It’s a touchy subject. Extremely sensitive, but it’s real life. All over the planet. Last week, “Private Practice” made a bold move to go where they haven’t gone before. The topic was rape, the scenes were riveting and Charlotte was the victim.
Last week Charlotte King, chief of staff at St. Ambrose Hospital’s controlled world came crashing down when she was attacked and sexually assaulted while working in her office. The outcome was brutal. Making matters worse, the feisty, petite doc decided to suffer in silence, covering up the rape.
Was it pride? Embarrassment? Humiliation? Denial? Perhaps it was a combination of all of those emotions.
Focused on her own agony, in Charlotte’s attempt to cover up the incident, she failed to realize the potential harm she could be doing by not confiding in her colleagues. Even more importantly, not reporting the assault to the police means that Mr. Rapist is still lurking about, loose and free to strike again. Heavens to Betsy!
It was just this season we discovered that Charlotte is an ex-alcoholic, a frequent attendee at AA meetings. Viewers are left to wonder if this act of violence could push her over the edge.
Battered and shockingly bruised up, Charlotte is discovered by Dr. Pete Wilder (the “natural” doctor who specializes in holistic medicine), barely making it to the supply room to grab a few bandages.
Immediately she takes control, assuming command, ordering everyone around from her hospital bed as they try to assist her. Yep. She doesn’t miss a beat. In her moment of peril, Charlotte does what she does best–lead. We all know Charlotte likes to be the boss.
From the looks of the crime scene, (Charlotte’s office), the spunky gal put up quite a fight. The room was in total disarray. The hospital head was lucky to escape with her life. A broken arm was just one of Charlotte’s casualties. Viewers are waiting to see if her spirit will be broken, thought it is very evident that she has been brought low.
Her take on the incident to Dr. Addison Montgomery: “He only took my wallet. He didn’t take anything else from me but my wallet.” Now, that’s what you call tough!
Of course Addison wasn’t buying it. Neither were the rest of her colleagues as they noticed her strange behavior; that sad, far-away look in Charlotte’s eyes. Each one of the tight-knit circle of friends who double as co-workers began to busily put the pieces together. They are determined to solve this dilemma with or without Charlotte’s cooperation. Hey, that’s what friends are for.
It is amazing how a tragedy can bring people together. Just when you thought Charlotte rubbed one of the characters the wrong way for the last time, they dig deep and show compassion. The lady doc can be edgy, grumpy, bossy, even down-right surly. Thank goodness for her persistent buddies at the Oceanside Wellness Clinic.
The docs at the Wellness Clinic are going to catch a rapist. Dr. Sheldon Wallace is about to put the police on his trail. He knows who the guy is. The smiley psychiatrist was brought in by the cops to question a suspect at the precinct right around the time after Charlotte was assaulted. Dr. Wallace ascertained the suspect raped someone, but never learned who…exactly. However, our clever “mind examiner” may have figured it out.
Charlotte will bounce back, but how will this whole assault thing effect her? Will it change her forever? Crush the fire she once had? Or perhaps it will make the lady boss kinder, more hospitable. Just as important, can Dr. Wallace finger the right guy? Here’s hoping it all turns out fine as things continue to progress on next week’s episode of “Private Practice.” Catch the action next Thursday, 10/9c on ABC TV.