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Blowups is the tenth episode and mid-season finale of the third season and the 41st overall episode of Private Practice.

Short SummaryEdit

A terrible explosion at Dell's house lands Betsey and Heather in the hospital, and everyone is pushed to the limit trying to save their lives. Tensions rise even higher between Addison and The Captain when her mother, Bizzy, shows up and a shocking family secret is revealed.

Full SummaryEdit

Episode in detail.


  • Addison Montgomery
  • Pete Wilder
  • Naomi Bennett
  • Cooper Freedman
  • Charlotte King
  • Dell Parker
  • Sam Bennett
  • Violet Turner
  • Sheldon Wallace
  • Bizzy Montgomery
  • Heather Parker
  • Susan Grant
  • The Captain Montgomery
  • Betsey Parker
  • Joe Hoffman
  • Nurse
  • Dr. Simcox
  • Paramedic #1

Main CastEdit

Also StarringEdit

Guest StarsEdit


Medical NotesEdit

Heather ParkerEdit

  • Diagnosis:
    • Severe burns
    • Inhalation injury
    • High potassium
  • Treatment:
    • Lactated ringers
    • ECMO
    • Morphine
    • Burn treatment

Heather, 24, was cooking meth on the stovetop at her house when it exploded, injuring herself and Betsey. She was severely burned over 60% of her body. They stabilized her, but she was given a 30% chance of survival. They started treating the burns, but Heather crashed. They got her back, but at that point, her death was inevitable. They gave her morphine and Pete sat with her as she died.

Betsey ParkerEdit

  • Diagnosis:
    • Brain contusion
    • Carbon monoxide poisoning
  • Treatment:
    • Intubation

Betsey, 7, was injured when the house exploded. She had a brain contusion and carbon monoxide poisoning. She was intubated until she woke up and started to fight the intubation. Cooper examined her and said she showed no on-going effects of the explosion.

Higgins ParentsEdit

  • Diagnosis:
    • Pregnancy
  • Doctors/Medical Personnel:
  • Treatment:
    • Delivery

Dell said he was supposed to deliver the Higgins baby. Naomi covered it for him, sending the on-call doctor.

Addison Forbes MontgomeryEdit

  • Diagnosis:
  • Treatment:
    • Talk therapy

Addison spoke to Sheldon about The Captain, Bizzy, and Susan, trying to work out her feelings.


Song Performer Scene
"Marie Floating Over the Backyard" Eels
"Cataracts" Andrew Bird
"The Sound Asleep" Sometymes Why
"Hold Onto Hope Love" Amy Stroup

Notes and TriviaEdit

Private Practice Season 3 Episode 10 Blowups Promo00:30

Private Practice Season 3 Episode 10 Blowups Promo

  • This episode scored 9.21 million viewers.


Episode StillsEdit


See AlsoEdit

A complete overview of this episode's crew can be found here.

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