PRIVATE PRACTICE “A Better Place to Be” Review

Private Practice (ABC) Season 4 Cast

PRIVATE PRACTICE “A Better Place to Be” Season 4 Episode 4 – Everyone at the hospital is given a hard choice to make when Dell’s sister comes in the office and drops off his little girl because she can’t handle being a mother. Violet knows that Dell would have helped any of them without a second thought and feels it’s their duty to help his daughter. She wants to take in Betsey but Pete is reluctant as they’ve just gotten back together and are getting into a routine as a married couple and parents. Addison thinks about it but Sam is afraid of what could happen if she gets attached and the little girl is taken away. Coop, as an adopted child himself, knows he and Charlotte won’t be able to provide the home she needs.

Addison has a patient who has had chronic pain for years and now that she’s pregnant it’s gotten worse and unable to take it, she asks for the pregnancy to be terminated. Pete wants to try and treat her with alternative methods but Amelia wants to operate, sure that the problem is in her brain. Coop is treating a teenage boy who’s faking being sick to stay away from bullies at school. He tries to help but when the boy attempts to take his own life, Sheldon steps in as well and they all convince the mother to help her son out by actually leaving him in school so that he get through it.

My favorite bits…

Feeling so bad for Betsey. Poor kid loses both of her parents and then her aunt drops her off and says she can’t take care of her any more.

The father telling Peter that he wasn’t going to let his wife terminate the pregnancy because he wanted the baby. Ugh, talk about a hard choice.

Coop telling the kid that it was either “the truth or the cup”. LOL.

Amelia knowing what was wrong with the pregnant woman without even seeing her.

Betsey asking Violet where she was going to sleep that night. Oh man, that killed me.

Totally freaking out when Violet saw that Lucas wasn’t in his crib and then relaxing when I saw he was watching cartoons with Betsey.

Sheldon telling Violet that he thought she would help Betsey most by letting her go. Wow, that was rough.

Coop pointing out how proud Emily Post would be of Charlotte when she walked into his office, announced she was horny and asked if wanted a quicky.

Sheldon turning out to be a fan of anime and finding out that the boy had been moved from school to school so often that he’d never been able to make friends.

Violet reassuring Betsey that spilling was okay, by dumping a bunch of soda all over the floor and playing in it. So sweet.

Coop admitting that he was into magic in high school. LOL.

The kid hearing his mom call him a “weak little baby”. Oh man, how awful.

Pete asking Coop for help convincing Violet that they can’t take in Betsey.

Coop telling the kid how much his life sucked in high school and that things will get better, but not if you’re not around to see it. Loved that.

Overall I gotta say I was kinda surprised by this episode of Private Practice. I totally expected someone to take in Betsey, especially since Dell had been such a good friend to all of them. Then again, ending it this way did feel more realistic as I’m sure it’s hard for people to think of taking on someone else’s child.

What did you think of the episode? Got any favorite bits or least favorite bits of your own? I’d love to hear from you!

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  • Charles

    This episode has made every character except Violet look like self-absorbed, shallow, thought less people. In fact I would go so far as to say MEAN. And it has made Violet look spineless. In less time than Addison would give buying a pair of shoes, they call Child Services.
    I get what your saying about being difficult to take someone else’s child. But first off they gave far to little consideration. They couldn’t get rid of Betsy fast enough. Next, their reasoning flies in the face of reality. The chance of an eleven year old, emotionally scarred child finding a welcoming, loving, supportive 2 parent home for adoption borders on being a fairy tale. These Drs. are hightly educated, financially secure. They have trained and experienced co-workers to help Betsy heal her emotional scars. And Betsy already has a relationship with these people. She knows them and could bond and trust more easily with them. And their analysis is that she would be better off with 2 parents who really care. If this is any indication of the quality of their judgement, I wouldn’t want any of them as my Dr. This episode ruined all the characters for me. I need to have at least one character I like and care about to commit to an on going involvement with a show. I am investing my time, and I just don’t see anything here worth investing in. And its a shame. I have watched this show from the beginning. I liked all the characters up till now. They were human. They weren’t perfect. But I felt that at the core, they were all good people who really cared about there patients and their friends. And in one episode that connection is destroyed. WOW.

