Private Practice Review: "Fear of Flying"

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There was a lot going on last night on Private Practice, both in terms of patient stories and character drama. While tough to follow at times, it certainly didn't lack for drama.

"Fear of Flying" gets underway with Addison's pregnant patient, Elisha, who's about to marry her boyfriend, Esau, a Kenyan who needs a physical to get his visa renewed.

However, Sam finds he has tuberculosis - untreatable - and he is quarantined. The couple decides to make a run for it, but ultimately comes back when she goes into labor.

Immigration shows up to take him away, and it's very sad. Sam pretends he's sick long enough for him to see his baby, who will have to remain in the U.S. for treatment.

Meanwhile, Sam is apparently good with Addison and Pete now. The reason for that? New girlfriend Vanessa. Even though he thinks about Addison while he's with Vanessa.

Does this strike anyone else as a little hard to believe? Would Addison and Pete really cry in each other's arms, longing for other people ... while hooking up themselves?

It's a tad weird.

Naomi and Her Boss

Naomi's smack in the middle of the latest Private Practice love triangle.

Elsewhere on the Pete front, he treats a couple who find out she's allergic to his sperm. Really. Man, just when you thought you'd seem every crazy sexual problem on this show.

After they try condoms and she almost dies, Pete encourages them to break up, but has a change of heart when he realizes just how in love with each other they are. Touching.

Naomi, meanwhile, is going on a date with her boss, William, until Fife says he loves her. He just comes out and says it, a bold move, but albeit maybe presumptuous. Whatever.

Addison, on the advice-giving outside looking in on the love triangle for once, thinks Nae likes Fife more than she lets on. Which she admits ... but goes out with William anyway.

Follow the jump for our take on the rest of the night's drama ...

With Violet having run off to Costa Rica (when do you think she'll be back, if at all?) Sheldon deals with her patient, a girl afraid flying after being in a plane crash (hence the title).

While Sheldon does a nice job and convinces her to fly to her sister's wedding in the end, the thing's in California. Sure, San Francisco is a long drive, but it can be done. Whatever.

Finally we have Cooper, back from Central America and visiting Violet, and with a renewed outlook. He's not angry anymore, he swears, but Charlotte still is. Someone had to be.

Now comes the kicker. After helping Sheldon with his patient, Charlotte and he sleep together on her couch! Just as Cooper comes over to get Violet's mail! Talk about awkward!

Seriously, we're all for interoffice romance, but these people all get around more than on Grey's Anatomy at this point. Are they just throwing darts at Private Practice cast photos?

Oh, who are we kidding. As long as you accept this semi-incestuous, sexual merry-go-round for what it is and just embrace it, things can be pretty darn entertaining. Are we right?

What did you think of last night's Private Practice? Comment below!

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Ick to Addison and Pete. It's so true! They totally seem forced. There is not any chemistry between, it's painful to watch. Pete and Violet bring the chemistry! Oh my...great pairing those two. I agree with the others, they belong together! They better get back together soon!

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Addison and Pete don't seem forced at all, they're really cute together. As for Addison and Sam, I'm sure they're gonna end up together at some point. It's so wrong, he's her best friend's ex-husband. Omg, if she gets pregnant with him I think I will die... And it's really The bold and the beautiful 2, just like Grey's is The young and the restless 2.
In case you don't know already, according to the press release Naomi is going to know about Addison and Sam's feelings during 3.18 and she's not gonna be happy about it. And unable to cope with the tensions Addison will take the day off with Pete and Lucas. I can't wait to see that! It's gonna be good!

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Ah, yes! I miss Amy Brenneman! She says she is not in the next one either, but after that she is back..."In a big way," she said. One of the only reasons I watch is for Violet and Pete! They must be together soon! I love this show! But Pete/Violet are really what keeps me coming back.

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Nice epeisode! What a surprise for Naomi??? We had figured it out..the love in the air... but what a surprise for her??!!!
The epeisode would ne even better if only Violer wasn't upsent.
We missed her! I've just read she is sick...Wishing her a quick recovery and everythning will be good for her! We love her bery much! I agree that Pete/Addie doesnt "suit" together, there in no chemistry... not at all!!! Pete needs to be with Violet eventually and Addie..with someone else! Sam ? They seem nice couple guys but what about Naomie? She can't do that to her best friend! Neither of you i think that could! It isnt moral at all! It is going to be like "The Bold and the Beautiful" come on!!!!

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I don't know why the writers are wasting our time with this Addison/Pete & Sam/Vanessa thing. Sam & Addison are so good together on so many different levels. I am hoping that all of this turmoil leads to a really good story for Sam & Addison.

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Jumped the shark. Two Ph.d candidates. she's pregnant. He's visa is expiring. Why on earth would they wait to get married? and two agents for this guy, this is their biggest homeland security emergency? dumb dumb dumb dumb dumb

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Omg, I never thought about Violet and Cooper hooking up there. Knowing Shonda's writing, I bet she totally had them hook up. I hope not though! I want Violet with Pete!
I do kind of like Naomi with Fife. I do not like her with William! Not at all.

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I think he went with her because they are best friends and they used to go to vacations together and because writers needed some character told the others that Violet stayed here. I think she is still pretty messed up so it was good thing that she didn't go alone.

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I know Amy Brenneman had to be written out of two episodes, because she had surgery, but I was just wondering why Cooper went with her. It just seems like everyone is hooking up with the wrong person, so it seemed to make sense that Violet and Cooper would too. It was just a thougt. I miss Violet and Pete!

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Charlotte beating Cooper with the banana was the highlight of the entire season. She sleeping with Sheldon...ouch. It did not make any sense, specially since Charlotte could do much better. Bailey had a point saying that the place was like a telenovela.
As for Addison/Pete/Sam drama. Addison totally has a point coming up with Naomi and all. Except she tends to forget that Violet is her friend too, and frankly, you don't fool around like that with a friend's ex-bf either.

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