Private Practice

Season 2 Episode 21

What You Do for Love

Aired Tuesday 10:00 PM Apr 23, 2009 on ABC
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Sam starts to reconsider his friendship with Naomi and Addison with Noah's help try to save a pregnant woman with heart problems. Meanwhile, Pete's relationship with Lisa gets complicated with Violet's pregnancy.

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  • That Addison and Noah cliffhanger...

    After such a long break from the

    Private Practice 'Do the Right Thing'

    hanger dangling between Noah and Addison, we were left wondering which way the writers would spin the on-off love 'affair' between this heated pair.

    Only to have a reminder of the couple's steamy, passionate, extravagant... kiss. What would you call Noah's fascination towards Addison that literally had him panting over her by her door step.

    They gave us a brief introduction in 'What You Do for Love', but left us with unanswered questions as they switched over to Cooper and a pregnant Violet... which was kind of a disappointment. I haven't really been a fan of the Cooper-Violet-Charlotte triangle, but this scene was oddly amusing. Cooper is really fortunate to have a girlfriend like Charlotte, because I really do not understand ho Charlotte copes with the Cooper-Violet situation and seeing that the only thing that pulls Cooper away from Violet is sex.

    Maybe Charlotte doesn't worry because of Violet's other men; Pete, Sheldon. Violet seemed to be showing a hint of jealousy towards Pete's new girlfriend, by the way - are doctors allowed to date their patient's moms? Pete clearly crossed a professional line there.

    Violet was also preoccupied with a proposal from Sheldon. Who else thinks that Sheldon occasionally pops in and out of scenes he is not necessarily needed in?

    Sheldon is taking a huge risk there, proposing. What if the baby turned out to be Pete's, wouldn't that be a bit awkward?

    On the other hand, I really cannot picture Violet married, let alone to Sheldon!

    Heads up 24 fans, it looks like this was another crossover episode and this time between 24 and Private Practice. It is revealed that Bill Buchanan isn't dead after all. :)

    If you are a 24 fan, you would recognize James Morrison as William White playing a guest star role in Private Practice and not as Bill Buchanan.

    His role was left up to a bit of suspense, but we do know he tried to Woo Naomi. I know there is an age difference so when I say Woo, I really mean 'tried to offer Naomi a business preposition'.

    James Morrison presented a strong presence and being a 24 fan myself, there was no Bill in sight. He still had the same look though you know that white chalky hair. Anyway speaking of looks, his own was up to no good, like he had something else up his sleeve.

    Why this sudden interest in Naomi, because she's the best. I' kind of tired hearing that phrase 'I'm the best, You're the best...'

    His visit to Charlotte's office confirmed my suspicions towards him, which made me wonder what his true agenda was, because Charlotte seemed to look up to him.

    How does Charlotte know him and what was his true motives?

    Would Charlotte be getting a storyline outside of the Cooper-Violet theme?

    As we now turn our attentions back to Addison and Noah, let's give a little history to their plot.

    Noah's character was introduced in the Finishing installment and was stretched between Four(4) episodes. You see Noah is a married doctor who's wife is Addison's patient. :O

    His wife Morgan, has been having complications with her pregnancy, yet Noah still finds the time to drool over Addison. =O

    Morgan knows nor senses nothing of Addison and Noah's kiss, but she does know that her husband is slipping away from her and the only thing that could save their marriage is the baby.

    The Irony Of It All.

    That kiss isn't going away and Addison cannot avoid Noah for long as they stumble upon a case together (just a coincidence).

    Addison's pregnant patient (Janine) is in need of a heart transplant. Janine is accompanied by her husband's brother Malcolm, who I initially pegged to be her husband. Malcolm seemed to be head over heels for Janine, more than her husband Phillip was that is. Janine was faced with two problems; either she got a heart transplant or terminate her pregnancy to save her own life.

    It just so happened that Phillip was her blood type obviously being a plausible heart donor, sadly he turned up dead soon after with no sign of a murder. Would Phillip take his own life to save his wife, or would Malcolm have the guts to kill his own brother to save Janine.

    Non-the-less, the thought of murder didn't cross Addison and Noah's minds as they rushed over for Phillips heart. Addison only picks up the pieces later in the plot, while she had occasional moments with Noah again trying to ignore their kiss.

    Noah confronted Addison about their relationship by saying that Addison was more angry with herself for kissing Noah back, than with Noah for kissing her.

    Addison already has a history of affair in her life, why would she let down her ambitions for a married man?

    Why would Noah pursue Addison, while his wife is in agony and needs him the most. I am a bit disappointed in the both of them.

