Private Practice Midseason Report Card: A-

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Some say it’s the most wonderful time of the year. But, as TV Fanatics, we might disagree, considering our favorite primetime shows are currently on hiatus.

But at least this break gives us an opportunity to evaluate the progress of various programs - from The Walking Dead to The Secret Circle - at this midway point of their seasons, as we do below in this Private Practice Report Card...

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Best Character: To say Amelia has been remarkable would be an understatement. She’s made me laugh, smile, cry and so much more. This season has especially shown how vital she is to the practice and how much her story has touched our lives. As we witnessed Amelia in her darkest hour, we saw a completely different girl from the first bubbly one we met. Her performance has been amazing, and I hope that the second half of this season will show her back on track and well again. While I’d like to see the entire staff supporting Amelia, I’d especially love to see her rekindle her friendships with both Sheldon and Charlotte. 

Worst Character: Although I’ve loved the feedback in regards to our recently-implemented Violet Annoyance Scale, I can honestly also say that she is not the worst character of this season. It’s a solid tie between Sam and Pete. I’m disappointed in both of their poor demeanors and recent actions.

First, my disdain for Sam continued to intensify as he made completely no sense at all by wanting to be with Addison but having no desire to bear a child with her. He consistently stated that he loved and supported her, but having another child was the last thing on his mind. At least there are no excuses for Pete’s irate behavior. As you know, I am not the biggest Violet fan, but she doesn’t deserve to be treated with complete disrespect. It’s time for Pete to take some anger management courses.  

Best Episode: It’s no contest. “Who We Are” went down in Private Practice history as Shonda Rhimes and company (and especially Caterina Scorsone) delivered a powerful and tragic story of an addict. I watched this mind-blowing episode more than once and was left awestricken and teary-eyed every single time. Similar to last season’s astounding “Did You Hear What Happened to Charlotte King?," this installment was truly unforgettable and a defining moment for our favorite doctors at Seaside Wellness.

Best Ongoing Storyline: It’s a close one between Amelia’s and Addison’s. While I’ve loved every bit of Amelia’s intriguing storyline, how can I not go with Addie’s journey to become a mother? We’ve been with Addison since day one, when she first arrived in Los Angeles seeking Naomi’s help after she first realized that she wanted a baby. Furthermore, we’ve seen her struggle throughout the years and watched her effortlessly continue to hope that motherhood wasn’t impossible for her.

While the midseason finale left off with a cliffhanger of Addie seen with a pregnancy test, I can’t help but hope that the results are positive because becoming a mother has always meant everything to Addie. Whether the IVF worked or not, or even if it’s through adoption, Addison seriously deserves a baby and happiness.

Best Addition: Jake! Who isn’t a fan of Benjamin Bratt?!? I can honestly say, though, I didn’t think that I’d become so attached to his character right off the bat and was sort of surprised how easily and fast he’d fit into the group. There’s also no denying the sparks that fly when Addie and Jake are together. He’s been a great addition and a phenomenally caring doctor, and I am ecstatic that he is a part of Addison’s happiness. Team Jake all the way!

Best Bromance: Sam and Jake. Although they’ve got their differences in opinions at the office and the hospital, Sam and Jake’s budding bromance was a nice and special addition to the drama. The basketball, shooting pool and bar scenes were fun to watch and even Sam and Jake’s arguments aren’t so bad. More, please.

Most Mis/Underused Character: Sheldon. I’ve said it once and I’ll say it again: Writers, please give Sheldon an actual storyline. Sure, we get that he is a supportive friend and plays the sound role in medical debates and discussions. However, it’s just not enough. I hope that he will continue to play a role in Amelia’s road to recovery, but I also would love to see him with his own plot and story.

