Private Practice Review: "Something Old, Something New"

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As a huge fan of Cooper and Charlotte, I was somewhat disappointed with last night’s episode of Private Practice, "Something Old, Something New."

Sure, Cooper and Charlotte are finally married now, but I just wanted to see much more than a runaway wedding to Vegas. Besides, we have been waiting since last season when they were first engaged.  

I get that the odds were against our newlyweds, but the wedding just felt like a letdown for me. I guess I’ve just been waiting to see her walk down the aisle, hear the organ play, and find out who’s on the receiving end of her tossed bouquet. They did seem so in love and happy on the plane, though, and that’s what counts.

The Big Day For Cooper and Charlotte

From disagreeable parents to a bickering practice, I did love that Cooper saw past all of this and told Charlotte: “All that matters is you and me. And the rest of them, they don’t have to agree or to like it or to like each other because this is not for them or about them. “

By the way, wasn’t Charlotte’s dress lovely? No, I’m not talking about the Southern traditional dress that’s been passed down for the past century in her family.

Regardless, of how they got married, they are married now! Just maybe, they can now get their shot at a happily ever after. Some happiness is definitely needed on Private Practice lately.

While some of our Oceanside Wellness doctors were torn between the future of the practice and protecting Violet, I knew where I firmly stood. I was actually glad that there was a possibility that Violet’s medical license might be suspended. I’m still crossing my fingers.

Violet acts unbelievably recklessly at times, and I do think she has crossed the line one too many times. In fact, why did Violet show up without an appointment to talk to the medical investigator? She said that she was just trying to tell her side of the story, but this is exactly what she did last week when showing up at Katie’s work.

Violet consistently put herself in danger with Katie, and now Oceanside Wellness is in jeopardy.

Why couldn’t Private Practice just end this episode by telling us what the verdict was in Violet’s trial? I’m hoping that this storyline isn’t dragged out like the Sam and Addie storyline.

By the way, it looks like they are through. How do you feel about that? For now, I’m just glad there was finally confirmation. It took long enough.

With Naomi back in the picture for now and by Fife’s side, I wonder if they’ll stay for the remaining episodes of this season. Also, why didn’t Sheldon bring Marla to the wedding?

And although Amelia made an awesome maid of honor, she seems more like a supporting character rather than a main character lately. Give this girl a storyline!

Bottom line, I really looked forward to this episode, but it just wasn’t what I expected. There are only two remaining episodes, and I’m hoping it will only get better. It just has to, right?

What did you think of “Something Borrowed, Something New”? What do you think will happen to Oceanside Wellness during the investigation? I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments.

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    I find Naomi the most selfish person here and Sam a hypocrite - I don't understand this bashing Addison over having a relationship with Sam. Naomi gave up Sam, she divorced, she had other love interest. Sam should have been free to live his life and Addison too. I don't understand why Naomi couldn't just be happy for them, as she was the one who didn't want to continue with Sam. For me it feels that Naomi shuts people out (was it Sam & Addison falling in love with each other or her daughter getting pregnant), if she doesn't get her childish way. And Sam has no right to look down on Addison or go on kissing Naomi. He committed to Addison and should have kept his promises to him until agreed otherwise (in other words - until they'd broke up). And respect is forever, you don't go on mocking someone like Sam did. I just don't get this part of the show. Are they jealous, insecure teenagers or are they responsible adults with respect to others?

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    Is Addison ever going to find out the truth that sam and naomi did kiss?

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    The "ginger ale" thing got on my nerves because in many earlier episodes, Amelia was ALWAYS hanging out at Addison's house drinking her share of red wine. So are they now suddenly going to make the accidental "taste" of champagne a trigger for relapse for her? That will be so annoying because they had so many scenes of Amelia drinking red wine -- and this was AFTER they had already identified her as a recovered addict. Not that there is anything realistic about this show, but the blatant inconsistency will be a problem. Maybe that's not what they are leading up to, but it seemed that way after watching that scene. Also, Violet is THE most self absorbed and narcissistic character on that show. Her BS push to make Addison wait to do the D and C on crazy girl is crazy medical advice. I would NOT want her to be my doctor. She is always so certain in her certainty, and generally her judgment is whacked. That Alex Kingston character actually hit the nail on the head re: her. And it seems some of the other characters always want to make Violet out to be as the most caring of the other partners, but Violet seems the most self absorbed. Hell, she didn't know who the father of her baby was, but she's wanting to advise others on their best courses in life? She's had issues long before the Lucas was cut out of her. And what's up with her now wearing really heavy eye makeup all the time? Not the most professional look. And, as a total unrelated aside, the actress who plays Violet is married to the guy who was dating the actress Rebecca Schaeffer when she was murdered. It always struck me as a little creepy that he ended up marrying Amy Brenneman, who has always looked a lot like Rebecca Schaeffer. But I wish they'd do something to make Violet a little less self absorbed and a little more likable. She and Naomi are the two characters I've found most annoying this season. I was glad Charlotte and Cooper ended up getting married.

