At last, it was time for an episode all about Charlotte in the character-centered final episodes of Private Practice.
Even though I’ve grown tired of the character-focused episodes, I knew that an hour of Charlotte would at least bring a few really good laughs. Whereas Cooper’s episode featured more reality tv-like personal confessions, Charlotte’s episode was a journey inside witty, outspoken doctor’s mind.
As expected, being confined to a bed plus an onslaught of annoying visitors resulted in Charlotte’s understandably cranky disposition. If there was one consistent theme of the entire episode, it was that Charlotte might be lying down in a bed but she is certainly not out of it. The first person to learn that lesson was Cooper, who wanted to name their first triplet. Charlotte was adamant about not naming her daughter until she had an opportunity to meet her. A less than well-intentioned hospital suit also learned this lesson when suggesting that Charlotte relinquish some of her Chief of Staff duties.
Charlotte also tried to stay abreast of her home life as she talked to herself to try to prevent her brain cells from dying and run the hospital from her bed. That proved quite the daunting feat as a spicy phone conversation with Cooper lead to the return of her contractions and the revelation that Mason has turned into a school bully resulted in an ugly argument with the man she had just been seducing over the phone. The brutal exchange was immediately followed by a showdown with Stephanie, who Charlotte decided to enlist as her private nurse – despite Stephanie’s responsibility for running the floor. The perfect storm was complete when Addison, Violet and Amelia attempted to cheer Charlotte up with a “non-shower” shower.
It wouldn’t be a Shonda Rhimes show without more drama for the first mini-Coop, who developed a serious infection that required bypass and a return to the ventilator. Thankfully, Baby King-Friedman was in much better shape by the 33 week mark and back off the ventilator. Things only got better from there as Cooper and Mason arrived to make Charlotte’s Christmas dream come true and her water broke again – but this time, the conditions were much safer. In true Charlotte fashion, she insisted that she be allowed to meet her daughter in person before giving birth to her sisters. And with that, the first mini-Coop has a name – Georgia.
Overall, I enjoyed Charlotte’s episode. I don’t know what to make of the random dance sequences. I would assume that the writers intended for the routines to have parallels to the acts but it was still strange. Despite the awkward dance intervals, the episode did a great job at showcasing how much Charlotte has grown as a character.
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