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Private Practice

Season 1 Episode 3

In Which Addison Finds the Magic

Aired Tuesday 10:00 PM Oct 10, 2007 on ABC
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Episode Summary

Addison and Pete treat a recently married couple who are having sexual problems. Cooper is trying to figure out why four siblings are all suffering from the same mysterious illness. Maya tells Naomi she's been hoping her and Sam would divorce since she was in the third grade. Meanwhile, Violet is trying to convince a patient to leave her husband, even though she is having trouble letting go of her ex-boyfriend who is now married.moreless

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  • Very good installement!

    This third episode of Private Practice is pretty good. It has all the drama and all the comedy at the same time. Addison and Pete treat a couple who has a sexual problem. The woman has problems when having sex with her husband. Addison is deeply involved in the case because it helps her believe that anything is possible when the couple finally fix teir problem. Cooper treats four siblings who are suffering from a mysterious disease-they are all blue. That is pretty magical as it relates to the name of the episode. Violet is trying to convince a patient leave her husband but she hersellf can't let go her own ex-boyfriend.

    I liked the funny staff in this episode: Addison is angry with the rain in California, Dell pleases Naomi with cakes and Pete talks to the grave of her deceased wife.

    I think that in this episode there was more depth in the characters' personalities which is a big step forward from the previous episodes.

    Favorite medical case: The couple who have trouble having sex

    Favorite character: Addisonmoreless
  • Addison & Magic!

    This episode is the best of the 3 so far. Why?

    They start to develop all characters.

    Pete's reaction at her wife's death was.. strange. I saw a guy that really likes women, that enjoys good things of life, that tries to not be to sentimental crying his death wife. Was a very touching scene but.. it took to much to convince me in that situation.

    Naomi.. she still loves her ex Sam, she really needs some sesions with Violets.. but Violets is not so mentally stable =)

    I really like Violet's and Coopers friendship.. I think that maybe they will put some spicy stuff in nexts episodes.

    Addison in the other hand, amazing as always, I really like her way of performace. She really knows how to do it, but maybe they need better scripts, new things outside the practice in the clinic.

    Waiting for the next episode.moreless
  • After last weeks entertaining medical cases this episode didn't seem to have anything interesting going on.

    I wasn't really a fan of this episode. There was too much going on with different cases and none of them really drew me in. The explanation for why the girl kept turning blue wasn't that great, although it was kind of entertaining to watch him play with the kids as he tried to figure it out. I found that I didn't really care if the one couple got back together. The one good thing about it was that it related to the psychologists life, and she should have taken her own advice. The couple that couldn't have sex wasn't that unique or interesting of a case. The episode had a few good scenes with the doctors interacting with eachother and the eating cake part was pretty funny.moreless
  • OK I liked it. funny episode

    now I can say I like this series. this was a great episode.

    Dell found a way to please women, he takes chocolate cake for them, his grands chocolate cake!

    It's the anniversary of Pete's death, he is a little sensitive.

    We have three cases. One of Violet's patients is ready to say what he wants, there's a woman for Addison and four little kids for Cooper.

    Violet's patient, Doug, has been going there for years and now he is ready to tell his wife he wants a divorce. His wife gets sick and he stays. They find out later that she knew about the illness and hided it from him. Even then he chooses to stay.

    Now Coop's girls. There are four sisters turning blue and he can't figure out why. When one of them gets really bad he finds a way to make the other talk. They take him to their castle. That's the place that has been causing them to turn blue. There are open bags of fertilizer, that's the cause.

    Now they can fix it.

    Cathleen is a 35 years old virgin who just got married and can't have sex with her husband, she wants the magic. Addison tries to find out what's wrong with her.She finds that Cathleen has a disease and she finds the cause. Addison only can fix the cause, she asks Pete for help. At the end the Cathleen and Geoffrey walk in the clinic happy and hugging Addison and Pete, they had their special night, their magic.moreless
  • Addison helps a couple get their wedding night and the rest of the doctors try to find symbiosis

