Private Practice Review: Amelia's Addiction

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Another week, another captivating Private Practice.

"Don't Stop 'Till You Get Enough" was a strong episode, but I simply can’t understand how and why this season’s viewership continues to decline. What’s up with that? Come on, people!

Addison at Work

Amelia’s addiction continued to spiral out of control with the help of her newest fling, Ryan. From writing her own prescriptions to ditching work, it’s obvious that Amelia hasn’t quite hit rock bottom just yet... but she is undoubtedly getting pretty darn close. I don’t like seeing her this way, but her storyline is far from boring and I think that Caterina Scorsone is doing a remarkable job.

Poor Sheldon! I liked watching him out of his element, worrying about Amelia like crazy. I only wish that she knew how concerned he was. Then again, I’m not sure if that would even matter, as she continued to make the wrong decisions. I was shocked when she snidely made remarks to both Cooper and Addison, but she really is just not herself right now. Amelia needs help, quickly!

On another note, Charlotte and Amelia’s scene was incredibly intense. Like Sheldon, Charlotte has been trying for weeks to be the friend that Amelia needs.

At least Charlotte made some headway with Erica and Mason. I was very happy to see her come around and understood why Charlotte did what she did to protect Cooper. With the help of Wii Tennis, Charlotte scored some brownie points with Mason, as Cooper and she seemed genuinely happy. Moreover, Mason (Mini Cooper!) is growing on me. 

Elsewhere: Sam and Jake butted heads when they both fought over donating a patient’s organs versus saving the patient’s healthy unborn baby’s life. As always, Private Practice has a way of including heartbreaking storylines where there is never a wrong or right answer. Ultimately, the doctors all agreed that the decision wasn’t theirs to be made. Instead, it was up to the father of the child.

After the father made his decision, both Sam and Jake walked away with Addison looking on at the both of them. I honestly wanted her to chase after Jake. Their chemistry was once again undeniable during her appointment with him, and I can’t help but to root for these two now.

I actually appreciated not hearing Pete and Violet’s constant bickering and am glad that they seem to both actually be trying to mend their relationship. Can we say: FINALLY?!? Pete definitely deserved some points for defending Violet to Sheldon. Meanwhile, I liked that Violet worked hard to show Sheldon she would do whatever it took to get her license back, regardless of his petty and vengeful tactics.

Well, it’s week three of the Violet Annoyance Scale, and I’m giving this week’s episode a 1 on the VAS. The only issue I had with Violet was when the Seaside Wellness doctors were discussing Amelia’s situation, and she started off with a sentence such as: “Until she wants our help..." Sheldon furiously stopped her mid-sentence and said Amelia wasn’t in any position to ask for help and it didn’t mean that she didn’t need it.

I couldn’t remember the last time Violet didn’t want to cross a line, and I certainly wanted to know why it had to be now – when one of their own needed them more than ever. By the way, do you think that it’s safe to say that Sheldon probably supports the VAS? After all, he did admit that he was annoyed at how Violet micromanaged his overseeing of her patients while she was suspended.

Overall, "Don't Stop 'Till You get Enough" was a solid installment that will lead us up to next week’s intense Private Practice two-hour special. To say the least, I’m stoked. How about you?


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Rating: 4.4 / 5.0 (93 Votes)

Private Practice is kicking butt and taking names. Caterina is doing a remarkable job at taking Amelia down to a horrible and heartbreaking mess. I feel Amelia's recovery is going to be just as difficult and beautiful to watch. Somehow, I think Sheldon is going to be the one who actually saves her and thus their romance begins. I'm looking forward to the Intervention. Charlotte was beyond awesome. She was a protective friend, a devoted wife and a smart stepmother. Loved the scene of their family at the end. Give Sam a new woman...I need Jake and Addison right after he delivers the baby. I need Jake to say, "I can't be your doctor anymore, because I want to be with you." Their chemistry is off the charts. Violet and Pete...Thank goodness for the Bake Off. I'm sick of their bickering. They've been through too much together to continue to act that way.


