Private Practice Season Premiere Review: "God Laughs"

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Welcome back, Private Practice fanatics! Addison and company returned this week for the fifth season premiere and I can finally say that my Thursday nights are feeling a bit more complete.

Picking up right where we left off last season, the scene with Cooper finding Pete on the living room floor was absolutely heartbreaking. I couldn't stop thinking: Poor Lucas! Luckily, Cooper saved the day and got Pete to the hospital in what appeared to be the nick of time. It's such a relief that Pete is going to be okay.

By the way, how great was Addison with Lucas?! She really is going to make such an incredible mommy someday.

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I was overly thrilled to hear that Addie finally made an appointment with a fertility specialist. I loved how frazzled she became when she realized that would be Jake Reilly, her mystery man. Benjamin Bratt was quite charming, and it was clear that Addie thinks so, too. Although it appeared that Sam and Addie are back together, I can't help but wonder for how long because Jake and Addie sure do have chemistry.

As always, I thoroughly enjoyed the Cooper and Charlotte scenes. I honestly can't get enough of their banter sessions. Regardless of what's going on in every episode, it always seems like these two can escape the rest of the drama. I'm hoping we get to see more of their relationship as a married couple develop throughout this season.

While there was much that I liked about the premiere, I still didn't care too much for Violet. I strongly questioned if it were realistic that a complete stranger would really tell another person his or her darkest secret in a public place like the airport. Even in a moment of despair, it was incredibly strange to me that the lady at the airport was able to tell Violet about her troubled and failing marriage concerning her abusing husband.

I didn't believe it when Violet said that she didn't mean to eavesdrop. And I definitely appreciated when the woman told Violet: I appreciate your concern, but this is just none of your business. I know it's in Violet's nature to always want to help, but she tends to always be butting into people's business.

Thankfully, Cooper said everything I wanted to say to Violet. I was so glad that he yelled at her for trying to run away from her problems in regards to her license and a fight with Pete. This might sound a little harsh, but sometimes I don't think that she deserves Pete and Lucas. Maybe she'll finally come around this season.

Last season, I continuously questioned why Amelia didn't have her own storyline. Although I thought she was entirely unprofessional in performing surgery after clearly being intoxicated, I must admit, it was honestly nice to see a continuously developing arc for Amelia. Charlotte justly suspended Amelia's privileges... again. It needs to stick this time around. 

Overall, I thought that "God Laughs" was a great way to kick off what appears to be an exciting year for our favorite doctors. I'm ecstatic about the developments for this season and especially for our girl, Addie.

What were your thoughts of the premiere? What would you like to see happen this season? Sound off now!


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I agree with what you said about the episode, Christina, I only disagree on your finding it unrealistic that a complete stranger would really tell another person his or her darkest secret: I think it is often easier to tell your darkest secrets to a complete stranger than to a close friend or a relative... I guess because there is no image or no expectation you feel you have to live up to when you're in front of a stranger.


People really need to learn to spell Lucas' name properly, it's Lucas, not Lucus. Other than that, I thoroughly enjoyed the episode. It was intense, engaging with small dosages of funny and sweet mixed up in there. I felt I was really taken for a journey. People can say what they want about the euphoria scene, but I liked it, not because I bought into it, but because I recognized it exactly for what it was; Pete all loopy on hormones/drugs. It was a tension relief scene, and a very much needed one.


Violet is probably one of the most annoying and selfish characters on TV


I thought this was a really good season premiere! All the characters had a substantial part to play in the entire episode and that was really good. I wasn't too interested in the Sam and Addison reunion. I thought the only scene between them that was interesting to watch was when Charlotte called them out on being back together. Sam's scenes were good when he was a doctor for Pete because you really saw the passion and determination he had to save his friend. As for Addison, I thought her best scenes were those with Lucas. It was a good way to show how Addison can be as a parent and that lead to the scene between her and Jake. Now seeing them reunite again was really interesting. I can foresee a lot of great and consequently complicated storylines because of that reunion. Amelia and Sheldon were also fun to watch just because Amelia has put herself in such a compromising position and Sheldon wasn't initially aware of that. I guess we can assume that Sheldon will be there for her throughout her struggle with sobriety based on his reaction. Pete's heart attack -- well, that was the focus of the episode and rightfully so. I'm not the biggest fan of Violet and I was actually looking forward to Pete telling her off as he woke up. I'm assuming he was high from the pain medication and will eventually lash out on Violet once he's home and struggling with recovery. To me, Charlotte can do no wrong and I loved every scene of hers in this episode. From calling out Addison and Sam to her reaction when Cooper got shocked and all the more during her only real scene with Cooper. I loved every bit of it! It was nice just seeing that good and simple Charlotte and Cooper moment. I wish there were more but I can settle with this for the beginning.


