Private Practice Review: Single, Ready to Mingle

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I’ve always loved the drama and medical cases on Private Practice, but also appreciate when the show can take a step away from the office and hospital for a change.

This boys’ night out gave the freshly single Pete and Sam quite an evening to remember. For the latter, he simply couldn’t get Addison off his mind by sunrise. As for the former, things got a bit hot and steamy in the elevator.

I can’t say that I cared too much for the aforementioned scene. Sure, sometimes a breakup calls for some fun, a drink or whatever it is to take your mind off of what’s-his-or-her-name. However, didn’t Sam just end his relationship with Addison? And aren’t Pete and Violet still married?

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Maybe it’s just the girl in me, but I feel like the term “separation” has always been such a misconstrued topic. I couldn’t help but recall Ross and Rachel’s infamous “we were on a break” dilemma from Friends.

On another note, why the heck wasn’t Sheldon invited to Guys’ Night Out?!

Also, while we’ve all had our fair share of former relationships, it’s probably safe to say that it must suck for Sam and Addison to be neighbors, coworkers and exes. 

Elsewhere: As a huge fan of Charlotte’s, I was disappointed by her choice and means to unethically obtain Erica’s medical records without her approval. This seemed out of character for her. In spite of the circumstances, I just figured her morals and principles would have pushed her to find a different way to determine what was going on with Erica.

While I was digging all of the scenes with Mason and Charlotte, my heart broke for the child. It’s going to be heartbreaking once he finds out about his mom. The great thing is Mason now has both Charlotte and Cooper to help him get through what will probably be the roughest time period of his life.

(Note to self: Keep tissue box nearby when that episode airs.)

Surprise! Surprise! I didn’t take any notes down this week for the Violet Annoyance Scale. It’s beyond too early to say that Violet is growing on me, but she certainly wasn’t bothersome to me at all this time around. Let me know if you thought differently.

I actually felt for her when she broke down in her office after Pete made it clear he was seeing other people. I hated that he asked if it was alright after he had already started doing so. This pushed her to go on a date with the cute paramedic, Scott. Good for Violet for unleashing her inner cougar.

There were two special moments that I enjoyed thoroughly:

  1. The short and sweet scene between Amelia and Addison was much needed. How great was it when Amelia said she was staying sober and Addison said she was proud of her? I’ve got three sisters, and am always a sucker for sisterly moments.
  2. Jake and Addison!

Here were Jake’s perfectly scripted words in case you’ve forgotten: If you want this, we can make this happen. I know that you felt alone in this before, but you don’t need to feel that way anymore because you’ve got me. I will always be there, Addison.

If you weren’t on the Jake and Addison bandwagon before, maybe you should reconsider. Overall, I thought this installment was entertaining and it was nice to finally see Addison laughing again.

What did you think of "The Standing Eight Count?" Tell me you aren't on board with Jaddison? Ake? Okay, also tell me you have a better nickname for these two.


Editor Rating: 4.2 / 5.0
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Rating: 4.5 / 5.0 (65 Votes)

Brian, I must say and I truly mean this, these are some of the most INSPIRING and MOVING images I've ever seen. To get this chncae is truly a once in a lifetime opportunity. And the shot of Obama in tears, wow beyond words. I got your e-mail, I'll be in touch with you very shortly!


I do not think that Erica will die. I think that she will get better and want Cooper so that they can make what she will deem as a REAL family for Mason. I think that Charlotte will have to fight for Cooper. Erica was a bad girl if you remember, so she will not be above using her womanly appeal and tricks to get a doctor for a husband. Cooper is weak, so may the best gal win. Don't play Charlotte cheap tho, she is a tough one.


I like Sam, but I don't like Sam and Addison. The new guy is HOT and so is Jake... Go Jake and Addison... Go Violet and Hot Guy (Pete is waking up, but too late!!!! He is a great guy, but.... although Violet did hurt him and kept leaving...) Show is getting hotter and better lately, I was about to give up on it!!!


There is great chemistry between Jake and Addison. And no I don't think it was too soon. They didn't declare their love for each other. Jake just let her know that he would like to be there for her and left her space to process that. I like them together!!


@PP_Fan - I, too, believe the purpose of adding both Erica and Mason this season was mainly for the development of Cooper and Charlotte's storyline. I think that your theory is quite plausible as well, whereas Erica could possibly live. What if she needed treatment elsewhere and wanted to take Mason with her? This could also open up the baby storyline again for Charlotte and Cooper while causing some major further conflicts. There really are so many possibilities. Maybe Private Practice will have a "what if" episode someday, too!


@ PP_Fan I think adding Erica and Mason this season was mainly for the development of Cooper and Charlotte's storyline. The story of Erica having a brain tumor that is seemingly inoperable works well for the idea of a crossover. Someone's life is in danger again but it isn't one of the main characters that are in jeopardy. Similar to what happened with Archer in season 2. They couldn't kill Archer in that crossover because the ramifications to Addison would be extreme. But in this case, I think it'll be easier for them to kill off the patient in question because even though there's a relationship between Cooper, Charlotte, and Erica the main relationship is the one with Mason. If Erica doesn't make it out of surgery then chances are Mason will be left with Charlotte and Cooper and that's an adjustment that they can explore for the rest of the season.


@Caitlyn - Thanks for input! But I just have to wonder what makes you think Erica will die? Im only asking b/c Shonda created this storyline for Erica to get treatment. Charlotte, Cooper, & Mason are all going to Seattle just for Derek to perform surgery on Erica. So, it makes me wonder all this effort why would she die...right? But then the question is, if she does live what would be her purpose on the show...right. I just dont understand. Would love to know your thoughts. @Christina-what do you think of my theory?


@ PP_Fan I think that although Charlotte hasn't said that she wants her own child, she has shown that she has intentions of eventually having her own. I think that she, or anyone put into a similar situation for that matter, will have a difficult time. If Erica does die and Mason is left with her and Cooper, that's going to be a huge adjustment that she'll have to make. @ Aoife10 Derek and Lexie won't be going to Seaside Wellness/St. Ambrose. Cooper, Charlotte, Erica, and Mason will be the ones heading to Seattle.


Derek and Lexie are coming to town soon
they're working on unoperable tumours
love how shonda makes these connections! Derek will save masons mum!


@Gabi-I'm a little confused by your comment. What would be hard on Charlotte? She hasn't mentioned anything about wanting her own child.

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Private Practice Season 5 Episode 11 Quotes

I feel like Pete is using this separation to have the bachelor party he never had. You know he wants to sow his wild, old oats.


You're a peddler.


Private Practice Season 5 Episode 11 Music

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The silver seas the best things in life The Best Things In Life The Silver Seas iTunes
Song 5678! Butterfly Boucher
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