TV Recap

''Private Practice'': Sleeping With the Enemy

Rival doc Charlotte gets treated for insomnia at the clinic; plus, after helping a woman with an incurable disease, Addison kisses Pete but tells him she's holding out for what she wants

Private Practice | NO SNOOZE IS GOOD NEWS At least Charlotte opened up about herself
NO SNOOZE IS GOOD NEWS At least Charlotte opened up about herself

''Private Practice'' recap: Charlotte stays overnight

Boy, Private Practice got deep last night. Charlotte opened up about her alcoholic mother, who didn't touch her as a child. Dell offhandedly mentioned that he'd been abused when he was growing up. A patient named Angie asked Naomi and Addison to tell her husband he's unable to father a child even though he can.

And Addison, Coop, and Dell emerged as the wise ones. Who'da thunk it? Fending off Pete, Addison resolved to hold out for true, lasting love, marriage, and children. And her advice to Angie — ''live your whole life'' — resonated enough to make the patient tell her husband the truth, that she has the gene for a fatal disease.

Coop, meanwhile, called it that a young patient was being abused by her MS-suffering mother. But Dell evidently knew all along — which makes you wonder why he never said anything before. Then again, he's, like, the receptionist. The receptionist who does nothing to hide his huge crush on the woman who owns the place, but the receptionist no less.

Even the boopy music that plagues every ABC drama (you listening, Brothers and Sisters?), turning any serious moment into a lighthearted romp, seemed to be somewhat under wraps last night. But they let loose with some bombshells. They sure do love their bombshells on Private Practice! Let a character abruptly reveal some unexpected fact — like Angie's ''I think I'm dying'' or Dell's ''I was abused as a child'' (though, in his case, not in so many words) — and then...jump to a commercial!

When Angie told Addison and Naomi that they should lie to her husband, she was met with disbelief and confusion. Where did these people go to medical school? I know they're not so great at teaching bedside manner at those schools, but don't they tell you to at least adopt a poker face when a patient reveals something unexpected? To make it worse, Addison and Naomi then decided to kick ''Liar Liar Pants on Fire Angie'' (literally, that's what they called her) out of their practice — without even trying to figure out what was behind all this. People, it's a TV show — there's always something behind all this! That's when (dun-dun) Angie declared she was dying. Addison and Naomi were shocked, and...commercial break!

Once they sorted through all that and administered the needed test, Addison, Naomi, and Violet broke the news that Angie is positive. Only they didn't tell her; they simply looked at her with pity and sympathy — puppy-dog eyes — until she realized it. Shouldn't the doctor have to speak the diagnosis?

Still, that's when Addison came through with her ''everyone deserves to live their whole life'' spiel, which was very effective for both Angie and Addison. It's the reason Addison moved to L.A.: to live life on her terms. And that doesn't mean just sleeping with Dr. Feelgood. It means having the life she wants — a serious relationship, marriage, children — ideally named Carson. (''It works for a boy or a girl,'' she said.) And since this is television and not real life, she can make Pete become the guy she wants him to be. That's the fantasy, right? You can change someone else; he can become the man you want him to be. Or the woman: Coop wants the same from Violet; first she just has to realize he's in love with her, then she needs to learn to want kids.

NEXT: The big life lesson

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