Private Practice Review: When Everything Changes

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Private Practice hit the ground running with a very eventful season 6 premiere.

All summer long, looming questions remained: Who would Addie choose, Sam or Jake? With Tim Daly’s departure, how would Pete’s story end? How could the show possibly wrap up in only 13 episodes? Would Addison get her happy ending? And most importantly: can Private Practice live on after her departure?

Addison as a Mother

"Aftershock" was a group-centric episode and the perfect way to explore those kind of days when everything seems to be changing. With only some of our questions were answered, we’ll have to sit tight and see how things play out for the remainder of the season.

In the meantime, let’s discuss what went down in the busy hour that featured each character in a very different and interesting light.

First off, Addie chose Jake! As a total Jaddison fan, you already know I was smiling from ear to ear. Addie struggled a bit with her insecurities and jealousy. She even had trouble actually saying that she was in love with Jake. Somehow, it seems so much more realistic this way. Getting everything you wanted doesn’t mean that it’s all any easier.

It’s going to be interesting, that's for sure, considering Jake wants to move in already. Look for Addie’s life to change even more this new father for Henry.

Meanwhile, Sam seemed to be moving on just fine with Stephanie, a labor and delivery nurse. I laughed a little when Sam recalled Addie calling his proposal a “Hail Mary pass.” Ouch... but it was totally true. It’s too early for me to say if I dig Stephanie or not and whether or not I think she’s a good fit for Sam. However, like Addie, I just want to see Sam happy, too.

Elsewhere, Charlotte, Cooper and Mason seemed to be doing perfectly well. That is, if you don’t count Mason wanting a younger sibling. Then again, the Freedmans received some miraculous news: Charlotte is pregnant with not one but three babies! Many of our TV Fanatics called this one last season.

Sheldon and Amelia’s friendship is clearly as strong as ever. It was nice seeing how supportive he is of her and how grateful she is. Also, Sheldon has been apparently taking exciting trips with his ex wife, Laura. Will we get to meet her? And it appears that his health isn’t at its best either. 

Finally, let’s get to the Violet Annoyance Scale. I’m rating this installment a 4. I dreadfully hated the way she casually discussed Pete’s case with Lucas. Sure, it was short and it's not like Lucas really understood, but it was also just so bizarre. And in spite of everything, she may have been still shocked, but I thought she'd show more emotion in realization of Pete’s heart attack and demise. Then again, we all deal with grief and react differently.

By the way, I knew something major was going to happen to Pete the moment Violet received that ominous text. Then, when he didn’t show up for court and Violet was going ballistic, I was positive there was more to the story than what she was assuming about him possibly running away. Instead of worrying about his heart condition, she immediately jumped to the wrong conclusions. Typical Violet. 

One thing’s for sure, though, poor Lucas. I really hope that the upcoming scenes with Violet telling Lucas about Pete will be touching and not just brushed aside. They ought to truly mean something.

Other Thoughts

  • What did you think of the structure of this episode? With our favorite doctors now on new journeys, I’m excited to come along for the ride and see where and how they will all end up.
  • I loved how the single medical case brought all of our doctors together. I especially liked how Amelia took matters into her own hands to help a father and daughter reconnect no matter the odds.
  • How many of you missed Pete? I’ll bite. Although it was a solid hour even with his absence, I found myself wishing he would have made one last appearance. I can’t imagine how difficult it will be for Violet to break the news to Lucas.
  • Though it was a brief moment, it's nice to know that the Sam and Jake bromance will continue.
  • Check out our Private Practice quotes for some swooning on Jake's part and laughing at Cooper.

Shonda and company definitely delivered a strong return from Private Practice. It really feels like it’s going to be another promising season. I can't wait to hear what everyone thought of the episode, and also what your predictions are for this sadly shortened sixth season. Meet me back here next week, same time and same place!

Also, don’t forget to return later this week to chime in on our Private Practice Round Table.


Editor Rating: 4.5 / 5.0
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Rating: 4.2 / 5.0 (102 Votes)

I'm an Addison and Sam shipper and although I realize this is an abbreviated season it just didn't work for me that he would ask to marry her one minute and be perfectly okay with everything in the premiere. I hated it personally.


