Private Practice Recap: 10/17/2007

Tonight was all about making connections and believing in miracles. While Sam promotes the book he wrote about the mind/body connection, Addison tries desperately to connect with her co-workers at Oceanside, and to believe she still has a chance at fertility.

In the morning meeting, Addison reminds everyone she has invited them over after work and no one has responded. That's because everyone forgot, except good old Dell. In the hallway later, Violet asks Cooper if he's going and tells him she's at the age where she's "done with new people." Would it kill her to give Addison a chance? Plus, I'm pretty sure Violet needs all the "new people" she can get. After all, she seems to spend most episodes wandering around on the verge of a breakdown.

Stan and Sylvie
Pete takes a look at longtime patient Sylvie and her new fiancé Stan, who passes out during the consult. Stan’s tests check out fine, so Sylvie is convinced his attacks are because he doesn’t want to marry her. After Addison stops by to solicit an R.S.V.P. and a consult, Sylvie tells Pete he likes Addison. He says not to mother him. Sylvie says Addison reminds her of Anna, but Pete says not really—she’s tougher, and she doesn’t need. Aww. Sam also thinks Addison is getting to Pete… and it looks like he’s right. As a last resort, Pete has Sylvie demonstrate her intimate practices with Stan and discovers that a spot in his neck muscles has formed a trigger point that causes him to pass out—a painless migraine—which Pete can fix in a few sessions. Problem solved.

To Tell the Truth
A semi-psychotic pregnant woman (Rebecca) comes in (supposedly inspired by Sam’s TV appearance) and says she escaped from the hospital because “they were trying to kill us.” Actually she’s from the psych ward and of course Dr. Charlotte King wants her back. Rebecca is having contractions and says something has always been wrong with her body, but Charlotte says she has Munchausen syndrome—a disease in which patients pretend to be sick for attention. Addison still believes her and gets into an argument with Naomi. There’s some tension between these two, most likely stemming from Addison looking at her own patient file. A test shows Rebecca hasn’t eaten. Addison is devastated that she was fooled. She talks to Sam and he asks for a little more time before they give up. The staff (minus Cooper) gathers and rehashes the whole case together and they come up with a solution. After getting Charlotte’s OK, they run a GI test and find Rebecca has Crohn’s disease, and finally everyone believes her.

The Unrequited Love Trifecta
Cooper has a young patient who is suffering because he’s… in love. They have a heart to heart and he convinces Michael that he should tell this person about his feelings. Cooper makes a pact with him, confessing he also needs to tell some woman that he’s completely in love with her too. Hmm. Violet, perhaps? Michael goes off to the skateboard park to make his confession, and ends up getting the crap kicked out of him. The kid he asked out was Brian… his guy friend. Clearly the news did not go over well. How old are these kids, like 10?

Meanwhile, Cooper is in the bathroom practicing his speech for mystery girl (who he loves!?) when Pete walks in and hears him, producing the classic line: “Were you just saying ‘I love you’ to your genitals?” Cooper heads out to tell Violet (no shocker there), but can’t do it.

It doesn’t help that Violet is crazy and still unhealthily obsessed with her ex-husband and now his new wife Cami, who came into Oceanside for treatment. Violet spends the whole episode obsessing over what she came in for. It seems in practically every scene Amy Brenneman is on the verge of a meltdown. Sometimes she acts like such a teenager.

Meanwhile, young Michael takes off and good old Cooper goes off on another out-of-hospital adventure to find him. After talking to Brian, Cooper finds Michael contemplating jumping off a parking garage. He easily gets him to talk instead, and things seem fine—for Michael at least. Cooper confesses that this woman he loves may be the only one for him and he can’t get up the courage to tell her. Despite his flaws in the relationship department, you’ve got to hand it to Cooper—he relates really well to kids. Which, I suppose, is what you’d expect from any decent pediatrician.

Back at the hospital, Violet finally just pulls Cami into a room and asks why she’s really there. Aside from a bladder infection from too much sex, she’s checking out the competition. She tells Violet that Alan still talks about her and the others all the time. Violet says Cami has nothing to worry about. Cami says not to be too sure. Why must she give her hope? Don’t encourage it!

At the end of the day

Sam and Addison find everyone hanging out and drinking wine in the lobby. They ask Addison to have some, but she freaks out and (in typical Addison fashion) launches into a speech about how she went to so much trouble to plan this party that no one is going to. They tell her to relax; they were just waiting for her to finish up with work.

At the condo, Violet gushes to Cooper about what Cami told her. He tells her she’s hard to forget and that stops her in her tracks. Why oh why does he like her? Seriously.

Addison and Naomi have a heart to heart. Part of why she’s been moody all day is because in her file it says she only has two eggs left. So she asks Naomi why she didn’t tell her she could never have a baby. She still feels like there’s hope… will this play out in a future storyline with Pete? Everyone is relaxing on the beach and we get the idea that they might actually turn out to be a close bunch of friends.

Next week…
Looks to be a bit more intense than this one. A 13-year-old girl comes in and is having sex. The kicker? They hinted that it’s Sam and Naomi’s daughter Maya. Yikes. And, most importantly, Addison and Pete looked like they were in a pretty compromising position. Finally! Can’t wait to see that. So, do you want Violet and Cooper to get together? Can’t stand the girl? Is there a baby in store for Addison and Pete? How will Maya’s appointment impact Sam and Naomi’s chilly relationship? We’ll just have to wait and see…

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