“Private Practice”, Season 5, Episodes 18 & 19: Review

It Was Inevitable

As Erica’s medical condition rapidly worsens, Cooper and Charlotte do their best to prepare an in-denial Mason; Violet and Pete, both single again, find they still have feelings for each other; Addison encourages Amelia to embrace impending motherhood; and Sheldon and Jake work with a devastating case in which a woman, jailed for killing her two children, is pregnant with a third.

And Then There Was One

Pete and Violet go to a marriage counselor; Amelia gets some devastating news; Mason refuses to speak to Charlotte and Cooper.

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It Was Inevitable is an odd episode: while two major events occur, they both are basically set-ups for what’s to come.

This episode proves that good things come to those who wait. Almost as soon as she has given up on babies, Addison sees her wish to have a baby all of her own come true. It was incredibly sweet how happy and surprised Addison looked and the way she even tried to fix her hair prior to meeting baby Henry (a boy she had delivered earlier in the episode). You can’t but be happy for her.

Sam comes out as a jerk in this episode, in my opinion. I can understand how finding and then having to commit his sister left him with some heavy feelings to deal with, but running to Addison when he learnt she’s given up on babies seems selfish. I liked it that Addison gets the call for the baby right at the moment of that very one sided reunion.

Elsewhere, Cooper and Charlotte do their best to prepare Mason for his mother’s death. This storyline is (understandably) filled with sad moments, from when Mason pulls out a drawing for his mother’s homecoming, to when he asked Cooper to teach him to pray so he can cure his mother like the religious kids he read about that cured their grandmother with prayer, or when he tells his mother how much he loved her for the very last time (you’re never ready to lose someone you love, aren’t you? No matter how hard you try to prepare for the loss or other people try to help you accept it). From Charlotte and Erica’s unconventional but inspiring relationship to the scene with Cooper teaching Mason how to pray, everything about this family was heartbreaking to watch but it is incredible to see how far they all have come.

The medical case of the week involves a woman, jailed for killing her two children, and pregnant with a third. I felt sorry for Sheldon, who is trying to save a women who feels guilty for what she did to her children and doesn’t want to be saved (she thinks she doesn’t deserve to be saved) as her husband and his colleagues yell at him for it. I appreciated how the husband took Jake’s (who’s wondering whether he didn’t fully understand how stressed out she was before performing an IVF treatment for her) words to heart and chose to give the mother her chance to see her baby girl.

And Then There Was One is an episode heavy on emotions for nearly all involved.

Amelia finally comes to terms with her reservations about becoming a mother and let herself enjoy the little miracle growing inside her and even let Addison do the first ultrasound, which is when everything went downhill; the baby growing inside her was developing without a brain (there is some tragic irony in a neurosurgeon with a brain-less baby). It was sad to see her pushing her colleagues and friends away when they offered their support and help. When she lashed out at Addison, her words felt cruel, but they perfectly expressed heartbroken Amelia’s jealousy, anger and angst. Luckily, Amelia finds some light in her darkness by the end ot the episode: after talking to a very distraught father of a brain-dead girl, she realizes that she must try her best to stay healthy in order to donate her baby’s organs and save other babies’ lives, so that something good can come out of her tragedy.

Meanwhile, Sam and Jake are at odds over Addison after they learnt that they both shared a kiss with her on the exact same day, until they realize that it up to Addison to choose which man she wants. However, Addison is now the very happy mother of baby Henry (it is a refreshing and a relief to see her finally so happy) and she makes it clear that baby Henry is the only one that matters to her at the moment.

Elsewhere, Cooper and Charlotte are struggling with a silent Mason. Once again, Charlotte was perfect and got Mason to talk to her, even though it was only to say that he didn’t want to act like everything was normal and talk about his mother, but it was a start. I think it was unfair of Cooper to insist that it was too soon and accuse her of threatening Mason. I wish Cooper didn’t always take Violet’s advice and listened to his wife: Violet has some points, but Charlotte seems to have a way with Mason.

Violet’s love to overanalyze and correct anyone and everything made her and Pete’s counselling sessions quite hilarious to watch, but she deserves some credit in the medical case of the week as she went with her gut feeling (or observation skills) and identified Missy as the one who stabbed her younger sister, Drea, to death.

 

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