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Private Practice

Season 1 Episode 6

In Which Charlotte Goes Down the Rabbit Hole

Aired Tuesday 10:00 PM Oct 31, 2007 on ABC
out of 10
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Episode Summary

Pete treats Charlotte's insomnia, Naomi goes on her first date since college and a patient asks Addison to conceal her fertility from her husband. When trying to help a patient caught between Sam and Cooper; Dell's secret is revealed.

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  • I LOVE this show.

    I wasn't crazy about the first episode of Private Practice, but since Addison Shepard was my favorite character in Grey's Anatomy, I decided to give it another shock, and boy, am I happy about that!

    This episode had a lot of character development, not so much for Addison, but for just about every other major character on the show. We find out about Del's past of being abused as a child, see the hurt side of the male cast, and a slightly-less demonized version of Charlotte.

    It's particularly funny for me to watch Violet be so against having kids, considering her role in Judging Amy, but I'm sure I'll get past it. I can't wait for next week to watch the next episode!moreless
  • You're in it now! I loved that line at the end...

    Yay, finally they are getting into something good. I wonder what will happen though because she does want the whole thing and he is only looking for fun. I am excited about them together. I still really wanna see how Cooper and Violet are gonna be like when they finally hook up. He keeps hinting it to her but she just doesn't get it, or chooses not to see it. I loved the thing with the couple. I didn't expect her to be sick, I honestly thought she just didn't wanna have kids. Great story. And Charlotte was kinda funny with the sleep deprivation. Yay, I can't wait til next episode!moreless
  • Another good episode that made me realize how much I am starting to love this show. They have such cute couples and the cases are always interesting

    The case on Hunington's disorder was really good. I loved how we started out not knowing what the real issue was. It was exciting to see whether she had it or not and I was convinced she wasn't going to end up having it. I liked how she dealt with the issues in her life and figured out what to do. I started to feel really bad for her. I was suprised they were going to have a kid, because I kind of feel like you shouldn't have kids in that situation, but her reasoning made sense. The abusive case was interesting. It was neat to see that it can be someone so weak and unsuspecting doing the abusing. It was also interesting to see the girls perspective on it. I also enjoyed seeing how Cooper handled the situation, since Sam didn't want him to do anything about it. Charlotte's case of insomnia was so funny, and I liked how everyone got involved. It was interesting to learn more about why she is the way she is. This episode made me start to like Addison and Pete more. They have such obvious chemistry, it is just sad that she wants kids and he doesn't. Dell and Naommi would make a very weird couple, but it is interesting to see what happens.moreless
  • Was nice.

    A woman has a terrible disease so she can have kids.

    A mother with MS is accused of beating her daugher.

    Charlotte cant sleep and Sam tries to help, then Pete tries to help her, then Violet gives a try.

    We find that Violet doesnt want kids and that Dell was abused as a child.

    Nice to know the rotine that Dell does before the doctors get there, was a nice plus.

    Overall this was a nice episode, definitely not one of the best, but was nice and interesting. Hoping for a great next one, and more tension between Pete and Addison of course !moreless
  • I enjoyed this one, had the right amount of drama and curiosity.

    For one thing, Private Practice lives on as the non-annoying TV series, that has a decent amount of the Grey's Anatomy drama that I like, though not all of it, still a fair trade for the non-annoying characters.

    Sam and Cooper

    Well this is a battle between the doctors who have patients that don't seem to be getting along, but should. This was the highlight of the episode, showcasing Cooper's more sensitive and caring side and not just the one out there looking for sexual pleasure all his life. Excellent plot, it also showcased Sam's anger towards a certain someone.

    Sam, Naomi and Dell

    And this certain someone is Dell who can't seem to let go of his crush on Naomi. And even if Naomi tells Sam there will never be anything that will happen between the two, he still pushes his anger on Dell.

    Naomi and Addison

    Another excellent plot here, next to the Cooper one that I could not forget! Naomi and Addison meet with a couple who is "trying to have a baby." I won't spill anymore, but it is excellent!

    Charlotte and Pete

    Well basically Charlotte is suffering because she can't find sleep, and the way she poured herself out there actually made her seem like a real human being, Pete did most of the work in helping her, but everyone gave a little.

    Episode Quote (courtesy of Violet): I don't think anybody who had a child ever thought, "Oh boy, something I can hit."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 (4)

    • We learn that Dell was abused as a child, but it is not explained any further.

    • For a patient that had a parent with Huntington's disease and wants to be tested, he/she needs to have a psychological evaluation before even having the test.

    • The mud on Charlotte's forehead keeps changing between shots.

    • Music featured in this episode:

      Turn My TV On by Van Hunt - The song plays at the beginning of the episode. Naomi prepares for her date, Addison greets a drunk Pete at the door, and Dell does his morning routine.

      Lord, How Long? by Tom McRae - The song plays as Cooper gives his testimony. Marlyn looks for comfort in Sam. Sam discusses the case with Cooper outside of the courthouse.

      All We Are by Matt Nathanson - The song plays as everyone gathers for drinks at Sam's house and the episode comes to an end.

