Private Practice Review: A Lot Like Charlotte

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Ah, finally! It was Charlotte’s turn this week to take the spotlight on this Private Practice Season 6 installment.

I’ve been sitting tight and anxiously waiting for the focus to be on KaDee Strickland’s Charlotte King, as we’re winding down on the final run of this outstanding drama. And it definitely did not disappoint.

I’ve said it numerous times before, and I’m saying it once again: Shonda and company, please consider a spinoff featuring the Freedman family! Charlotte was absolutely spectacular. She was vivacious, over-the-top, and kept me laughing throughout the night. By the way, how amazing did she look in all of the dance sequences? I bet filming those scenes was a blast.

Dancing with Charlotte

"Georgia On My Mind" focused on Charlotte, who continued to run Saint Ambrose Hospital from her doctor-ordered bed rest. At a first glance, I was thinking: seriously, Charlotte?!?

However, I couldn’t have imagined her any other way. She’s a control freak and with her thoughts so loud, it was easy to feel and see how difficult a time she was having.

Her frustrations and uncomforting position were more than she could handle. They were, in fact, more than she had ever asked for, as she drove the nurses crazy. Luckily, Stephanie was back to give her a reality check and tell her that she didn’t care if she was fired because no one else would be willing to help Charlotte. Simply put, our girl just needed to hang in there and chill a bit with the call button.

I couldn’t help but feel incredibly sad as Charlotte started to regret once hoping for a miscarriage. She cried out and wanted her life – instead of one of the triplets – to be taken if need be. It was truly a heartbreaking scene. Even more distressing was seeing “Sissy” struggling throughout the installment. Thanks to Addie, Sam and Amelia, “Sissy” was all right in the end, named Georgia and seen by her mom.

Elsewhere, Mason began acting out in school because he was scared that Charlotte might never leave the hospital. Could you blame the little guy? After losing his mother recently and considering Charlotte’s pregnancy complications, it was no wonder he was having such a hard time dealing with everything. 

We saw CharCoop argue over whether not Mason should be punished. Each were pushed to his/her limits with a very intense argument. Ultimately, we were reminded that they need one another and make one heck of a team. I'm going to miss them terribly once all’s done and said.

Other Thoughts

  • Hey, Dancing with the Stars, I think you should call up Paul Adelstein and KaDee Strickland. Those breakout dancing moments were awesome. So much fun to watch.
  • I laughed out loud when Charlotte threw her stress ball at the “choir reject Christmas carolers.” She’s absolutely hilarious!
  • I was surprised Charlotte didn’t end up smashing a cupcake in Violet’s face during the non-shower shower. How about you?
  • Sam and Stephanie are giving it a go again. Did anyone see this coming?

I thought this installment was remarkably well done and loved that we closed out this year in such a strong way. 

We won’t see our favorite doctors again until 2013 when they’ll return to wrap up Private Practice Season 6. Until then, be sure to hit the comments because I’d love to hear your thoughts on tonight’s final episode of the year as well as what you’d like to see happen in the final three installments. Also, don’t forget to return later this week for our Private Practice Round Table.


Editor Rating: 4.7 / 5.0
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Rating: 4.5 / 5.0 (101 Votes)

Loved this episode! Also the dancing, it was very well done and connected to the storyline. For the remaining episodes I want to see lots of Addie and Jake!!! I like CharCoop a lot, but cannot see the spinoff happening...


Love love love Charlotte!! Her thoughts made me cry, and laugh! 'So this is whats its like when your brain cells die!' Hahaha brilliant!! Brilliant episode. KaDee is an amazing actress. I agree with the reviewer Shonda needs to consider a spinoff with the Freedmans!


@Jamie: If that was Violet's episode, then I am extremely disappointed. Every other character has had an episode ALL about them, while episodes 1-3 were basically just stretched episodes for everyone else. Most of episode 3 was Addison appearing on screen grieving over Mark and giving Jake ultimatums about leaving over her being with Mark. It was more about Addison than anyone else!


@Jarrod Amy Brenneman confirmed on twitter that episode 3 was her centric episode. episode 12 is a normal episode.


I loved this episode and I thought that Charlotte was the Charlotte we've grown to love all throughout the hour. Through the voice overs, we really got to see Charlotte in such a raw way because it was so easy to believe that those were her thoughts. It was a fun episode while at the same time bringing in beautiful heartbreaking moments. It was just so Charlotte! I was kind of worried about the dance sequences but I thought they were fun to watch and they didn't really take up so much time so I was fine with them. The only thing I kinda wish we saw was the moment Charlotte had the other two babies but I'm sure we'll see something special with all three babies soon. Over-all, great episode. Such a good way to send off this character!


@Sa'ad702: This is PP where characters have been inconsistent of who they want and who they want to be with. I'm pretty sure an ex-husband and ex-wife getting back together would be so shocking no matter who they're with. Remember the kiss they had in season 4? Yeah, more than just nostalgia.


@Marin: Amelia's episode is the next one to come up. I'm sure they'd do Violet's episode last seeing as she's only really been shadowing the missing girl (Sarah) storyline. Also, if you count the episode where it was Pete's funeral, I wouldn't sum that up as her episode, but the entire casts seeing as it was the 100th episode.


Didn't like the dancing scenes at all and Charlotte was very annoying and rude this episode.


They need to do a spin-off. This couple is too charasmatic to not have a spin-off. They stole the show. A comedy spin-off of the CharCoop family raising trtiplets will be a hilarious hit!


BEST episode of this season. Best writing, best editing, best acting, most overall entertaining!!!! Five stars!

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Private Practice Season 6 Episode 10 Quotes

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Hello, precious girl. This is your mama. Sorry you don't have a name yet. I want so much to be with you right now, hold your little hand, tell you everything's going to be okay and let you know and let you know you are blessed.