Private Practice Review: When to Keep Going, When to Let Go

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After being away for what seemed like forever, Private Practice finally returned tonight win its usual emotionally-packed fashion with "The Letting Go."

I know we were forewarned to come prepared with Kleenex, but I really wasn’t ready for such a moving episode after a very long break. Time and time again, Shonda and company prove they seriously know how to tug at our heartstrings. And this installment was just another one to add to the teary books.

Give Me a Hug!

Perhaps the most heartbreaking scene of the night was when Mason and Erica said their goodbyes to one another, and then Mason ran out of the room breaking down in Charlotte’s arms. Griffin Gluck did a phenomenal job as a youngster and rightfully deserves his recent promotion to series regular.

Erica’s storyline was crafted incredibly well, and I appreciated that she wanted her son to only remember her at her very best. It was entirely understandable that she wanted to protect him and couldn’t handle having him be there as her body would shut down.

Mason and Mom

I also loved how amazing CharCoop were with Mason, as they each were incredibly honest with him about his mother’s deteriorating health. Poor Mason, though! Luckily, he will have one heck of a team with CharCoop at his side to help him pick up the pieces.

Elsewhere: Though it felt a little random, we finally got to learn more about Jake on a personal level when he paid a visit to his stepdaughter at college. I couldn’t help but smile as she grilled him about his love life and the way he described Addie. He was perfectly honest in saying that she was beautiful but even a bit frustrating. As a total Jaddison fan, I’m so ready for this ship to set sail!

Meanwhile, Amelia decided to keep her baby and also to tell Addison about her pregnancy. Amelia was hesitant to tell Addie after everything she had been through, but it was clear that Addie was genuinely happy for her. It’s nice to see these two together again after all that’s happened.

By the way, did you catch what Amelia was eating? I’m pretty sure it was green sliced apples topped with magic cheese and chocolate chips. How utterly disgusting! Then again, I’ve never been pregnant so I wouldn’t know if the aforementioned craving was somehow delicious or not. Has anyone tried this or is willing to give it a shot?

As usual, Sheldon was more than helpful and hilarious. He stated again how he wanted to be there for Amelia no matter what. That’s all fine and dandy, but I still can't help but wonder when and if he will ever get his own storyline.

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I still felt very disconnected from Sam’s storyline with his sister. The scene with him telling her he couldn’t help her alone anymore was heartbreaking, but I was just glad that he realized this and was finally giving her the type of care that she really needs.

Now, let’s talk about Violet, shall we? I’m rating tonight’s installment a firm 6 on the Violet Annoyance Scale (VAS). If I’m not mistaken, she was last seen clearly contemplating her arrangement with Scott and certainly wanted to try again with Pete. It really bothered me that she hadn’t said anything to Scott about this yet and continued to act like it’s okay to have a boyfriend while you’re waiting for your husband to give your marriage another shot.

Scott, clearly the only grown up in the whole Pete and Violet mess, realized that she was only there for him out of a sense of responsibility. He didn’t want to stand in the way of Violet’s family with Pete and said all the things to Violet that she should have just said. For Scott’s sake, I definitely think he made the right call by cutting his losses with her.

So, what did you think, TV Fanatics? Were you surprised to find out about Erica’s deteriorating health? With Corrine out of the picture, is it time for AddiSam again or will we finally see some real Jaddison action? Don't forget to leave your VAS rating!


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Rating: 4.5 / 5.0 (134 Votes)

I don't usually agree with everything you say (we all have our own opinions) but this review is spot on. The Jake thing was random but so sweet, showing a bit of his life away from the practice was a good idea. The whole Amelia panic about her use of drugs when she got pregnant and the cute scene with Addie was perfection. Violet was so annoying and I was shocked the the BF ended up being the mature one (dont know how she manages to work with all the drama in her life that she has caused). I felt Sam and his storyline was a bit strange, mainly because his sisters history wasnt as well developed as i would have liked. The whole char/coop storyline had me in tears. hen mason cried, i cried and when I saw both Charlotte and Cooper crying I had to pause the show because my vision went blurry. Great Episode overall.

