Private Practice is not a big show like Grey’s Anatomy. It started out five years ago with a 9 episode order for its first season and not many people gave it a chance. It stemmed from Grey’s Anatomy, from this character called Addison Montgomery and the show, for all purposes, was always going to be less than Grey’s Anatomy. And I will admit, along the years, somewhere in the middle, I started to waver. But with its final season looming down, and with any final season really, you start to look forward to it and think about the little things that make you love the show very much. So this is where I am: okay with the fact that the show has ended, happy that it ran for the optimum length of time – that it did not overstay its welcome nor drag it out, and that it is now a show I will never forget.
The Episode itself: 2 weddings and 40 minutes filled with love
For six seasons, we have watched episode after episode of Addison complaining and her quest to finally be happy and I was so stoked to see that it was not all about her in this finale. They settled her right in the beginning, she got married to the man of her dreams and has a beautiful baby. What I loved about the episode was that 10 minutes in, they were throwing in curve balls that would usually take 3-4 episodes to be resolved but by the end of it, everything was good. Everything was right. Everyone was exactly where they were supposed to be. And it’s funny to me because with every finale, a show always goes full circle but the only thing they truly went full circle with was Sam and Naomi. All the other characters had something new to end with and there’s a sort of fresh feel to that where it doesn’t make me sad about the ending but it makes me happy that these characters still have new roads to walk on. Sheldon and his dying girlfriend, Amelia marrying her boyfriend, Cooper and Charlotte raising a family, and Violet with her new book.
The Show itself: they dared to do things that put them on the map
I would say the main reason I love Private Practice so much is because of its PSA-style episodes. If I were to look back at the show, I can definitely remember some key moments that other people would call insane (i.e. Violet’s baby getting removed from her stomach and then stolen). But besides that obviously big finale, I look back and I see: addiction, cancer, adoption, teen pregnancy, rape, surrogacy, euthanasia and so on. The show has tackled all of these big issues successfully and has made me more aware of these issues that surround all of us. By far, the best thing about this show that I can’t exactly find in Grey’s Anatomy is that they don’t forget what their characters have been through. It is something that always comes up, just like the real thing because things like that don’t just go away. And that’s what Shonda Rhimes was able to do with this beautiful show and compact cast – she stayed true to the story and to the characters.