Private Practice (season 2)

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Private Practice Season 2
DVD cover art
Country of origin United States
No. of episodes 22
Original channel ABC
Original run October 1, 2008 (2008-10-01) – April 30, 2009 (2009-04-30)
Home video release
DVD release date Region 1: September 15, 2009 (2009-09-15)
Region 2: March 1, 2010 (2010-03-01)
Region 4: November 2, 2009 (2009-11-02)
DVD release
Region 1 September 15, 2009 (2009-09-15)[1]
Region 2 March 1, 2010 (2010-03-01)[2]
Region 4 November 2, 2009 (2009-11-02)[3]
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List of Private Practice episodes

The second season of Private Practice premiered on October 1, 2008 and concluded on April 30, 2009. The season consisted of 22 episodes.


The first half of the second season dealt with the practice's financial troubles. Naomi reveals to Addison that they are in danger of losing the practice due to unpaid debt causing Addison to tell Sam. This in turn causes a shift within the practice making Addison the new boss. Adding to the drama was the competition of a new practice, Pacific Wellcare. This new practice, located within the same building as Oceanside Wellness, was run by Charlotte causing turmoil for her and Cooper.

Another happening within this season is the dynamic between Sam and Naomi who by the finale realize they can no longer be friends as well as the deepening romantic relationship of Cooper and Charlotte. Addison was romantically linked with Kevin Nelson (played by David Sutcliffe), a police officer, but later realized their relationship was going nowhere. Towards the end of the season, Addison falls in love with cardiovascular surgeon Noah Barnes, who as it turns out, is married and is expecting his first child. Matters become more complicated when Addison realizes that Noah's wife is one of her patients. Archer Montgomery (Grant Show), Addison's playboy brother, also made sporadic appearances causing trouble for her and Naomi. Archer was found to be with an aggressive brain tumor which was later diagnosed as parasites. Addison sought the professional help of her ex-husband, Derek Shepherd (Patrick Dempsey). After Derek successfully saved Archer, Addison discovered he was back to his old tricks cheating on Naomi.

Violet stirred some of her own drama when she began dating Sheldon (Brian Benben), who works for Pacific Wellcare, and Pete. During the latter half of the season, Violet was found to be pregnant although she did not know who the father of her baby was. Furthermore, Violet found herself and her unborn baby at the mercy of a psychotic patient bent on taking Violet's baby by any means necessary in the closing moments of the season finale. Meanwhile, Dell struggled with his own issues caused by his former girlfriend's drug habits and the fight for custody of his daughter Betsey. Some of the medical cases that caused a stir and tension among the doctors at Private Practice was the issue of abortion (a first for the practice), the sex re-assignment of a newborn, the sexual activity of a 12 year old, the switching of embryos for two mothers-to-be and a young couple who later discovered they were siblings.

Cast and characters[edit]

Episode list[edit]

