Ah, episode two of Private Practice. I approach this week like a great new beginning! It’s the new Addison, the L.A. Addison. I’ll consent to Addison being reborn! I’ll allow her name to be used as a verb, or even a gerund! I, too, will follow in her footsteps, and leave the dreary bog of Seattle behind! The boxes are unpacked, the pictures are hung, and we’re settling in, everyone.
Cooper sends Sam a stripper, delivered right to his house, but being the stand-up-good-guy doctor, he instead diagnoses her with a rash in a… delicate place. Ginger, said stripper/entertainer, shows up to get treated by Pete, spiking Addison’s jealousy. In a very classic Addison move, she confronts Pete, who responds that she just wants him to kiss her again. Uh, yeah, that’s exactly what she wants.
Sam goes on a house call to find his patient, David, passed out, with his teenage son and elderly mother unable to do anything for him. Sam sends them off to the hospital, where David promptly checks himself out, assuring Sam that he’s fine. Of course, the son and Grandma show up later at the practice, with the son heaving. After a couple of blood tests, Sam finds out that Grandma is using mushrooms as a home alcoholism remedy, to cure David of his drinking problem, and the son just ate the wrong sandwich. Sam covers Grandma’s completely dangerous actions by telling David that he’s developed an allergy to alcohol, and he’ll have to stop drinking immediately. Good guy doctor wins again!
Cooper, Naomi, and Addison diagnose a baby with a terminal illness, who happens to have a disconnected and uninterested father. When the tests come back, it seems the child couldn’t actually be born of the parents, and all signs lead to a hospital mix-up. Naomi and Addison do some sleuthing, discovering that the only family that could have the other baby is the Stinsons, a product of Naomi’s doctoring. After finding out that their baby isn’t actually theirs, and their actual birth child is now dying, Daddy Stinson demands the infertility treatment money back from Naomi. Addison, through careful review of the visitor records, realizes that Daddy Stinson himself switched the babies, to save his wife the pain of losing a child, a child who was longed and fought for, and to make all the money spent on the treatments worth it. It isn’t discussed, but I’m guessing he somehow knew their child would have this disease. Mommy Stinson, however, with Violet’s help, comes back to face the other parents, and they trade children.
Violet’s weekly infusion of stalkerish regret shows up in the form of a custom built Italian bicycle she’d ordered for her ex. She announces that she’s going to give it away, to continue to disconnect from the very defunct relationship. But the bike has some bad mojo on it, and she can’t seem to get rid of it. She ends up destroying it, for therapeutic reasons… but only after she takes it over to the ex’s, and discovers his new wife has already gotten him one like it.
– Charlotte King, the chief at St. Ambrose, is great, and I’m thinking she’s here to stay. As the hospital’s chief, she is intense and confrontational, but still emotional, setting up more private practice vs. hospital themes. And she’s a great alter-ego foil to the Addison we now have, the decidedly non-chief Addison.
– Wow, you can get strippers AND doctors delivered right to your door in L.A.! No wonder Addison moved there. All I want is some decent Thai food.
– Do you really buy that Taye Diggs would need someone to gift him with a stripper? But I had to laugh at it, nonetheless.
– Would two mothers just hand over children they’ve become attached to that easily? The answer to that is a resounding no. And I don’t care what California law says or how good Violet might be.
– I’m not buying the chemistry between Naomi and Sam. And didn’t they have a kid? Where’s the kid?
– Cooper. Yes, as some readers pointed out, pediatricians aren’t monks, but there’s still something very distasteful about it. Even Sam and Pete point out that the Jekyll and Hyde act is hard to swallow. Couldn’t he have been the alternative medicine guy, and Pete be the pediatrician? Or would that have been too easy, too uncomplicated? I’m not sure this character twist is interesting. I still say ew.
So, overall, episode two — better than episode one. Let’s hope the ball keeps rolling. I was going to ask for a no-sick-or-dead kid episode, but the teaser has already thrown that hope out the window.