In Which Cooper Finds a Port in His Storm is the eighth episode of the first season and the 8th overall episode of Private Practice.

Short SummaryEdit

Cooper returns to the online dating game with surprising results, Addison goes out on a date with one of Violet's patients, Naomi and Sam make a house call at a convent, Dell gives a tour of Oceanside Wellness to his midwifery classmates, and Addison and Pete participate in a "Safe Surrender" program, coming to the aid of a teenaged new mother.

Full SummaryEdit

Episode in detail.


  • Addison Montgomery
  • Pete Wilder
  • Naomi Bennett
  • Cooper Freedman
  • Charlotte King
  • Dell Parker
  • Sam Bennett
  • Violet Turner
  • Father Mark
  • Carl
  • Sister Amy
  • Darcy
  • Sister Virginia
  • Darcy's Mom
  • ER Intern

Main CastEdit

Guest StarsEdit


Medical NotesEdit


  • Diagnosis:
    • Anxiety
    • Foreign body in anal cavity
  • Treatment:
    • Talk therapy
    • Extraction

Carl was seeing Violet for his anxiety. He also liked to stick shoes up his anus. He stole one of Addison's shoes and ended up in the hospital when he got stuck in his anus. They were able to remove it non-surgically.

Sister HelenEdit

  • Diagnosis:
    • Septic shock
    • Typhoid
  • Treatment:
    • Antibiotics

Helen, 86, was mysteriously sick. Naomi and Sam were called to the convent to examine her. She had a rash on her stomach that consisted of several red dots. They sent a picture of the rash to Dell to see if he could find someone to identify the rash. He forwarded the pictures to an infectious disease specialist to identify it. She went into septic shock just as they identified the illness as typhoid. They moved her and the other nuns to the hospital for treatment.

Sister VirginiaEdit

  • Diagnosis:
    • Typhoid
  • Treatment:
    • Antibiotics

Virginia started to show signs of sickness while they were trying to figure out what was wrong with Helen. She then developed the same rash that Helen had. When the illness was identified as typhoid, all the nuns were moved to the hospital for treatment. After she started treatment, she improved.


  • Diagnosis:
    • Pregnancy
  • Treatment:
    • Vaginal delivery

Darcy had had a baby whom she decided to surrender. Addison asked to do an exam, but Darcy declined.


  • Diagnosis:
  • Treatment:
    • Well-baby check

Darcy surrendered her newborn baby to Pete and Addison. She wasn't crying when they picked her up, which concerned Pete, but she was stable at the practice. Cooper did the well-baby exam in the morning and proclaimed her healthy. Darcy and her mother later came to the practice to re-claim the baby and Darcy named her Melanie.


  • Diagnosis:
    • Typhoid
  • Treatment:
    • Antibiotics

Several other nuns developed the same mysterious symptoms that Helen had. When it was identified as typhoid, they were transported to the hospital for treatment.


  • Diagnosis:
  • Treatment:
    • Attempted resuscitation

A baby had been abandoned in a park after his mother called the safe surrender hotline. He wasn't breathing and had no pulse, so they rushed him to the hospital. They attempted resuscitation for an hour before he was declared dead at 10:42 PM.

Father MarkEdit

  • Diagnosis:
    • Typhoid carrier
  • Treatment:
    • Antibiotics

After several nuns were treated for typhoid, Sam and Naomi asked Father Mark if they could test him for typhoid, as they believed he might be a carrier without being symptomatic. They then treated him with antibiotics.


Song Performer Scene
"Tell Me" Sharon Jones
  • The doctors enter the practice without a word to Dell.
  • Same notices the women are all together in Naomi's office and tells Pete and Cooper.
  • Both the men and the women discuss the events of last night.
  • Naomi reminds Addison and Violet they're doing Safe Surrender training.
  • Addison goes downstairs to get coffee.
"Crazy 'Bout You Baby" Ike and Tina Turner
  • Cooper enters the bar, surprised to realize Charlotte is CanUHandleMe441.
  • He sits next to her and gets her to make the same realization.
  • She leaves, horrified.
"Learning As We Go" Leona Naess
  • Pete tells Addison she shouldn't be alone and she tells him she won't be.
  • She goes to Sam's because Naomi didn't answer her phone and she had a bad day.
  • Naomi comes up behind her and holds her while she cries.

Notes and TriviaEdit

  • Like all other episodes from the first season, this episode's title originated from the original Winnie the Pooh series.
  • This episode scored 8.44 million viewers.
  • This episode marks the start of the romantic involvement between Cooper and Charlotte.
  • Goof: During this episode, Pete and Dell were looking for ID specialists to assist Sam and Naomi, however, Pete was later revealed to be an ID specialist himself.
  • The disease that the nuns have in the episode is variously identified as either typhoid (initially, by the CDC) or typhus (said by Sam several times). Despite the similar names and symptoms, these are actually two completely different diseases. Typhus is spread by fleas and is unlikely to have been transmitted by hygienic nuns. Typhoid is spread by fecal/oral contact or contaminated food or water, implying that Father Mark was spreading it by not washing his hands.


See AlsoEdit

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

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