No. in
No. in
Title Directed by Written by Original air date U.S. viewers
10 1 "A Family Thing" Mark Tinker Shonda Rhimes & Marti Noxon October 1, 2008 (2008-10-01) 8.16[4]
At Oceanside Wellness, friendships are tested and secrets revealed when Addison discovers that Naomi is concealing the practice's financial problems. Meanwhile, Violet wonders what secret Cooper is keeping from her, while Cooper himself has to decide whether or not to reveal a medical secret to a patient and someone quits their job at Oceanside Wellness Group.
11 2 "Equal and Opposite" Tom Verica Mike Ostrowski October 8, 2008 (2008-10-08) 7.40[5]
Addison and Sam form a hostile takeover in order to bring the practice out of bankruptcy, as all of the doctors look for additional clients and new income streams, while Violet's friendship with Cooper is on the brink of extinction and a married couple fight for an unethical fertility treatment at Oceanside Wellness.
12 3 "Nothing to Talk About" Helen Shaver Ayanna A. Floyd October 22, 2008 (2008-10-22) 7.98[6]
Charlotte tries to woo Addison to St. Ambrose Hospital with promises of surgeries, as Addison and Kevin's relationship heats up. Meanwhile Sam questions his ability to save Oceanside Wellness from financial ruin, Pete's firefighter patient suffers an unusual form of post-traumatic stress disorder, and Violet's patient thinks her son might try to kill her.
13 4 "Past Tense" Michael Pressman Craig Turk October 29, 2008 (2008-10-29) 7.93[7]
An office election pits Sam and Naomi against each other to lead the practice, and ends with surprising results, while Addison treats a young Afghan girl who wants to hide her past, and Cooper's objectionable personal life catches up with his professional one. Addison wants things to go back the way it was before the practice was broken, meaning before Sam and Naomi were broken. She enlists the other members of the practice to help arrange a vote as to who runs Oceanside better. Naomi and her soft side approach, or Sam and his businesslike atmosphere. While discussing it a woman (Jayne Brook) comes in and begins kissing Pete, confusing all involved. After each side lobbies for their side it comes down to a vote with Addison abstaining after a speech about patient care. The surprising result is that after a vote for Sam and Naomi both, all other votes are for Addison, who now has no idea what to do.
14 5 "Let It Go" Michael Zinberg Lauren Schmidt November 5, 2008 (2008-11-05) 9.54[8]
In trying to fix the financial troubles at Oceanside Wellness, Addison puts the practice in peril, as a good friend of Violet's places her in the terrible position of breaking the law to help her, and Maya hopes that her parents, Sam and Naomi, are rekindling their relationship for good.
15 6 "Serving Two Masters" Joanna Kerns Emily Halpern November 19, 2008 7.14[9]
Addison treats two pregnant women who unknowingly share the same husband, a visit from an Alzheimer's patient and her loving husband (Billy Dee Williams) forces Sam and Naomi to look at their own relationship, Violet confronts Charlotte about her relationship with Cooper, and Dell reveals a very special woman in his life to his surprised coworkers.
16 7 "Tempting Faith" James Frawley Jon Cowan & Robert L. Rovner November 26, 2008 (2008-11-26) 6.33[10]
Addison receives a surprise visit from her brother and fellow surgeon, Archer (Grant Show), and his presence not only causes trouble for her, but for Naomi and Sam as well. Meanwhile Meg returns to try to make it work with Pete, and a patient accused of a malicious crime stirs up anger and emotions, for both Violet and Dell.
17 8 "Crime and Punishment" Mark Tinker Shonda Rhimes December 3, 2008 (2008-12-03) 7.78[11]
Addison and Charlotte work to save the lives of a comatose pregnant woman and her unborn child; Meg ruffles feathers when she begins seeing patients at Oceanside; and Violet seeks Kevin's advice when a patient is suspected of killing his wife.
18 9 "Know When to Fold" Jeff Melman Elizabeth J. B. Klaviter December 10, 2008 (2008-12-10) 6.86[12]
Charlotte's rival practice, Pacific Wellcare, opens its doors and the competition with Oceanside Wellness begins, as Sam and Pete steal one of their clients, a favorite patient of Addison's goes to a Pacific Wellcare doctor for a second opinion, and Dell proposes the creation of an in-house adoption program.
19 10 "Worlds Apart" Bethany Rooney Steve Blackman December 17, 2008 (2008-12-17) 6.61[13]
Pete's girlfriend, Meg, returns to Los Angeles and notices that Pete and Violet are considerably closer; Kevin (David Sutcliffe) questions the direction he and Addison are headed in as a couple; Cooper treats a young diabetic boy with a mysterious past; and Charlotte and her team of Pacific Wellcare doctors continue to siphon business away from Oceanside Wellness.
20 11 "Contamination" Kate Woods Fred Einesman January 8, 2009 (2009-01-08) 8.98[14]
One of Cooper’s patients contracts the measles and forces the quarantine of all those at Oceanside Wellness, while Naomi pressures Addison into working with her cocky rival, Wyatt (Jay Harrington), on a fertility case; meanwhile, Violet and Pete wonder if their friends-with-benefits relationship should move to the next level, as Dell fights for sole custody of his daughter.
21 12 "Homeward Bound" Mark Tinker Sal Calleros January 15, 2009 (2009-01-15) 8.49[15]
As Addison and Kevin struggle in their relationship, she finds herself attracted to Wyatt, the cocky doctor from rival Pacific Wellcare, while Violet seeks a way to carry on relationships with both Pete and Sheldon (Brian Benben), and Cooper grows closer to Charlotte when she experiences a family emergency.
22 13 "Nothing to Fear" Allison Liddi-Brown Jon Cowan & Robert Rovner January 22, 2009 (2009-01-22) 9.49[16]
Violet is pregnant but doesn't know who the father is. Meanwhile Pete and Sam work on helping a man who is dying of cancer. Addison is hunted by guilt when Kevin keeps asking about why she was late coming home. After her father's death, Charlotte proposes Cooper.
23 14 "Second Chances" James Frawley Craig Turk January 29, 2009 (2009-01-29) 7.74[17]
Archer (Grant Show) causes problems between Addison and Naomi, after he moves to LA to work at Pacific Wellcare. Meanwhile, Cooper tries to help Violet talk to both Pete and Sheldon about her pregnancy.
24 15 "Acceptance" Steve Gomer Mike Ostrowski February 5, 2009 (2009-02-05) 12.91[18]
When Archer suffers a seizure, Addison and Naomi search for a cause and a cure. They even have to call Derek for help. Addison and Naomi leave for Seattle at Archer's bedside. Meanwhile, Violet tells Sheldon and Pete about her pregnancy, while Cooper is left to take care of a seven-year-old abandoned patient.
25 16 "Ex-Life" Mark Tinker Jon Cowan, Robert Rovner, Krista Vernoff & Debora Cahn February 12, 2009 (2009-02-12) 14.10[19]

