Private Practice Review: Saying Goodbye

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Tonight marked the Private Practice 100th episode and, like most milestones, it was over far too quickly.

Although "Mourning Sickness" was mostly about saying goodbye to Pete, I found myself constantly wishing he was still around. Then again, maybe that was the point: to miss Pete just as much as his patients and colleagues did.

The Doctors Remember

Pete’s last wishes were for a Balinese send-off that included singing, laughing and stories in celebration of his life. Thanks to a karaoke machine and even some pot, there was definitely some crooning and lots of laughing. And the stories? Well, patients couldn’t stop trying to make Violet feel better by telling her story after story about how amazing Pete was to them.

For the most part, Violet was able to keep her cool. With both Cooper’s and even Mini Cooper’s help, she was able to step away from the party to miss Pete silently alone. It felt like such a long time ago when Cooper and Violet were the best of friends. I liked seeing them that way again. The very last scene with Violet saying her final goodbyes to Pete was beautiful.

With Pete no longer by her side, Violet asked Cooper to take care of Lucas in case something were to happen to her. He hesitantly said "yes" while knowingly hiding Charlotte’s trio of “Cooplets." Cooper may have worried Charlotte would be against it, but I knew better. Charlotte is that amazing, and sometimes I think that Cooper forgets.

By the way, how absolutely hilarious was Charlotte? Check out the Private Practice quotes section as she stole the episode with numerous lines that left me laughing out loud. I seriously love that girl!

Elsewhere, Sam and Addison danced around words involving espresso about whether or not they were friends or could be. Then, Addison received the phone call that Grey’s Anatomy fans had been curious about since last week. She found out that Mark Sloan, better known as McSteamy, was taken off life support. After the realization that both Mark and Pete were gone, Sam and Addie agreed they would be friends eventually again because life is too short.

Like most fans of both shows, I feel like there was a missed opportunity for a crossover and am curious to see if and how Addie will grieve Mark's loss. Also, will she rely on Jake to help her get through it?  

Meanwhile, Sheldon missed most of the party as he was helping a patient who was fantasizing about young girls and felt the only solution was suicide. I found this case very disturbing and random with the other ongoing storylines; however, I was eventually glad to see that Sheldon saved the day and got his patient to the emergency in time and was able to show the patient that he could change if he let himself.

Other Thoughts

  • There’s no need for a Violet Annoyance Scale this week. Also, kudos to Amy Brenneman on an incredible performance!
  • Violet wants to move forward and is putting her house on the market. Let's all say it together: FINALLY!
  • Addison asked Amelia to be Henry’s guardian. I couldn’t have imagined it any other way.

Overall, I really liked this episode. It was the perfect way to follow a strong premiere. See you later this week for our Private Practice Round Table.


Editor Rating: 4.6 / 5.0
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Rating: 4.2 / 5.0 (73 Votes)

I honestly love PPP but this ep was pretty meh for me... I mean it good in that Sam and Addie sorta made up but honestly for a 100 episode you want to have something epic! Look at the Grey's 100 ep. It featured Izzie's wedding, it had so many great moments. This didn't. I hope things get better tho...


I was disgusted that the writers had to throw in that crap about Sheldon and that creepy patient. Very unnecessary IMHO. I got pissed and shut the TV off after that creep started talking about that little girl. That ruined the entire episode for me. IMHO, the writers sunk to a whole new level.


(cont) I feel like there's no story going on for Amelia, Sheldon, and even Sam. Which still makes me think that either of these characters could've left instead of Pete.


I thought this was a great way to celebrate 100 episodes of PP. It was sad in the way that PP episodes are when the characters are at their lowest - that perfect mixture of keeping it in and then letting it all out. And it was undeniably funny! Violet might not be my favorite character but she deserves props for this one. Charlotte was great, as usual. I love how her quick wit is being used for her pregnancy and I think it'll be fun watching the rest of it. Shonda said "it's going to be a happy story" for her so I just hope her definition of happy isn't clouded with something dark and twisty. I'm also looking forward to how Addison will deal with Mark's death. It probably isn't going to be fun but we can't deny that he means a lot to her. On a side note, I felt like Sheldon's case was so unnecessary. It would've been a much better episode if that time was used for just the party itself. I mean, we don't even know exactly what's going on with Sheldon until now! I feel like there's no story going on for Amelia, Sheldon, and even Sam. Which still makes me think that either of these characters could've left instead of Pete.


sad I didn't want Pete to die I wanted him to do the last 13 episodes anyways still a sad episode, and I liked how they had her find out about Mark didn't him to die either on GA but at least they didn't make them dead beat father.


Eh it was okay.. I didn't think it was anything spectacular. I am irritated they spent so much time on the party, but nothing really on his final moments. I think his character deserved much more. The spreading of the ashes with Cooper was a good scene though.


I was bored, plus the sad moments from this episode made me laugh p.s. my Christina Annoyance Scale is at the top now.


wow this episode sounds amazing. i think i may start watching again.

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Private Practice Season 6 Episode 2 Quotes

It's not fun, it's disgusting. I'm having a litter like some kind of animal. These bloodsucking ticks growing inside of me are taking over my body so I'm just a host now. That's only the beginning. These are the salad days until I start waddling around with a veritable wide-load sign across my gut which by the way is going to be crisscrossed with so many stretch marks that look like the top of the map of Yellowstone. Miracle pregnancy, my ass... my big fat ever-expanding ass.


If you want to keep those hands, keep them off my uterus.