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Private Practice

Season 2 Episode 7

Tempting Faith

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Aired Tuesday 10:00 PM Nov 26, 2008 on ABC
8.3
out of 10
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Episode Summary

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Addison's brother makes a surprise visit, causing trouble for her, Sam and Naomi; Meg comes back to try and make it work with Pete; a patient accused of a crime angers Violet and Dell.

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  • Some parts of this episode were prety uncomfortable to watch.

    7.5
    Private Practice is something of an underappreciated show, rather unfairly for the most part in my view. This episode, however, was particularly difficult to watch. Archer, the annoying brother got on my nerves. Kevin being shot did not really ring true. The scenes with the paedophile were very emotional and this wasn't easy on the viewer. The couple with the faith vs medicine issues also did not really appeal to me either. I'm not saying that there's anything wrong with these sorts of storylines but they simply weren't for me. You, on the other hand, may enjoy them. Hope so.moreless
  • Naomi's getting down and dirty in this one.

    7.5
    Naomi finally moves on... with Addison's brother, Archer.(They both have A-names) Apparently he's not the brightest bulb on the shelf; sleeping with someone in your sister's apartment, what a way to make an entrance... and an exit. Sam surely knocked his lights out. :)



    This episode was okay for me. I was happy to see Naomi move on, Sam always kept her in the shade. I didn't really like Archer in the beginning. They should have had him making out outside of Addison's place, since he obviously had no shame... then again Addison was probably used to his behavior. It's nice to learn something more about Addison. In Grey's Anatomy, we didn't really know about Addison's family. Archer and Addison did have that sex-crazed thing in common, but she actually settled down a bit in L.A. I really loved how their relationship just flowed. What I didn't enjoy was how he kept bringing Kevin down.

    Cops are good too, he was actually going to protect 'his woman' when he realized the door was open in the opening scene, even though Addison didn't really take his advice about staying put. I must admit I peeked a bit at the previews so I knew that Addison's brother was venturing into town, so I wasn't surprised to see Archer on the floor. Still it was nice to see Kevin taking charge. Hm, to imagine that Archer wanted a doctor for Addison, like the last doctor she married, sometimes I forget that Grey's Anatomy and Private Practice are linked, because Addison is completely different from that old life... which is quite good. It might have been better if Archer had acknowledged that his sister was even happier than before, I'm sure Kevin had a lot to do with that... anyway I'm blabbing on. Archer was flat out obnoxious, telling Kevin that Addison's too good for him. I'd admit he was being a brother, but he made Kevin out to be some wimp, I felt sorry for him. It was nice that Addison was willing be beside her man when he felt like he didn't deserve her, trying to 'up' his title "He's S.W.A.T" :).



    I also had a problem with was Kevin's accident. I felt as though that scene was placed there to arise some sympathy from the viewers, it felt fake to me. I didn't feel for the situation ironically. We barely see Kevin's lifestyle, it would have been more affective if we saw Kevin on a case, probably in a car waiting for the villain or something, then he gets shot... that would have been a bit more interesting. I'm beginning to wonder whether or not Addison has ever seen Kevin's place, they are always by her. We learnt more about Violet's assault and she shared it with Dell. Actually Dell is starting to annoy me. Last season we were left off with the idea that Dell had feelings for Naomi, and that story was just dismissed this season and I really thought that they were using the daughter plot line to give him a story, he should have stayed in the hospital, probably take Charlotte's place and run the competing practice as a revenge towards Naomi... just a thought. I barely mentioned Charlotte basically because I'm getting fed-up of her and Cooper, it was fun in the beginning, now they are just too sappy. Even the Cooper and Violet relationship is getting a bit old as well as Meg and Pete. I hope they spruce it up next episode.



    Case(s)



    The pedophile was a different touch this episode. I especially loved the part where they became overprotective of Maya when he began talking to her. Sam certainly took charge in being a father which was excellent and the court scenes were new for Private Practice. Overall I loved this installment, I think Kevin's character needs a little sprucing up, it would nice to see him in the line of duty, make his S.W.A.T. appearance more believable, it could add more to the action side of Private Practice. It looks like Charlotte's falling for Cooper... and Cooper dumped her, sort of expected that though, their relationship needed an eye-opener. Would we see more of Archer even after Addison told him to take the high road...? It also looks like the Practice is expecting another addition. It's Private Practice, anything could happen. _________________________



    Three out of four stars



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  • Special ep of Double P.

    8.0
    God, I hate the generic brother who shows up in a drama. It was overdone when they did it on 90210 15 years ago and it's not any fresher now.