I agree: It's time for this season's cross-over event. Bring Derek to the scene to intervene in his sister's situation! Anyway, very intense and great episode, liked all the storylines, although I really hope we get rid of Sam/Addison soon, they have no chemistry, seriously! He's very kind and I love Addison but those two together.. I don't know, it's odd. And what are they going to do with the whole baby-situation?? They have a due date. Go Jake!!
I think this episode once again showed, that PP is the "big sister" of Greys. I love Greys even more, but the shows have different styles and PP is definitely the more "adult" und deep show: raping, drug addiction etc. Very impressive storylines and acting!


Derek has to make the scene to help save Amelia.


I agree that this was a really solid episode for Private Practice. For Amelia, it was hard to see her getting worse and the performance of Caterina Scorsone makes it even harder. She's doing such a great job with this arc that her performance is so believable. When you remember how Amelia was when she was first introduced to the show to how she is now, it's remarkable to see what Caterina has done with the character but it makes the story harder to watch. She's a mess and she obviously needs the help that people are trying to give her. I was glad that Addison finally addressed Amelia cause it's about time that she did. These two have had such a strong relationship since the beginning so i think it was really important that those dynamics were seen again. Addison will always care for Amelia after all so it's good that she confronted Amelia and shows that she wants to help her. I'm glad that Addison didn't choose sides between Jake and Sam because it really is a no-right-no-wrong situation to me. And I like to think that it's a foreshadowing to her eventually not being able to choose between them in another aspect of her life. I know it's far fetched but I'm hopeful! Also really glad that things are seemingly starting to work out for her and her plans to have a baby. She deserves it! For Sam and Jake, I don't think either of them was wrong or right but I liked how Jake handled the situation more. I'm really starting to like this character because I see so much compassion in him. I get that Sam was already very compassionate about his patient but he seemed arrogant to me in comparison to Jake. My VAS rating is a 2. Aside from what the reviewer mentioned, I also didn't like how much Violet was complaining about Sheldon. Pete's defense on Violet's reaction was good and although Sheldon admitted that he did it because of how Violet was before, Sheldon was right that there is a protocol to be followed. I just want her to realize that she can't play by her own rules. As for Charlotte, I'm gonna give her a 10 on my own Charlotte-Awesomeness-Scale because I thought she was just great in this episode. I liked how much love and care she showed in this episode with regards to Amelia, Cooper, and Mason. Her efforts to help Amelia are consistently being seen and their scene today was intense. She showed that she's willing to protect her but all she really wants is to help her. And seeing her with Cooper and Mason was great because you saw how much she loves Cooper. Their interactions as a family was probably the happiest part of this episode and it makes me look forward to the rest of their arc.


I have to agree. This season is by far my favorite. It's really on the ball. It would be even better if Sheldon got a storyline, but I think he will soon. I don't know if it's just me, but he seems to care for Amelia a little too much if you know what I mean.
As for Addison, I am so happy that she's getting her baby. It's taken her 5 years, but she is finally getting it. However, I'm quite frankly annoyed at her. Don't get me wrong, I love her character, but does anyone think she's a bad friend towards Amelia? They may not spend a lot of time together this season, but Amelia is living in her house. She's seen Amelia in her drug-like behaviour. You think she'd know if something is going on with her. As for her and Sam, I like them together, but it's true. Her chemistry with Jake is undeniable. Although, as the season goes on, I think it's obvious that she's sticking with Sam. The season is half-way through and as it appears as though this may be the last season of the show (judging by the ratings), so I don't think it's enough time to push her in the arms of Jake, unless they somehow manage to cause drama between Addison and Sam over the baby.
As for Charlotte and Cooper, they still continue to be perfect for one another. I love them so much. I can't wait for them to have children of their own.
Violet and Pete, well done! I can't stand you two anymore, but this episode has grown on me. They're finally acting their age. I too must agree that the VAS ha dropped significantly to at least a 0.5. Violet has shown to have outgrown herself.


VAS 2.0 and i was annoyed at the last scene as well...My VAS is off the charts...Maybe I'm just too irrational.


Amazing, is good, my VAS 0.5

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Private Practice Season 5 Episode 7 Quotes

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Private Practice Season 5 Episode 7 Music

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