“Private Practice” Season (and Series) Finale: Review

In Which We Say Goodbye

Naomi returns to stand by Addison’s side on her wedding day, Cooper struggles with the hardships of being a stay-at-home father, and Violet begins a new project close to her heart.

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So the time has come to say goodbye to Private Practice and I think fans couldn’t really have asked for a better conclusion, with love and joy abounding for all of the characters, as they face new journeys in closing their TV chapter. The episode moved fast. Much of the promotional material for the episode seemed to suggest the focus of the episode would be Addison and Jake’s wedding, but that event was over and done with within few minutes.

It was a surprise and a relief that  In Which We Say Goodbye gave the perfect resolution for each character. Addison married the man who seems to be a better match for her than anyone else (BTW, Benjamin Bratt did a great job at bringing incredible warmth and sensitivity to Jake),  Amelia and James’ relationship seems to be heading for marriage, Violet has come to love herself without being in a relationship, Sheldon found the love of his life in Miranda (though her being terminally ill makes the situation bittersweet), Cooper and Charlotte found a good balance in being parents so Cooper is not a miserable stay-at-home father, and Sam and Naomi are back together, re-married and expecting a baby.

When Violet annoucned to her colleagues/friends that she had finished writing her new book and she decided to call Private Practice could have been too cheesy  a moment, but the doctors erupting into disagreement as to whether or not that was a good name for the book saved the day.

I hadn’t been watching Private Practice since day one, I started watching it late and then had to some catch-up to do, but now I think I will miss its drama, humor, sexiness, and general inappropriateness.

Benjamin and Peter Bratt To Be Honored for La Mission Film

Equality California will honor Benjamin and Peter Bratt for their film La Mission, released in 2009 and called “an honest depiction of life for Latino LGBT youth in the Mission District of San Francisco.”

Benjamin and Peter Bratt will receive the Allies in Media award at EQCA’s 2013 San Francisco Equality Awards gala February 23 at the Fairmont Hotel.

EQCA to honor Bratt brothers for La Mission film

2013 Equality Awards – San Francisco Equality Awards

“Private Practice” Season and Series Finale on TV Tonight

Private Practice season 6 and series finale, In Which We Say Goodbye, airs tonight on ABC, at 10/9 c.

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Synopsis:

Naomi returns to stand by Addison’s side on her wedding day, Cooper struggles with the hardships of being a stay-at-home father, and Violet begins a new project close to her heart.

“Private Practice”, Season 6, Episode 12: Review

Full Release

Addison attends Henry’s court date and realizes that the judge still has some concerns about Jake’s past, Sheldon introduces Miranda to his friends, and Cooper’s efforts to secure a dream house are put on hold when Charlotte goes into labor.

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Instead of focusing on a single character, Private Practice next to last episode pulled back the spotlight on every character with everyone’s storyline intertwining and providing everyone’s perspective.

Charlotte’s delivery was intense and scary, Addison received awful news at Henry’s adoption hearing after the judge decided that the adoption couldn’t be finalized because of a recommendation from the social worker, who was concerned for Henry’s safety because of Jake’s history and what happened recently with his daughter, and Violet was clearly not past Pete’s death, but good things eventually happened to just about everybody. Charlotte and Cooper end up with four healthy kids – Mason, Georgia, Caroline and Rachel -, Addison and Jake legally become Henry’s parents and can look forward to their wedding, Violet opens herself up to a new friendship and decides that it is time to write another book, Sheldon manages to open up with Violet and Sam about what is going on in his life, and Amelia seems to have let love and hope back in her life.

I find that the scenes with each doctor chatting with baby Georgia were particularly sweet, providing an intimate touch to the episode and made it clear that where each doctor stood in Full Release directly draws back to their personal episodes and I feel it was fair to give each of them their own recap (and happy ending).

Benjamin Bratt to Narrate the PBS series “Latino Americans”

PBS announced at the Winter 2013 Television Critics Association press tour that Benjamin Bratt is to narrate Latino Americans, a landmark three-part, six-hour documentary series on Latino history, culture and identity in America, which will be broadcast in the fall of 2013.

Benjamin Bratt to Narrate LATINO AMERICANS on PBS

Benjamin Bratt to Narrate the PBS series “Latino Americans”

Fall 2013 sees ‘Latin Americans’ to PBS; Benjamin Bratt to narrate

New Episode of Private Practice on TV Tonight

The twelfth episode of Private Practice season 6, Full Release, airs tonight on ABC, at 10/9 c.

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Synopsis:

Addison attends Henry’s court date and realizes that the judge still has some concerns about Jake’s past, Sheldon introduces Miranda to his friends, and Cooper’s efforts to secure a dream house are put on hold when Charlotte goes into labor.

“Private Practice”, Season 6, Episode 11: Review

Good Fries Are Hard to Come By

Amelia, now sober for more than a year and on the mend emotionally, goes on a series of disastrous blind dates set up by the other doctors at the practice. After vowing to be alone indefinitely, she teams up with James on a medical procedure, which leads to dinner — and the dinner leads to something completely unexpected.

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Private Practice was back after the winter break with an episode focusing on Amelia, a character who was given some of the most dramatic and emotionally charged storylines last season, but who’s been largely out of the picture this season and we learnt why in Good Fries Are Hard to Come By: she’s been mostly committed to recovery after her after her drug/alcohol binge, rehab stint, pregnancy and unicorn baby, so there was not much going on in her life.

It was good to see Amelia going back to socializing and let go of her trying to keep her feelings in check. It it took much time, unpacked boxes and even several disastrous dates (blind dates set up by her colleagues/friends at the practice), but she has grown as a person and though I hope she will still be the outspoken and inappropriate self that I think she has become a better person and I’m glad she opened the door again to love with James (Dr. Peterson).

As a final note, Good Fries Are Hard to Come By provided a good example of how confusing this season episodes have been sometimes for me. On episode 10, Charlotte was in labor and on her way to give birth to her two still unborn babies, while we find her still on bedrest in episode 11 (much the same way as we see Addison wearing her engagement ring in one episode and not in the next), but confusing as it sounds, I guess it goes with their choosing to focus on a single character in each episode, so that time does not progress from episode to episode, but rather it goes back and forth.

Benjamin Bratt Set To Return As Gloria’s Ex-Husband on ‘Modern Family’

Benjamin Bratt is set to return as Javier Delgado in an episode of Modern Family due to air next Spring. The exact air date and his storyline are yet to be confirmed.

‘Modern Family’: Benjamin Bratt Set To Return As Gloria’s Ex-Husband (EXCLUSIVE)