'Private Practice': Just who are you voting for anyway?

Tayediggs_privatepractice_240 My friends, you have a choice when it comes to who runs Oceanside. Naomi and Sam are running neck in neck in the polls, spending all their time trying to win your support, and whoever is elected will surely change the face of (episodic TV) history. Private Practice needs your support! Sorry, I can't help but use election jargon. Gah. Is it Nov 5 yet? Goodness gracious.

Spoilers are just around the corner, just like November 4.

Addison and the other doctors stage an intervention to get Naomi and Sam back together as leaders of Oceanside...  and Addison is the ringleader because a happy Naomi is a Addison-friendly Naomi. Very sneaky, sis. They all round Naomi and Sam up and make them sit in the conference room until they can agree to be partners again. We also learn that Addison and Officer Kevin haven't had sex yet. No wonder Addison is so tense lately.

Cooper's new patient Brayden, a five year old, doesn't speak, and doesn't seem to have any understanding of anyone else. The mom has been to lots of other doctors, and doesn't want to hear the same old diagnosis of autism. Cooper has a brief moment of eye contact with the child, and he promises to do some more research. Before he can get to that, however, Mom realizes that she's she's seen Cooper before... naked, on that dating website he was on. And she lets him have it, and I can't say I'm surprised. This storyline has been waiting around since last season.

Naomi and Sam come out of the conference room and tell everyone that the practice as a whole will vote for the one person they want to run Oceanside. Dell even gets a vote, but he has stipulations from Naomi - he wants his shadowing hours and he wants them now. Naomi is apprehensive about that, even though that was one of the reasons Dell returned. Sam immediately starts spending his time trying to persuade the others to vote for him.

Addison's new patient is a young Afghani woman, Sharbat, who was raped. The family doesn't want to report the attack; they just want their daughter to be a "virgin" again with the help of a hymenoplasty. Sharbat has been promised as the bride in an arranged marriage, and the future husband doesn't know about the rape. The family just knows that their future hinges on proving that Sharbat is a virgin.

Cooper, understandably freaked out about being recognized, heads to see Charlotte. He asks her straight out if she thinks he's a pervert. She thinks he might be, especially after he admits he's on 10+ adult websites. He states that he's a good doctor, and he wants to help this kid.

Addison talks the revirginization over with the rest of the doctors. Naomi is decidedly against it, while Dell, yes Dell, speaks up for the choice of the patient. No more doormat Dell! In the middle of the conversation, an interloper appears - Meg, who promptly locks lips with Pete without a proper introduction to the rest of the gang. Hellooo Meg (who is played by Jayne Brook, who was most excellent on Chicago Hope many moons ago.)

Addison sits down with Sharbat, and tells her that her exams show traces of sperm, even though the rape was supposedly months ago. Turns out she has an American boyfriend - there was never a rape. She's trying to help her parents, who desperately want to return to Afghanistan. Her arranged marriage is the key to her whole family's happiness. Monkey wrench in the moral machine! Addison heads to Violet to talk over the change in the story, and Violet vehemently and emotionally states that she shouldn't do the surgery - it would be rewarding someone for lying about rape.

Sam corners Cooper for some one-on-one campaigning, and Cooper gives him Brayden's file. He discusses the eye contact moment, and Sam says that he's a good doctor, and he'll figure it out. Say it enough times, and it will become true... good politicking, Sam.

Timdaly_privatepractice_240 Meg and Pete catch up on old and new times, and Meg insists that Pete (or Peter, as she calls him) isn't the same old guy - no spark anymore. She offers him a job in Ghana with a malaria program and when he doesn't jump on that, or her, she calls his bluff. Pete immediately jumps her. The spark is still there, I think. Afterwards, Pete finds a sore on her back, which she brushes off as just a bug bite. Moments later, Addison and Violet find Meg in the bathroom, inspecting the bug bite, and Meg tells them that she and Pete were residents together, and then they did Doctors Without Borders for a few years. Both Violet and Addison are shocked to learn all this about Pete. Meg tells them about Pete's "real" doctoring time, and that he's an amazing caregiver in traditional medicine, surprising both of them.

