Private Practice

Season 2 Episode 16

Ex-Life

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Aired Tuesday 10:00 PM Feb 12, 2009 on ABC
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Episode Summary

Bailey and Naomi try to discover why Sam has a sudden asthma attack while Addison helps Derek save the life of his pregnant patient. Pete, Violet and Coop tend to a mother with post partum psychosis who tried to kill her baby.

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  • Great crossover episode with multiple plots.

    9.5
    Archer's surgery seems to have been a success. But a CTScan is ordered and what Archer thinks is more spores is actually drainage. In between the news Archer is blubbering and apologizing to everyone for everything because he thinks he is going to die.



    Dr. Sheppard is working on the woman whose aneurism was nicked in the previous episode when he was operating on her. She is having problems breathing and it is being caused by the baby. Dr. Sheppard and Dr. Montgomery team up to operate on her and her baby to save them both. All appears to have gone well until the in the end the woman is talking gibberish as the show ends.



    Back at the clinic in southern California a woman named Rachael brings in her baby who had an accident in the bathtub and almost drowned. As it turns out the woman tried to drown the baby because of her depression and psychosis. Violet wants to turn the woman in but Pete thinks the baby belongs with her mother. In the end Violet lets the baby stay with the parents.



    Charlotte is mad at Cooper for the amount of time he is spending with Violet. She thinks that she should be his best friend and not violet. Their relationship is up in the air.moreless
  • great crossover..

    9.0
    This looked more like a Grey's episode rather than a Private Practice one. But nevertheless, I won't complain as it was an excellent one hour of medical drama. The episode kept swinging the pendulum between who's gonna live and whose gonna die. We see Archer first, all cured and set, while the Jen is facing a trade off between her life and her baby. Then Jen is fine, but Archer's new CT's show two persistent cysts and he's gonna die. Then again, the cysts are just temporary, and he'll live, but again Jen goes berserk and crazy but her baby gets to be healthy. Going down the pacific highway from Seattle to Santa Monica, we see Cooper, Violet, and Pete trying to help a woman who tried to kill her baby. We also see some friction in the friendship/relationships between Pete and Violet, and Cooper and Charlotte. An exciting episode, and a wonderful crossover.moreless
  • Fantastic crossover episode with Grey's Anatomy.

    9.5
    This was brilliant stuff (so was the Grey's Anatomy episode that went before it). The drama continued together with a case of a woman with post natal depression which Cooper and Violet had to step in and help along with Pete. Cooper and Charlotte are still struggling to come to terms with their relationship now that Cooper has moved in with Violet to help her through her pregnancy. The scenes at Seattle Grace were fantastic and continued on from the Grey's Anatomy episode. Sam's asthma attack made everyone think he's still in love with Naomi, he says it's an allergic reaction. We'll have to see on that one. Overall, a classic!moreless
  • This is the Private Practice I grew to love.

    9.0
    Talk about a wake up call for Private Practice (PP) and it took the collaboration of both shows to do it. Every single character in the plot was used to their fullest capacity and they kept me plunged into the drama of it all.



    This is why I watch this show, this is why I stay tuned in.



    !SPOILER ALERT!



    So Addison returns to the one place she left and it felt like a homecoming. Bailey was hilarious especially around Sam and Naomi. I actually felt like Sam and Naomi were old friends of Derek and they weren't out of place at all.



    Everything fit so perfectly, I couldn't believe how much history and chemistry was created between these characters. It was a tough job, but the writers pulled it off. The only thing I didn't take to was Archer's consistent whining, but that had no impairment on this weeks incredible installment. Even the transformation from Seattle to L.A. was beautifully done.



    If I had to point out my favorite scenes this review would be incredibly long. Credit still needs to be given to Mark threatening to hurt Archer for sleeping with his girlfriend, even though Archer was going to die... or so we thought. The twists and turns delivered for it fans. This goes to show that those who were Grey's Anatomy fans got a taste of what PP had to offer and vice versa. I liked how Addison was able to help Derek and rattle on about Derek's Hot Dog saving days when they were married... during an operation. :) That is what makes Addison-Addison.



    Talk about Sams love attack- eh em- asthma attack :). I really didn't figure Archer for the 'couple' type, but he seems to be trying for Naomi. I wonder how long would that last?



    What's with everyone singing Derek's love song for Addison, I wonder what the writers are trying to pull off?



    Is Sam rethinking his separation from Naomi? :-?



    Is Pete ready to be a father when the opportunity passes his way?



    Is Cooper ready to admit that his relationship with Violet transcends friendship, or is it just a friendship indeed?



    I really do not like the new Charlotte, all lovie-dovie over Cooper, I actually miss the no-strings-attached Charlotte.



    Overall a brilliant episode, there is lots more to be said, but let's hope the good quality of this show keeps coming. ____________________________________



    Four and a half out of Five Stars

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Chris Lowell

Chris Lowell

William "Dell" Parker

Taye Diggs

Taye Diggs

Dr. Sam Bennett

Audra McDonald

Audra McDonald

Dr. Naomi Bennett

Kadee Strickland

Kadee Strickland

Dr. Charlotte King

Amy Brenneman

Amy Brenneman

Dr. Violet Turner

Paul Adelstein

Paul Adelstein

Dr. Cooper Freedman

Justin Chambers

Justin Chambers

Dr. Alex Karev

Guest Star

Chandra Wilson

Chandra Wilson

Dr. Miranda Bailey

Guest Star

Patrick Dempsey

Patrick Dempsey

Dr. Derek Shepherd

Guest Star

Grant Show

Grant Show

Archer Montgomery

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (1)

    • During the discussion Pete, Cooper and Violet had, on whether they should give the baby back to Rachel or not, Violet has the baby on her arms. When the camera shoots her from the back, the baby is sleeping. When it shoots her on the front, the baby is awake. This happened at least three times in one minute.

