Private Practice Review: All About Sam

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Private Practice finally returned tonight after a three-week hiatus.

Unfortunately, "The Next Episode" was a bit lackluster, as I caught myself wanting to channel surf a number of times throughout the installment. I can honestly say that this has happened only maybe a handful of times.

Dancing with Mom

Blame it on my disgust for reality television, but the Sam-centric episode just wasn’t for me. I get that Shonda and company are trying things a bit differently in this final season, but I much prefer the traditional Private Practice installments that encompass everyone’s storylines. After this one, I can’t say that I’m looking all too forward to what’s to come.

While Sam explained his reasoning for why he had welcomed a reality television crew into his life a number of times, I still wasn’t convinced. It all just seemed very strange and not typical of Sam by any means. He’s always been relatively private, and the awkwardness felt a bit forced.

While I felt like most of the hour was a snoozefest, there were certainly a couple of special moments that are worth mentioning.

For starters, I adored the way the reality television crew illustrated how much Sam loved his mother. Although his anger was intensified behind closed doors, it simply went to show the incredible bond that he and his mother shared. He was indefinitely hurt by her lies of keeping his father a secret, but he also still found a way to forgive her.

I definitely understood why Sam was upset with Raymond, but I was shocked at the way things ended for these two. I was almost certain that Sam would want to try to get to know his father and insist upon helping to save his life. I often forget that not every story has a happy ending.

Elsewhere, the search for the missing girl continued to no avail. This was a total letdown, as I assumed there was a reason for showing how involved the parents, doctors and community were in spreading the word about Sarah’s disappearance. Seriously, what was the point of dragging this storyline out in yet another episode without a real conclusion?

Will Sarah’s search continue or are we supposed to believe that there won’t be a resolution?

Other Thoughts

  • In spite of all that’s happened with AddiSam, they are still there for one another on the roughest days. Their talk on the beach felt so real.
  • I loved how Sheldon was camera-shy and needed note cards.
  • Cooper might be onto something: a reality show about the Freedmans? I just might break my “no reality shows” rule.
  • If you were looking for the Violet Annoyance Scale, you won’t find it this week.

With only eight episodes left, what are your predictions for the remainder of the series? Hit the comments because I’d love to hear your thoughts. Also, don’t forget to return later this week to chime in on our Private Practice Round Table.


Editor Rating: 2.2 / 5.0
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Rating: 2.6 / 5.0 (95 Votes)

It's amazing how much I grew to dislike Sam as a character during his time with Addison. He became angrier and I could not pin point the source of his anger or his rash judgments. This episode sought to humanize Sam in a way that had not been done before. Reality series ok. It was not horrible, in fact it seemed the only reason Sam agreed to do it, was to establish an identity within himself. He seems to have lost foot on what life is to him. So in this case it worked.


Sam is too much for me. How out of character of him, as he is always so serious..can't believe that he agreed to do that. Wish Addison would get over him...he wanted nothing to do with her having a baby, and now that Henry is here she somewhat expects him to change? Stick with a good thing..Jake! And they have to resolve that little missing child situation, and fast. With only the few episodes left, I hope all loose ends are tied up in a bow..and not a knot!!


I got a 'No reality episode' rule to, i just dont like that the camera always moves, its SOO annoying.


BTW, I wasn't annoyed at all with Violet this week, which is a rarity, so I am glad that the reviewer didn't have the VAS up either. And I loved Amelia's monologue during the latter part of the show.


Before anyone is critical of this episode of Private Practice, they should be made to watch the debacle that was this weeks episode of Castle, which was also a "reality TV" show. Most of the actors on Castle appeared to think making faces and mugging/overacting/chewing scenery was somehow entertaining instead of just embarrassing. The plot was thin, the acting horrible and in general, I think most people would wish to have that hour of their life back.
In comparison, the Sam reality TV show stunt wasn't half bad. Taye Diggs is a beautiful man, and his smile is just gorgeous, plus, he's got a sexy voice and he is a fine actor, so I didn't bat an eye at him having a reality show. Alfrie Woodard is also a great actress, so I found their scenes beautifully done. But I thought Coop's greed for a show because of the money he'd make per episode embarrassingly immature and stupid, especially for a pediatrician who makes, I'm sure, at least six figures.


I didn't see the episode yet but I can say there is a Christina Annoyance Scale which now indicates a 5 out of 5.


@Jarrod Shonda herself said that it would be a happy story and I've just been hoping that she has the same definition of happiness as everyone else. And this might sound unbelievable, but I'm predicting (and hoping) for 2 girls and a boy as well! It might seem too ideal for them to have 2 of each but a girl can hope. :)


@Caitlyn: I too was sketchy about why she was so large, but I'm willing to ignore it seeing as the quicker her pregnancy advances, the quicker the Cooplets will be here! I read somewhere that Shonda is going to give Cooper and Charlotte a good pregnancy, but Shonda has been known to change her mind on more than one occasion. I'm honestly so excited to know the sex; I predict 2 girls and a boy.


@ Jarrod I saw that spoiler as well and it definitely has me excited! I was shocked with how big Charlotte's belly was in this episode - especially because Sam said that the little girl went missing from the hospital a few days ago. A bit of an inconsistency there but I was just happy to see Charlotte and her pregnant belly :) At first I was really scared that the season would deal with Charlotte and Cooper having to go through selective reduction (cause of Shonda's pregnancy track record) but with all the things I've been hearing about their respective episodes I think we've got a lot of fluffy CharCoop ahead :)


The worst episode ever!
For the first time I fast forwarded through most of the episode, just cant care less about Sam! His character was ruined in season 4 and bringing more of his family members is not gonna help.
Waiting forward to next episodes though, even so I dont want any trouble for Addy with Henry:(

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Private Practice Season 6 Episode 5 Quotes

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