(from left) Charlotte (played by KaDee Strickland) looking thrilled while Violet (played by Amy Brenneman), Addison (played by Kate Walsh), and Naomi (played by Audra McDonald) look confused and slightly upset at the free breakfast Charlotte's competing practice is having

Rewatching ‘Private Practice’: “Know When to Fold”

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 eighth episode of season two last time, we’re now onto the ninth episode of season two of Private Practice.

Know When to Fold

(from left) Violet (played by Amy Brenneman) drinking a whipped Frappuccino-type drink while walking and talking alongside Addison (played by Kate Walsh) and Naomi (played by Audra Bennett) (not pictured) before they all get to the office
  • There should be more scenes of all the female doctors hanging out and gossiping.
  • Free breakfast is definitely a great way to get people to come. I mean, it at least worked with Sam and Pete.
  • Cooper isn’t the best with words. No wonder he’s just trying to focus on remembering what to say.
  • It’s Haley Hotchner from Criminal Minds! I’m still only on season 11 so it’s gonna be a while before I finish the show. But here, she’s Leah Hudley.

Kevin on Bed Rest

Kevin (played by David Sutcliffe) complaining about being on bed rest while Addison (played by Kate Walsh) convinces him to be patient and let his wounds heal
  • I can only imagine how annoying it must be for cops to watch cop shows. Probably similar to how doctors feel about watching medical dramas like Private Practice or Grey’s Anatomy.
  • It might just be me, but Addison taking care of Kevin while he’s injured is adorable.
  • Kevin’s frustrated about not being able to get back to work but Addison’s right. He needs to take the time to rest and heal before he just jumps back into work.
  • I couldn’t help but smile along with Addison when Kevin said his “ass fell asleep two hours ago”. This is why he should’ve just listened to his girlfriend. His smart doctor girlfriend.
  • “Why do patients always have to figure out things the hard way?” is also a really cute line. Even more so because it can apply to her cancer patient from the last couple of days.

Ray the Cycler

Pete (played by Tim Daly) trying to convince Ray (played by Jeffrey Pierce) not to race while he stands next to Sam (played by Taye Diggs)
  • Sam’s kidding himself if he thinks that what he and Pete are doing isn’t poaching patients.
  • Ray definitely should’ve said something about his heart condition before Sam and Pete started treating him for his knee injury.
  • I love that Naomi just outs Sam for not knowing how to ride a bike.
  • It’s nice how Addison’s case and Pete’s case end up being somewhat similar. And the comment she makes about giving patients false hope definitely gets to Pete.
  • Ray definitely has that athlete mentality of pushing through despite the risks (much like Leah Hudley in this episode). But just because he rode for ten miles without any complications today, it doesn’t mean it won’t happen tomorrow.
  • It did not take long for the celebration about Ray winning the race to stop. I can only imagine how everyone that was at the race felt. He probably biked over the finish line, maybe cheered right afterward, and then collapsed. That must be so stressful to see.
  • Considering that Pete and Sam rushed over to St. Ambrose after seeing Ray win the race, he must’ve died at the scene.
  • Despite how bad the day turned out to be for Pete and Sam, at least Sam finally learned how to ride a bike. And Naomi was nice enough to help her. But why did he wait so long to learn how to ride a bike?

Sheldon and Violet

Sheldon (played by Brian Benben) smiling after Violet (played by Amy Brenneman) accepts his proposal to go out with him
  • Why are Sheldon and Violet having this conversation while they’re both still naked? I mean, I feel like the situation is already awkward enough.
  • This is probably a controversial opinion but I think Sheldon and Violet are probably better matched than Pete and Violet. By the end there, Pete and Violet were really only trying so hard to stay together because of Lucas.
  • It’s nice that Pete gave Violet a little something to give to Sheldon. And nice that she thought to get Sheldon something that wasn’t just some pills.
  • Sheldon’s honesty about why he couldn’t perform is still really sweet. But at this point, Violet’s really desperate t get some action.
  • I completely forgot that this episode’s also the first time Pete and Violet hook up. I’m glad Pete and Violet are good friends but they definitely should’ve just been a hookup. I don’t think they really work all that well as a couple.

