Private Practice Round Table: "The Hard Part"

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The most recent installment of Private Practice drew mixed reviews from our staff - as our review of "The Hard Part" made quite clear. Now it's time to explore deeper.

Below, our staff breaks down some of the burning questions from last night's episode our Private Practice Round Table discussion. Here's how our panel saw it ...

1. What was your favorite Private Practice quote from the episode?

The Barnacle: Ooh, tough one. Anything with Pete and Sheldon, but specifically when they passive-aggressively bash the type of medicine the other practices.

Dr. Shepherd: The Addison-Sam exchange of "You're not Naomi" and "You're not Derek." So cheesy, so Shonda. Not sold on them as a couple but love 'em both.

M.L. House: No single line stands out but I thought the woman who played Kara was terrific. I couldn't believe she didn't make it after all of that. So Sad.


2. Addison and Sam: Up or down?

M.L. House: Down. I don't see the chemistry. Please let them stay just friends.

Dr. Shepherd: I felt like the Addison-Sam angle was sort of wasted on this episode, which was so good otherwise. It was sort of forced at the end in my opinion, after Kate Walsh and Taye Diggs had been so terrific throughout. A little bit strange.

The Barnacle: Up! Okay, so it's a blatant Girl Code violation for Addy to mess with Nae's man, even after they're divorced, but I'm starting to think she left the practice for a reason. Anyone else get the feeling we haven't seen the end of Saddy (Addam) ?

3. Does Charlotte give better medical or personal advice?

The Barnacle: Personal. Charlotte is becoming my favorite character on PP, and not only because of that tennis outfit. Okay, that helps a lot. But still, great Charlotte back story this week and I loved the tie-in with that poor, newly-married kid's marriage.

M.L. House: Medical. Her love life may be a little bit of a mess, but this is a kick-ass sexologist. Only she could make that line of work - and last night's plot - worth watching.

Dr. Shepherd: I was a little confused by this story line throughout. Was her story about her marriage (which ended) help the patient stick to his wife? She's happier now?

4. Should Pete and Sheldon be friends?

Dr. Shepherd: This was a highlight of the episode for me. I loved the reluctant but still somewhat genuine banter between them. To share what they did with Violet makes things really, really awkward, but they handled it well!

M.L. House: I was actually on Team Sheldon last year during the Violet drama, so it was nice to see the guy back in the game a little. I hope he stays on the show, at least recurring.

The Barnacle: I almost died when they both had eyes for the same girl. It was like "here we go again." But the way Pete stepped aside was so sweet ... he's still Pete, so he'd never admit he did it for Sheldon, but that doesn't make it less cute.

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