Private Practice: Ex-Life
by Isabelle Carreau, posted Feb 13th 2009 1:32AM
(S02E16) "I'm not pathetic. I'm a man. A man with asthma." - Sam
The second hour of the Private Practice/Grey's Anatomy crossover was as action-packed as the first hour (read the review here)! Was Archer going to make it? Why was Jen having troubles breathing? Was Sam having asthma attacks because he couldn't let go of Naomi? What were Pete, Violet, Dell, and Cooper up to back at Oceanside?
Answers and my two cents about the episode coming up!
It's been over a year since I last reviewed Private Practice. I must admit that I didn't enjoy the first season as much as I would have liked. However, the show found its footing this season, and we've been treated to some pretty solid episodes as of last. Of course, this week's crossover installment falls into that category, even if the action at Oceanside was pretty much to fill some air time. Before we get to the postpartum depression storyline, let's tackle the crossover events.
I must admit that I was a bit pissed at Derek for not wanting to do the CT scan. I was certain something was wrong with Archer due to his speech problems after the operation, even if doctors claimed it was due to the meds. I, along with Addison and the Chief, should have put faith in God -- going by the name of Derek this week -- and not order that CT scan.
Even if I thought that Archer would soon die -- something I don't want because I think the character helped enhance the show and should stick around as a regular -- I had fun watching him ask for forgiveness for all his past sins. He even admitted that he had feelings for Naomi, which is good because she has feelings for him, too. Another reason I want Archer to stick around is because he cured Naomi of her annoying-ness and constant complaining. Now that Archer is cured, will he try to have a serious relationship with Naomi, or will he go back to being a bachelor as a way to celebrate escaping death? I hope it's the former, but I have a hunch it's the latter.
Jen's medical problems offered a great showdown and, ultimately, partnership between Addison and Derek. Her condition also brought an interesting dilemma: should Addison give birth to the baby which would save the mother but maybe save the baby, should Derek try a risky in utero brain surgery on the baby that could save both mother and baby or kill them both, or should they wait two weeks for the baby to be stronger ... which could also cause both to die?
God/Derek pleaded his case to Addison and won: he got to save the day and cure the baby. Sadly, something is still wrong with the mother, and I'm not sure now it has to do with the baby. Addison will more than likely say "Told you so" to Derek and give birth to the baby. However, I doubt this will solve the problem as it would be too easy, too fast for a crossover event. I sense a showdown between Derek and Addison again next week, you?
This may have been a Private Practice episode, but we still learned a few tidbits about the Grey's Anatomy doctors:
- Alex senses that a train is coming where Izzie is concerned and that it may end up in a train wreck. Sadly, we all know his gut feeling is right. Let's hope he will be willing to stay by Izzie's side when they discover what is wrong with her.
- Mark says that seeing Naomi and Archer together gives him hope when his relationship with Lexie is concerned. You can see Mark is falling for Little Grey and that he doesn't know what to do about it since she is the first real love he's ever had (I don't think he was ever really truly madly deeply in love with Addison).
- Bailey's marriage is still rocky. Thanks to seeing Sam react to Naomi and Archer being a couple, Bailey will hug and thank her husband to help save her marriage and not end up divorcing him.
Because of the crossover event, the Private Practice characters didn't get much development this week. However, Pete once again told Violet that it's important for her to allow the baby's dad to be involved; Charlotte gave Violet a chance, but saw that there is no place for her (Charlotte) in Cooper's life right now and told him so; Violet learned more about motherhood and questioned herself as to whether she will be a good mother or not.
Do you think the Private Practice/Grey's Anatomy crossover is good? Let your voice be heard in comments below or in our poll. Tune in next week at 9 p.m. for the conclusion of the crossover.
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