Sheldon counsels Sam’s friend, Rick, an Army veteran suffering from PTSD who harbors a secreted sexual trauma; Erica and Mason are involved in a nonfatal car accident that forces Cooper and Charlotte to further come to grips with their future; Violet and Pete struggle to navigate life after marriage when he finds her kissing Scott; and Addison and Jack attend a medical conference they won’t soon forget.
Private Practice was back last Thursday after a break with its fair share of drama.
Addison and Jake take a trip to Palm Springs to attend the Scientific Assembly for the College of Obstetrics and Gynecology (SACOG) conference and it’s a trip that they definitely won’t soon forget. Along the way we learn that Jake is old-fashioned gentleman who believes in opening doors and being the driver and Addison power eats to get over a break-up. I hoped this trip would be a turning point in their relationship (well, maybe it is), but Addison seems unable to get rid of Sam. I liked how Jake refuses to take advantage of her while she was drunk and vulnerable when she shows up at his hotel room and propositions him for sex, and takes care of her, ordering her food and moving her schedule around to better fit her hangover needs. It was nice to see the fun and drunken side of Addison instead of the super baby-focused one for a change, while Jack seemed almost too good to be true.
Back at the hospital, Erica and Mason are brought into the emergency room following a car accident caused by Erica suffering a seizure while driving. Cooper yelling at Erica over driving with Mason and threatening to have her license revoked if she drives with him again may seem mean, but it is clear to everyone that Cooper is really just having a hard time with the concept of Erica dying and worried about how Erica’s sickness and eventual death will affect Mason. Luckily, sane and supportive Charlotte gets through to him and suggests that he plead with Erica to try treatment and he does. Erica agrees to fight for more time and for Mason (perhaps now conscious that though treatment will entail heavy side effects, she won’t have an easy ride even if she refuses it).
Sheldon’s patient is Rick, a soldier who recently returned home from Afghanistan as well as a friend of Sam’s. Rick and his wife Kelly initially come for couples counseling, as he is distant emotionally and sexually since his return. Sheldon sense there is more to the story, but Rick is unwilling to talk. Sam stops to check on Rick at home and finds him unconscious after a pills/beer suicide attempt. Rick survives, but as he wakes in the hospital, he fights to leave, so he sedated, restrained and placed under a mandatory psych hold. Once he calms down, he opens up to Sheldon about having been raped by his sargeant. He’s immensely ashamed and blames himself, and when he finally tells Kelly, she is shocked and confused, finding it hard to understand how a soldier couldn’t fight off the attack (not an unexpected response), but Sam goes talk to her and helps her to see that she can’t possibly blame her husband for something that wasn’t his fault, so she returns to her Rick’s side. Sheldon asks Violet for advice on his current case and their conversation highlights that she is a one track shrink and Sheldon’s a much better one. Violet tells him to treat it the same way he would if Rick were a female victim, but Sheldon thinks his gender makes this case completely different. A man, especially one that’s trained to fight like soldiers are, would be questioned about his masculinity, unlike a female, who would be viewed as just trying to survive.
Meanwhile, Pete and Violet’s relationship (or lack of it) is frustrating. On the one hand, I feel like Pete should discuss the terms of their separation with Violet rather than complaining about the young paramedic she is dating with Sam. On the other, I feel it is hypocritical of someone who had a one-night stand with a complete stranger to tell Violet off because their son almost saw her kiss someone. When Pete demanded that Violet stop seeing Scott and Violet told him he left her, and either his jealous rage should lead him to start making out with her or he should leave it alone, I was totally on Violet’s side. Their separation was a mutual decision, and Pete ought to respect that.