Private Practice

Season 1 Episode 1

In Which We Meet Addison, a Nice Girl From Somewhere Else

Aired Tuesday 10:00 PM Sep 26, 2007 on ABC
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Addison resigns from Seattle Grace and heads to the Oceanside Wellness Group in Los Angeles to accept the gynecology position. But things get off to a rocky start when she learns her new colleagues didn't exactly know she was coming. In the meantime, the doctors of Oceanside must deal with a slew of problems involving a pregnant teenager, a nervous breakdown, and an argument over a dead man's sperm.moreless

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  • A pretty good show!

    Private Practice is pretty different from Grey's Anatomy. There aren't so many surgeries, so many medical cases and is warmer. I decided to start watching this show because I wanted to make e difference between the new medical shows and because of the change Addison is facing-a change which I want to come to my life too. The start of the episode was pretty funny with Addison dancing naked and runs into Sam who is watching her. Addison has made some decisions about changing her life but she is not so happy with the beggining of the change-nobody in the clinic knows she is starting there as a doctor,she is told that she will have only one medical case a day and conditions that are not so medical as they were in her previous job in Seattle Grace.

    I think the medical cases of the episode were pretty good but not great as they should have been for a premiere episode. Addison and Pete are dealing with a young pregnant girl whose father blames her for gtting pregnant. At the end of the day after the father realized that he could have lost his daughter finally understands how much he loves her and her newborn baby. Violet and Cooper deals with a woman who is in a shock after her son's death. This story was the most touching one in the episode. Naomi and Sam are dealing with a young woman who wants a sperm from her dead lover battling for the sperm with the dead man's wife. That was the funniest story in the episode.

    What I don't like for this episode is that as a premiere it should have given more information about the characters' personalities and was not that great comparing to Grey's Anatomy. You tell yourself it deserves a chance but somehow it was not enough great.

    Favorite medical case: The depressed mother who has lost her son.

    Favorite character: Cooper/Violetmoreless
  • The first episode of Private Practice.

    In the beginning, I never actually thought that Grey's Anatomy will have a spin-off. It's very obvious that "Private Practice" is also a very good series. This episode is good, much better than "The Other Side of This Life". This is a good start to a new series, and I like it very much.

    We have many different patients in this episode. But I like Naomi's most. Fighting for sperm? That's new to me. I never watch a series, or a drama about fighting for sperm. This episode is creative, informative and interesting. I would definitely watch the next episode of Private Practice.moreless
  • I know I know, another medical show?

    Well ... I for one don't mind another medical show if it has a cast like this. I just love all of the characters. We've got the 'power couple' Naomi and Sam who have recently divorced, but still work together. Then we have the kooky holistic doctor Pete, the over-sexed pediatrician Cooper, and psychiatrist Violet. Each character is wonderfully complex with their own neurosis and problems and quirky behaviors. The ensemble melds together nicely ... and there's a sexual friction throughout that keeps things very interesting. I think I'm going to like Addison's new digs and can't wait to see what the writers have in store for us. This episode was really about getting to know the players, so there wasn't a lot of drama, we'll be getting into the meat of it next week I suspect. Eppy was well done.moreless
  • Addison resigns from Seattle Grace and fights to settle into her new job at Oceanside Wellness. Addison must adapt to transitioning from her big city busy job, to a big city with not so many patients every day, and gain approval of her new team.moreless

