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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Rating: 3.9 / 5.0 (115 Votes)

Addisam is just not right. Despite everything they've been through, Sam is still not willing to compromise his views and have a baby with Addison. He's being a little bitch. Honestly,so is Violet. Pete and Addison deserve better- they deserve each other! That is what it was supposed to be- Addison and Pete! I know these two have are done with, but their respective significiant others really suck.


I am so over Violet - fix her or jettison her but for pity's sake please don't make us endure another season of "All About Violet". Addison and Sam are also old hat - I am sick of Addie not 'being complete' without a man. Give her a season of pregs sans male - for a strong and successful woman, I sure get tired of her being hamstrung by esteem issues over whether or not she has a MAN.


I love the show Private Practice and my 2 favorite actors in it are Amy Brenneman and
Tim Daley. I hope the way it ended doesn't mean that they will not be in it next year.
That would be a big disappointment!!


Addison didn't go to Fiji with the stranger guy because as she said earlier in the show, the practice means everything to her and she realized it meant more to her than 14 days of hot sex with stranger guy. Oh, and then there is Sam. She apparently also decided that having a relationship with the man she loves was what she really wanted rather than having sex with someone she just met at the market (how old fashion of her!). Violet is doing exactly what Pete accused her of - running away. She goes on a book tour for a book that may cause her the end of the Wellness Center. She is a piece of work. When Pete told her "I'm done," was he telling her he wanted out of the marriage? If that's the way Violet took it, that must some important book tour.


My review: 1. Amelia: I'm glad finally she is getting storyline.
2. Sheldon: should get a storyline also 3. Violet/Pete/Lucas: Violet is not mother material. Pete/Violet as a couple dont work. I'm all for Pete/Amelia of course when she gets better. 4. Charlotte/Cooper: same ole same ole 5. Nae/Addison: I dont feel them as friends like before 6. Addison/Grocery Store Person: WTF moments.... 7. Sam/Nae: Loved their convo. I always liked them as friends 9. Fife/Nae: lovely proposal. they fit together 10. Addison and Sam: Better him than Grocery store person FINALLY ADDISON ROCKS FOR SAVING THE PRACTICE, SHE IS THE BOSS. Am I missing something? Conner? I dont recall him saying his name, oh well I dont care.


Well it's about being logical because obviously Addison will get to know the guy first. And if she were to have a child before really letting him into her life, she'd take the proper precautions. And obviously Benjamin Bratt's character isn't a sociopath nor a child molester because they wouldn't have signed up a series regular to play that part.


I wouldnt bring a random female that I just meet into my life or my child. she could be a child molester or a sociopath.


Uhmm. A lot of people bring in unknown people to their lives at one point. It's called "dating"?


That's exactly what's wrong with Conor the fact that there is no history they dont even know each other that's sick, What SANE female would want to bring a random unknown male to her life and possibly her baby (assuming Addison is going for the Baby right now). Anyway Violet is a bad mother.


@Axel And that's why I'm suggesting that she does it by herself first. Obviously it's not really something that Sam wants so why not let her have a child on her own? And if in the end it's something that Connor wants, then I hope they end up together. What's more appealing about Connor is that there's no history there. He's a fresh start for Addison. @lynn I think a lot of us see Violet as selfish because she's running away to please herself. She could be helping the practice, or at the very least, helping her husband, yet she's going to leave because in the duration of the fews days that her license was suspended, she already doesn't feel like herself.

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Private Practice Season 4 Episode 22 Quotes

I met a guy over a pineapple. It makes me feel like my life is changing.


I'm not clinically depressed. Don't write down that I'm depressed. I have a good life, great job. I love my job, I do. I can't imagine doing anything else. The rest of my life is fine. It's fine. It's just I miss him. I'm missing him. I'm missing my life. I'm disconnected from my life like it's a really boring movie that I don't want to watch, but I spend all day long helping other people have a life. And I can deal with that, I can if I just knew that something was going to change. Something has to change, right? When is my life going to change?