ABSOLUTELY love Addison and Jake!...I think they may show the reactions of those that will feel the loss of Mark on Grey's. Since it aired the day before, that would have ruined the suspense for Grey's season. Charlotte is going to be a great mommy to all 4 kids. Loved it when Mason told Coop....that would mean you were doing it...yuk


I too liked a lot Addison with Mark and think it would be the right moment for her to go with Amelia and Sheldon to Seattle to be with him, Callie and Derek. Amelia grew up with Mark and could be with his brother in this moment, because they both already faced the death together. Sheldon could help the Grey team to recover from the trauma of the crash.

Ava mila

What an awful month for Addison- she just lost two of her ex-boyfriends! That's really tragic. I just don't get if Addie already knew about the plane crash and if so, why wasn't she visiting Mark? He was a big part of her life and I really liked them together.


I remember Stephanie from six feet under on showtime. She was also a regular in the last season of ER, and she played a patient on greys anatomy (she was the mom who had breast cancer and blamed her baby) I want to say around season 3 it was when they had the conference about Denny's death and were trying to blame Baily for her lack of control over her interns. Anyway, so glad Addison chose jake. They have better chemistry to me. I wish Pete hadn't an appearance but I was surprised that he died. I figured they would just ship him off to jail to get him off the show or something. I love the idea of charcoop babies but I worry about mason. He's been through so much already and I wonder how he would react to that kind of change. I know he said he wanted a little sibling but 3? He may not feel the same way. I am sad it took this long to get sheldon some storyline. I hope this season is interesting for him, he's a good actor in my opinion and is underused. Amelia had a wild ride last year and the actress did a phenomenal job. I do hope that she takes more of a back seat this season after everything that happened before.
Just my thoughts on this season opener.

Ava mila

Naomi and Sam weren't just dating, they were married. And they have a child together. Addison was their friend the whole time, so I would feel very betrayed if somebody I trusted so much would start a relationship with somebody I was once gonna share my whole life with. I know they were already done at that point but it was clear that Naomi would always have a deep conection with Sam, which was prooved by the kiss they shared in s6. So for me it was wrong from both of them to even start the whole thing. And it wasn't even worth it as we know see.

Ava mila

to me, it's not about the VAS, it's usually pretty funny and true. It's more about being objective to Violet in this particular situation. She just found out her husband and the father of her child died, she was in shock and denial, and also full of guilt from my point of view. You say she should have first thought about his heart condition and not of him running away but I don't see why. He already mentioned running away, he sent her this weird text instead of just waking her up, he was totally weird and out of control the last year. Also we are talking about him being away for a day, not for a month.
I really felt sorry for Violet, and that's coming from somebody who usually can't stand her or her way of dealing with patients.


Violet annoyance scale? That's kinda harsh...I like Violet.


Not a fan of Addison and Jake, not that I really like the way that Sam treated Addison and her wanting a family but I always thought they made a better couple. I have to say I liked the show better before and I'm not really sure I'll be watching for much longer, regardless of if Addison stays or leaves, its just not what it once was. I do like Cooper and Charlotte but too many other things have changed, and I find my interest is no longer held.


I was really upset with the show. I was made that Charlotte kept wishing for a miscarriage. She knows Cooper loves kids and I just find her being really selfish. Abortion for me is a no go and sometimes it has been really hard to watch Private Practice because of that aspect. I loved when Naomi was on the show because it gave some balance. I am not sure how to gauge Violet's reaction to her husband's death. I don't feel like they gave him the death he deserved either. They kinda fumbled the ball on that one I feel. I like that Addison chose Jake! I feel like they mesh well together and really do love each other. Besides he loves kids and wanted them where as Sam over and over told Addison he didn't even though that was her dream. You don't do that to people you love.

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Private Practice Season 6 Episode 1 Quotes

I could tap-dance for you. Say the words. I will slap two tacks on the bottom of these shoes right now.


Addison: He is Zeus. He's Thor. He's Beckham.
Violet: You're mixing up your mythologies and soccer players.
Addison: He's flypaper and women are the flies.