“Private Practice”, Season 6, Episode 7: Review

The World According to Jake

Upon hearing that he must meet with Henry’s social worker during a home visit, Jake fears that an incident in his past will come to light. Meanwhile, Addison becomes skeptical of Jake’s needy patient and James continues to pursue Amelia.

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The World According to Jake paired well with Apron Strings and offered a remarkable night was spent getting to know just Jake a little better. Since when he came into the picture, I think enough has been learnt of Jake’s history to be invested in his feelings, but as a newer character I’m not sick of his dramatics and character nuances yet, as it happened, instead, with Violet, for instance, and want to learn more about him.

Jake is a conflicted man. He’s got his issues, such as parenting, marriage, and failure. Not unlike other doctors at Seaside Wellness, who seem scared to be happy because they’re either waiting to fail or too apprehensive due to their messy past, Jake is struggling to truly be happy again after all of the drama from his first marriage. In this episode, he’s got to prove to social worker Mildred that he’s a fit father for Henry, so that his adoption by Addison can become final, his daughter Angela is dating a man over twice her age, his patient Megan is pregnant again and having a hard time dealing with possibility that she might yet again miscarry and he’s having conversations with his dead wife Lily.

Besides, there’s the issue of Addison proposing at the end of Apron Strings and now thinking he’s not ready to commit to her due to his answer to her proposal being no answer. It made me sad to see Jake neither accept nor decline Addison’s proposal and hold onto his dead wife Lily, denying himself happiness with Addison and Henry, when it’s so close at hand.

A reminder of Jake’s troubled first marriage and past is his daughter, Angela who is dating her college professor, Eli Wilson. In spite of warnings that he has to back down, Jake tries to convince Angela to end the relationship and eventually threatens Eli to not see his daughter again. I don’t agree with Jake’s actions in this case, I can understand where he comes from. Though Angela is an adult and should be left free to make and learn from her mistakes, she will always be a little girl for Jake and he will always feel like he has to protect her.

As for the meeting with the social worker, it didn’t go very well and Jake is worried because his background check will show that he was arrested and received probation for beating up Lily’s drug dealer. When Mildred walks on he and Angela’s fight, Jake is sure he’s blown it, but Addison believes everything will be okay. However, this storyline may not be over yet. I hope Mildred be able to look past all of the possible arising conflicts.

Elsewhere, Jake’s patient, Megan, is pregnant again after she underwent fertility treatments for the fifth time. Scared that she might lose her baby again, Megan needs Jake by her side constantly. Addison is of the opinion is that he should draw better boundary lines between him and his patients and it turns out she was right when Megan calls him one night and asks him to go see her. Once at her home, Megan kisses Jake and the next day she lies to Addison about it. Luckily, Addison sees right through her lies and stands up for Jake. I thought this situation would be a blow to Jake’s and Addison’s relationship, but it ended up proving to Jake that Addison loves and trusts him and she is someone she can commit to and feel safe with, allowing him to finally let go of his painful past and agree to marry Addison.

“Private Practice”, Season 6, Episode 6: Review

Apron Strings

In this Addison-centric episode, her role as a parent is challenged when Henry’s biological mother reappears and asks to be more involved in her young son’s life. Meanwhile Addison reconnects with her mentor, who shares a very painful secret.

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I’ve still not grown fond of the idea of episodes focusing on a single character rather than including storylines for all of the doctors, but Apron Strings and The World According to Jake were better than The Next Episode.

Apron Strings focuses on Addison and motherhood, be it by birth, by adoption, or by mentor. Several obstacles were thrown Addison’s way.

First off, after eight months of silence, Henry’s birth mother, Judi, gets in touch with Addison and asks to see Henry. Addison is understandably nervous about what Judi’s sudden interest may mean and uncomfortable in her presence, though she does the best she can to appear to be welcoming to Judi’s visit. When Judi asked for a second visit the next day and then showed up with her mother, I really feared that Addison would have to fight to keep a hold of Henry and felt this wasn’t fair. I was actually totally on Addison’s side, when she threatened to disappear if Judi keeps trying to push herself into Henry’s life, but Judiis response was to tell her that she didn’t want to see Henry anymore because it is too difficult.

Meanwhile, Addison finds out that her mentor and teacher, Vivian, is dying. Vivian tells her that she had to give up a child as a teenager and about the pain of never getting to see her daughter again and knowing anything about her. This prompts Addison to go meet Judi at her workplace and asks her to be a part of Henry’s life, because they are both his mothers. Hopefully, Cooper (who was adopted) told Addison what he told Mason about family being about love not blood and that he has always considered his real parents to be those who raised him, not those he was born from: I guess this can be a comforting thought, if she happens about to doubt her decision to let Judi into Henry’s life.

Benjamin Bratt at the SF Giants World Series Film Premiere

Last Tuesday (November 20), Benjamin Bratt attended the Official 2012 Giants World Series Film Premiere at the Castro Theatre in San Francisco, CA. A Giants fan, Benjamin did the narrating of the Giants’ journey to the World Series and baseball history. A photo of Benjamin at the event can be found on the Castro Theatre’s Facebook page.

