The BEST Episodes of Private Practice

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Sep 11, 2021

Network: ABC (US)

Seattle fades into grey as renowned surgeon Dr. Addison Montgomery aims to reinvent herself. The promise of a simpler golden state of mind has her working alongside medical school friends at California's Oceanside Wellness Center. But is the new life prescription her cure? Join Addison newly-divorced-but-professionally-bound Naomi and Sam Bennet the kissable Pete Wilder and Violet Turner -- a psychiatrist with her own issues -- as affairs of the heart bring on symptoms of love lust and high drama in a journey worth taking.

A Death in the Family

#1 - A Death in the Family

Season 3 - Episode 1 - Aired Oct 1, 2009

When Pete discovers Violet clinging to live following a violent attack from a patient, he rushes her to the hospital where Addison and Naomi work together to save her life. Meanwhile, the location of Violet's baby are still unknown.

star 7.90
620 votes
Directors: Mark Tinker
Writers: Jon Cowan, Robert L. Rovner, Shonda Rhimes
The End of a Beautiful Friendship

#2 - The End of a Beautiful Friendship

Season 3 - Episode 23 - Aired May 13, 2010

Maya and her unborn baby are fighting for their lives on the operating table, and Addison, Amelia and Fife try everything humanly possible to save them. Meanwhile, Sam operates on an incoming crash victim and later makes a grim discovery; Cooper makes an ill-timed but valiant effort with Charlotte, and the staff’s world gets rocked by an unexpected death.

star 7.90
994 votes
Gone Baby Gone

#3 - Gone Baby Gone

Season 5 - Episode 22 - Aired May 15, 2012

When Amelia goes into labor, the Seaside doctors - even those she pushed away -- come to her side as she faces the hardest decision of her life. Meanwhile, after Pete finds himself in life-changing trouble, he and Violet realize what they mean to one another, and Addison is faced with a choice.

star 7.80
700 votes

#4 - War

Season 3 - Episode 21 - Aired Apr 29, 2010

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.

star 7.70
942 votes
Directors: Eric Stoltz
Writers: Elizabeth Klaviter, Sonay Washington
The Way We Were

#5 - The Way We Were

Season 3 - Episode 2 - Aired Oct 8, 2009

Violet is physically recovering from her violent attack at home, but the emotional trauma she suffers from isn't going away, despite the best efforts of Pete and her other friends to help. Meanwhile, Addison and Naomi try to mend their tension-filled relationship, as Sam and Cooper treat a father, who has allegedly attacked his family, after he is stabbed by his wife.

star 7.70
511 votes
Directors: Donna Deitch
Writers: Patricia Carr
In Which We Meet Addison, a Nice Girl From Somewhere Else

#6 - In Which We Meet Addison, a Nice Girl From Somewhere Else

Season 1 - Episode 1 - Aired Sep 26, 2007

Addison resigns from Seattle Grace, and heads to the Oceanside Wellness Group in LA where she was offered a job. Although, it seems that Naomi didn't consult the other doctors when hiring her. A father is frustrated with his daughter when she hides the fact that she's pregnant. When complications arise, Addison, Pete and Dell work together to make sure that the baby and the mother survive, as pain-free as possible. Jenny, a woman who has been seeing Violet, starts counting the tiles at a department store. To investigate what triggered it, Cooper and Paul, a shop assistant, assist Violet. Meanwhile, when a man dies of a stroke, Naomi, Sam and Charlotte argue over who should get his sperm - his wife or his mistress.

star 7.61
429 votes
Writers: Shonda Rhimes
Who We Are

#7 - Who We Are

Season 5 - Episode 8 - Aired Nov 17, 2011

The Seaside Wellness group stages an intervention for a defensive and volatile Amelia, who has resurfaced after disappearing on a 12-day drug binge with her boyfriend, Ryan. During the intervention, Amelia mercilessly attacks her friends one-by-one, and Addison, in particular, has trouble seeing her sister-in-law in her present condition.

star 7.60
836 votes
Directors: Mark Tinker
Writers: Shonda Rhimes
Did You Hear What Happened to Charlotte King?

