Private Practice

Season 3 Episode 23

The End of a Beautiful Friendship

Aired Tuesday 10:00 PM May 13, 2010 on ABC
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Episode Summary

Maya and her unborn baby fight for their lives after a serious car crash. Addison, Amelia and Fife try everything humanly possible to save them. Sam operates on the other crash victim and makes a grim discovery; Cooper makes an ill-timed but valiant effort with Charlotte. The staff's world gets rocked by an unexpected death.moreless

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  • Not surprising, but still very good

    This epi didn't surprise me, but it was still quite enjoyable. I really wasn't that upset about Dell dying. Honestly I would have been more upset if any other main character would have died. I really liked the Charlotte and Cooper got engaged! I think they are a great couple. But I still feel bad for poor Sheldon. He never gets the girl :o( Also, I was happy they didn't kill off Mya. That would have been horrible for Sam and Naomi. My one real gripe with the episode was the very end. I hate when characters stripe down like Addison did. I think it makes them look super sluttly. All in all a good episode & a great season!moreless
  • Season finale

    After all of the criticism I have given the show, Private Practice was able to end its third season on a high note, but in viewership and in quality.

    3.2 million in the 18-49 demographic tuned in to see a powerful episode that saw this group of doctors get pushed to the limit professionally and personally. While the one who would die was predictable (if you read TV sites) that does not mean this was not a huge loss for the program. Dell may not have been the most vocal individual on Private Practice, but he was part of what made this show good during its first season.

    All three season finales for this show have been excellent. Now P Squared just needs to figure out how to improve the other 20 or so episodes a year.moreless
  • The best season so far

    When Private Practice started, I just felt like it played second fiddle to Grey's Anatomy. But this year, I turned out to be wrong... and the spin off did way better than the original. It looks like PP finally found its pace. Most of the stories were all heartbreaking, the writers got rid of Dell (yay!), Addison and Sam almost got closer and Pete and Violet are done being stupid.

    Charlotte probably delivered her best work this year and as a matter of fact Cooper just did better, too.

    The season premiere was wonderful. With this very emotional finale, season 3 came to a full circle. I just can't wait for season 4. The first time I ever said that...moreless
  • An emotional finale.

    A very emotional episode where we say goodbye to Dell and welcome new relationships. I think everyone was acting how they should - mixture of shock, confusion and sadness. But I liked how Violet tried to lighten the mood. That was a great scene with everybody in the waiting room laughing at the pictures.

    How sad is it that Dell died? Not only is Betsy an orphan but he was such a nice guy. You could see that from everyone's reaction. He'll be missed. The Charlotte/Cooper proposal was sweet but I really liked when he said he'd take it back and do it again on a day that wasn't so horrible.

    Sam working on the man who crashed into man was intense but luckily Sam didn't do something he would regret. I liked how Dell's death gave everyone a new perspective. Violet and Pete reconnected. Sam and Addison finally got together. It was a great end to the season. I don't know what they'll do in series 4 but I'm looking forward to it.moreless
  • I have never cried at any show before this...

    Dell, being my favorite character, broke my heart. I had to stop watching several times and couldn't stop crying. Poor Betsy, an orphan and so young! If someone had to go it should have been Maya or her baby; not Dell. I could not believe it! Private Practice started out as a spin off but has taken Greys Anatomy by storm!!! Everyone acted brilliantly, apart from the character, Sam. He's losing his 'mojo' and im fed up with his drama quite frankly. it would not be a loss to the show if he left. Im going to go and watch an episode before Dell dies to cheer me up. So sad, and it's not as if Dell had a great life anyway :( Byebyemoreless
Kate Walsh

Kate Walsh

Dr. Addison Forbes Montgomery

Timothy Daly

Timothy Daly

Dr. Pete Wilder

Kadee Strickland

Kadee Strickland

Dr. Charlotte King

Paul Adelstein

Paul Adelstein

Dr. Cooper Freedman

Taye Diggs

Taye Diggs

Dr. Sam Bennett

Amy Brenneman

Amy Brenneman

Dr. Violet Turner

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (0)

  • QUOTES (3)

    • Dell: (to Betsey) If anything ever happened to me, I want you to remember, that would just mean that all the bad stuff that's ever going to happen to you already happened.

    • Addison: She's ready... Violet.
      Pete: Yeah, I think so. If she made it through tonight, she can make it through a night with Lucas.
      Addison: Not for Lucas. For you.

    • Cooper: (proposing to Charlotte) A year ago, Violet almost died. And now Maya... Life is scary and short. And I love you. And I've been stupid, and I can't be stupid anymore. And I can't carry this ring around anymore. And I have to be with you. We have to be together. And something good has to happen tonight with all this horror everywhere. Please. Charlotte King, I want to spend my whole damn life with you. Marry me? (she remains silent) Okay. Now you can speak. Seriously. Now you have to say something.

  • NOTES (2)

    • Featured Music:
      "We Could Get Lost" by Mark Sholtez
      "Paradise" by Royal Wood
      "X" by Titiyo
      "Transformation" by David Gray

    • Original International Air Dates:
      Canada: May 13, 2010 on 'A'
      Australia: June 15, 2010 on Channel 7
      Norway: September 14, 2010 on TV2
      Germany: September 29, 2010 on ProSieben
      Finland: January 15, 2012 on MTV3


    • Episode title:

      This a reference to a famous line said in the movie Casablanca: "Louis, I think this is the beginning of a beautiful friendship". It appeared in the American Film Institute top 100 movie quotes, the most of any film.