    I can't really get into this show but there doesnt seem to be anything else that I want to watch on Wednesday nights and sometimes I use it as a break when I'm studying and watch it online. I can't seem to figure out why I should care about this show or any of the characters. They are well written enough, but I think part of the problem is that the characters dont seem really well rounded. For example, I don't really buy that Addison and Naomi are actually friends. I also don't get how the therapist can be so good at her job but so very bad at her own life. I'll probably keep watching because I'm bored but I think ABC should really step it up.moreless
Audra McDonald

Audra McDonald

Dr. Naomi Bennett

Kate Walsh

Kate Walsh

Dr. Addison Forbes Montgomery

Timothy Daly

Timothy Daly

Dr. Pete Wilder

Amy Brenneman

Amy Brenneman

Dr. Violet Turner

Paul Adelstein

Paul Adelstein

Dr. Cooper Freedman

Chris Lowell

Chris Lowell

William "Dell" Parker

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (2)

    • Goof: Sam mentions to Addison that Pete's wife, Anna died 8 years ago. When Pete visits her on the cemetery on the anniversary of her death, we see that her gravestone says Anna Wilder Beloved Wife 1961-2001. So she died in 2001. Therefore 2007 is the 6th anniversary of her death.

    • Music featured in this episode:

      Save You by Matthew Perryman Jones-The song plays as the episode comes to an end. Pete yells at his wife's grave, Violet deletes a saved message, Cathleen and Geoffrey thank the doctors, and Addison wakes to the sound of thunder.

      The Mischief Of Cloud 6 by Pepe Deluxe-The song plays at the beginning of the episode. Addison bolts upright in bed to find that it is raining in Los Angeles. Cooper finds Violet listening to saved voicemails in her office. Addison comes into the office soaking wet.

      Good Girl by Chrisette Michelle-The song plays as Addison, Naomi, and Violet discuss Cathleen's sexual problem over cake

  • QUOTES (23)

    • (After Violet deletes Allan's message)
      Cooper: Way to be a man.

    • Dell: It's not raining.
      Addison (unenthused): Yeah. Yippie.
      Violet: Yeah. I'm starting to agree with you... about the magic.
      Addison: Thank you. Thank you.

    • Addison: For what it's worth--
      Pete: Don't say anything nice to me.
      Addison: I wasn't.
      Pete: You were. I don't need you pity and I don't need your sympathy.
      Addison: I was going to say that whatever you did for Cathleen in there... I hope it works. They deserve a perfect night.
      Pete: Oh.
      Addison: I get a little... I need... Uh-- I'm a little lost here.
      Pete: My wife went to sleep beside me in bed on a Tuesday night, on Wednesday morning when I work up, she was dead. It was one bad night. But... all our nights were bad and we never had a perfect night. Not even our wedding night. Nothing's perfect, nothing's ever perfect. (walks away)
      Violet (walks up): That's the most that he's ever told anybody about his wife.

    • Addison: Why is everyone always pushing Pete on me?
      Naomi: Why are you pushing so hard against him? What? You wanna belong here? You wanna be part of this place? Then you need to accept that Pete is part of the solution.
      Addison: Wisdom coming from a cake feign.
      Naomi: Well, I just take all these feelings... the rage, the exuastion, the sexual frustration, the desire to run Sam down with my car... The fact that my child now thinks that Sam is the good parent... I just shove it down as far as it will go and then I put some food on top of it.
      Addison: Maybe you should just talk to Sam instead of inhaling 4,000 calories a day.
      Naomi: You know what? You find your magic your way, I'll find my magic mine.
      Addison: Violet said that I should cut Pete some slack.
      Naomi: Yeah, you should.
      Addison: The 'why' is what I'm missing.
      Naomi: It's the anniversary of his wife's death.

    • (talking about Cathleen)
      Dell: She's checking her history to see if she can find anything that might have caused the vaginismis.
      Addison: Dell!
      Dell: What, he asked.
      Addison: He snooped.
      Pete: You really don't wanna try my thing?
      Addison: Your thing? What? Creatively visulizing the parting of the red sea? A gentle flower opening...
      Pete: You know, Addison, the way we work around here is...
      Addison: Yeah, I know. You utilize each other.
      Pete: We take it slow. Your solution is what? Put her in surgey? This woman is not gonna die if she doesn't have sex.
      Addison: Oh, please, if it was you going without you'd be begging to go under the knife. My highly skilled knife.
      Pete: I knew that it was too much to hope that a double board certified surgeon to not be the most arrogant---
      Addison: Arrogant? See, you got a god and a budda complex all rolled up into one big arrogant... I got this. Back off. (Dell glares) What? Oh, come on, Naomi is this close to a diabetic coma because of your cake, so, your way worse.

