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      Season 3 – Private Practice

      2009 Drama List
      Reviews 86% Fewer than 50 Ratings Audience Score Neonatal surgeon Addison Montgomery escapes from a dysfunctional love triangle, leaving her friends and foes at Seattle Grace Hospital behind for a fresh start in Los Angeles, where she joins a trendy public clinic run by her recently divorced friends, Sam and Naomi Bennett. Read More Read Less Watch on Vudu Premiered Jul 18 Buy Now

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      Episode 1 Aired Oct 1, 2009 A Death in the Family Addison and Naomi fight to save Violet's life after a violent attack leaves her severely injured and her baby missing. Details Episode 2 Aired Oct 8, 2009 The Way We Were Violet's emotional trauma from her violent attack at home is not going away, despite her friends' best efforts to help; Addison and Naomi try to mend their tension-filled relationship; Sam and Cooper treat a man who was stabbed by his wife. Details Episode 3 Aired Oct 15, 2009 Right Here, Right Now Addison isn't the only Oceanside Wellness doctor pleased to see Miranda Bailey when she brings a patient to Los Angeles; Addison meets the consequences of her affair with Noah; Sheldon and Pete discover who the father of Violet's baby is. Details Episode 4 Aired Oct 22, 2009 Pushing the Limits Sam, Cooper and Addison treat the child of a homeless teen; Violet's feelings about her attack resurface while counseling a pregnant rape victim; Cooper's financial issues catch up with him. Details Episode 5 Aired Oct 29, 2009 Strange Bedfellows A serious complication threatens the fetuses of two of Naomi's former patients; Violet is asked to testify against her attacker; Charlotte tries to join the Oceanside Wellness Group. Details Episode 6 Aired Nov 5, 2009 Slip Slidin' Away Naomi struggles with the idea of genetically designing babies; Violet suddenly decides to try electric shock therapy on a patient. Details Episode 7 Aired Nov 12, 2009 The Hard Part Addison and Sam perform urgent field care when, while out hiking, they stumble across a couple trapped in their car after an accident. Details Episode 8 Aired Nov 19, 2009 Sins of the Father Addison's father's arrives in Los Angeles, which rattles her; after refusing to cooperate in a case involving a longtime patient, Cooper is arrested; Pete fights to keep a terminally ill patient alive long enough for him to meet his new daughter. Details Episode 9 Aired Dec 3, 2009 The Parent Trap Addison must perform a complex in-utero surgery; Naomi and Sam discover their daughter is growing up too fast. Details Episode 10 Aired Dec 3, 2009 Blowups An explosion at Dell's house sends Heather and Betsey to the hospital; a shocking family secret is revealed when Addison's mother visits. Details Episode 11 Aired Jan 14, 2010 Another Second Chance Mark follows Addison to Oceanside Wellness in hope of helping his daughter; Naomi and Dell try to raise their children under the same roof; Cooper and Violet don't agree on how to treat a patient. Details Episode 12 Aired Jan 21, 2010 Best Laid Plans Maya's announcement shocks Sam and Naomi; Pete challenges Fife on a patient with a cutting-edge bionic arm. Details Episode 13 Aired Feb 4, 2010 Shotgun Parents of Addison's patients must choose which one of their sickly daughters to save with their newborn's core blood; Sam discovers that Dink intends to marry Maya. Details Episode 14 Aired Feb 11, 2010 Love Bites Naomi refuses to take part in planning Maya's wedding; tensions rise between Sam and Addison; Pete and Cooper treat a teenager with a mysterious bite mark. Details Episode 15 Aired Feb 18, 2010 'Til Death Do Us Part Naomi, Addison and Pete try to save a premature baby; Cooper thinks Charlotte's new boyfriend is abusing pills. Details Episode 16 Aired Mar 4, 2010 Fear of Flying Addison, Pete and Sam must work together on a complicated case involving a father-to-be who comes down with tuberculosis; Sheldon helps one of Violet's patients get over her fear of flying. Details Episode 17 Aired Mar 11, 2010 Triangles When the lives of Addison's patient and her three unborn babies hang in the balance, Sam's new girlfriend and Addison are divided on the course of treatment; Cooper wants Sheldon's help with a young patient; Naomi faces a dilemma. Details Episode 18 Aired Mar 25, 2010 Pulling the Plug The hospital must keep a surrogate mother on life support until her fetuses are able to survive; Naomi discovers that Addison and Sam have feelings for each other. Details Episode 19 Aired Apr 1, 2010 Eyes Wide Open When a famed neurosurgeon and her team visit St. Ambrose, Addison is surprised to see Derek's younger sister on the team; Charlotte and Cooper try to figure out how to work together. Details Episode 20 Aired Apr 22, 2010 Second Choices After her escape to Costa Rica, Violet returns home and to the practice; Amelia interferes in Sam's personal life; Sheldon encourages Charlotte to reconcile with Cooper. Details Episode 21 Aired Apr 29, 2010 War When Violet files for joint custody of Lucas, Pete fights back, forcing friends and co-workers to choose sides. Details Episode 22 Aired May 6, 2010 In the Name of Love Naomi seeks Fife's help with William's experimental treatment for ALS; Violet and Amelia treat a woman with a brain tumor; Sheldon goes after Charlotte's affections. Details Episode 23 Aired May 13, 2010 The End of a Beautiful Friendship Addison, Amelia and Fife try to save Maya and her unborn child; Sam makes a grim discovery; Cooper makes a valiant effort with Charlotte; an unexpected death leaves everyone stunned. Details

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      Steve Marsi TV Fanatic Amelia Shepherd was pretty much a surgical rock star in this episode, leaving us excited to see what she brings to the table next season. Way to go, Little Shep! Rated: 4/5 Mar 22, 2018 Full Review

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      luke g Private Practice season 3 falters as it progresses. Some of the storylines get a little lost in translation. Hopefully season 4 rebounds. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 03/31/23 Full Review Post a review

      Season Info

      Tom Verica, Mark Tinker
      Executive Producer
      Shonda Rhimes, Betsy Beers, Marti Noxon, Mark Gordon, Mark Tinker, Jon Cowan, Robert Rovner
      Patti Carr, Lara Olsen, Kathy McCormick, Ayanna Floyd, Elizabeth Klaviter, Jon Cowan, Dana Baratta, Steve Blackman, Craig Turk, Robert Rovner, Sonay Washington
      Original Language
      Release Date
      Oct 1, 2009