Private Practice Review: Hell of a Night

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Talk about intense!

Coming off news that Addison and company won’t be returning after this season, plenty went down on tonight’s riveting Private Practice.

First Checking In

"You Don't Know What You've Got Till It's Gone" brought on a crazy storm, causing all of the doctors to rush to the emergency room where they were so desperately needed. Saving lives is what we’re always used to seeing at the office and at the hospital. However, this time, I was left sitting on the edge of my seat and still very much confused about what exactly happened in the final minutes. We’ll get to that soon enough, though.

First, let’s discuss what happened leading up to it...

Dr. James Peterson (Matt Long), joined as the new ER doctor and he seemed to step on more than a few toes. So far, I am totally digging his character and the way he just does what he believes is right. By the way, I was a bit let down when Amelia didn’t want to get drinks with the new doc. I was hoping she’d suggest coffee instead. Is it too early to root for them?

Meanwhile, Jake and Addison were fighting a bit when they both were in disagreement concerning Jake’s patient. It was honestly refreshing to see these two actually having some type of conflict. Now, I’m ready to see more of it and see how they overcome such challenges.

Elsewhere, I love continuity with storylines, but was slightly perplexed when seeing that Sheldon’s disturbing patient, who fantasized about young girls, was back again so soon. I felt so certain that the missing little girl would somehow be found with Sheldon’s patient. I was so glad that I was wrong.

I quickly then assumed that little Sarah was probably with Mason; however, that didn’t happen. What actually did? I can’t say I’m sure. How about you?

After a thorough search, the police found Sarah’s raincoat outside on a bench, but she was nowhere to be found. I was shocked that the missing child storyline wasn’t resolved and am wondering if it ever will be. Is it possible that Sheldon’s patient found Sarah after he was discharged? Is this the last we’ll hear from her like so many missing children stories? Maybe Sarah really did just run away.

This actually leads us up to the Violet Annoyance Scale (VAS). I am only assuming that Sarah’s story was left unfinished, as Violet told Sarah’s parents they should go home because “Sarah’s not walking through that door."

My VAS: 2. Maybe I’m itching to give some sort of VAS – after two consecutive episodes without one – but I thought what she said was rather harsh just to get the parents to go home. Other than that incident, though, I really think that Violet is an entirely different person now without Pete. 

Other Thoughts

  • My favorite moments were the ones between Cooper and Mason.
  • Stephanie and Sam are through already. I can’t say I’m surprised or sad.

Private Practice Season 6 has kicked off with a strong series of episodes. Now that we know this season really is it, how would you like to see the Seaside Wellness doctors bow out?

Well, TV Fanatics, there are only nine episodes left. Let’s meet back here next week at the same time, same place. Also, don’t forget to check out our Private Practice Round Table later this week.


Editor Rating: 4.2 / 5.0
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Rating: 4.2 / 5.0 (68 Votes)

Don't care what's going happen, as long as Kate Walsh don't come back to Grey's Anatomy


Cooper and Charlotte SURROUNDED by children; Amelia and new guy disappearing off into the distance; Sheldon setting up his own practice maybe with Violet?; Addison and Jake having a baby; etc etc. Yes, I'm a sucker for happy endings, BUT I just want ONE DASHED SERIES to end on a good note!

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Love James!! He's exactly what the show needed, someone who actually does what he should and doesn't lean on the patient's story or backround. Too bad he got there the last season and just as an replacement for Pete and a love interest for Amelia. I think it's OOC for Amelia to just talk about her baby like that so she could turn off a flirt.
Sheldon should really lock his patient up until the medication starts working. He is too dangerous.
Still don't get why Shonda had to kill Pete since she is paying so many new actors (Stephanie, James) but we will probably never find out.
Exeept of James, didn't really liked this episode.


The series needs to go out with a bang, but also wrap u storylines and relationships. I think closure is needed for all the characters. I know I would have loved to see it go for more than six seasons, but as we all know this will be the last and it needs to be a satisfying ending for this six year journey. I personally would love to see some of the characters come back. Naomi, Maya and Olivia. I think it would be great to have a Montgomery family reunion with Archer and the Captain coming back and at least a mention of how Betsey is going with her new family. It would be nice to see a crossover episode as well, with Derek and Meredith coming over to LA to visit Amelia.


That was a great episode! Although, I'm kind of sad that Stephanie is gone. I totally loved her "damn, damn, damn" speech.


What?! Are we going to figure out what happened to the little girl?!?!?! Ah

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Private Practice Season 6 Episode 4 Quotes

Charlotte: Damn, Sheldon. You look like James Bond.
Sheldon: Which one? I was always partial to Sean Connery.

We are badass. We are a badass family unit. You, me, the triplets and Charlotte. Nothing's going to change that.