Private Practice Review: Hit by a PMS Truck

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Don’t you just love Thursday nights?

From Amelia’s unbearable request from a friend to Addison’s head-on collision with the PMS truck, "Step One" felt like a rollercoaster of emotions. And quite frankly, I didn’t want the ride to end.

First, I’m always down for continuity in storytelling and appreciated Amelia’s heartbreaking storyline. However, I couldn’t stop thinking: Poor Amelia, especially when Michelle returned needing Amelia’s help to end her own life.

Cooper and Mason

While both Pete and Sheldon reminded Amelia that she took an oath to do no harm as a doctor and that euthanasia is considered murder in California, Amelia was deeply conflicted as she had promised to help Michelle. Isn't that what friends do?

I just knew all would not be okay once Michelle was released from the hospital after the unsuccessful assisted suicide attempt. Yet I didn’t expect for Michelle to actually go through with the suicide and leave Amelia in an even darker place than ever. Maybe it’s time McDreamy paid a visit to Seaside Health and Wellness and stepped in to help his little sister out. She really needs someone, as the worst is yet to come for Amelia. I hope Charlotte will be the one to help her pick up the pieces and that they’ll be able to rekindle their friendship much sooner than later.

Speaking of hope, Addie was finally learning to have some. It was hilarious seeing her go through a whirlwind of emotions due to her starting her vitro fertilization treatments. With every passing episode, I grow more and more excited for her and her future as a mother.

Then again, I also continue to wonder how AddiSam will make it if the latter continues to state he is not looking to be a father again. Sure, he admitted that he will always love and support Addie, but it just doesn’t make sense to me.

One thing is for sure, though: Addie and Jake’s undeniable chemistry. As much as I love Cooper and Charlotte’s scenes together, I absolutely adore seeing Addie and Jake together almost as much. How much longer do I have to wait to see something happen between these two?

As for Cooper, I enjoyed the father-son bonding. Although I would have much preferred to have Charlotte included in his newfound family, it was kind of fun seeing Cooper and his Mini Cooper fishing and watching Phineas and Ferb together.

I can’t help but question, however, how long Mason and Erica will be sticking around and whether or not Erica will ever forgive Charlotte for last week’s incident. What would you like to see happen?

I thought this week’s medical case was well written and have always enjoyed stories without an entirely happy ending. Private Practice always has a way of giving you a chance to weigh options and then realize that there isn’t always a right or wrong answer. And this week a mother gave her son exactly what he thought he needed regardless of the circumstances and what the doctors ordered. She loved him that much.

Finally, I’ve saved the best for last. As most of us would agree that Violet exists solely to meddle in others’ business and to annoy the crap out of us, I’d like to formally introduce the Violet Annoyance Scale (VAS). Following every review, I’ll examine the ever-so-popularly irritating, infuriating, frustrating and aggravating Violet and give a rating (based on a 1-10 scale).

So, to get things started, I’m rating last night’s episode a - drum roll, please! - solid 5 on the VAS.

Violet has been much worse, but this week we saw her baking with Lucas and she wasn’t her usual narcissistic self. Let’s not forget, though, that she wants to sue the medical board now, and even admitted to Addie that she feels as if, since Pete’s surgery, her only purpose is to be solely a perfect wife and mother.

For starters, what’s wrong with that? Secondly, shouldn’t those roles always be considered top priorities anyway? I get that she misses her job, but let’s face it... we hardly see her interacting with her son. As for the wife part, I think she she’s got a lot of making up to do. Both Lucas and Pete deserve better. 

Now, it’s your turn. I’d love to see your rating and hear your thoughts on "Step One."


Editor Rating: 4.0 / 5.0
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Rating: 4.2 / 5.0 (54 Votes)

I'm alright with the VAS as long as this isn't a rally to get her kicked off the show :) just like Vanessa on Gossip Girl and her Uselessness Scale.


Love the Violet Annoyance Scale. I do agree with this she was at a 5


I don't like Cooper's long-lost-son storyline at all. it's been done to death already on so many other shows. Can't he and Charlotte be happy and on the same page for once?


If there'd be a Precious Addie Annoyance Scale I'd laugh loud and valorate it. Seriously @MissKitten you should get a REAL life


I cannot believe someone is taking the Violet subject so damn seriously! Even if it's your favorite character, she is damn fictional! She does not exist. So to take VAS almost personaly is pretty insane.


