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Samuel Bennett
Biographical information
Status

Alive

Alias
  • Sam
  • Dr. Feelgood
Title(s)

M.D.

Family information
Marital
Children
Siblings
  • Corinne Bennett
Parents
  • Dee Bennett
  • Raymond (estranged)
Others
Professional Information
Profession
Workplace

Seaside Health and Wellness

Character information
First appearance
Last appearance
Seasons
Portrayed By

Taye Diggs

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My mother spent way more time with me than some kids who had a father and a stay-at-home-mom.
Sam Bennett

Samuel "Sam" Bennett is a founding partner of the Oceanside Wellness Group. He has written a book and lives next door to Addison Forbes Montgomery.

HistoryEdit

Sam lives on the beach in Malibu, where he regularly talks to—and cooks chicken for—his dog, Thurgood Marshall. Sam and Addison are also friends dating back to medical school. Sam, Naomi, Addison and Derek were all medical students at Columbia. Sam and Addison now live next door to each other.

Sam also has asthma, which was partially the focus of his stay at Seattle Grace, since he is allergic to corn-based propellants, and he was given an inhaler with a corn-based propellant, causing an asthma attack.

PersonalityEdit

RelationshipsEdit

RomanticEdit

Naomi BennettEdit

Sam met Naomi in medical school at the Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons. The two married and had a daughter, Maya. Although the couple attempted to present the image of an amicably divorced couple, the post-marital relationship was, at times, strained. The reasons for their divorce were unclear. Sam professed to Addison that he had "no good reason" for requesting the divorce and then later stated that he was "unhappy" and wanted Naomi to fight for their relationship.

Sam and Naomi rekindled their sexual relationship after Sam survived a hostage situation. Although Sam and Naomi called the conference-room sex a "slip up," they slept together again.

Sam and Naomi shared joint custody of Maya, although her primary residence was with Naomi.

Sam and Naomi began to repair their relationship after Naomi was asked to leave her post as director at the Oceanside Wellness Group and Sam began dating Sonya Nichols, a doctor working for the County Health Department whom he met after a measles outbreak at the practice. Their relationship developed, and Maya also liked her. The first time they spent the night, Sam's asthma flared up and Sonya had to call an ambulance. Later on, they finally had sex, but not long into the relationship, Sam called Sonya "Naomi", signalling he was not over her, which Addison hinted to while they were at Seattle Grace.

At the wedding of mutual friend Addison to Jake Reilly, the two had a one-night stand, resulting in Naomi's getting pregnant. Three months later, Naomi returned to L.A. where Sam, oblivious to the fact that Naomi was pregnant, declared his love for her again. Naomi revealed her pregnancy to him and the two reunited and re-married. 

Addison Forbes MontgomeryEdit

Sam and Addison were friends since Med school. In med school, he had asked her out, but she turned him down due to Naomi liking him.

When Addison moved to L.A., she learned that they lived next door to each other.

They embarked on a relationship after Addison had lived in L.A. for some time. Their on-off relationship was marred by trouble and eventually ended due to Sam's unwillingness to have any more children. 

Shortly after Addison got Henry, Sam proposed to Addison, despite her being involved with Jake. However, the two managed to remain close friends and colleagues. Sam later attended her wedding to Jake, wishing only for her happiness, and reunited with Addison's best friend and his ex-wife, Naomi.

Stephanie Kemp Edit

Sam began dating Stephanie shortly after he broke up with Addison for the final time when she turned down his proposal. At first, he didn't tell Stephanie about his past with Addison or Naomi, creating a rift in their relationship. They got past it when he said he chose to care about her.

Stephanie met Naomi at Addison and Jake's wedding. Sam left her shortly thereafter for Naomi, breaking Stephanie's heart. She said that she really thought that he was "the one".

FamilialEdit

Maya BennettEdit

Maya Bennett is the daughter of Sam and Naomi Bennett. Her god-mother is Addison Montgomery. 

Maya enjoys a close relationship with both of her parents. Although her parents divorced, the divorce didn't upset Maya much with Naomi once commenting that she probably enjoyed having 'extra everything'. 

At age fifteen, Maya found out she is pregnant by her boyfriend Dink, which angered both Sam and Naomi. While Naomi pushed for her daughter to have an abortion, Sam maintained the more rational stance, putting his daughter's wellbeing above all.

Much to Naomi's chagrin, Maya and Dink decided to keep the baby. Maya and Dink wanted to raise their baby together. At this, Naomi shunned her daughter, leaving Sam to care for a pregnant Maya. Maya and Dink decided they wanted to get married and went to Sam for help. Sam and Dink's mother started talking and finally gave their consent. 

