In general, babies don't have the easiest time at Private Practice's Oceanside Wellness. So will Violet's baby survive tonight's season finale? My recent chat with Amy Brenneman confirmed there's some merit to the question.
It's been rumored that Violet's mentally unstable patient, Katie, will return tonight, blaming Violet for her own unsuccessful pregnancy and seeking revenge. Meanwhile, we still don't know if Pete or Sheldon is the father — nor do we know if Violet will accept Sheldon's marriage proposal. Lots of questions for just one hour!
I asked Brenneman what the heck Violet sees in Sheldon, why Violet lacks female friends, and lots more. Here are highlights:
Let's start with the big proposal. I feel lukewarm on Sheldon. What does Violet see in him?
Sheldon really understands her, and I kind of like that storyline in that last episode of them working on a case together. Because I do think that for as kind of sloppy and messy as Violet is, she still has a really inquisitive mind about psychology — both hers and other people's — so I think there's something really comforting to her about Sheldon's familiarity with that subject too. I think he adores her, and I think Violet knows that. What [creator] Shonda Rhimes basically said to me was — and you know this is a little black and white — but that Sheldon is the safe guy in that he has been very steady with his affection and she knows he'll probably never go away. Pete, even though [Violet's] known him longer, the idea is that [she's] seen him through bad behavior so . . . can she really trust in Pete?
Do you personally have a preference for which guy Violet chooses, if any?
You know, not really. I mean, I love both these men. Brian Benben [Sheldon] makes me laugh all day long. And I think with Tim [Daly] — you know what's so brilliant about Shonda putting me and him together is because I worked with his sister [Tyne Daly] for 10 years . . . he's very familiar to me. At first it was like "Ew! It's going to be like kissing my brother!" He's gorgeous and he's great, but yeah, Shonda's like, "Well, yeah, that's kind of what I want to explore with Violet and Pete," because they've known each other a long time and then it turns into a sexual relationship, and what is that like? Then, you know, for Violet, too, there's the whole Coop factor. . . . Still at this point in her life the real day-to-day guy to see is Cooper.
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