Private Practice

Episode 2.20 : Do the Right Thing

  • Private Practice
    • Episode Premiere : March 26, 2009
    • Distributor : ABC
    • Genre : Drama, Comedy
    • Seasons : 2
    • Show Period : 2007 - 2013
    • Production Company: ABC, ShondaLand
    • Official Site :

Cast and Crew

The Story

The Oceanside doctors' moral muscles get a real workout this time: Addison continues to treat Morgan, the wife of Dr. Noah Barnes, the man she's been flirting with for months, Cooper freaks when he finds out the mother of a 12-year-old patient is letting her daughter have sex, Pete considers dating the mother of one of his patients and Sam testifies on behalf of a colleague, Dr. Allen, in a medical malpractice case.

Morgan's pregnancy isn't going so well. Her cervix has opened prematurely and Addison needs to sew it back closed. The distraught wife begs Addison to keep the baby safe as it's the only thing keeping her troubled marriage together. (If she only knew how right she is...)

When Yvonne Pierce asks for birth control for her pre-teen daughter Sarah, Cooper nearly flips out and tries to convince the permissive mom that she's actually hurting Sarah more than she is helping. While it's always nice when we see Cooper speak his mind, Yvonne insists that at least she's teaching her daughter to be responsible.On the witness stand, Sam seems cool and collected when being questioned by Dr. Allen's defense attorney, who also happens to be Sam's best friend Duncan. The case should be a slam-dunk for the defense, right? But during cross-examination, Sam becomes flustered and can only stammer out some unintelligible answers. Defense 0, Prosecution 1.

Addison has Morgan transported to the hospital for surgery. But once they arrive at St. Ambrose, Morgan's heart stops. Even though Noah brings his wife back to life with a defibrillator, he blames himself for not seeing signs of trouble in her in the first place. The problem he tells Addison is, "I don't think about her. All I think about is you." Yikes!

In preparation to go back on the stand and not embarrass himself, Sam goes over the case records in more detail and finds an anomaly. When confronted, Dr. Allen confesses to Sam in private. The doctor didn't read his patient's full chart to know he was allergic to the medication that killed him. Allen begs Sam to lie for him and cover up his mistake.

Pete treats a young boy with acute allergies and a cute, single mother. When the boy runs off to the bathroom, Pete asks the pretty mom out on a date, to which she says yes. Knowing Violet will disapprove, Pete confesses immediately. Strangely though, Violet tells him it's ok.

Cooper's appeals to Yvonne turn out to be moot. Sarah is pregnant. Yvonne is direct and to the point, "How soon can we take care of it?" But, for Sarah, an abortion is out of the question. She may only be 12-and who knows if it's the right decision-but she insists on keeping the baby.

Back on the witness stand, Sam is questioned by Duncan again. Initially, it seems like Sam is going to go to bat and lie for Dr. Allen. But, we're proud of Sam when the prosecution grills him. Sam testifies the whole truth about Allen's oversight. We knew he couldn't lie.

Prior to performing surgery on Morgan, Addison has to convince Noah to be in the operating room to support his wife. There's just no love for Morgan anymore in him, but he does the right thing and holds her hand through the procedure.

But, later that night, after a successful surgery, Addison is relaxing at home when there's a knock on the door. She's opens it. It's pouring rain outside and a soaking Dr. Noah Barnes stands on her porch.

Noah steps up to Addison and kisses her. She kisses him back. Passionately. They make out for a few seconds before she pushes him back out into the rain and slams the door in his face. What to do now?






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