Original Air Date: Jan 15, 2013
Karen Belgrad – Senior Editor
Next we say goodbye to our doctors, but before that happens we have to get through the very powerful penultimate episode. We did say goodbye to one thing though… This was no one-character episode. All of our characters had, at least, a moment this week. And what’s most important is… babies!
Before we get to the recap/review portion, I’d like to ask you all to take a moment and share your wish list. What would you like to see happen next week? And, after next week’s finale, I’ll ask you to share what your dreams are for the characters. Yes, we all know they’re not real, but it doesn’t hurt to imagine their happily-ever-afters, does it?
Charlotte/Cooper: We’re back at the end of the pre-holiday episode, and Charlotte is in full-fledged labor. Of course, since we have an hour to fill, she’s not quite dilated enough to push, so she sends Cooper off to pick Mason up from school. As he’s doing so, he gets the call that the house he put a bid in has a competing offer and the seller wants to meet both families. While he and Mason are trying to give the hard sell over the pretentious other buyers, Charlotte is finally at ten centimeters. So he leaves the seller with an impassioned family values pitch and takes leave. Without the aid of painkillers (which I think we can safely assume Charlotte didn’t want), labor is a fairly torturous ordeal for Mama King. Baby number one comes quickly, but baby number two is transverse (sideways) and Addison has to painfully manipulate her into breech position. Both babies are healthy (and quite sizeable for preemies). Mason names one girl Caroline and Cooper picks Rachel. And then Cooper lets Charlotte, who’s surprisingly not mad, that he got the house! And the King-Freedman family is set for their new beginning.
Violet: Violet is buying books for the babies, when the shop owner (Charles, played by Faran Tahir) recognizes her from her book jacket. He flirts a little, but his inquiry about her marital status sends her into tears. Violet balls to a contracting Charlotte, who shows great restraint in not yelling at Violet. But she finds a more available ear in Sam. She depressingly states that she knows she’s not going to have more children or get married again, sighing that her life is done and painful, as she’s trying to work on accepting it. But Sam turns it around, that she is unfinished, and her book of life is a work in progress. And while Violet still turns downs Charles date offer, she is inspired to write a new book, and they agree to be friends.
Sheldon: He only had brief scenes, first introducing Miranda to Violet, but fudging on the details of how they truly got to know each other. Miranda, unsure of how much time she has left, encourages Sheldon to share what he’s going through, in detail, with one of his friends. The friend he chooses is Sam, coming clean about his eight weeks of radiation and uncertain future.
Amelia: Amelia is there for Charlotte during labor, which surprises James, based on her own history. Amelia is stoic, insisting she is fine. James asks her if she wants more babies, which sends her into a bit of a panic. She confides in Baby Georgia that love isn’t enough to prevent bad things, and she doesn’t want more babies. But after helping Charlotte through a bad contraction with a technique she learned from Jake during her own delivery, she has a change of heart. She tells James, that yes, she does want babies… someday.
Addison/Jake: Addison and Jake are excited for Henry’s official adoption day and plan an afternoon of celebrating. Jake stays at the hospital with Charlotte, while Addison attends the hearing. She is stunned when a letter from Mildred (her case worker) causes the judge to put a pause on the adoption, pending further investigation. Mildred tells her that Jake’s history (beating up the drug dealer, threatening Angela’s professor boyfriend) have given her pause. Addison is beside herself, afraid of losing Henry. She tells Jake what’s going on, and doesn’t have to say which man she would choose to keep in her life if the decision had to be made. So Jake goes to see the judge, who allows him thirty seconds to tell his story. Jake says he’s a parent, one who knows that you never finish protecting your children. And then he offers to take himself out of the equation, if it means Addison keeps Henry. And that’s enough, as Jake surprises Addison with the judge’s papers, making Henry’s adoption official. And then asks when she wants to get married!
As we head into next week… I’ve thought about what I want to see. I want Charlotte to embrace motherhood, showing her true soft side. Sam and Stephanie can agree to move in together, but not next door to his ex-girlfriend. Amelia can decide to move to Seattle and work alongside her brother (yes, I want Caterina Scorsone to go to Grey’s Anatomy). Violet can be single and focus on Lucas, putting him above all her own needs. Sheldon should be in remission, ideally with a miracle recovery for Miranda. And Addison and Jake can get married, with Addison finding out she’s having her own miracle baby, giving Henry a sibling… And that’s my wish list! What’s yours?
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