Question: Got any Private Practice Scoop? Was it just me or was the latest episode of Private Practice a hundred times better than the previous episodes?

Answer: I don't know if I'd go that far. In fact, I know I wouldn't go that far. While PP is definitely improving, it's still not must-see TV for me. For one thing, the characters need to stop behaving like they're on The Hills. That whole beachfront make-out scene last week between Kate Walsh and Tim Daly was so L.C.-and-Brody it wasn't even funny. Still, the show is better today than it was a month ago, and costar Paul Adelstein PP's one consistent bright spot credits creator Shonda Rhimes' prowess as a master tweaker.

"Shonda is a great adjuster," he told me by phone last week. "I mean, if you go back and look at the first few episodes of Grey's and then towards the end or middle of their first season, you see that she figures out how to gel a cast and tell a story. What she does is very ambitious, in terms of a mix in tones, and it takes a while to get that alchemy right. I definitely feel like were hitting our stride." On the romance front, he says Cooper and Violet will soon address the attraction-repulsion thing they've got going on. "They make some decisions about how they think it should proceed, and then they try to act like [adults], and then, you know, hilarity ensues."