    I have to say Addison looks great. Showing the scene where Richard told her she'd be begging for her job in a short amount of time was good too. I do miss her at Seattle Grace but i'm glad to see her again. This is not looking bad so far for being a spin off of Grey's Anatomy. I was a little concerned that it wouldn't live up to the hype of Grey's becaues it is such a hit, but after watching the first episode of Private Practice it definately shows promise. I think the show will be just fine. That being said, let's start with the first day. I thought the scene with Addison dancing around naked was hilarious...then it got awkward after Sam sees her. This is how Addison finds out she lives right next door to him! After Addison doesn't get quite the welcome she was looking for, she finds out that Naomi didn't tell the team she was hiring Addison. The team appeared to be a little threatened and jealous, and they were also mad at Naomi for not allowing them all to vote as a team on whether or not Addison should have been hired. We then learn that Naomi owns 55% of the business. A man named Ken Wilson and his girlfriend come in wanting to have a baby. I thought the scene where he was nervous about doing it in a cup was funny, especially when he and Naomi agreed to "keep your eye on the prize." After some obvious noise coming from Ken's room we assume that he's having a little too good of a time, until is girlfriend Leslie comes out frantically asking for help. Ken has a stroke and winds up dying, and Leslie announces that she wants his sperm. The chief of staff, Charlotte says no way in hell to Sam, so Sam calls Naomi in. After she shoots Naomi down too, they take it to a higher power, where Sam and Naomi were granted permission to give the sperm to Leslie...Until a woman named Maria comes in who was actually Ken's wife. Apparently they were getting a divorce, but this was her way of getting revenge. After Naomi tells her she needs to let go sometime, Maria agrees to let Leslie have Ken's sperm. A 17 year old named Lucy comes in already in labor and her father expresses his unhappiness about the situation verbally. When the baby goes into distress and his daughter passes out, he changes his feelings quickly and announces that Lucy's mother died giving birth to her. Addison doesn't have the equipment she needs to perform a C-section in the birthing room at Oceanside Wellness, and she must cope with what she does have to try to help Lucy. After she says Lucy will feel every cut, Pete says he can treat her so she won't feel any pain. After Addison not taking him seriously and not allowing him to do anything hands on all day, Dell gets his chance to help also. The team pulls it off and both Lucy and the baby live. Somewhere in all of this Sam and Naomi have a quarrel about their marraige and Sam tells her how he feels. He said that he was hurt too and he was sorry for hurting her, but he wanted to see her fight for him, for them just once and that's why he left. Meanwhile, Violet works on a case with one of her patients named Jenny, who has her ears plugged with something and is on her hands and knees in her brother's store counting tiles on the floor. She freaks out when Violet touches her, and no one knows what has set off this episode. With the help of Cooper, (a co-worker who earlier called her a stalker for continuing to call her ex who is married) they find out that Jenny had a son who died from brain cancer. They finally get Jenny to talk and it seems to have helped a bit. Towards the end of the episode Naomi admits to Addison that the reason she didn't tell the team that she hired her was because she needed Addison around because she was lonely and everything else. The team demand a meeting, and Addison stands up and defends herself. She makes a kick-a** speech and basically tells them that she's there to stay whether they like it or not. Then Naomi said "That's why i didn't tell you i hired her." This was a great first episode and i will definately keep watching.moreless
  • I think that was the best thing for Addisson to do

    n this spin-off Grey's Anatomy, neonatal surgeon Dr. Addison Forbes Montgomery (Kate Walsh) relocates from Seattle Grace Hospital to the Oceanside Wellness Group in sunny Santa Monica, California following a failed marriage and two affairs. There she reconnects with medical school friends, Sam (Taye Diggs) and Naomi Bennett (Audra McDonald), friends she thought had the ideal life -- a successful marriage, lucrative wellness group, and a beautiful 14 year-old daughter. However, Addison finds that Sam's success as a TV health guru lead to the end of his marriage to Naomi, leaving them both lonely and searching for another relationship. The Group's surfer receptionist, Dell (Chris Lowell), thinks he's the one for Naomi, but she's unsure that a younger man is the answer to her relationship problems.

    The other members of the Oceanside Wellness Group have their own share of personal issues as well. Peter Finch (Timothy Daly), an alternative medicine doctor, is dealing with the pain of losing his wife through a series of one-night stands. Cooper Freedman (Paul Adelstein), a gynecologist, relies on the Internet to hook up with women, but after having his car stolen by one of his hookups, he's slowly finding that the Internet may not be the best means to meeting the woman of his dreams. Violet Turner (Amy Brenneman), the resident therapist, doubts that she's doing any good for any of her patients and wonders if she's even able to help herself.

