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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Thanks for reading! It appears that we are all on Team Addie. (: By the way, you guys are right - Amelia was adorable this episode. @Renee: I love your theory. We just want Addison to be happy. Is that too much to ask?!


I think Addie may actually be pregnant. I think her test may have been a false negative. I say this because the episode made a point to tell us that she is late, she didn't have a fever, and she's been hormonal, etc. I feel like she's going to think it's negative/that she's not pregnant then in the finale or something she will find out that the test was wrong. We've known since day one of PP that she wants a baby but they are building that up/talking about that so much more this season then before. They wouldn't do that if that storyline weren't going somewhere. So, like I said, I think she's pregnant and it was a false negative.
Also, I LOVE Amelia. The girl is awesome.


i agree with everyone here. disappointed because i want addy to be pregnant.
but also glad that she didn't waste her one last egg on heartless sam. he doesn't deserve her. he's just holding her back. this is precious time she could spend with someone else who really cares about her and who wants the same things she wants. i wish it was sam who'd been hit by arizona and callie's car!


Addison needs to get rid of Sam ASAP! And then she needs to have a baby! Preferably with a kind loving caring man! And I really hope that Kate gets her happy ending too! :)


I was very disappointed that they did not have Addison be expecting, she was so crushed. That was such a cruel thing to do!! Melissa


I was very disappointed that Addison wasn't pregnant. As much as I don't like her with Sam at all, She deserves to have her dream of having a child come true especially after losing her Mother. This show is strong and I hope it continues on........


Maybe her and sam break up in the finale and then she finds out she is pregnant..anyway hes being a jerk to her and needs to get back to his old self beacuse i love them!
amelia was so cute this ep i hope she gets with the nec doc


I really felt for Addison this episode.
I really hoped she'd find out she was pregnant.
But to be honest, some part of me hoped she didn't.
I love her with Sam, but I don't want her to have his baby. :(
It sounds evil, and I liked them, but I am over them now.
But oh well, all good things come for those who wait. :)
I hope Addison does find out she is pregnant sooner rather than later. :D

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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.