Blowups is the tenth episode and mid-season finale of the third season and the 41st overall episode of Private Practice.

Short SummaryEdit

A terrible explosion at Dell's house lands Betsey and Heather in the hospital, and everyone is pushed to the limit trying to save their lives. Tensions rise even higher between Addison and The Captain when her mother, Bizzy, shows up and a shocking family secret is revealed.

Full SummaryEdit

Episode in detail.


  • Addison Montgomery
  • Pete Wilder
  • Naomi Bennett
  • Cooper Freedman
  • Charlotte King
  • Dell Parker
  • Sam Bennett
  • Violet Turner
  • Sheldon Wallace
  • Bizzy Montgomery
  • Heather Parker
  • Susan Grant
  • The Captain Montgomery
  • Betsey Parker
  • Joe Hoffman
  • Nurse
  • Dr. Simcox
  • Paramedic #1

Main CastEdit

Also StarringEdit

Guest StarsEdit


Medical NotesEdit

Heather ParkerEdit

  • Diagnosis:
    • Severe burns
    • Inhalation injury
    • High potassium
  • Treatment:
    • Lactated ringers
    • ECMO
    • Morphine
    • Burn treatment

Heather, 24, was cooking meth on the stovetop at her house when it exploded, injuring herself and Betsey. She was severely burned over 60% of her body. They stabilized her, but she was given a 30% chance of survival. They started treating the burns, but Heather crashed. They got her back, but at that point, her death was inevitable. They gave her morphine and Pete sat with her as she died.

Betsey ParkerEdit

  • Diagnosis:
    • Brain contusion
    • Carbon monoxide poisoning
  • Treatment:
    • Intubation

Betsey, 7, was injured when the house exploded. She had a brain contusion and carbon monoxide poisoning. She was intubated until she woke up and started to fight the intubation. Cooper examined her and said she showed no on-going effects of the explosion.

Higgins ParentsEdit

  • Diagnosis:
    • Pregnancy
  • Doctors/Medical Personnel:
  • Treatment:
    • Delivery

Dell said he was supposed to deliver the Higgins baby. Naomi covered it for him, sending the on-call doctor.

Addison Forbes MontgomeryEdit

  • Diagnosis:
  • Treatment:
    • Talk therapy

Addison spoke to Sheldon about The Captain, Bizzy, and Susan, trying to work out her feelings.


Song Performer Scene
"Marie Floating Over the Backyard" Eels
  • Addison is stunned in the elevator.
  • Dell leaves for work and promises to tuck Betsey in when he gets home.
  • As he gets in his car, their home explodes.
"Marie Floating Over the Backyard" Eels
  • Addison lies down in bed.
  • Back to Addison in the elevator. Sheldon notices she's not wearing heels.
  • She's puzzled on a crossword clue.
  • When he notices she's struggling, he rides up the rest of the way with her.
  • She sees Bizzy and Sheldon invites Addison to his office.
"Cataracts" Andrew Bird
  • The Captain gives Addison the answer to her crossword clue.
  • Cooper tells Charlotte he's tired of talking and starts kissing her.
  • Sam asks Addison what's wrong. She doesn't say anything, but starts to kiss him.
  • He stops her. She tells him she's sorry.
"The Sound Asleep" Sometymes Why
  • Pete pretends to be Dell and sits with Heather as she apologizes. He tells her he forgives her. He tells her he'll tell Betsey she's sorry.
  • Pete tells Heather Betsey will be okay and holds her hand while she dies.
  • Dell comes in and sees that Heather is dead.
"Hold Onto Hope Love" Amy Stroup
  • Sam tells Addison he's going to the hospital and she gets up to go with him.
  • The doctors express their condolences to Dell as he prepares to go tell Betsey.
  • Addison advises Dell to tell Betsey the truth, even though it's horrible.
  • Dell tells Betsey and holds her while she cries.
  • Charlotte says she lied and she's sorry and she'll keep saying that until he forgives her. He tells her Heather's dead.
  • Addison goes to the airport to see her parents off.
  • Addison tells Bizzy she'll take care of calling Wilson for her.

Notes and TriviaEdit

Private Practice Season 3 Episode 10 Blowups Promo

Private Practice Season 3 Episode 10 Blowups Promo


Episode StillsEdit


See AlsoEdit

A complete overview of this episode's crew can be found here.

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