Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Private Practice "Pushing The Limits' Review

'Pushing the Limits' embraced a previous 'Privileged' actress who faced the many dilemmas that goes with being a single teenage parent. Lucy Hale played the convincing role of the lost fifteen year old mother on her own. Her deep concern and admiration for her child was deeply reached, especially when she found out he was sick.

'Pushing the Limits' showed the lengths anyone would surpass to get the job done. Addison faced her own trials from last season and she is still coping with the loss of Noah and her inability to command a male influence in her life intimately. Which explained why she was on-board with 'The Volunteer Clinic Day' session. Addison has resorted to fixing lives because she cannot mend the tears in hers.

Addison has been the center of all seasons, yet this time Violet is shinning in the same light. Amy Brenneman's ability to grasp the concept of trauma and childbirth is astonishing. I admire Pete's attempt to pull Violet into her child's life, but it only makes me feel so much more grief towards what Violet went through. The entire Katie plot line was a spec in last season and is the entire reason why Violet is the way she is. How could a mother watch her own child and be so cold? There is a bit of conflicting emotions on her benefit, Lucas reminds her everyday of what she went through and why she went through it. It is saddening that Lucas is the innocent through all of this and the fact that Violet asked to hold her son right after she came out of surgery shows that Lucas would not suffer forever without a mother.

Anyone looking at Violet from the outside would throw hurtful words her way, but also throw in the fact that you had your baby ripped out from you and maybe a sympathetic ear would be opened.
The quality of Private Practice grows deeper this season, especially with their guest stars that provide the heart of the storyline and gives the main characters something to move with. Violet's ability to counsel others when she couldn't even help herself must have been a challenge, especially when she decided to impose her own beliefs on one of her patients.

Naomi's distance from the practice carries its own burden. She is no longer seen as part of the group Addison even showed her share of difficulty trying to reform their friendship. I always felt as though their friendship was artificial and there wasn't true heart to it, but I there was a level of warmth attached to their friendship this season and I actually believe that a long time ago they were best friends that lost their connecting roots.

Sam is another character that felt out of place at times, and more or so his character revolved around Naomi or Addison. It was nice to see the writers define his character on a deeper level by giving him more surgeries to work with. Sam has been getting his hands dirty these past few episodes, some of his scenes may be over exaggerated, but Taye Diggs pulled it off in the end.

There are question marks circularizing Addison and her relationship with Noah. Since Josh Hopkins has picked up a costar role in Cougar Town next to Courtney Cox, I am sure we wouldn't be getting much out of his character. The mere fact they brought Morgan out to deal with the Noah situation highlighted Noah's absence, but it was well resolved and it does leave room for speculation. Addison complained about not having sex in the opening scene, which reveals her urge to get back in the game, but I'm glad the writers are giving Addison an 'on the low' storyline, she really needs a break when it comes to men and deciding which one could be boyfriend material.

I must highlight Violet and her ability to come off human. The writers doesn't just have a baby ripped away from her to let her get over the fact quickly, she takes her time to adjust and reform her new character and I also commend Amy Brennemen for that.

The cases within this episode reflected each character, especially for Dell and his midwife patient. Dell's a father full time and has to worry about Betsy all the time, even while he's at work. His impatience towards his patient was amusing. Although I believe that Dell's storyline last season was a bit washed down, he seems to fitting well through the little pieces they give him.

Private Practice has shaped up well and it's becoming the series I look forward to every Thursday. When characters could place a teenage mother back into the arms of her mother, things occasionally become moving, especially when you know that most of the time that rarely happens. Still I would prefer it if Addison stops referring to her



Four Stars

Grade B+

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