Private Practice

Season 2 Episode 17

Wait and See

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Aired Tuesday 10:00 PM Feb 19, 2009 on ABC
8.6
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Archer and Naomi grow romantically closer, while Addison suspects her brother is up to his old tricks again.

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  • Annoying Archer packs his bags, at last.

    9.0
    While I loved the crossover with Grey's Anatomy, one person I definitely do not love is Archer who continues to be a pain, even after Derek saved his life. I was so glad he left for New York at the end of the epiosde even though Naomi was devastated and Addison was so upset that he had not changed. The Charlotte/Cooper relationship is still going up and down - when will they ever sort themselves out? The medical stories were interesting especially the one about the baby with indeterminate gender. All this makes me look forward to next time to see where all this is going.moreless
  • Trouble in paradise.

    7.7
    After getting some Grey's Anatomy ratings boosts for the past few weeks Private Practice delivered a high-quality episode that was reminiscent of the old days of the show it spun-off of.



    I still really, really hate the Charlotte and Cooper scenes and would not mind if both of them got hit by a car and died (their characters on the show, not the actual actors)



    I am also glad that this may be the end of Archer, as I never really cared for him.



    The story about the hermaphrodite was compelling, and its surprising that they beat House to the punch with it.



    But as a whole the ridiculous relationship drama was not as bad as usual and thus the episode was better.moreless
  • Definitely more interesting than the latest PP epis, and a lot more is happening. Things are getting cleared up in many respects, and we will see the results in the next installments.moreless

    9.0
    Our view of Archer's and Addison's relationship deepens significantly, as we learn about the dysfunctional family they grew up in. Archer brings Addison's old wounds to the surface by cheating on Naomi and making Addison cover up for him, as she was doing for her father cheating on her mother when she was a kid. Archer is presented as a flawed person with no real belief in himself, and no desire to correct things and start caring for his sister's or Naomi's feelings. After cheating on her repeatedly (once with Charlotte, who was trying to get back at Cooper for refusing her invitation to move in with her), he finally packs his bags and leaves town without even saying goodbye. He seems to be nothing but a coward who is afraid to face his own faults and emotions.



    Naomi and Addison decide not to do a surgery to change a hermaphrodite child's sex, due to ethical and medical reasons. The father dumps the mother because he can't take it, and Naomi goes to his workplace and tells him off in one of the best acted scenes in this episode. Boy, she can act! The other best acted scene is Charlotte's, when she makes up with Cooper. Sheldon and Violet do couples counselling together, which brings their own supressed emotions and problems of communication to the surface. They end up helping the couples and opening a route of communication between them. Sheldon seems to be the right guy for Violet more and more with each episode. Pete is too self-centered, while Sheldon is understanding and isn't prevented by his extremely inflated self-esteem. I think Violet is starting to see that.



    The episode ends with Naomi and Addison admitting how much they both hate Archer, and Sam realizing he's still in love with Naomi. The Grey's crossover boosted PP to a great extent, and they seem to have picked up their pace. Let's hope the interest remains fresh in the next episodes.moreless
  • Archer cheats on Naomi. Violet and Sheldon organize couples therapy.

    7.5
    This definitely wasn't a crossover, except for some references of Seattle Grace. Overall, this one was quite some disappointment when compared to the previous one-hour in ABC.



    A not so interesting storyline involving Sheldon and Violet, where they organize a couples therapy and save the marriages of two of the three couples, and in turn relieve their own personal tension. Archer reveals that he is a total ass by sleeping with Charlotte, and quite frankly reveals that he is not willing to change. Addison faces the question of people willing to change, by drawing parallels between Archers amorous lifestyle and a transgendered baby whose parents want to surgically change it into a male.



    Sam and Pete were underutilized this installment. We also see Marin Hinkle from 2 1/2 men here (i love that show). Cooper and Charlotte have a bit of a standoff over the Archer situation, but they let it pass as they really want their relationship to work. Fine. Could do a lot better.moreless
  • Archer screws things up for the last time leaving Addie to clean up the mess. Meanwhile, Charlotte and Cooper solve their differences and Sam is surprised by the reality of his feeling for Naomi.moreless

    8.5
    Overall it was a good episode. Right among the average episodes of PP.



    It was so freaking frustating to see Archer's regardlessness towards Addison's feelings. I guess it's not that unexpected to see the way he treated Naomi, but to watch him make Addie go through all that pain to keep his lies makes me really hate this character. The only good thing we got out of him was the crossover episodes [it's always nice to see Addie back home in Seattle] but I don't think I'd stand seeing him next week again. Couldn't have gone on a better cue.



    I thought Pete and Sam were left by the sidelines on this one. Nothing that interesting going on there. Except the fact that Sam finally had to face his recurrent feeling for Nay. But that was to be expected. I felt a little bad for his girlfriend [don't care enough to remember her name].



    The special place in my heart this episode was filled by the fantastic casting of Emma Caulfield! I just know Marti Noxon had something to do with her and J. August Richards appearances. Great treat to Jossverse fans. We all feel honored. And I just gotta say: that woman can act the hell out of that character! Great portrait of a confused but loving mother. Just as I would expect out of her. She should be doing a lot more on TV.



    Hands down the scene that makes this episode get past the 8pts classification is the coming clean between Cooper and Charlotte. Damn, that was fantastic. Over the time I learned slowly to like Charlotte and I'm so glad with the direction the writers are going with the caracter. Up until last season I couldn't care less about her, and now she brings us some of the best scenes on the show. Fantastic performance from both Paul Adelstein and Kadee Strickland. Didn't know they had that in them. Won me over right there. She's running fast to become my favorite character.



