Rewatching ‘Private Practice’: “A Family Thing”

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 season one finale last time, we’re now onto the season two premiere of Private Practice.

A Family Thing

Split screen with Addison (played by Kate Walsh) on the left on the phone while looking at purses while Naomi (played by Audra McDonald) is on the right looking at chocolate desserts
  • I love that Naomi somehow has both Sam and Dell pining for her. Meanwhile, Kevin’s standing Addison up to train to be part of SWAT.
  • If Pete actually tried again with Addison at this point, would they have gotten together sooner? Because Kevin doesn’t call for two weeks. And they haven’t even been on a date yet so Pete really missed out here. So what if Pete’s not the type of guy that waits outside a girl’s window? He obviously did for Addison.
  • This commercial they make looks pretty nice. I wonder how much it actually cost for them to make and distribute because TV ads are not cheap.
  • I can’t believe they really cut Dell out of the commercial. No wonder he quits later. It’s an ad for Oceanside about family but they literally cut him out of it. That’s just rude.
  • Dell’s trying so hard in this episode and Naomi just ignores him. And everyone else just complains about the cups and gowns. Naomi’s not the only one doing everything at the practice. But she’s too stubborn to see that. And she’s definitely too stubborn to let anyone else help.

Oceanside’s Financial Problems

(from left) Pete (played by Tim Daly), Sam (played by Taye Diggs), Violet (played by Amy Brenneman), and Cooper (played by Paul Adelstein) standing behind the glass of Addison's (not pictured) (played by Kate Walsh) office with the blinds partially blocking their view
  • I feel for Naomi but hiding everything was never going to fix anything. I also don’t get how Sam just didn’t know. They’re supposed to be partners. It’s kind of rude to just make Naomi deal with everything the way that he did. I feel like if I was part owner, I’d want to know where the practice stands financially at all times. That’s just part of being a business owner.
  • This show makes it seem like Naomi’s the sole owner when she and Sam are supposed to be co-owners. I know Naomi technically owns 5% more (I think at some point they say that Naomi owns 55% and Sam owns 45%, though I forget when they mention this), but Sam’s complete lack of knowledge about Oceanside’s finances feels off.
  • I wonder, if Sam did know about the financial problems, would he have also agreed to take on the Madison’s? It’s odd that no one else in the office (except maybe Dell) knew about this patient considering they all share information. But I guess looking back, there’s a lot about this practice that doesn’t fully make sense. It’s supposed to be collaborative but maybe it isn’t the closer you look.
  • I still can’t believe Naomi waited this long to tell anyone about this. Addison’s right to push her: she should’ve said something sooner.
  • I get Sam’s frustrations but I think he likes to forget something. He was the one who left Naomi. And he acts like Naomi’s the one leaving him.
  • Even though Naomi hates it, Addison did the right thing. But Sam just taking over and cutting Naomi off wasn’t the right choice. Especially since he turns out to be such a terrible leader, in my opinion.

Cooper, Charlotte, and Violet

Charlotte (played by KaDee Strickland) and Cooper (played by Paul Adelstein) propped on their side, half-dressed, s in bed together
  • I get why Charlotte wants to keep her and Cooper’s relationship secret but they’re literally hooking up in his office. No wonder they don’t keep it a secret for long.
  • Not that anyone asked, but I think it’d be cool to touch monkeys.
  • Violet’s really pushing for this Mnemba Island thing.
  • I still think it’s interesting that Cooper’s the one that wants more of a commitment. And Charlotte’s the one pushing him away.
  • Charlotte really gave it away with that “touching monkeys” comment.
  • I love that Charlotte says she came crawling back. Cooper and Charlotte’s relationship for the first three to four seasons is so toxic. But then they somehow become the most stable relationship ever.

