Private Practice Review: A Fairytale Ending

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Seaside Wellness and St. Ambrose have closed their doors for good. Tonight’s spectacular series finale of Private Practice featured Addison finally getting her happily ever after.

Most of us have been watching since Grey’s Anatomy and are simply thrilled that our girl, Addie, finally has the fairytale ending she so rightfully deserves with Jake and Henry (by the way: why was he MIA?!).

Married Addison

It’s hard to believe that six seasons have come and gone. We’ve had an ample amount of time to prepare to say goodbye to our favorite doctors, yet, I found myself not entirely ready to do so since last week’s strong showing of "Full Release."

Sure, the series has run its course and goodbyes are inevitable. However, it goes without saying that I’m going to sincerely miss Private Practice. From the acting of every single cast member to the storytelling that dared to always share the more difficult medical cases, I will always remember Addie and the gang for their sometimes chaotic and unpredictable everyday lives. I will especially not forget how they always found the time to help their patients in any way possible.

So, what went down on "In Which We Say Goodbye?" Did everyone else aside from Addie get their happy ending?

Violet helped Holly, a patient who been working with her for six years, come to terms with surviving an accident that killed both her parents and boyfriend. Holly, played by Sarah Ramos of Parenthood, wasn’t quite ready to move on even when Violet said she was. After being accepted to a cooking school in Paris, Violet helped her to see that she would be just fine.

Meanwhile, Sheldon’s storyline with Miranda was heartbreaking. As her health continued to deteriorate, she wanted Sheldon to walk away. That wasn’t going to happen, though, as we all know the type of guy Sheldon truly is. Although the circumstances were not the best for him, it was nice to finally see that he found love after all this time.

With Cooper taking on a new role as a stay-at-home father, he was struggling with the “synchronized pooping” and more amongst all of the triplets. It’s no surprise that he wanted and needed a nanny. The Freedmans were doing just incredibly well with big brother Mason to help out, and the proud parents were as happy as ever.

The single person who shed some unhappy tears was Stephanie. Sam ended their relationship again after realizing that he was still in love with Naomi. Did you see this one coming? The two actually hooked up during Addison and Jake’s wedding, got married and are expecting another child. I thought Sam was totally against having kids again, but I guess things are different when it comes to his one true love.

Cheering for Addison

Other Thoughts:

  • I’m so glad that Audra McDonald returned for this special farewell. It wouldn’t have been the same without her and it made sense to have her by Addison’s side.
  • I actually thought of Pete as well and wished that he had gotten some sort of mention.
  • How awesome was Sheldon in the scene where he confronted Miranda? He quit his job and gave one heck of a speech to Miranda as he professed his love and said there was no chance he was walking away.
  • I couldn’t help but snicker as Naomi had to have some chocolate as she was feeling just a bit antsy with Sam.
  • Amelia looked so blissful with James throughout the entire installment. Good for her!
  • Perhaps my most favorite scene was the very last one right before the elevator door closed. I thought it was very fitting for Violet’s book to be called Private Practice, and I loved the way the practice ended with almost everyone (as Sheldon was with Miranda on the beach)laughing and joking around with one another one last time.

Overall, the final chapter was bittersweet. While most series end on a final note, it was refreshing to see that the practice would still go on and the characters would continue to move forward and be just fine with their lives. Similar to a fairytale ending, every single character will seemingly come close to living happily ever after.

Well, TV Fanatics, it’s been a pleasure. Thanks for reading and be sure to share your final thoughts on the Private Practice series finale now. Also, don’t forget to return later this week when we will meet one last time in the Private Practice Round Table.

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    I was disappointed about the final episode. I wanted more Addie and Jake and Henry!!!
    I totally hated Sam and Naomi getting back together, I never liked them together and Sam has been nothing but a jerk to every women he dated. He should have ended up single! I really liked Naomi with Fife and I wanted her back just as Addie's best friend not this stupid storyline with Sam taking up so much time! Specially now that I know how many great scenes were cut...

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    I'm glad that Addie finally got her happily ever after in Henry and Jake. Glad that she found him. I've been watching her since Grey's so this made it worthwhile to watch.

