Dell (played by Christopher Lowell) and Violet (played by Amy Brenneman) standing at the frame of the doors to the conference room at Oceanside Wellness

Rewatching ‘Private Practice’: “Crime and Punishment”

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 did a review on Private Practice not that long ago but I’m binging the show from the beginning all over again anyway. So since I rewatched the seventh episode of season two last time, we’re now onto the eighth episode of season two of Private Practice.

Crime and Punishment

Sam (played by Taye Diggs) and Cooper (played by Paul Adelstein) sweating while wearing clear glasses after they've played racketball together
  • Violet yelling at the TV to eliminate some contestant on a reality show while eating takeout on her couch is the most relatable thing ever.
  • I don’t know what Doug was expecting Violet to do. He clearly trusts her enough to call her after murdering his wife but this is weird. I mean, what else is she supposed to do other than call the cops at this point?
  • We don’t see many of the doctors hanging out as friends outside of the office in the later seasons. So, this scene of Cooper and Sam playing racketball together is nice. Even though racketball is, admittedly, a weird sport to choose. Basketball would’ve made more sense. Especially since Sam and Jake (who doesn’t come in till season five) play intramural basketball together in college.
  • Meg should start watching TV if she’s this bored. Why running out of everything else she could’ve chosen to do?
  • Meanwhile, Addison’s just giving Kevin a sponge bath at her place and I get how Kevin feels. But Addison definitely doesn’t mind taking care of him. But Kevin holding her at the end while she cries and says she’s fine is the sweetest scene.
  • This also happens to be Sheldon’s first episode on the show! I think he’s definitely my favorite male main character on Private Practice.

Doug’s Crime

Doug (played by Andy Milder) wearing an orange prison jumpsuit while talking to Violet (played by Amy Brenneman)
  • It’s one thing if Doug’s wife, Karen, actually wanted to die. It’s another to ask her husband to kill her with a gun. From what I’ve learned from crime shows, women tend to not be as violent when ending their own lives.
  • Even though I already know Doug’s guilty, that cop’s comment about “protecting a murderer” was a low one. Doug is still Violet’s patient and doctor-patient confidentiality still applies here.
  • Shockingly, I agree with Naomi here. I mean, this sucks for both Doug and Karen.
  • It’s probably not a good idea for Cooper to talk about love and murder while waving around a knife.
  • I also weirdly agree with Sam in this episode too. Believe me, agreeing with Sam and Naomi will not happen often. But Doug and Karen’s marriage wasn’t great and he did admit to killing her. Plus, the gun still in his hand didn’t make him look great either.
  • Even though I agree with Sam and Naomi about Doug’s case, I will say Doug has a point. Sam doesn’t really know Karen. He saw her for half an hour every two weeks. All Sam really knows is her medical condition and maybe they make some light conversation. But he doesn’t really know her.
  • Even though Doug probably killed Karen in a stressed moment, I think I do at least believe him when he says that Karen was constantly in pain. And therefore, Doug was also in pain all the time. Karen’s was just physical.
  • I love that Addison thinks of Kevin when Violet’s conflicted with this case.
  • Sheldon is such an underrated character. And this might be controversial but I think Sheldon and Violet were a better match than Violet and Pete. There, I said it.

Charlotte and Addison’s Coma Patient

Addison (played by Kate Walsh) in her purple scrubs and scrub cap leaning against the door while talking to Charlotte (played by KaDee Strickland)

  • It’s Noah Bean! AKA Ryan Fletcher from Nikita!
  • This whole situation is tragic. I feel for Shawn wanting his wife to wake up, but she can’t deliver naturally. NOt just because of the fact that she’s in a coma, but the baby’s breeched.
  • How is it that Shawn’s been here since Alena’s accident but her parents haven’t been? And it doesn’t look like Alena’s parents like him either. Granted, Shawn wants Alena to deliver the baby naturally even though they all know that she can’t. And that it would harm the baby.
  • I have to admit that I love Addison’s and Charlotte’s friendship and how it evolves over time. I think the other doctors are more apprehensive towards Charlotte but Addison doesn’t have as much of a problem with her. And it’s cute that Addison points out that Charlotte’s clearly in love with Cooper. And the lines about them not being friends is cuter.
  • It’s such a small detail but it’s sweet that the judge wants Shawn to decide to let this go. Instead of ruling on it because I think they all know that the c-section is the right choice. And that includes Shawn.
  • The fact that this baby’s made it this far is already a miracle. And I know Shawn feels guilty about the accident, but this baby is his miracle. Even though he wants more.
  • Shawn saying goodbye to Alena while also letting the baby meet her mother was such a sweet scene.

Meg Works for Oceanside Wellness

(from left) Pete (played by Tim Daly) and Cooper (played by Paul Adelstein) sitting at the kitchen island with Meg (played by Jayne Brook) coming into the kitchen as Dell (played by Christopher Lowell) gets up to leave
  • I know it’s still technically Sam and Naomi’s practice but with Addison running things now, Meg probably should’ve talked to Addison instead.
  • It’s strange that Meg doesn’t tell Naomi what she’d be doing while working at the practice. Especially since I’m assuming she didn’t just ask if she could work there. I know they’re kind of friends with Meg dating Pete but they’re definitely not close enough for Naomi to just trust her enough to give her the job.
  • I am wondering, however, what Naomi thought Meg would be doing for the family clinic that Meg’s volunteering for.
  • Why is Pete so bothered with Meg working here?
  • It’s so cute how excited Dell is to be working with Meg in the beginning here. And I think it’s always nice when teachers or mentors admit that they can learn a lot from their students as well.
  • I love how unbothered Addison is about the fact that Meg’s doing abortions.
  • Pete can’t really be that surprised that Meg isn’t home after the fight they had.
  • Just like how Addison’s unbothered by Meg’s procedures, I love that Violet feels the same.
  • I love this whole conversation between Addison, Naomi, and Violet. Violet and Addison are both so open about their past abortions and I just love that.
  • It’s still weird hearing Meg call Pete “Peter”. I know that’s his full name but he’s definitely more of a Pete.
  • Meg’s speech to Dell is my favorite thing ever.
  • Even though Naomi is clearly and unapologetically against abortions, I love that she still gets Dell to confront why he’s against it now. Or why it bothers him so much now.

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