Addison, Kevin, and Pete

Kevin (played by David Sutcliffe) and Addison (played by Kate Walsh), who's holding up a finger to him while holding a pen
  • Well, at least Pete’s shooting his shot with Addison now. Before it was more just flirty banter and sending mixed signals. But now, he properly asks her out.
  • And there’s Kevin, right when Addison’s just about ready to give up on their relationship.
  • I have to admit, I love that little banter between Kevin and Addison. Addison’s just awkward enough that it’s cute and Kevin’s trying to make up the fact that he blew her off for two weeks.
  • Pete has the worst timing. First, he asks right before Kevin comes back. Then, he asks right after Addison’s annoyed with Naomi and the practice’s financial problems.
  • Somehow, even though Kevin also has bad timing, it works for him. But I will say that it’s because he doesn’t give up. Pete knows how he feels about Addison but he kind of hates it. Or at least he hates how he acts around her. Kevin, meanwhile, leans into it. He knows it was wrong to blow her off for two weeks but he keeps trying anyway. And eventually, he gets her right when she needs someone to lean on. If Pete didn’t have so much pride, he could’ve gotten her instead.

The Madison’s

(from left) Molly (played by Amy Acker), Eric (played by Drew Rausch), Naomi (played by Audra McDonald), and Addison (played by Kate Walsh) standing behind the glass as they watch Jason (not pictured) (
  • I forgot that the actress that plays Molly (Amy Acker) also ends up playing Kathleen Shepherd later in Grey’s Anatomy. So, that’s a little weird considering Kathleen used to be Addison’s sister-in-law. Then again, I guess they figured they wouldn’t see Addison with her former in-laws anyway (other than Amelia, who shows up in season three). And I already know Shonda loves cycling the same actors throughout all her shows. At least the ones she likes.
  • Naomi knows that delivering that baby three months premature is worng. But she really still tries to defend it because they paid her. This whole case still gets me, honestly.
  • I love the point that Violet brings up. This baby, as great as she probably is and will be, was really only conceived to save her older brother. And it’s not like her parents won’t love her but Violet’s right, this little girl will feel unwanted when she finds out.
  • Molly’s right about Addison being the one doctor that can safely deliver this baby. But that doesn’t mean she should. This baby’s not even viable yet. It’d just be ethically wrong to purposefully deliver a baby at six months. And the fact that Naomi’s still pushing her to is also wrong.
  • I love how quiet the delivery scene is. There’s no instrumental score for a while and it only comes in after Naomi gets the cord blood. Usually for a delivery scene, there’s sweet and triumphant music but this is a very premature baby. And there’s no crying because she’s not ready to come out of the womb yet. I just really love this scene.
  • Addison saving that baby is the sweetest scene between her and Charlotte. It’s the beginning of a nice friendship, in my opinion.

Cooper’s Patient, Dean Miller

Cooper (played by Paul Adelstein) talking to the Miller family (from left) Robin (played by Cheryl White), Dean (played by Tyler Patrick Jones), and Mark (played by Blake Robbins)
  • I’d hate to be in Cooper’s shoes.
  • Dean seems like a really sweet kid.
  • 14 years is a long time to keep a kid in the dark about his HIV status. And this situation really puts Cooper in a tough spot with the whole doctor-patient confidentiatlity thing.
  • The return of Sam’s dog! It’s been a while since we’ve seen him/her. But I think this might be the last episode we see the dog.
  • Dean’s parents shouldn’t have been so protective of Dean. I get that they don’t want him to be teased but they should’ve at least considered telling him. Especially after Cooper encouraged them to.
  • Even after the parents tell Dean, I can’t believe his dad just pushes Cooper to the ground. It’s not his fault that they had to tell Dean. They should’ve told him already. And it’s als onot his fault that Dean wants to have sex with his girlfriend. He’s not a little kid anymore. So it was just wrong for the parents to basically blame Cooper for all of this. Especially since they almost didn’t take Dean as a patient because his parents didn’t want to tell Dean about his HIV status.
  • I’m glad that Dean comes back to learn more about his diagnosis. And he comes back with his girlfriend and her family too.

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