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The television drama Private Practice debuted during the fall of 2007 and is a spin-off from the popular medical series Grey's Anatomy. Executive producer and creator Shonda Rhimes decided to create a series based upon Dr. Addison Montgomery, who is portrayed by actress Kate Walsh.

The series begins with Addison moving from her home and job in Seattle to Los Angeles and a new job with the Oceanside Wellness Group. The facility is a cooperative private practice between all of the doctors who work there.

The practice's other doctors include Addison's longtime friend Naomi Bennett, who is a fertility expert, along with Sam Bennett, a doctor specializing in internal medicine and is Naomi's ex-husband, and Cooper Freedman, who is the clinic's pediatrician. Violet Turner, a psychiatrist, is also on staff, as is Pete Wilder, who specializes in alternative medicine.

The Bennett's began the medical practice and allowed the other doctors to buy into the group. The show's creators added Charlotte King to the series as the chief of staff at St. Ambrose Hospital, which is the facility where the Oceanside Wellness Group performs their surgeries. Charlotte also becomes involved with Cooper.

During season two, Addison takes over the Wellness Group due to financial problems, and the practice also faces competition from a new medical group in the building.

Violet discovers that she's pregnant with Pete's child, but suffers a terrible ordeal when a patient cuts the baby out of her. Violet and the baby survive. However, Violet struggles to overcome the attack and is unable to take care of her son Lucas.

With the start of season three, Pete is taking care of Lucas while Addison and Sam are fighting an attraction to each other. They decide to remain apart since they don't wish to hurt Naomi.

In season four, Addison and Sam begin a relationship, despite Naomi's feelings, while Pete and Violet get married. Cooper and Charlotte become engaged, and the practice has a new brain surgeon named Amelia Shepard. At the end of the season, Naomi decides to leave the practice.

Actor Benjamin Bratt joined the cast during season five as a fertility doctor named Jake Reilly and sparks fly between Jake and Addison, especially after her relationship with Sam ends. Viewers discover that Cooper is the father of an eight year old son named Mason. After Mason's mother dies of a brain tumor, Cooper and Charlotte become full time parents. The ABC network has renewed the show for season six.

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6 Seasons, 111 Episodes - Canceled
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Private Practice Full Episode Guide

  • The series comes to a close with a special farewell to the doctors of Seaside Health and Wellness. Naomi returns to support Addison on her wedding day and Cooper struggles with being a stay-at-home parent.

  • The judge reveals concerns regarding Jake's past during Henry's hearing, Sheldon introduces Miranda to his friends, and Charlotte goes in to labor before Cooper can sign on their dream house.

  • Clean and sober for over a year, Amelia is on the up and up and agrees to go on a string of blind dates set up by the other doctors. After they all end badly, she is caught off guard by an unexpected turn of events.

  • Despite doctors' orders, Charlotte continues to work from her doctor-ordered bed rest. Meanwhile, scared that Charlotte might never leave the hospital, Mason begins acting out in school.

  • Experiencing a rough patch in his life, Sheldon finds happiness with a new woman. Meanwhile, he becomes more concerned about his patient Nick's involvement in Sarah's disappearance.

  • An argument between Charlotte and Cooper causes distress for the triplets.

  • When Jake must meet with Henry's social worker for a home visit, he is afraid an unwanted incident in his past will be revealed. Meanwhile, Addison becomes skeptical of Jake's needy patient and James continues to pursue Amelia.

  • Addison is put to the test when Henry's biological mother asks if she can be more involved in his life.

  • A reality show centered around Sam offers insight into his colleagues' personal lives. Meanwhile, Sam's mother seeks his help after her boss falls ill; and the search continues for a girl who went missing from St. Ambros.

  • A little girl is missing from the ER; Addison and Jake clash over one of his patients.

  • Violet seeks Sheldon's advice when she gets a confession from one of the patients.

  • The doctors celebrate at Addison's house while remembering the past. Meanwhile, Sheldon counsels a suicidal patient who makes an unexpected confession.

