Still of Sam (played by Taye Diggs) and Naomi (played by Audra McDonald) talking to each other from Private Practice 1x04

Rewatching ‘Private Practice’: “In Which Addison Has a Very Casual Get Together”

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. So since I rewatched the third episode last week, we’re now onto the fourth episode of Private Practice.

In Which Addison Has a Very Casual Get Together

Addison (played by Kate Walsh) poking her head into Sam's (played by Taye Diggs) back door as he straightens his tie in the mirror
  • I’ve gotten that teeth-falling-out dream more times than I can count.
  • I don’t know if other people still feel this way about RSVPs, but I too like getting an (digital) RSVP to know who’s coming. Or at least some kind of confirmation.
  • They really made Sam’s live TV appearance as if he were Oprah. Addison really got inspired by “I’m a strong, proud bald man”? Also, the idea that your mind and body have to work together to keep you healthy is such a norm now. I don’t know if it was back then but it’s nice to see the idea behind Sam’s book still holds up.
  • I’ve never really thought of the Arm & Hammer logo as a guy. Because it’s literally just an arm. There is no head so we technically have no idea if he (of she, for that matter) is bald.

Pete’s Patient, Sylvie

Pete (played by Tim Daly) trying to reassure his patient, Sylvie (played by Debra Mooney)
  • It’s Owen’s mom from Grey’s Anatomy! I love that they rotate a lot of the same actors throughout all the Shondaland shows. But it does make it a little confusing at first for people who watch all the Shondaland shows.
  • Sylvie seems to really know Pete and his past. So I find it weird that she never comes back.
  • Well, at least Sylvie knew Anna. But we don’t really learn anything about her from Sylvie either.
  • But at least she likes the idea of Pete getting together with Addison.
  • I love how open Sylvie is about her sex life. Even though Stan clearly isn’t.

Cooper’s Patient, Michael

Cooper (played by Paul Adelstein) talking to Michael (played by Miles Heizer)
  • Ugh, I love Miles Heizer. And I love this storyline altogether.
  • These days, doctors (or anyone really) wouldn’t assume a male patient’s in love with a girl. Or at least, they shouldn’t.
  • Poor Michael. He asked a boy out and he beat him. Michael’s so brave to even ask Brian out at all. And at such a young age. I just want to give him a hug.
  • At least Brian helped Cooper find Michael after he went missing. And he apologized.

Cooper and Violet

Cooper (played by Paul Adelstein) talking to Violet (played by Amy Brenneman)
  • I can’t believe they really tried to make Cooper and Violet a (romantic) thing. Plus, Violet’s clearly not in the right state of mind right now for a new relationship. You know, considering the fact that she’s still hung up on her ex.
  • Cooper really tried to pour out his heart to Violet while a pee sample sat between them. Probably not the best timing. Cooper’s patient really is braver than him.
  • And of course, Violet’s being a little obsessive over her ex’s wife’s pee. Gross.
  • I’m guessing it would’ve been better if Violet didn’t find out why Cami (Allan’s wife) came to the practice. But in retrospect, Cami should’ve just gone to a different practice.

Addison’s Fertility Issues

Addison (played by Kate Walsh) holding a glass of white wine while she talks to Naomi (played by Audra McDonald)
  • I’ve said this before but I can’t believe Naomi didn’t even try fertility treatments with Addison. I know it doesn’t end up working with Jake later on but still. Plus, Naomi’s her best friend so she should’ve at least tried.
  • Just wondering, but is Naomi the best fertility specialist in LA or is Jake? They never really compare the two but they both clearly have good reputations. I mean, we only really know Naomi’s good because everyone in the office says so. But in season five, Addison goes to Jake because people recommended him. So even though they never explicitly say, I think Jake’s beats her, in the professional sense, just a little bit.
  • I’d probably be mad at Naomi too if I were Addison. To know that Naomi’s worked relentlessly on other patients just like Addison (health-wise) but didn’t try to help Addison.
  • I love that Addison opens up to Violet. I mean, she had to ask her to share. But still. Plus, I wish they made them closer friends earlier on. They don’t really become close friends until the fifth season. Which is crazy knowing that Kate Walsh and Amy Brenneman are best friends in real life.

Addison’s Get-Together

Violet (played by Amy Brenneman) about to grab a beer from Cooper (played by Paul Adelstein) while Pete (played by Tim Daly) and Dell (played by Christopher Lowell) sit between them
  • It’s kind of rude that Violet and Cooper just don’t want to come to Addison’s get-together. Especially since Violet’s argument of already having enough friends feels insufficient. The only friend of hers that we meet outside of the practice is Kara Wei. And they don’t even stay friends after that one episode. But I’m getting ahead of myself.
  • Well at least Dell RSVP’d. I can’t believe Naomi didn’t even RSVP. I thought she was supposed to be her best friend.
  • I can’t believe everyone just started drinking at the office when Addison invited them to a party.

The Mystery Illness

Still of Addison (played by Kate Walsh) talking to Rebecca (played by Mageina Tovah) from Private Practice 1x04
  • I love that Addison advocates for Rebecca, their patient with a mysterious illness.
  • They really underestimate Dell for his entire time on the show. Even more so in season one. But it’s good Dell checked on Rebecca because of the contractions.
  • I only already knew about Munchausen Syndrome because of Sharp Objects. And I know it’s been used in other shows too.
  • Poor Rebecca. She really is sick and has been eating but no one believes her. Well, except Addison. Even after the labs say she hasn’t eaten in days.
  • It was smart for them to go back to the beginning. After everyone gave her the Munchausen label, she got stuck with it.
  • I’m glad they all eventually figured it out. And the fact that Charlotte lets them help Rebecca.

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