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The sixth and final season of Private Practice premiered on September 25, 2012, and ended on January 22, 2013. It was broadcast on Tuesday nights at 10 PM on ABC. The season has a limited run of thirteen episodes.


The tight-knit family at Seaside Health and Wellness is in for a huge shakeup as a new doctor arrives in the wake of a devastating loss. Meanwhile, Addison makes a heart-wrenching choice between Jake and Sam, and more changes are in store for Cooper and Charlotte who discover that life's biggest events come in threes. Lastly, Sheldon finds true happiness in the midst of a traumatic personal challenge.


  • Addison chooses Jake and eventually get engaged. Together, they take care of Henry while waiting for the adoption procudure to be finalized, but Jake's past turns out to be a problem. Jake has to deal with a high-maintenance patient and the relationship his daughter Angela has with her much-older college professor. Addison herself also faces several problems: Mark Sloan's death, a lawsuit from a patient from her past, and the return of Henry's biological mother, who wants to be a bigger part of his life.
  • After being rejected by Addison, Sam gets together with nurse Stephanie, but he has trouble committing to the relationship while seeing the happy couple next door. He also shoots a pilot for a documentary-like show about his life, which brings troubles of his past to light.
  • The day of his hearing, Pete disappears and is found dead. Violet faces difficult times as she has to arrange his funeral and make a life for her and Lucas without Pete. While doing this, she starts to get the idea that she's already had all life has to offer.
  • Charlotte turns out to be pregnant with triplets, all the while having to work extra shifts at the hospital now that Pete is gone. She's not excited about the pregnancy at first, but seeing Cooper and Mason prepare for the arrival of the three girls makes her change her mind.
  • Sheldon is diagnosed with prostate cancer, but it's during those dark times that he meets the love of his life. He also suspects that his suicidal and pedophilic patient has kidnapped a young girl from the ER at St. Ambrose.
  • A now-sober Amelia is doing well and starts to build a new life for herself. She connects with new ER physician James Peterson and they develop a romantic relationship.


Main Cast[]

Recurring Guest Stars[]

Prominent Guest Stars[]

Recurring Co-Stars[]

Notes and Trivia[]

  • Private Practice was officially renewed for a sixth season on May 11, 2012.
  • Rather than only the final episode, Shonda Rhimes considered this whole season as a finale for the series.
  • Almost every episode of this season focuses on one of the main characters.
  • Although almost every main character appears in every episode of the season, they all make only scarce appearances in some episodes due to these episodes focusing on other characters.
  • This season is rather difficult when it comes to the timeline of the shown events, because due to the focus on one character at a time over a long period of time, shown events in different episodes can take place at (almost) the same time. For example, at the end of episode three, Charlotte mentions having hired a new ER doc, while we only see her hiring him at the start of episode four, which is the episode focusing on Dr. James Peterson. Then again, at the beginning of episode eight, she still hasn't hired him.
  • On October 19, 2012, it was officially revealed that this season would be the final season of the show.
  • The production of this season wrapped up on December 7, 2012.
  • This is the first and only season not to feature Tim Daly as Pete Wilder.


