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''Private Practice'' recap: Babies & booty calls

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Private Practice

type:
TV Show
Current Status:
In Season
run date:
09/26/07
performer:
Kate Walsh, Paul Adelstein, Amy Brenneman, Taye Diggs, Chris Lowell, Audra McDonald
broadcaster:
ABC
genre:
Drama, Doctor/Medical/Hospital

”Private Practice” recap: Babies & booty calls

Go, Private Practice, it’s your birth day! With three births, one hostage situation, two attempts at sex, one revelation, one re-consummation, two beloved guest stars, and — finally! — something for Dr. Feelgood to do, there was plenty of action, both uteral and otherwise, last night. I think Addison described it best: ”It’s babypalooza!”

But wait, there’s more: Addison was (again, she said it best) ”on fuego.” I think it was the dress. She looked hot in that slinky, colorful, low-cut number. And Pete noticed. But he wasn’t the only one. Officer Kevin Nelson noticed. In fact, he came all the way from Stars Hollow to check her out. (Officer Nelson was played by David Sutcliffe, who was Gilmore Girls‘ Christopher, a.k.a. Rory’s dad and Lorelai’s ill-chosen husband. Man, I miss that show — except for its terrible final season.)

So let’s talk about all those babies being borned. There was the panic-attack-prone policeman’s widow, who was going to deliver in a birthing tub, despite Addison’s objections. Then there was Ashley (where have I seen that actress before? Grey’s?), whose husband doesn’t do anything to control their rambunctious boys and is unexpectedly in labor (she is, not the husband, silly!) — but she doesn’t seem to be too bothered by that. And then we had Sara Gilbert, the second of the evening’s great guest stars (how can I resist this?), as a gun-wielding pregnant woman holding up a convenience store. Not very…convenient (yes, another thing I couldn’t resist).

The three births gave the writers fertile ground for comparisons and contrasts, and gave the editors plenty to play with. You’re either prepared for a baby to arrive or not — but either way, it’s coming. And Susan, the widow, needed to know that she was prepared. Sara Gilbert certainly wasn’t — hence the holdup. And Ashley was ready, but for the wrong gender. Ashley’s chaotic kids contrasted with the calm that Susan was trying desperately to achieve, and Susan’s prolonged labor in the birthing tub was a good counterpoint to Ashley’s baby popping out (”You have to catch the baby!”). The projectile baby gave Dell some great moments, in addition to his early ”locked in the Dell vault” line. And then the births left everyone ”hormonal,” as they kept saying. Ashley needed an intervention — which looked like group therapy of a different sort: All the doctors gathered around her, some perched on the arm of the couch, others standing. Sara Gilbert had to go to jail. And Susan had to accept that her husband was gone. (I bet Sam even had a realization of his own: No more house calls.)

It was moving to see this woman sob, really get out the feelings about her husband’s death, as she was giving birth. And then to see Addison climb into the tub to hold her. Talk about unconventional birthing methods. Addison, it is your birth day! Beautifully done.

Cops kept arriving at Oceanside Wellness to check on Susan and her baby. Maybe that explains why no cops showed up at the convenience store where Dr. Feelgood was performing an emergency birth.

(Ever notice that people don’t really say hello on this show? Every conversation begins as if already in progress. I love that — it’s how I tend to be, as if it’s all just one ongoing conversation. And, isn’t it, really?)

NEXT: The lovelorn couples almost do it

Last night was not only about births. It was also about what can lead to birth: sex. After Addy and Pete’s office petting — which left them both hot and bothered — Violet realized she should have sex with Coop! (Go, Coop, it’s your birthday!) Now, we could see a mile away that this friends-with-benefits scenario wasn’t gonna work with her and Coop, but it was pretty fun to watch it play out. She revealed her breasts, he took off his shirt (looking good, Coop, though you don’t have the guns of Dr. Feelgood), and feelings were hurt, leading Coop to go to Addison’s. Pete, meanwhile, stood up Addison and went to Violet’s (you with me?), where he revealed that his wife and he were trying to have a child when she died. (Pretty good reason to stand Addison up, I’d say, after the day they had.)

Aah, well, so this is how it’s gonna go, eh? They’re gonna have sex but…no. And next week: Addison’s out with someone else. (Why not Officer Nelson, Addison?) And then the following week it’ll be back to Sam and Diane — er, I mean Pete and Addison?

This is the first episode of Private Practice without a Celebrate the Moments of Your Life moment. It was implied, I think, that Coop and Addy would eventually have it, over pizza. (”Would you like to order some pizza and get fat with me?” she asked.) They probably didn’t have time to show it because they had to squeeze in the only sex of the night — between the divorced couple: Naomi and Sam. She’s so sick and tired of being the only person in the practice who thinks before acting that she jumped him — and we’ll be seeing the repercussions of that for weeks to come. That is, of course, if the writers’ strike actually comes to a close sometime soon, which seems kind of unlikely. Private Practice has only two more episodes in the can and then…nothing. No more scripts are completed, and Shonda Rimes was out protesting her own shows anyway. Oh, baby!

So, TV Watchers, isn’t Del a great presence in the cast? Aren’t you glad Violet seems to be moving on from whatshisname? Did Sara Gilbert’s repetitive screaming of ”Fix him!” remind you of ”My hooha’s broke!”? Doesn’t everyone know you don’t put bananas in the refrigerator? And who puts a cover on a swimming pool every night? And, on a more serious note, are we ever really prepared for a baby?