Private Practice Drama: Will a 'Bomb' Drop on Happy-at-Last Charlotte and Cooper?

When TVLine visited the set of ABC’s Private Practice the other day, we tried to drum up some details on this “someone from an Oceanside doctor’s past” that A.J. Langer (My So-Called Life) will be playing, starting with the fourth episode of the coming season. And… everyone was conspicuously mum.

Series front woman Kate Walsh, only when pressed, teased that Langer’s storyline is “a goody,” adding: “It’s a good little bomb that gets dropped.” A bomb? What?

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Prior to arriving at the set, we’d heard strong buzz that Langer’s character will interact with Cooper and Charlotte, who after enduring an extremely emotional and difficult Season 4, are now blissfully wed.

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“I cannot confirm or deny those rumors,” Paul Adelstein said when we ran that buzz by him. He then allowed, “Something’s coming down the pike, and it’s a big bump in their relationship.

“I think they’re prepared for it,” he added, “but it’s going to be interesting to see how it checks out.”

Could this “bump” — in the form of the pretty Ms. Langer or otherwise — threaten Cooper’s nascent marriage? “I don’t know if it’ll threaten it, but it will be certainly something that would be hard for any couple to adjust to,” he answered.

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KaDee Strickland’s response to our Langer line of questioning was similar: “I’m not telling you nothin’,” she playfully said. “I can tell you that A.J. is playing a really key role on this show, and a really interesting role on this show, and I’m excited about her role on the show.”

Charlotte’s portrayer continued, “I just get to work with her, which I’m really excited about because they just keep giving us great people on this show to work with. I met her [on Wednesday] at the table read, so it’s going to be fun.”

Lest the many Charlotte/Cooper fans out there fret too much over the actors’ evasive comments on how Langer will shake up the Practice, Adelstein offered some words of reassurance about the newlyweds’ upcoming storyline — bumpy road and all.

“People really root for Charlotte and Cooper, and I think Charlotte and Cooper are doing a really good job of making the relationship work,” he said. “So I think people will be happy with what they’re doing [in Season 5].”

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ABC’s Private Practice returns Thursday, Sept, 29, at 10/9c. (With reporting by Vlada Gelman)

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29 Comments
  1. Amanda says:

    I bet she shows up with a kid that’s cooper’s that he didn’t know about.

  2. xav says:

    After Charlotte’s rape last season I just want them to have a little time to be happy before screwing up their relationship with past crap. Hopefully the new character is going to be for Pete and not Cooper because I’m less invested in Pete.

    • meme says:

      I also want the new character to be for Pete, but for totally opposite reason. I’m more invested in the character Pete and actor playing him, so I want more storylines and screen time for him :)

      • suzanne says:

        No,i want this to be Cooper’s stroryline, i don’t care about Pete that much, he is kinda boring for me.When he had that heart attack in the finale it did nothing for me. I didn’t care.

  3. JDHetherington says:

    Curious at the words “big bump” in their relationship. Something that a couple “adjust to”? Could Private Practice do a baby storyline at the same time as Grey’s Anatomy? It might add some drama to the fact that Addison wants children, and is still trapped seeing all of her friends live the dream of having kids.

  4. Caitlyn says:

    I hate to think that we’ll see Charlotte and Cooper going through something like this. I just want them to be happy and go through bumps in their relationship that aren’t influenced by external relations. Plus, I feel like this will greatly affect Charlotte wanting to have a child with Cooper. And when that happens, it won’t be as special because it won’t be Cooper’s first child.

    • Nathalie says:

      It will be special in a different way. Once Charlotte is pregnant it will be their first child together, they will be able to experience the pregnancy and birth and watch their child grow up from day one. Of course that’ll be special and I don’t think “Mason” is taking away from that. It’s not like Cooper will always love him more just because he was there first. I really don’t see that happening with Coop.

  5. Rich says:

    Cooper’s heretofore unknown biological sister, tracks him down via adoption records and suddenly Cooper has a “real” family.

  6. barbara says:

    I cannot wait for this! I think it will be really interesting how Char and Cooper will handle it.

  7. Nathalie says:

    I’m fine with it as long as they stay together. I think the writers are preparing for the end of the show. Addison is getting a new love interest and the baby she always wanted and Cooper always wanted to be a dad too and now he gets a son.

  8. Danielle H. says:

    I think Charlotte and Cooper need to be the rock this season on the show, the 2 ppl that ground the rest of the craziness going on. Shonda really infuriates me sometimes by messing with couples every other second. Especially with Grey’s moving away from the main actors, this show may only have 1 or 2 seasons left (including this one) as well. All of Shonda’s shows but Grey’s and PP have bombed on ABC, so I bet ABC will start moving away from her for a bit.

    • melanie says:

      all Shonda’s shows? how many were they? beside GA & PP, she only producted/created is “off the map” which indeed bombed!

      but i agree GA/PP combio has at most 2 seasons left, at the very most and including the next seasons!

      • Lucia says:

        Shonda did not create Off the Map. That was created by Jenna Bans, one of the producers from Greys. Shonda only served as a producer on this show.

  9. melanie says:

    Great drama tv shows are those where no couple is protected and where every relationships (romatic, friendship etc…) is challenged each seasons… plus those two characters are great for intense drama, seeing them just happy happy will be boring

  10. KDW says:

    Maybe she’s going to be their surrogate….

  11. Kiki says:

    Insert Grey’s or PP couple here. This spoiler sounds just spoilers for all Shonda’s couples. “Bump in the road” seems like I’ve heard that before. I sweat Shonda gives her actors a list of buzz words to use in interviews.

  12. Babygate says:

    For some reason my first reaction was ‘OMG, a kid!’. PP does sometimes mirrors Grey’s and we know that twice Mark has revealed a kid to Lexie and twice she broke up with him. Last time apparently for good.
    I’m glad they are bringing new blood to the show. When PP first started I watched a couple of episodes but I wasn’t thrilled about the cast. I didn’t like anyone but Addison and so I tuned out. But when they brought Amelia in she was this breath of fresh air and energy and I gave it another shot and then when they ran they storyline of Charlotte being raped I was hooked. So hopefully this new addition will do the same, especially since I am not thrilled about Benjamin Pratt at all.

    • Viv says:

      I really like Amelia too! I hope she stays awesome! PP and GA tend to ruin their awesome characters by giving them stupid out of character storylines that Shonda tries to sell as character growth.

      • Simone Dantas says:

        I also like Amelia’s caracter and that episode that they tried an intervetion on her was just amazing!!!! She should stay and get more lines!!

  13. s says:

    So LAME if its a kid he didn’t know about. WTF is with Shonda and all her baby drama? and yeah I get it tv couples need drama but after all these seasons I believe they have had ENOUGH! Why not allow them some happiness? sheesh

  14. shaun says:

    I wonder if she’ll be a baby grower(can’t think of word XD) for the couple….maybe that rape messed her up inside.

  15. Dr McNaughty says:

    A girlfriend from Cooper’s past is so predictable. Isn’t he adopted? So why not a really messed up biological sister he knew nothing about?

  16. delores says:

    i just hope Pete doesn’t die he’s a good person with a messed up marriage.

  17. Heather Cleet says:

    I so much wish that addison could find a great man, get married and fall pregnant…she’s so pretty a successful…why can’t she just be happy?

  18. Heather Cleet says:

    Cooper is adopted, what if he and charlotte are some how related?