Private Practice Review: "In the Name of Love"

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People do crazy things "In the Name of Love," but to what extremes will the Private Practice doctors take it? Last night's penultimate episode certainly gave us plenty to think about.

Maya's back - and very pregnant. Her midwife, Dell, has gotten into UCLA Medical School, though he isn't sure he can afford it. Will he be leaving us in the season finale next week?

That may be the case in one way or another, but more on that later. At the onset, he's not telling anyone other than Maya about UCLA, because it's up in the air, like so much else.

This week's obligatory, borderline implausible (or at least extremely unlikely) Private Practice pregnancy storyline involves a pregnant girl who gets admitted along with her dad.

Who Sam and Addison learn isn't actually her dad.

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It turns out he kidnapped her 15 years ago and she loves him because that's all she's ever known. How do you even react to these scenarios if you're Addison and Sam?

After a (flirty!) surgery, the tandem tells the girl that everything's fine with her and her baby, and they're reuniting her with the biological parents she doesn't remember.

Then the call comes from Dell, and a sneaking suspicion all is not well.

Maya has decided to have the baby at the hospital and wants Addison to deliver, so they go to meet Dell. At the ER, an ambulance arrives with a driver from a car crash.

Sam's services are required to operate ASAP, so Addison's left to meet the chopper with the "people from the other car." The light bulb went off right then and there.

Dell walks out, arm in a sling. Maya's much worse off, on a stretcher.

This is shaping up to be another pregnancy/birth-related cliffhanger, although unlike Violet's dramatic story line last season, we doubt it will involve the baby being stolen.

Will Maya make it, though - and will the baby? We know that somebody dies in the season finale, but it's said to be a primary cast member. This is all very intriguing.

Elsewhere, Cooper wants to be friends Violet again.

Because, you know, they used to be friends, and have a history together. But also so he can tell her he slept with Charlotte and get some advice on that front. Oh, Coop.

Meanwhile, Sheldon, who realized his own love for Charlotte, mans up and asks her out. She accepts. Finally, Cooper gets through to Violet, who gives him some advice:

Go after Charlotte NOW if he wants her. He does.

While she's on a date with Sheldon. Here we have a love triangle involving Sheldon, also a familiar theme from last season. How do you think this one will end for the guy?

Finally, William, struggling with his ALS, is back in L.A., and Naomi wants Fife to conduct an experimental medical trial on him, which Fife is predictably not keen on doing.

Pete accuses Fife of not doing it because he loves Naomi, which is probably a fair assumption, although in the end, Fife agrees to do it ... because he loves Naomi. What?

Yup, he'll do anything to make her happy, even help save the life of a man in essence competing with him for her affections. You gotta give Fife major props on this one.

What did you think of last night's episode?

Next week is the season finale, and there's plenty to think about. How do you think the complicated events of the third season will play out? Comment below!

In the Name of Love Review

Editor Rating: 3.5 / 5.0
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