No. in series No. in season Title Directed by Written by Original air date
99 1 "Aftershock" Mark Tinker Barbie Kligman September 25, 2012
Addison settles into her new life after making a decision between Jake and Sam. Violet fears the worst when Pete doesn't show up to his preliminary court hearing and Charlotte swears Cooper to secrecy when she receives shocking news. Meanwhile, Amelia celebrates one year of sobriety and Sheldon rekindles a romance with his ex-wife.
100 2 "Mourning Sickness" Ed Ornelas Jennifer Cecil October 2, 2012
The doctors join together for a celebration at Addison's house and to reminisce about the past. Meanwhile, Sheldon counsels a suicidal patient who comes forward with a shocking confession.
101 3 "Good Grief" Bethany Rooney Gabe Fonseca October 9, 2012
After hearing a patient's chilling confession, Violet turns to Sheldon for advice. Meanwhile, Addison tries to keep her grief a secret, Cooper and Charlotte adapt to their new reality and Sam confronts Sheldon about his denial.
102 4 "You Don't Know What You've Got Till It's Gone" Ann Kindberg Fred Einesman October 23, 2012
Sheldon fears the worst when a little girl goes missing from the ER. Addison and Jake have a disagreement about one of his patients and a new doctor joins the team at Saint Ambrose. Meanwhile, Stephanie questions Sam about his past with Addison.
103 5 "The Next Episode" Jeannot Szwarc Zahir McGhee November 13, 2012
A reality show centered around Sam sheds some light on issues in his colleagues' personal lives. Meanwhile, Sam's mother seeks his help after her boss falls ill and the search continues for a girl who went missing from St. Ambrose.
104 6 "Apron Strings" Amyn Kaderali Elizabeth J.B. Klaviter November 20, 2012
Addison's role as a parent is challenged when Henry's biological mother reappears and asks to be more involved in her young son's life. Meanwhile, Addison reconnects with her mentor, who shares a very painful secret.
105 7 "The World According to Jake" Allison Liddi-Brown Christopher Fife November 21, 2012
Upon hearing that he must meet with Henry's social worker during a home visit, Jake fears that an incident in his past will come to light. Meanwhile, Addison becomes skeptical of Jake's needy patient and James continues to pursue Amelia.
106 8 "Life Support" Mark Tinker Jennifer Cecil & Barbie Kligman December 4, 2012
We follow Cooper from the moment of conception through a nasty fight with Charlotte, which inadvertently threatens the lives of their triplets. Meanwhile, Violet comforts a friend who is being advised to take her partner off life-support.
107 9 "I'm Fine" Scott Printz Gabriel Llanas December 11, 2012
During a dark moment in his life, Sheldon finds happiness with a new woman. Meanwhile, he becomes increasingly suspicious about his patient Nick's involvement in Sarah's disappearance.
108 10 "Georgia on My Mind" Karen Gaviola Jennifer Cecil & Barbie Kligman December 18, 2012
Charlotte stresses the doctors out when she continues to run St. Ambrose Hospital from her doctor-ordered bed rest. Meanwhile, scared that Charlotte might never leave the hospital, Mason begins acting out in school.
109 11 "Good Fries Are Hard to Come By" Elizabeth J.B. Klaviter & Zahir McGhee James Larkin January 8, 2013
Amelia, now sober for more than a year and on the mend emotionally, goes on a series of disastrous blind dates set up by the other doctors at the practice. After vowing to be alone indefinitely, she teams up with James on a medical procedure, which leads to dinner - and the dinner leads to something completely unexpected.
110 12 "Full Release" Ann Kindberg Eric Haywood January 15, 2013
Addison attends Henry's court date and realizes that the judge still has some concerns about Jake's past, Sheldon introduces Miranda to his friends, and Cooper's efforts to secure a dream house are put on hold when Charlotte goes into labor.
111 13 "In Which We Say Goodbye" Mark Tinker Shonda Rhimes January 22, 2013
Naomi returns to stand by Addison's side on her wedding day, Cooper struggles with the hardships of being a stay-at-home father, and Violet begins a new project close to her heart.


DVD Release[]


The "Private Practice: The Complete Sixth and Final Season" boxset was released in region 1 on May 7, 2013 by ABC Studios. On December 2, 2013, and November 5, 2013, the DVD was released in regions 2 and 4 respectively.

Set Details[]

The boxset contains the 13 episodes of the season. The DVD box contains 3 discs. Other set details are:

  • English (Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround)
  • 1.78:1 aspect ratio
  • Subtitles: English, French, and Spanish

Special Features[]

Additional to the episodes, the season 6 DVD set also contains a couple of special features:


Cast Promotional Photos[]