Private Practice Review: "A Step Too Far"

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As always, previews have a way of hinting at huge developments, but an underlying intent to mislead viewers consistently remains. I know this, but I thought this time would be different. Actually, I almost always think: This time, it will be different.

I really wanted Addison to finally be pregnant and have a healthy baby. It seems like we have been waiting for this for quite some time now, doesn’t it?

Maybe it was more so because of Kate Walsh’s recent “I feel like a loser” comment about not having kids in reality, but she does deserve to be happy and have a baby in both Private Practice and in real life.

Addison: Voice of Reason?

Nevertheless, all of the pregnancy symptoms summed up to a negative pregnancy test and an unaffected Sam. I remember him as once a caring and supportive guy and miss seeing him that way. Sam hasn’t shown an ounce of remorse or regret since his moment of infidelity, and Addison deserves so much more.

Elsewhere in "A Step Too Far," I get that it was Violet’s launch party, and she’ll cry if she wants to, but she had only one bad review. She should be thrilled.

As a successful therapist and now published author, you would think she should have a thicker skin, but then again this is Violet. As carefully critiqued, she is definitely a narcissist and has kind of thrived off of acceptance.

Luckily, Sheldon finally gets the girl with Dr. Marla Phillips, the critic who negatively reviewed Violet’s book. She’s smart and tough, but respectively fair, and is seemingly a good fit for Sheldon. He’s unbelievably witty, and I’m hoping to see more of this relationship develop.

While Addison and Pete help a surrogate who is caught in a love triangle with her sister and brother-in-law, Cooper and Sam unsuccessfully tried to convince a family that their son’s health is more important than his wrestling career.

As for the former medical case, I am glad that Claudine decided to give the baby to her sister, Lorraine. Addison was right – Claudine had to decide between Elliot and the baby, and she could not have it both ways.

As for the latter medical case, it was heartbreaking to see what it would take for Tyler’s family and him to finally realize that Tyler’s health must come before wrestling.

Moreover, Cooper realized that he wanted to accomplish more like the other doctors. With Charlotte by his side, she reminded him that at the end of the day, they all just want to be doctors.

Overall, this was a solid Private Practice episode. What did you think?


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Private Practice Season 4 Episode 17 Quotes

Auntie Amelia - Even though you divorced my brother, I'm still going to be your kid's aunt, right?


Amelia: Are you late?
Addison: Yes, but I can't be. You don't think...
Amelia: You're preggers! This is awesome.