    But aside from each of their personal problems, together the staff at Oceanside Wellness group combines cutting-edge work and alternative medicine to save lives. By joining the staff, Addison finds that a move to sunny Southern California may just be the right prescription for life.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 (3)

    • List of the main characters's professions:
      -Addison Montgomery: Neonatal surgeon, OBGYN.
      -Pete Wilder: Alternative Medicine Specialist.
      -Naomi Bennett: Fertility specialist.
      -Cooper Freedman: Pediatrician.
      -Charlotte King: St. Ambrose Hospital Chief.
      -William "Dell" Parker: Receptionist.
      -Sam Bennett: Internal Medicine Specialist.
      -Violet Turner: Psychiatrist.

    • Private Practice films a lot of their exterior shots (as well as some of their outdoor storylines) in Santa Monica, California. The Oceanside Group building can be found at the corner of 4th and Wilshire in Santa Monica, California. It is actually a bank.

    • Music featured in this episode:
      I Don't Feel Like Dancin' by Scissor Sisters - plays when Addison is dancing naked with Sam onlooking. California by Belinda Carlisle - Complications arise with Addison delivering Lucy's baby. Maria talks about her late husband, and her bitter marriage with Naomi.

      Sad News by Chris Garneau - Leslie pays her final respects to Ken. Cooper and Violet confront Jenny over her child who passed away when he was only 10 years old. Something's Got Me Started by Swingfly - Addison starts dancing naked with her curtains closed, with Sam watching and smiling through his window.

  • QUOTES (20)

    • Addison: Why didn't you tell them that I was coming? (Naomi sighs) Truth.
      Naomi: Alright, fine. I need you here. I need you here because I am tired and I'm lonely and my best friend divorced me and I have no one. I need you here to be my someone.
      Addison: Okay.

    • Violet: Thanks... for comin' down.
      Cooper: Well, I'm a better person than you are.
      Violet: The thing is Cooper... Okay, the thing is that... I am kinda a stalker.
      Cooper: I know.

    • Addison: How're you doing there, Pete?
      Pete: Kicking ass and taking names. You?
      Addison: Ass kicking and name taking are on my resume.

    • Sam: Don't you think for one moment that I've been taking any of this lightly.
      Naomi: Oh, no, you walked out.
      Sam: I did not walk out. I-- said that I was unhappy, that I was questioning it. And instead of trying, instead of working on it, you just shut the door.
      Naomi: You weren't in love any more. Now, how are we supposed to work on that?
      Sam: I never said that. I never said that!
      Naomi: Well, I am not an idiot. I knew. I knew exactly what you were saying.
      Sam: So, then you fight. You have some passion about the thing. I wanted to see you fight, just once. For us. (pauses) Naomi, I'm sorry, profoundly for hurting you. But, you're fooling yourself if you think that you're the only one who got left.

    • Addison: I need to be in a hospital, there is no way I can perform the C-section here. It's not sterile. I don't have any surgical equipment... No extra blood. And an epidural would take way too long to take effect...
      Pete: Addison! Addison, she is a completely healthy seventeen year old, no one could have foreseen this complication.
      Addison: What happens to a person when a scalpel slices into them without anesthesia…
      Pete: Addison!
      Addison: Shut up! I am trying to talk myself into this and I cannot do it when you keep 'Addison-ing' me. So… just hold on.

    • Violet: You know, I'm workin' here, Cooper.
      Cooper: Really? 'Cause it looks like you're shopping. (Violet gives him a look) It's a joke, look... Dell told me you were here. I thought I'd just come by, see if you needed any help.
      Violet: No, I don't need any help, okay? And you know what, this... you got in your car you drove all the way down here, to see if I was still mad at you. Who is the stalker now?

    • Pete: Stop. Stop. She's short of breath through JBD.
      Addison: I thought Eastern medicine was your thing.
      Pete: I have a lot of things. She's short of breath through JBD. Now, do you want to double check, or are you going to trust me?

