Private Practice? What were your favorite scenes and where do you see things going from here? Discuss below!


Editor Rating: 4.5 / 5.0
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Rating: 4.5 / 5.0 (38 Votes)

I wish they didn't bother putting in the Sheldon/Violet story cause even if it was a good case, I really wanted this episode to focus more on Addison. Over-all, I think this was another good one coming from Private Practice cause of all the vulnerability that was shown through Addison, Archer, and The Captain. I also liked how each character had a role in this storyline by doing what they could to help a Montgomery.


This was another wonderful episode!!! I cried my eyes out!


I thought Violet/Sheldon crap was pointless. I wanted more of Addison and her family. I feel so cheated. There wasn't even one scene with Addison and The Captain talking. I loved Waspy Addie and when she finally had the breakdown. Although they cut the breakdown scene short. Kate was amazing at showing all of Addie's emotions. Sam, Charlotte, Pete, and Amelia were all great and supportive. I am a little over Naomi. She only seemed to care about sleeping with Archer. So only Archer and Charlotte know Addie's secret! I hope they drag the storyline out. I want to see Addie dealing with it. Can't believe Addie fans got screwed over for a guest star storyline. That storyline wasn't even about Violet and Sheldon. They would have been better used in Connecticut supporting Addie. Unbelievable!


Just disappointment!!!


I loved this episode, Shonda hit the mark! Amazingness personfied...


Too many commercials in the last half hour. I turned it off. Too frustrating. It was a great show but your commercials wreck it.


I really liked last night episode. I felt bad for Addison love how she had Charlotte to talk the turth to. I liked how Pete told the captian to be a father to his children. I knew that Naomie would hit the sheets with Archer I like how he broke down at the at end. I really like how Violet and Sheldon helped the woman deal that her husband took someones life. it was very good episode


This episode really has powerful stuff.
I really enjoyed Addison's eulogy speech. It was so cold and so nonchalant.
It was good to see Amelia actually have an empathetic side. Not that she doesn't already, it was just good to see it out in the open.
As for Pete and The Captain, I'm proud of Pete for not hitting him. If it were my wife, I'd have knocked him out. But I agree with Pete's speech about how Addison and Archer need a father right now.
Naomi sleeping with Archer was a given. Only she could spread her legs for a Montgomery. Wait, no, how can we forgot Violet? Then again, Pete and Sam did too. Wow. Half the cast have been with Montgomery.
Naomi is starting to get on my nerves now. She's abused Addison in the past for sleeping around. Anyone looked at her list recently?
Anywho, Violet and Sheldon had a fair interesting storyline. I really felt for that lady they were helping. I just couldn't even bare to watch. It was just too sad.
All and all, this episode was actually very enjoyable. Next weeks episode please. :)

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