Private Practice Review: Whatever Happens, I Have You

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It should come as no surprise by now. Private Practice has brought its A-game all season long, and Shonda and company delivered once again tonight with another strong installment, "Andromeda."

Sam continued to try caring for his sister, but her mental condition was making it quite a struggle. I’ll admit that I haven’t been entirely invested in this storyline simply because there has been far too much already going on in the past few episodes. However, this all changed when things got intense and Corrine struck Sam in the head with a candlestick holder and then fell through the window.

Addison on Andromeda

To say the least, I definitely didn’t see that coming. Another surprise was Amelia’s pregnancy. She’s been to Hell and back, and I expected that she would take a backseat after all that’s happened. Then again, I assume this would be a case where art imitates life – because word is Caterina Scorsone is expecting her first child. Congrats to the actress!

I’m looking forward to seeing if news of her pregnancy actually affects her relationship with Addison. By the way, how incredible was Sheldon when he said he’d be there for her regardless of whether or not she wanted to keep her baby? He cares for her so much, and I appreciated that he admitted he must work through his feelings and not hold them against Amelia.

There were two special moments that I enjoyed thoroughly:

  1. CharCoop – With Erica’s recovery taking a toll on Mason and Cooper, Charlotte tried to help out by hiring a night nurse so that Cooper could get some rest. I spent most of the installment frustrated with Cooper because I couldn’t figure out how on earth he was taking Charlotte for granted when she had been nothing short of amazing throughout this entire ordeal. Luckily, he finally came to his senses and apologized to her profusely and made it clear that he appreciated her more than ever. She is so unbelievably patient with him, and they are incredible together.
  2. Jaddison – Sparks seriously fly when these two are alone together. Though there were scarcely any Jaddison scenes, that single elevator moment was perfect. I loved that Jake told her exactly what he wanted – all or nothing – and that she’s not ready for him if she’s still pining over Sam. Addie made sure her intentions were clear and replied that she could get ready. On another note, I love that their story is taking time and slow in development. It’s obvious that Jake cares for her very much and he’s quite the gentleman.

I can’t say that I cared too much for the storyline of the pregnant patient with twins. I’ve always loved that Addie rocks when it comes to surgeries, but sometimes it feels like she is always successful. It’s become a bit predictable knowing that she consistently somehow manages to save the day, and this fact causes me to hardly ever be concerned or worried about her patients. 

Finally, it’s time for the Violet Annoyance Scale. I’m rating tonight’s episode a solid 7 on the VAS. It all began with her ridiculous discussion with Jake. First, she asked him about his position on casual sex. Then, she ridiculously hinted at knowing about Fiji. Honestly, she can be so irritating! I also have already grown tiresome of hearing and seeing all of the scenes with Violet’s sex life. We get it: she’s having the time of her life, but she’s also still very married. On another note, why wasn’t she just honest with Scott if she was clearly having second thoughts about their arrangement?

She did step up and finally told Pete that she missed what she had with Lucas and him. Apparently, the ball is in Pete’s court now as she’s ready for therapy, but he isn’t just yet. It’s getting harder to care about what happens to these two. The only truly redeeming factor for Violet that I will consider is the fact that she was able to get Cooper to see that he was taking his frustration out on Charlotte.

So, what did you think of "Andromeda?" Hit the comments below, and don’t forget to leave your VAS rating!

Andromeda Review

Editor Rating: 4.4 / 5.0
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Private Practice Season 5 Episode 16 Quotes

The only reason I've been getting through this is because I know that whatever happens, I have you.


Jake: You're not ready for what I have to offer.
Addison: I could get ready.
Jake: That would be nice.