“Private Practice”, Season 6, Episode 10: Review

Georgia On My Mind

Charlotte stresses the doctors out when she continues to run Saint Ambrose Hospital from her doctor-ordered bed rest. Meanwhile, scared that Charlotte might never leave the hospital, Mason begins acting out in school.

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This time it is Charlotte’s turn to be the focus of a Private Practice episode. Whereas Cooper’s episode (Life Support) featured more reality tv-like personal confessions with asides of Cooper speaking directly to the audience, Georgia On My Mind was a journey inside witty and outspoken Charlotte’s mind.

Georgia On My Mind shows Charlotte as she continues (or tries) to run St. Ambrose from her hospital bed. Weird as it may sound, that’s exactly what I expected of Charlotte: as control freak who loves her job, what else would she want to do? Besides, I think refusing to relinquish her professional responsibilities is also an effort on Charlotte’s part to keep her mind busy and not worry about her newborn daughter and the two yet to come all the time (and perhaps keep her feeling powerless about what is happening at bay).

However, her frustration come out when dealing with her visitors as well as with nurses. Luckily, Stephanie – whom Charlotte chose as her personal nurse – gives her a reality check and reminds her that she is not the only one going through a difficult pregnancy and she has to stop giving a hard time to nurses, if she wants them to be there to willingly and quickly help her when she really needs it.

Finally, I loved the dance sequences. They may seem odd, but they serve – along with the thoughts expressed as she talked to herself- to represent Charlotte’s feelings and emotions and they must have been a blast to film.

New Episode of Private Practice on TV Tonight

The tenth episode of Private Practice season 6, Georgia on My Mind, airs tonight on ABC, at 10/9 c.

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Synopsis:

Charlotte stresses the doctors out when she continues to run Saint Ambrose Hospital from her doctor-ordered bed rest. Meanwhile, scared that Charlotte might never leave the hospital, Mason begins acting out in school.

“Private Practice”, Season 6, Episodes 8 & 9: Review

Life Support

A fight between Charlotte and Cooper leads to trouble with the triplets; Violet consoles a friend who is being advised to take a loved one off life support.

I’m Fine

During a dark moment in his life, Sheldon finds happiness with a new woman. Meanwhile, he becomes increasingly suspicious about his patient Nick’s involvement in Sarah’s disappearance.

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Private Practice turned its focus on Cooper in its eighth episode. Cooper talking directly to the camera and sharing his thoughts with us viewers as if he were talking to a friend was perhaps distracting or involving, but I think it helped getting a peek into his thoughts from when he learnt Charlotte was pregnant to the present. In my opinion, it was a good reminder of how much Cooper has grown as a doctor, a husband and a father over the course of the series and it was great to see how Cooper and Charlotte bring the best out of each other.

Cooper is torn between excitement about Charlotte’s pregnancy (it was fun to hear babies referred to as various pieces of fruit used to demonstrate their size) and anxiety due to the risks of carrying and delivering triplets. Charlotte seems nonchalant and reluctant to consider the complications she may have to face and understandably so: as a doctor, she can’t but be aware of them, but it wouldn’t be like her to let herself be crushed by them. What was great about Cooper is that though there were several issues (for instance, Addison’s suggestion to have two babies instead of three) that they disagreed upon, he let Charlotte make the decision. Though I was expecting trouble, it was heartbreaking when Charlotte’s waters broke too early and the first twin had to undergo heart surgery because she did not have a fully developed chest.

We haven’t seen much of Sheldon this season, Private Practice ninth episode focuses on his treatment of Nick Calhoun and Sheldon’s prostate cancer. I’m Fine opens with a flashback from the night Sarah Nelson went missing from the ER, the same night when would-be pedophile Nick was briefly hospiltalized at St. Ambrose, i.e. Sheldon dancing with his ex-wife Laura: it was heartbreaking to see Sheldon go from enjoying his date to being alone in what seemed like a matter of seconds, as Laura decides to leave him once again as soon as he shares the news of his cancer diagnosis. I think Laura’s unsupportive attitude may have had a role in Sheldon’s decision to not tell his colleagues at Seaside Wellness about his being sick and the treatment he is undergoing, but it is a pity he chose to not confide in them: Sheldon has always been friendly and helpful with them, so I’m sure his colleagues would have reached out and supported him in his moment of need.

Meanwhile, Nick Calhoun shows up again and tells Sheldon about the new love in his life, Alyssa. Rather than putting his concerns at ease, Nick’s stories only make Sheldon more suspiciuous that Nick in involved in Sarah Nelson’s disappearance, especially when Nick hesitates to reveal details about his ‘Alyssa’. It was a relief that Sheldon took the risk of lying to his police officer friend about Nick’s confession, leading to Sarah being recovered from Nick’s basement and brought back alive – though surely trumatized – to the safety of her own home with her family. I can only try to imagine the huge guilt Sheldon is feeling  knowing that he could have saved Sarah sooner. I think Sheldon comes out of this episode as someone who’s afraid and losing faith in humanity.