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'Private Practice: Complete Third Season'
(Kate Walsh, Tim Daly, Audra McDonald, Paul Adelstein, KaDee Strickland, et al / 5-Disc DVD / NR / 2010 / ABC Studios)

Overview: From the creator of Grey’s Anatomy, this sexy and relatable medical drama follows the personal and professional lives of a group of passionate doctors at Oceanside Wellness Center with a dazzling ensemble cast, including Kate Walsh as Addison Montgomery.

DVD Verdict: 'Private Practice' is a medical drama which first premiered in September of 2007 (yes, that far back - I was amazed too!) on ABC. A spin-off of the beloved 'Grey's Anatomy,' the series chronicles the life of Dr. Addison Montgomery, played by Kate Walsh, as she leaves Seattle Grace Hospital in order to join a private practice in Los Angeles.

I've been a huge fan and watched this show from day one, reviewing the box-sets at home, all their special features inside and out for as long as I can recall. Following it since the main character, Addison left Seattle Grace ('Grey's Anatomy') to move to LA has left me enjoying the time off 'between' (my own) divorces/marriages, trust me!

And sure, the first season of 'Private Practice' wasn't as amazing as it should have been, following in the large footsteps of 'Grey's Anatomy,' but after a few episodes it managed (visibly) to begin to stand on its own two feet.

However, the second season really didn't explore too much of the characters and focused more on the medical cases. We learnt a lot, sure, but some of the characters intentions, their chosen actions, well, as we were not privy to any real background (re)development, sometimes it was hard to grasp firmly certain plot lines.

But, thankfully, season three puls everything back together again, like one big happy family should exist. Pretty much everyone had their shining moment and the storylines - well written and strong, in most all cases - were much better than the previous two seasons. Especially jumping off season two's cliffhanger!

In this the third season, we got to see 'Grey's Anatomy's Chandra Wilson pay a visit early on, we witnessed the first character death in the series (with the departure of Chris Lowell as William "Dell" Parker - due to subdural hematomas and hemorrhaging sustained from a collision with an intoxicated driver while driving Maya to the hospital to deliver her baby), and Maya survived the operation to save her spinal cord and gave birth to a baby girl - who also survived the ordeal. [AA] This is a Widescreen Presentation (1.85:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs and comes with the Special Features of:

Bloopers
Deleted Scenes
Kate's Top Eight - Kate Walsh shares her favorite moments from season three

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