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Tempting Faith is the seventh episode of the second season and the 16th overall episode of Private Practice.

Short Summary[]

Addison receives a surprise visit from her brother and fellow surgeon, Archer, and his presence not only causes trouble for her, but for Naomi and Sam as well. Meanwhile Meg returns to try to make it work with Pete, and a patient accused of a malicious crime stirs up anger and emotions, for both Violet and Dell.

Full Summary[]

Episode in detail.


Main Cast[]

Guest Stars[]


Medical Notes[]

Hal Jarvis[]

  • Diagnosis:
    • Pedophilia
  • Treatment:
    • Talk therapy

Hal had had three sessions with Violet, during which they discussed his divorce. She later testified during his trial. He received a suspended sentence, but the condition was that he have daily sessions with Violet, after hours. After a few sessions with him, in which he discussed his obsession with Jody Sampica, a young girl, Violet called the judge and said she believed Jody was in danger because of Hal.

Tess Milford[]

  • Diagnosis:
    • Pregnancy
    • TTTS
    • Fetal heart failure
    • Mirror syndrome
    • Fetal demise
  • Treatment:
    • Fetal surgery

Tess was pregnant with triplets conceived through IVF. Two of the triplets had conjoined blood vessels and they were showing signs of heart failure, so Addison wanted to operate to separate the blood vessels. Tess declined, saying they'd interfered with God's will by doing IVF in the first place. She later collapsed at the airport because one of the babies had fluid around his heart and she mirrored it. Addison operated. During the surgery, Tess had a hyperthermic reaction, so they had to close early and since Tess was weak, they'd have to wait before trying again. Addison later did an ultrasound and found out that the baby not involved in the connection had died. Addison agreed to operate again under local anesthesia. The surgery was successful.

Meg Porter[]

  • Diagnosis:
    • Nicotine addiction
  • Treatment:
    • Nicotine patch
    • Acupuncture

Meg was trying to quit smoking, so she used a nicotine patch, but Pete tried acupuncture with her instead, thinking it would be better. She later smoked again.

Kevin Nelson[]

  • Diagnosis:
    • Gunshot wound
    • Perihepatic hematoma
  • Doctors:
    • Unnamed surgeon
  • Treatment:
    • Surgery

Kevin was shot on the job. He had to have surgery to remove the bullet and repair the damage.


Song Performer Scene
"Steal My Sunshine" Len
  • Addison tells Kevin she enjoyed go-cart racing.
  • They see Addison's door is open.
  • Addison introduces Kevin and Archer.
  • Meg comes to Pete's door. She tells him she's quitting smoking.
  • Addison talks to Archer about him being in town and Kevin.
"Satisfied" The Nouvelles
  • Addison and Naomi talk about Archer and Kevin meeting.
  • Archer asks Kevin about his intentions with Addison. He makes Kevin believe he's not good enough for Addison.
  • Violet asks Charlotte if she's told Cooper yet.
  • Cooper asks Charlotte to move in with him.
  • Archer and Sam talk about his relationship with Naomi.
  • Archer introduces Sam to a woman.
  • Archer notices Naomi watching Sam and chats her up.
  • Addison talks to Kevin about Archer.
  • Archer agrees to give Naomi a ride when Addison and Kevin leave.
  • Naomi and Archer start having sex.
"Ladies N Gents" Sugarush
  • Charlotte comes to Cooper in only flavored body paint and seduces him.
"Panic and the Should Attacks" Nico Stai
  • Addison tells the Milfords one of their babies died.
  • Tess asks Addison to do the surgery. Addison agrees to do it under local.
  • Violet tells the judge she believes Hal is a danger to Jody.
"As Much As You Lead" Lex Land
  • Addison tells Kevin not to quit on them.
  • Dell tells Violet she did the right thing with Hal.
  • He asks her for the name of a lawyer so he can fight for custody of Betsey.
  • Cooper tells Charlotte what she's doing is not okay and ends things between them.
  • Meg tells Pete he was right. She wants things to work between them, but she needs something to do.
  • Addison tells Archer what she likes about Kevin and sends Archer home.
  • Addison comes to Naomi's door with a bottle of wine to talk.

Notes and Trivia[]

  • This episode scored 6.33 million viewers.
  • Darby Stanchfield guest stars in this episode, and she would later become part of the main cast of Scandal, another Shonda Rhimes show. In Scandal, she portrays Abby Whelan.
  • Violet's disliked patient in Private Practice is also a character on Grey's Anatomy, a well-liked heart patient of Erica Hahn.


Episode Stills[]


Addison: A polite houseguest would have called to say "I'm not coming home."
Archer: Good thing I'm not polite.

Naomi: Who knew that meaningless sex could be amazing?
Violet: You had meaningless sex?! Congratulations!
Addison: With my brother!
Violet: Oh, nice! Yeah, he's very...
Addison: Violet!
Violet: Sorry. I know it's difficult to view family members in a sexual context...
Addison: Stop. Stop. My brother and sex in the same sentence, ew, ew, ew.

See Also[]

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