I'm a huge PP & GA fan, but the acting, the stories, the writing is so much better in Private Practice!
I love the whole Charlotte & Amelia fight! If someone gets Amelia its Charlotte and I see how Charlotte is afraid of Amelia making mistakes cause she did them!!
Addison was great with Lucas who would expect something other! She has so much love to give and Kate Walsh is showing it so well! the Jack scene really nice, we really could see them bounding, cause she trust him!
Amelia and her drug "problem" isn't really interesting for now! Hope she makes a mistake and it gets messy please!
Drugged Peter funny!
Violet great part! The airplane one on one nice, She is a great person bt she has to expand her view and accept the way other people live and their decissons!
I really missed Nai, don't know why but I miss her!
Great Episode! I loved the addison therapy session but I thought Sheldon was her shrink! ! 5 stars!


I'm sold on Addie and Jake's chemistry. They definitely have it and it sizzles! I need one couple on this show to root for, so I hope Addie/Jake is given a chance. And I'm looking forward to seeing Addie have her long-awaited baby (about time Shonda!!)


In general the ep was very well done, I hope the writers develop the Jake and Addie storyline, and don't put her back together with sam. Violet should really mind her own business, and remember what's really important in life. I felt so sorry for little Lucus, but addie was so good with him. She deserves a baby. Jake's line I'm gonna give you a baby was priceless. last night.


The crowning glory was not even the very end Violet is still in the hospital (with phone that remember does not work), holding Lucas, and receives a call from the woman in the airport and says, "No, go on..."like she's not busy, she can talk. Meanwhile, her husband has just beat back death! She is a very odd character.


Well, I haven't seen such an intense season opener for Private Practice since Violet got her stomach cut open! - which both my Mother and I enjoyed. As much as I dislike Violet, I will admit she's a decent therapist. I just hate when she puts her nose where it's not wanted, until she pushes people into letting her help. Side note: Why is the actress wearing a wig?
Anyway, back to the main plot; Pete's heart attack was insanely interesting. I knew that he'd be okay in the end, but it's the intensity of it that gets my blood boiling. The end result of him being happy on Euphoria won't last. It's drugs Violet! He's gonna hate you for a while once he comprehends everything around him. She deserves far worse by everyone else. I'm glad Cooper gave it to her!
Every scene Amelia and Sheldon were in together literally made me laugh. These two really are the comedic pair on the show. Every line is funny! I'm still kind of confused as to how Amelia was drunk one minute, then could stitch herself up (while still drunk), but she snapped out of her drunken behaviour once she found out about Pete and jumped into surgery! Whether it was the body game 'Operation' or a real one, her drunken self would not take it seriously and would lose. Although, her fights with Charlotte sadden me. I love their friendship!
I for once don't have any comments about Cooper and Charlotte, besides the fact that I am seeing a happy couple, with no dramas. Well, at least not yet.
Addison was as lovely as ever, while Sam played hero. I'm not a fan of them being together, but after re-watching season 3 and seeing how these two grew on each others makes me understand them more and how they became what they are. However, I'm hoping for a connection between her and Jake! Sorry Sam, but the amount of chemistry between those was clear in 5 minutes. What you have with Addison was just a line that shouldn't have been crossed.
Overall, I found it to be a strong season opener and I hope it continues to be as excellent as ever! :D


So impressed by last night's episode! It'll certainly be interesting to see how this season of PP plays out. Whatever happens, give Addison a baby!

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Private Practice Season 5 Episode 1 Quotes

You tomato-ed me back. I like that.


You can keep Addison company all night as long as you two stop pretending you aren't back together because you can't sell it. It's making me uncomfortable.


Private Practice Season 5 Episode 1 Music

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Song I Don't Really Care Miss Eighty 6
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