    • Pete: Hey, you moving here, didn't have anything to do with me kissing you, did it?
      Addison: What?
      Pete: It's okay. It's just that you should know that it was just a kiss.
      Addison: Wait, you think that I moved here because you kissed me?
      Pete: It was a good kiss. It was an excellent kiss. It --
      Addison: Stop talking. Alright, I did not move here because you kissed me.
      Pete: Okay.
      Addison: Are you actually deranged enough to think that I would pick up my entire life and move... because of a kiss? Let me clear that up for you. I wouldn't.
      Pete: Okay.
      Addison: Shut up. Just shut up, and go in there and do your little Eastern voodoo thing that you do.

    • Violet: I get that Naomi's mad... hell hath no fury and all of that. And I know that practice needs an OBGYN but since when do we not vote?
      Cooper: I had sex with this woman last night...
      Violet: The whole reason that we started this practice, was so that we can be in charge of our destiny.
      Cooper: Very... real. Internet sex. But, she wanted me to call her mama, and she promised all of this really freaky stuff. And I'm talking like... stuff.
      Violet: Okay... (laughs) Ew, that's it. I'm done.
      Cooper: What? Why?
      Violet: Because you're a sex-addict, or an internet addict. Or some kind of freaky addict.
      Cooper: Okay... and you're a stalker. You're stalking your married ex-boyfriend.
      Violet: I am not. I am... calling him occasionally.
      Cooper: Stalker.

    • Dell: You know, I... I... I could help. You know, with Lucy.
      Addison: I'm good.
      Dell: You don't take me seriously.
      Addison: What?
      Dell: You think I'm dumb surfer boy. You think I'm eye-candy. You have no respect for me or my midwifery skills.
      Addison: I have total respect for you and your midwifery skills. Is that even a word? Midwifery?
      Dell: It's a word. It's definitely a word.

    • Violet: We're a team. We're partners, Naomi.
      Sam: You can't just bring somebody in.
      Pete: Without asking us.
      Cooper: Yeah.
      Sam: We're a democracy, we vote.
      Violet: Yeah. We vote, or it doesn't happen.
      Naomi: You're right... we should have voted. (pauses) I... was ... wrong.
      Violet: Good. (pauses) Okay, let's vote.
      Addison: Whoa, whoa, whoa. Hold on a minute. Uh... I have been working here less than 24 hours, and in that time I have discovered that I am not welcomed here. And I learned that I am the one man gynie show... and I performed crazy MacGyver surgery. And Sam saw my booty. So, this has not been a great day for me. This day kinda sucked. But, you know what? I had one patient. One patient, the entire day, and I loved it. So you want me gone? Too bad. I'm in! I'm putting my foot down, my foot's down, it's down. I'm not going anywhere. So... yeah. I thought I -- I thought I had a big finish... But... I don't so... I'm done. (pauses, everyone is silent) No, no, I do have a big finish. If I hadn't been here today, if you had someone else that girl would have died delivering her baby. I saved her life. I saved your asses! I'm a world class, neo-natal surgeon and I'm here to stay. Welcome to the new Oceanside Wellness. (walks out)
      Naomi: That's why I didn't tell you that she was coming.

    • Richard: Why is there a letter of resignation on my desk?
      Addison: I told you. I got a job offer.
      Richard: I don't want to hear this again. Working at a private medical co-op, moving to L. A. This is not my Addison. My Addison is a world-class neonatal surgeon. My Addison lives to cut.
      Addison: Your Addison would have been promoted to Chief of Surgery. So, stop 'Addison-ing' me. I want a change. I need a change and this how I'm going to do it. In L.A, at that practice and with those people.
      Richard: You don't even know anything about those people.
      Addison: I know plenty. My best friend Naomi, from med school, she's a fertility specialist there and she's an amazing woman. Her ex-husband, Sam, is an internist. You wish you had his people skills. Violet is a psychiatrist, and she's incredible, grounded, strong. Cooper, a pediatrician, one of the best in his field. A pro. And Pete, he does alternative medicine. As a surgeon, I don't believe in that kind of thing, but the man is a healer.
      Richard: You think you're going to go there and do what? Wear jeans and walk on the beach? Dance in your underwear?
      Addison: Maybe I'll dance naked.
      Richard: You belong in the O.R., you'll be back in less than a month, begging for your job back.
      Addison: No, I won't. I am changing my life. Now, I can walk away angry or I can walk away with your blessing. Either way, Richard, I'm going.
      Richard: (pauses) I'll keep your job open for as long as I can. (they smile) C'mere. (they hug)

