”Private Practice” recap: Too much sex
Last night's episode began with Sam getting all Dr. Phil on us, appearing on a live television program to promote his book and telling viewers the importance of listening to their bodies. And boy, did the Oceanside Wellness Group staff take note of Sam’s message: During the course of the show, Violet listened to her head, Addison listened to her gut, and Cooper tried — albeit unsuccessfully — to listen to his heart. (And you all today are forced to listen to me, as your regular Private Practice TV Watcher, Ari Karpel, is out this week; he’ll return next Wednesday to wax poetic on our favorite 40-year-olds going on 14.)
But let’s start with Addison. Our poor, dear Addison. No matter where she goes, whether it’s Seattle Grace or the much sunnier Oceanside Wellness, she’s never greeted with open arms. Sure, I suppose I understood why the staff was reluctant to accept her at first, but now that the good doctor has been in California long enough to unpack her belongings, I would expect that her co-workers would finally lose their cliquey attitude. I mean, come on, guys. This isn’t Heathers. If nothing else, they should at least be open to attending a housewarming party at Addison’s place — it’s the least they can do after breaking in two weeks ago to watch a stripper next door. But the staff must have come down with a case of the warm fuzzies in the show’s final minutes, because they eventually decided to attend.
Though her casual get-together occupied about a third of our protagonist’s brain last night, another third was focused on a much more important matter: Addison discovered that she still has the ability to conceive children. Inspired by Sam’s stint on TV, Addison decided to take her health into her own hands and check out her medical file. Though Naomi had told her that she could never have a child, Addison’s detective work proved she still had two eggs left. When she confronted Naomi about withholding the truth, Naomi ‘fessed up but held to her opinion that a pregnancy would be nothing short of a miracle for Addison.
But no worries, because after last night’s episode, Addison is all about miracles. Her faith stemmed from one of her patients: a young mental-ward escapee named Rebecca whose body was so malnourished her pregnancy was a miracle in itself. The mean ol’ hospital chief of staff, Dr. King, however, said Rebecca had Munchausen syndrome and was faking her illness, but Addison still refused to give up faith. So in Oceanside Wellness’ first attempt to actually support Addison, the team banded together in true House form to solve the mystery, which turned out to be an undetected autoimmune disease. Does this outcome mean we can expect to see a pregnant Addison in the season to come? And if so, who would the baby daddy be?
Now on to Cooper. I know Tim Daly is all McDreamy: The Sequel and everything, but why isn’t Paul Adelstein considered the stud of Private Practice? Whereas Pete has so far been emotionally detached from anything that isn’t made of limestone, Cooper has proved himself to be quite the romantic, consistently wearing his heart on his sleeve. But he can’t seem to get past being pegged the sex freak by his colleagues. So the guy likes strippers and sometimes makes dates on the Internet. Shonda Rhimes, meet men. Men, meet Shonda Rhimes. Moving on.
Cooper’s patient this week seemed to be suffering from mononucleosis, but it wasn’t until the negative tests came back that the preteen, Michael, told the doctor his real affliction: He was in love. (Love Actually, anyone?) Cooper encouraged the boy to reveal his feelings to his crush and — in a touching moment — made a pact with Michael that they would both confess their love to their respective objects of affection. Though the doctor practiced coming clean to Violet — in a bathroom stall, no less (watch that wide stance, Cooper!) — Michael was the only one to actually follow through, and got a beating as a reward. Yep, turned out the10-year-old boy was gay, and his skateboarding-pal crush wasn’t too keen to discover it. For the second episode in a row, it seemed Cooper had become a student to his patients: Last week, he learned how to better understand women from his young, literally blue female clients, and last night, Michael taught Cooper that bravery may be worth the risk of rejection. Here’s hoping that Cooper channels Michael sooner than later — if Violet doesn’t move on from Allan soon, I’ll be tempted to jump off the Private Practice bandwagon.
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