Private Practice Review: "The Hardest Part"

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This week's episode of Private Practice, "The Hardest Part," was all about learning to forgive one another and expressing love during tough times. Focused deeply on Pete’s family, it was definitely a tearjerker.

I needed a tissue when Pete finally decided to introduce Lucas to his mother, Francis. Pete has always been relatively stubborn, but I was glad to see that Violet was able to talk him into at least hearing his mother out.

Pete Smiles

In life, it seems like missed opportunities easily become regrettable. Luckily, Pete was able to say goodbye to his mom before it was too late. I then needed a few more tissues when Francis died, and Pete’s brother, Adam, broke down.

Although we haven’t seen Francis or Adam in quite some time, it was obvious that Adam loved his mother very much. This was such an incredibly heartbreaking scene.

Meanwhile, Violet’s book became a bit problematic, as it was too revealing for her patients. I foresee this issue potentially reprising again. To complicate things even more for Violet, she finds out about Sheldon’s relationship with Marla.

I wanted to high-five Sheldon when he asked Violet: "Does the entire world need to be in love with you? Are you really that insecure?"

I don’t exactly get why Violet is still upset about the single critical review, but more importantly, why does Sheldon really care what Violet thinks? I’m still not quite sure yet if I like Sheldon and Marla together, but Sheldon does deserve to be happy. I don’t like that Violet is standing in his way.

Elsewhere, Amelia was a rock star once again. Both Amelia and Cooper made an excellent team in saving their young prodigy patient.

A Musical Embrace

By the way, I needed a few more tissues when Patrick’s grandfather entered the operation room and finally said what his grandson needed him to say all along: that he loved him.

As for Charlotte and Cooper, I can’t wait for their upcoming wedding.

They have come so far together, and their bond is evidently only growing stronger. I loved when Charlotte told Cooper: "You can’t give up on the things you love – not ever."

Although Addison was away at Seattle Grace and Sam played a small role this week, our other Oceanside doctors’ held up just fine with stories of experiencing death and love.

Overall, this was a strong Private Practice episode. What did you think? Discuss!


Editor Rating: 4.0 / 5.0
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Rating: 4.2 / 5.0 (44 Votes)

I hated this episode! I missed Addison. I don't care about the others.


anyone know who plays the character of patricks grandfather in this episode?


c est un assez bon épisode dans l ensemble.mais j ai pas aimé l absence d est vrai que les épisodes 15 et 18 ont eté intéressant;mais il y avait quelque chose qui manquait:la présence d addison. quand saura t on si elle et sam st tjrs réellement ensemble et jusqu' ou veut il aller avec veux voir une addison heureuse enfin...


ok this was plain depressing!im tired of crying all the time!its like private practice doesnt know how to be intresting without being sad!...i totally agree with aries about sam and addison...but that aside the only good thing about the show is cooper and charlottes relationship the ONLY good scene was where cooper played the piano again...other wise it was only sad moments and tearjerking stuff!and its not intresting anymore!enough with killing everyone's mothers!its like shonda wont stop til every character on the show is an orphan!try writing happy story lines instead they can be interesting too!u just need to use ur brain alil bit!


I loved a lot in this episode, Pete forgiving Francis and introdusing her to Lucas, him calling Francis "mom" before she died and breaking down in Violet's arms in the end. I also loved the little interaction between Violet and Francis and the way she helped Pete handle the situation, both with pushing him towards forgiving Frances for his own sake and giving him all the support he needed. I also liked Violet and Sheldon's case and how it all came around in the end, the book starting out as a problem ended up helping at least one of the girls. As for the Marla situation, it's in Violet's right to dislike Marla, but at the same time it's Sheldon's business who he dates. However, I want to point out that whenever Sheldon and Violet talked about Marla it was always Sheldon who brought it up and Violet never said she didn't want him dating her, just that she didn't like Marla, which (as I already pointed out) is her right to do. It seemed a bit like Sheldon was seeking Violet's approval of the relationship, just as he was trying to change Marla's opinion of Violet. I hope it gets resolved soon, because I want Sheldon to be happy and I would like Violet and Marla to reach some kind of truce, right now they seem intent on disliking each other (but then again, so did Violet and Charlotte...) Cooper's case was interesting and I really loved Charlotte's supportiveness and especially that she surprised him with the piano, that was a really touching moment :D I enjoyed this episode, but while I personally didn't care that Addie was absent, I can certainly understand why so many others are upset. The AddiSam drama is dragging out, and personally I would like to see something happen already. I hope that something will be Addie taking the necessary steps to get her baby and Sam making up his mind on whether or not he's in or out (she deserves better, tho)


It was a epic failure of an episode. So boring. "The Hardest Part" was having to watch this crap with no Addison.


I Liked the ep not involving addison for one reason: it gave the other stories that needed to be dealt with time and juice (for want of a better word). I do agree with Aries93. Shonda and the writers are taking too long to deal with some issues while taking a little too long to finish other issues. Esp on private practice. I hope that the finale culminates all the issues conflicting addisam, chooper and viopete. LoL. While setting the scene for the next season...


I loved this episode, it's not all about Addison & Sam. When Pete broke down at the end it was so touching. Violet's book will give us many episodes of fun & Charlotte buying Cooper a piano was great. Love this show!


Cant agree with you more on Addison and Sam!
Otherwise, totally boring episode!!! I did like Amelia, Coop and Charlotte, but they were not enough to save the show for me!
Cant care less for Pete´s family, Violet is getting more annoying than ever and Sheldon deserves to be happy!!! Why should he care what Violet thinks of her date?!?!?!


@heyagain: Hahaha, it's all good for the mix up. But thank you for agreeing with me. I'm really frustrated by it.

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Private Practice Season 4 Episode 18 Quotes

This kid has a gift. Who are we to take it away from him?


Violet: Are you two dating?
Sheldon: Well, you know labels can be so confining.
Marla: We're dating.