    • Addison (getting a tour of the practice): You didn't tell them you hired me.
      Naomi: Oh, they'll get over it. It's fine. Scrub sinks are over there…
      Addison: You know, Nay, I don't think it's fine to them. To them I am the interloper. I don't lope.
      Naomi: I own 55 percent of the practice, I made a decision.
      Addison: And they have to live with that decision. And I--
      Naomi: They will get over it. (opens a door) And here is your birthing suite.
      Addison: But, I deliver babies in a hospital.
      Naomi: You used to deliver babies in a hospital. And now, unless it's a C-section, you deliver babies here. It's very popular with the patients.
      Addison: Okay… soooo I guess I should meet my staff. (pauses) I don't have a staff. (laughs) Okay, um… let me see if I… understand this. I left a hospital with a state-of-the-art OBGYN wing and a staff of 60...
      Naomi: But, you'll have Dell. He's studying to be a midwife.
      Addison: The cute boy who answers the phone?
      Naomi: Plus you'll have Pete. Laboring moms love Pete.
      Addison: The alternative medicine guru? Do you know how many babies I deliver a day?
      Naomi: Well, here you'll be lucky if you deliver one.
      Addison: One patient the entire day?
      Naomi: I told you, we do things differently here. This may be a big city, but this co-op is about practicing small-town medicine. Every patient is special, every patient gets our full attention. It's not about surgeries. It's about connecting. I told you this.
      Addison: I know… I know. I just-- I just didn't think that it would be one patient the entire day.
      Naomi: You wanted change, this is it.

    • Violet: Uh, we need to talk to you.
      Addison: I'm just gonna go some...
      Naomi: No, stay. She is staying.

    • Cooper (to Addison): Do you think there's something wrong with having sex with a woman who wants you to call her... mama?

    • (hears moaning)
      Violet: What is that?
      Cooper: Someone is getting happy.
      Naomi: Mr. Wilson is giving a sperm deposit. Get away from the door.
      Sam: That's a loud deposit.
      Pete: Go Mr. Wilson!
      Naomi: You guys are so immature these days...
      Addison: This is definitely different.

    • Sam: It's a power play. Naomi is trying to show that she has the power.
      Pete: Why did Addison take the job anyway? Wasn't she a big shot in Seattle?
      Violet: Is it just me or did Naomi just run over us with a steam roller.
      Pete: Is she crazy?
      Sam: Naomi's insane.
      Pete: I mean Addison. Is she some kind of crazy person who gets kissed once, then decides to change her whole life?
      Cooper: You kissed Addison? Really?
      Sam and Violet: Focus!
      Violet: Look, I know she has the largest chunk in this practice, but we agreed to equal votes. We are supposed to vote! Sam, you oughta do something!
      Sam: What, me?
      Violet: This divorce is killing us! You need to apologize.
      Pete: Just say you were wrong for walking out, so we can go back to being a happy family.
      Violet: Yeah!
      Sam: I never... I didn't... I am not apologizing to her. She's the one.... Naomi hires Addison and then moves her in right next door to me. I saw her naked this morning.
      Cooper: You saw her naked?
      Pete: Did she look good naked?
      Sam and Violet: Focus!

    • Sam: Addison, what're you doing here?
      Addison: It's not like I look bad naked. A lot of men have enjoyed seeing me naked. A lot. Well, not a lot... I mean.. 8, well... 11.
      Sam: I mean... here in Los Angeles.
      Addison: I... didn't Naomi tell you?
      Sam: Tell me what?

