Private Practice Episode 3.18 Pulling the Plug
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Private Practice Episode 3.18 Pulling the Plug

Episode Premiere
Mar 25, 2010
Drama, Comedy
Production Company
ABC, ShondaLand
Official Site
Episode Premiere
Mar 25, 2010
Drama, Comedy
2007 - 2013
Production Co
ABC, ShondaLand
Official Site
Ann Kindberg
Kathy McCormick
Main Cast
Additional Cast
  • Brian Benben
  • Michael Patrick Thornton
  • Christina Chang
  • Monica Keena as Kayla
  • Derek Phillips
  • Judith Hoag
  • Michael Reilly Burke
  • Ryan Michelle Bathe
  • Freda Foh Shen

Picking up where the episode Triangles left off, we see Kayla, the surrogate carrying triplets, in a coma. Her husband, Eddie, keeps vigil at her bedside. Rather than see the woman he loves remain in this sad state, Eddie tells Addison that he wants to pull the plug on the machines keeping her alive. Kayla will be at peace, but the babies will not survive. This leads the prospective parents to take legal action.

Until a judge makes a decision, everyone must stay away from Kayla. Charlotte sees how devastating this is to Eddie, who just wants to be near his wife. The judge rules that Kayla must stay on the machine until the babies come to term. Eddie is ordered to stay away from Kayla for all those months.

Cooper gives Charlotte a check for all the money he owes her. She wonders about the hidden meaning behind the gesture. There isn't one. This confuses Charlotte, so she makes a beeline over to Sheldon to have sex in his office chair. Now, this is a little confusing to us. Don't most psychiatrist offices have a sofa?

Dell is whining about his life. In typical no holds barred fashion, Charlotte says that if he doesn't like what's happening, he needs to do something about it. During a house call for one of Addison's patients, Dell discovers that the woman's daughter has a bad cough. He asks Cooper to accompany him on his next visit. When they arrive, they find the woman on the floor in pain. Her water broke. The baby is coming. Now!

The baby is stuck and Addison isn't answering her phone. She's crashed out from exhaustion after caring for a sick Lucas and an equally sick Pete. It's up to Dell, who realizes that he must break the baby's clavicle to dislodge him. It's an agonizing delivery but Dell comes through in the clutch. It's a boy!

When Cooper and Dell return to the office, they share the good news of the moment with Charlotte and Sheldon. Charlotte is impressed with Dell. He saved two lives in the field with no equipment and no whining. But even though this is Dell's moment, Sheldon can't help but notice that Charlotte is staring affectionately at Cooper. He realizes that she's still in love with him. We knew that all along.

Naomi wonders how long Addison and Sam have had feelings for each other. She's second-guessing everything that's ever happened between them. Dr. Fife catches her binge-eating chocolate. He thinks it's because William left the country without telling her. We know that's just part of the problem. The chocolate isn't helping, but a passionate kiss from Fife seems to do the trick.

Naomi wonders how things will progress with Fife on an intimate level. Sheldon suggests that she talk to Charlotte, as she knows a lot about sex. A lot! Charlotte gives her a manual about being intimate with a disabled person. When Fife sees the manual, he assures her that he can have sex, if she's interested. Judging by the smile on Naomi's face, we're guessing she is.

While basking in the afterglow, Fife tells Naomi that William is sick. He wants her to know the reason he's out of the country. This way she'll have all the facts if she does, indeed, break up with him. A short time later, we see Naomi buying a plane ticket to Switzerland, and we doubt it's to go skiing in the Alps.

Remember how we said Addison was caring for Lucas and Pete? Well, she ended up getting sick, too. But Addy weathered the storm to get this makeshift family through the day. She crawls into bed to get some well-deserved rest. After placing her hand on a feverish Pete's head, he says, "I love you, Violet." That's probably going to keep Addison awake just a little bit longer now.

Back at the hospital, Charlotte unlocks the door to Kayla's room to let Eddie have some time with his wife. When Sam and Vanessa hear an alarm sounding, they realize Eddie has unhooked the ventilator. Sam heaves a chair through the door window. He rushes inside to reconnect the machine. That won't be necessary. See, Kayla is breathing on her own. Anyone else have chills right about now?