War is the twenty first episode of the third season and the 52nd overall episode of Private Practice.

Short Summary

After Violet files for joint custody of Lucas, an embittered Pete voraciously fights back by hiring a tough attorney for the trial, forcing their fellow friends and co-workers to choose sides and have their personal lives dragged onto the stand and into the public eye.

Full Summary

Episode in detail.


  • Addison Montgomery
  • Pete Wilder
  • Naomi Bennett
  • Cooper Freedman
  • Charlotte King
  • Dell Parker
  • Sam Bennett
  • Violet Turner
  • Sheldon Wallace
  • Ellen Sicher
  • Stephanie Gibson
  • Amelia Shepherd
  • Albert Longmuir
  • Ruby Broome
  • Assistant

Main Cast

Also Starring

Guest Stars


Medical Notes

Violet Turner

  • Diagnosis:
    • Post-traumatic stress disorder
  • Treatment:
    • Talk therapy

Violet, while on trial, talked about her time spent in treatment with Ellen Sicher. She talked about the day Katie cut Lucas out of her body, eventually understanding that she chose Lucas above herself when she helped Katie cut Lucas out of her body without hurting him. And she chose Lucas above herself again when she gave him to Pete.


Song Performer Scene
"Breathing Out" Doveman
"Hunting My Dress" Jesca Hoop
"I'm Gonna Make It" Sanders Bohlke

Notes and Trivia

Private Practice 3x21 Promo

Private Practice 3x21 Promo

  • This episode scored 7.78 million viewers.


Episode Stills


See Also

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

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