Private Practice Review: Sheldon's Story

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Fans of Sheldon were in for a treat tonight, as Private Practice put the psychiatrist front and center.

Since the beginning of Private Practice Season 6, I've honestly wondered if there would be a Sheldon-centric episode. I've always liked the friendly and helpful doctor; we just know so little about him.

Blame it on the writing, but the problem was never that Sheldon wasn’t likeable. It was simply that that we never had the opportunity to really get to know him. I was afraid that he wasn’t a strong enough character and wouldn’t be able to carry the entire hour.

Sheldon Worries

So, how did he hold on his own? Well, let me just say that I wanted to really like Sheldon’s story. Unfortunately, it was only subpar. There were moments I even caught myself yawning away. Luckily, the final minutes saved the outing from being a complete disaster.

"I'm Fine" opened with the night Sarah went missing. Sheldon was dancing with his ex-wife, Laura. He then briefly brought up his prostate cancer and the fact that he hadn’t decided what to do next. Nearly two seconds later, Laura was gone and out of his life once again.

While the first half of the installment was mostly a snoozefest, I appreciated the newfound friendship Sheldon found in Miranda, his cancer counterpart. Back at Seaside Wellness, he’s always played the role of the supporter and has helped every one of his colleagues and friends out at some point in time or another.

I felt terribly sad for Sheldon as he decided not to tell anyone about his cancer and treatment. He was alone, and I was so glad that Miranda was there for him in a simple but necessary way. When she didn’t show up for her appointment, I assumed that the inevitable had happened and Sheldon would be alone again.

Thank goodness she was still all right. Sheldon needs her. Also, high-five to Sheldon for kissing Miranda and even asking her out. That guy deserves some actual happiness. It’s a shame that she’s terminal, though.

Perhaps the most intriguing part of the installment was trying to figure out if Nick, Sheldon’s patient, actually took Sarah or not. After Nick decided to start seeing Sheldon again, he often talked about a new developing relationship. Sheldon had some reservations and was concerned that Nick was behind Sarah’s disappearance.

During a final visit with Sarah’s parents just in the next room with Violet, Sheldon confronted Nick about Sarah and tried to get him to confess that Alyssa was actually Sarah. Instead, Nick denied all he could. 

Sheldon ensured that the police would arrive and had Nick committed. He even lied to his cop friend and said that Nick confessed. Without evidence and only assumptions, I was worried that Sheldon could possibly be wrong about Nick.

Thankfully, all worked out in the end when Sheldon saved the day and the police found Sarah in Nick’s basement.

Other Thoughts

  • I know Charlotte’s a bit preoccupied, but I think Sheldon should have gone with Mason to the vending machine. With Sarah still missing at that point, he just shouldn’t have gone alone.
  • Sheldon changed his socks for Miranda. That was sweet of him.
  • I loved when Sheldon reached out to Sarah and sang “Twinkle Twinkle Little Star” to her.

Overall, this was a mediocre episode. The episode ending on a high note was the right way for it to conclude. I don’t know about you, but I seriously can’t wait until Charlotte’s time to shine next week.

So, what did you think Private Practice fans? Be sure to hit the comments to share your thoughts and return later this week for the Private Practice Round Table.


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@Betty Draper - You brought up several good points. Sam should have definitely been there for Sheldon or even told Amelia. It's not like they don't share each other's good and bad news all the time. Sheldon is always left out.


I agree with the reviewer I was actually really bored during the first half or so. I loved the scene at the hospital with Charlotte, so cute she actually is the strongest character in this series. Can't wait for her episode!!


I disagree with the reviewer, I loved this episode, and felt it was a welcome break from all the drama surrounding Addison and Sam and Jake and the Coopers...This was a rare opportunity to reveal more about a character who has gotten short shrift from Shonda and company for the entire run of Private Practice. I felt that there were a lot of subtle things happening in this ep, and I loved that Sheldon fell in love with Miranda during chemo, when both were vulnerable and he was on the rebound from his awful ex-wife and she made the point that she didn't want to become involved because she had had too many friends die, and of course she is terminal. It takes a huge amount of courage to fall in love when both parties have a limited amount of time together.And in the end, Sheldon was a hero, not just for finding the girl but for singing to her when she was afraid. I will really miss Private Practice


I've always liked Diane Farr and glad she's joined the show even if for a few episodes. I worried that Sheldon was going over the edge and happy that that all worked out. Can't wait for the Charlotte centric episode. I love her and her character. She adds spark and energy with her sarcasm and cynicism to an otherwise placid crew. She plays the part so well. It's too bad the show is going off.


really?? i thought it was an excellent episode. love sheldon, bless him :) the writting (& performances) just keep getting better and i'm soooo bummed that this is the last season. wish his workmates would pay more attention to him... poor guy is always there for everyone else.


Please, knowing Shonda probably both Sheldon and Miranda will die by series finale.I continue to believe that the worst episode in the history of PP was Sam's episode.Just horrific.Can't wait for Charlotte's episode, she's awesome. She and Coopper could definitely have their own show, they're just that good.


I was so glad that Sheldon found Sarah. I really hope that Sheldon doesn't die from the cancer. That would be really depressing. And I hope in next week's episode that Charlotte gets to keep all get babies.


Sheldon had a really great moment finding Sarah. But unfortunately, I felt like everything else in the episode was a little blah. I felt like the pattern that they were going with was good to show how he was getting to know Miranda and all but it just didn't show enough about him as a character. A part of me actually feels the writers have always struggled writing for Sheldon because nothing great has ever really come from this character. It's great that he's finally met a woman that he truly cares for - but why did it have to be through cancer treatment? With the show ending, he deserves a lasting happy ending. And I was also disappointed that Amelia had no significant part in this episode when she has been very important to Sheldon in the recent seasons.

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I love Sheldon so I'm glad he even got an episode, giving his other big-non-existing-storylines. But Shonda managed to screw him over.
First of all, could it been any more predictable that Nick took Sarah? We all knew it.
And why didn't the police questioned everyone who was that night in the ER?
Why didn't James tell the police about Nick if Sheldon couldn't?
So many plot holes.
Now it's Sheldon's fault that they didn't find Sarah right away. He will always feel guilty about it.
Don't even get me started on how on earth no one seemed to care enough for Sheldon to notice he is sick! And Sam knew so at least he could have been there for him or tell the others.
And knowing Shonda she will either kill Miranda or Sheldon which is really a shame...


Though I was extremely happy for Sheldon to get a storyline and an episode to himself, the fact that his cancer has been confirmed and that he could possibly die is not something I'm happy about. Sheldon finally got to be centre stage after all this time and what does Shonda have to show for it? A death certificate. I won't be impressed if he gets killed off by seasons end.

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