Pulling the Plug is the eighteenth episode of the third season and the 49th overall episode of Private Practice.

Short SummaryEdit

A husband's decision to pull the plug on his pregnant wife is overruled by a judge, forcing the hospital to keep her on life support until the fetuses she is carrying as a surrogate are able to survive. Meanwhile, Naomi feels betrayed after learning of Sam and Addison's feelings for one another, and she turns to Dr. Fife for support while William is away on business. And unable to cope with the tension, Addison takes the day off with Pete and Lucas.

Full SummaryEdit

Episode in detail.


  • Addison Montgomery
  • Pete Wilder
  • Naomi Bennett
  • Cooper Freedman
  • Charlotte King
  • Dell Parker
  • Sam Bennett
  • Sheldon Wallace
  • Gabriel Fife
  • Vanessa Hoyt
  • Eddie Lindy
  • Robin
  • Angie McConnell
  • Simon McConnell
  • Kayla Lindy
  • Judge
  • Megan

Main CastEdit

Also StarringEdit

Guest StarsEdit


Medical NotesEdit

Kayla LindyEdit

  • Diagnosis:
    • Pregnancy
  • Treatment:
    • Life support

Kayla, 32, was still on life support in the hospital and still pregnant with triplets. Her husband decided he wanted to withdraw care, but the parents of the babies got a lawyer and a judge ultimately ruled that Kayla would be kept on life support until the fetuses were viable. Eddie later violated the order to stay out of her room and disconnected her ventilator. It was because of that they discovered that Kayla was breathing on her own.

Lucas WilderEdit

  • Diagnosis:
    • Cold
  • Doctors:
  • Treatment:

Lucas was sick and got his nanny sick, so Pete left to take care of him. Addison later took over.

Pete WilderEdit

  • Diagnosis:
    • Cold
  • Doctors:
  • Treatment:

Pete got sick from Lucas.


  • Diagnosis:
    • Pregnancy
  • Treatment:
    • Bed rest
    • Vaginal delivery

Robin was on bed rest for the rest of the pregnancy. Since Addison was taking care of Lucas, she sent Dell to examine her. When Dell came back the next day, Robin was on the floor. She'd picked up her daughter and her water broke. Dell and Cooper called paramedics. While they waited, she started crowning, but the baby got stuck. Dell tried to adjust the position. He used Cooper's help to break the baby's clavicle in order to deliver.

Addison Forbes MontgomeryEdit

  • Diagnosis:
    • Cold
  • Doctors:
  • Treatment:

Addison got the cold that Pete and Lucas had. Sam brought her soup.

Robin's BabyEdit

  • Diagnosis:
    • Cracked clavicle
  • Treatment:

Cooper examined Robin's baby after he was born. He said there might be a small crack in his clavicle, but babies heal quickly.


Song Performer Scene
"Green Eyed Love" Mayer Hawthorne
  • Vanessa checks on the babies. They're doing well, but Eddie isn't.
  • Vanessa and Sam argue over sides.
  • Addison rocks Lucas on her balcony. Sam comes out and talks to her. She talks about Lucas, but he says he can't be her sounding board.
"Santa Monica Dream" Angus & Julia Stone
  • Addison has the cold and is sneezing. Sam brings her soup.
  • He tells her about the judge's ruling.
  • She thinks she's screwed everything up, but he says it'll pass and then he leaves.
"Dying Day" Gin Wigmore
  • Fife tells Naomi about William's ALS.
  • Charlotte checks on Kayla and then leaves the door unlocked for Eddie to visit his wife.
  • Naomi buys a plane ticket to Geneva.
  • Addison watches Pete and Lucas and then gets in the bed next to Pete.
  • Pete accidentally calls her Violet.
  • Vanessa apologizes to Sam. They start to talk, but they're interrupted when they hear the alarm from Kayla's ventilator, which Eddie had unhooked.
  • Eddie has locked the doctors out, so Sam breaks the window. They see that Kayla has started to breathe on her own.

Notes and TriviaEdit

Private Practice 3x18 Promo Video - Pulling The Plug

Private Practice 3x18 Promo Video - Pulling The Plug

  • This episode scored 8.71 million viewers.


See AlsoEdit

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

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