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Nothing to Talk About is the third episode of the second season and the 12th overall episode of Private Practice.

Short Summary Edit

Charlotte ups the ante for Addison in her job offer by dangling surgeries in front of her, while patients at the practice include a cross-dressing fireman, an infant with an abnormally large head and a woman with insomnia as a result of her son's tendency towards violence. Everyone finds out about Dell's new job.

Full SummaryEdit

Episode in detail.


  • Addison Montgomery
  • Pete Wilder
  • Naomi Bennett
  • Cooper Freedman
  • Charlotte King
  • Dell Parker
  • Sam Bennett
  • Violet Turner
  • Captain Frank Kimble
  • Linda
  • Janet
  • Greg
  • Kevin Nelson
  • Jesse
  • Jerry
  • Nurse (right)
  • ER Nurse

Main CastEdit

Guest StarsEdit


Medical NotesEdit

Addison Forbes MontgomeryEdit

  • Diagnosis:
    • Knee injury
  • Treatment:
    • Bandaging

Addison injured her knee while running on a treadmill. Dell gave her an ace bandage in the ER, which she wrapped around her own knee.

Addison's PatientEdit

  • Diagnosis:
  • Treatment:
    • Myomectomy

Addison did a myomectomy at the hospital when a surgeon called off at the last minute.

Frank KimbleEdit

  • Diagnosis:
    • Panic attacks
    • Blackouts
    • Post-truamatic stress disorder
    • Partial-thickness burns
  • Doctors:
  • Treatment:
    • Herbs
    • Exercises
    • Acupuncture
    • Burn cream

Frank had been seeing Pete for panic attacks and blackouts due to stress from fires. Pete had given him herbs and he'd done acupuncture and exercises. He said that what really helped was wearing bras. He was worried about how his crew would react if they found out, so he asked Pete to help him stop. Frank was later burned in a fire on the job and taken to the ER, where he wouldn't let anyone touch him except Pete because he'd been wearing a bra under his uniform. Pete told him he'd be okay, but when his crew saw his bra, he said he was quitting. Pete convinced him not to, saying his crew would understand.


  • Diagnosis:
    • Insomnia
  • Treatment:
    • Talk therapy

Linda had a consult with Violet for sleeping pills. She'd been having trouble sleeping since her husband died, but it had recently gotten worse. When pressed, she told Violet that she wasn't sleeping because she was scared of her teenage son, whom she suspected was a sociopath. Violet later figured out that that wasn't true.

Addison's Second PatientEdit

  • Diagnosis:
    • Diaphragmatic hernia
  • Treatment:
    • Surgery
    • NICU Care

Addison operated on a newborn with a diaphragmatic hernia. The baby was later unstable in the NICU, so Addison checked on her.


  • Diagnosis:
  • Treatment:

Cooper treated a one year old named Miles whose mother was concerned that his head was too large. After seeing his head, Cooper agreed to run some tests. The tests revealed no cause.


  • Diagnosis:
  • Treatment:
    • Psychiatric testing

Jesse was brought in to see Violet by his mother after she was concerned that he was a sociopath. She gave him a psychiatric diagnostic test, which was inconclusive. He later confessed to her that he'd snapped his dog's neck because they didn't have the money to put him down and his mom was going to pay the thousands of dollars to try to treat his cancer.


  • Diagnosis:
    • Ovarian torsion
    • Post-op bleeding
  • Treatment:
    • Surgery

Addison operated on a pregnant woman with ovarian torsion. After the surgery, she told his husband that she and the baby were both fine. However, she later started bleeding out and her baby was in distress. Addison operated again and told her husband again that she'd be fine.


Song Performer Scene
"What'd I Say" Elvis Presley
"Walk Away" Sonya Kitchell
"Little Tornado" Aimee Mann
"Good Times Roll" The Cars

Notes and TriviaEdit

  • This episode scored 7.98 million viewers.


Episode StillsEdit


See AlsoEdit

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

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