Still of Addison (played by Kate Walsh) and Naomi (played by Audra McDonald) working out together in split screen from Private Practice 2x11

Rewatching ‘Private Practice’: “Contamination”

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 tenth episode of season two last time, we’re now onto the 11th episode of season two of Private Practice.


Still of Addison (played by Kate Walsh) and Naomi (played by Audra McDonald) working out together in split screen from Private Practice 2x11
  • Now that Pete and Meg aren’t together anymore, I guess that gives Pete and Violet to sleep together without feeling guilty.
  • It’s kind of nice seeing Addison and Naomi work out together (presumably) before work.
  • Addison already isn’t happy about Naomi working for “the enemy”, but now Naomi’s going to ask for her help.
  • Betsey’s so cute. And once I saw the kid she was playing with, I immediately remembered what this episode was going to be about. I guess I should’ve known after seeing what the episode was titled.

The Measles Outbreak

Still of Michael (played by Jackson Wurth), who's sweaty and sitting on an exam table as Cooper (played by Paul Adelstein) checks him out from Private Practice 2x11
  • I just realized one of the kids who plays Cooper’s patient’s brother, Will, is Joshua Rush! AKA Cyrus from Andi Mack. And yes, I did watch a Disney Channel show as an adult. Partly because the main character and her family are of Asian descent (at least from the mom’s side).
  • Cooper definitely figured out it was the measles pretty fast. Then again, I’m not a doctor, so maybe they can detect and diagnose it that fast.
  • The mother in this plot still annoys me. But on the plus side, I still remember this actress from Grey’s Anatomy for being the lady screaming in the ER. You know, the one whose husband had a bomb in him?
  • It wasn’t bad enough that Oceanside Wellness has to deal with this. Now Charlotte’s practice does too.
  • With all the controversy and discussion around vaccinations, I wonder if Michael’s (Cooper’s patient) mother got vaccinated. If not, she isn’t just putting Will at risk, but herself, too.
  • Michael’s mother just watches as her son’s dying and still doesn’t get it. After Cooper and Charlotte put Michael on a ventilator, she really just looks at Cooper and asks, “he’s gonna be okay?”, like she expects his answer to be yes. Like, can she not see how concerned Charlotte and Cooper are? Cooper was about to crike him because he couldn’t breathe.
  • I agree with Cooper and Charlotte, but Cooper definitely didn’t have the right to vaccinate the other kid, Will. And I’m assuming that Michael’s death is the only reason she didn’t sue him and St. Ambrose.
  • Cooper really did everything he could to save Michael.

Dell, Betsey, and Heather

Still of Dell (played by Christopher Lowell) at Heather's (played by Agnes Bruckner) doorstep from Private Practice 2x11
  • Poor Dell doesn’t even know if Betsey got the vaccine. Then again, Heather’s the one that probably has custody.
  • I, again, am not a doctor, but I feel like giving Betsey the vaccine without knowing if she’s already had it might not be the best idea.
  • And there’s Heather. She definitely is not what everyone expected her to be.
  • Heather has no idea if Betsey’s vaccinated. So, getting her to the practice definitely didn’t help.
  • Dell was right to fight for custody. Yes, Heather’s better now, but knowing how it all turns out later definitely makes me think differently.
  • Just because Dell got Heather into drugs, it doesn’t mean Heather isn’t responsible for her addiction.
  • The fact that Violet lashes out at Dell, thinking that he’s judging her and Pete for sleeping together, is just more proof that they shouldn’t be sleeping together. And Dell was talking about Heather.
  • Dell calling Betsey beautiful is the sweetest thing. And I love that he came over to apologize for getting Heather hooked on drugs. But this whole scene could’ve been the start of some great co-parenting between the two. But Heather’s addiction storyline just goes all over the place.

Wyatt, Naomi, Addison, and their Patient, Claudia Jenkins

Still of Naomi (played by Audra McDonald) while wearing a purple scrub cap, a face mask, and an operating gown while she's in surgery with Addison (played by Kate Walsh) (not pictured) and Wyatt (played by Jay Harrington) (not pictured) as he tells Addison to implant the tissue from Private Practice 2x11
  • With both floors on lockdown, I guess it’s completely fine for people to walk around between Oceanside Wellness and Pacific Wellcare.
  • Wyatt clearly knows nothing about Addison. She’s not someone who’s willing to just go in to do the surgery and walk away.
  • It might be a little selfish, but I agree with Addison. Wyatt’s an ass and I’d want to protect my best friend from someone like that too. But again, I still don’t understand why they’re best friends (as I’ve said before).
  • I love Naomi standing up for Addison in that surgery scene, though. Even though Addison and Kevin might not technically be together anymore. And that sexual harassment seminar line was great.
  • As cocky as Wyatt is, I’m surprised that he didn’t back off more during the surgery. Addison and Naomi are telling him that everything they touch causes Claudia to bleed. And he’s still trying to get Addison to implant the tissue. Saving Claudia’s life is more important than getting her pregnant.
  • Even afterward, Wyatt still thinks he’s right. He even admits he’s not a surgeon. Yes, Addison hates him but she didn’t implant the tissue because it wasn’t going to work, anyway. And the fact that Wyatt refuses to believe she’s right makes him an even bigger ass, in my opinion.
  • Again, glad that Naomi stood up for Addison. And at least Wyatt apologized. But only because Naomi pushed him to.

The Health Department Comes In

Still of Sonya (played by Sharon Leal) writing on her electronic clipboard from Private Practice 2x11
  • I remember liking Sonya. And dealing with the health department is probably annoying, but she’s just doing her job.
  • The actress that plays Sonya (Sharon Leal) looks much younger, but it’s surprising that she’s only one year younger than Taye Diggs (who plays Sam).
  • It annoys me how annoying Sam thinks this entire process is. Yes, it’s tedious and it’s just a lot of administrative stuff that he could care less about, but it’s still necessary.
  • I can’t believe he really called Sonya a bully for literally doing her job. And he said she wasn’t a real doctor. That was just rude. At least he admits he was wrong.
  • Taye Diggs looks great, but Sam’s so mean to Sonya in this episode, I wouldn’t still have a crush on him after that.
  • Sam and Sonya dancing at the club near the end of the episode were cute. But it also adds to the entire perception of Sonya being younger, in my opinion. Mostly because Sam doesn’t seem like the clubbing kind of guy.

Pete and Violet

Still of Pete (played by Tim Daly) talking to Violet (played by Amy Brenneman) in the kitchen from Private Practice 2x11
  • I get why Cooper’s hesitant to believe that Violet’s sleeping with Pete. They’re like total opposites.
  • Cooper’s right: Violet is a relationship junkie.
  • It’s hilarious that Cooper just tells everyone that Pete and Violet are sleeping together while going over their files. And Pete could kind of care less about everyone else knowing.
  • I love that Addison and Naomi can just joke about the fact that Naomi slept with Archer. And it’s not the most accurate comparison to Pete and Violet, but it’s still funny.
  • All Cooper wanted to do was go to the bathroom. Violet just had to confront him at the urinal?
  • Pete and Addison’s friendship was underrated. So was their romantic relationship, but the writers screwed that one up, in my opinion. I was clearly never a ViPete (Violet and Pete’s ship name) fan. But Addison should’ve just trusted her gut with Kevin and let him go. Her giggling when she called him at the end was cute, though.
  • It’s admirable that Pete’s starting to think that he and Violet could be more than just sex. But I never thought they were any good together.
  • Sheldon and Violet would’ve been a better match, to be honest. It might be a controversial option, but there it is.

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