Private Practice Review: According to Addison

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Last week’s Sam-centric episode was one of the worst in Private Practice history. Fortunately, tonight’s installment focused on the main reason we all first started watching: Addison.

The question was whether "Apron Strings" would change it up from “The Next Episode” and generate actual momentum as we inch closer to the series finale. Most importantly, would these character-based episodes continue to be a snoozefest or would Shonda and company deliver stellar stories that loyal viewers so rightfully deserved?

Return of the Mother

Well, tonight did not disappoint. The Addie-anchored installment kept me glued to my seat as Addie’s plate was certainly full with numerous obstacles.

First, Henry’s biological mother, Judi, resurfaced and asked to be a part of Henry’s life. Initially, I struggled to understand what exactly Judi wanted and really did not want her to mess up Addie’s seemingly perfect life. By the way, how awkward was the scene with Judi bringing her mom to meet Henry at the park?! Seriously, I really felt for Addie and wanted her to just take Henry back into her arms.

Although she knew it wouldn’t be easy, Addie eventually realized that Judi should play a role in Henry’s world. Henry would always have two moms and Addie said that Judi would always be welcome. Addie always does the right thing and is certainly stronger than ever.

Meanwhile, Addison found out that her mentor, Vivian, was dying. Vivian shared a painful secret about having to give away her daughter years ago, along with the pain of never knowing anything about her own child.   

Perhaps the best moment of the night was Vivian’s letter to her daughter. It was heartbreaking and perfectly written while flashing back to the day Henry was born – showing both the happiest day of Addie’s life but also quite possibly the worst day in Judi’s. It was easy to cheer on Addie as we've been rooting for her since day one, but I also found myself feeling very sad for Judi.  

Moreover, I loved that Addie was able to find Vivian's daughter in the end and pass on her mother's letter. It was a beautiful end to such a touching story.

If only that was it. Poor Addie was also being sued for the wrongful birth of a patient born with spina bifida, a birth defect in which the backbone and spinal canal do not close before birth.

A mother basically believed that Addie should have advised her to get an abortion years ago. After seven struggling years with her special needs daughter, the mother finally admitted that she didn’t regret having her daughter, but was suing Addie for money after losing both her husband and job.

Luckily, Addie convinced the mother that her daughter would never forgive her for going after Addie for the wrong reasons. Addie saved the day once again by trying to secure a job for the woman.

Other Thoughts

  • Addie proposed! Jaddison fans must have been smiling from ear to ear.
  • Our favorite doctors were back at it with their round table discussions. I forgot how much I actually liked and missed these moments.
  • Charlotte and Cooper were discussing baby names. I seriously can’t wait for their episode!

All in all, a solid way to bounce back from last week’s rare disaster of an episode. Also, don’t forget to tune in again tomorrow night for another NEW Private Practice installment. Yes, you read that right! Get excited and meet me back here tomorrow evening. 


Editor Rating: 4.6 / 5.0
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Rating: 4.5 / 5.0 (62 Votes)

So where was that spina bifida patient born? Seattle?


I seriously saw that proposal coming when she sat down and began smiling. My face just light up as soon as I just knew she was going to say it and then what happened? Addison said it! I just loved this episode and I can't wait for tomorrow night when we find out Jake's answer in 'The World According to Jake'.


Loved it. Our leading lady totally rocked the episode.


Best episode of the season. Finally, a great episode about the main character of the show.


Dear Reviewer,
I started watching because Sam was there.


I also think it was one of the best episodes of the season!! Hope tomorrow's episode is just as good and no more episode's like Sams'.....


Best episode of the season in my opinion. I liked the way that Addie resolved all the crises that happened to her that day. It is a pity that we did not get to know much more about Vivian and Addie's days as a fellow.


Best episode of the season I think, it was amazing and cried during the letter part. It was just amazing and super happy about the proposal.


Amazing ep and amazing review.

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