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Oh man; I hate that! I typed my comments right after watching the show and they end up being in the preview instead of the "review!" lol! Of course i was so emotional right after the show - I can actually see the screen a lot better today anyway! Cried and cried like a baby with the Erica/Mason scene. '( Mason saying "I'll be a good boy" and holding back tears so not to upset Erica and then Erica calling out the door repeating "I love you!".. oh started sobbing! Charlotte was SOO good with Mason and actually with the whole situation. I have really started to like her now. B4 I thought she was kind of a bit*&! How awkward was that with Violet,Scott and Pete! It took Scott to actually figure it out for her! The scene with Sam/Corinne was also pretty sad. The whole helplessness is overwhelming when someone as a mental disease like that, for both the patient and family. (I am a Psych. R.N.) Did anyone see the behind the scenes pictures of them two? I swear it looks like the actress who plays Corinne is pregnant? Anyone know? Totally glad Amelia's having the baby! I can see some drama coming when the baby is born maybe due to the drugs... like during the delivery the baby's heart stops beating and they have to resusitate! You never know! :)


Ok, once again the part that made me cry like a baby was Charlotte with Mason. It seems that she is the best thing on the show right now. I dont know if you guys notice but some editing cut the scene where Charlotte put some make up on Erica (to make her look better for Mason), these particular scene was on the promotional pictures of the episode. Too bad because we missed some more Charlotte time.


God you're VAS is awesome, but i like violet as a character :), i'm a CharCoop fan so loved those scenes, for the rest was the episode great as always definitely looking forward to the next one


VAS was high tonight. I don't know whether it's the character or the actor. One way or another she is annoying. I love Charlotte. She's great with Mason and I'm glad Erica will be gone. I was beginning to think she would try to snag Coop and we would have to put up with all of the jealousy, etc. The storyline with Addison and Sam is getting old and boring. Jake is much more exciting and he seems a better fit for Addison. (I read a repot that said a call went out for biracial twins. Hope that doesn't happen.) They'll have a whole new direction with the druggie baby and it will take away from the adults.


For goodness sakes -- hasn't anyone had kids and made snacks for them? Amelia was making what is called "Ants on a Log". Spread Cheez Whiz or cheese-from-a-can down a celery stick, dot with raisins. Not as gross as one would think (if you can get past all that processed cheese stuff).


I think the reviewer was being charitable on the VAS, because this episode put Violet on at 8.5 VAS for me. I can hardly stand her character when she is interacting with Pete and her son, but when she's using that nice young EMT as a sexual dalliance until Pete comes around to give her another chance, that's where the storyline leaves me cold, as Violet roams into crazytown. For a psychiatrist, she sure doesn't have herself together mentally/emotionally at all.
And I thought the storyline with Mason and Erica was heartbreaking, beautiful and painful all at once. I had to get out the tissues at the end there.
As far as Amelia and cravings, I had some very strange cravings when I was pregnant, usually things that were sweet and salty or sweet and slightly sour at the same time, so for example I wanted watermelon but with salt on it, or a ham sandwich with apricot jam on it, or grilled cheese with pancake syrup on it. I think since she was doing so many drugs when the baby was concieved, I bet her child will be handicapped in some form when he or she is born. I hope Addison and Jake get together soon, too.


They DID discuss the possible problems for Amelia's pregnancy in both this episode and last episode. It was, in fact, one of the reasons she felt adoption wasn't an option.


I gotta ask. Am I the only one ticked off with Erica's storyline? I didn't like her character at first either and I was secretly hoping that Mason wasn't Cooper's son. However, while this sort of thing does happen to people in real life, it's frustrating that she'd get the successful surgery only to get another death sentence. I was getting used to her living and being around, darn it! I love Jake. Always did. I was mad at Addison when she went back to Sam. The pregnancy craving thing is so overplayed in Hollywood. Me nor either of my friends/family had those types of cravings when we were pregnant. I may have craved something specific like fried oysters or ice cream or a Big Mac, but I didn't want to smash them together to eat them at the same time. Sure, some women may sit up and have these types of cravings, but I've never met one.


When Amelia conceived, she and her boyfriend were on drugs. In a medical soap, it is astounding that not one physician has expressed concern. It seems likely that the storyline will completely ignore the possible ramifications of a pregnancy begun (and, however briefly, continued) with heavy doses of drugs.

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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

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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