  • QUOTES (10)

    • Addison: Angie, you have a disease and you will die, thats the truth. Hiding it from Ray is not going to change that. But the bigger truth, the better truth, is that you are alive now. You're living and you should get, you should get everything that life has to offer. You should get what you want. You should get to have a child and a family, and Ray. Just because you're sick doesn't mean you don't get to live your life! Go home, tell Ray the truth, tell him what the future is and let him decide. A person should get to have a whole life.

    • Addison (about Charlotte): Fascinating. She's been here all night?
      Pete: She snores...
      Naomi: God, asleep, she looks almost harmless.
      Addison: Like a sleeping tiger.
      Pete: Don't wake the tiger.

    • (Pete knocks on Addison's door)
      Pete: Cooper and I are next door at Sam's playing poker and having some drinks. I thought you'd wanna join us. Wanna join us?
      Addison: You're a little bit drunk.
      Pete: And you, too, could be a little bit drunk.
      Addison: You're drunk and you're flirty. Go away.
      Pete: Or... I could come in, and we could actually get to know one another outside of work. You're attracted to me. You admitted it.
      Addison: Yeah... Well, I'm not attracted to you anymore. Good night, Pete.
      (Addison closes the door)
      Pete: You're attracted to me right now.

    • (Addison is discussing a patient who may have Huntington's Disease with Violet and Cooper)
      Addison: Can you imagine? I mean, she finds the perfect guy, she's got a great marriage, they want kids. She was living the dream.
      Violet: Not everybody has that dream.
      Cooper (to Addison): Violet doesn't believe in children.
      (Violet begins to protest)
      Cooper (clarifying): She acknowledges that they exist, because they scream in her restaurants, that's about it.

    • (Pete sighs and paces outside his office, looking anxious. Addison approaches)
      Addison: Shouldn't you be in there administering your healing touch?
      Pete: Shush. It might be asleep.
      Addison: It?
      (Addison bursts out laughing)
      Pete: You're enjoying this, aren't you? Seeing me tortured.
      Addison: Mmm. It is satisfying.

    • (Charlotte leaves Pete's office and bumps into Addison, who is also leaving for the night)
      Addison: So you're a convert now.
      Charlotte: Ha. Just covering my bases.
      Addison: Well, I am sure Pete appreciates your gratitude.
      Charlotte: Pete doesn't need it. He congratulates himself enough for all of us.
      (Addison lets out a small laugh)
      Charlotte: But damn. The man has good hands, doesn't he?
      (Charlotte walks away, leaving a pensive looking Addison)

    • (Addison approaches Pete as he stands staring out at the ocean)
      Addison: Charlotte King says you have good hands
      (Pete looks at her, slightly bemused. Addison laughs)
      Pete: What?
      (Addison moves in to kiss him. Pete kisses back, passionately. Sam walks outside and notices them)
      Sam: Oh... uh. I...well, okay...
      (Addison and Pete stop kissing)
      Addison: It's okay. I was just...
      Sam (shaking his head, indicating that he doesn't need to hear it): No, no, no, no
      Addison: Just um...
      Pete: Having some fun?
      Addison: No.
      (She wipes her lipstick off Pete's mouth)
      Addison: I don't want fun. And a person should get what she wants
      Pete: What does that mean?
      Addison: Goodnight, Pete
      (Addison turns to walk away)
      Pete: What does that mean? You can't just kiss a person and...
      (Addison twists back to face him)
      Addison (more firmly): Goodnight, Pete.
      (She walks away, smiling, leaving a confused Pete staring after her. Sam walks past him again)
      Sam: You in it now, man.

    • Naomi: You do a lot for the practice
      Dell: You are the practice. You keep it running; the way you deal with the patients, the way you care. Your dream is what started it in the first place.
      Naomi: And Sam's.
      Dell: And Sam's.
      (Dell moves in closer to Naomi)
      Dell: But I do it for you.

    • Sam: Well, it's not Marilyn.
      Cooper: Why? Because she's funny? Because she's a writer? There's a historically stable group.
      An exchange between the two as they discuss a potential child abuse case.

    • Pete: This is the good stuff.

  • NOTES (4)

    • International Air Dates:
      Belgium: Thursday, February 28, 2008 on VijfTV
      Saudi Arabia: Tuesday, March 11, 2008 on ShowSeries
      Germany: Wednesday, March 26, 2008 on Pro Sieben
      Sweden: Friday, April 11, 2008 on TV4
      Israel: May 20, 2008 on YES Stars 1
      Denmark: June 25, 2008 on Kanal 5
      Norway: Tuesday, July 29, 2008 on TV2
      United Kingdom: Tuesday, August 19, 2008 on Living
      Australia: Sunday, September 14, 2008 on Channel 7
      The Netherlands: Monday, October 6, 2008 on Net 5
      Finland: Tuesday, October 7, 2008 on MTV3
      Latin Amerida: Monday, December 8, 2008 on Sony Entertainment Television

    • Weekly rank: #25

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

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


    • Title: In Which Charlotte Goes Down the Rabbit Hole

      "Down the Rabbit Hole" is a reference to Lewis Carroll's "Alice Through the Looking Glass" where the white rabbit goes through the rabbit hole and Alice follows.