kelly (played by sara gilbert) pointing a gun at sam (played by taye diggs)

Rewatching ‘Private Practice’: “In Which Sam Gets Taken for a Ride”

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

In Which Sam Gets Taken for a Ride

Pete (played by Tim Daly) talking to Addison (played by Kate Walsh) talking closely in the supply room as she leans against the counter
  • Again, Kate Walsh and Tim Daly have great chemistry together.
  • I love that Dell catches them and just, lets it go. Unlike everyone else at the practice. If it had been anyone else, they would’ve immediately spread the gossip until everyone knew.
  • Violet’s very irratable at the beginning. All because she hasn’t been laid in a while.
  • I wouldn’t be a fan of the birthing tub either. But I commend Addison for getting in the tub later.
  • I guess it doesn’t matter that Dell caught them. They’re all gossiping about Pete and Addison anyway. Or at least Naomi and Violet are.

Sam’s House Call

Sam (played by Taye Diggs) trying to mediate Kelly (played by Sara Gilbert) and Damon (played by Elden Henson) (not pictured)
  • It’s interesting that Naomi initially’s weirded out by Sam taking a house call. Especially because it becomes more of a common thing for all of them later.
  • I’m used to Sara Gilbert (who plays Kelly, the shooter) in comedic stuff, so it’s nice to see her do something different here.
  • It’s hilarious that Kelly accuses Sam of not even being a doctor. All because he wrote a book about the mind and body.
  • What is with all the baby deliveries in this episode?
  • Shouldn’t Sam know how to deliver a baby? I know it’s not his specialty but I feel like he should know the basics, at least.
  • It probably wasn’t the best idea for Kelly to rob her ex-boyfriend’s place of work. Even if it had gone well, it’s not like Damon wouldn’t turn her in afterward. She should’ve at least worn a ski mask.
  • It doesn’t seem like Damon did a very good job of dumping Kelly. He should’ve said he’d still was going to be there for the baby earlier. If he did, they wouldn’t all be in this situation.

Susan McCollugh’s Delivery

Addison (played by Kate Walsh) in the birthing tub with Susan (played by Sprague Grayden) with Pete (played by Tim Daly) helping from outside the tub
  • Susan sounds so ready and secure at the beginning. But I know it eventually goes downhill.
  • I know Susan doesn’t want it (initially), but it’s really sweet that the whole precinct basically showed up for her.
  • Susan’s case really showcases how co-op medicine works at Oceanside Wellness. There’s Pete, Violet, and Addison helping her. But I guess the same is true with Ashley Minahan: she’s got Cooper, Naomi, Dell, and later Violet.
  • Pete opening up about his wife’s death is so sweet. And it’s probably moments like these that make Addison want him more.
  • I really feel for Susan. The scene of her in the tub is grade-A acting. Bravo to Sprague Grayden (the actor playing Susan). And Pete just watching, not able to say anything just adds to it.
  • And then Addison gets in the tub. This entire scene = ICONIC.
  • Her baby’s so cute.

Addison Meets Kevin

Addison (played by Kate Walsh) meeting Kevin (played by David Sutcliffe) at the front desk
  • I love that Kevin just came by to give Susan some support. But Susan’s clearly not happy about it.
  • I honestly loved Addison and Kevin together. But at this point, he’s just a cute police officer and Addison’s already got a thing for Pete. But at least Kevin took his shot at asking her out. And he does come back later so I’ll give him credit for that.
  • But I do love that Addison mentions him (as “cute one”, no less) when Naomi goes to talk to her.
  • I wish Addison gave him more of a chance (later on). I get that she didn’t even realize that Kevin felt like such an outcast in her world, but I think she could’ve done more. After he said that, she could’ve gone to his place, met his friends, and other things that would’ve made him more comfortable.
  • But granted, the writers probably put them together because Addison wanted to try something different. Kevin’s vastly different from every other guy Addison dates (both before and after him). But I think it could’ve worked if Addison tried a little harder. But I guess she didn’t find their relationship worth fighting for in the end.

Ashley Minahan’s Baby

Naomi (played by Audra McDonald) talking to Ashley (played by Rusty Schwimmer)
  • Her kids are all over the place. And her husband definitely isn’t helping.
  • Dell finally gets to deliver a baby. I’m always rooting for Dell. He’s such an underrated character.
  • Ashley really meant it when she said, “You have to catch the baby!” because this baby comes out fast.
  • I love that Dell just looks ready to catch a football.
  • She does know that they can’t just shove the baby back up into her. I feel for her, but she knew there was a chance she’d have another boy. Especially considering she already has three boys.
  • They’re all right: Patrick needs to help take care of the kids more. Not just play with them.

Violet Propositions Cooper

Violet (played by Amy Brenneman) talking to Cooper (played by Paul Adelstein) in the kitchen
  • Just for the record, no Violet, you’re not good with boundaries. In fact, you’re probably the worst person in this office when it comes to boundaries.
  • Leave it to Cooper to always excuse his behavior. Maybe that’s why I don’t really like him. I feel like he always has good intentions. But when he does screw up, he only half-apologizes. By that, I mean that he always tries to excuse his behavior. One that comes to mind is when he breaks into Charlotte’s computer to find a cord blood match for his dying patient. Then, he steals the blood and gives it to the patient and forges a signature on the consent form. When Charlotte confronts him, Cooper doesn’t even apologize. He just excuses his behavior by saying his patient was about to die. And I feel for him, and his patient. But stealing it from a family that did not want him to take it was not okay. He’s just lucky Charlotte saved his ass. And then Charlotte shuts him out, he has the nerve to be frustrated. And he tries to “apologize”, except he doesn’t really. But Charlotte eventually forgives him anyway.
  • I can’t believe Violet really thinks she and Cooper could have meaningless sex. They’re friends. Best friends, in fact. Though, it’s not officially acknowledged in the show yet.

Pete, Addison, Cooper and Violet

Cooper (played by Paul Adelstein) talking to an out-of-focus Addison (played by Kate Walsh) while she drinks her glass of red wine
  • Addison does not sound convinced when she tries to justify her and Pete. It’s the seventh episode, so I an only assume it’s been a few weeks. It doesn’t seem like rushing into things to me. But then again, it’s Pete they’re talking about.
  • “Surprise Naomi, I’m susceptible to the human condition” is still one of my favorite Addison lines. I know it’s not as famous as her other lines, but I love it. Plus, Naomi’s one to talk. At least Addison’s going for it. Naomi’s “a thinker”, as Addison puts it. But she finally puts it aside at the end and goes for it with Sam.
  • If Cooper was really all that hesitant about it, he should’ve at least said something before Violet got naked.
  • I still can’t believe Pete stood Addison up. But I’m glad he went over to Violet’s to talk about Anna.
  • But I love that Cooper went to Addison’s place and she offered to “get really fat” with him. I would’ve liked to see more of their friendship. Especially since I know Kate Walsh and Paul Adelstein are long-time friends.

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