Grade So Far: A-

Hopes for 2012: That Pete and Violet are officially through and move on separately, while finding a way to still work together to be the parents that Lucas needs. I want more Charlotte and Cooper, too. The first half has lacked tremendously, and I’ve always loved seeing this awesome couple together. I’m also looking forward to more interesting medical cases that involve all of the doctors and highlight fascinating stories of patients. Like I’ve mentioned earlier, give Sheldon something to work with and it’s time for Addison to have a baby (preferably without Sam). And lastly, maybe Jake could make her happy.

Agree? Disagree? Chime in with your grade now!

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WOW! Love all the comments, but here I come with one that is totally against the grain: Sam can love Addison and not want a baby with her. He is a GRANDFATHER! The father thing is done for him and I can totally see his point. Sam is not the greatest character, but I have to give him the point on his honesty and his determination. Addison needs to make up her mind whom she wants more: Sam or baby. I do not see how she can have both - that would be an untenable situation. Charlotte and Cooper have always been my favourite storyline - no matter what the are doing - and Charlotte is my favourite character. Just love that girl!

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Best Character: Charlotte
Worst Character: Sam
Best Episode: If I Hadn't Forgotten..., Don't Stop 'Till You Get Enough and The Breaking Point
Best Ongoing Storyline: Adddison and pregnancy
Best Addition: Jake
Most Mis/Underused Character: Sheldon

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@Christina - Love reading your reviews on PP each week. What do you think will happen when the show returns in Jan...in particular in regards to Charlotte and Cooper? Do you think Charlotte will finally have Cooper's baby, as many fans are hoping? Also, what are your thoughts on the chances PP will get renewed for another season? Thanks!

Allaboutaddie

Addison is always the best character for me. Her storyline this season is my favorite. All I want to see in 2012 is for Addison to finally have a baby.

Aries93

I actually agree with everything.
Although, my addition to favorite character would be everyone, excluding Sam and Pete. They've both seriously irritated me the past 2 seasons.
As much as I agree with the separation of Violet and Pete, I don't really see it coming. They've been built up together since season two. For the writers to tear them apart now would be a wasted 4 years. Besides, I don't really wanna repeat of the two tearing each other from limb to limb like in season 3.

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Team Jake all the way.. I can't stand Sam! Jake would make Addie happy.
And I just love Amelia!

Eneci

Fav character!? It's such an amazing cast, but Amelia STUD REALLY UP! She showed so much in this few episodes and so this show could be name Private Amelia! The mode swings, the hate and love just she made everything AMAZING! Worst character! SAM! So useless! Just useless, not completly, his poor decisions just proved what an amazing women Addison is. I missed the strong confident Sam, who just got terrible selfish! Best Episode! Who we are!? After the rape episode the best episode of the show! So much emotion! I loved Charlotte crying, Addison breaking out and being there for her sister! And the highlight Ryan dieing!. Best ongoing story!!! JAddison! I just love the chemistry and cant get enough of them being so great and loveable so much better than SAddison which currently is truly SAD! And I love the tension created between Jake and Sam it gives the show new dimension! Best Addition! Ok Jake is great but I love Addisons Psych! I enjoy the openning scenes with him and Addi Best bromance! Cooper and Henry! I love them together! Cooper now has everything he should have! He gives everything he has to this child! by them Vi and Addi had great chemistry and they are bigger ba''s than the male cast Misused! Violet! She was a reality sun all over season 1 and 2, she gave the show the row psych view! Then she got lost in season 3 and played it really well! But since she has done the book story in season 4 and now in season 5 she is just a big pain in the a''! OMG Can this girl be more annoying! On the other side I loved her leaving Pete and being the adult one, and being there for Addison made her a little more loveable! And there is the other question why we must love every character let hate her and enjoy her making us!
Grade! A clear A!! Without question! The best show this midseason for me! They've got me from every single secound! Hopes! ShAmilia I really pray for it, or a hint of PAmelia! Naomi to step by! And even when I love Cooper and Charlotte, I want Charlotte to get killed and so making place for Addison and Cooper which is my personal endgame! :D

