The series returns with its fifth season tomorrow night.
EPISODE 5×01 – “God Laughs”
Pete has a heart attack in the Season 5 premiere. While Sam, Cooper, Charlotte and Amelia try to save him, Violet is nowhere to be found. Elsewhere, Addison seeks out Jake (Benjamin Bratt), the guy she’s interested in, because she wants a baby; and Sheldon tries to help Amelia stop drinking.
Strong episode but it is getting a little tedious to have every season start and end with the cliff-hanger tragedy. (Maya & Dell, Violet & Katie, now Pete) But “Private Practice” can pull them off really well. So more power to them.
This cast can still do great things with the material they’re given, but just like Grey’s Anatomy, why isn’t this just ending this year already? It’s like going in circles, every year it’s the same thing. And can they PLEASE make Addison happy? Why do they keep doing these things to her? Get her a baby and lets end this.
If it weren’t for the cast, I don’t think I’d bother with Private Practice. Too silly. That being said, I think Amy Brenneman was the best in the season premiere while Kadee Strickland, who should’ve been nominated for the 2010-11 supporting-actress Emmy (in drama), is generally giving the overall best performance in the cast. (When the series is done, I hope she gets more success.)
EPISODE 5×02 – “Breaking the Rules”
Jake Reilly (Benjamin Bratt) is one of the candidates for Naomi’s slot at Oceanside—and Addison is opposed to hiring him; Cooper breaks the law (and crosses Charlotte) to save a patient; and Pete takes out his post-heart-attack frustrations on Violet.
This episode was not as strong as “God Laughs” but it was still pretty decent. I can’t stand when one of the storylines is more comedic (Jake/Addison) and the others are really dark — lessens the impact of the latter.