Private Practice Review: Coop and His Mini Cooper

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Four weeks in... and I’m pleased to say this season of Private Practice has been anything but boring. "Remember Me" was almost all about Cooper and his “Mini Cooper,” and it certainly did not disappoint.

Picking up right where we left off after Cooper received the surprise of his life a week ago, this episode kicked off with Cooper claiming he didn’t even remember Erica. He rightfully questioned why she would wait nine years to tell him and how he wished she had told him about Mason sooner. Good question, Coop. Charlotte’s was even better: Why trust Erica if he was with her for merely a single night nearly a decade ago?

A Big Day for Cooper

First things first, though, I’ll admit that I'm just like the majority of Charlotte and Cooper fans, wanting to scream when I first heard about this long-lost-kid storyline. I was upset and disappointed because I just wanted the nearly newlyweds to catch a break. Then, there was the fact that this plot has already been done only a million times on various shows.

However, I’m going to trust, or at least hope, that Shonda and company have our best interest in mind for this couple. Besides, what doesn’t kill them can only make them stronger... right?

From shock to acceptance and finally joy, Cooper reacted with all sorts of emotions to the news of his “Mini Cooper." He was so taken by the idea that he was a dad that he even refused his colleagues’ pleas for a paternity test. At first, I couldn’t understand why Coop would act so recklessly, but I quickly realized that this was totally Cooper. He has no blood relatives, and he wanted this newfound joy to last for however long it could.

As expected, Charlotte did not handle the news well. At all. Honestly, I was surprised at what went down during Charlotte and Erica’s meet and greet. I know it’s just begun, but I can’t wait until this whole storyline is over. I absolutely hate what it’s doing to Charlotte and Cooper. Luckily, the paternity test issue wasn’t dragged out, and Charlotte had the test done and found out that Cooper really is Mason’s father.

Case closed.

Elsewhere: When Violet expressed excitedly how great of a dad Cooper would be and Charlotte said her statement was stupid, I kind of laughed out loud. And although I thought it was totally harsh when Pete basically called Violet a dog in front of Sheldon, I laughed a little harder. To say the least, Pete’s anger continued to worsen and his breaking point can’t be too far off ahead. Do you think Pete and Violet will be able to work through Pete’s “anger phase” and their other numerous issues? I can't say I care too much either way.

This week’s medical case reminded me of the movie, 50 First Dates. It was nice seeing several of the doctors team up to try to keep a family together.

Meanwhile, Amelia tried to stay strong with her three days of sobriety. Addison finally admitted that she was worried Sam would leave if and when she is pregnant. And Sheldon still didn’t have a storyline of his own.

Overall, I thought "Remember Me" was another strong installment. Here’s hoping that this season continues with more incredible episodes!

Remember Me Review

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Private Practice Season 5 Episode 4 Quotes

The minute I saw him I knew. I mean... he's a Mini Cooper.

Cooper

Violet: Cooper's going to be a great dad!
Charlotte: That is a stupid thing to say.