Private Practice Picture Preview: The End of Erica?

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It's a good thing Private Practice doesn't return until March 15. Fans will need the extra time to purchase multiple boxes of Kleenex.

As if the title of the next new episode doesn't say enough ("The Letting Go"), consider the official ABC synopsis, along with the following photos.

According to the network, Erica's health will take "a turn for the worse," which is evident based on these pictures. Prepare for some major waterworks, Private Practice viewers, and click through a preview of the upcoming storyline now:

Mason and Mom
Erica in Trouble
Looking After Erica
Visitors for Erica
Charlotte and Erica

Also ahead:

  • Scott, badly beaten, will be placed under Pete's care at the hospital.
  • Sheldon will warn Sam about the dangers of releasing his sister early and caring for her at home.
  • Jake's daughter will interrogate her father about his love life.

"The Letting Go" - Sheldon warns Sam that he may be in over his head when he insists on releasing Corinne from the hospital and caring for her at home; a badly beaten Scott arrives at the ER and is placed under the care of Pete; Amelia is encouraged to make a decision about her unborn child; and Jake's daughter grills him on his love life when he visits her at college. Meanwhile, Erica's health takes a turn for the worse, on Private Practice, THURSDAY, MARCH 15 (10:02-11:00 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network. (ABC/COLLEEN HAYES) KADEE STRICKLAND, GRIFFIN GLUCK

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Bunch of haters commenting.....its a raw reality story line.....god bless anyone who is in the young boys shoes......thankfully coop and char are there to take care and love him instead of be in a broken system of child services......


um... if killing her was on the list, why did they save her in the first place? -.-


I was sad they made this boy a regular. i really want charlotte and cooper to have their own baby. this boy ruins that. even if they have a baby that boy will always be around in the middle of things. i have been a loyal fan and am disgusted with the direction PPP has gone in. i want to watch charlotte and cooper enjoy their baby alone not with cooper's drunken mistake looking over their shoulder-digusting!


Why are they letting this newcomer kid take over the show? Who care about him? I loved CharCoop but now all they are about is this kid that I don't care about. This season has been the worst yet!


and now the kid will get stuck with them..great ¬¬


Please let her die already! This storyline is boring.


PPP will see another season! I'm sure of it! I'm sad about Erica but I guess it would have been weird for Coop, Charlotte n Erica to parent Mason. What will be interesting if Charlotte gets pregnant as well!
Amelia won't give her baby to Addie unless she leaves Seaside Wellness n LA. I hope that doesn't happen!
Sheldon and Amelia have a storyline brewing.


Oh good. It sounds harsh, but I was kind of hoping that Team Shepherd would be unsuccessful in Seattle - just because it would be a different storyline! Between Derek and Addison, I swear they never fail at anything!


@Caitlyn: Do you know where I can see a press release?
Also, I think it's a very likely chance that it'll get renewed for a 6th and final season. It'll only be 2 episodes from syndication and the demo/ratings are good enough for a 10:00PM slot on a Thursday night. I'm confident it'll at least get a 13-18 episode order for the 6th season.


Episode 18's press release is also out and it definitely suggests where Erica's story will be going. From these releases, I think it's pretty great how they're handling the rest of this arc as it will probably make way for an even better one in the future. With a few episodes left, I'm hoping and praying that Private Practice gets picked up for another season. We need to see more! And other fans should look for the other pictures from this episode. Those between Charlotte and Mason are great :)

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Private Practice Season 5 Episode 17 Quotes

I perform life-saving surgeries on babies in the womb. I can certainly fix my own sink, and the handyman was backed up for three days.


What if my baby has two heads and a scaly tail because of me?


Private Practice Season 5 Episode 17 Music

  Song Artist
The ross sea party look out Look Out The Ross Sea Party iTunes
Richard walters infinity street Infinity Street Richard Walters iTunes
Release the sunbird everytime you go Everytime You Go Release The Sunbird iTunes