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Private Practice Review: "Love and Lies"

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In what seemed like forever since the explosive kiss between Sam and Naomi, Private Practice returned last night with storylines that suggested there isn’t always a fine line between what’s right or wrong – especially when you’re dealing with "Love and Lies."

At first, I hadn’t decided whether I was on Team Naomi or Team Addison.

When Sam and Naomi were caught by Gabriel in hushed tones, my mind was clearly made up. I realized Sam could go easily from being head over heels for Addison just a moment ago and then back to thinking nostalgia deserved a chance.

Charlotte and Addison Pic

I get that Sam and Naomi have their history – Naomi did remind us with her “milestones” - but cheating is still cheating.

Meanwhile, it was nice to see Gabriel back, ready to woo Nae, turning our love triangle into a square. I was rooting for Gabriel before William, and had always wanted to see him get a shot with Nae. I am glad, though, that Nae didn’t choose him in the end, realizing what’s in the past is there for a reason.

Grief played a huge role this week when the married couple desperately wanted to harvest the eggs of their unborn and ill-fated baby.

Putting our doctors at odds with one another yet again, this case gave Addison the chance to show the parents how to deal with grief while she was able to deal with her own in losing Bizzy.

Although we didn’t get to see Addison deal with Sam’s mistake, I’m hoping that they’ll be able to bounce back rather quickly next week without too much drama.

By the way, how great was Cooper in this episode?!

My heart nearly dropped when the parents didn’t want to meet their baby, and Cooper told Addison: “Can’t tell you she looks just like all the other preemies I wonder what she would have grown up to be.” I know it couldn’t possibly be happening anytime soon for Cooper and Charlotte, but I think Cooper would make an awesome dad.

Elsewhere, I could relate to Amelia’s storyline – not specifically with the hiding of test results and having a friend threaten suicide, but who hasn’t wanted to bend the truth and lie for the well-being of a friend?

Although I am more of a cookies and cream (versus Rocky Road) kind of a girl, I, too, think that swimming in the ocean and driving with the top down on a sunny day are reasons to not give up on life.

Maybe Sheldon will finally get a girlfriend and some drama of his own since he has finally expressed his tiredness of being the “not boyfriend-boyfriend.”

And I absolutely loved when Naomi brought to light the recent sticky situations when some of our Oceanside doctors paid off a pregnant junkie, lied about a mother’s blindness, and Sam considered killing a patient – just more examples of how Private Practice knows how to depict controversial medical storylines in every episode.

I did wonder why they didn’t try harder to help the pregnant junkie, seek additional help for the blind mother, and the list goes on...

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

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Lawrie

@Rubs: that's exactly what i was thinking! sam and naomi are just bad people. they don't care about anyone but themselves. and it's always addison who has to suffer... :(

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j aime addisam.mais dans cet épisode sam ignore completement addison.il manque vraiment de sérieux.elle ne mérite pas d être trahie par lui.j espère qu elle se fâchera . je trouve également qu amélia est la véritable amie d addison et non naomie ses derniers temps.il y a une belle complicité entre elles.

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j aime addisam.c 1 beau couple.mais dans cet épisode sam ignore addison c qui me déplaît.je sais pas a koi il joue.il manque vraiment de serieux. j espère qu addison se fachera vraiment avec lui ;elle ne mérite pas d etre trahie;encore moins par lui.toutefois j aime ce couple. depuis 1 certain temps je trouve qu amelia est la véritable amie d addison et non naomie.il y a une réelle complicité entre elles.c est tés beau.

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I can't believe this,really, how in earth is Sam smilyn and laughin all the episode like he doesn't care a damn about cheatin his girlfriend?? Seriously, the scene between Pete and Sam in wich he's sayin "I have two woman ha ha".. What the hell is that?? How in earth can Addie continue this relationship after the way Sam handdle the situation? Not a minimum sign of regretness or guilt, I don't see love in him, I really want this unfortunate "relationship" over because Addison is special and deserves better, what has she improve since she move back from Seattle? And PLEASE Naomi GET OUT!! She is no more annoyin, she is a bad person

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@howie:
No, you're not the only one!
I don't like Sam and I HATED AddiSam from the beginning. WHY on earth did Shonda have to go there? It totally ruined the friendship between Addie and Sam, between Addie and Naomie, the relationship between Sam and Naomie and pretty much the chatacters in general. I didn't care much for Sam before, but now I really dislike him, and Addie is just boring in this relationship!
I want her back in Seattle with Mark! I want her to hang out with Callie and Bailey, to tip toe around MerDer, to argue with the chief and to lecture the interns. Oh yeah, the good old days....

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I totally agree! That's why I want Noah Barnes back for Addison.... That was real love....

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I gotta say, Sam is the worse character in the whole of Shonda-verse. the whole Addison/Sam relationship is completely messed up! I've been opposed to their relationship since the beginning, but now the writers have gone too far. Isn't Sam's whole appeal (if any) was that he is a 'good' man? so why did he kiss Naomi? WHEN addison was grieving her mother's death? EVEN worse, why did he press the issue with Naomi in this episode with NO acknowledgement that he was CHEATING? or that Addison was really his girlfriend at all? and maybe she was still clouded by her grief, but Addison's reaction to that was completely played down. Everything is just so messy. Naomi and Sam should NEVER have been divorced. Addison was my favourite character in Grey's, but so far I felt that the whole move to LA in order to get a fresh start on life has been NOTHING but damaging for her. don't get me wrong, i love the show and all of the characters (except for Sam, of course) but I am just so frustrated about Addison's storyline so far . Am I the only one?

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I gotta say, Sam is the worse character in the whole of Shonda-verse. the whole Addison/Sam relationship is completely messed up! I've been opposed to their relationship since the beginning, but now the writers have gone too far. Isn't Sam's whole appeal (if any) was that he is a 'good' man? so why did he kiss Naomi? WHEN addison was grieving her mother's death? EVEN worse, why did he press the issue with Naomi in this episode with NO acknowledgement that he was CHEATING? or that Addison was really his girlfriend at all? and maybe she was still clouded by her grief, but Addison's reaction to that was completely played down. Everything is just so messy. Naomi and Sam should NEVER have been divorced. Addison was my favourite character in Grey's, but so far I felt that the whole move to LA in order to get a fresh start on life has been NOTHING but damaging for her. don't get me wrong, i love the show and all of the characters (except for Sam, of course) but I am just so frustrated about Addison's storyline so far .

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I was glad that Addison didn't do the procedure on the baby. that just seemed really wrong to me! And a little weird, that the mother wanted to have her baby's baby! :/
I also thought Addi's reaction a little non-existent, considering that Sam did kiss another woman, especially since it happened while she was dealing with the results of her mother's death! Ugh! Anyway, that's my rant! :)

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Definitely agree about Naomi, I originally really liked her character but she's been way too self righteous the last couple seasons to be likeable.

Private Practice Season 4 Episode 16 Quotes

Pete: This is why doctors shouldn't treat their friends.
Amelia: I'm doing this because I'm her friend.

Naomi: The last time I saw you, you yelled at me and you just rolled off.
Gabriel: Rolled? Really... Nae?
Naomi: That, that's not what I meant.
Gabriel: He's gone, and I'm back. So, let the wooing begin.

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