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 also would like to know the name of the song played at the end of the episode.


In all realisation if you think Ben Bratt was bought onto this show just to be pretty face your having delusional hullincations.
It was always going to be Jake she choose, and he is the better man.
So now Addie is going to find out most likely of Mark dying, her friends and ex family have been in a plane crash and i guess she will have to be the one to break the news to everyone at a wake of all places hmmmm.
Thinking Sheldon is definately going to be ill do i detect prostate CA, or he is going to turn to the drink and Amelia is going to have to sober him up and be his support now.
Happy Sam has moved on with the nurse, i could get used to that.
Now for Violet, as much as this episode was sad she was still damn annoying.


What was the song playing at the end of the episode? It was really good and I have to know ;)


Violet's reaction was normal. She is in shock and feels guilty, I can totally understand. I'm sad they wrote Tim Daly out, but it was an emotional exit story. I feel for Lucas the most, poor boy. I'm extremely happy Addison chose Jake. Best Addison ship since season two of the show and I'm looking forward to see them move in together and start living as a family. You can tell they're happy together and that's all that matters. It's about time Addison is with someone who makes her feel good, who loves her just the way she is and who doesn't constantly struggle with adapting to her life. Jake is already great with Henry. They're gonna be a wonderful family.


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... and would just do more damage to Amelia.
Overall, I thought the episode was pretty great. I did like the way they handled the episode from different viewpoints, but I couldn't do it EVERY week. It would bother me too much. In regards to Addison's count down, so far I am liking how Shonda is handling that and by the way she handled all the other characters storylines, it seems to me that Private Practice could continue on without Addison (and possibly Jake).


As Shonda stated: "a death, some babies, a likely return of a favorite and there could possibly be a wedding".
Right out I knew Pete was going to die. It's a classic Shonda move and it was the only option for his character after being suddenly written out.
Once Charlotte said she was pregnant, I expected twins - NOT triplets - a bit farfetched with the IUD, but still fantastic news! Honesty believe that she'll lose one of them.
Though I thought Addison and Sam were going to be married, once I saw no ring on her finger and Jake in her bed (at the beginning of the episode), I knew she had picked Jake and that the possible wedding would be their (possible) wedding.
I'm not happy with the way it concluded on Sheldon, but after Amelia's speech about "you better be alive for a long time", I expect him to be ill with cancer or something else serious. As much as I'd love for Sheldon to have a storyline, him being used in that would just be horrible for such a loving character and would just do more damage to Amelia.
Overall, I thought the episode was pretty great. I did like the way they handled the episode from different viewpoints, but I couldn't do it EVERY week. It would bother me too much. In regards to Addison's count down, so far I am liking how Shonda is handling that and by the way she handled all the other characters storylines, it seems to me that Private Practice could continue on without Addison (and possibly Jake).


I really don't understand why people are saying that Addisam was creepy or couldn't work out because he was Naomi's ex. I mean, if we should just not date anyone who's been dating a friend, people would stop dating way before turning 20.
Still hoping for Addisam at the end of the 13-episode run


Oh Addie. Getting "everything she ever wanted" and then hearing that Mark has passed? Well played, Shonda, well played. /bitter


I found the separated storylines a bit twee but the coming together at the end was good. I'm glad Addie chose Jake. The Sam/Addie thing was on off far too much and yes, ultimately he was always going to be her best friends husband. That's creepy.
Charlotte and Cooper are brilliant together - please, just once, can we have a healthy pregnancy and get our drama at Charlotte getting as big as a house!
Sad about Pete, but Shonda don't take prisoners!

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I'm so happy that Addie chose Jake!!! They are really meant to be. He is awesome. Sam and her never could have worked out, he will always be her best friend's ex husband.. Btw is Naomi ever making her appearance as promised? I really hope she will, I miss her.
As for Violet who I normaly can't stand, I really think you were too harsh with her in the review. Of course she will think that he bailed, after his behavior last season (which was at times worse then hers).
I feel bad that he's dead but he really pissed me off last season so I won't really miss him.
I am affraid what Shonda is gonna do to Sheldon, I really like him and I hope it won't be too cruel. I do hope Amelia will transfer to Grey's eventually.

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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.