Shotgun is the thirteenth episode of the third season and the 44th overall episode of Private Practice.

Short SummaryEdit

Sam isn't happy with the way Maya is proposing to deal with her problem and Naomi won't talk about it at all, but Sam is dying to talk more to Addison about the sparks between the two of them and Addison doesn't want to deal with that. Following the fall out between Cooper and Charlotte, Violet offers her home for Charlotte, which doesn't exactly thrill her best friend. Patients include twin girls who are terminally ill and their little brother is only able to save one of them.

Full SummaryEdit

Episode in detail.


  • Addison Montgomery
  • Pete Wilder
  • Naomi Bennett
  • Cooper Freedman
  • Charlotte King
  • Sam Bennett
  • Violet Turner
  • Sheldon Wallace
  • Corinne Davis
  • Maya Bennett
  • Fillmore Davis
  • Jerry
  • Renee
  • Kelli
  • Niki

Main CastEdit

Also StarringEdit

Guest StarsEdit


Medical NotesEdit


  • Diagnosis:
    • Pregnancy
  • Treatment:
    • Delivery

Renee gave birth to a healthy baby named Trevor at the practice.


  • Diagnosis:
    • Cancer
  • Treatment:
    • Chemotherapy
    • Cord blood transfusion

Kelli, 8, and her sister, Niki, had cancer. Their parents had a baby in order to use the cord blood to save their lives. However, when he was born, there weren't enough cells in the cord blood for both, so they had to choose to save one or the other. Their father decided to give the blood to Kelli, but their mother stopped him. Ultimately, they ended up giving the blood to Kelli, who was healthier.


  • Diagnosis:
    • Cancer
    • Sepsis
  • Treatment:
    • Chemotherapy

Niki, 8, and her sister, Kelli, had cancer. Their parents had a baby in order to use the cord blood to save their lives. However, when he was born, there weren't enough cells in the cord blood for both, so they had to choose to save one or the other. Niki went into sepsis and they suspected she'd relapsed. They were able to get her fever down, but they still didn't have enough of the cord blood.

Naomi and Sam BennettEdit

  • Diagnosis:
  • Treatment:
    • Talk therapy

Sam and Naomi spoke with Sheldon and Violet present to help them speak freely and come to an agreement about Maya.

Maya BennettEdit

  • Diagnosis:
    • Pregnancy
  • Doctors/Medical Personnel:
  • Treatment:
    • Pre-natal care

Maya had an ultrasound with Dell. They saw the heartbeat and the baby's head.


Song Performer Scene
"Waiting for the Monster to Drown" Get Cape. Wear Cape. Fly.
  • Addison coaches Renee through her delivery.
  • After the baby's born, his parents are more interested in getting the cord blood than holding him.
  • Sam talks to Dink and Dink says he wants to marry Maya.
"Winter Calls" The Rifles
  • Pete, Cooper, and Sam talk about who's paying by figuring out who has it worst. Pete agrees to pay.
  • Pete goes to hit on a woman, but gets paged away.
  • Cooper buys Sam another round and then leaves as well.
  • Charlotte comes home to find Violet wrapped in a blanket. She makes martinis.
"Get Involved" Ginuwine (feat. Missy Elliott & Timbaland)
  • Sam is drunk and starts kissing Addison. She pushes him off, but he says he's not that drunk.
"Get Involved" Ginuwine (feat. Missy Elliott & Timbaland)
  • Sam closes Addison's blinds, which makes her think about what happened with Mark.
  • Sam comes closer and they go to kiss, but are interrupted by a knock.
"Hesitate" Steve Moakler
  • Addison looks at Sheldon in the elevator.
  • Cooper goes to see Charlotte and tells her he won't make her and Violet living together about him. She closes the door in his face.
  • Sam brings wine and glasses to Addison. He wants them to drink and then go upstairs to have sex.
  • Sam rants about Naomi and not caring about her. He wants Addison, but Addison says Naomi's her best friend.
  • Sam hugs her, but she pulls back and says she's sorry, but she can't.
  • Sam leaves.

Notes and TriviaEdit

Private Practice 3x13 Promo00:31

Private Practice 3x13 Promo

  • This episode scored 9.25 million viewers.
  • Goof: Near the end of the episode, Sam approaches Addison with two wine glasses, and a large 1.5 liter bottle of wine. When the camera moves in for a closeup of Sam pouring the wine, it is a normal-sized 750 ml bottle, and then when the camera angle moves back again to the long shot, it is again the large 1.5 liter bottle.


Episode StillsEdit


See AlsoEdit

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

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