    • Dell (sees Addison who's soaking wet): Still raining.
      Addison: Yeah. I see that. (walks away)
      Dell (sets a cake on the counter): I made you another one last night.
      Naomi: I-- I really shouldn't.
      Dell: This time I baked chocolate chips inside.
      Naomi: I can't. Thanks. (begins to walk away, turns back and takes the cake) You know, maybe somebody else will want it.

    • Naomi: Here's your cake carrier.
      Dell: You ate the whole thing?
      Naomi: We. I- I didn't eat a whole cake. I- I couldn't... I-I-- I wouldn't. I -- couldn't.... It was really good.
      Dell (smiles): Well, I'm glad that you liked it.

    • Naomi: Make sure that she does her homework and shows it to you. And she can talk on the phone, just make sure she doesn't go on the internet because you still don't have that thing that blocks the child predators.
      Sam: Goodnight, Naomi.
      Naomi: You know, shuffling Mya back and forth, it's just not practical.
      Sam: We are gonna be fine, Mya's gonna be fine. You and your head can take the night off.
      Naomi: It's just that she's a girl. (the elevator doors start to close) Mother's know more when it comes to girls!

    • Cathleen: I'm a virgin, Dr. Montgomery.
      Addison: Oh.
      Cathleen: I know, no one waits this long. It's weird.
      Addison: It's not weird. It's suprising.
      Cathleen: I didn't wanna give it up in high school to some band geek in the back of his dad's car, you know? College I keep thinking he's coming... the one. And I wanted to wait for him. And I thought I wanted this long, I should hold out. I want it to mean something. I wanted the fairy tale. I wanted it to be special and perfect... I wanted the...
      Addison: The magic.
      Cathleen: Exactly, some magic.

    • Violet: So how do you feel?
      Pete: Like it was a waste of time. I talked to a rock that's over my dead wife's body. Helpful.
      Violet: You're in a rut. You're stuck. I need you to jump start your emotions and face them.
      Pete: You know, I hate to dispairage your profession but--
      Violet: I am good. I am brillant. I had a patient this morning, trapped in a marriage for 19 years. But today he's ready to ask for divorce. I got him out of his rut. He's reday to move on.
      Pete: You like yourself an awful lot today.
      Violet: I kick ass at my job. I rule. (the elevator dings) Tuck?
      Woman: Is this her? Are you the theopist that told my husband to divorce me?!
      Pete (whispers, to Violet): You do, you do rule.

    • Addison: I did a little research and I think my patient should try your thing.
      Pete: You want my thing?
      Addison: My patient. My patient needs your thing.
      Pete: What? No comments about my dirty talk? Why are you being so nice to me?
      Addison: I'm not. I-- Can you help or not?
      Pete: I have an opening at three.

    • Cathleen: We've been married for three weeks and I haven't been able to do it... even once.
      Addison: Oh, sex. You couldn't...
      Jeffery: She's worried that something's wrong with her.
      Cathleen: There is something wrong with me. My hoo-ha is broken!

    • Pete: You drank all the orange juice. You hogged the covers. You put our dog to sleep. You never took my side. You were mean to me. You withheld sex. You were cold. You were a mean, cold bitch! And I hate you! I hate you so much! (kicks headstone) I'm sorry I couldn't save you.

    • Naomi: You know what? Enough with the cake. I don't want your cake. I don't need your cake. I... I didn't ask for your cake. I'm all caked out. You know whose cake I want? I want Sam's cake. I want Sam's cake, but Sam's not baking a cake. He's not baking a cake for me. So could you just...
      Addison: Nai... Dell, she's going off sugar for awhile.
      Dell: I'm not gonna stop bringing you cake. (Naomi tries to charge him, Addison and Violet restrain her)
      Violet: Dell, Dell, no more cake!
      Naomi: You know what? It's just that Mya likes Sam better, you're mad at me for bringing you here, and this boy is baking cakes at me!
      Addison: Okay. Shh. We're gonna get through this.
      Naomi: We are?
      Violet: Yes. That's why you have us.
      Addison: We're gonna get through this together.
      Naomi: Just... when is something good gonna happen? When is... when is there gonna be a little...
      Addison: Magic? Yeah, that's the unending question.