OMG did everyone miss the cameo made by the wonderful ladies from Cougar Town!!!!


first off, I must give a HUGE Brava to Shonda Rhimes and company for the amazing job they did last season and for the incredible job they did last season. this was only episode 5 and its making me feel like this is leading up to the seasom finale or something...I LOVE these reviews and the comments-waayyy better than the Facebook comments, its so nice to see positive feedback imstead of all whiney negative nagging was a great episode I love how they have multi story lines dealing with each character. It was good to see Cooper interacting with his son(BTW, that kid is soooo a 'mini Cooper') the Addie/Sam/Jake Riley triangle is heating up-I like Addison and Sam together(those sex scenes are HOT) but Im starting to think like everybody else:how the heck's their relationship gonna work out should Addie get pregnant/have a baby? I kinda like(and the like is VERY remote) Jake and Addie togther...the VAS scale-Brilliant!!! Sheer Genius!!! Ive ALWAYS thought Violet was annoying-she's the reason the practice is so jacked up anyways! and why did she get married/ have a kid if its not on her list of priorties? I believe that you can be a good wife, a GREAT mom ad hold down a steady successful career I wish Violet had enough sense to know that it's possible! to me, she should not get her liscence back-who would want such an emotionally unstable/crazy/nuerotic/self involved person with absoultely NO boundaries to be their shrink?(answer:only people as whacky as Violet) anywho, the biggest BRAVA, goes to Ms. Caterina Scoresone(aka Amelia) after watching this episode, it gave me a newfound respect for scoresone and the character Amelia. I love that Shonda and the writers pick a 1 major topic and make it the central storyline with smaller minor storylines around it, last season it was rape(which KaDee Strickland portrayed so beautifully and realistically) this season its addiction...I honestly think Private Practice is show that's slept on by viewers, so far its been better than grey's to me...


For the most part, it looks like we got the VAS kicked off to a great start! Thanks to you guys! Please keep your VAS ratings and opinions coming. :) @Jocelyn - Yes, thanks for your suggestion! I thought an Annoyance Scale vs. Uselessness Scale would be more appropriate though. P.S. Clever judging Amy comment. @Miss Kitten - I can ensure you that my intention was never to "screw" the Violet fans. When credit to Violet is due and she is not as annoying to me, my VAS rating will reflect it.


Hello Christina! I see you incorporated my suggestion about Violet. teehee. I'd give her a 6 this week though; she's getting a little bit out of hand. She isn't able to understand the severity of the situation, instead wanting to aggravate it. Suing the medical board, reeeallly? @MissKitten, I think that's a bit harsh. At the end of the day, this is a review, not a recap ;) Who says we're not allowed to judge amy? ;)


Really good episode and an appropriate review! I think the only thing that I didn't appreciate about this episode was the lack of Charlotte; but in her few minutes she was great. Cooper's arc with Mason took a back seat in this episode but the airtime for it was good. I'm still not completely on board with the idea of him having a son but it's getting easier to watch. It was sweet when he defended Charlotte to Erica but I'm waiting on him to apologize to Charlotte herself. And I hope they show Cooper and Charlotte really talking about the situation they're in and what there plan is to move forward. Addison was great in this episode because she brought back the humor that the earlier seasons of Grey's had. Seeing her freak out about paperwork and indulge in donut holes was great fun to watch. It was also nice to see the balance of that humor and the endearing moments between her and Sam (even if I'm not an AddiSam fan) and her and Jake. Amelia was absolutely great in this episode. Her emotions felt so raw and real from beginning to end. You could the joy in seeing her friend again in their first scene together and the way she broke down in Sheldon's arms was beautiful. Caterina Scorsone is doing such a good job so far and I can't wait to see the rest of this arc. I assume she'll only get better and better. As for Violet -- Cheers to the VAS! I agree with the rating of 5. This was actually one of her better episodes yet as mentioned in the review: suing the medical board and still complaining about being stuck at home? Well that's the Violet we all know and have grown to hate.

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Private Practice Season 5 Episode 5 Quotes

Try a donut hole. They help.


You feel like you've been hit by a PMS truck.


Private Practice Season 5 Episode 5 Music

  Song Artist
Song Just You Amy Stroup iTunes
I hate you just kidding my little dove My Little Dove I Hate You Just Kidding iTunes
Robotanists the ghost youre haunting The Ghost You're Haunting Robotanists iTunes