PRIVATE PRACTICE “Don’t Stop ‘Till You Get Enough” Review

PRIVATE PRACTICE Season 5, Episode 7 “Don’t Stop ‘Till You Get Enough”- Things aren’t looking good for Amelia. She’s smoking, shooting up, waking up in a bedroom full of strange men. Things are ripe for an intervention, but I guess we’ll have to wait for the two-hour Private Practice next week for that. With “Don’t Stop ‘Till You Get Enough” we just got a half-hearted meeting, an anti-climatic almost arrest, and a adorable, pitiful worried Sheldon. I really hope once they get Amelia sobered up she gives Sheldon a chance, the poor guy is everyones punching bag. Case in point, so worked up with worry he admits to Pete he called the morgue, he still is able to bottle his own emotions to calmly, genuinely congratulate him on his relationship progress. So sweet, so sad.

I’m really enjoying Mason and Mason’s mom. The moment when Mason speculates Amelia is a druggie when all the grown-ups have been tactfully discussing her problem was tacos was perfect; I love it when kids prove they’re smarter than adults think without even knowing it. He just seems older than his years in an adorable rather than obnoxious way. I also think Mason’s mom comes off as a very believable character; I can see her spitting on a six year old in defense of her son. As entertaining as that anecdote was, her forgiveness of Charlotte seemed to come way too fast. I get that as far as plot it wouldn’t be practical to keep Mason and Charlotte apart forever, but I think it would have been more believable if she still disliked and distrusted her but decided to lift the Charlotte ban because she realized it would help the development of her son’s relationship with his father. Right now Cooper’s getting to be the all fun all the time concierge dad available for tacos and wii tennis, but I’m looking forward to some kind of extended trip for his mom that will mean Cooper will have to take a crack at full time parenting.

Violet’s return to the practice seemed like a nonevent. She never really left as far as the show has shown, she continued to be involved in cases, and any attention that might have been showered on her was sidetracked by more pressing Amelia issues. I think Sheldon eating her name cupcake was a little passive aggressive.

Normally the patient stories are my favorite part of Private Practice, but I didn’t get much emotion from the car accident victim’s story. With the woman brain dead, the baby not viable, and the husband unaware that his estranged wife was even pregnant, for me it seemed obvious the heart would eventually go to the woman with the cute kids. I didn’t get why the fertility doc was so surprised Sam pulled the guilt card, after years of Grey’s and Private Practice I assumed it was standard hospital procedure, mess with your opponents emotions until they cave to your medical opinion.

What did you think of tonight’s episode? Will the other doctors save Amelia before it’s too late?