(from left) Addison (played by Kate Walsh), Naomi (played by Audra McDonald), and Violet (played by Amy Brenneman)

Rewatching ‘Private Practice’: “In Which Sam Receives an Unexpected Visitor”

As a new segment on WhatSamWatches, I will now be doing more informal reviews/commentaries on what I’m watching. And it’ll include shows I’ll be rewatching just because I feel like it. I know I just did a review on Private Practice not that long ago but I’m not ready for it to be over. So I’m binging the show from the beginning all over again. This is the second episode of Private Practice but catch up on how Addison ended up in LA with the first episode.

In Which Sam Receives an Unexpected Visitor

Cooper (played by Paul Adelstein) and Pete (played by Tim Daly) talking to Addison (played by Kate Walsh) at her house
  • It’s a little weird that everyone just barges into Addison’s place. I mean, they just met.
  • Well, there’s Sam’s dog again. He/she comes up again at the end of the episode but I don’t he/she comes back for another episode.
  • It’s weird for Cooper to send Sam a stripper/entertainer and then invite everyone to Addison’s place next door to watch.
  • Did Violet just sniff Addison’s pillow? I mean, I’d be interested in her stuff too but she’s not even trying to hide her curiosity. But sniffing a pillow is an odd move.
  • I’d be mad at Cooper instead of Pete for the whole situation. But I guess Pete’s player reputation is just rubbing Addison the wrong way.
  • Naomi does know that Cooper hired the stripper/entertainer, right? She seems to just be placing the blame on Sam.
  • I get that Dell has a crush on Naomi but it would’ve been impressive for Addison to speak at Dell’s midwifery class. He should’ve at least given her a chance.

Violet and the Bike

Violet (played by Amy Brenneman) talking to Naomi (played by Audra McDonald) in the kitchen
  • It’s a nice bike. But that’s a lot of money to spend on a bike.
  • How long were Violet and Allan even together? I mean, at least three years but I can’t remember if she ever says how long they’re together overall.
  • I get that the bike has meaning to Violet, but there’s no reason why it couldn’t also be a chick magnet for Cooper.
  • That poor, expensive bike. But if breaking it makes Violet feel better, I say go for it.

Sam’s Patient

Sam (played by Taye Diggs)
  • I get why Sam’s mad at Charlotte for releasing his patient but I get why she did. If everything checks out, there’s no reason why she shouldn’t release him. Especially since they needed the bed for other patients.
  • What is with patients coming into the office with emergencies? I guess it beats sitting in an ER for hours.
  • Poisoning your son and your grandson isn’t great. But considering the fact that it kind of works in this situation is interesting. 
  • I just have to say one thing about Sam, his patient, David, and his alcoholism. In this episode, he’s defending David and his addiction. Later, when Amelia relapses in season five, Sam argues against addiction and its classification as a disease. 
  • I can’t believe Grandma’s method of poisoning her son and grandson actually works. And that Sam just goes along with it. But then again, David’s not interested in getting better so I guess it all worked out in the end.

The Switched Babies

Addison (played by Kate Walsh) talking to Beth (played by Susan Kelechi Watson) and Greg (played by Elimu Nelson) O'Brien as Beth holds baby Emily
  • Anytime we’re reminded of Addison’s genetics specialty is always interesting. Most of her cases, later on, are OB or neonatal cases. But it’s always nice to see her specialty in genetics. It’s just a nice change of pace, in my opinion.
  • I remember this genetics case with the babies. It’s definitely still one of my favorite cases from the show.
  • I can’t even imagine being the parents in this case, on either side. At this point, the parents have already bonded with their baby and now they find out that it’s not even their baby. Heartbreaking.
  • Cooper’s being a little too hard on the dad. Not everyone’s as outwardly emotional as he is.
  • I get Naomi’s frustration with Charlotte but again, I understand her point of view. She wants to figure this whole situation out too but she is chief of staff at St. Ambrose so protecting the hospital’s reputation is also part of her job. It probably isn’t fun for her to have to consult legal.

Sorting it All Out

Addison (played by Kate Walsh) looking concerned with Charlotte (played by KaDee Strickland) in the background
  • I feel for both sides in this situation. Addison, Naomi, and Charlotte all want to figure out how the babies got switched but because it happened in Charlotte’s hospital, she feels like she has to defend herself and her staff.
  • It’s strange that the parents just switched the babies back. It would make more sense if the parents kept in touch and just updated each other on the babies. I know they’re young and the babies will be fine but the parents, especially the mothers, already love the baby. Whether it’s biologically theirs or not. Kind of like what happened in Switched at Birth. Except in that show, the kids were already teenagers so I guess it makes more sense why both families became so interconnected.

Finding the Culprit

Duncan (played by Dorian Harewood) and Melinda (played by Barbara Eve Harris), who's holding baby Sarah, talking to Addison (played by Kate Walsh)
  • Knowing how this baby switch situation turns out, Duncan’s really overcorrecting with his reaction.
  • Even now, Duncan’s still trying to play the innocent card. But it doesn’t matter because they all know he switched the babies.
  • I get why he’s upset; they spent all this money, time, and effort to get their baby and not long after she’s born, it’s clear that she’s sick. But as much as I sympathize with that, it doesn’t excuse his behavior.
  • But if it really took that much effort for the Stinsons to get a baby, wouldn’t they have done genetic testing? Would this disease that baby Emily has not come up? Because I genuinely don’t know the answer to that. Or if it did, were the parents just so desperate to have their own baby that they didn’t care?
  • Again, the case with the babies is heartbreaking. Not only do the parents have to switch the babies back, but one of them’s so sick that she won’t make it past five years old.
  • That scene of Charlotte crying as she and Addison watch the mothers switch back their babies is so short but so sweet. 

Final Thoughts

Pete (played by Tim Daly) talking to Addison (played by Kate Walsh) in her office
  • Pete, now’s probably not the time to offer to kiss Addison again.
  • Kate Walsh and Tim Daly still have such great chemistry together. And I’m probably going to keep saying it in future episodes.
  • As crazy as it seems, Naomi actually makes a lot of sense when it comes to why she doesn’t want Sam dating Ginger. 
  • And the dog makes one last appearance. And no one ever questions the fact that we never see him/her again.

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