    • Cooper (they are watching Addison, Naomi and Violet eating cake): See their getting happy over cake, if I could get happy over cake... Well, then I wouldn't be a man.
      Dell: Exactly. The secret to women.
      Cooper: Oh, like you know the secret to women. You're a child. You can barely grow facial hair. You don't know anything about women yet.
      Dell: Figure out what they want and give it to them.
      Cooper: Well, yeah that's... You baked that cake?
      Dell: My grandmother baked that cake, but Naomi doesn't need to know that. Figure out what they want and give it to them.

    • Naomi (talking about Cathleen): She's 35 and she's never...
      Addison: Nope. And the gates are closed, locked, welded shut.
      Violet: Holding on to your virginity for that long? I think it's sad.
      Addison: It's not sad. It's sweet. Okay, not being able to have sex with your husband when you want to, that's sad. But the waiting? I mean, what's wrong with wanting a little magic?
      Violet: I lost my virginty when I was 17, and it was not magic. A lot of friction, I had rug burns in bad places.
      Naomi (chuckles): You know, I didn't get the magic until Sam? I didn't know it could be magic until Sam. (eats some cake)
      Addison: I can't remember the last time I've had some magic.
      Naomi (with a moutful): I hear that. (they laugh at her) What?
      Violet: How can you eat that much sugar this early in the morning?
      Naomi: What? Dell made it. I'm just being polite. What's with all this magic talk anyway? First L.A doesn't have it and then...
      Addison: I don't know, the first time I was here I felt more magic-iky.
      Violet: Well, yeah. You kissed Pete.
      Addison: I did not kiss Pete. Pete kissed me. Which I did not ask for it. I don't even know if he's normal. I don't need that kinda damage, no matter how fancy his lips are. Here he comes.
      Pete (walks in, they are all silent): You're talking about sex, aren't you?
      Addison: We were talking about a patient... Who can't have sex.
      Peter: Well, send 'em my way. I'll get 'em going.
      Addison: You know, this is a very serious issue. This is a woman who has needs, who has wants, who needs and wants magic in her life. This is not a dirty little joke that you can make your dirty little jokes about, dirty man.
      Pete: You don't know me at all. You think you do, but you don't. So don't call me names.

    • Addison: I've tried everything and she just -- she just can't. And she deserves... He's her guy. He's her one.
      Naomi: Marriage without sex.
      Pete: Happens all the time.
      Violet: Maybe it's psychological.
      Addison: Can you see her?
      Violet: Umm... Actually, Pete should see her.
      Pete: What?
      Violet: There are excellent studies about guided actualization and that's his area.
      Pete: That's my area.
      Addison: What?! (Addison looks like she was about to make a remark, but Violet stares her down)
      Naomi (holding out a fork-ful of cake): Want some cake?
      Addison (eats the cake): Mmm. Sweet mother of chocolate.
      Naomi: I know.
      Violet: You realize you're replacing sex with food?
      Naomi: You want some? (holds out a fork-ful to her) Come on. (Violet eats it)
      Violet: Holy mother...
      Addison and Naomi: Mmmhmmm.

    • (About Pete and Addison's patients who come in hugging them and thanking them)
      Cooper: What did they do that was so great?
      Sam: Yeah, what did they do?
      Violet: They saved a marriage.
      Naomi: Magic?
      Addison: Magic.

    • Cooper: It's really nothing to worry about.
      Mother: What? No, she's blue.
      Cooper: Understood.
      Mother: Light blue.

