Private Practice Review: "Strange Bedfellows"

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Katie Kent is back. And she is on trial.

That, of course, is Violet's insane baby-snatcher and C-section performer from the Season 2 finale of Private Practice. And Violet, of course, cannot bring herself to testify.

She's not ready to relive it, but then Katie herself asks Violet to testify (she thinks this will prove she is crazy and get her the help she needs, rather than a prison term).

Violet plunges into a crisis of conscience. Who will testify at the trial, if she does so at all - Violet the victim or Dr. Turner the medical expert? Whose opinion should count?

This is the theme of last night's "Strange Bedfellows."

This was inevitable and a bit too drawn out, but what was more compelling was the affect on Pete as well. He wants Katie to be sent away and do time for what she did.

It's not happening. Violet tells the court that, in her expert opinion, Katie was temporarily insane. Pete is not pleased, and that is when Violet realizes he is a victim too.

Violet on the Stand

Pete has been saddled with the burden of losing the woman he loves, as well as having to care for baby Lucas. She apologizes. He says she owes no apologies, but ...

... please come home. Typical cheesy Private Practice. But you gotta admit, you want her to come back to him, don't you? If not, check yourself for a pulse, people!

Elsewhere, Charlotte is trying to get Sam to sign off on her joining the practice. He eventually does. Sweet, right? Not for Cooper when he learns her new specialty.

That would be "sexology." If you think that makes her sound like a hooker, that's exactly what Cooper said. Charlotte wasn't too thrilled. He got drunk. It got worse.

Even though it is a bit cliched that Cooper is so insecure about the specialty, we love these two together, and liked the way it was resolved. Strong women are cool.

Lastly, Addison and Naomi deal with the swapped unborn babies from last season's finale, one of whom has a tumor that will kill it without (equally risky) surgery.

The women have grown close, though, so the surgery happens. It fails. The other one runs away with the baby still inside her. We smell a return around March.

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I want Charlotte with Cooper and Violet with Pete. Way over Addison and Pete. I say no way to that one. Also, I do wonder if the two practices will merge? At least bring Pete back to Oceanside!

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I want violet and pete together buuuuutttt im still holding out for addison and pete! much better couple i think!

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I second Jen. Great job to Amy Brenneman and Tim Daly! Loved this episode. The trial was very moving and the scene with Violet and Pete at the end touched my heart! Happy to see that Violet is one step closer to healing and the she and Pete are one step closer to reuniting.

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Great episode, one of my favorites so far. Loved Pete and Violet scene and the guys bonding together scenes.
Violet's decision to testify in Katie's favor was very moving, it seems that Violet finally started her healing. Like always, great job by all the actors, especially Amy Brenneman and Tim Daly. They really shine this season.

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Finally some Addie and Naomi scenes. I miss their friendship. I love Charlotte and Cooper! I don't care about pete and violet but I like the actors so for those who don't know yet Amy b. and Timmy daly are on twitter! So is the fabulous Kate Walsh!

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This past episode was so good. Love Charlotte at Oceanside. And that Violet and Pete scene brought joy to my heart! She is getting closer to recovery! I like that they are dragging it out, it is true to life. I would be disappointed if they didn't. She and Pete will work things out. Thank goodness. Cooper getting drunk and being mean to Charlotte, I was not a fan of that. Glad he apologized I didn't think he was going to. The next episode looks good too. Can't wait! P.S. That trial was very well done as well.

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I agree, the Violet/Pete scene toward the end was well-written and well-acted. But I also agree that the show will improve once we can get past the major focus on Violet's recovery and back to more medicine. I miss seeing Addie and Naomi together - at least there was some of that in this episode. But I miss their friendship more than anything. And I can't wait to see Addie talking to the cat! Private Practice rules.

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I agree, I like Charlotte at Oceanside! And her sexology! ha ha! I got mad at Cooper though, for the way he was acting when he was drunk. And I want Pete back at Oceanside! That moment between him and Violet was awesome! Thank goodness he still loves her and wants her back. They are my favorite. But I also really like Cooper and Charlotte. They better keep Pete and Violet and Cooper and Charlotte together! And the trial, that was so good. Emotional too. Great episode. So happy to have had that Pete and Violet moment. Us Pete and Violet fans, (And there are MANY of us) needed that scene!

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Excellent episode !Great writing and acting. I like how the trial played out with Violet and Katie. Love the COOPER+CHARLOTTE story.
They are the BEST COUPLE on TV. Naomi and Addison's switched baby story was awesome. Glad Pete still wants Violet back. Funny watching Cooper, Sam and Pete all bond at the bar. Charlotte is awesome to be working at Oceanside Wellness and still keeping her chief of staff job at St. Ambrose. This whole episode was great. Can't wait for next week.

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Yep, definitely loved this episode! Loved Charlotte and her sexology, loved the Pete and Violet scene at the end, and loved the trial!