Private Practice

Season 2 Episode 20

Do the Right Thing

Aired Tuesday 10:00 PM Mar 26, 2009 on ABC
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Addison is having a difficult time dealing with her feeling for Dr. Noah and Violet starts getting jealous when she finds out that Pete is going out with a single mother.

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  • Enjoyable.

    Addison just fell off the deep end with that kiss with Noah. You'd think she'd have learned from the Sloan/Derek situation but apparently not. It's an enjoyable storyline which is sure to get more dramatic. I'll be interested to see if Addison actually pursues a relationship with him or if she'll 'do the right thing' and let go. It's probably the most interesting ongoing storyline anyway.

    I did enjoy Sam's scene's in court and liked that he made the decision to turn that doctor in. I also think it's good how we're seeing him crushing on Naomi...I wonder if she'll cop on soon? I kind of like Charlotte and this new friendship she has with Violet but I can't stand Cooper. I don't know why but he just bugs me. Pete's storyline with the single mom was alright...I'm interested to see where the writers take the Violet/Pete relationship.

    Two episodes left and it's sure to get dramatic.moreless
  • Good character involvement and incredibly well written.

    A Fine example of a good episode and the reason why I personally watch the show. It has a really nice balance between all the characters; we get to see them in different situations on their comfort zones and also in some not too comfortable ones. However, what I enjoyed more was that this particular episode showed how two doctors stand and respect their medical oath. Sam follows his medical beliefs and that shows that he's a good doctor by being honest to himself and the family because lying when a human life is involved shouldn't be an option. Then Addison struggles with her desires and what's right for her patient, you see her fight with her emotions and she chooses to help, life over romance. She's really strong throughout the entire episode and at the end when you think she's given to her emotions no, she fights and remembers that that's not the right way to be with someone and lets him outside on the rain, proving that she's no cheater, but is she because she once was? I really love the double moral it may have, we'll see.moreless
  • The characters realize doing the right thing often messes their life up.

    Taking a well deserved break from the usual immature girly relationship stuff, this episode was one fine piece of drama. Centered around a central theme the script managed to weave 4 different storylines that made sure you get the point.

    Taye Diggs was amazing in this episode, and the last scene where he yells at Dell was brutally powerful. I can imagine how it feels to be in Dell's shoes, and I think this episode will provide the necessary buildup for his outpouring. Cooper also has his own epiphany, he realizes that you really can't forgive yourself all the time. Pete's story was a happy one, and it was good to see Diggs' real wife play a cameo. We have some tension in the newly formed friendship between Charlotte and Violet, but again we get to see a same side of Charlotte when she makes it up.

    The main story this time was for sure Addison's. Torn between a strong rush of hormones and doing the ethically right thing, she finally breaks down in the end where she kisses Noah finally. The story was good and well built up, though it has become stereotype for Addison to be the vulnerable female right from the time she came onto Greys.

    Good Stuff.moreless
  • What are you doing Addison?

    Usually the plot line between Addison and Dr. Noah Barnes would come off as 'They did this one already' on the show, but something about this couple seems to be different.

    Probably in the 'Finishing' episode they made us like him a bit, before we imagined that he was married, let alone to Addison's patient. The desire between them is relentless and I find myself wondering what length they would take it to, if they were left in a room together; alone. Still I wonder how during his wife's weakened state, he somehow finds the time to imagine Addison in very 'non-doctor-your wife's doctor that is' ways. Then again maybe Addison should have kept her mouth shut in last week's 'What women Want' and not mention to him that the 'feeling' was mutual.

    In 'Do The Right thing' it simply defines what this entire episode was about; doing the right thing.

    Be it Sam doing the right thing on the stand, a mother doing the right thing for her daughter or Addison doing the right thing for her patient and herself.

    Addison faces a huge dilemma as she struggles to withhold her feelings for a married man throughout the entire episode, but it surely doesn't end well. I amused after Noah went through the 'crisis' with his wife, he might take a U-turn and try to set the record straight for his marriage and his child. That was why when he showed up at Addison's place, I was completely caught off-guard, which I'm sure Addison was as well. I am glad that Addison gathered enough restraint and instead of pulling him in through the door, she pushed him out. What did Noah think was going to happen; they have an amazing night together? Addison still has to face his wife the next day and so does he. He keeps repeating that he can't get Addison out of his head and Addison keeps telling herself that he's not in hers. This would only lead to a 'relationship don't' and somebody would end up getting hurt, and at the end of this installment somebody will. I actually felt sorry for Morgan; losing so many children before and finally losing her husband to her doctor, unknowingly (It seems to be heading that way). I found myself shedding a tear for her in the ambulance ride to the hospital, professing that her child was the last attempt she had of saving her marriage. I didn't know which was more depressing; the fact that she was using her pregnancy to hold her marriage together or that even through the troubles of her pregnancy, she might have lost her husband anyway.

