Private Practice

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Oceanside And Too Many Babies
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This week we open with an aerial shot of an amusement park (pardon my East-Coast ignorance, but I think it's Santa Monica Pier), to let us know that this episode is going to be one crazy roller-coaster ride! Okay, that's not the first image that comes to my mind, but I guess a garbage dump wouldn't look so pretty from the air. We then find Addison at the clinic, busying herself in an exam room as the Fine Young Cannibals' "Good Thing" plays jauntily in the background. Pete walks in and leans against a wall. Addison greets him, and he remains moodily silent, so she says, "What?" In case you forgot what happened at the end of the last episode, Pete offers a quick recap: "You kissed me. And then you walked away." Addison smiles a smug little smile. "Messing with your head, huh?" she taunts, and he guesses this means, "It was a revenge kiss." She tells him that she didn't intend to screw with him, but she has been enjoying watching him squirm ever since. Pete responds by grabbing Addison forcefully, hoisting her onto a nearby counter and sucking her face. Lucky for him, she enjoys this treatment. The music bumps up as they make out, and after a few gropey moments, Pete pulls away and whispers, "I think we should stop kissing." Addison's face falls. She lets out a sad-puppy whimper. Then she realizes he means they should stop just kissing, and she brightens: "Oh." Pete's rationale is, "Come on, what are we, 12?" Addison breathes, "No, we definitely are not..." Not physically, anyway. However, that supposed maturity is why she's resisting becoming another of Pete's casual conquests. Pete thinks they should just "see how it goes...tonight," and another kiss from his fancy lips is all the encouragement Addy needs. The music vamps on as they smooch, and then stops abruptly as Dell opens the exam-room door. He sees Pete and Addy in their compromising position and gives them a fabulously patronizing smile. They try to come up with an excuse for why they're pressed against each other, out of breath and flushed about the lips, and Dell just keeps grinning at this pathetic display. "Locked in the old Dell Vault," he says, pointing to his blond surfer head. As he walks away, he adds, "Your patients are here." Left alone, Pete and Addy giggle about being locked in the "Dell Vault," that repository of women's-studies buzzwords, encyclopedic knowledge of the female anatomy, repressed memories of childhood abuse, and detailed fantasies about Naomi.

In the Oceanside kitchen, Violet opens the fridge and pulls out a black-as-pitch banana. Ew. She wants to know what dumb-ass keeps sticking bananas in the refrigerator. Addison fesses up -- I'd have bet on Cooper, myself, but perhaps blackened bananas are a key ingredient in Addison's nasty green smoothies. Vi gives her a brief and bitchy (but apparently necessary) lecture about how one does not refrigerate tropical fruit. Those assembled -- Addy, Naomi, Cooper -- exchange "What's up her ass?" looks, but say nothing. Pete strolls in to announce, "Susan McCullough is on her way in." Naomi starts to ask about how this Susan person is doing, but she's interrupted when cranky Violet barks at Sam for blocking the toaster. On his way out, Cooper mutters, "Somebody really needs to get..." Violet cuts him off: "Don't say it!" and Cooper protests that he wasn't going to say "laid." Come on, Coop, we all know the pattern by now: if you get to the first commercial break and Cooper hasn't said anything that qualifies as sexual harassment, you're not watching Private Practice. When Violet turns away, Coop and Sam silently agree that she really does need to get laid. Then Coop makes his exit and Addison gets the exposition back on track: "So we're inducing Susan today, right?" Violet, busy with the toaster, says it's very important that they follow Susan's "birth plan" to the letter -- even though it involves Pete the quack's relaxation techniques and a session in the "birthing tub." Addison wrinkles her nose at this last detail. She's not a "birthing tub" kind of gal, what with all the "fluids" involved: "blood, uterine tissue, sometimes fecal matter..." Sam, still in the kitchen, loses his appetite and sets down his yogurt in disgust. He hurries out, and Addison picks up the yogurt and eats it (ha!) as she concludes, "There's a reason they don't use those things in hospitals." Petulant Pete says Susan is his patient and they're doing this the way she wants. Addison says, "Well, I'm not really comfortable being a...birth coach," pronouncing this last phrase the way you might say "crack whore." Or "network executive." Threatened, Pete counters, "That's not what I do." Addy preps to deliver a stinging comeback, but Violet kills the mood by sharing Susan's tragic backstory: She was widowed a few months ago, when Jason, her cop husband, was killed in the line of duty. Pete adds that Susan has been prone to panic attacks, which obviously isn't something you want to happen during labor, so they really have to be careful with her. Chastened, Addison agrees to ask Dell to prepare the tub. Pete watches appreciatively as she walks away. And when I say "appreciatively," I mean that he's appreciating her ass. Violet Crankypants finds this workplace lusting even more disgusting than Addison's black banana.

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