New Episode of Private Practice on TV Tonight

The seventh episode of Private Practice season 6, The World According to Jake, airs tonight on ABC, at 10/9 c.

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Synopsis:

Upon hearing that he must meet with Henry’s social worker during a home visit, Jake fears that an incident in his past will come to light. Meanwhile, Addison becomes skeptical of Jake’s needy patient and James continues to pursue Amelia.

New Episode of Private Practice on TV Tonight

The sixth episode of Private Practice season 6, Apron Strings, airs tonight on ABC, at 10/9 c.

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Synopsis:

In this Addison-centric episode, her role as a parent is challenged when Henry’s biological mother reappears and asks to be more involved in her young son’s life. Meanwhile Addison reconnects with her mentor, who shares a very painful secret.

“Private Practice”, Season 6, Episode 5: Review

The Next Episode

A reality show centered around Sam sheds some light on issues in his colleagues’ personal lives. Meanwhile, Sam’s mother seeks his help after her boss falls ill; and the search continues for a girl who went missing from St. Ambrose.

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Private Practice was back after a 3-week hiatus with an episode that didn’t really catch my interest and I can blame it on my dislike of reality shows, on Sam not being my favourite character on the show, or my liking it that Private Practice episodes traditionally encompass everyone’s storyline rather than focusing on a single character (isn’t Private Practice supposed to be about a team of doctors?).

I’ve always found Sam a complicated character. He is a successful doctor and a great friend as well as a charming, handsome, hardworking, high-principled guy, but his stubbornness and blame games never fail to irk me. Sam undoubtedly aims to live up to his principles and do the right thing, but this usually ends in him sulking, angry and disappointed. However, considered he’s always been relatively private, I think it wasn’t like him (to quote Jake) to welcome a reality television crew into his life and I guess he soon starts to regret he did, because though Sam’s hope was to debunk medical myths he’s often confronted with, the show’s producers are after personal drama and are more interested in his messy love and personal life.

Sam’s mother presents the only bits of drama and concern in what is otherwise a stuffy snoozefest of an episode with no happy ending, no high note. It’s only Sam, back where he was in the beginning, alone, directionless and disappointed. He has always been content with his identity as a doctor, a friend, a son, a brother, a father, a granfather, but now he wants and needs more. He’s obviously becoming detached, angry with himself and unfocused.

New Episode of Private Practice on TV Tonight

The fifth episode of Private Practice season 6, The Next Episode, airs tonight on ABC, at 10/9 c.

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Synopsis:

A reality show centered around Sam sheds some light on issues in his colleagues’ personal lives. Meanwhile, Sam’s mother seeks his help after her boss falls ill; and the search continues for a girl who went missing from St. Ambrose.

“Private Practice”, Season 6, Episode 4: Review

You Don’t Know What You’ve Got Til It’s Gone

A little girl disappears from the ER; Addison and Jake butt heads over one of his patients; a new doctor starts at Saint Ambrose; Stephanie asks Sam about Addison.

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I think You Don’t Know What You’ve Got Til It’s Gone is one of the most distinct episodes as well as possibly the most frenetic of the series and with its ominous title it delivered a new brand of tension and anxiety. A storm caused havoc in Santa Monica and all of the doctors had to rush to the ER where they were so desperately needed, stories overlapped, characters returned, and a new doctor was introduced, James Peterson, who joined the fray as Pete’s replacement and touched nearly every case that came through St. Ambrose, stepping on more than a few toes. Patients included Pam and Todd Reiter, little Sarah Nelson, and Sheldon’s patient Nick Calhoun.

James Peterson is not against making his opinion known and conflict arises right after his treatment of Sarah and her fractured wrist. Based on her medical history, he believes it’s a case of abuse and he’s determined to follow protocol and contact Children and Family Services, in spite of Cooper trusting the family. His determination goes even further in Todd Reiter’s case and thankfully so, because his intuition and his unwillingness to not take Todd’s word that he suffers sympathy symptoms with his wife’s pregnancies and Amelia’s opinion that extra scans were not necessary saves Todd’s life. Despite bumping heads with many of his new colleagues, Dr. Peterson just may fit in.

Meanwhile, Jake and Addison are fighting over a patient of Jake’s, who comes in suffering from yet another miscarriage, Addison disagrees with Jake on the woman’s desire to try again. Addison is behindconflict for another couple, too, when she lets her past with Sam slip to Stephanie, who knew absolutely nothing about it.  Stephanie backs Sam into a wall, lecturing to him about how wonderful she thought he is, listening as he explains what actually happened between he and Addison and how he really likes her, but she says goodbye.

The tension escalates rapidly when Sarah goes missing from the ER. The hospital springs into action to look for the girl, of course. Though I was relieved when Sheldon did not find her with would-be pedophile patient Nick – who is at the ER due to complications with his medication -, but I’m not sure the girl’s disappearance is not related to Nick, I hope it isn’t. What I didn’t expect is that Sarah wouldn’t be found before the end of the episode… this is a storyline that will be back in another episode, perhaps…