Rewatching ‘Private Practice’: “Homeward Bound”

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 11th episode of season two last time, we’re now onto the 12th episode of season two of Private Practice.

Homeward Bound

Still of Sheldon (played by Brian Benben) at Violet's (played by Amy Brenneman) front doorstep from Private Practice 2x12
  • I get it. But Sheldon showing up at Violet’s house with an erection is a weird way to start the day. And the episode, for that matter.
  • Cooper definitely feels like a jerk now.
  • Why are Addison and Kevin back together if neither of them wants to be back together? They can’t even get through dinner later on in the episode without feeling irritable.
  • Naomi’s big smile feels fake. Sam’s girlfriend actually is nice though, but it can’t be easy for Naomi to watch.

The Cystic Fibrosis Family

Still of Daron *(played by Matthew John Armstrong) holding Julian while talking to Gracie (played by Darcy Rose Byrnes) through the glass from Private Practice 2x12
  • Having a whole family with cystic fibrosis can’t be easy.
  • It can’t be easy for Daron. I mean, they all came in because they thought he was the one who was sick. But it’s actually Gracie, his daughter, who isn’t doing well.
  • I get why Daron can’t live with Gracie because of how contagious she is to both him and Julian, the baby. But is there a reason why he can’t just visit her while she’s behind the glass in isolation? I know he wants more, and he feels the need to take care of her, but I feel like cutting off communication and not seeing her anymore at all is a little extreme. Then again, I’m not a doctor.
  • Of course, Wyatt pitches a cure for this virus.
  • It’s not easy for Gracie either.
  • Why did they have this whole Wyatt storyline if he’s just going to leave in like two episodes?
  • Poor Julian. I know it was too hard not to be with Gracie, but Julian’s only two. He’s just going to become an orphan now.
  • I’ve seen this before and I still shake my head disapprovingly when Addison comes to Wyatt’s office just to kiss him.

Sam and Violet’s Patient, Cynthia

Still of (from left) Violet (played by Amy Brennman), Sam (played by Taye Diggs), and Cynthia (played by Patty McCormack) while they're in Cynthia's hospital room
  • I wouldn’t want to move to Florida either.
  • Poor Cynthia. She knows her son’s not going to take no for an answer.
  • It’s sweet that Cynthia has Annette. Too bad her son, Seth, doesn’t understand. At least not at first.
  • I love that Maya told Naomi that she needs a life. But Addison’s right; Naomi’s her mom, not her dad’s girlfriend, who’s trying to make a good impression.
  • Annette must really love Cynthia. It’s sweet that she tells her to go to Florida to be with the rest of her family.
  • The fact that Sam’s getting serious with Sonya really bothered Naomi enough that she tried watching them from Addison’s backyard. But I will say it definitely fits her character.
  • I love that they didn’t make the fact that Cynthia’s a lesbian a problem for Seth. I mean, he’s still struggling to forgive her, but it’s about the fact that she cheated on his father with Annette. Not because she fell for a woman.
  • Sonya always seemed really nice. And she doesn’t want Maya to get hurt either, so Sonya did a great job handling it.

Violet, Pete, and Sheldon

Still of Cooper (played by Paul Adelstein) and Violet (played by Amy Brenneman) in his office from Private Practice 2x12
  • I’m weirdly all for Violet sleeping with both Pete and Sheldon. She’s definitely too neurotic in general, but sleeping around definitely relaxes her. But it would’ve been better if she’d been more careful.
  • Not surprised Cooper’s all for it.
  • Like I said, Violet should be more careful. Honeymoon cystitis, a UTI. It’s weird that Naomi had Addison take a look at her. Didn’t Naomi check Cami (Alan’s wife) out for a UTI in season one?
  • Violet’s really sitting up in the stirrups while Addison and Naomi talk about their own problems. It’s hilarious though.
  • I doubt Sheldon doesn’t care about the fact that she’s also sleeping with Pete. But at least he stayed.

Cooper, Charlotte, and Big Daddy

Still of Charlotte (played by KaDee Strickland) looking surprised to see Cooper (played by Paul Adelstein) at the front door of her family's house in Alabama from Private Practice 1x12
  • It’s nice that Addison agreed to help with Charlotte’s neonatal cases while she’s gone.
  • Yes, Charlotte built a practice right below (or above? I never remember which one’s on which floor) Oceanside Wellness, but this isn’t a professional problem.
  • Cooper showing up in Alabama was a nice gesture.
  • Just because unplugging Charlotte’s father from the machine is the “ethically medical thing to do”, it doesn’t mean it’s easy.
  • I wish we at least met Charlotte’s brothers. We know she has two of them and that they’re named Duke and Landry. But we know next to nothing about them other than that.
  • Cooper turning off the machine for her was sweet.
  • Seeing Charlotte finally break out into tears on the plane home gets me every time.

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