Private Practice – Recap & Review – The Time Has Come

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Private Practice
The Time Has Come

Original Air Date: Feb 2, 2012

Karen Belgrad – Senior Editor

Sometimes something happens in an hour of television that requires viewers to let out whoops of jubilation. Sometimes things happen that incite us to scream in frustration. A good hour of television will usually encompass both. If viewers lack passion, they may have stopped caring.

After the last new episode, most of us were pretty passionate about one thing… it was high time for Violet to move out of her house of horrors and tragedy. And whaddya know, less than two minutes in and it was already being addressed. So while something would happen later on in the hour that was frustrating, this was definitely something to cheer about… So now let’s go over what happened with our doctors-without-boundaries this week!

Violet/Pete: Pete did the unimaginable this episode… he made me side with Violet. You see, it was our cute young paramedic who delivered Violet real estate listings, morning coffee, and a big kiss. The kiss was witnessed by Pete (and almost by Lucas), and it was enough to make Pete act like a complete tool. Yes, the man, who had sex with a stranger in an elevator, got all high and mighty with Violet because her son almost saw her kiss someone. He attempted to assert some ridiculous bravado with Scott about hurting Violet, but kudos to Scott for his hands up/non-combative response. Pete then demanded that Violet stop seeing him, but to Violet’s credit she threw Pete’s decision to leave back in his face. And then she slept with Scott. I hate saying this, and the words are like vinegar, but… way to go Violet!

Coop: Erica and Mason are brought into the emergency room following a car accident on the 405. Neither is seriously injured, but the crash was caused by Erica having a tumor-induced seizure while driving. Coop initially loses it with Erica over driving with Mason (seat-belted in the backseat) and threatens to have her license revoked if she drives with him again. But it’s clear to everyone that Coop is really just having a hard time with the concept of Erica dying. It’s further built upon when Mason witnesses his mother having a seizure in her hospital bed. But Charlotte, who excels at being the sane, supportive one, gets through to him and suggests that he plead with Erica to try treatment. With his wife’s prodding, Coop asks Erica to fight, for more time and for Mason, and she finally agrees. (On a lighter note, KaDee Strickland looked great with the darker hair!)

Sheldon: Our patient of the week was Rick, a soldier who recently returned home from Afghanistan. He and his wife Kelly (played by Ashley Johnson, aka Chrissy Seaver from Growing Pains, all grown up) initially come for couples counseling, as he is distant emotionally and sexually since his return. Sheldon sense there is more to the story, but Rick is resistant to talking. As Rick’s friend, Sam stops by his house, and finds him unconscious after a pills/beer suicide attempt. He survives, but at the hospital, is combative and needs to be sedated and restrained. Once he calms down, he opens up to Sheldon about having been violently raped by his (male) commanding officer. He’s immensely ashamed and blames himself, and when he finally confides in Kelly, she doesn’t understand how he, a soldier, couldn’t fight off the attack. Sheldon gets her to understand the double standard of male rape, and she eventually returns to her husband’s side, taking his hand.

Although I imagine all viewers were sympathetic to Rick’s emotional state, I wanted to make sure everyone knew this was a real plight within the military. Although 87% of all assaults reported within the military were male-female, over 200 incidents of male-male assault were reported in 2011. To read more about it, click here or here. And if you know someone who needs assistance, they can contact the DoD Safe Helpline via the web or by calling 877-995-5247.

Addison/Jake: Addison and Jake took a road trip to Palm Springs to attend the Scientific Assembly for the College of Obstetrics and Gynecology (SACOG) conference. Along the way we learned that Jake is old-fashioned (likes to drive, open doors) and Addison power eats to get over a break-up (bacon cheeseburgers). Once at the conference, Addison adds power-drinking to her list of things to do. Once she is good and hammered, she shows up at Jake’s hotel room and propositions him for sex. To his credit, and my frustration, he turns her down because she’s drunk and just trying to get over Sam. To her credit, she gets him to admit it’s also a little because he’s seen her vagina in a medical way. My frustration comes from knowing that we still have to hear about the dead horse that is the #AddiSam relationship. And because Kate Walsh and Benjamin Bratt have off-the-charts chemistry and their characters have a great starting ground for a real relationship. Addison is apologetic for the fool she made of herself, and Jake continues to be too good to be true. And how cute was the little Fiji-guilt-trip he laid on her?

Our cliff hanger is Sam getting an urgent call, which leads him to a jail, where he picks up… his sister. Have we heard about her before? Because after Addison’s brother and Pete’s family, do we really need another messed-up sibling dynamic?

There will be a separate Grey’s Anatomy recap up later, but how did you like seeing pregnant and still unfaithful Addison back at Seattle Grace?

Well, that’s it for this week! You’ve got my TwoCents! Now share your TwoCents, comments, and feedback below!

About Karen Belgrad

Number cruncher by day, Karen spends way too many hours watching television and reading/writing about what she just watched. When not glued to the television, Karen sings karaoke, checks out live music, and roots for the Chicago Blackhawks and Cubs. Pop culture trivia and the Kevin Bacon game are her useless special talents. Managing Editor for [twitter:karenb0716]
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7 Responses to Private Practice – Recap & Review – The Time Has Come

  1. Tom says:

    I thought both Grey’s and PP were great tonight. I loved seeing Addison back at Seattle Grace, but I also loved watching her with Jake on PP (btw, Kate Walsh showed great comic timing tonight when she was drunk).

    And, yes, way to go, Violet! That paramedic is so hot!

    The “Sam’s sister” story looks like a snoozefest. I just don’t care about Sam. He bores me.

  2. Ken says:

    What is the actors name that played the soldier, Rick in this episode? He looks familiar.

  3. FK says:

    The previews for next week make me want to throw something. At this point Addisam is just about sex. Jake and Addison actually have ground for a relationship. Blaaaa.

    Preggers Addison on Greys = YAY.

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