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After six seasons, ABC's Private Practice says goodbye tonight in its series finale (Tuesday at 10 p.m. ET). Dr. Addison Montgomery (Kate Walsh), the gorgeous doc at the center of this nighttime soap, gets to be a bride in the show's happy ending -- her wedding to Dr. Jake Reilly (Benjamin Bratt).
"After all Addison has suffered and struggled with throughout the series, [producer Shonda Rhimes] really wanted to have her find a meaningful relationship," Walsh told The Hollywood Reporter. "And she got to have her child and find a guy that was her match."
Walsh's decision to leave after season 6 was obviously the catalyst for the show's ending, and she says she's gratified by the way her character's story came to a close. "For me, it feels like I'm being sent off personally into the world," she told TV Guide. "It feels very calm, peaceful and right and I was a little nervous, oddly. To be able to have this closing ritual, in a way, with all the cast is really important."
Presumably, everybody who hasn't been killed off (sorry, Pete Wilder!) will be there for the celebration. That means the wedding guests will include psychiatrist Violet Turner (Amy Brenneman), internal medicine specialist Sam Bennett (Taye Diggs), pediatrician Cooper Freedman (Paul Adelstein) and physician Charlotte King (KaDee Strickland). Obstetrician Naomi Bennett (Audra McDonald, who left the show after season 4) will also make an appearance.
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The show's ongoing message…that change is always possible. Remember how we first got acquainted with Addison? That's right, she was the sharp-tongued mean girl on Grey's Anatomy who broke Derek Shepherd's (Patrick Dempsey) heart by sleeping with his best friend Mark Sloan (Eric Dane). But Private Practice has been like the anti-Breaking Bad. Addison relocated from Seattle to L.A., and since then we've watched her evolve into a better person. "That character has been on such a journey," Rhimes told The Hollywood Reporter. "She started out so hated by audiences and became so beloved by audiences, that I feel like she's been on an emotional journey to change from being this woman who cheated on her husband to a different person."
The crazy love triangles. Characters on this show just simply could not fall for only one person. And frankly, that's understandable, with all those good-looking people strolling around the halls of Oceanside Wellness. How could you pick just one? And so we got…Addison, Sam and Naomi; Addison, Pete and Violet; Cooper, Charlotte and Sheldon; Naomi, Fife and William; Addison, Jake and Sam. And so on.
The show's relentless insistence on exploring every single terrible thing that can possibly befall a person. And by everything we mean: rape, adultery, the abortion decision, addiction, infertility, incest, birth defects, car accidents and explosions. Name the horror, a Private Practice character experienced it. This show's plotlines were never boring.
The happy ending. These days, TV shows don't always get wrapped up with a bow. The last medical show that signed off for good was House, and its final, bittersweet moment saw Dr. House (Hugh Laurie) riding into the countryside with his dying friend, Wilson (Robert Sean Leonard). But unless there's a shocking, horrific twist on the way, Private Practice's ending will just be sweet. Addison is going to exit her show as a happily married lady. (To Benjamin Bratt, no less!)
So long, Addison! Good luck with your hunky husband!