    On one hand, I'm glad Naomi came back. It wouldn't have been the same without her. On the other hand, WHY THEY HELL did she take Sam back??

    Sam woke up one morning and walked out on her. Because he wanted to see if he can find something better! What self respecting woman would go back to a man who basically thought that she was only second best, and then goes back to her *because there's was no one better*? Seriously...it just doesn't sit well with me. Sam had no faith in the marriage, and then went back because he couldn't find anything better.

    I think that when we were told to have the box of tissues handy, I was expecting fireworks and rainbows. I really wish that the series ended with Addison's wedding to Jake. Start it with Addie and end it the same way.

    But that's my two cents.

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    the end sucks and ruins all addison wanted was sam and henry
    she not get everything she has always wished for naomi have that she have sam and the baby and not addison shonda wanted black man and black women together just like sam and naomi she dont care about addisam fan wat there wanted as endgame shonda care wat she wanted because she was the boss and she wanted sam and naomi and she have she wanted to hurt addison and the fans the WORST END FINALE IS FUCK

    Dhowe

    Well PP, it has been a heck of a ride. My, how much has Addison grown since we saw her walking in all "leggy and fabulous" on GA?? I will miss Addison but it's comforting to know that she and the rest of the LA gang are somewhere off in TV land having a grand ol' time. One thing that bothered me about this episode and the season in general is that Sheldon quit his job and no one seemed to give a damn what happened to him or where he went OR the fact that the man has cancer and his GF is terminal. Sheesh, when Shonda doesn't like an actor she can really show it in her writing. I feel bad for him. Anyway, I was sooooo incredibly happy to see Naomi back one last time and her sneaking in that piece of chocolate for old times sake (I really feel like we're kindred spirits). Where was Maya and the baby though? No one thought of the kids?? My only gripe with this; otherwise, incredibly well done! I'll miss you PP!!

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    Once more Shonda Rhimes pushed the junk. Apparently decent screentime for the character who started this show was too much to ask even in the series finale,

    Well well, Shonda. You just made me infinitely happier that I am finally done with your crapfest.

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    Hope ABC will replace this with another show of this type quality and caliber.
    I think we could all live happily without any more "reality" shows.

    In the meantime,there's always cable,and all you fans of the show can collect the series on DVD/Blu-Ray and have your own TV Marathon Weekend
    or whatever.

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    I loved the episode. It was a satisfying finale for me. And, I too would love to see an extended version with the cut scenes. Truly, I will miss this show and I am thankful they had an opportunity to end on their terms. I haven't missed an episode since the first on Grey's Anatomy. It has been so enjoyable to watch these characters grow. I have learned a lot and they made me think about many ethical medical issues. Thanks to all and I wish everyone with the show future success in their endeavors.

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    I loved the final episode of Private Practice, it's a show I will really miss. I noticed that Henry was not to be seen at the Addison and Jake's wedding, but one could assume he may have been left with a sitter. What I found interesting was the absence of Sam and Naomi's daughter, Maya, at their wedding.

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    I'm thoroughly satisfied with the finale. I loved Addie and Jake's getting married, loved Cooper and Charlotte. So happy for Amelia with James. I do wish it was a two-hour finale, and we got to see that cut scene with Charlotte telling Cooper "I never loved you more". Happy for Sheldon although we know what's gonna happen with him later, but liked that they didn't show us Miranda dying. So sorry for Stephanie, she didn't get her happy ending. Glad for Naomi and Sam but find the baby thing a stretch as he didn't want children at all, and he accepted that so easily. Happy Violet's happy. Maybe one day we'll get a TV movie to see what they're up to. Bye PP.

    Deann

    Oh, and BTW, I think Violet was at her least annoying throughout this episode, and I was glad she named her book "Private Practice"! I think that she will end up with the bookstore owner, who looked like the kind of man who could handle someone as neurotic and hyper as Violet.
    I will miss the reviews of PP, and the VAS, of course, and the valuable insights provided by TV Fanatic into this great show.




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