Amy Brenneman Teases Private Practice Finale, "Concluding the Novel"

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She couldn't zero in on an exact number, but Amy Brenneman laughed at the question and admitted to me over the phone last week:

Yes, viewers will likely need a "few" boxes of Kleenex while watching tonight's Private Practice finale.

The episode, of course, centers on Addison's wedding to Jake and, unlike most of the installments that have comprised Private Practice Season 6, Brenneman describes this one was appropriately "communal."

Cheering for Addison

"This has been a novel with many, many chapters," the actress said, explaining how there's "no huge plot twist that blows everyone away tonight," but that the episode is simply "respectful to the characters and the audience."

And Brenneman's Violet will play a key role in wrapping the series up, as Sarah Ramos guest stars tonight as a patient the audience has never seen before, someone who has been seeing Violet for five years.

"I believe she's ready to go, but she disagrees. We've been meeting once per week for years and she has to learn that it's gonna be okay. We've shared this time together and now it's time to move on."

Hmmm... wait! That sounds familiar.

"What [Creator Shonda Rhimes] has done so artfully," Brenneman said, "is have Violet speak to the audience directly and acknowledge the partnership we've had. She plays an important part in concluding the novel."

And which chapters of that novel stand out the most?

Brenneman cites the Private Practice Season 3 premiere and Amelia's intervention as two of her favorite episodes. She says she'll miss taking impromptu tap dance lessons from Taye Diggs and she's proud to have played someone who has been able to "help other people."

All the characters "really grew up," Brenneman said. "We saw them these these seminal years, taking chances, getting married, becoming parents. I'm proud that Violet ended up on her own two feet, that's she an example that there's dignity in being a single person."

The Private Practice series finale airs at 10/9c tonight on ABC. Bring Kleenex.

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You may laugh at the "centers on Addison's wedding" now. Replace "Addison" with "Naomi" and there you have it.


in the nicest way possible shut up! Tonight whether it is addison or even violet it is going to be hard to say goodbye. each character has shaped the show to make it one that we love so you may say she is annoying but i say she is someone who made the show what it is. I don't know how to say goodbye but i do know that the ending totally contradicts all of Shonda Rhimes works because Addison is not meant to be with Jake and after watching all and i mean all of her shows since day one of Grey's anatomy i can honestly say that addison marrying jake is a total disappointment! what 6 seasons times one hour each week... a waste of time if addison doesn't end up with sam!


I've had a love-hate relationship with Violet but I'll definitely miss the character. And I'm definitely still not ready to let go and say goodbye to everyone...


I found Violet to be annoying for the first 2 seasons, gave her the benefit of the doubt in season 3 (due to the Katie fiasco), managed to get a different perspective of her in season 4, but come seasons 5 and 6, I have loved her character. It could have been the fact that I just felt real strong pity for this character, but I saw some change in her character in a good way come later seasons. I'm going to miss her!


I love Amy Brenneman but Violet irritated us a lot through the years, I'm glad that they are ending her single, happy and fulfilled with life as is. At the start she was single but unhappy and needed something more which she now has. She has Lucas and she has worked through her issues.