Rewatching ‘Private Practice’: “In Which Charlotte Goes Down the Rabbit Hole”

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 fifth episode last week, we’re now onto the sixth episode of Private Practice.

In Which Charlotte Goes Down the Rabbit Hole

Pete (played by Tim Daly) holding at bottle of wine in his hand while standing outside Addison's (played by Kate Walsh) open door, who's standing in front of him.
  • I wonder who Naomi actually went out on a date with.
  • Pete didn’t really think that’d work, did he? Especially after Sam told him Addison was the marriage-type of girl. Showing up at her door drunk wasn’t going to do him any favors.
  • I know it’s a small detail but I love that we get to see how Dell sets everything up before everyone gets there. Especially because we see how unprepared everyone is the one day that Dell comes in late in 1×09.

Suspecting Abuse

Cooper (played by Paul Freedman) checking out Tess's (played by Holliston Coleman) bruised arm while Marilyn (played by Valery Mahaffey) sits and watches in the background.
  • I wish we learned more about Dell’s childhood. We know there was some kind of physical abuse but they never tell us much more than that.
  • I can’t believe a mother really twisted her daughter’s arm so hard it snapped. I know she has MS and that she’s angry and frustrated, but damn. I’m glad Cooper caught it though.
  • Sam really is stubborn in this episode. I get that he likes his patient, Marilyn, but he’s still going to try to defend her even after Cooper talks him through the evidence? Which is not just some hunch, by the way. So what if she’s a nice patient? He sees her for like 30 minutes at a time where plenty other adults are around. It’s not like she’d hit her kid in front of everyone at the office.
  • I’m glad Cooper made the call to DCFS anyway. I’m glad that Sam didn’t bully him enough to stop him.

Taking the Sullivan’s to Court

Cooper (played by Paul Adelstein) testifying on the stand in court
  • MS or not, it doesn’t give Marilyn an excuse to physically abuse her child.
  • I love that Dell gives his input. And that he noticed all these things that Sam and Cooper didn’t. I know Sam basically told him to butt out but his input probably saved Tess’s life. Or at least more physical and emotional abuse from her own mother.
  • I love Cooper’s last statement in court. It doesn’t matter that Marilyn’s life sucks. Getting abused like that is something a kid should never have to live with. And it definitely shouldn’t be something a kid feels they need to live with.
  • At least Sam apologized in the end.

Angie Paget

Angie (played by Kimberly Elise) and Ray (Corey Reynolds) sitting on the couch in the office while Naomi (played by Audra McDonald) talks to them while holding some files
  • I sympathize with Angie’s dilemma, but it was still wrong to pretend like she wanted to get pregnant with her husband, Ray.
  • I’d want to know if I had the Huntington’s gene too if I were Angie. But I don’t know how I’d live my life after finding out I had it. Angie obviously wants to run from the happy life’s she’s made for herself. But everyone will die someday. So maybe knowing would just encourage me to live my life to the fullest.
  • Angie said “Or Henry for a boy” when talking about baby names and I couldn’t help but smile. But I will say I don’t love the name Carson, even though Addison likes it.
  • Angie’s one of those patients I still remember clearly. I know she’s afraid to die from this awful disease but that line at the end still stays with me: “A person gets to have her whole life”.

Charlotte Becomes a Patient

Sam (played by Taye Diggs) doing a checkup on Charlotte (played by KaDee Strickland) by looking into her eyes with some kind of medical tool.
  • I know Sam doesn’t like Charlotte but laughing at her not remembering where she parked her car isn’t very professional. She’s still his patient (at least at this point).
  • I forgot that they introduced Charlotte’s pill problem this early in the series. They don’t go into it until way later but it’s still cool to see they planned it way in advance.
  • Do we ever learn why Pete went into alternative medicine? I know he goes back into critical care later on but why’d he change specialities? Going from infectious diseases to alternative medicine and then to critical care seems like a lot of changes. He’s obviously a talented doctor but his multiple changes in specialty seem a little sporadic.

Charlotte’s Insomnia

Pete (played by Tim Daly) talking to Charlotte (played by KaDee Strickland) after he rubbed some clay-like substance on her forehead
  • I know Charlotte’s just hanging around Oceanside Welleness while Pete treats her, but it’s wrong to go through their stuff. Even more wrong to throw things out of their fridge. But just for the record Cooper, noodles do go bad.
  • I love that Violet sticks to her beliefs about not wanting children. Even though she goes through with her pregnancy later with Lucas. Plus, it goes into Violet’s whole parenthood journey.
  • I wish we’d actually learned more about Charlotte’s family. We know she has two brothers and that she doesn’t seem all that close with them. Her father dies sometime in the next season (I believe) and her mom’s a drunk. But that’s about all we know about her family. I wish there’d been an episode where one of her brothers show up just to hang around Charlotte for a while. A lot of like when Archer comes to visit Addison.
  • I can’t believe they all really came in to watch Charlotte sleep. Even if it was just for a few seconds.

Pete and Addison

Addison (played by Kate Walsh) smiling back at Pete (played by Tim Daly) in her backyard on the beach
  • Well, now know that Pete’s statment of not wanting to get married again ended up being a lie. I mean, he marries Violet so fast after she comes back. Maybe that’s just the spontaneity in him but marriage isn’t his problem.
  • I love that Angie’s case inspired Addison to go after what she wants. Which at this point, is Pete.
  • Even though we don’t see much of their friendship, I love that everyone just goes over to Addison’s place after work.
  • Tim Daly and Kate Walsh really do have great chemistry together. I wish we’d seen their relationship play out more. By the time they do get together, Pete just doesn’t want to be alone. And Addison wants to be a mother. So they just ended up being temporary consolation prizes for each other, in a way. I wish they’d been more.
  • Sam really just had to ruin their kiss. He could’ve just walked away slowly and not said anything. But nope, just had to say something to ruin it.

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