“Private Practice”, Season 5, Episodes 18 & 19: Review

It Was Inevitable

As Erica’s medical condition rapidly worsens, Cooper and Charlotte do their best to prepare an in-denial Mason; Violet and Pete, both single again, find they still have feelings for each other; Addison encourages Amelia to embrace impending motherhood; and Sheldon and Jake work with a devastating case in which a woman, jailed for killing her two children, is pregnant with a third.

And Then There Was One

Pete and Violet go to a marriage counselor; Amelia gets some devastating news; Mason refuses to speak to Charlotte and Cooper.

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It Was Inevitable is an odd episode: while two major events occur, they both are basically set-ups for what’s to come.

This episode proves that good things come to those who wait. Almost as soon as she has given up on babies, Addison sees her wish to have a baby all of her own come true. It was incredibly sweet how happy and surprised Addison looked and the way she even tried to fix her hair prior to meeting baby Henry (a boy she had delivered earlier in the episode). You can’t but be happy for her.

Sam comes out as a jerk in this episode, in my opinion. I can understand how finding and then having to commit his sister left him with some heavy feelings to deal with, but running to Addison when he learnt she’s given up on babies seems selfish. I liked it that Addison gets the call for the baby right at the moment of that very one sided reunion.

Elsewhere, Cooper and Charlotte do their best to prepare Mason for his mother’s death. This storyline is (understandably) filled with sad moments, from when Mason pulls out a drawing for his mother’s homecoming, to when he asked Cooper to teach him to pray so he can cure his mother like the religious kids he read about that cured their grandmother with prayer, or when he tells his mother how much he loved her for the very last time (you’re never ready to lose someone you love, aren’t you? No matter how hard you try to prepare for the loss or other people try to help you accept it). From Charlotte and Erica’s unconventional but inspiring relationship to the scene with Cooper teaching Mason how to pray, everything about this family was heartbreaking to watch but it is incredible to see how far they all have come.

The medical case of the week involves a woman, jailed for killing her two children, and pregnant with a third. I felt sorry for Sheldon, who is trying to save a women who feels guilty for what she did to her children and doesn’t want to be saved (she thinks she doesn’t deserve to be saved) as her husband and his colleagues yell at him for it. I appreciated how the husband took Jake’s (who’s wondering whether he didn’t fully understand how stressed out she was before performing an IVF treatment for her) words to heart and chose to give the mother her chance to see her baby girl.

And Then There Was One is an episode heavy on emotions for nearly all involved.

Amelia finally comes to terms with her reservations about becoming a mother and let herself enjoy the little miracle growing inside her and even let Addison do the first ultrasound, which is when everything went downhill; the baby growing inside her was developing without a brain (there is some tragic irony in a neurosurgeon with a brain-less baby). It was sad to see her pushing her colleagues and friends away when they offered their support and help. When she lashed out at Addison, her words felt cruel, but they perfectly expressed heartbroken Amelia’s jealousy, anger and angst. Luckily, Amelia finds some light in her darkness by the end ot the episode: after talking to a very distraught father of a brain-dead girl, she realizes that she must try her best to stay healthy in order to donate her baby’s organs and save other babies’ lives, so that something good can come out of her tragedy.

Meanwhile, Sam and Jake are at odds over Addison after they learnt that they both shared a kiss with her on the exact same day, until they realize that it up to Addison to choose which man she wants. However, Addison is now the very happy mother of baby Henry (it is a refreshing and a relief to see her finally so happy) and she makes it clear that baby Henry is the only one that matters to her at the moment.

Elsewhere, Cooper and Charlotte are struggling with a silent Mason. Once again, Charlotte was perfect and got Mason to talk to her, even though it was only to say that he didn’t want to act like everything was normal and talk about his mother, but it was a start. I think it was unfair of Cooper to insist that it was too soon and accuse her of threatening Mason. I wish Cooper didn’t always take Violet’s advice and listened to his wife: Violet has some points, but Charlotte seems to have a way with Mason.

Violet’s love to overanalyze and correct anyone and everything made her and Pete’s counselling sessions quite hilarious to watch, but she deserves some credit in the medical case of the week as she went with her gut feeling (or observation skills) and identified Missy as the one who stabbed her younger sister, Drea, to death.

 

New Episode of Private Practice on TV Tonight

The eighteenth episode of Private Practice season 5, It Was Inevitable, airs tonight on ABC, at 10/9 c.

