Private Practice Season Finale Review “Gone, Baby, Gone”

Grey’s Anatomy is good at the shocking, jaw dropping season finales, and Private Practice can really dish out the sad, gut wrenching deaths.

So Amelia is finally having her baby, and she’s doing it the super-duper hard way. No drugs, no friends, assuming she’ll never actually see the baby she’s giving birth to. And then she starts babbling about a unicorn baby leaving the audience to wonder if she’s cracked under the emotional strain of what she has to do, or if part of the baby’s condition gives him unicorn like features. It was a really nice moment when she finally let Addison come in and help her through her labor. It illustrated not only how close they were but how long they’ve known each other to see how quickly Amelia regressed, calling her Addy and leaning on her like her life depended on it.

It’s hard to pin-point the most heartbreaking moment of her tiny baby’s life. When he starts squeaking because without his brain he can’t cry, which would be really cute if it wasn’t so horrifically sad? When, after all his organs are harvested, Sam thanks him then wipes the blood from the corner of his tiny, tiny mouth? Or when, as he struggles to breath and Amelia realizes her time with her son is over she tells him he’ll see his father in heaven? All terribly sad moments combine to make at least fifteen minutes of pure TV sorrow.

The level of sadness those moments elicited made Addison and Jake’s hospital hook-up seem even more bizarre. Sure, it could be said that they were trying to distract themselves from their own sadness and grief, and since Amelia is like a sister to Addison it would be emotionally devastating for her to see her in so much pain, but they still were ultimately enjoying themselves while, down the hall, Amelia recovered from long, completely natural childbirth as well as the grief of losing said child. Shouldn’t they have been with Sheldon trying to comfort her?

Poor, poor Sheldon downing-grading his desperate love for Amelia to a desire to be BFFs was sadly pathetic, even for him. It was made even worse when he said she didn’t reciprocate his feelings, and she stayed silent. True, it doesn’t seem like she has any romantic feelings for him, but would it have killed her to say, “You’re one of my best friends too?”

Mason offering to call Charlotte Mama was sweet, and the expression of happy disbelief on her face was pretty funny. It works for him now, but somehow I think by high school Mama won’t be a socially acceptable name for his mother, stand-in or otherwise.

For a someone who goes on and on about their love and commitment to their son it seemed strange that Pete needed a speech from Cooper to remind him that he’ll miss important moments with his son if he ends up sitting in jail. It’s probably something he should have considered before he pulled his patient’s life support plug, but I guess it’s better late than never.

And then rounding out the finale is the giant cliff hanger; will Addison accept Sam’s proposal and crush poor Jake and his flowers? Or will she accept Jake, his flowers, and his take-out food, leaving Sam wondering if things would have been different if he’d actually shown up with a ring?

What did you think of the season finale? Will Addison pick Sam or Jake?