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Heaven Can Wait is the twelfth episode of the fourth season and the 66th overall episode of Private Practice.

Short Summary[]

Addison plans Bizzy and Susan's wedding while trying to keep her distance from the overly flirtatious Dr. Rodriguez. Sam is concerned about the care his longtime patient is receiving, and Sheldon refers Charlotte to his mentor and friend for psychiatric help.

Full Summary[]

Episode in detail.


Main Cast[]

Guest Stars[]


Medical Notes[]

Abe Nussbaum[]

  • Diagnosis:
    • Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease
  • Treatment:
    • In-home care
    • Inhaler

Abe had a serious cough. Sam made a house call, but Abe refused to come in to the office to get tests run. He later did come in and was diagnosed with COPD. He had in-home care, but she was stealing money from him. His daughter later convinced him to move in with her.

Charlotte King[]

  • Diagnosis:
  • Treatment:
    • Talk therapy

Charlotte went to see a therapist about being raped and not being able to have sex with Cooper. When Charlotte expressed that it was ridiculous, her therapist agreed and prescribed mood stabilizers, anti-depressants, and tranquilizers. She was shocked and complained to Sheldon, who had recommended him, who said that narrative talk therapy was the basis of his practice.

Susan Grant[]

  • Diagnosis:
    • Stage IV ovarian cancer
  • Treatment:

Susan was in the hospital recovering from her treatment. She was later discharged, but she knew the cancer was back. She had signed a DNR and hid it from everyone. She later collapsed at her wedding.

Larry Cannon[]

  • Diagnosis:
    • Psychotic break
  • Treatment:

Larry was abusing pills. Sheldon called the police and brought them to Larry's place to arrest him, saying he'd had a psychotic break.


Song Performer Scene
"Your Easy Lovin' Ain't Pleasin' Nothin'" Mayer Hawthorne
  • Naomi and Addison look at flowers for Bizzy and Susan's wedding.
  • Addison is struggling with her mom being with another woman.
"Heading for the Hills" Billy Harvey
  • Simone leaves Sam's office.
  • Addison tells Naomi she proposed to Sam. Naomi stops her and tells her she sucks at relationships.
  • Sam tells Abe the truth about Simone, but Abe already knew.
  • Abe hates needing help. He was always the help. He made sacrifices whenever his family needed it.
"Piano Concerto 21, Elvira Madigan" Mozart
  • Susan and Bizzy get married.
"Shake It" Metro Station
  • Charlotte tells Sheldon that Larry needs real help.
  • Sheldon doesn't want to have to do that to his mentor.
  • Susan and Bizzy dance.
  • Sam and Naomi talk about Abe. Sam leaves to talk about Abe.
  • Pete and Addison dance.
"God Only Knows" Dale Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr.
  • Charlotte pulls Cooper into the ice room and they have sex.
  • Sheldon tells Larry he's had a psychotic break. He brings in the police to arrest Larry.
  • The wedding guests dance.
  • Addison and Naomi talk about Sam and watch Bizzy and Susan dance.
  • Susan collapses in Bizzy's arms.

Notes and Trivia[]

  • This episode scored 7.05 million viewers.
  • This episode was aired a week later than scheduled, because ABC decided to broadcast the Off the Map pilot again in Private Practice's timeslot.


Episode Stills[]


See Also[]

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