    • Addison: Where are the beautiful people running in slow motion on the beach?
      Naomi: What?
      Addison: This is L.A. L.A. Is supposed to be full of swimming pools and movie stars. L.A. Is a place that you lured me to with your champagne wishes and caviar dreams.
      Naomi: Okay, first of all, you need to start watching more current tv. And second of all, it's just a little rain. It'll... it'll pass.
      Addison: It's not about the rain. I, I mean, it is about the rain. But, I'd be fine with the rain if everything else was just a little more...
      Naomi: What?
      Addison: I had this whole dream about moving here... That, that it would be better and... special. And that I would be... I don't fit here. I'm a surgeon. And I think like a scientist.
      Naomi: There's no science to this. Dig, in... Make friends. Learn how to play well with others.
      Addison: It's raining.
      Naomi: Not to get all Pete zen on you, but it's raining every where.

    • Pete: Violet says I should come here and talk to you. I don't believe in it. But Violet says... she thinks I'm not gonna heal, which is so... until I say this thing to you, I'm not gonna move on. That's what she says. I don't know. But I'm gonna say it just in case she's right. You were a lousy wife, and I hated you. Okay. There, I said it.

    • Addison: It is raining.
      Sam: You're wet.
      Addison: Because it is raining. It rains in Seattle, which is where I left my umbrella. It does not rain in Los Angeles.
      Dell: It rains in L.A. It's raining right now.
      Addison: Really? Right now? (starts wiping herself off with tissues Dell is handing her)
      Naomi: Mya's staying at Sam's. For the whole week. She asked to stay at Sam's.
      Cooper: She's growin' up.
      Naomi: I hate it.
      Violet: Are we doing the morning meeting?
      Naomi: Well, Sam's gonna be late because he's taking Mya to school.
      Cooper: Where is Pete?
      Violet: He is running an errand. (Cooper and Violet walk away. Dell sets a cake on the counter)
      Naomi: Is that a chocolate cake?
      Dell: Yeah, I made it. But you can have some if you want.
      Naomi: Addison, you want some chocolate cake?
      Addison: Can I talk to you? (walks away)
      Naomi (takes the cake): Thanks.

    • Cooper: You listening to Allen's message again?
      Violet: I have other messages from patients.
      Cooper: Do those patients ask you to pick up chinese and tell you they love you?
      Violet: You know what, I'm sorry I told you about it. I thought you'd understand.
      Cooper: Guys don't keep messages from an ex. That's a woman thing.
      Violet: What do you know about women that you didn't get off the internet?
      Cooper: Just erase they message. Be a man.

  • NOTES (5)

    • Andy Milder (Doug) also worked with Tim Daly (Pete) in the episode "1968" of the 1998 mini-series From The Earth To The Moon.

    • International Air Dates:
      Belgium: Thursday February 14, 2008 on VIJFtv
      Germany: Wednesday February 27, 2008 on ProSieben
      Sweden: Thursday March 13, 2008 on TV4
      Israel: Tuesday, April 22, 2008 on YES Stars 1
      Denmark: Wednesday, June 4, 2008 on Kanal 5
      Norway: Tuesday, July 8, 2008 on TV 2
      Malaysia: Sunday, July 12, 2008 on TV3
      United Kingdom: Tuesday, July 29, 2008 on Living
      New Zealand: Tuesday, September 8, 2008 on TV2
      The Netherlands: Monday, September 15, 2008 on Net 5
      Finland: Tuesday, September 16, 2008 on MTV3
      Latin America: November 17, 2008 on Sony Entertainment Television
      Croatia: Monday, March 16, 2009 on NOVA TV

    • This is the second episode the title of which is "In Which Addison ..."

    • This is the first episode the title of which is "In Which Addison Finds ..."

    • Weekly Rank: #18


    • Addison wants to know why people don't run in slow-motion on the beach in L.A. This might be a reference to the series Baywatch which featured beautiful women and handsome men "floating" as they ran through the beaches.

    • Addison: This is L.A. L.A. Is supposed to be full of swimming pools and movie stars. L.A.

      Addison mentions a line from the opening titles of The Beverly Hillbillies TV series, about LA having 'swimming pools, movie stars.'

    • Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous

      Addison: LA is the place you lured me to, with you Champagne wishes and Caviar dreams.

      Champagne Wishes and Caviar Dreams was a tag line for Robin Leach's show Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous.