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In the Name of Love is the twenty second episode of the third season and the 53rd overall episode of Private Practice.

Short SummaryEdit

Naomi puts Fife in a conflicted position when she begs him to help William's advanced ALS with his still experimental treatment. Meanwhile Violet and Amelia treat a woman with a brain tumor who has to choose between life or quality of life, and Sheldon decides to officially throw his hat into the ring for Charlotte's affections.

Full SummaryEdit

Episode in detail.


  • Addison Montgomery
  • Pete Wilder
  • Naomi Bennett
  • Cooper Freedman
  • Charlotte King
  • Dell Parker
  • Sam Bennett
  • Violet Turner
  • Sheldon Wallace
  • William White
  • Gabriel Fife
  • Claire
  • Irwin
  • Amelia Shepherd
  • George Walters
  • Lainie aka Kim Walters
  • Maya Bennett
  • Troy
  • Kim's Mother
  • Paramedic
  • ER Doctor #1
  • ER Doctor #2

Main CastEdit

Also StarringEdit

Guest StarsEdit


Medical NotesEdit

Maya BennettEdit

  • Diagnosis:
    • Pregnancy
  • Treatment:
    • Ultrasound

Maya came into the practice for an ultrasound with Dell. Maya later went into labor and said she wanted to go to the hospital instead of to the practice to deliver her baby. On the way to the hospital, she and Dell were in a head-on collision and had to be airlifted to the hospital.


  • Diagnosis:
    • Brain tumor
  • Treatment:
    • Tumor resection

Claire came into the practice. She'd seen Violet previously with her husband, whom she called The Weasel, for marriage counseling. However, this time, she was happy. Her husband suspected something was wrong with her. Claire said she just found God. Violet had Amelia consult and run a CT. Amelia found a tumor in her temporal lobe. Claire was in denial after being told the news, even after she was told she'd die without surgery. Amelia tried to talk her into having the surgery, but she said she was miserable her whole life and now she isn't. Then Amelia told her about her drug use and how it made her artificially happy, just like Claire. Claire agreed to have the surgery. After the surgery, Claire wasn't happy anymore and said Amelia should have let her die happy.

William WhiteEdit

  • Diagnosis:
    • Anterior lateral sclerosis
  • Treatment:

William's condition was still declining. Naomi consulted withs some ALS specialists, but she suspected that William came back to the US to die. Naomi then went to Gabriel, hoping to convince him to use his ALS protocol to help William, even though he had not gotten FDA approval yet and wouldn't if he used it on William. However, he later conceded that he had said no for the wrong reasons and agreed to have it sent over.

Kim WaltersEdit

  • Diagnosis:
    • Pregnancy
    • Abdominal aortic aneurysm
  • Treatment:
    • Surgery

Kim was 30 weeks pregnant. She hadn't had any prenatal care because she lived on a farm. She had some pain, which brought her into the ER. Addison diagnosed an aortic aneurysm and called Sam in to consult. They said they hoped to delay surgery as long as possible for the good of the baby. Sam ran some tests and recommended that they not wait on the surgery. Kim also tested positive for the gene associated with fibrillin disease, which probably caused her aneurysm and also revealed that George, who came in with her, was not her biological father. Sam said they needed to run a few more tests and finally got Kim away from George to talk to her. They took her to talk to Sheldon. During a struggle when George tried to take her and leave, Kim started to bleed and collapsed. They rushed her into surgery. She was later reunited with her parents, who said her name was Lainie.

Troy HagenEdit

  • Diagnosis:
    • Chest laceration
    • Subclavian artery injury
  • Treatment:
    • Surgery

Troy, 48, was involved in a head-on collision. He had a laceration on his chest. An ER doctor asked Sam for his help, which Sam gave.

Dell ParkerEdit

  • Diagnosis:
    • Arm injury
  • Doctors:
  • Treatment:

Dell came into the ER with his arm in a sling after being injured in a head-on collision.


Song Performer Scene
"Could Have Been You" Joss Stone
"Clementine" Sarah Jaffe
"Cry" Jason Walker
"Nemesis" David Gray
"In My Dreams" Youth Group

Notes and TriviaEdit

Private Practice 3x22 Promo Video00:23

Private Practice 3x22 Promo Video

  • This episode scored 8.15 million viewers.


Episode StillsEdit

Behind the ScenesEdit


Amelia: People don’t change. They modify. They adjust. But underneath, we are who we are. People just get better at covering up their flaws.

See AlsoEdit

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

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