Bailey (Chandra Wilson) and Naomi try to discover why Sam has a sudden asthma attack while Addison helps Derek (Patrick Dempsey) save the life of his pregnant patient. At Oceanside Wellness, Cooper, Violet and Pete work together to treat a mother suffering from postpartum depression.

The episode is a crossover with Grey's Anatomy's episode "Before and After". Justin Chambers, Chandra Wilson, James Pickens, Jr., Eric Dane and Patrick Dempsey are featured as special guest stars.
26 17 "Wait and See" Michael Zinberg Steve Blackman February 19, 2009 (2009-02-19) 11.16[20]
Archer and Naomi grow romantically closer, while Addison suspects her brother is up to his old tricks again. Meanwhile, Dell, Addison and Naomi heatedly debate the pros and cons of gender reassignment surgery when their patients' newborn child is born with both male and female sex organs, and Violet and Sheldon settle some of their own issues when they co-lead a couples' therapy group.
27 18 "Finishing" Donna Deitch Shonda Rhimes March 12, 2009 (2009-03-12) 8.80[21]
Addison is attracted to a colleague at St. Ambrose Hospital who turns out to be more than she bargained for; Pete and Sheldon team up to persuade Violet to take a paternity test, but she firmly resists their efforts; and Naomi helps Sam plan romantic activities with Sonya after he accidentally calls her "Naomi" in bed.
28 19 "What Women Want" Mark Tinker Lauren Schmidt March 19, 2009 (2009-03-19) 9.74[22]
After Addison discovers that a mentally unbalanced pregnant patient has lost her baby, Violet must convince her that the baby has died and that surgery is necessary, while Cooper must tell a longtime patient he must remove part of his jaw due to a fast-growing cancer. Meanwhile, Dell copes with the absence of his daughter after his ex moves for a new job, and Sam and Addison find themselves suppressing their feelings for two very unattainable people.
29 20 "Do the Right Thing" Eric Stoltz Craig Turk March 26, 2009 (2009-03-26) 10.12[23]
Cooper struggles with a patient's mother, who is allowing her 12-year-old daughter to be sexually active. Meanwhile Pete begins dating his patient's fun and outgoing mom, causing a bit of jealousy in Violet; Sam has to take the stand during a malpractice trial for a colleague, and Addison continues to fight her feelings for a very persistent Noah.
30 21 "What You Do For Love" Tom Verica Ayanna A. Floyd April 23, 2009 (2009-04-23) 9.08[24]
When a pregnant woman starts to show signs of heart complications, Addison rushes her to St. Ambrose where Noah is standing by to help. Meanwhile at Oceanside Wellness, Sam notices Naomi frequently sneaking away from the clinic, and her elusiveness causes him to rethink their friendship; Pete's relationship with Lisa (Idina Menzel) becomes complicated by Violet's ever-present pregnancy; and Sheldon decides it's time to take a stand.
31 22 "Yours, Mine and Ours" Michael Zinberg Jon Cowan & Robert Rovner April 30, 2009 (2009-04-30) 9.70[25]
Violet chooses between Pete and Sheldon; Addison faces her feelings for Noah as Morgan goes into labor; Dell has concerns for his daughter when a drugged-out Heather returns to town; and Naomi must decide if it's in her best interest to stay with Oceanside Wellness or start anew at Pacific Wellcare. Violet finds herself and her unborn child at the mercy of a grief stricken patient.



