When Addison's patient and the life of the three unborn babies she is carrying as a surrogate hang in the balance, Sam's new girlfriend, Vanessa, and Addison are sharply divided on the course of treatment. Meanwhile Cooper seeks Sheldon's help with a young patient, but their personal quarrels over Charlotte get in the way, and Naomi has a dilemma of her own between William and an unexpectedly charming Dr. Fife.
Episode in detail.
- Kate Walsh as Dr. Addison Montgomery
- Tim Daly as Dr. Pete Wilder
- Audra McDonald as Dr. Naomi Bennett
- Paul Adelstein as Dr. Cooper Freedman
- KaDee Strickland as Dr. Charlotte King
- Chris Lowell as Dell Parker (credit only)
- Taye Diggs as Dr. Sam Bennett
- Amy Brenneman as Dr. Violet Turner (credit only)
- James Morrison as William White
- Michael Patrick Thornton as Dr. Gabriel Fife
- Christina Chang as Dr. Vanessa Hoyt
- Derek Phillips as Eddie Lindy
- Judith Hoag as Angie McConnell
- Michael Reilly Burke as Simon McConnell
- Monica Keena as Kayla Lindy
- Lauren Bowles as Cyndy Roberts
- Todd Babcock as Joe Roberts
- Madeline Carroll as Maggie Roberts
- Brain death
Kayla, 32, was 20 weeks pregnant with triplets as a surrogate. She had blood clots, which Addison said were getting worse despite heparin. She suggested selective reduction in order to save Kayla's life. The parents called in Vanessa for a consult because they believed Addison was wrong that it was the only option. Sam operated. The surgery went well, but Addison was still concerned. Later, Addison was paged to the hospital. A clot had moved to Kayla's lung. Addison took her into surgery to do the reduction. In surgery, her heart stopped. They were able to get her back, but five minutes passed and there were no signs of higher brain function. Since they hadn't done the reduction, she was still pregnant with triplets, but brain dead.
- Facial abrasion
- Residential care
Maggie, 11, had a cut on her forehead, which Cooper bandaged. However, when she mentioned an imaginary friend, he became concerned, so he consulted with Sheldon. Sheldon spoke to her and believed she was schizophrenic. Cooper was skeptical, but when Maggie's mother came to him with additional concerns, they watched from another room while Sheldon spoke to Maggie, who talked about doing things because "Eli" wanted her to, including drowning her cat. Her parents then checked her into residential care.
- Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis
- Pete Wilder (alternative medicine practitioner)
William had trouble holding a mug, leading Pete to discover that he had ALS. He said he'd been diagnosed 8 years ago, but had been in remission.
Joe told of his sister, who was schizophrenic and later killed herself.
|"That Man"||Macy Gray||
Notes and Trivia
- This episode scored 7.66 million viewers.
A complete overview of this episode's crew can be found here.
|Private Practice Season 3|
|#01||"A Death in the Family"||#09||"The Parent Trap"||#17||"Triangles"|
|#02||"The Way We Were"||#10||"Blowups"||#18||"Pulling the Plug"|
|#03||"Right Here, Right Now"||#11||"Another Second Chance"||#19||"Eyes Wide Open"|
|#04||"Pushing the Limits"||#12||"Best Laid Plans"||#20||"Second Choices"|
|#06||"Slip Slidin' Away"||#14||"Love Bites"||#22||"In the Name of Love"|
|#07||"The Hard Part"||#15||"'Til Death Do Us Part"||#23||"The End of a Beautiful Friendship"|
|#08||"Sins of the Father"||#16||"Fear of Flying"|
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