    Outside of that this episode did have some fine parts. The stuff with the pedophile and Violet was great. Amy Brenneman is a fine actress and her parts are usually the highlight of the episode. All the actresses on the show are talented, but I could do with less Charlotte King. Glad to see her relationship with Cooper is over as I wasn't crazy about him getting so much screen time either.



    The thing about Private Practice is they really do not push the bar too much. Grey's Anatomy has established itself but for PP to become a hit they need a huge, edgy storyline that gets people talking. This pedophile was interesting but the writers didn't go all out with it and truly have him do something.moreless
  • Violet deals with a pedophile. Addison gets a visit from her brother. Kevin gets shot.

    9.0
    Well, what can only be termed as a well scripted and engaging drama, this episode did erase the debacle it aired last Wednesday.



    A powerful and moving storyline involving a pedophile, who was abused as a child was aptly portrayed. Emotions run high when he is bought into oceanside wellness, a place where kids come to see Cooper. Dell gets upset owing to the fear of exposing his daughter to this man. We also see Addison's brother who turns up and messes up her relationship with Kevin. He also sleeps with Naomi - inducing some tensions with Sam. Addison treats a couple having triplets who are deeply obsessed with the faith in god. She convinces a couple to go against their beliefs by choosing medicine over god. As another developing plot, Violet tells Cooper about Charlotte's plans for a competing practice. We notice the adrenaline pump, when we learn that Kevin gets shot, and the pedophile starts a talk with Sam's daughter Maya. The ending couldn't have been better - with Addison covering the mess that her brother had made by patching up with Kevin, and talking to Naomi. Violet and Dell confide their dark pasts to each other. Overall, a very moving episode. It did make up for the earlier one.moreless
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

Grant Show

Grant Show

Archer Montgomery

Guest Star

Jayne Brook

Jayne Brook

Meg Porter

Guest Star

Cullen Douglas

Cullen Douglas

Hal

Guest Star

David Sutcliffe

David Sutcliffe

Officer Kevin Nelson

Recurring Role

Geffri Maya Hightower

Geffri Maya Hightower

Maya Bennett

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (0)

  • QUOTES (4)

    • Charlotte (to Cooper who is lying on his bed): I've brought you a present. {She reveals the chocolate paint on her body) It's all edible. In fact that's chocolate frosting you're staring at. Bon appetit. You want me to melt?

    • Naomi: Where's the prodigal brother?
      Addison: He's showing Kevin around, hopefully making nice. Apparently Archer didn't appreciate Kevin treating him like a criminal when they first met.
      Naomi: You mean when he broke in like a criminal?
      Addison: Exactly.

    • Addison: Power. Speed. Control. Who knew go-kart racing could be better than sex?

    • Naomi: Who knew that meaningless sex could be amazing?
      Violet: You had meaningless sex? Congratulations.

  • NOTES (11)

    • Scott Michael Campbell (Gregory) also appeared in the season 2 episode "Enough Is Enough" of Grey's Anatomy. However, he played a different character.

    • Scott Michael Campbell (Gregory) also worked with David Sutcliffe (Kevin) in the season 7 episode "Go! Bulldogs" of Gilmore Girls.

    • Scott Michael Campbell (Gregory) also worked with Jayne Brook (Meg) in the season 5 episode "Big Han For The Little Lady" of Chicago Hope.

    • Darby Stanchfield (Tess) also worked with Geffri Maya Hightower (Maya) in the season 1 episode "Fallout" of Jericho.

    • Cullen Douglas (Hal) also worked with David Sutcliffe (Kevin) in the episode "Thumper" of Gravepine.

    • Cullen Douglas (Hal) also worked with Tim Daly (Pete) in the episode "Can We Do This?" of the 1998 mini-series From The Earth To The Moon.

    • David Sutcliffe recieved the "And" credit.

    • Original International Air Dates:
      Finland: December 16, 2008 on MTV3
      The Netherlands: February 23, 2009 on Net 5
      Latin America: March 9, 2009 on Sony Entertainment Television (aka Canal Sony)
      Norway: March 17, 2009 on TV2
      Australia: March 26, 2009 on Channel 7
      Germany: May 6, 2009 on ProSieben

    • Liz Torres (Judge Ortiz) also worked with David Sutcliffe (Kevin) in several episodes of Gilmore Girls.

    • Music Featured In This Episode:
      Steal My Sunshine by Len
      Satisfied by The Nouvellas
      Panic And The Should Attacks by Nico Stai
      Ladies 'N' Gents by Suga Rush
      As Much As You Lead by Lex Land

    • Cullen Douglas (Hal) also appeared in the season 4 episode "Kung Fu Fighting" of Grey's Anatomy. However, he played a different character.

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