  • Christine

    I think it was a cheap trick by the writers to add some drama, almost as though they couldn’t think of what to do with everyone this week. “Oh, let’s bring back Betsy that will be a tear jerker”. This show needs to up its game and not by having Charlotte raped and brutally attacked which is apparently coming up soon. That has already been done by having Violet violently attacked. Fast getting over Private Practice because it is becoming a parody of a soap opera.

  • Snipereve

    I am so disappointed with how this episode turned out. These are professional well-off adults who could have easily taken this child in, I couldn’t believe how they turned their backs on Betsey, its so very sad. I rate the episode a 5 because of Amy Brenneman’s performance (Violet), she actually had me in tears.

    All the sleeping around with each other – actually bothered me in this episode when I saw how self-centered everyone is. The Adison-Sam relationship has yucked me out from the start. I have actually stopped being a faithful fan and have started skipping episodes. I just think that with Adison being Naomi’s best friend – and Sam being Naomi’s love, that would have been a sacred relationship. Not that I expected Sam and Naomi to reunite, I especially would hate that NOW, after this Sam & Adison mess. This is what this episode has done to me, make me reevaluate everything that they supposedly stand for and everything they actually do.

    My family (a large family) is working class, yet in my family there have been deaths of friends who have left orphan children that members of my family have raised as their own. Having grown up in an environment like this, I just cannot imagine how they could turn their backs on this child, its just so sad. I was really hoping there was a better resolution to this situation and that this episode was not going to brush this off forever. However, I just looked as the previews for the next episode and it looks like everyone went on with their cushy little lives. I deleted this season pass from my Tivo today.

  • I removed “Private Practice” from my DVR permanently after watching this episode tonight. It made me sick. I agree completely that they looked like a bunch of self-absorbed idiots. However, I think my husband has a point. They were making a very political statement that “the system” is better for people than individuals. He’s got a valid point and I think that episode was pathetic. I’m done watching that show for good.

    • Harriet

      That upsets me even more. How can they honestly believe that it is better to put children into the system than to raise them yourself?

      The system is in place specifically to help children who have no where else to turn. It is not supposed to raise kids for wealthy people who are just too self-absorbed to tolerate the inconvenience of raising a child they are connected to.

      I never cared that the characters were all sleeping around with each other or that they made selfish choices when it didn’t really matter. This matters. This is important. You don’t just stick kids in the system because you are afraid it might be difficult to raise them.

      I can’t believe I am still so angry about this.

  • Harriet

    I am so glad to find that I am not the only viewer outraged at this episode. If they did not want to keep Betsy because she was going to interfere with their lives, the *very* least they could have done was agree to keep her with them while Child Services finds her a home.

    Not one person in that group had a single good reason to refuse to help that little girl. They were all being selfish, weak and lazy. I would not be able to remain friends with anyone who chose to put the child of a close friend into foster care. I would never be able to trust them again.

    I think the producers at Private Practice made a grievous error in judgment with this episode. If they did not want to have Betsy on the show, they should have left her with her aunt where we wouldn’t think about her anymore. If they want to have her have some serious psychological problems, that could have happened while she was living with her aunt who did not want her anyway.

    This episode only served to prove that the characters they have created are not worth my time. I am very sorry to know that. I wish they had not proven this fact before I had the chance to watch the episode about Charlotte.

  • @Mokibobolink: With all due respect, how long have you been watching this show? Kate Walsh’s character’s name is Addison, not Madison.

    Anyway, I am a diehard PP fan and I absolutely hated the ending of this episode (although Amy did give a good performance).