“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.

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