Private Practice Round Table: "Mourning Sickness"

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Private Practice said goodbye to Pete this week.

The TV Fanatic Round Table, conversely, is saying hello to a new member: Beina Rugai from this Private Practice Fan Site. She joins staff writer Christina Tran and readers Caitlyn Castro and Jarrod Mitchell in this edition, as the panel breaks down "Mourning Sickness."

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What was your favorite quote or scene from episode?
Caitlyn: Definitely the bathroom scene! One of the funniest PP moments EVER.  And all my favorite quotes go to Charlotte. She was dropping funny lines throughout the episode.

Jarrod: My favorite scene would probably have to be with Charlotte and Cooper in the bathroom. I couldn't help but laugh every time Charlotte made a cynical remark about her pregnancy to Cooper and everyone else.

Beina: Favorite quote goes to Charlotte: “I'm having a litter like some kind of animal. These bloodsucking tick growing inside of me…” My favorite scene was when Cooper and Violet scattered Pete's ashes into the ocean. It was very touching and it moved me. Amy is a great actress!

Christina: I’m picking the scene between Mini Cooper and Violet. Mason was simple, raw and honest when he said it “really sucks that he died.”

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More unbelievable: "Mourning Sickness" marking Private Practice's 100th episode or there are possibly only being 11 episodes left in the series?
Caitlyn: That there are only 11 episodes left. I'm not sure if I'm ready to let go yet.

Jarrod: Probably that it marked the 100th episode, seeing as it didn't really feel like a 100th episode. I expected more from the team of fantastic writers. In regards to only 11 episodes left, I'm beginning to adjust to the fact that this is the final season of Private Practice, so having that countdown is allowing me to take in the episodes gratefully.

Beina: Reaching the 100th episode was a nice accomplishment, but… Oh God, there are only 11 episodes left?! Every time, I try not to think about it.

Christina: I’ll go with the latter. Here’s to hoping the remaining episodes are just as strong as the last two we’ve seen!

The doctors joined together to say goodbye and celebrate Pete's life. Was it all enough?
Caitlyn: I felt like it was an interesting way to celebrate his life, but it didn't really seem very "Pete." I thought he deserved more.

Jarrod: I didn't think it was enough. I got that Pete's 'funeral' was meant to be happy and honor his life, but it was just ridiculous to me. I also felt as if though that call from Derek in the end just set too much in motion at the idea of death. Yes, death is inevitable, but Addison, Amelia and Sam already had enough on their plate with Pete. The death of a long-time friend was just too much.

Beina: IMHO, they granted Pete's wish, it was a great party, a very alternative way to remember him! So, it was enough.

Christina: Not at all. I liked that the episode overall did feel heartfelt and different. However, after just recently saying goodbye to Mark from Grey’s Anatomy with flashbacks, I almost wished for the same for Pete.

Sheldon's case was...
Caitlyn: Completely unnecessary and a waste of time!

Jarrod: Though the show has introduced a lot of storylines in regards to pedophilia, this 100th episode should have been about the characters and Pete's life - not any kind of case. I believe that every member (including past one such as Audra McDonald) should have been there without any focus of work whatsoever.

Beina: Hard to solve, but I consider Sheldon very good at his job, and I don't mind to see him in action.

Christina: It was difficult to watch. It’s clear the writers are giving us what they used to be known for – disturbing but still interestingly written medical cases.

Are you satisfied with how the writers handled Addie finding out about Mark dying?
Caitlyn: Definitely not. Mark was one of the greatest loves of her life and her initial reaction didn't seem that way. I hope they show more of it in the succeeding episode.

Jarrod: As someone who has known these characters for eight and six years, respectively, I would expect Derek to go to L.A. and tell Sam, Addison and Amelia himself and not over the phone. I was not a fan and I didn't like the way Addison was told, let alone the fact that the audience didn't get a chance to see much of Sam or Amelia's reaction altogether.

Beina: Not completely satisfied, I think that most of the fans would have liked to see Addison in Seattle to say goodbye, but I've realized that his death will affect Addison in the next episodes.

Christina: Of course not, but that phone call had to happen. It also meant Addie already knew about Mark’s condition, and maybe she did visit him and we weren’t able to see it. I said it in my review, and I’ll say it again… there was a missed crossover opportunity.

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This is the most important factor you want to consider. Anything that deals with one's health has to be accurate. It's the only way to go. You don't want to go rushing in to the ER (Emergency room) just because your machine tells you got super high blood pressure. You don't want that kind of problems and worries. blood pressure monitor wrist http://www.amazon.ca/gp/produc...

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@Kimp: Addison couldn't leave on December 13th, seeing as PP still has 10 episodes to air and that there isn't enough time to air all the episodes. Furthermore, December 13th is a Thursday and PP airs on a Tuesday. I think Amy Brenneman might be wrong on this one.

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I totally agree with you, Tamara and WizardNewt29. I take only one example. It's unbelievable we don't see Amelia'a and Derek's mother now. Amelia had drug's problem, was pregnant, gave birth to an unicorn baby. Derek survived in a plane crash but has an injured hand and Mark died. How can she tranquilly remain on the East Coast??? In the third season Nancy came after Derek divorced from Addison to make a report to her, if I correctly remember.

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I've always thought that Shonda's biggest flaw is that she doesn't use the family, relatives and old friends when she has opportunities to do so and it often feels wrong. It's the case in Grey's Anatomy and it's te same in Private Practice. I mean Pete's dying, he must have some family and Violet is a new widow, doesn't she have family either? It's always the current main characters whom we see interacting with each other as if the rest of the world didn't exist anymore. A plane crashed in Grey's Anatomy, none of their family came to visit. As far as we know, both Mark's parents are alive and even if his relationship with them is bad, he's dying, shouldn't they be there? And yet it's Callie and Derek at his bedside and the rest of the Seattle Grace doctors in the waiting room. Not very realistic as far as I'm concerned.
Except for that, this 100th episode of Private Practice was terrific.

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Dereks hand is smashed - he had big operations and Mark died - on Greys Anatomy NO ONE said a word about Addison, Amelia or his mom - nothing
I mean they had a plane crash!

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The ratings don't lie...why is Shonda been claiming that the network has been telling her not to think of these as the last episodes?Any other network would have cancelled Private Practise a long time ago. By constantly posting stuff about Grey's/PP you are egging on Shonda's huge ego. It needs to stop.

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When Amy Brennan was on The View, she said that Addison's character was leaving Dec 13th and after that they weren't sure. It depended on how other shows did and their show did as to whether or not there would be additional episodes. I would love to see it out until Cooper and Charlotte's triplets are born. I think that is going to be a funny ride. I have really grown to like Charlotte's character.

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The way they handled Mark's death was just very disappointing.

Christinatran

There hasn't been word yet on whether or not this is the final season of Private Practice. However, there are definitely only 11 episodes left as of now.

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I didn't know te show has only 11 eps left. But i won't be sad if it goes. While I liked te show, I find it has become too depressing. First with Audra leaving. I loved her friendship with Addie. It was never replaced to my satisfaction. Ten Amelia's drug arc was totally depressing. Then Pete's heart attack, his and Violet's constant bickering and breakup, Addie's mom's death, and now Pete's death and to me unnecessary and wrong removal from the show. And oh, Mason's mom's death. Te show has been too much death and break ups and sadness. Pete going is the climax. I've had enough so I'll be happy to say goodbye although I still love all the characters, especially Benjamin Bratt.