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)

This episode was a snooze fest, literally. I fell asleep.


I didn't think it was too bad... It could have been worse. I hated the fact that when he introduced the practice, he didn't say it was founded by both him and his ex wife. I agree with Jarrod, Shonda could have asked both Anika and Audra to make an appearance even in cameo. It would have made the episode more interesting. At least Corrine got a mention. Naomi was left out of the episode completely. I hope next weeks episode is better and we get a resolution to the kidnapped child story.


@Caitlyn: Though I worry Shonda will damage the other character-centric shows, I'm going to stay positive. I doubt that any other character will get this kind of offer like Sam. Some good news for your Cooper-centric episode: "In the upcoming Cooper-centric episode, we find out the sex of the triplets! While we can't reveal the joyous news, we can say that Cooper is so excited, he actually shrieks." - Hopefully Shonda has realized that making Cooper/Charlotte fans happy is the only ultimate goal by series end. Did you see how big Charlotte has gotten? She's got to be at least 4 months!


Snooze. Nuff said. At least we have something (times two!) to look forward to next week.


I didn't enjoy this episode much either. I don't know if it's because I don't care much for Sam at all or whether the traditional PP episodes are better but either way this wasn't a good episode for me. The way it played out did seem like a soap. It might've been better if they let this story play out as an arc for some for the rest of the season since I don't really know what else could be left for him anyway. Knowing that the next set of episodes before the finale will be character-centric, I'm a bit nervous. I know I wouldn't mind it when it's time for Charlotte and Cooper's respective episodes but I hope that every other episode still gives something about other characters. It just felt like everything was put on pause for everyone else and it would suck if we'd have to wait for a character's respective episode to know what's going on with them.

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@ella yeah, that was kind of strange. but I don't think Shonda would go there with a guest star. I knew this episode would not be good as soon as I heard it was the ''Sam episode'' but that it would turn out to be such soap crap? wtf?
I will never understand Sam, from day one I never liked him except when he was with Naomi. I really miss Naomi, but knowing Shonda she won't come back till the end.
And just copy paste the grey's episode with the reality thing is just lame. The only positive thing about this episode was Sheldon, I really wanna know what's going on with him.


Did someone else get the strange vibe from the new doctor when he talked about Sarah, the missing girl in front of the camera?
Violet gave him a strange look, too. Is it possible that he is involved some how?


HORRIBLE episode..
Really Shonda, these characters are some of the most selfish people i never want to know.
Through the years, I have a train wreck..why because i love Shonda Rhimes, Love Greys i hoped..
and i was consistently disappointed at the most inane characters.
But tonight was the worse for me...
I am a child of a father not unlike Sam's story.
but I would give everything to save his life..
Sams speech of how he would be there without the guy is just a lie..
And his SELFISH attitude on not even saving his the worst!
Really...I was so mad I had to sign up and comment..
Shonda..stop this junk..quick..pull the plug on these characters and let them go the way of all selfish self involved characters..left staring at themselves in the mirror!


The return of PP didn't exactly have me jumping for joy at all.
This episode was probably one of the worst episodes of PP I have ever seen in a while - and that's a lot based on the fact that it's been fantastic for the past year. Then again, I'm not really surprised seeing as this episode was based around Sam, one of the most boring characters that continues to remain on the show.
I don't think I really have anything else to add, seeing as the episode has literally left me speechless. Was it pact full of drama? Yes, it was, but it's just soap opera crap.
I do believe the episode could have been a lot better if Corrine and Naomi had made an appearance seeing as they were both important and integral characters to Sam. Hopefully Naomi does make an appearance sometime soon, because regardless of what happened between her and Fife, I'd love to see her rekindle her relationship with Sam by series end. That's REAL chemistry there.

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Private Practice Season 6 Episode 5 Quotes

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