Officer Kevin surprises Addison, and offers to fly her to Cabo for the weekend. She pushes back, and he immediately thinks she's breaking up with him. She tells him that she has some new Rules for herself - Sex Rules - and that she's waiting until it feels right and that she's sure. He tells her he'll wait, and that he's already sure. Swoon.

We next see Cooper knocking on Brayden's mom's door. Overstepping a bit, Cooper? She only opens the door when he yells his diagnosis through it.  He tells her that he thinks Brayden has a syndrome involving seizures which impair his brain's synapses. He leaves the research with her, and before he leaves, he yells that she, too, was on the website, and (his new mantra,) that he's a good doctor who wants to help her son. The next morning, Cooper finds Brayden and his mom in his office. Within an hour of getting medication, Brayden begins talking, and the mom tearfully tells Cooper that whatever he is, he's a wonderful doctor. Ego stroking for Cooper time!

Naomi offers Dell a shadowing opportunity, and while she's busy campaigning, Sam steps in to up the ante. They end up fighting, loudly and publically. Right after, Violet and Addison fill Naomi in on Pete's past, with and without Meg, and Pete realizes that he has some feelings for Meg. Later, he tells Addison that while she's a good part of his past, she's a transient kind of friend. Addison tells him he could try and keep her, and he tells Addison that her main problem is that she's a romantic. Well, yeah. During this scene, Meg gets Sam to check the big bug bite on her back, and it turns out it was the remnants of a tick. Bleck. But I'm betting that will come back to haunt our newest character...

Addison convinces Sharbat to tell her mother the truth about the boyfriend. Turns out the mom already knew, but she's willing to go along with the lie of rape so that the dad doesn't find out the truth. Addison decides to go ahead with the hymenoplasty.

Later, Sam and Naomi are still fighting, and Addison tries to break it up by telling them that the vote isn't going to work; in fact, it's going to tear the practice apart. They don't listen, and Sam says the vote is going to proceed as originally agreed. That evening, the doctors all line up to cast their votes, but Addison declines to cast her ballot. In the end, Addison gets more votes than either Sam or Naomi. The write-in candidate wins! It's a huge upset! Stunned, Addison wonders what she's going to do, and Violet tells her she's going to figure out their future. Addison starts by asking about Violet's reaction to Sharbat's claim of rape, but Violet shuts her down.

In the end, Sam apologizes to Naomi, and admits he didn't handle the situation well. They make up... if you get my drift. Not being in charge might be best for their future. Meg tries to convince Pete(r) to join her in Ghana, but he tries instead, to get her to stay in L.A. And Cooper looks Charlotte the Dominatrix in the eye and tells her he doesn't want to have sex; instead, he wants to get to know her. He actually wants to talk. And he does, in an endearing way, really, talk about himself. And Charlotte does too.

And Officer Kevin gets to know the rest of Addison's Sex Rules. I guess he's right, and she's sure.

Thoughts and Musings:

  • Charlotte admits she's from the South! 'Bama! See, now she HAS to keep the Illusive Mystery Accent. I guess the speech classes didn't take for KaDee Strickland.
  • And speaking of KaDee Strickland, I still think Charlotte is the best thing on this show.
  • I heart Officer Kevin. I really do. The whole Sex Rules speech was nice and all, but Addison needed to hit that. Hooray for her.
  • I really hope dragging Cooper's Internet sex history back up was the closing of that chapter. Yes, I know that a doctor's personal and private lives are separate, but it's a TV show, and I can be as judgemental as I want.
  • If Addison can't be a surgeon, and in charge of an operating room, I think she'll do well in charge of Oceanside. Addison - the change candiate!

What did you think? It had the right amount of plot line and character development for me. I want to see these characters grow. They're still baby characters in many ways.