Private Practice “True Colors” Review

Private Practice Drifting Back Season 5 Episode 21

Sheldon is back! I know it’s intriguing that Sheldon had a mystery ex-wife, and going on an epic vacation with said ex-wife could yield a lot of fun stories, but no one thought to mention the brain-less baby of his beloved until she walked through the door? People pull clueless friends aside to warn them about a mutual friend’s bad hair cut or ill-fitting dress so they won’t be caught off guard and stare in horror. But Sheldon is told, and his return brings back angry, lashing out Amelia. Thanks for that Sheldon.

The patient problem of the night was completely unsettling. You weren’t suppose to hate the pervy dad because it wasn’t his fault, because you could tell the fact he was attracted to his daughter was killing him. Still, there’s a gut reaction to despise an incestuous pedophile. I found the fact that his wife came back so quickly to be the most surprising development; brain scaring or no not a lot of people would be able to get past the whole I like seeing my daughter in the shower thing.

Adding to the list of tropes that cam back tonight I had previously thought the show had finally, mercifully finished with, Addison seems to be caught between Sam and Jake yet again. Jake is reliable and reasonable, but Sam is just so conveniently placed. I’m pretty sure if she was going to make a pro-con list (which might be a more valuable use of her time with her shrink than talking about the metaphor of the trash pile in the ocean) she would list Sam’s proximity to her house as his biggest pro. But Sam’s still ultimately emotionally unavailable, so she returns to Jake’s lips, which at least seems to mean nothing is going to happen between him and Amelia. That’s a relief.

For someone who claims to be so hell bent on helping Amelia, Jake seemed to let a big opportunity pass when he refused to tell Amelia what happened to his wife. Yes, I’m sure talking about his wife’s overdose is painful, but so is carrying a baby that will never live, and if he really thought she was leaning towards using again a tale of the dangers of drugs that came from a friend could only be helpful. At least he told her in the end.

Pete, not able to run off to a foreign country to get away from his wife under the pretext of altruism decides to do the next best thing and go to jail over a principal. Was it heartbreaking to watch the man’s partner agonize over the fact his wishes weren’t being honored? Of course, but Pete must have realized there would be some serious consequences to basically killing someone without legal consent. If people in the world of Private Practice behaved rationally Violet would be super mad at Pete for putting his career and the future of their family in danger, but in the tradition of misplaced anger the show has cultivated, especially during this season, I think it’s safe to assume she’ll focus her rage on Charlotte for turning him in. Oh the drama.

What did you think of this week’s episode. Will Addison choose to be with Jake?