“Private Practice”, Season 6, Episodes 1 & 2: Review


Addison settles into her new life after making a decision between Jake and Sam; Violet fears the worst when Pete doesn’t show up to his preliminary court hearing; and Charlotte swears Cooper to secrecy when she receives shocking news. Meanwhile, Amelia celebrates one year of sobriety and Sheldon rekindles a romance with his ex-wife.

Mourning Sickness

The doctors reminisce during a celebration at Addison’s house; Sheldon counsels a suicidal patient who makes a shocking confession.


Aftershock spans panning one single day and tells the same story from different perspectives, following one or two characters throughout the day, then finally the group as a whole, exploring and eventually piecing together events that will bring about changes for all of the doctors of Seaside Health and Wellness.

The episode opens with Violet’s story as she prepares herself for the first day of Pete’s trial. Violet’s story also sets the stage for one of the main overlapping storylines that revolves around Ed, a recovering alcoholic wishing to make amends with his estranged daughter, pregnant Debra. Debra goes into labour just as recovering alcoholic Ed is about to have a heart attack that almost ends his life. This storyline weaves through each of the main characters’ sections, ultimately tying everything together as each player helped this estranged family find its way back together. Meanwhile, Pete fails to appear in court for the first day of his trial for his mercy killing near the end of season 5. Violet fears that he has run away from his troubles and his family until she receives the worst call of her life informing her that Pete had a heart attack and died.

Addison’s story answers the question as to whether she chose Sam or Jake and it is Jake that she chose. Of course, Addison wouldn’t be Addison if she didn’t allow her tendency to over think things create a few bumps in the road with Jake, but unlike  the past, she quickly comes clean with Jake and the scene when she tried to explain her fears to him is absolutely hilarious.

Elsewhere, Charlotte finds out she is pregnant  and she and and Cooper have different reactions as to whether Charlotte’s pregnancy is viable or not. Their discovery that they’re bound to have triplets is a remarkable twist, setting the stage for a comedy of errors between Charlotte and Cooper and it will be interesting to see how their relationship will evolve and how they will face the challenges ahead of them.

It was good to see Amelia happy and sober after what she had to go through last season and she is lucky that she can count on Sheldon to help her weather her insecurities. However, Sam cornering Sheldon about the results of his (Sheldon’s) blood test has me worried about his health.

Sam seems to be doing fine after Addison turned down his proposal and he’s already struck up a relationship with a nurse at St. Ambrose.

So all of the doctors ofSeaside Health and Wellness have something new and life-changing to tackle this season, which looks to be a promising one.

Private Practice’s 100th episode, Mourning Sickness, everyone gathers at  a Balinese style party hosted by Addison. Throughout the episode the doctors of Seaside Health & Wellness also thought back on their memories with Pete and help their friend and co-worker through the tough time.

Personally, I can understand Pete’s wish that his family and friends celebrate his life rather than mourn his death, but I think that his wish put those left behind in an awkward position: it takes time to be ready to celebrate someone’s, especially when their death was a sudden, unexpected one and there was no time to say goodbye.

In fact, Pete’s friends, co-workers and patients telling about how he made a difference in their life made Pete even more sorely missed.

One of the most touching moments of the episode was the scene in which Violet, taking a break from the festivities, finds Mason sitting alone on the beach.  Mason is no stranger to the death of a loved one and he has the rather simple yet honest view that it “really sucks that he died,” and sympathizes with Violet that it’s lonely, being the one left behind.

Of course, Addison has something to be neurotic about in this episode, too. This time, she worries about losing Sam as a friends, which is understandable in the light of Pete’s death. I only wonder if she’d given any thought to how Jake would feel about her and Sam being friends and to Sam needing time after being rejected.

It is an emotional day already for everyone in attendance, despite Pete wanting everyone to be happy and keep it light, but when Addison gets the phone call that they’d pulled Mark off of life support she broke down, adding to the mortality theme of the episode.

Eventually Mourning Sickness reminded everyone that they’re only human and are not immortal.  It gave an insight into how these characters all care about each other, and clearly their patients, almost no matter what.

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