When Amelia goes into labor, the Seaside doctors – even those she pushed away — come to her side as she faces the hardest decision of her life. Meanwhile, after Pete finds himself in life-changing trouble, he and Violet realize what they mean to one another, and Addison is faced with a choice.
The heartbreaking Private Practice season finale, Gone, Baby, Gone, revolves around Amelia giving birth to her son, and her colleagues/friends at Seaside Wellness coming to terms with her decision to harvest his organs for donation (it struck me how this was a show conceived originally as a light-hearted spinoff to Grey’s Anatomy, but it has become darker and more serious).
So Amelia is finally having her baby, and she’s doing it the hard way: no drugs, no friends, assuming she’ll never actually see the baby she’s giving birth to. While she is in labor, her colleagues/friends questioned whether what she wanted was actually murder and if it was ethical. At first, I thought that Amelia was going for what needed to be done, but then I realised that the issue is not that simple. However, Amelia’s choice to donate her baby’s organs was brave and selfless and her unicorn baby was a miracle. I liked how Amelia called her baby a unicorn baby, because when she was 12 she was obsessed with unicorns because they were magical and could do great things, and her “unicorn baby” will by helping others, which is great and magical.
The episode is packed with particularly touching moments…
- when Amelia pleaded with Sam to be a part of the transplant team by listing off the children’s lives her baby’s organs could save and telling him “I’m his mom. And I’m asking you to do this. If I can get there, why can’t you?”,
- when Amelia finally lets Addison help her through her labor and leans on her like her life depends on it,
- when Amelia changes her mind about seeing her baby before the transplant team does their work and too soon he starts struggling to breath and Amelia realizes her time with her son is over, or
- when, after all his organs are harvested, Sam thanks Amelia’s baby and then wipes the blood from the corner of his tiny mouth.
Meanwhile, Charlotte admits taking to motherhood with Mason changed her more than she ever expected and the expression of happy disbelief on her face when Mason offered to call her Mama was sweet. Pete, instead, needed a reminder from Cooper visiting him in jail that he needed to do whatever it takes to get back to his family. Pete should have thought about the important moments with his son, Lucas, that he will miss if he ends up sitting in jail before he pulled his patient’s life support plug, it’s better late than never.
I felt like the scene where Addison hooks up with Jake, and then is proposed to by Sam is too rushed and though what happened with Amelia and the unicorn baby must have been emotionally devastating for everyone at Seaside Wellness, prompting them to seek comfort and reconsider their priorities, the Gone, Baby, Gone end scenes almost felt like they were meant for a very different episode. However, learning who Addison will pick, Sam or Jake, gives me a good reason to look forward to Private Practice next season.