‘Private Practice’: These 3 Cast Members Have Massive Plot-Holes With Their Characters

The Grey’s Anatomy spinoff, Private Practice, shared several of the same cast members as the original show. Addison Montgomery (Kate Walsh) became a fan-favorite on Grey’s Anatomy and then moved to the central role of Private Practice. However, at least three plot-holes with the Private Practice cast bothered fans while watching the medical drama centered around Oceanside Wellness.

Private Practice cast Brian Benben as Dr. Sheldon Wallace, KaDee Strickland as Dr. Charlotte King, Paul Adelstein as Dr. Cooper Freedman, Caterina Scorsone as Dr. Amelia Shepherd, Kate Walsh as Dr. Addison Forbes Montgomery, Taye Diggs as Dr. Sam Bennett, Benjamin Bratt as Dr. Jake Reilly and Amy Brenneman as Dr. Violet Turner
‘Private Practice’ cast Brian Benben, KaDee Strickland, Paul Adelstein, Caterina Scorsone, Kate Walsh, Taye Diggs, Benjamin Bratt and Amy Brenneman | Andrew MacPherson/Walt Disney Television via Getty Images

‘Private Practice’ cast member Taye Diggs had the most massive character plot hole

When Private Practice began, cast member Taye Diggs portrayed Sam Bennett, an internal medicine doctor for Oceanside Wellness. However, later on, he begins performing cardiothoracic surgery. Fans do not understand how he picked back up a former profession that he didn’t finish.

Private Practice cast member Taye Diggs
‘Private Practice’ cast member Taye Diggs | Eric McCandless/Walt Disney Television via Getty Images

“They showed that he walked out of his cardiothoracic surgery residency after he let a man die on the table,” one fan recalled. “Did he resume it some later time? Because if you didn’t finish the residency, how do you consider yourself a cardiothoracic surgeon? When did you become licensed to do that?”

Fans also question how Sam was the best at his specialty when he picked it back up after many years off.

Charlotte King had a questionable role compared to the chief on ‘Grey’s Anatomy’

Grey’s Anatomy fans often compare Private Practice cast member KaDee Strickland to Chandra Wilson who portrays Miranda Bailey. Charlotte King (Strickland) served as the chief of staff at St. Ambrose Hospital as well as a urologist. She also worked with Oceanside Wellness professionals and had a relationship with Cooper Freedman (Paul Adelstein). However, fans find it hard to believe that her role at the hospital would bring her into the emergency room.

“The Chief of staff position is an administrative role in the hospital,” one fan wrote on Reddit. “It’s really unlikely that you would see them at all. But they especially wouldn’t be covering ER shifts randomly.”

Private Practice cast member KaDee Strickland
‘Private Practice’ cast member KaDee Strickland | Ron Tom/Walt Disney Television via Getty Images

Fans find Charlotte’s character very hard to believe. They feel that Bailey’s role as the chief of surgery at Grey Sloan Memorial Hospital was portayed more accurately than Charlotte’s.

“Watching the way Bailey’s character was chief compared to Charlotte was so different,” another viewer wrote. “I chalked it up to Charlotte being at a smaller hospital, but yeah, it didn’t make sense.”

The ‘Private Practice’ cast who portrayed psychiatrists had questionable actions

Private Practice cast members, Amy Brenneman and Brian Benben portray psychiatrists, Violet Turner and Sheldon Wallace. However, one viewer pointed out that the medical drama often referred to them as therapists. 

“[Violet and Sheldon] very rarely talked about medications,” the fan wrote. “Psychiatrists are not the same as therapists. Psychiatrists (though trained in some therapeutic approaches) don’t do that much therapy.”

The Private Practice characters are psychiatrists but do not perform a psychiatrist’s duties.

Private Practice cast members Amy Brenneman and Brian Benben
‘Private Practice’ cast members Amy Brenneman and Brian Benben | Michael Desmond/Walt Disney Television via Getty Images

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“Pretty much everything she and Sheldon did on that show is the work of a clinical psychologist,” the other viewer added. “You rarely see them prescribe medication, which is the whole thing psychiatrists are allowed to do. They went through med school, so their expertise is a lot more medical and a lot more about brain chemicals than actual psychology.”

Viewers think Private Practice took a lot of “creative liberties” with the plotlines of their characters.