Private Practice Review: "Two Steps Back"

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In last night's Private Practice, "Two Steps Back," Violet returned with a manuscript full of other people's issues, which placed her directly in front of the firing squad.

Sheldon dealt with a patient feigning multiple personality disorder to keep her sister close, while Cooper and Charlotte worked through the past to move towards the future. This episode also marked Naomi's transition out of the series, ending with an explosive kiss.

The lucky man on receiving end of that kiss?

Sam and Nae Pic

Sam and Naomi have a long history together. While I don't condone cheating, I wasn't agitated by this kiss. We all saw it coming; and when it did finally happened, I didn't bat an eyelash. Everyone here is already aware of my feelings on Addison Montgomery.

And as I stated before, I don't condone cheating. But this is Sam and Naomi. I would have felt the same way were Dylan to kiss Brenda while he and Kelly were dating. 

Violet has come back with a manuscript full of venom, and... yes, her co-workers did read it.

For a woman so eager to hear feedback, she was certainly surprised to see that everyone was pissed at her. Cooper couldn't get over the fact that Violet call him a "manchild" more than once (once is bad enough).

"Manchild?" he asked Violet in her office. "Ok yes, Maybe I did call you that," she admitted. "Once. Maybe twice."

Pete read it, and was none too pleased that Violet discussed his first marriage AND his crazy mother. When Violet told him she sold out lots of other people and they didn't seem to mind (or so she thought), he told her, "I don't care what anyone else thinks. I hate your book, Violet!"

The banter between Violet, Sheldon and Amelia wasn't any better. "I know this is totally uncool of me to ask, but have either of you read my manuscript?" Violet asked. "The one where you basically called me a whore?" confirmed a jovial Ameila. "Yeah, I read it." 

Violet gave her friends a choice: If they didn't want their stories out there, they could veto her book and she'd call the publishers. In the end, those friends gave Violet her voice back. Pete arrived home to deliver the news, to which Violet suggested, "You want to fool around with a soon-to-be-famou/best-selling author?"

Charlotte and Cooper attended therapy together in order to move forward in their relationship. Charlotte hadn't worn her engagement ring since she was raped because it's a reminder of what happened. Cooper had it fixed and polished, but it took awhile for Charlotte to start wearing the (blindingly brilliant) ring again. Tah dah! She was sporting it shortly after their session.

Then came the rain. During a "let's tell secrets" therapy session, Cooper admitted to kissing Amelia. "I... kissed Amelia," he admitted.  "When," asked Charlotte. "After you were raped." Charlotte confronted Amelia about the incident, and Amelia just stood there like an idiot.

We were all there! We saw Amelia refuse Cooper's kiss. Why didn't she tell Charlotte that?

Sam and Naomi had to deal with Tanya, their pregnant Down Syndrome patient. Her mother told Sam she walked in on Tanya having sex with her boyfriend Ricky one day.

Tanya had been complaining of stomach problems and, lookie there, she was pregnant. "What's in my belly?" she asked Sam.  Almost every episode of Private Practice deals with one controversial topic. This was last night's. Tanya's mother wanted to abort the pregnancy because it was difficult enough raising Tanya without a newborn in the picture, even if this baby turned to be clear of any medical problems.

Naomi was adamant about Tanya not having an abortion, while Sam felt it was important to let Tanya's mother make the decision on her own.

Before Naomi had a chance to read the results of a genetic test proving the baby was healthy, Tanya's mother had already brought her to have an abortion.

Whether it was that or the fact that Mya might be accepted to Columbia, Naomi allowed her judgment to cloud over just long enough to kiss Sam. And you know what? I didn't hate it.

Did you love Sam and Naomi's kiss? Hate it? Discuss this development and all things Private Practice with us by leaving a comment below!


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Rating: 3.6 / 5.0 (50 Votes)

Why must they revisit Sam and Naomi again. They always end up breaking up because they are different people now. Now I'm glad she is leaving, I hope Addison finally tells her off and stop playing the scorned wife.


I personally yelled "NO, NO, NO, NO, NO"... I have always loved Sam and Addison together but, aside from that, in my opinion the fact that Sam and Naomi have history and have been divorced for four years is exactly why it's worse for them to kiss than if Sam was cheating on Addison with someone else. Being somebody's ex doesn't give you the right to appear in the picture whenever you want...
But mostly I didn't think it really made sense, Sam is incredibly in love with Addison, and forgetting that after a few days of drinking wine with Naomi really seems out of character...


I guess you forgot that people don't usually CHOOSE who they fall in love with. Plus, I think we could all see how hard it was on her to act on her feelings in season 3.
The only thing I wish for is that the writers don't screw them up, lightheartedly - that would really be disrespectful to Naomi.


Shame on you, writers! I was fan, I loved Private Practice shows, but till this episode. Bad, your creativity went to the drain. People with Down Syndrome are capable to live independent lives, be succesful, and touch positively so many life, since the day are born. Please do some research prior any show. You lose, not only me as fan, but at least 204 people conected through love ties defending Down Syndrome communities.


I was very happy to see Sam and Naomi kiss. I do not feel sorry for Addison. She's sleeping with her best friend's ex-husband, for that, she will never have my respect. Naomi and Sam will always have history, they will always love each other, which is why I cannot understand why the writers would even put Sam and Addison together. I mean REALLY? There was nothing wrong about what Sam and Naomi did. Addison deserves everything that she gets. I get disgusted every time I see her with Sam. I can't believe people condone this type of behavior. When did falling in love with your best friend's ex husband become okay? If you were in Naomi's shoes, would you still be saying "Poor Addison, I can't believe Sam is doing this to her." Absolutely NOT. If Sam didn't have enough respect for his ex-wife to not cross that line with slutty Addison, what makes you think he would have enough respect for Addison who has no significant history with him besides rolling around in his bed. Naomi can do without both Sam and Addison. But I still loved their kiss. Don't think I will be watching the show after Naomi leaves. Don't think I can stomach much more of Addison, they might as well cancel the show.


how do you think Addi will find out, sam better tell her hisself, in the 'love and lies' promotional photos, she looks like she is crying when talking to amelia


I got mix feelings on the kiss cuz I liked Sam and Nai's post divorce relationship then again I hate it cuz that ship as been long sailed. Now that Sam is with Addison things are gonna get even more messy. I put this on the writers but its all for the sake of drama right?


I'm glad they kissed. The thought that my bff, maid of honor at my wedding would even look at my husband in that way disgusts the he'll out of me. If I'm going through a divorce and still trying to get over it, my best friend is where I would turn, but how could I do that of she is in bed with my ex? How can I lean on the shoulder of the woman my husband is sleeping with? I would be calling my best friend if my ex was dating after the divorce, and SHE is the one who is supposed to tell me that he is losing out and that im better than her. She is usually not that woman nor is she supposed to be. So glad none of you are my friends because this gives a whole new definition to the word loyalty. I can bet that Addison would NOT be ok with Naomi dating Derek, divorced or not #thatisall


I didn't like the Sam and Naomi kiss! Sam promised addison he would be different, I don't understand how he could do this to her! I know she is not an easy person, but he knew that when they started this.. But I loved Charlotte en Cooper!!! And I think the writer of the review should be more objective, this show is about Addison, if you don't like her, than don't watch the show!


and the review doesn't seem like a real review to me.
just like a short description on what happened throughout the episode and how the reviewer hates addison and likes everything that makes her unhappy...

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