Private Practice Review: Getting Lucky

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It isn't always easy differentiating right from wrong. In fact, some of the Oceanside Wellness doctors were caught "Breaking the Rules" to help their patients and to keep their secrets hidden on the second episode of the season.

I've said it a dozen times, and I'm going to say it again: Regardless of the situations Charlotte and Cooper are in, they always seemingly shine. Even when they were arguing about how to proceed with Cooper's patient, I couldn't help but feel like they had each other's backs. And, quite frankly, I absolutely love that!

I was upset that Cooper crossed the line and lost Charlotte's trust by breaking into her computer, but that's so Cooper. He's relentless when it comes to helping his patients. Luckily, his patient survived thanks to the stolen cord blood and forged documentation.

Close Up of Coop

That's just it, though. Last week, Amelia cut into Pete's head when she clearly had a drink or two prior to the surgery. This week, Cooper broke the law and technically stole to save his patient. In both scenarios, the patients survived. However, it's disconcerting to constantly see the doctors simply get so... lucky. What if Pete hadn't made it? What if the transplant didn't work out for Cooper's patient? What if the donor's family needed the blood?

Moreover, I'm glad that Sheldon stepped up and talked to Charlotte about her relationship with Amelia. It's too bad that Amelia can't be mature enough to see why Charlotte had to suspend her from surgery. One thing's for sure, Amelia's growing sobriety issues continued to take a turn for the worst. 

Elsewhere: I was ecstatic when Pete lashed out at Violet. When Pete appeared at the practice, I thought it was way too early. However, when I saw Violet there, I knew he was trying to get away from her. I'd be doing the same thing. Sure, Pete has grown "mean" and probably shouldn't use Violet as a "punching bag," but she isn't the easiest person to live with either. Again, I know that she was merely trying to help him during his recovery, but I definitely can understand why he might need some space from her.

As for the main lovebirds, they seemed genuinely happy. However, whether you're an AddiSam shipper or not, you've got to admit that any scene with Dr. Jake Reilly and Addison is entertaining. Do you think that Addison should have told Sam about Fiji, or "almost Fiji" as she put it?

By the way, how psyched are you now that Addison is content for a chance? From forcing Sam+condoms, giving up coffee, and getting off of birth control, Addison is obviously serious about getting a baby this time around (with or without Sam). Finally!

Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed this installment of Private Practice. It will only be a matter of time before Amelia's sobriety issues, as well as Addison's near Fiji incident, come to light. Until then, I'll be on the edge of my bed waiting next Thursday night to see what's to come of our favorite doctors and their soon-to-be-renamed Oceanside Wellness.

What did you think of "Breaking the Rules?" Are you still rooting for AddiSam? If not, what should we call Jake and Addison? How about... Jaddie?!?


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Rating: 4.6 / 5.0 (41 Votes)

I loveee AddiSam scenes!!!! Hot Hot Hot


I guess you'd call me an 'addisam shipper' but I just LOVE the chemestry they have (Kate and Taye) the fact that Addie is a cheater aside-she and Sam are friggin HOT together!!! I loved the opening scenes of Addison and Sam together and I love Addie's scenes with her therapist-she's become more honest and real and I love that Shonda has Addison in her first Adult relationship...I do however feel that Addison wanting a baby and Sam not and Addie running the practice is going to be a little bit complicated...
I do hope that Addie gets her baby this season but not with Jake Riley-I dont like their chemestry (their kiss at the end of last season? 0 hotness) I think he has an ulterior motive-its too conicdental that he's her fertility specialist and then he just so happens to show up at the practice wanting a job? I just dont believe his motives are pure...Im watching you Dr. Jake Riley... as far as everyone else goes: Coop/Charlotte:
I love them as a couple and thier relationship...Say what you want about Charlotte but she's definately the most logical/rational character on the show, and what she did with Coop and Ameila was right-she didnt know Amelia was drunk for sure and Cooper is her husband and he betrayed her trust as well as the law so I respect what she did...Coop having a kid will test their relationship greatly... Amelia:
I love that they're exploring her sobriety this season, which ya kinda knew would happen because at the beginning of season 4 she drank on the regular, I do hope she gets the help she needs this season though, this storyline's gonna be interesting to watch... Sheldon:
that guy is the Shrink for the entire Practice!!! Pete/Violet:
GO PETE!!!!! Violet has always been selfish and she always wants/makes Pete compromise or give up something but she never wants to give up anything or compromise...she left Pete twice and he had a heartattack after she left him alone with Lucas who witnessed the whole thing so you cant really blame Pete for yelling at Violet


Great episode.
Loved Charlotte, Sheldon and Addison more than anyone else this episode.
Amelia really caught me by surprise when she was seen drinking in the end.
I'm glad Jake was hired, as I like his character.
I'm very happy that Pete yelled at Violet, as she really needed that kick in the ass!