    Noah strikes me as arrogant and reckless and Addison knows enough about affairs; that they don't ever end well.

    Sam took the stand as an experienced doctor rooting for another doctor accused of malpractice. This was definitely a different turn for the show. I actually admired Wendy Gazelle's performance as Corrine Lee as she badgered Sam on the stand. It somehow mirrored 'Boston Legal' tactics on the stand, probably not as sophisticated. Court scenes are rarely seen on the show. I especially admired how she brought up past cases about the Oceanside wellness group; the measles outbreak, Ray Daniels competing in the bike race. She came off soft in the beginning and left with a bang. The Premise of Sam 'doing the right thing' was when he found out that the doctor was negligent and omitted evidence from the court; he had to tell the truth. Still I believed that Sam should have consulted with Duncan before he can clean on the stand. I wonder how he is going to take seeing Naomi with Duncan after their friendship went solo after his outburst in court.

    What is Private Practice doing with Dell? First the put Betsy into Dell's life and ripped her out. Frankly I didn't ever like Dell's story lines, it just didn't make sense and it is worse now because now that Betsy is gone they now have Dell making overnight flings, which is not Dell at all. I really want to know where they were going with that. I really don't notice him in the show anymore.

    The Lauren and Sarah case was interesting; a mother condoning the sexual activity of her twelve year old daughter; having sex only when she is around. What I didn't get was Naomi defending Lauren's actions as a mother when Cooper conferred with her. Obviously Sarah would undermine Lauren's authority as a mother. It only took Dell to come out in his defense.

    This was an interesting episode as the story between Noah and Addison heats up. I actually find myself anticipating the next installment.


    *Who else kind of found Violet and Charlotte friendship a bit awkward.

    *Do you think this relationship Pete is forming with the other and the child would last?

    *Who do you think the father of Violet's baby could be?

    *I really hope they clean up Dell's character, because he is becoming very dull.


    Three out of Five stars

    Grade B-

Chris Lowell

Chris Lowell

William 'Dell' Parker

Taye Diggs

Taye Diggs

Dr. Sam Bennett

Audra McDonald

Audra McDonald

Dr. Naomi Bennett

Kadee Strickland

Kadee Strickland

Dr. Charlotte King

Amy Brenneman

Amy Brenneman

Dr. Violet Turner

Paul Adelstein

Paul Adelstein

Dr. Cooper Freedman

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


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  • NOTES (10)

    • D.B. Woodside (Duncan) also appeared in the season 4 episode "Forever Young" of Grey's Anatomy. However, he played a different character.

    • Marty Lodge (Dr. Allen) also appeared in the season 2 episodes "Into You Like A Train" and "It's The End Of The World..." of Grey's Anatomy. However, he played a different character.

    • Taye Diggs (Sam) and Idina Menzel (Lisa) are married in real life. Plus, they also worked together in:
      -The 2002 movie Just A Kiss.
      -The episodes "Sacrificial Lambs" and "Losing Isn't Everything" of Kevin Hill
      -The Broadway play Rent, and it's 2005 movie adaptation.

    • Audra McDonald (Naomi) and Carrie Preston (Lauren) also worked together in the 1999 movie Cradle Will Rock.

    • KaDee Strickland (Charlotte) and Carrie Preston (Lauren) also worked together in the 2004 movie The Stepford Wives.

    • Chris Lowell (Dell) and Juliette Goglia (Sarah) also worked together in the season 3 episode "Postgame Mortem" of Veronica Mars.

    • Josh Hopkins (Noah) and Juliette Goglia (Sarah) also worked together in a few episodes of Vanished.

    • Amanda Detmer (Morgan) and Marty Lodge (Dr. Allen) also worked together in the season 1 episode "Moving Day" of What About Brian.

    • International Airdates:
      Finland: April 28, 2009 on MTV3
      Norway: June 16, 2009 on TV2
      Australia: June 18, 2009 on Channel 7
      Latin America: June 22, 2009 on Sony Entertainment Television
      Germany: August 5, 2009 on ProSieben
      The Netherlands: September 14, 2009 on Net5

    • Featured Music:
      "I don't live in a dream" by Jackie Greene.
      "It's Your Thing" by The Isley Brothers.
      "Just Like Heaven" by The Watson Twins.