Private Practice “The Standing Eight Count” Review

Mason is breathing life back into Private Practice like no other character could. From making Charlotte seem less human to finally making Coup act like a grown up, he’s even making the kitchen at the practice seem more interesting.

Amelia noticing Mason’s mom’s hand tremor and worrying about what it might mean seemed like the right about of foreshadowing. You know somethings going to be wrong, but will it be help Mason through this wrong or now Coup has to raise Mason alone wrong?

I feel like Charlotte and Amelia didn’t try hard enough to convince Mason’s mom to submit to some tests before illegally obtaining medical records by making up a coma. I mean normally when someone on Private Practice or Grey’s does something incredibly illegal or unethical it’s the last possible resort, but Amelia got a fairly calm no when she asked if she could examine her and they decide to jump over a second step to career endangering measures? Amelia also seemed really quick to decide there was nothing they could do for the brain tumor they found. They’re trying out the newest, most experimental treatments all the time and without so much as a flip through a medical journal they decree she’s done for? Also, are we suppose to assume that this tumor is the reason she contacted Cooper, kind of like Jenny in Forest Gump?

It was good to see Sheldon stand up for himself against the man who wanted him to rubber stamp the cop who shot the kid. His speech about the kid having so many strikes against him, like that made it ok for the cop to shot him, just didn’t resonate. An unarmed nineteen year old getting shot by mistake is sad whatever else you learn about him, and knowing you shot an unarmed teenager is going to screw anyone up. Sheldon’s right, you don’t want someone who’s so damaged on the streets with a gun.

I kind of liked awkward pick-up artist Sam. Even his extreme sexiness couldn’t compensate for his extreme lack of suave; you shouldn’t reach his age and not know that giving a soul-bearing speech about your past relationships to a one night stand isn’t a good idea whether your planning to call her or not.

For all it’s elevator button pushing brazenness, Pete’s men’s night out sexcapdes seemed kind of awkward too. It just looked really calculated, like Pete wanted to get a notch on his belt rather than really enjoy himself. Add in Cooper’s insecurities about the lack of looks he was getting from the ladies and the only Private Practice guy who really kept his cool was Jake.

Addison’s right, Jake is a baby peddler, but he’s a baby peddler that has almost mastered the Derek Sheppard stare of devotion. I was glad for the tension breaking admission from Addison that she’d almost feel asleep during what was, eventually, his confession of devotion, because otherwise the continuous dreamy look shots would have been a little too corny without it. It’s also exciting that she’s going to try a surrogate, more baby drama will be interesting.

What did you think about the episode “The Standing Eight Count”? Will the doctors be able to save Mason’s mom?