Sam walked his daughter down the aisle and was eventually present for the birth of his granddaughter, Olivia

FriendshipsEdit

Cooper FreedmanEdit

Charlotte KingEdit

Violet TurnerEdit

Pete WilderEdit

Sam and Pete were friends for a long time. Sam is one of a few people who knew Pete's first wife. They occasionally walked along the pier and consulted on each other's problems.

Career Edit

Dr. Sam Bennett, or "Doctor Feelgood" as he's known to patients across the globe, is another founding partner of the Oceanside Wellness Group and the practice's internist. He is the author of the best-selling non-fiction book, Body Language: The Mind-Body Connection. Oceanside Wellness Group, with its co-operative and whole-body approach to medicine, is illustrative of the views advocated in the book.

With Addison, Sam relieved Naomi of her administrative duties at Oceanside Wellness upon learning that the practice was going bankrupt. He took over, and introduced a "Board of Shame" (as Violet called it).

Eventually, all of the staff members had had enough of Sam's methods of increasing business at the practice, prompting a vote between Sam and Naomi, which, to the surprise of both Sam and Naomi, Addison won.

It is revealed when Miranda Bailey visits LA that Sam has completed a cardiothoracic surgical residency. Reasons as to why Sam became an internist instead of a cardiothoracic surgeon remained unknown until he was confronted with Dell's murderer and the man who hit Maya with his car. He let a pedophile die on the table by doing nothing to resuscitate him, causing him to feel guilty. He occasionally practices his cardiothoracic specialty at the hospital

Notes and TriviaEdit

GalleryEdit

A more complete gallery with pictures of Sam Bennett can be found here.

Notable EpisodesEdit

These episodes are Sam-centric or otherwise very informative about his life.

Memorable QuotesEdit

AppearancesEdit

Grey's Anatomy, Season 3

The Other Side of This Life, Part 1 · The Other Side of This Life, Part 2

Grey's Anatomy, Season 5

Before and After

Private Practice, Season 1

In Which We Meet Addison, a Nice Girl From Somewhere Else · In Which Sam Receives an Unexpected Visitor · In Which Addison Finds the Magic · In Which Addison Has a Very Casual Get Together · In Which Addison Finds a Showerhead · In Which Charlotte Goes Down the Rabbit Hole · In Which Sam Gets Taken for a Ride · In Which Cooper Finds a Port in His Storm · In Which Dell Finds His Fight

Private Practice, Season 2

A Family Thing · Equal and Opposite · Nothing to Talk About · Past Tense · Let It Go · Serving Two Masters · Tempting Faith · Crime and Punishment · Know When to Fold · Worlds Apart · Contamination · Homeward Bound · Nothing to Fear · Second Chances · Acceptance · Ex-Life · Wait and See · Finishing · What Women Want · Do the Right Thing · What You Do for Love · Yours, Mine & Ours

Private Practice, Season 3

A Death in the Family · The Way We Were · Right Here, Right Now · Pushing the Limits · Strange Bedfellows · Slip Slidin' Away · The Hard Part · Sins of the Father · The Parent Trap · Blowups · Another Second Chance · Best Laid Plans · Shotgun · Love Bites · 'Til Death Do Us Part · Fear of Flying · Triangles · Pulling the Plug · Eyes Wide Open · Second Choices · War · In the Name of Love · The End of a Beautiful Friendship

Private Practice, Season 4

Take Two · Short Cuts · Playing God · A Better Place to Be · In or Out · All in the Family · Did You Hear What Happened to Charlotte King? · What Happens Next · Can't Find My Way Back Home · Just Lose It · If You Don't Know Me By Now · Heaven Can Wait · Blind Love · Home Again · Two Steps Back · Love and Lies · A Step Too Far · The Hardest Part · What We Have Here... · Something Old, Something New · God Bless the Child · ...To Change the Things I Can

Private Practice, Season 5

God Laughs · Breaking the Rules · Deal With It · Remember Me · Step One · If I Hadn't Forgotten... · Don't Stop 'Till You Get Enough · Who We Are · The Breaking Point · Are You My Mother? · The Standing Eight Count · Losing Battles · The Time Has Come · Too Much · You Break My Heart · Andromeda · The Letting Go · It Was Inevitable · And Then There Was One · True Colors · Drifting Back · Gone, Baby, Gone

Private Practice, Season 6

Aftershock · Mourning Sickness · Good Grief · You Don't Know What You've Got Till It's Gone · The Next Episode · Apron Strings · The World According to Jake · Life Support · I'm Fine · Georgia on My Mind · Good Fries Are Hard to Come By · Full Release · In Which We Say Goodbye

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