“Private Practice”, Season 5, Episode 16, “Andromeda”: Review

Sam tries to take care of his sister, Corinne, but her mental condition makes that nearly impossible; Sheldon learns that Amelia has life-changing news; the flirtation between Addison and Jake continues, and Cooper rejects Charlotte’s suggestion to seek outside help with Erica’s care.


Andromeda is another strong installment of Private Practice 5th season. All of the storylines basically revolve around the question of what we can handle and understanding how how much is too much and how much is not enough.

It was good to see at least a little emotional fall-out for Mason and his mom in the wake of her brain surgery. It would have been overly unrealistic to have her recover overnight. With Erica’s recovery taking a toll on Mason and Cooper, Charlotte tries to help out by hiring a night nurse so that Cooper could get some badly needed rest. At first, he  rejects the idea and I thought it was frustrating to see him neglecting her when Charlotte has been amazing and unbelievably patient with Cooper throughout this whole ordeal. Luckily, he finally comes to his senses (with a little help from Violet, who got him to see that he was taking his frustration out on Charlotte) and apologizes to her, making it clear that he appreciated her more than ever.

Amelia’s pregnancy came  as a surprise and is another emotional twist. What I don’t get is how she could possibly get to be 5-month pregnant without anyone at the practice noticing any physical changes in her body. Sheldon’s response to the announcement was predictable, in my opinion: jealousy of Ryan, still getting between him and Amelia even after his death, makes him tell Amelia that she should turn to someone else for help and advice, but the he is back to her and tells her he will be there for her and support her no matter what she will decide to do with the baby. I wonder how Addison – who so much wants a baby and has so far unsuccessfully to have one – will react to Amelia’s unplanned, unwanted pregnancy.

Meanwhile, Sam keeps trying to care for his sister, Corinne, but her mental condition was making it a struggle, which reached its climax when Corinne strikes Sam in the head with a candlestick holder and then falls through a window. I found it very sad when Corinne can still see the stars in her hospital bed, but Sam will likely be convinced now to get her the help she needs (though his unwillingness to commit his long-lost sister is understandable). However, what is more upsetting in this situation is Addison’s jealousy over the attention Sam is giving his sister. I feel like a sick woman trying to get back on her feet with the help of her brother isn’t someone a grown woman should be jealous of.

As for Jake and Addison, sparks are flying on between them. I loved the elevator scene, when he tells her that it is all or nothing for him and Addison states she is not ready for him yet, but she may get ready. I like it that their story is taking time and developing slowly. Jake obviously care about Addison and he proved to be a gentleman in this episode, too, coming to her rescue when she needed help with a patient of hers.

Violet, instead, steps up and finally tells Pete that she misses what she had with Lucas and him, so wants to at least try to make their marriage work. I felt it Pete’s cold response is wrong: by neither enthusing nor letting her down, I think he might lead her to build up false hope or needlessly feel ungrounded. Honestly, I am stopping to care about what will happen tho those two.

Much as I am hardly ever concerned or worried about Addison’s patients, because she is too consistently successful in treating her patients. Addison had the patient of the week, Laurel, who is pregnant with twins, one of whom (a boy) has a diaphragmatic hernia, which is causing his lungs not to develop properly, and can only be saved by surgery that can endanger the other twin (a girl). Laurel wavers and only agrees to the procedure to not lose her partner, Dani, who was all for it. The successful surgery also revealed the girl-baby had a life threatening amniotic band. So, a win-win situation, but I question the wisdom of Addison telling Laurel and Dani that the decision to go ahead with surgery saved both babies lives. What if the original surgery supporter got angry at the thought the other woman’s fearful hesitance could have cost them both their children’s lives?

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