Private Practice Season 5 Report Card: A-

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In the few short weeks since Private Practice Season 5 concluded, few shows have been in the news as often as this ABC drama.

Tim Daly is out. Kate Walsh is leaving. Questions abound over the future of Seaside Wellness beyond Season 6. But there's plenty of time to look forward. For now, let's take a look back and evaluate the past 22 episodes, from the best to the worst and everything in between...


Best Character: Hands down, Charlotte. This season we’ve seen her rock as a new mom and as a super supportive wife. She’s stolen the show nearly every episode and it’s been one heck of a ride for her since her darkest days. It’s hard to say whether or not I could see the show go on without Addison; however, you can bet that I’d be on board if Shonda decided to start a new show with just the Freedmans.

Worst Character: Pete. Seriously, he became so obnoxiously annoying toward the end of this season. Regardless, I’d still argue there are far more disposable characters than Pete. Sam, Violet and Sheldon... I’m looking at you. A close second for this non-coveted category: Sam.

Charlotte and Erica

Best Storyline: Amelia’s journey throughout Season 5 was tragically heartbreaking and pivotal. From her struggles with addiction and with her baby, Caterina Scorsone’s performance was tear-jerking and powerful time and time again. Give this girl an Emmy already!

Worst Storyline: The love triangle with Sam, Jake and Addison. While she may be an incredible surgeon and an adoring mother, Addison’s heart and head are never in the same place and she kind of is awful in making decisions in the love department. The season finale ended via a snoozefest of a cliffhanger with Addie making a decision between Sam and Jake. Who do you hope she chose?

Best Addition: Baby Henry. Who sighed in relief when Addie finally got what she’s always wanted? I was totally thrilled when Addie found out that she was finally a mother. Henry’s perfect little eyes and smile make me melt every time.

Most Mis/Underused Character: Once again, Sheldon wins. Remember when we almost thought that Shonda and company would finally deliver a storyline for Sheldon when he went to Aruba with his ex-wife? What a tease! However, Sheldon’s friendship with Amelia has definitely been interesting to witness and key to her staying strong.

Hopes for Season 6: A wrap up final season that includes fascinating medical cases – with unpredictable results, as we’ve been accustomed to seeing Addie save the day every single time. In the final Private Practice Round Table of this past season, I wanted Pete to face real consequences. Little did I know he wouldn’t be returning at all. Let’s hope that there’s a plausible explanation and not just a copout that he simply went to jail.

I still would like to see Addie either choose simply her or Jake – not Sam. Here’s to also hoping for a CharCoop baby and for Amelia to finally have some happy days ahead. Lastly, I hope Violet moves away with Lucas and is more tolerable. Then again, it’s always fun when we’re sharing our Violet Annoyance Scale (VAS) ratings.

Overall Grade: A-

Your turn, TV Fanatics. What grade would you give Private Practice Season 5?


best addition: MASON


i dont agree with most of what lisa said because i love mason but i do agree with best additon for next season CharCoop baby


Best Character: Definitely Charlotte! She's the only one who's been growing to become better than she already is. Worst Character: Can't really choose between Sam or Pete; both have been bad. Best Storyline: Addison journey to having a baby. We've waited long enough! Worst Storyline: Gotta agree that it's the Addison-Sam-Jake love triangle. Jake's obviously the better choice! Best Addison: Henry Most Underused Character: Still Sheldon. It's like they'll never figure out what to do with him and it's a little too late now that season 6 is probably the last of the series. For Season 6: CharCoop baby, PLEASE. It's what I've really been waiting for. And hopefully Addison was smart enough to choose Jake!


Addison had better choose Jake...can't stand Sam and his indecisiveness. One week he wants Addison, the next he thinks it won't work out between them. But since Addison is leaving, I hope Jake finds someone who deserves him. Amelia, I felt so sorry for...hoping she and Sheldon get together. Pete, he can get lost once and for all. Won't miss him.


Best character - Addison, Jake, Henry
Best storyline - Addie and Henry, Addie and Jake! I won't watch without Addie.


Bests characters: Amelia, Charlotte, Sheldon. Yes, Caterina Scorsone definitely deserves an Emmy!
Best storyline: Amelia's drug addiction.
Worst characters: Violette (I like your VAS, Christina!), Sam, Corinne.
Worst storyline: I think that the storylines of Addison (baby and triangle with Sam and Jakes) were both boring and too long, even if I like now Baby Henry. I would prefer Addison with Jake, because I cannot stand her anymore with Sam. The chemistry between her and Jake is better too. I think that she didn't lead the show this year and that Private Practice could go on without her.
Hopes for Season 6: I hope Amelia has a romance with Sheldon. So can Sheldon have a storyline and I like any interaction between these two characters. When they end it, send Amelia to Seattle to be a part of GA, because I liked her interactions with Derek and would like the link between her and Meredith. They both frightened Derek sometimes and were borderline. I would be interested in a show with Charlotte and Cooper


Best character - Amelia.
Best storyline - Amelia's drug addiction.
Worst character - Sam.
Hopes for s6 - When they end it, send Amelia to Seattle to be a part of GA. :)


Best Character - Addison
Best Storyline - Addie getting baby Henry.
Best Addition - Henry!
Next season (which will be the last) - I just want lots of Addie and baby Henry time together.


I would love for Charlotte and Cooper to lead the show or have their own show but please get rid of Mason. I don't care what they do with him just get rid of him. That was a phony & bizarre storyline about a long lost son. And the kid is as annoying as chalk screetching on a blackboard. That's what ruined season 5 for me and alot of other fans I know as well.
This is the first season I did not buy the dvd's for Private Practice.I have no desire to rewatch any of the scenes. I watch for CharCoop but all their scenes were overrun by Erika and Mason. Yuck! Thumbs down to Private Practice season 5. It gets an F for failure from me. :P


Best Character = Charlotte Worst Character = Mason Best new addition = Baby Henry Worst new addition = Mason Best storyline = Amelia with Ryan drug addction Worst storyline = Cooper's random whore and her kid. Next season best story = CharCoop baby!

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Private Practice Quotes

Charlotte: My mom always says God doesn't give with both hands. You're young, beautiful, brilliant. There has to be something you can't have.
Amelia: Some days I'd give that all up.
Charlotte: That's just the craving talking. The longer you go without a drink...
Amelia: I drank at your wedding. I thought it was ginger ale. I spit it out.
Charlotte: OK, since then?
Amelia: Nothing, but I can't stop thinking about it.
Charlotte: It was an accident. Don't let a slip turn into a fall. Get your butt to a meeting.

Having a conscience is brutal.


Private Practice Music

  Song Artist
Song Lost The Mary Onettes
Down in the valley Down In The Valley The Broken West iTunes
Song Message From Yuz The Switches