Private Practice

Season 2 Episode 4

Past Tense

Aired Tuesday 10:00 PM Oct 29, 2008 on ABC
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Episode Summary

Sam and Naomi are against each other to lead the practice with unexpected results. Addison treats a girl trying to hide her past while Cooper has a dilemma of his own affecting his professional career.

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  • SWAT guy comes back....

    In this episode of Private Practice the following happens. Addison organises for Sam and Naomi to spend some time together, to be able to get the practice back to the way that it used to be before, they divorced. Sam and Naomi decide that everyone should take a vote on who they want to run the practice. Addison deals with a patent who was attacked and wants to be a virgin like before the attack. She and her parents are moving back to Afghanistan. She is to marry a man there and if she isn't a virgin then it will all fall through. Cooper is upset when a patient's mother stops going to see him, after she learns that he has naked pictures of himself on an adult website. Addison patient later admits to her that she wasn't attacked and that she has a boyfriend. A woman named Meg goes to the practice to see Pete. They have sex and she asks him to go a mission with her. When Violet learns that Addie's patient lied about being raped, she kind of flips out. We learn that Pete used to be a doctor without borders. Addison and her SWAT guy decide to wait until they sleep together. Cooper goes to see his patient's mother, after he believes he knows what is wrong with her son. Addison tries to get her patient to tell her parents about her boyfriend. The mother claims that she already knew about the boyfriend. Addison performs the surgery on her patient. Cooper manages to cure his patient and the little boy can talk again. They all vote and the results are read out, they are all in shock when instead of voting for Sam or Naomi everyone votes for Addison. Addison asks Violet if she wants to talk about what happened in the office and Violet brushes it off and says no. We learn in this episode that Cooper was adopted. At the end of the episode SWAT guy turns up at Addison's and they sleep together.moreless
  • The war of the Roses is finally over!!!

    Sam and Naomi get an intervention from the rest of the practice which makes the decide to work out their differences in the most mature way possible, an election. Addison is faced with a dillema of helping out a girl hide her past to please her very religious family. Cooper's past comes to bite him in the ass when trying to help a kid at the practice. Pete's past comes back too, but in his case it does to show us that he's more that the new-agie doctor. It all worked out in the end, the one thing that I missed was Naomi and Addison making up, but I guess they're saving it.moreless
  • Exploring new directions

    This episode was one decent piece of drama. Reflecting current topics such as elections and controversial ones, such as Islam, Afghanistan, and virginity, this one struck the right chord at all the wrong places. Firstly, though different, I felt the whole plot involving the Muslim girl and her parents was not required. Though I did like the story, I however felt the whole hymenoplasty stuff involving cultural references was a bad example to prove a point; the point being - one ought to bury the past in order to embrace the future. I absolutely loved Cooper's story line this time around. I find a massive change in his character from the time he was introduced as a sex-starved pervert. The final scene, when he makes the kid talk is a touching one. And, I think the writers read my review for the previous episode (smile). Finally, there is one scene, where they actually opt to talk instead of banging each other.

    I can't stand one more show that uses the concept of 'Intervention'. Though this thought wasn't the main thread of this episode, it nevertheless gave us a twist in the tale. What else can you ask for, Addison is the head of the practice now!. We also see an old flame of Pete showing up this episode. And we also get to hear about his enigmatic past. A good one hour, and a show getting better by the week.moreless
  • Pushing the envelope.

    First off, I want to give a hats off to Shonda Rhimes for really pushing the envelope on this episode. She had the courage to bring up the issue of virginity and islam, etc. That earns her my respect.

    Also, the writing was great.

    The whole vote bit was really good and funny. It was conveniently timed to air 6 days before the presidential election. That was kinda cute..

    The scenes with Cooper and the little kid were very good. I applaud Paul on his performance.

    I sort of liked Megan, she brought a kind of nostalgic flavor to the scenes with "Peter".

    Overall, a great and watch-worthy episode!!moreless
  • Pretty good episode here.

    With most of the world talking about the Barack Obama infomercial and Game 5 of the World Series the folks over ABC combatted that with original programming from its three struggling sophomore shows.

    Private Practice came through with a pretty good installment here. Not a lot of girl talk and a fairly interesting case involving an Arab woman who wanted to become "pure" again so she could return to Afghanistan for an arranged marriage. I liked the whole "Peter" bit and that's the refreshing kind of comedy this show offers. I am not a fan of Kevin the Swat guy though and the scenes with Addison and him do not interest me at all.

    Naomi and Sam are so great on this show. Audra McDonald does a fantastic job and is really believable in her behavior. Taye Diggs brings mainstream popularity to the program, but also provides some decent acting and the occasional funny line.moreless
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

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (0)

  • QUOTES (1)

    • (Kevin visits Addison at the work)
      Addison: Hey, to what do I owe this surprise?
      Kevin: I've got this coming weekend off and I was thinking you, me, Cabo San Lucas, weekend away Pamia, very fancy, perfect clear blue waters. (shows Addison the tickets) We could get away... too much?
      Addison: No... Yes... No... Yes... yes. No here's look here's the thing, we've been out a few times and am it's, it's been great I, I really like you...
      Kevin: Is this where you break up with me?
      Addison: No-- No, it's just am-- I have these rules, while they're stupid rules really but, in the past when I don't have rules it didn't go so well... my point is that now that I have my rules I don't wanna break them you know.
      Kevin: Yeah... I have no idea what you're talking about. I wanna know but am rules?
      Addison: Sex rules.
      Kevin: Rules about sex?
      Addison: You know a hotel means a room, a room means a bed, a bed means...
      Kevin: You have sex rules.
      Addison: I'm waiting.
      Kevin: Until marriage?
      Addison: No, no, no, no, I just am, until it feels right, until I'm sure.
      Kevin: Okay, so we'll wait. I'm good with waiting. I'm happy with waiting.
      Addison: Really?
      Kevin: No, but I can wait.

  • NOTES (5)

    • Rebecca Lowman (Nicole) also worked with Amy Brenneman (Violet) in the episode "Not Stumbling, But Dancing" of Judging Amy.

    • Amy Brenneman (Violet) and Jayne Brook (Meg) also worked together in the 1995 movie Bye, Bye, Love.

    • Music Featured In This Episode:
      Cry Baby by Dukes of DaVille
      Naked Eye by Luscious Jackson
      From Father To Son by Tim Myers

    • Jayne Brook (Meg) also appeared in the episode "Blues For Sister Someone" of Grey's Anatomy. However, she played a different character.

    • Original International Air Dates:
      Finland: November 25, 2008 on MTV3
      The Netherlands: February 2, 2009 on Net 5
      Latin America: February 16, 2009 on Sony Entertainment Television
      Norway: February 24, 2009 on TV2
      Australia: March 5, 2009 on Channel 7
      Germany: April 8, 2009 on ProSieben