Charlotte’s Pregnancy Scare

Cooper (played by Paul Adelstein) talking to Charlotte (played by KaDee Strickland) about possibly being pregnant as she gets on the elevator
  • I love that Charlotte just kicks out whoever that employee is when Cooper comes in. She’s the boss but could really care less about what her employees think about her. And I respect that.
  • As a doctor, Charlotte probably should’ve taken a pregnancy test earlier. But then again, they do say that doctors make the worst patients.
  • At least Charlotte finally took the pregnancy test. And told Cooper when she did it.
  • Charlotte’s friendship with her horse, Marjorie, is kind of adorable. Especially since it doesn’t seem like she’s all that close with her brothers or her mother. And it’s nicer that she brings up Marjorie again when Cooper and Charlotte are thinking of baby names later too.
  • After the whole situation with Leah, it’s actually really sweet to see Charlotte break down a little after that comment from Addison. And Addison offering to talk about it was also nice. Even though it probably was more just to be polite at this point.

The Cancer Patient

Wyatt (played by Jay Harrington) looking down at his phone while he stands next to Addison (played by Kate Walsh) in the elevator
  • That must be rough to hear when you think you’re coming in to get a cyst removed and the doctor tells you it’s cancer.
  • The fact that she got childcare written into her work contract even though she doesn’t have kids yet is impressive.
  • And we finally meet Wyatt Lockhart. I never liked him, in all honesty.
  • I get that Leah’s desperate to have a baby despite her cancer, but this is taking it too far. Wyatt’s clinical trial sounds very risky (and rightfully so because Addison does end up coming to save her life). From what we’ve learned about Leah’s character, she seems like a very smart and capable woman. So, it is a little strange that she doesn’t consider the risks. Or, at least she doesn’t seem to.
  • After everything that happened with Leah, does Wyatt really thinks asking Addison out is just going to fix everything? He really is an obnoxious prick.
  • It’s also ridiculous that Addison needs to come in to save Leah’s life. Even though Wyatt’s clinical trial is super risky, he can’t save her. He’s not a surgeon so when something goes wrong (and it obviously does in Leah’s case), he still needs a surgeon to come in to save the day for him.
  • The worst part about Wyatt is that he’s still so smug that he probably still thinks of this as a success because Leah’s tumor disappeared. Like yeah, maybe his protocol worked, but he still almost killed her in the process.
  • I’m glad that even after learning that Wyatt’s protocol worked, Leah still asks Addison to do the surgery. As much as she wants to give birth to a baby, it’s not worth losing her life for it.
  • And again with Wyatt. Addison already said no to dinner. And he almost killed Leah Hudley with his drug protocol. How he is still so arrogant?
  • “Oh, and if you call me Monty again, I’m going to plunge a scalpel through your hand,” is such a great line, in my opinion. It’s used in so many great fan edits and we all love a sassy Addison.

Dell’s Patient

Dell (played by Christopher Lowell) trying to reassure Judy (played by Sarah Drew) that everything will be okay while they walk the halls of the office
  • It’s April from Grey’s Anatomy! You know, before she becomes April on that show. In this show, she’s Judy. And she even comes back on the show later.
  • Dell’s actually a genius for figuring out this adoption process. It’s kind of perfect for Oceanside Wellness.
  • It probably isn’t the best idea for Dell to basically tell Judy exactly what to say in her psych eval with Violet. Although, it’s great that Judy still commits to putting her baby up for adoption (despite knowing that she could change her mind at the last minute). But this storyline definitely gets rougher by the end of it.
  • The Sinclairs seem nice enough but knowing what happens later, I already don’t like them.
  • Dell definitely should be worried after Judy says that she can’t stop thinking about baby names. But again, this doesn’t really end up being a big issue later (at least because of her).
  • Judy really just said verbatim what Dell told her. Could she really not think of something better? No wonder Dell’s worried.

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