Private Practice “The Letting Go” Review

This week on Private Practice we were introduced to Dr.Reiley’s daughter-in the most awkward way possible. It’s not that no teenagers have the kind of relationship with their parents that they’d tell them they’d lost their virginity, not even that no teenage daughter has that relationship with her father (though I think they are rare). It’s that no daughter would be that excited to share and seem to expect her father to be excited about his little girls budding sex life too. The whole thing was painful to watch, and that was before he bought her the condoms.

The doctors of Private Practice don’t just have crazy tangled love lives, they have no manners about those tangles. For instance, it’s not polite to have deep, meaningful looks with her husband over your boyfriend’s sickbed. It’s also not polite to repeatedly say you’re having the love of your life’s baby to a different guy who loves you. You could see the life leaving Sheldon’s eyes every time Amelia repeated “Ryan’s baby.” His offer of baggy clothes and a hideaway so Amelia wouldn’t have to tell baby-hungry Addison she’s pregnant was sweet, but just acted as another example of how poor doormat Sheldon seems determined to put himself in situations that get his heart trampled on.

Violet’s boy-toy breaking things off so she could be with Pete seemed inevitable since their attraction to each other had been playing out literally right in front of his face during his hospital stay; they even had some kind of moment while he helped Violet pop the boyfriend’s shoulder back in its socket. That whole situation seemed sketchy to begin with. Let the girl-friend treat him? And instead of taking over while she was floundering and the poor guy was screaming in pain, just cheering her on? Let’s hope when Lucas breaks a limb Mommy doesn’t decide she really wants to try setting it herself.

The imminent demise of Mason’s mom seemed clumsily handled. When Amelia told her she was full of tumors and only had a week to live she seemed sad and apologetic, but not that surprised. Was she being monitored? If they thought the cancer could spread, why didn’t they follow up the tumor removal with chemo and radiation? That said, her saying good-bye to Mason might be the saddest Private Practice moment to date. Just the way he rattled off all the way he would behave, and saved his tears for the hallway was heart-breaking.

Sam’s back and forth decision on how he should handle his sister’s recovery seemed like a too-long plot line that didn’t need to be carried over from last week. Yes, maybe he needed the wake up call shoving the pills down her throat provided, but shouldn’t watching her throw herself throw a plate-glass door have waken him up too? And as a doctor, shouldn’t he have immediately put her under at least a temporary psych hold after she confessed she was having suicidal thoughts? Putting her in a care facility seems like the best decision, no matter how hard it was for him to do it.

What did you think of this week’s episode? Did Sam make the right decision for his sister?

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