    The episode reflected really what anyone would do for love, but what kind of man would supposedly kill his own brother for love? Which conveniently made him the suitable candidate to be with the wife in the end. Even though it seemed like the feeling was mutual and she may have loved her husband's brother more than her actual brother, you don't just kill someone and live happily ever after! The guilt of murder would kill the relationship in the future, if it ever happens at all.

    This storyline mirrored Addison's obsession with Noah, but is it that easy for Addison to stab someone in the back . Would she ever go all the way with Noah?

    When Naomi and Sam had their argument nearing the end, it seemed to convenient. Obviously they wanted to give Naomi a reason to stay in the Practice. Sam was Naomi's reason for staying so by him saying he needs some distance away from her, Naomi had no other excuse to stay - perfect.

    I only seem to just tolerate Dell now. He is way underused character and now that Betsy is out of the way, he is just falling out of place.

    I really liked this one though...



    Four out of Five Stars

    Grade B-

  • Gross..

    Seriously? The best Private Practice can muster is a teacher doing a student storyline. That is so gross, and not something you expect from the makers of one of the best medical drama on TV.

    I always thought PP is an overrated show, and the reason why ABC thought it deserved an 1 hour slot was because it is Grey's spinoff. I am not entirely sure, but are they going to kill Naomi off? But it seems all likely given the events that occurred in this episode. And I don't understand why the writers seem so hard pressed on continuing the same story again and again and again. Common, give some closure to the Addison-Noah relationship. Stop making Cooper look like the nicest guy on the planet. Do something about the Violet-Pete-Sheldon painfully boring plot.

    And what about Sam and Dell?, it looks like they don't exist at all. The characters are falling apart, and the show seriously needs some good material.moreless
  • Sam questions his friendship with Naomi, Pete's relationship with Lisa is put to the test and the Addison/Noah saga continues...

    Well to just get it out ther:, I thought this wasn't the best Private Practice episode ever, but it was still pretty entertaining. I absolutely love the Addison/Noah story line; I think Noah is a pretty good fit for Addison, but his marriage of course complicates everything. What I wonder, though, is what will happen once the baby comes. Because he's all in love with her now, but maybe, once the baby is there, he'll feel he has to live up to his responsibilities or something... Anyway, I don't read spoilers, so I'm left to my imagination until next week. I do feel though, and this is the last thing I'll say on this subject, that Addison and Noah (and thus the actors) have great chemistry...

    The other story lines were pretty entertaining, but I'm getting a little bit tired of Sam and Naomi, to be honest. I think it's a good thing they (or rather, Sam) decided to take a break from their friendship, because it felt too awkward. I like the characters and actors individually, but together they just don't work for me right now.

    Not much happened with Cooper. He's one of my favorite characters and I love him together with Charlotte. They seem to be going strong, but what will happen once Violet has the baby remains to be seen...

    Finally, the Violet/Pete/Sheldon triangle. I think Pete realized he might still have some feelings for Violet, and was planning to step up. But now stupid Sheldon proposed to Violet, and I'm afraid she might say yes. So I'm still hoping the baby is Pete's and that Sheldon will disappear from the picture soon, but I'm fearing the worst... I do think it's a shame Linda and Pete broke up (Yeah, I know, just can't seem to make up my mind) 'cause they were pretty good together.

    All in all it wasn't the most inspiring episode, but the Addison/Noah interaction was once again great!moreless
  • A conflict with a pregnant mother? They've never done that on Private Practice!

    As I am sure you all know by now Private Practice will most likely NOT be revealing Violet's baby's daddy in the season finale, or so internet reports say.

    That is utterly disappointing as this season has been building toward that. After all the awful Sheldon scenes I have had to tolerate, and all the ridiculous attempts to make Pete seem like a player, how they can do this is mind-boggling. This is not a Lost-like storyline where people will think about it over the summer and discuss it online. Private Practice is a timeslot hit, but that could change depending on who the father is.

    But looking purely at this episode my frustration worsened. I was such a big advocate for this show last season, but it just is not fun anymore and is trying too hard to be like its predecessor Grey's Anatomy when that is not what made people fans of the show.moreless
Taye Diggs

Taye Diggs

Dr. Sam Bennett

Audra McDonald

Audra McDonald

Dr. Naomi Bennett

Amy Brenneman

Amy Brenneman

Dr. Violet Turner

Timothy Daly

Timothy Daly

Dr. Pete Wilder

Kate Walsh

Kate Walsh

Dr. Addison Forbes Montgomery

Chris Lowell

Chris Lowell

William "Dell" Parker

Idina Menzel

Idina Menzel


Guest Star

Brian Benben

Brian Benben

Dr. Sheldon Wallace

Recurring Role

Josh Hopkins

Josh Hopkins

Dr. Noah Barnes

Recurring Role

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