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Synopsis:

As Erica’s medical condition rapidly worsens, Cooper and Charlotte do their best to prepare an in-denial Mason; Violet and Pete, both single again, find they still have feelings for each other; Addison encourages Amelia to embrace impending motherhood; and Sheldon and Jake work with a devastating case in which a woman, jailed for killing her two children, is pregnant with a third.

“Private Practice”, Season 5, Episode 17, “The Letting Go”: Review

Sheldon warns Sam that he may be in over his head when he insists on releasing Corinne from the hospital and caring for her at home; a badly beaten Scott arrives at the ER and is placed under the care of Pete; Amelia is encouraged to make a decision about her unborn child; and Jake’s daughter grills him on his love life when he visits her at college. Meanwhile, Erica’s health takes a turn for the worse.

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Interestingly, although a large part of The Letting Go takes place in the hospital, there is no formal patient in this episode, that is no one-off stranger whose medical crisis amazingly relates to whatever crisis the treating doctor is going through in their personal life, but rather only familiar faces were the patients.

The Letting Go is a moving episode, with the most heartbreaking scene when Mason and Erica say their goodbyes to one another, and then Mason runs out of the room breaking down in Charlotte’s arms. I can entirely understand Erica’s wanting her son to only remember her at her very best and wanting to protect him, so she couldn’t handle having him be there as her body shuts down. Meanwhile, Cooper and Charlotte are amazing with Mason and incredibly honest with him about his mother’s deteriorating health. Poor Mason is lucky to have them at his side to help him pick up the pieces.  I only wonder… when Amelia told her she was full of tumors and only had few days to live she seemed sad and apologetic, but not overly surprised. Was Erica being monitored? If they thought the cancer could spread, why didn’t they follow up the tumor removal with chemo and radiation?

Elsewhere, Jake pays visit to his stepdaughter, Angela, at college and I couldn’t help but smile at how awkward their conversation is, with Angela telling him about losing her virginity and grilling him about his love life. How many girls would be that excited to share and seem to expect their father to be excited about their budding sex life? Few, I suspect. However, much as Angela was honest about her sex life, Jake was honest in describing Addison as beautiful but even a bit frustrating.

Honestly, I feel like they dragged Sam’s storyline with his sister a bit too long. Corinne throwing herself through a plate-glass door was a pretty strong warning that he couldn’t care for her without help, but Sam is still determined to be there for his sister, in spite of that and of Corinne confessing she is having suicidal thoughts: his love and fear of abandoning her prevent him from putting her in a care facility. It is only when he has to shove the pills down her throat that he decides to do what he knows is right for his sister.  Corinne begs, pleads, and promises to be good, but, in the end, Sam, although despondent, has her hospitalized in an in-patient facility.

Amelia decided to keep her baby and tell Addison about her pregnancy. Sheldon was helpful as ever and stated again how he wanted to be there for Amelia no matter what. I feel it was not nice (not sensitive?) of Amelia to repeatedly say you’re having the love of your life’s baby to a different guy who clearly loves you. You could see that every time Amelia repeated “Ryan’s baby,” it was a stab for Sheldon His offer of baggy clothes and a hideaway so Amelia wouldn’t have to tell baby-hungry Addison she’s pregnant was sweet, but just acted as another example of how poor doormat Sheldon seems determined to put himself in situations that get his heart trampled on. On the bright side, in spite of Amelia’s fears, Addison is genuinely happy for her, once she learns Amelia is expecting a baby.

Finally, as he watches Pete and Violet interact after he was brought into hospital and placed under Pete’s care, Scott realizes Violet is only there for him out of a sense of responsibility, so he tells her he doesn’t want to stand in the way of Violet’s family with Pete and, therefore, that their relationship is over, proving to be the only adult in the whole Violet-Pete mess.

April Showings of “Abandon” and “La Mission” on Showtime

Abandon is showing on Sho Next on

  • Wednesday, April 4, at 11:45 pm
  • Monday, April 9, at 2:15 pm
  • Saturday, April 14, at 12:15 pm
  • Sunday, April 22, at 7:45 am
  • Sunday, April 22, at 4:30 pm
  • Monday, April 30, at 10:00 pm.

La Mission is showing on Showtime Showcase on

  • Monday, April 16, at 10:45 am
  • Sunday, April 22, at 11:40 am.

All times are ET/PT.