    Not a perfect episode [as the Grey's Anatomy's] but some scenes made it worth the watch. I hope things pick up between Addie and Pete [or whomever's next] soon enough. They kinda feel like supporting characters to me now. She had so much more effect and importance around Seattle Grace.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

Marin Hinkle

Marin Hinkle

Beverly

Guest Star

Erik Palladino

Erik Palladino

Mitch

Guest Star

Emma Caulfield

Emma Caulfield

Leanne

Guest Star

Grant Show

Grant Show

Archer Montgomery

Recurring Role

Brian Benben

Brian Benben

Dr. Sheldon Wallace

Recurring Role

Sharon Leal

Sharon Leal

Sonya

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (0)

  • QUOTES (8)

    • Charlotte: I slept with Archer Montgomery. I just thought you shoulds know.
      Cooper: No! No! You don't get to just walk away from me after telling me that. How dare you. How dare you do this.
      Charlotte: It's just the way I am.
      Cooper: Well that's crap. You did the one thing you could, to push me away, to make me make a choice and not you. Guess what, Charlotte? That's not gonna work. I'm not going anywhere. You want to sleep with some guy to hurt me? Make me back off? Too bad. I'm here. I'm storming the freaking castle for you and you so underestimated me. What, you thought I was so weak that I'm going to walk away because my pride got wounded? You're mine and I'm not walking away because you're scared.

    • Pete: They're fighting the way you should be fighting.
      Beverly: I don't want to be the one ... who dies.
      Pete: Then be the one who lives.

    • Addison: Why rush it?
      Naomi: Because I want to go away with my boyfriend. Like a woman. Like a woman with a lover. Lover. Lover, I like that. It's a lot better than boyfriend. He's my lover. What do you think?
      Addison: Lover ...
      Naomi: No. It sounds stupid. It's so like soap opera.
      Addison: No, it's got ...
      Naomi: Paramour ...

    • Violet: I just saw Ryan and Eleanor in the stairwell.
      Sheldon: You mean Ryan and Sasha?
      Violet: No, I mean Ryan and Eleanor. They were comunicating. Lip to lip.

    • Pete: Beverly. Are you okay?
      Beverly: Oh yeah, yeah, I'm fine. I just ... I had to see you again.
      Pete: This is the fourth time this week.
      Beverly: Well, I checked your schedule and I know you have an opening.
      Pete: Beverly!
      Beverly: Oh come on, Pete, just a quickie.

    • Archer: I like women. I like a lot of women. But I am not married to Naomi and she is not the mother of my children.
      Addison: Naomi sat by your side when you had surgery. She held your hand. You're upstairs sticking your tongue down her throat, seeing her every day, letting her believe you two have something together.
      Archer: I thought I was dying.
      Addison: You are asking me to lie for you. You are making me feel dirty, and cheap, and I'm ten years old again. Telling Mother that I went out for ice cream with Daddy, when really I'm sitting in his office while he's screwing his secretary down the hall.

    • Charlotte: Move in with me, Cooper.
      Cooper: Charlotte!
      Charlotte: I know you care about Violet and the baby, and I understand why you wanted to move in with her. But you can still be there for both of them, without living at her place.
      Cooper: Violet's afraid to be alone. So I need to be there for her.
      Charlotte: I'm your girlfriend.
      Cooper: And I am here for you. And, living with Violet? Doesn't change that.

    • Leanne: (just after giving birth) I want to hold him. Can I hold my little boy? What's wrong?
      Addison: It's not a boy.
      Mitch: What? The ultrasound was wrong?
      Leanne: It's a girl?
      Addison: I'm not sure.

  • NOTES (12)

    • This episode was nominated for the 2010 GLAAD Media Award for "Outstanding Individual Episode (in a Series without a Regular LGBT Character)".

    • Grant Show (Archer) received the "And" credit.

    • Emma Caufield (Leanne) also worked with Paul Adelstein (Cooper) in the 2004 movie Bandwagon.

    • Emma Caufield (Leanne) and Leonard Roberts (Ryan) also worked together in several season 4 episodes of Buffy The Vampire Slayer.

    • Erik Palladino (Mitch) also worked with Paul Adelstein (Cooper) in the season 6 episode "How The Finch Stole Christmas" of ER.

    • Erik Palladino (Mitch) also worked with Amy Brenneman (Violet) in the season 4 episode "A Pretty Good Day" of Judging Amy.

    • Erik Palladino (Mitch) also worked with Grant Show (Archer) in the 2004 TV movie Mystery Girl.

    • Erik Palladino (Mitch) also worked with Paul Adelstein (Cooper) in the season 6 episode "How The Finch Stole Christmas" of ER.

    • Leonard Roberts (Ryan) also worked with Paul Adelstein (Cooper) in the episode "Hearts Of Fire" of Turks, and, in that show's pilot.

    • Featured music:
      "You keep me hanging on" by Bonnie & Shelia
      "I Love You More Than Words Can Say" by Otis Redding
      "Be Here Now" by Ray LaMontange
      "Young and Lovestruck" by Get Cape. Wear Cape. Fly

    • International Airdates:
      Finland: March 10, 2009 on MTV3
      Latin America: May 18, 2009 on Sony Entertainment Television
      Norway: May 26, 2009 on TV2
      Australia: May 28, 2009 on Channel 7
      Germany: July 15, 2009 on ProSieben
      The Netherlands: September 7, 2009 on Net5

    • This episode was part of ABC's crossover event with Grey's Anatomy episode entitled "An Honest Mistake" (Season 5 Episode 16).

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