The Parent Trap is the ninth episode of the third season and the 40th overall episode of Private Practice.

Short SummaryEdit

Addison performs a complex in utero surgery, proving not only her talents to her father but also finally giving them some common ground. Meanwhile, Sam and Naomi deal with their own family crisis when they discover their daughter is growing up way too fast, and Violet does the unthinkable.

Full SummaryEdit

Episode in detail.


  • Addison Montgomery
  • Pete Wilder
  • Naomi Bennett
  • Cooper Freedman
  • Charlotte King
  • Sam Bennett
  • Violet Turner
  • Eleanor Bergin
  • Ronald Bergin
  • Rachel Gold
  • Rabbi
  • Maya Bennett
  • Fillmore Davis
  • "The Captain" Montgomery
  • Shimmon Gold
  • Nurse
  • Older Boy

Main CastEdit

Guest StarsEdit


Medical NotesEdit

Eleanor BerginEdit

  • Diagnosis:
    • Pregnancy
    • Fetal hydrocephalus
  • Treatment:
    • In-utero intracranial septostomy

Eleanor, 60, was 23 weeks pregnant and the OB noticed an abnormality in the baby. The baby had a build of cerebrospinal fluid. Addison looked at her scans and suggested that she could do fetal surgery. Because of her advanced age, Pete was concerned about the risks of the surgery. The baby's heart rate slowed down and Addison said they either had to operate or end the pregnancy. They decided to have the surgery. The surgery went well, but because of her age, the sutures didn't hold and she was leaking fluid. The second surgery went well and they were both stable afterward.

Ruthie GoldEdit

  • Diagnosis:
  • Treatment:
    • Well-baby exam

Ruthie, two months, was examined by Cooper and proclaimed to be healthy.

Shimmon GoldEdit

  • Diagnosis:
    • Couvade
  • Treatment:

Shimmon's wife mentioned that after their most recent child was born, her husband wasn't interested in sex. Cooper referred her to Violet. Charlotte also sat in on their session, thinking it was a physical issue. Charlotte quickly diagnosed couvade, mimicking her pregnancy symptoms. Rachel wanted the condition to persist because she loves her husband, but doesn't want any more kids. Because of their strict religious beliefs, Shimmon wouldn't talk to a woman about his symptoms, so he spoke to Cooper. They then consulted with a rabbi to look for other options for the Golds.

Rachel GoldEdit

  • Diagnosis:
    • Anemia
  • Treatment:
    • Birth control pills

Violet told Rachel she appeared to have mild anemia, common in new mothers. She gave her birth control pills, saying that among other things, it treats iron-deficient anemia.


Song Performer Scene
"Doubtful Comforts" Blue Roses
  • Violet and The Captain sleep together. She starts to cry because of her scar. He reassures her.
  • They talk about Addison and Violet gives him advice.
"Love Me Through" Port O'Brien
  • The rabbi says it sounds like the Golds want to live by the letter of the Lord.
  • Addison invites her father to her house for a drink.
  • Sam and Maya get ice cream and talk about Dink. She's excited about living with Sam.
  • Maya texts Dink.
"Off the Wall" Cham Pain
  • Sam finds Maya having a party at his house.
  • Sam meets Dink then sends Maya upstairs while he breaks up the party.
"Can't Treat Me That Way" Kate Earl
  • Sam tells Maya to go apologize to Naomi and mean it.
  • Naomi and Sam talk about what to do with Maya.
  • The Captain goes to Addison's and Addison yells at him about Violet.
  • The Captain calls Bizzy and says if she doesn't come tell Addison the truth, he will.

Notes and TriviaEdit

Private Practice Season 3 Episode 9 The Parent Trap Promo

Private Practice Season 3 Episode 9 The Parent Trap Promo

  • This episode scored 9.21 million viewers.
  • This episode's title is likely a reference to the 1961 or 1998 movie The Parent Trap.
  • This episode is the first part of a two-hour Private Practice event with Blowups.


Episode StillsEdit


See AlsoEdit

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

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