# Episode Air Date Timeslot (EST) Rating Share 18-49 (Rating/Share) Viewers (m) Weekly Rank (#)
1 "A Family Thing" October 1, 2008 Wednesday
9:00 P.M.
5.5 8 3.3/8 8.16 TBA
2 "Equal and Opposite" October 8, 2008 5.1 8 2.6/7 7.4 TBA
3 "Nothing to Talk About" October 22, 2008 5.5 8 3.0/8 7.98 46
4 "Past Tense" October 29, 2008 5.3 8 2.9/7 7.93 52
5 "Let It Go" November 5, 2008 6.2 9 3.2/8 9.54 30
6 "Serving Two Masters" November 19, 2008 5.0 8 2.4/6 7.14 50
7 "Tempting Faith" November 26, 2008 4.2 7 1.8/6 6.334 TBA
8 "Crime And Punishment" December 3, 2008 5.4 8 2.5/7 7.782 46
9 "Know When To Fold" December 10, 2008 4.9 8 2.4/6 6.859 44
10 "Worlds Apart" December 17, 2008 4.6 7 2.3/6 6.61 37
11 "Contamination" January 8, 2009 Thursday
10:00 P.M.
6.0 10 3.3/8 8.977 29
12 "Homeward Bound" January 15, 2009 5.8 9 3.3/8 8.494 TBA
13 "Nothing to Fear" January 22, 2009 6.3 11 3.6/10 9.487 19
14 "Second Chances" January 29, 2009 5.4 9 2.8/8 7.735 32
15 "Acceptance" February 5, 2009 8.3 14 5.3/14 12.91 13
16 "Ex-Life" February 12, 2009 8.9 15 5.7/15 14.097 4
17 "Wait and See" February 19, 2009 7.3 12 4.4/12 11.157 17
18 "Finishing" March 12, 2009 5.9 10 3.3/9 8.804 TBA
19 "What Women Want" March 19, 2009 6.8 12 3.5/9 9.736 19
20 "Do the Right Thing" March 26, 2009 6.8 11 3.6/10 10.123 18
21 "What You Do For Love" April 23, 2009 6.2 11 3.3/9 9.084 25
22 "Yours, Mine and Ours" April 30, 2009 6.7 11 3.5/10 9.702 26

United Kingdom[edit]

In the second season, Private Practice aired on Thursdays at 9pm (then 10pm) on Living, with the episode airing again (which aired that night) on Living+1 an hour later and on Living+2 two hours later.

# Title Timeslot Air date Viewers (000s)


Weekly Rank (#)
2-01 (10) A Family Thing Thursday 9.00 P.M. June 25, 2009 351 #7
2-02 (11) Equal and Opposite July 2, 2009 373 #5
2-03 (12) Nothing to Talk About July 9, 2009 339 #8
2-04 (13) Past Tense July 16, 2009 344 #5
2-05 (14) Let It Go Thursday 10.00 P.M. July 23, 2009 319 #5
2-06 (15) Serving Two Masters July 30, 2009 344 #5
2-07 (16) Tempting Faith August 6, 2009 333 #5
2-08 (17) Crime and Punishment August 13, 2009 361 #4
2-09 (18) Know When To Fold August 20, 2009 390 #4
2-10 (19) Worlds Apart August 27, 2009 381 #4
2-11 (20) Contamination September 3, 2009 326 #4
2-12 (21) Homeward Bound September 10, 2009 398 #4
2-13 (22) Nothing to Fear September 17, 2009 302 #4
2-14 (23) Second Chances September 24, 2009 321 #5
2-15 (24) Acceptance October 1, 2009 387 #4
2-16 (25) Ex-Life October 8, 2009 378 #4
2-17 (26) Wait and See October 15, 2009 335 #4
2-18 (27) Finishing October 22, 2009 359 #6
2-19 (28) What Women Want November 5, 2009 353 #6
2-20 (29) Do the Right Thing November 12, 2009 360 #3
2-21 (30) What You Do For Love November 19, 2009 320 #3
2-22 (31) Yours, Mine and Ours November 26, 2009 361 #3

DVD release[edit]

Private Practice: The Complete Second Season
Set Details Special Features
  • 22 Episodes (2 extended episodes)
  • 6-Disc Set
  • English (Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround)
  • Audio Commentaries
  • Extended Episodes
  • Deleted Scenes and Bloopers
  • Patient Confidentiality: Examining Season 2
  • Life Through the Lens: The Pictures of Chris Lowell
Release Dates
Region 1 Region 2
September 15, 2009 (2009-09-15) March 1, 2010 (2010-03-01)


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