  • QUOTES (11)

    • Charlotte: I get what you're doing for Violet.
      Cooper: Please tell me you're not changing your mind.
      Charlotte: I get that she's your best friend, but there comes a point when you can't have a woman be your best friend because there's a more important woman in your life. Or should be. But you and Violet, it's intimate. And she needs you. And, I think, at the end of the day, you need her. I'm outside of it. It's your thing. Your thing with Violet. And you want me to be a part of it, but I don't have it in me to make it work that way. I'm supposed to be your best friend, Cooper.

    • Derek: Next time I save your life, Archer, a simple thank you would suffice. If you were a neurosurgeon and not just a neurotic, you would know that it is common for a CSP to temporarily fill with fluid, post surgery. Repeat the CT in a month and this will be clear.
      Naomi: What? You mean he's going to be fine?
      Derek: No, he's going to be an ass, like he's always been.

    • Addison : Shut up, Derek. You cornered me. I let you corner me. This is the hotdog Thanksgiving all over again.
      Derek: What?
      Addison : Oh you know what. Your mother breaks her wrist. So the day before Thanksgiving, you invite 34 people over to our house, without asking me, knowing I've never cooked a turkey in my life. Your sister gets salmonella and your mother, who never liked me, accuses me of trying to kill everyone. And you, make hot dogs, and you're the hero.
      Derek: Addison.
      Addison : No, it's the exact same thing, Derek. You make some cavalier statement and then I got to do all the work, no matter how it turns out, you're the hero and I'm incompetent.

    • Sam: Hah!
      Naomi: Excuse me?
      Sam: I said, hah! Hah, because I was right. Hah, because it was an allergic reaction, so hah to Mark and Addison and you, if you believed them. It was not a panic attack. It was an asthma attack. I am not pathetic. I am a man. I am a man with asthma. So, hah!

    • Miranda: I always liked Addison. Don't always like everybody, but I always liked her. She smells nice, she's polite, she saves babies. So what happened to the brother? Was he lost at birth? Raised by wolves?
      Sam: He's not always such an ass.

    • Addison: Dr Shepherd!
      Derek: Dr Shepherd?
      Addison: Well if you're going to act like some random surgeon with a God complex, I'm going to speak to you like one.

    • Derek: Archer's awake and complaining. Am I right? Heought to be happy he's on five of morphine.
      Addison: He says his vision is blurry and he would like you to run another CT.
      Derek: No.
      Addison: No?
      Derek: Your brother's an ass. His vision is probably impaired because he can't see past his own ego.

    • Cooper: If you got to know Violet a little better ...
      Charlotte: I'd rather have teeth pulled.
      Cooper: She's my best friend, Charlotte. If she were a guy, wouldn't you make an effort to get to know my best friend?
      Charlotte: If she were a guy, she'd be on Twenty Twenty for getting pregnant.

    • Cooper: Look, I know you're upset about me living with Violet. I know you feel excluded, but it doesn't have to be like that. You could be part of it.
      Charlotte: Part of it, Cooper? Really? What exactly do you think that would look like? Me living with the two of you, reading Mother Goose to Violet's swollen belly while you're giving her pregnancy massages? Or how about me putting on my Bo Peep outfit, trying to seduce you while she's calling out from the next room for a puke bucket? Or, better yet, me taking video of you and Violet bringing your little snot home?
      Cooper: It's not my little snot and I'm not trying to be the father.

    • Naomi: (talking about Sam's asthma attack) I never saw an attack this bad before. I mean he wasn't exerting, he wasn't walking through a field of wild, blooming, flowers. He was just in a hospital.
      Addison: And yet watching you doting over Archer, he was unable to get oxygen into his lungs. Do I need to draw a picture?

    • Sam: It's hard to believe the five of us back togeher again.
      Naomi: Six. Six, Archer makes six.
      Sam: Right, six, I forgot about Archer, six.
      Mark: And if you count the worms in Archer's brain, that makes, like, twenty six.

  • NOTES (8)

    • Patrick Dempsey (Derek (credited as a "Special Guest Star")) received the "And" credit.

    • Grant Show (Archer (receiving the "Guest Starring" credit)) received the "And" credit.

    • Jennifer Westfeld (Jen) also worked with Paul Adelstein (Cooper) in the season 1 episode "Death Of Innocence" of Hack.

    • Jennifer Westfeld (Jen) also worked with Amy Brenneman (Violet) in a few episodes of Judging Amy.

    • Featured Music:
      "Worried" by Tyler Ramsey
      "(There's) Always Something There to Remind Me" by Naked Eyes
      "Big Bird In A Small Cage" by Patrick Watson
      "Lullaby" by Rosi Golan

    • This is the second cross-over appearance for James Pickens, Jr. (Dr. Richard Webber). He first appeared in the series first episode "In Which We Meet Addison, A Nice Girl From Somewhere Else."

    • International airdates:
      Finland: March 3, 2009 on MTV3.
      Latin America: May 11, 2009 on Sony Entertainment Television (aka Canal Sony).
      Norway: May 19, 2009 on TV2
      Australia: May 21, 2009 on Channel 7
      Germany: July 8, 2009 on ProSieben
      The Netherlands: August 31, 2009 on Net5

    • This episode was part of ABC's crossover event with Grey's Anatomy episode entitled "Before and After" (Season 5 Episode 15).

  • ALLUSIONS (1)

    • The title alludes the line Sam said at the end to Dr. Bailey, refferring to the life he used to have when he was married to Naomi.