#8 - Did You Hear What Happened to Charlotte King?

Season 4 - Episode 7 - Aired Nov 4, 2010

Pete finds Charlotte bloodied and bruised in the halls of the hospital, but only Addison learns the full extent of her injuries.

star 7.60
1,075 votes
In Which Addison Has a Very Casual Get Together

#9 - In Which Addison Has a Very Casual Get Together

Season 1 - Episode 4 - Aired Oct 17, 2007

Sylvie, a 60-year-old who is going condo-hunting with her boyfriend, is worried that he may only be with her for her cooking. An injured soccer player named Michael is brought in by his coach. After some analyzation, Michael reveals that he thinks he is gay, but doesn't want to tell his homophobic father. Catherine, the mother of a teenager, worries when her daughter won't get out of bed or eat. After the daughter runs away, Catherine tries to track her down. Brian, a 12-year-old, punches a teen for kissing his girlfriend. Later, the teen goes missing. A mother of a toddler goes to a lawyer when she thinks the cops are after her as they believe she knows where her husband is. When a boy asks his parents to fund him to go to rehab - his mothers dismay. A man that can't stop his hands from shaking comes in, and the doctors figure out what's wrong with him.

star 7.60
295 votes
Directors: Tony Goldwyn
Writers: Mike Ostrowski
In Which Dell Finds His Fight

#10 - In Which Dell Finds His Fight

Season 1 - Episode 9 - Aired Dec 5, 2007

The oceanside wellness center takes on the fertility of one of its previous couples, Addison is conflicted about her status in the dating world and Cooper begins a secret affair.

star 7.60
323 votes
Directors: Wendey Stanzler
Writers: Emily Halpern
The Hard Part

#11 - The Hard Part

Season 3 - Episode 7 - Aired Nov 12, 2009

Addison and Sam go for a hike in Malibu, they come across an expecting couple trapped in their car after an accident, they then perform urgent field care. Charlotte, Cooper and Violet treat a newlywed who, on his wedding night has taken too much Viagra. Pete and Sheldon go out to a bar together and end up falling for the same girl.

star 7.60
485 votes
Directors: Mark Tinker
Writers: Steve Blackman
Right Here, Right Now

#12 - Right Here, Right Now

Season 3 - Episode 3 - Aired Oct 15, 2009

Miranda Bailey brings a kidney transplant patient to Los Angeles, and Addison and especially Sam is pleased to see her. Addison's consequences of her emotional affair with Noah catch up with her. Sheldon and Pete finally discover who the father of Violet's baby.

star 7.60
512 votes
Directors: Rob Corn
Writers: Dana Baratta

#13 - Aftershock

Season 6 - Episode 1 - Aired Sep 25, 2012

Addison settles into her new life after making a decision between Jake and Sam; Violet fears the worst when Pete doesn't show up to his preliminary court hearing; and Charlotte swears Cooper to secrecy when she receives shocking news. Meanwhile, Amelia celebrates one year of sobriety and Sheldon rekindles a romance with his ex-wife.

star 7.60
673 votes
Remember Me

#14 - Remember Me

Season 5 - Episode 4 - Aired Oct 20, 2011

A woman from Cooper's past visits the practice; a pregnant woman experiences severe memory loss after a car accident; Violet and Sheldon argue.

star 7.60
674 votes
Directors: Mark Tinker
Writers: Barbie Kligman
And Then There Was One

#15 - And Then There Was One

Season 5 - Episode 19 - Aired Apr 24, 2012

Pete and Violet enter marriage counseling to help patch up their relationship; Amelia shuts down emotionally and avoids her peers upon hearing some devastating news; Addison adjusts to the new man in her life, and Charlotte and Cooper struggle with Mason when he refuses to speak to them. Meanwhile, Violet becomes suspicious of the sister of one of her patients.