    • Addison: I didn't come down here because you kissed me.
      Pete: Okay.
      Addison: I didn't.
      Pete: Okay.
      Addison: I need you to say it.
      Pete: You did not move down here because I kissed you. (Addison walks away) You so moved down here because I kissed you.
      Addison: I heard that!

    • Addison: My best friend Naomi. From Med School. She's a fertility specialist there and she's an amazing woman.
      (cuts to a scene with Naomi, in the bathroom eating cake and crying)
      (door knocks)
      Naomi: Mother just needs a moment to herself.

  • NOTES (19)

    • This episode was nominated for the 2008 Image Award for "Outstanding Writing In A Drama Series".

    • Actress Merrin Dungey was originally cast as Naomi, but was replaced by Audra McDonald.

    • Tim Daly (Pete) and Audra McDonald (Naomi) also worked together in the 1998 movie The Object Of My Affection.

    • Audra McDonald (Naomi) and Paul Adelstein (Cooper) also worked together in the 2003 TV movie Partners And Crime.

    • Special Guest Star James Pickens, Jr. (Richard Webber) guest stars as the same character he plays on Grey's Anatomy.

    • The working title for the episode was "In Which We Meet Addison...".

    • International Air Dates:

      Portugal: Thursday, December 20, 2007 on Fox Life
      Saudi Arabia: Tuesday, February 5, 2008 on ShowSeries
      Belgium: Thursday, February 7, 2008 on VIJFtv
      Switzerland: Monday, February 11th, 2008 on SF-zwei
      Germany: Wednesday, February 13th, 2008 on ProSieben and ProSieben HD
      Sweden: Thursday, February 28, 2008 on TV4
      Israel: Tuesday, April 8, 2008 on YES Stars 1
      Denmark: Wednesday, May 21, 2008 on Kanal 5
      Hungary: Tuesday, June 10, 2008 on RTLKlub
      Norway: Tuesday, June 24, 2008 on TV2.
      Australia: Sunday, June 29, 2008 on Seven
      Malaysia: Sunday, June 28, 2008 on TV3
      United Kingdom: Tuesday, July 8, 2008 on Living
      Spain:Thursday,July 28,2008 on Antena 3
      The Netherlands: Monday, September 1, 2008 on Net 5
      Finland: Tuesday, September 2, 2008 on MTV3
      Latin America: Monday, November 3, 2008 on Sony Entertainment Television
      Croatia: Monday, March 2, 2009 on NOVA TV
      France: Monday, June 20, 2011 on France 2

    • Private Practice has been picked up for a full season order as of October 19, 2007.

    • On June 29, 2007 Audra McDonald was added to the main cast.

    • On July 11, 2007 Kadee Strickland was added to the main cast.

    • On May 15, 2007 ABC announced that Private Practice would be a part of ABC's fall primetime schedule.

    • First appearance of Kadee Strickland as Dr. Charlotte King

    • Taye Diggs receives the with credit, and Amy Brenneman receives the and credit.

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

    • Weekly Rank: #11

    • The scene showing Pete and Addison kissing is from The Other Side Of This Life, the Private Practice backdoor pilot that aired as an episode of it's predecessor, Grey's Anatomy.

    • The series will also air on Channel Seven and CTV in Australia and Canada, NTV7 in Malaysia and UK on Living/Channel Five respectively.

    • First appearance of Audra McDonald as Naomi Bennett.

    • This episode marks the first episode that is under the title Private Practice.


    • Naomi: I need you here to be my someone.

      This line is similar to a recurring phrase of Grey's Anatomty (this show's predecessor): "You're my person", used by Meredith and Cristina to each other.

    • Addison: I just did my crazy MacGyver surgery.

      This is referring to the 80's adventure show, MacGyver. The character MacGyver, played by Richard Dean Anderson, was famed to have known to be able to solve extreme problems with limited items.