Private Practice Review: There Was Blood... Everywhere

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Roughly an hour has passed, and I’ll admit I’m a little shaken up after tonight’s intensely horrifying Private Practice.

Honestly, I am still trying to wrap my head around everything that happened and thinking that Shonda and company seriously know how to deliver a crazy dramatic episode.

Sam Sweating

First off, I think I speak for all of us when I say that Violet ought to move out of her home immediately. There has been far too much bloodshed on those wooden floors. If it were me, I’d already have my bags packed and would be checking listings frivolously.

Typically, I find myself thinking that storylines in dramas can seemingly be too predictable. This was certainly not the case for Joanna and David. However, I did expect that David would show up at Violet’s doorstep.

I also knew it was a terrible idea for Violet to try to get in the middle and nurse Joanna back to health at her own home. What was she thinking? More on that later, though.

When David shoved his way into the house, I was definitely shocked that he punched Violet in the nose. Then, I was flabbergasted when the scene cut to Joanna violently stabbing David to death repeatedly as he was clearly dead already. There was blood... everywhere. By the way, did anyone else catch that smirk on David’s face?! Creepy.

I couldn’t help but to shudder as I felt like I was watching a horror movie. It didn’t feel like the typical Thursday night TV. It was gruesome, brutal and obviously written for shock value. I certainly think the writers succeeded, if that was their goal. I was left terrified. How about you?

With the way that events concluded, one might wonder if things would have ended differently if Violet had taken what Joanna said about wanting to kill her husband more seriously the first time around. Also, should the doctors have tried harder to intervene or simply let the police investigate? Did Joanna act out of self defense in that moment?

Elsewhere: I wished that we would have gotten to see how Erica broke the news of her illness to Cooper. It was tough to watch Erica contemplate what she should do and how she should live her last few months.

With the Grey’s Anatomy crossover episode in the near future, we know that the doctors of Seattle Grace will give it their all to try to save Erica’s life. So, there is still time for her to change her mind. What do you think will happen for Erica to come around? Also, do you believe that she will make it?

Meanwhile, Jake and Addison were on a mission to find Addie a surrogate. Even Amelia volunteered her services which Addie declined, telling her that she needed to find out who she was. Soon after, Addison realized that she simply needed a break from all of the baby stuff and wanted to focus on absolutely anything else.

I again appreciated all of the subtle Jaddison moments. Even when they were in disagreement, I could still see the sparks fly. Still, I can’t help but wonder what Sam wanted to say to Addison as Jake appeared suddenly.

My favorite scenes in this episode involved the guys spending time together discussing where and how to find women. From working out at the gym to creating online dating profiles, these scenes gave us a chance to laugh a bit in a heavily dramatic installment. Both Sheldon and Sam were kind of cute and funny.

Last week’s episode received a staggering 0 on the Violet Annoyance Scale (VAS). How did this week’s episode fare? I’m rating it a 3.5. Don't forget to leave your rating in the comments.

Sure, Violet was just trying to be helpful throughout the entire episode, but I just wished that she’d take a step back and not put herself in the middle of her patients’ issues. She is still a wife, friend, and, most importantly, Lucas’s mother and ought to think twice before getting involved. This is not the first time something has hit so close to home for her and put her in a very dangerous situation. When will she learn?

Did you enjoy "Losing Battles"? It’s been one heck of a season for Private Practice so far and this episode was definitely entertaining and another solid one for the books.

Hit the comments below and check back early next week for the first ever official Private Practice Round Table! Yes, you read that right. Get excited!


