What Women Want is the nineteenth episode of the second season and the 28th overall episode of Private Practice.

Short SummaryEdit

Addison and Noah struggle with their feelings for each other prompting Addison to make a choice, with unfavourable choices for Morgan, Noah's wife. Naomi tries to get back into the dating scene with one of the guys that plays basketball with Sam, although Sam tries to prevent this. Sam and Cooper diagnose a patient with cancer, leaving the girlfriend feeling incredibly guilty after learning the cause of the cancer. Violet, Addison, Pete and Dell try to convince a patient who refuses to believe her baby has died to have the fetal tissue removed, while Dell and Cooper face their own individual crisis about Betsey and her mother moving away as well as Violet and Charlotte bonding.

Full SummaryEdit

Episode in detail.


  • Addison Montgomery
  • Pete Wilder
  • Naomi Bennett
  • Cooper Freedman
  • Charlotte King
  • Dell Parker
  • Sam Bennett
  • Violet Turner
  • Noah Barnes
  • Morgan Gellman
  • Katie Kent
  • Heather
  • Brandon Henry
  • Lyla
  • Betsey Parker
  • Bryce
  • Kelly

Main CastEdit

Guest StarsEdit


Medical NotesEdit

Morgan GellmanEdit

  • Diagnosis:
    • Pregnancy
    • Fever
    • Chills
    • Nausea
    • CVA tenderness
    • Pyelonephritis
  • Treatment:
    • Cooling measures
    • Cephalosporin

Morgan came into the ER with a fever, chills, and nausea. Addison examined her and diagnosed a kidney infection and started antibiotics. Morgan responded to the antibiotics. Once her infection had cleared, she was released from the hospital.

Brandon HenryEdit

  • Diagnosis:
    • Stage IV throat cancer
    • Human papilloma virus
    • Bleeding
  • Treatment:
    • Biopsy
    • Surgery

Brandon, 22, had had a cleft palate as a child. He was very shy as a child and had many health problems. Cooper said he single-handedly kept Cooper's first practice afloat. He came into the practice with a sore throat. Sam examined him and noticed a lump near his tonsils. He did a biopsy, which revealed cancer in his throat. They did more tests to stage it and then said they'd talk about treatment options. They also said the cancer had been caused by HPV. The staging tests revealed that it had spread to his mandible. Sam wanted to jump right to surgery and remove his mandible, but Cooper suggested chemo and radiation first. When he came back for another exam, he started coughing up blood. The tumor was against the carotid artery and the surgeon said they needed to remove the tumor and part of Brandon's jaw. After some reluctance, Brandon agreed to have the surgery.

Katie KentEdit

  • Diagnosis:
    • Pregnancy
    • Fetal demise
    • Delusions
    • Hallucinations
    • Sepsis
  • Treatment:
    • Alternative treatments
    • Antibiotics
    • Dilation and curettage
    • Talk therapy

Katie was pregnant and had morning sickness. Pete treated the nausea with alternative methods. Katie had mental health issues. She'd been on meds which controlled her delusions, but had to stop them during her pregnancy and use other methods. She went in for an ultrasound, but there was a fetal demise. Katie refused to accept that the baby had died and ran out of the practice. They had to track her down so they could remove the tissue to prevent infection. Violet tricked her into coming back in. While they were talking, Katie started showing signs of septic shock. After speaking to Dell about his daughter being gone, Katie agreed to let them do the D&C.


  • Diagnosis:
    • Human papilloma virus
  • Doctors:
  • Treatment:

Lyla told the doctors she had HPV, which she had passed to Brandon and which had caused his throat cancer.

Violet TurnerEdit

  • Diagnosis:
    • Pregnancy
  • Doctors/Medical Personnel:
  • Treatment:
    • Ultrasound

Violet got an ultrasound and they determined that her baby was male.


Song Performer Scene
"Whatta Man" Salt-N-Pepa & En Vogue
  • Naomi and Addison watch Sam, Pete, and Cooper play basketball.
  • Naomi asks about a guy on the other team.
  • Addison takes a call from Noah over Naomi's objection.
"Magic Girl" Sleepy Rebels
  • While Cooper and Charlotte are having sex, Violet talks to Cooper through the door.
  • Addison and Pete talk about their dating lives.
"Created a Monster" B.o.B.
  • Violet and Charlotte share a laugh over Cooper.
  • Addison and Naomi talk at the bar. Naomi and Sam talk about Bryce not calling and she goes to try to pick up another guy.
  • Addison and Pete talk at the bar.
  • Sam confesses that he never gave Bryce Naomi's number.
"City Lights" Katie Costello
  • Violet talks to Pete and Addison about Katie.
  • Dell sees Katie in pain, looking at the wall of babies.
  • Dell tells Katie about Betsey and convinces her to get help for the sepsis.
"Little Miss Pipedream" The Wombats
  • Violet and Pete smile and look at the baby.
  • Naomi shows off her outfit to Sam.
  • Cooper is surprised to see Violet and Charlotte bonding. He leaves to go get drinks.
  • Addison tells Morgan she'll be her doctor again.
  • Noah follows Addison out and thanks her. She says she's doing it for Morgan. She confesses that it's not all in his head, but she can't let anything happen between them.

Notes and TriviaEdit

  • This episode scored 9.74 million viewers.


Episode StillsEdit


See AlsoEdit

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

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