Private Practice Review: Moving Forward

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"Good Grief" reminded us that to move forward, we must allow for our old wounds to heal. Our favorite doctors faced challenges head on and we were treated to storylines that showed progression and growth.

So far, Private Practice Season 6 has been so unbelievably heartfelt and amazing. I am loving every bit of the writing and seeing how everything and everyone is changing.

Violet and Sheldon

While I was glad to see Addison dealing with Mark Sloan’s death, I thought it was very much like her to struggle with having to talk to Jake about her past. Jake’s reaction was a bit predictable, though, as he has really shown no evidence of being anything but a saint.

Don’t get me wrong. I’ve always been a huge fan of our girl Addie and I’m more than thrilled that she’s now got everything she’s always wanted. In fact, I really do like Jake, but it's just that he consistently seems to be flawless. 

As always, perhaps the best scenes of the night were with Charlotte and Cooper. They’re rather incredible, aren’t they? Week in and week out, I fall more in love with their dynamic and I absolutely adore the way that Cooper loves Charlotte. It’s evident in both of their eyes and just the way they are there for one another.

How adorable was it when she had some set guidelines in regard to her baby bump?! From only being able to talk to her belly once a day to the no singing, massaging or kissing rules, I’m so curious to see how the Cooplettes will further define their soon-to-be huge family.

Meanwhile, it might or might not come as a shocker that this week’s review will not include a Violet Annoyance Scale (VAS) for the second consecutive week. Heck, we may have to forget about the VAS this season as Violet seems like a completely different person.

Aside from a few minor issues, I really enjoyed Violet’s character development throughout the episode. From the group grief counseling to helping Lucas understand his father’s death, I couldn’t help but feel so utterly bad for Violet. Somehow I knew that she would end up lashing out at her patient, but I was just glad that she ultimately was able to help her patient see that living amends can set you free.

By the way, how great was that scene with both Charlotte and Violet? It was touching, and I liked how Charlotte referred to Pete as her work-husband and even laughed a bit when Violet said answering to Lucas’ repetitive question about where Pete was almost like dealing with a patient with dementia. The very last scene with Lucas accepting his daddy’s death was heartbreaking, but ironically, the perfect way to end an overall strong installment.

Other Thoughts

  • Amelia organized a schedule with everyone checking in on Violet with a cup of tea. With everything from chai tea lattes, iced teas, and even hot teas, this made me terribly thirsty.
  • We found out that Sheldon might have prostate cancer. How do you see his storyline playing out?
  • Jake asked Sam to talk to Addie about Mark’s death. His response: it’s not his job anymore. Was what Sam said out of line?
  • Sam and Stephanie… are you buying it? How much longer can Sam withhold his story from her?
  • Check out the Private Practice quotes for Cooper's typical funny one-liners and other moving moments.

All in all, "Good Grief" was awesome. I’m excited for what’s in store for the rest of this shortened season.

I’ll see you all in two weeks as Private Practice won’t return again until October 23. Tune in because we’ve got to keep those ratings up! Also, don’t forget to return later this week for our Private Practice Round Table.


Editor Rating: 4.6 / 5.0
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Rating: 4.3 / 5.0 (70 Votes)

@Christina, Thank you, yes I just typed that name in and yes it is Joshua Bitton. I thought for sure it was one of the Savage's..he sure sounds like one of them :)


@Denise - I was thinking he looked a bit like Fred Savage, too. However, I looked it up and found out Adam was actually played by Joshua Bitton. @Crystal - The final song was the Cary Brothers' cover of Duran Duran's "Ordinary World".


Who played Adam (the one that shot some guy), Violet's patient? I'm think Ben or Fred Savage..anyone know?


i don't like violet!!!!!love addie & jake!!!!they are the best!!!!i don't think the show can continue without Addison!it is supposed to follow her life!!!everything is going on is about her!!!


There was a song on the episode last night that I can't find and want to download, it was a remake of an old was playing in the scene with Addison and Jake at the end of the show...anyone know what it was???


Being a Grey's fan, I used to watch PP just because of Addison but seriously this season Private Practice has stepped up! I loved loved loved this episode! The last scene was heart breaking with Violet talking about Lucas accepting the fact his father would never comeback. Needless to say, cast is doing amazing, hope they use Amelia in a better way through the season.


I think everyone is being too hard on Sam. The theme of the show was the stages of grief. Sam lost Addison, and passing the responsibilities of the relationship on to Jake was part of his acceptance. It is true that his words could have be put more delicately, but the fact that he tried to encourage Addison to talk to Jake shows it was more about letting Addison and Jake move forward than about his being "a pompous jerk" as Jarrod put it.


... not be dating Addison, but Mark was both of their friends. He would understand it and he should have been there for her as a friend. I didn't think he could become anymore of a pompous jerk.


I found this to be the best episode of season 6 so far.
I'm actually enjoying the path of Violet right now. I found her to be a real page turner in season 5 and I've only found her much more enjoyable without Pete.
As for Addison, it really did bother me how she thought Jake would turn her. Why she viewed him as a guy that would cut around just says to me that she really doesn't know him at all if he stuck his head out for her all of last season.
As for Cooper, I'm glad he finally gave it to Charlotte. It's about time he made her realize that she is pregnant with 3 babies and though she doesn't want them, they're coming in 5-6 months.
Sheldon having cancer would be sad, but it'd bring something to the table for his character, but I can't see them wrapping it up in 10 episodes. I'm going to hate it too as it'll bring more sadness to Amelia's character. She really doesn't deserve this.
In regards to Sam, I was really furious when he said "it's not my job anymore". Honestly, he may not be dating Addison, but Mark was both of their friends. He would understand it and he should have been there for her as a friend. I didn't think he could become anymore of a pompous jerk.


I loved the LUCAS character played by Jack and Joey Bobo. Soooo heartbreaking and completely amazing at the same time.....such cute cute boys!!

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Private Practice Season 6 Episode 3 Quotes

You know what they say about grief having five stages? There's way more.


Chicken soup has sustained my people for centuries.