In Which We Say Goodbye (Series Finale)
Original Air Date: Jan 22, 2013
Karen Belgrad – Senior Editor
After six seasons, tonight we bid adieu to Private Practice and all its highs and lows. We’ve been with the show through love, death, marriage, babies, sex, and more medical jargon than we’ll ever remember. But the show that started as a spin-off vehicle for Kate Walsh brought us an eclectic family of characters that won’t soon be forgotten.
Everyone has favorite stories, least favorite moments, so please take to the comments section below and share your fondest memories. The strongest storyline for me was the rape of Charlotte King and its aftermath. It will stay with me long after the show has become, to some, a footnote on Shonda Rhimes’ resume. But before we say goodbye, let’s take a moment to reflect on the final hour.
Addison: Having first met and fell in love with Addison Adrianne Forbes Montgomery (formerly Shepherd) on Grey’s Anatomy, hers was the simplest of closures this evening. We opened the hour with her making a video, talking about her marriage to Derek and how we was perfect, just not perfect for her. She’s no longer chasing a fairy tale… And we cut to her cold feet prior to her marriage to Jake, quickly squelched by Naomi’s (returning Audra McDonald) arrival as her maid of honor. She and Jake are married, with all of their closest Seaside friends in attendance (no Grey’s cameos… boo). The rest of her activities for the hour play into other stories, but we’re aware that Jake is her happy ending.
Jake: Jake’s only conflict this hour is when Angela informs him that she’s taking a semester off from college to travel to Rome with Eli, her fifty year old boyfriend. Jake’s still not happy, but Angela is clear that it is her decision. After some talk with Sheldon (more below), Jake promises that all he wants is to someday give her hand in marriage to a man that makes her happy, even if it’s Eli. But Angela will always be his girl.
Amelia and James: Happily ever after, with James pledging that someday it will be them at the altar.
Cooper/Charlotte: Cooper is exhausted as a stay-at-home dad with the triplets. Charlotte vents about her busy day, shooting down his request for a nanny, reminding him that he agreed to stop working to take care of the kids. Cooper goes on a tear, about how his five days of no showering, smelly shirt, and exhaustion will one day lead him to sleep with another mom he meets at the park. It’s played for slight comical relief, but we later see Cooper back at the office, so we can safely assume he got his nanny. And, unlike our earlier fears, I’m happy to report that all triplets are shown at home and healthy!
Sheldon: Sheldon and Miranda are together at Addison’s wedding, but he still hasn’t told anyone that she is ill. When we next see them, three months have passed, and nobody seems surprise when Miranda seizes and collapses at the practice, so we assume the cat was out fo the bag. Miranda knows that she’s at the end of her disease, so she demands that Sheldon walk away and not be there to see the ugly reality of her death. He does go, but in a speech to Jake (about Angela) and Sam (about Naomi, see below), talks about how love is impervious to logic, but there is nothing greater. In a flash of inspiration, he quits his job and goes to Miranda, angry at her for suggesting he walk away. He declares that the greatest time of his life has been with her, and he would be honored to take care of her. Her resolve quickly melts, and we see the two of them lounging on a beach, spending whatever time is left together.
Violet: Violet is seen counseling Holly, a patient of hers for the past six years. Violet encourages Holly that it is time to end their sessions, as Holly has moved forward in her life since her losing her parents and boyfriend in a car accident six years prior. But Holly isn’t ready to let go and stop therapy, even if it means turning down a spot at the Le Cordon Bleu in Paris. But Violet tells her she’s ready to move on, that she will no longer offer her sessions (Skype isn’t an option?), forcing her to accept that she’s ready to move on. Violet sees her off, where Holly thanks her for saving her life and being her family when she didn’t have one. Clearly Holly was a metaphor for saying goodbye to the show overall, and I think it was done in a nice, understated way… Of course, Violet later presenting her new book, “Private Practice”, about her life, joy, friends, and patients at Seaside is a little more on the nose. Didn’t Violet end up in a heap of trouble the last time she wrote about her patients? By the way, Cooper thinks the title “Private Practice” is too vague and sucks.
Sam and Naomi: In the midst of Addison and Jake’s wedding, out of nowhere, Sam and Naomi reconnect and fall into bed together. Seriously, have we even thought of them as a viable option for the past few years? I get that weddings can rekindle sparks, but poor Stephanie… Sam’s girlfriend and date for the evening! It’s a well-kept secret until three months later when Naomi pays Addison a visit and is a little queasy. Yup, naturally, she’s pregnant. Addison assumes it is Fife’s baby, but after Naomi reveals the two broke up and Addison spies an awkward Sam encounter, she puts two and two together so quickly that it equals seven. Naomi confirms Addison’s suspicions, but tells her friend to keep her mouth shut.
Since doctor-patient confidentiality has never been the show’s strongest point, Addison goes running to Jake, who also advises her to keep her nose out of other people’s business. Uh-huh. But Addison has determined that Naomi and Sam (still dating Stephanie) have never found true love with anyone else because they still love each other, she quickly drops the bomb to Sam that Naomi still loves him. Sam breaks up with Stephanie, who also has somehow surmised that he loves Naomi. Sam runs off to Naomi’s work, and in a rom-com move, declares his love to her, which she thinks is only about the baby. Which, of course, he knew nothing about. He declares he loves her and is, surprisingly, happy about the baby. We fast forward… and back to Addison’s video where she declares that a second wedding is better than the first one… because it’s the last one. And Naomi and Sam remarry!
Did you see the second wedding of the hour coming? Way to keep a lid on spoilers to all involved, as I had no idea! It definitely came out of nowhere, but I did like seeing everyone happy, including a single Violet, who didn’t need a Pete-replacement to complete her. Was it the ending you wanted to see?
And finally, how gorgeous was Tashaki Miyaki’s cover of Roxette’s “It Must Have Been Love”?
You’ve got my TwoCents! So for the last time (sob!), please share your TwoCents, comments, and feedback below! It’s been a pleasure recapping and discussing this show with you all!