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    The "ginger ale" thing got on my nerves because in many earlier episodes, Amelia was ALWAYS hanging out at Addison's house drinking her share of red wine. So are they now suddenly going to make the accidental "taste" of champagne a trigger for relapse for her? That will be so annoying because they had so many scenes of Amelia drinking red wine -- and this was AFTER they had already identified her as a recovered addict. Not that there is anything realistic about this show, but the blatant inconsistency will be a problem. Maybe that's not what they are leading up to, but it seemed that way after watching that scene.

    Also, Violet is THE most self absorbed and narcissistic character on that show. Her BS push to make Addison wait to do the D and C on crazy girl is crazy medical advice. I would NOT want her to be my doctor. She is always so certain in her certainty, and generally her judgment is whacked. That Alex Kingston character actually hit the nail on the head re: her. And it seems some of the other characters always want to make Violet out to be as the most caring of the other partners, but Violet seems the most self absorbed. Hell, she didn't know who the father of her baby was, but she's wanting to advise others on their best courses in life? She's had issues long before the Lucas was cut out of her. And what's up with her now wearing really heavy eye makeup all the time? Not the most professional look.

    And, as a total unrelated aside, the actress who plays Violet is married to the guy who was dating the actress Rebecca Schaeffer when she was murdered. It always struck me as a little creepy that he ended up marrying Amy Brenneman, who has always looked a lot like Rebecca Schaeffer. But I wish they'd do something to make Violet a little less self absorbed and a little more likable. She and Naomi are the two characters I've found most annoying this season. I was glad Charlotte and Cooper ended up getting married.

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    On the whole ginger ale thing -- I think it's more interesting that someone quietly took the ginger ale and didn't say anything when they found themselves NOT drinking Champagne. Basically: someone wants to cover for the fact that they didn't want the alcohol. I noticed that Addison and Amelia were the last two to take drinks -- and after Amelia spit out her Champagne, the camera panned next to Addison. So, Addie's not drinking? Hmm...Thoughts?

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    Loved, loved the runaway wedding. Never saw it coming and so glad they did it the way they did. Charlotte and Cooper are so right for each other.
    Please take the "it's all about me" sign off of Violet's forehead, can she ever think of anyone but herself. Very annoying.
    Find a happy place for Addison. (Maybe with Pete, he needs to get away from Violet)

    Aries93

    @JasonR: I did notice that. Every time I saw him, I was all: "Andrea's husband!". :p

    Jasonr

    Did anyone notice that Violet's lawyer was Jessie from BH 90210. Just sayin...

    Tvjunkie

    Amelia is not pregnant; although more she isn't pregnant with Sam's baby because she would never do that to Addison. I think she's actually the number one fan of "AddiSam". Her spitting out the champagne is a prelude to her struggle with sobriety. It's actually in the episode teaser as seen here:

    "A second trip to the ER sparks concern for Betsey's well-being and prompts the doctors to launch an investigation into her new foster family -- risking sending the little girl back into the system. Meanwhile, Naomi makes a life changing decision for her family, and a struggling Amelia slips further away from sobriety."

    Although she has been shown drinking in previous episodes, as a recovering addict, it isn't advised to do so because it can become a gateway towards drugs again. Her spitting it out now could mean that it's already something that she's starting to struggle with again and she will continue to do so.

    Eneci

    I forgot to mention Amelia! I think she is sick so she can't take alcohol with medicine!
    So dereck can stop by and some crossover action at the start of season 5!
    Or she is pregnent and only Addi can save the baby!

    And I think this kicking Addison out of the group will mix things up! She will probably dissappear for some time and come back!




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