star 7.60
728 votes
...And to Change the Things I Can

#16 - ...And to Change the Things I Can

Season 4 - Episode 22 - Aired May 19, 2011

The fate of Oceanside Wellness is on the line as the doctors decide if it's time to dissolve the practice. Addison's new admirer makes an enticing offer and things hit close to home for Charlotte with her latest case.

star 7.60
969 votes
Heaven Can Wait

#17 - Heaven Can Wait

Season 4 - Episode 12 - Aired Feb 3, 2011

Addison plans Bizzy and Susan's wedding while trying to keep her distance from the overly flirtatious Dr. Rodriquez. Sam is concerned about the care his longtime patient is receiving, and Sheldon refers Charlotte to his mentor and friend for psychiatric help.

star 7.60
1,156 votes
In the Name of Love

#18 - In the Name of Love

Season 3 - Episode 22 - Aired May 6, 2010

Naomi begs Fife to use his still experimental treatment to help William's advanced ALS. Violet and Amelia treat a woman with a brain tumor, while Sheldon decides to vie for Charlotte's affections.

star 7.60
969 votes
Wait and See

#19 - Wait and See

Season 2 - Episode 17 - Aired Feb 19, 2009

Addison suspects that Archer is up to his old tricks; a patient's child is born with male and female reproductive organs; Violet and Sheldon co-lead a therapy group for couples.

star 7.50
296 votes
Directors: Michael Zinberg
Writers: Steve Blackman

#20 - Ex-Life

Season 2 - Episode 16 - Aired Feb 12, 2009

Derek asks Addison to work with his pregnant patient while Archer recuperates from surgery; Bailey and Naomi work together to find the cause of Sam's sudden asthma attack; Cooper, Violet and Pete treat a woman with postpartum depression.

star 7.50
350 votes
Directors: Mark Tinker
Writers: Debora Cahn, Jon Cowan, Krista Vernoff, Robert L. Rovner

#21 - Acceptance

Season 2 - Episode 15 - Aired Feb 5, 2009

When Archer has a severe seizure, Addison and Naomi use every resource possible to determine the cause and a cure; Violet tells Pete and Sheldon that she is pregnant; Cooper cares for an abandoned patient.

star 7.50
351 votes
Directors: Steve Gomer
Writers: Mike Ostrowski
Pushing the Limits

#22 - Pushing the Limits

Season 3 - Episode 4 - Aired Oct 22, 2009

Addison, Sam and Cooper treat the sick child of a homeless teen mother they met while volunteering. Meanwhile Violet has trouble relating to her baby when her feelings about her attack resurface during counseling of a rape victim who is now pregnant, and Cooper's financial woes catch up with him when he's asked to help buy out Naomi's share of the practice.

star 7.50
539 votes
Writers: Ayanna A. Floyd
Full Release

#23 - Full Release

Season 6 - Episode 12 - Aired Jan 15, 2013

Addison attends Henry’s court date and realizes that the judge still has some concerns about Jake’s past, Sheldon introduces Miranda to his friends, and Cooper’s efforts to secure a dream house are put on hold when Charlotte goes into labor.

star 7.50
541 votes
It Was Inevitable

#24 - It Was Inevitable

Season 5 - Episode 18 - Aired Apr 17, 2012

As Erica's condition worsens, Cooper and Charlotte try to prepare Mason, who's in denial, for the worst; Violet and Pete find that they still have feelings for each other; Addison encourages Amelia to embrace her impending motherhood; and Sheldon and Jake treat a pregnant woman who was jailed for killing her other two children.

star 7.50
567 votes
Apron Strings

#25 - Apron Strings

Season 6 - Episode 6 - Aired Nov 20, 2012

In this Addison-centric episode, her role as a parent is challenged when Henry's biological mother reappears and asks to be more involved in her young son's life. Meanwhile Addison reconnects with her mentor, who shares a very painful secret.

star 7.50
674 votes