Private Practice Review: Labor Day

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It’s hard to believe that we are now only a week away from the final Private Practice episode ever.

Although we’ve had plenty of time to prepare, it’s just now finally sinking in for me. "Full Release" reminded me just how much I am going to miss our favorite doctors.

The second-to-last episode was full of drama, centering on Charlotte finally going into labor with the rest of the Cooplets. Unlike most of Private Practice Season 6, the penultimate episode wasn’t character-centric by any means. In fact, every character’s storyline was intertwined delivering one heck of an installment.

Nearing the Finale

First, let’s welcome Rachel and Caroline to the world, as they join their sister, Georgia. The Freedmans just doubled in size, and I definitely couldn’t be happier for them. They now even have a dream house that will be just perfect for their suddenly big family.

I thought the scenes with nearly ever doc spending a few minutes with Georgia were incredibly special. Although Charlotte’s delivery was terribly intense and scary, KaDee Strickland nailed it and I loved the way Cooper and Amelia cheered her on and how awe-stricken everyone was once the babies all arrived.

Elsewhere, Addison received awful news at Henry’s adoption hearing after the judge decided that the adoption couldn’t be finalized because of a recommendation from the social worker. Based on Jake’s history and what happened recently with his daughter, the social worker was concerned for Henry’s safety. In some ways, I couldn’t blame Mildred, as she was only worried about Henry. However, like Addison said, Mildred simply just didn’t know Jake.

Luckily, Jake saved the day and went straight to the judge’s chamber to set things straight and tell the judge exactly what kind of a father he is, and how he’d walk away from Addison to allow Henry to be with his mother if needed. In the final minutes, Jake delivered the good news that Henry was finally Addison’s and the two decided that it was time to get married.

Meanwhile, Sheldon introduced Miranda to Violet. He told Violet they met at a vending machine and left out the details about cancer and treatments. I’m torn over Sheldon’s storyline; it’s so nice to see him get a shot at happiness, but to know that Miranda is dying just makes me feel bad for Sheldon all over again. Eventually, she did convince him to tell his friends about their situation. She wanted to make sure that Sheldon would be all right after she was gone, and he took her advice and shared what was going on with him with Sam. This was a major step for Sheldon, who has always been so private with his life and we’ve hardly gotten to know him. 

Other Thoughts

  • I had to pause my DVR to check out the list of names that everyone came up with. Here were a few: Eve, Juliette, Raquel, Grace, Autumn, June and Matilda. I think Charlotte, Cooper and Mason did just fine without the list.
  • I really appreciated the scene with Sam and Violet as Sam told her that her life was still unfinished. She was feeling so down, and I’m glad that Sam said the right words to make her realize that she still had much life to live. By the way, do you think it’s possible that we’ll see the bookstore owner again as maybe Violet’s date next week?
  • Amelia was awesome once again as she helped Charlotte during a very painful moment. It’s great that she has James now and that she realized she still wanted children after meeting the Cooplets. She deserves some happiness.
  • Don’t forget to check out the Private Practice quotes as Charlotte once again was perfectly hilarious.

What did you think of “Full Release?” Were you worried for Charlotte during her delivery or Addison during Henry’s hearing? And what are your expectations for the series finale?

Lastly, how are you going to fill your Tuesday nights after Private Practice ends for good next week?!?

Review

Editor Rating: 4.7 / 5.0
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I loved this episode and Im not ready to say goodbye to the gang. I think the Violet-centric episode was near the beginning of the season but I could be mistaken. Im glad all the Cooplets made it and that Charolette was fine as well. I hope we get a sneak peek into the future in the finale.

Tvjunkie

Absolutely loved this episode! All the characters were great in it. After an episode like this, it's just gonna be so much harder to say goodbye next week.

Spindae-2o

this ep gets 10 out of 5 stars. there are no words in which someone can describe the perfection Shonda & co created.
This phenomenal cast deserves this perfect goodbye and can't wait for the final. I teared up so big around the end.
I have no words. till next week. . .

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Not that I'm complaining, this episode was great; but is there no violet centric episode or did I miss something?

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It was nice to have characters appear on our screen for more than three minutes, no?

Aries93

Now THIS episode was what I've been looking forward to ALL season. It gave each of the cast a good amount of screen time and managed to link them all together in someway.

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Seriously its not even going to be a 2 hour series finale???? Thats really absurd. There is no way they are going to be able to tie up everything in an hour! Loved this episode by the way..... an so happy all the cooplets are ok!

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LOVED it ...no violey annoyance ... ahhh the power of shonda !!!!!!!!!!!!