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Wow, I think I agree with every single word in this report card. From the character assessment to the storylines and the hopes for 2012.
Makes me very hopeful that these opinions are fairly common in viewers and the writing team was either aiming for exactely those reactions or that they at least will adjust their writing accordingly...
Nice review either way :)

Tvjunkie

Best Character: There's no one on this show that I love more than Charlotte but I have to give this title to Amelia as well. The way she carried the first half of the season has just been great. Seeing her struggle the way that she did and portray such a vivid experience of what it's like to be an addict really brought this show to a level similar to what it did with Charlotte last season. This character has just shown so much depth to who she really is. Worst Character: Sam. Definitely, Sam. I almost have nothing left to like about this character. He has been incredibly selfish throughout the season. He keeps reiterating that he loves Addison yet he can't support something that is obviously so important to her. I understand if he doesn't want another child but the way he has dealt with the situation is what makes me root for Jake more and more. Best Episode: I'm going to count "Who We Are" and "The Breaking Point" as one since I can't choose! These two delivered as a two-hour special just made each episode stronger as an individual. "Who We Are" brought so much intensity to all the characters, especially Amelia and Addison. I liked how it really focused on the interactions and emotions of each character. And "The Breaking Point" just brought in a lot of progress for everyone. I appreciated to see that so much especially after the intensity that went down in the first hour. Best Ongoing Storyline: I have to choose Addison's. This is something we've been waiting for since the backdoor pilot from Grey's Anatomy. Addison has wanted this for so long and she's waited long enough. To see her really focusing on something for herself instead of getting caught up in difference romantic entanglements, is refreshing and really appreciated. I think this arc has reminded me why I love Addison so much. That pregnancy test being positive and her actually having a baby of her own with no complications sounds like a fairy tale but I can't help but hope she gets her happy ending. Best Addition: Definitely Jake! I love what we've been seeing and learning from and about this character. I've grown incredibly fond of him and I'm hoping at the end, it'll be him with Addison. Best Bromance: Don't really notice if there are any other ongoing bromances so I guess I'd have to go with Sam and Jake as well. Most Mis/Underused Character: No doubt it's Sheldon. It's been this way since he came onto the show. It seems like the writers don't really know what to do with him because he always just ends up as support for someone else's arc. I hope they find something for him soon. Grade so Far: I have to give it a B. Just because I wanted more Charlotte and Cooper and they still haven't been able to utilize the character of Sheldon. Hopes for 2012: They explore what it's like for Pete and Violet to be separated from one another. I think it'll be really interesting to see how this plays out especially with regards to Lucas. Maybe their parenting will actually be brought to the table now. More Charlotte and Cooper, please! More specifically, a Charlotte and Cooper baby. Mason's already brought out the maternal side to Charlotte. Now it's time that they have one of their own together. Addison getting her baby; however way that is. Her being pregnant and having a baby that way seems a little too perfect. So in the unfortunate case that something goes wrong there, I just need to show she'll have a baby eventually. Please writers. We've waited long enough for Addie's happiness!

Private Practice Quotes

You ever been violated? Anybody rape you lately? Let me tell you what its like. You know those made for TV movies where some woman's crouched down naked in a shower holding her knees and sobbing because when she closes her eyes she can still feel the guys hands on her? How when they show the attack the woman's eyes go all blank and still and she goes to some other place in her mind just to deal with the horror of what's happening to her while some Lillith Fair song plays. It is nothing like that. He's sturdy and sweaty and he licks your face and wipes himself off in your hair and when you try to scream he punches you so hard you see God. And then he goes at you again reaping stuff you didn't even know you had because he enjoyed it so much the first time. I know you're trying to help but if helping me means that everyone is gonna be looking at me the way you're looking at me now please do not help me.

Charlotte

You tomato-ed me back. I like that.

Amelia

Private Practice Music

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Song Message From Yuz The Switches
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