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In Which Cooper Finds a Port in His Storm

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In Which Cooper Finds a Port in His Storm is the eighth episode of the first season and the 8th overall episode of Private Practice.

Short SummaryEdit

Different events occur in the lives of all the doctors after they've all experienced a night of heavy sexual tension, including a date off the Internet for Cooper, a deadly sickness in a convent for Naomi and Sam, and a newborn baby for Addison, as well as a budding friendship with someone new, who turns out to be someone with a fetish being treated by Violet.

Full SummaryEdit

Episode in detail.


  • Addison Montgomery
  • Pete Wilder
  • Naomi Bennett
  • Cooper Freedman
  • Charlotte King
  • Dell Parker
  • Sam Bennett
  • Violet Turner
  • Father Mark
  • Carl
  • Sister Amy
  • Darcy
  • Sister Virginia
  • Darcy's Mom
  • ER Intern

Main CastEdit

Guest StarsEdit



Medical NotesEdit


  • Diagnosis:
    • Anxiety
    • Foreign body in anal cavity
  • Treatment:
    • Talk therapy
    • Extraction

Carl was seeing Violet for his anxiety. He also liked to stick shoes up his anus. He stole one of Addison's shoes and ended up in the hospital when he got stuck in his anus. They were able to remove it non-surgically.

Sister HelenEdit

  • Diagnosis:
    • Septic shock
    • Typhus
  • Treatment:
    • Antibiotics

Helen, 86, was mysteriously sick. Naomi and Sam were called to the convent to examine her. She had a rash on her stomach that consisted of several red dots. They sent a picture of the rash to Dell to see if he could find someone to identify the rash. He forwarded the pictures to an infectious disease specialist to identify it. She went into septic shock just as they identified the illness as typhus. They moved her and the other nuns to the hospital for treatment.

Sister VirginiaEdit

  • Diagnosis:
    • Typhus
  • Treatment:
    • Antibiotics

Virginia started to show signs of sickness while they were trying to figure out what was wrong with Helen. She then developed the same rash that Helen had. When the illness was identified as typhus, all the nuns were moved to the hospital for treatment. After she started treatment, she improved.


  • Diagnosis:
    • Pregnancy
  • Treatment:
    • Vaginal delivery

Darcy had had a baby whom she decided to surrender. Addison asked to do an exam, but Darcy declined.


  • Diagnosis:
  • Treatment:
    • Well-baby check

Darcy surrendered her newborn baby to Pete and Addison. She wasn't crying when they picked her up, which concerned Pete, but she was stable at the practice. Cooper did the well-baby exam in the morning and proclaimed her healthy. Darcy and her mother later came to the practice to re-claim the baby and Darcy named her Melanie.


  • Diagnosis:
    • Typhus
  • Treatment:
    • Antibiotics

Several other nuns developed the same mysterious symptoms that Helen had. When it was identified as typhus, they were transported to the hospital for treatment.


  • Diagnosis:
  • Treatment:
    • Attempted resuscitation

A baby had been abandoned in a park after his mother called the safe surrender hotline. He wasn't breathing and had no pulse, so they rushed him to the hospital. They attempted resuscitation for an hour before he was declared dead at 10:42 PM.

Father MarkEdit

  • Diagnosis:
    • Typhus carrier
  • Treatment:
    • Antibiotics

After several nuns were treated for typhus, Sam and Naomi asked Father Mark if they could test him for typhus, as they believed he might be a carrier without being symptomatic. They then treated him with antibiotics.


Song Performer Scene
"Tell Me" Sharon Jones
"Crazy 'Bout You Baby" Ike and Tina Turner
"Learning As We Go" Leona Naess

Notes and TriviaEdit

  • Like all other episodes from the first season, this episode's title originated from the original Winnie the Pooh series.
  • This episode scored 8.44 million viewers.
  • This episode marks the start of the romantic involvement between Cooper and Charlotte.
  • Goof: During this episode, Pete and Dell were looking for ID specialists to assist Sam and Naomi, however, Pete was later revealed to be an ID specialist himself.


Episode StillsEdit


See AlsoEdit

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

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