Editor Rating: 4.7 / 5.0
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Rating: 4.5 / 5.0 (79 Votes)

@kate : yes, that's a very good idea. Joanna set up Violet, managed to have her husband know where she was, and conveniently left a knife around. she does get up to slice bread sometimes, i am sure.
@bill : all the sex, yeah. that's a more fun life than mine, but again, it's a tv serie. yes, they are rabbits. they seem to enjoy it. I wouldn't want to watch the life of people like me, who never do neighbors or colleagues. What's puzzling is all the "oh, am i pregnant?" bit that you get quite often there or in grey's anatomy. Come on, people. you are doctors. And what about Aids? I would not trust them as doctors.


what annoys me most with Violet is her "my tummy hurts but I smile anyway" smile. As a shrink, doesn't she understand that a fake smile doesn't get anywhere? I am not rooting for Sam at all. Sure he is cute, but really. the man thinks only in clichés. I can see Amalia and Sheldon together. I just doubt they will be as cute and heartwarming as Charlotte and Cooper.


Ok, the writers really had me fooled! I did not think Joanna's husband was the one that beat her. I thought when she could talk, she would name someone else in the attack. I like Violet. She doesn't annoy me at all, but to take Johanna into her home, alone, was not her brightest move. I think somehow Erica will be saved.Sorry you Jake lovers...still rooting for Addison and Sam. Was proud of Amelia, for standing up for Addison, but She gave her the correct response: healing first. I hope Violet's new {hot!} guy sticks around. It would serve bad ass Pete right! And Violet needs some TLC after what she's all been through. Can't wait for next week. Bring it on!!


Violet needs to move out of that house asap, there has been enough bloodshed there. Addison needs a break with the whole baby thing, I think that is a good move, for the time being, but Amelia offering to be her surrogate was heart felt, but I'm glad Addison turned her down the way she did. But in regards to seeing Erica telling Cooper about her illness. I think it wasn't needed as you could see it in Charlotte's face in last weeks episode.


Bad writing, bad acting, over wrought, melodramatic...amazing these show is still on the air.


I WAS LEFT HORRIFED MYSELF TOO! I still can take that stabbing image off of my head... And I completly agreed on the Erica and Cooper's scene. I was hoing for a heavy drama scene. Addison and Jake are just TOO CUTE! And I'm totally rooting for Sheldon and Amelia, but she needs to get better first. So far I'm loooving this season. Great writting!


I think people are too hard on violet. She's been through a lot and I think she is a very caring person. I love, love, love her with Scott. He is adorable and I am quite sick of Pete, who doesn't want Violet, but yet doesn't want her to be with anyone else. He needs to get over himself. he is a jerk!!
I love Addison and Jake together. Would love to see them have a baby together!
The story of Charlotte, Cooper, Erica and mason is very touching. I think it'll bring Charlotte and Cooper closer together, but I feel for Mason.


The Violet Annoyance rating 5 out of 5. She has no boundaries when it comes to doctor/patient relationship. Didn't she learn from the last time around. With all the anger that Joanna had built up, it made perfect sense that she should lost control when she was stabbing David. Well deserved from where I sit.


@CJ - Actually, I have been very aware of Pete's problems. Even in my review for the episode from last week, I called out his ridiculous behavior and how he treated Violet. In fact, I also recall saying that he needed to man up. If that's not enough proof, he tied for Worst Character in the Midseason Report Card. Without a doubt, I can honestly say that I am not being biased toward Violet. Pete is far from perfect as is Violet.


I didn't expect Joanna to actually kill him and definitely not in the manner that she did. I think he had been dead for a while and she was still stabbing. As much as the doctors tried to stick to legal proceedings, I think they should have taken a bit more precaution. Violet did have her license back, she knew Joanna and had a reason to be concerned. Anyone else catch David's eyes light up at the mention of a hysterectomy. If I were Addie, I would have told him something about the reproductive organs being salvageable after going in. And his grabbing Charlotte was a really big mistake. The man is clearly a woman hater. Sheldon really needs a woman. He's a relationship type, not a one night stand and they really need to give him more of a story. I don't really agree with Amelia telling Erica that she would not go through with the treatment personally, but I suppose Erica came in as a friend not a patient.

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Private Practice Season 5 Episode 12 Quotes

Charlotte: Why are you grinning at me like that?
Violet: I'm happy to see you.
Charlotte: Well, you've never said that to me before.

The imagination is a powerful tool of self-torture.