On this week's Private Practice, Addison dives in headfirst to her trust issues stemming from her marriage with Derek. Just as the good doctor is settling into a fun and easygoing relationship with her cute SWAT guy, he goes and says something that brings everything to an awkward halt. And while Naomi thinks Addison's hang-ups are clear as day to anyone with eyes, it takes a sweet elderly couple to reveal to her and Sam how to move on from the shambles of their marriage. There's all kinds of psychodrama going around once again, so let's not waste time — just read more.
So right off the bat, SWAT guy interrupts sexy time with Addison to whisper that he loves her, which is a lot for Addison to handle. Thankfully she and Naomi are pretty much back to confiding in each other, so Addison has someone besides Pete (who makes a crappy girlfriend anyway) to chat with about guys. Naomi informs her that she can't say "I love you" back to him because she has trust issues ("You cheated on Derek, Derek cheated on you — how can you not?"). The best part of the opening for me, though, was all the guys at the bar trying to pick up ladies. Poor Pete's game is seriously hindered by Cooper and Sam. The three of them spot a cute blonde who turns out to be Charlotte, and this is the moment Cooper decides to go public with her (he later tells Violet he'd had a lot to drink by then).
But back to Addison. SWAT guy's confession has her in a mood and full of frustrating "you can't trust anyone; falling in love is scary" feelings which means: Cue the untrustworthy husband patient! In the regular world, a guy who is secretly married to two different women who both happen to be pregnant would be written off as a cretin, but in the world of Private Practice, this guy is actually someone Pete can sort of defend. I'm glad Addison stuck the women in the same room. I'd want someone to tell me the truth.
In other news, Charlotte is clearly about to break Cooper's heart. I mean, Violet basically spells it out: Why would she set up a practice to compete with her boyfriend if she didn't want to sabotage her relationship? And Sam and Naomi figure out they will always love each other but better move on. But the best relationship moment of the episode has to be Addison's crazy turn following SWAT guy and nearly getting herself arrested (Addison: "At first it was just routine surveillance." Naomi: "You are not a cop!"). A lesson to us all: Cheating on your husband with his best friend will likely cause long-term emotional damage and lead to stalking new boyfriends who love you.
- I love the scene where all the doctors are gossiping about Cooper and Charlotte in the break room and they manage to ascertain from Violet's total silence that Coop's been dating Charlotte for a while.
- Charlotte's called lots of fun names this episode, including Cruella (Violet) and the anti-Christ (Sam).
- When Cooper hears about Addison's creepy patient, he gets pretty giddy with Violet about it: "Sad, but fodder for the best dinner party story ever!" Which is true.
- I'm trying to sort out how the two women married to the same man would have figured that out so fast after Addison stuck them in that room together: "Oh hello there, my husband's name is Daniel." "Oh really? Mine too! Funny." "Yeah, funny." "Wait a minute, does your husband speak with an accent?" "Yes he does, how'd you kno . . . oh my God."
- Dell has a kid! He was a teen dad!
- I loved Addison's line about SWAT guy when she thought she'd ruined everything after, well, stalking him: "I'll never hear that sexy, SWATy voice again."
What did you guys think of this one?
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