Private Practice Season Finale Review: Starting (Mostly) Fresh

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I'm feeling a bit underwhelmed with last night’s Private Practice season finale.

While "...To Change the Things I Can" had all the ingredients - with its hookups, break ups and farewells - I just wasn’t feeling it. Then again, maybe it’s because I didn’t like several of the end results. Let's dig in...

First off, I was thrilled to hear that Benjamin Bratt would make an appearance. For weeks, I thought just maybe he's the one to make Addie happy. And it seemed that way when his character, Conner, and Addison totally hit it off at the grocery store.

Benjamin Bratt on Private Practice

I loved the pineapple scene and thought they definitely had chemistry. So, then can somebody please tell me why on earth Sam and Addison are back together?!

They’ve already been down this road. It’s honestly time to try a different route.

I was almost certain that Addie was starting afresh and am a bit disappointed that she’s back with Sam. I’m not quite sure what to think will happen to these two next season.

At least Addison told Sam that she had every intention of having a baby whether she was with him or not. Anyhow, I’m not so sure that I could have passed up a 14-day vacation in Fiji.

When Violet found out that her license was being suspended by the medical board, I’ll admit I was a little happy. I’ve grown tiresome of her character and was ridiculously glad Pete told her: “This is not just about you!”

I have been thinking this for quite some time now.

I was even happier when Violet finally left for her book tour, but understood how frustrated Pete was with her.

At first, I found it hard to believe that she would just run away like that with the way things were going with the practice, but I quickly remembered this was Violet. She’s become extremely selfish and self-centered and has stressed Pete out repeatedly.

Poor Pete, though! It looked as though he was suffering a serious heart attack. Do you think he’ll make it? Here’s Violet’s chance to redeem herself and make it in the nick of time to save Pete’s life. I really hope that he will be all right. 

While Amelia was taking a few steps backwards from her sobriety, Charlotte tried to get her to AA meetings throughout the installment. Although I am pleased that Amelia finally has a storyline, I felt that it was slightly rushed. Surely, there will be a long road of struggle and recovery, but I just wish we had seen more of it as the season is now already over.

It was nice to see Betsey and Naomi together, but I couldn’t help but wonder how Betsey was so quick to call Naomi her mother right away like that. I was surprised that Fife proposed, and am excited that they are all moving to New York where Mia and Olivia will also join them.

Hopefully, this leaves room for guest visits by Audra McDonald and company. By the way, I loved seeing Naomi and Addison as BFFs again!

Cooper and Charlotte were amazing as always. As doctors and newlyweds, they work incredibly well together. It took much courage for Charlotte to help her patient, and she came through like always. As for Cooper, he seemingly did the right thing by helping a father with the struggle of letting a child go.

As for season five, I look forward to more controversial topics, Sheldon getting his own storyline, and seeing Addison get her long-awaited baby. One more thing, I am glad that Addie came up with the brilliant idea to dissolve Oceanside Wellness and to start anew with a fresh, clean slate.

So, what did you think of “…To Change the Things I Can”? What would you like to see happen on the next season? As always, I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments below.

Thanks for reading, and I’ll see you again in the fall!

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First, I am a HUGE PPP fan-I'll start there. I actually took the time out to read ALL of the comments, and honestly? If you don't like what's happening on PPP: YOU DON'T HAVE TO WATCH! I mean really? Its TV people! You're NEVER gonna be completely satisfied with any television show you watch...honestly if you ask me, Private Practice was WAY better than grey's anantomy this season; the most interesting storylines on Gre

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Let's start from the top: 1. I wish the episode would have lasted 2 hours so as to not rush several characters' conflicts and storylines. 2. The producers need to do some serious improvement with Violet's character; I like Amy Brenneman, but Violet is ridiculously selfish and makes for unnecessary and creativity-lacking drama. 3. The whole thing with Connor (Benjamin Bratt) was introduced and wrapped up all too quickly. 4. I don't know what to think of Sam and Addie getting back together. I feel as though the show could've done without that. It'll only lead to Addie's heart breaking more. Addie and Sam do not rightly go together. But now that Naomi's left and whatnot, maybe Sam can open his eyes and his mind and be accepting of a few things he wouldn't normally be accepting of (aka a baby with Addison). 5. If Pete dies, Private Practice will lose a good number of viewers. His character is piece of the whole puzzle; without him, PP wouldn't be the same. 6. I LOVE Charlotte and Cooper. They're a wonderful couple and both always come through for each other and take the right actions for themselves and their patients. 7. I felt it irresponsible of Naomi to pick up and leave when everything's happening, but I suppose it will all come together. I do hope Audra makes regular appearances. I LOVE her as an actor and her character Naomi, as well.
***Seeing Addison and Naomi rekindling their friendship was very relatable and realistic; it was a good move on PP's part. I can't wait for next season!!!!

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I hate Violet! She is SO selfish. The idea of Pete dying & Lucas sitting there watching it with no one to help is appalling! I hope that someone comes to Pete's rescue but NOT Violet, I hope she is gone for good. She was always a needy character, before Pete she was Cooper's blood sucking bff & I am glad they've finally toned that weirdness down. Otherwise I was mostly pleased with the story for the finale... oh yeah, not Amelia, that's heart breaking. I can't imagine they'll have her binging for too long but even still, reverting in that way is just so hard to experience with her. I'm trying to decide if the change with Naomi is going to be as major on the show as it seems or if this will just expand the storyline, giving us two settings for each episode. I kind of hope not, that would make it really feel like a soap opera.

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What about Addison and Noah?? Baby??

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What about Addison and Derek having a baby together?

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For Gods sake people, would you learn how to spell. If you can't be bothered with educating yourselves
please use spell check! *note: this does not apply to users to whom English is a second language.

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I am so not liking AddiSam! I wish Addison would just move on alrady and have a kid. Dont care much for Amilia...i find her useless. Charlotte has gotten a little boring since she's a lot nicer now. Violet is a selfish character but I would NOT want to see her leave and I definitely dont want Pete to die because i love im on the show! I hate that Neiomi will be moving and probably wont be part of the show anymore...she's one of the best main characters in my opinion and would love for her to always be part of the show. Love Gabriel Fife and wish he would also stay in the show with Neiomi.

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I am so not liking AddiSam! I wish Addison would just move on alrady and have a kid.
Dont care much for Amilia...i find her useless.
Charlotte has gotten a little boring since she's a lot nicer now.
Violet is a selfish character but I would NOT want to see her leave and I definitely dont want Pete to die because i love im on the show!
I hate that Neiomi will be moving and probably wont be part of the show anymore...she's one of the best main characters in my opinion and would love for her to always be part of the show. Love Gabriel Fife and wish he would also stay in the show with Neiomi.

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Well here is the breakdown of the story I see coming. - Pete dies and leaves the show
- Naomi find out she is pregnant but with Sams baby from the time they hooked up leaving Addison totally crushed
- Violet goes into a deep depression of feeling sorry for herself (hopefully she leaves for good). I agree she is annoying.
- Amelia goes right off the edge with her drinking and hits bottom only to live with Charlotte and Cooper while recovering. She then tries to hit on Cooper again throwing a huge wedge between them.
- Sheldon takes a larger role in the show by replacing Charlotte as she will take a lesser role hopefully Well that is a season full of drama.

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Has anyone heard something about season 5? what will happen to Pete? HE CAN'T DIE! IF YOU KNOW ANYTHING, PLEASE LET ME KNOW!