Was waiting for the blow-up, not that I liked it. However I see it as a step in the right direction, because it got Pete to open up about his anger/frustrations and Vi to explain her point of view to him. The Lucas talking scene at the end was just adorable. They should give that guy talking scenes in every episode, lol. I am having major trouble understanding how it's going to work with Addie having a baby - not with Sam, who hasn't changed his mind about kids, but still living with Sam... It's too confusing to wrap my head around and I can only see it blowing up in their faces in the end. Because unless Sam changes his mind about having kids, I don't see how they can remain together once Addie gets pregnant/adopts... I always expect Cooper to bend the rules, but this time he really overstepped... the fact that he would even attempt to guess Charlotte's password, not to mention actually get it right, approach the family and even faking their signature when they told him "no"... like Charlotte said, he was lucky it worked out and we better hope the family's kid won't ever need the chord blood or Cooper will have that kid's life on his hands. Amelia probably needs to hit bottom before she realizes that Charlotte being tough on her is out of concern for her, not to punish her. She's already seen Amelia slip once and she wants to make sure Amelia is ready before letting her back in. Tough love. Really like Jake, he had plenty of good ideas on how to handle the situation and I really think they will work. Of course he can't be perfect, because no one is, so I'm interested to find out what skeletons resides in his closet, lol.


I loved the entire episode, AddiSam are really hot loved all their scenes, everything about them, very good episode for them as a couple. Pete made me feel for Violet. love seeing Lucas, such a cute kid Loved the boys night out, I'm really looking forward to more of those with Sheldon/Pete. Great Episode, Again AddiSam left me speechless, best part of the episode


I missed last week's episode of Private Practice - Oct. 6th, Breaking the Rules. Could anyone tell me briefly what happened? Thank you.


Addake is better than jaddie, anw i love addison and all i want is to see her happy


Good episode for Addison. I think the entire episode built up to that moment when she said that she was genuinely happy. I'm happy that she's moving forward with her plans to have a baby and things are going well with Sam. But of course, you know that there'll be complications with Jake. And honestly, Sheldon and Violet's conversation is what tells you how complicated Addison's situation will eventually be. For Violet and Pete, there's obviously a lot of anger there and it was good than Sheldon brought those things to the surface. Obviously Violet is just trying to help and care for him but there's a lot of emotional stress on Pete's side. Him lashing out on her was quite a scene to watch and I can only imagine that isn't the end of it. As for Charlotte and Cooper, I hate how we haven't seen them have a truly happy scene as a married couple this season and that we probably won't be seeing that in a while. I understand Cooper's compassion but it doesn't give him the right to break laws. And this is something that obviously hits Charlotte hard. I actually don't get why people are hating on her when she's been completely rational throughout the series. As the reviewer said, she's actually the only one who gives priority to laws and rules. The first time Amelia operated drunk, she only knew about it after the surgery. And as for Pete, she wasn't sure that she was drunk and even she admitted that she didn't have a choice. She's been hard on Amelia for a reason and she showed her rationality when she allowed Amelia to take the breathalizer. She isn't self-righteous at all because she just plays by the book. People probably think she is just because she's the only one who really cares about laws and the like. She probably also offered to go to a meeting with Amelia as a way to help her in her sobriety. We have to remember that Charlotte cares about Amelia a great deal and that's one of the reasons she's so hard on her. As for letting Cooper get away with it, I think this story was more about showing how important trust is for this character. Rather than showing her reporting him, it was about her hurting because of what Cooper had done and really struggling with it. She loves him and that's the only reason why she didn't report him but she was clear that if there was a next time, she would. Btw, I hate how the first time Charlotte said "I love you" to him was when she was mad.


I love Addison and Sam together, so lets ditch the new dr."what's his name!"
I think Sam loves Addison enough to finally have a baby with her. Cooper and his sympathy....I think more doctors should REALLY care for their patients, like he does. Yes, Pete definately over re-acted! OMG, poor Violet..Love all the actors on PP, but Charlotte gets my highest praise, love her accent and the way everything is either black or white to her, no gray areas!!


I think Charlotte is doing great dealing with the law breakers. She let Amelia operate on Pete because there was no time for the neurosurgeon to get on time and she didn't know for sure she was drunk (no tests were done in Amelia) And what to do with Cooper's issue? She acted like every hospital chief would do trying to avoid a HUGE problem in all terms. But she told Cooper she would call the police if there was a next time, and I'm sure she'd do.

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Private Practice Season 5 Episode 2 Quotes

Jake: Look, I hate to burst your bubble over there, Dr. Montgomery, but I'm a catch.
Addison: And so humble.

In some ways I'm proud of that chapter. I fought for love. I had poison ivy. You know, I lost, but I really fought.


Private Practice Season 5 Episode 2 Music

  Song Artist
Song The Balcony The Rumor Said Fire
Song Free The Rumor Said Fire
Buried beds telegram Telegram Buried Beds iTunes