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Tempting Faith is the seventh episode of the second season and the 16th overall episode of Private Practice.

Short SummaryEdit

Addison's brother Archer visits, Dell tries to find a way to protect his daughter, Naomi has meaningless sex, Charlotte's secret is revealed, Pete and Meg have some issues, Kevin is shot and Violet treats a pedophile.

Full SummaryEdit

Episode in detail.


  • Addison Montgomery
  • Pete Wilder
  • Naomi Bennett
  • Cooper Freedman
  • Charlotte King
  • Dell Parker
  • Sam Bennett
  • Violet Turner
  • Archer Montgomery
  • Meg Porter
  • Hal Jarvis
  • Tess Milford
  • Gregory Milford
  • Maya Bennett
  • Kevin Nelson
  • Warren Pearl
  • Judge Ortiz
  • Surgeon
  • Attending
  • Anesthesiologist
  • Foreman (right)

Main CastEdit

Guest StarsEdit


Medical NotesEdit

Hal JarvisEdit

  • Diagnosis:
    • Pedophilia
  • Treatment:
    • Talk therapy

Hal had had three sessions with Violet, during which they discussed his divorce. She later testified during his trial. He received a suspended sentence, but the condition was that he have daily sessions with Violet, after hours. After a few sessions with him, in which he discussed his obsession with Jody Sampica, a young girl, Violet called the judge and said she believed Jody was in danger because of Hal.

Tess MilfordEdit

  • Diagnosis:
    • Pregnancy
    • TTTS
    • Fetal heart failure
    • Mirror syndrome
    • Fetal demise
  • Treatment:
    • Fetal surgery

Tess was pregnant with triplets conceived through IVF. Two of the triplets had conjoined blood vessels and they were showing signs of heart failure, so Addison wanted to operate to separate the blood vessels. Tess declined, saying they'd interfered with God's will by doing IVF in the first place. She later collapsed at the airport because one of the babies had fluid around his heart and she mirrored it. Addison operated. During the surgery, Tess had a hyperthermic reaction, so they had to close early and since Tess was weak, they'd have to wait before trying again. Addison later did an ultrasound and found out that the baby not involved in the connection had died. Addison agreed to operate again under local anesthesia. The surgery was successful.

Meg PorterEdit

  • Diagnosis:
    • Nicotine addiction
  • Doctors:
  • Treatment:
    • Nicotine patch
    • Acupuncture

Meg was trying to quit smoking, so she used a nicotine patch, but Pete tried acupuncture with her instead, thinking it would be better. She later smoked again.

Kevin NelsonEdit

  • Diagnosis:
    • Gunshot wound
    • Perihepatic hematoma
  • Doctors:
    • Unnamed surgeon
  • Treatment:
    • Surgery

Kevin was shot on the job. He had to have surgery to remove the bullet and repair the damage.


Song Performer Scene
"As Much As You Lead" Lex Land
"Ladies N Gents" Sugarush
"Steal My Sunshine" Len

Notes and TriviaEdit

  • This episode scored 6.33 million viewers.
  • Darby Stanchfield guest stars in this episode, and she would later become part of the main cast of Scandal, another Shonda Rhimes show. In Scandal, she portrays Abby Whelan.
  • Violet's disliked patient in Private Practice is also a character on Grey's Anatomy, a well-liked heart patient of Erica Hahn.


Episode StillsEdit


See AlsoEdit

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

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