  • The sixth season finds Addison happy with the decision she made between Jake and Sam. Violet fears the worst when Pete fails to show up to his preliminary court hearing; and Charlotte shares a secret with Cooper.

  • Amelia is in labor and everyone rallies around her as she makes the toughest decision of her life.

  • Pete has to make a decision on a patient's health care when the patient's partner and father can't agree.

  • The team treats an illegal immigrant facing deportation who self-induces her pregnancy so that her child will be a U.S. citizen; Cooper and Violet treat a young girl who has gender identity disorder - and with her parents -- and Violet wants to continue therapy with Pete before they begin dating again.

  • Pete and Violet go to marriage counseling in an attempt to heal their relationship.

  • Erica's health gets worse. Cooper and Charlotte try to help Mason who is in denial.

  • Sheldon tries to tell Sam that he is in over his head caring for Corinne at home. Scott comes to the ER after being severely beaten and Pete takes care of him. Amelia needs to decide her plans for her baby on the way. Jake visits his daughter at college and she wants to know more about his love life. Erica's health declines.

  • Sam tries to take care of his sister, Corinne, but her mental condition complicates things; Sheldon discovers Amelia has life-changing news; the flirtation between Addison and Jake increases, and Cooper rejects Charlotte's suggestion to seek outside help with Erica's care.

  • Cooper and Charlotte take Erica to Seattle Grace to collaborate with Derek, Lexie and Amelia regarding a very risky surgery; Scott wants to get more serious in his relationship with Violet; and Addison is caught in the middle of Sam and Jake's fight about a patient. Meanwhile, Sheldon warns Sam to be cautious as he deals with the return of his sister, Corinne.

  • Sam learns his estranged sister is in jail heavily medicated and near-catatonic.

  • Sheldon helps Sam's friend cope with PTSD; Addison and Jake attend a medical conference.

  • Violet sees an abused paramedic she knew from her past; Addison and Jake interview potential surrogates; and Cooper, Charlotte and Amelia counsel Erica on what could be the most difficult decision of her life.

  • Pete, Violet, Sam and Addison adjust to their single status in different ways. Meanwhile, Charlotte faces a personal, ethical dilemma when Amelia reveals a secret about Mason's mom, Erica, and Sheldon refuses to bend to the pressure when an old friend from the police force wants him to rubber stamp a fellow cop suffering from PTSD.

  • Cooper isn't sure if he should punish Mason after he catches him stealing. Addison prepares for a baby.

  • Amelia agrees to enter rehab, and finds strength in an 18 year-old girl as they both go through the painful detox process. Meanwhile, Cooper's bond with his son continues to get stronger, but is put to the test. Pete and Violet's marriage reaches a tipping point.

  • The group stages an intervention for Amelia, who proceeds to verbally attack each one of her friends. Addison struggles with Amelia's current state.

  • Amelia's drug addiction is out of control - she pretends to be be sick and hangs out with a new fling, starts writing pill prescriptions for herself, and has a run-in with the cops.

  • When Amelia continues her downward spiral, it triggers some painful memories for Charlotte. Addison is getting closer to becoming a mom when she finally chooses a sperm donor.

  • Addison starts in vitro treatments with Jake's help. Amelia doesn't know what to do when her terminally ill friend Michelle asks her to help in her suicide.

  • Addison's patient is eight and half months pregnant suffering with memory loss after a big car accident. Jodi's husband Zack is seriously thinking about leaving her and taking the baby with him.

  • Addison and Jake work with a patient who doesn't have a uterus, but still wants to have a baby. Amelia is back in AA and seems to be back on track, she treats a Parkinson's patient who keeps cheating on her husband

  • The Oceanside Wellness doctors interview potential replacements for Naomi, including Jake Reilly, but no one understands Addison's resistance to hiring him. Cooper breaks the law in an effort to get cord blood for a young, sick patient. Pete takes his post-heart attack frustrations out on Violet.

  • When Pete suffers a heart attack, Sam, Cooper, Charlotte and Amelia become desperate to save him. Meanwhile, Violet is no where to be found. Addison's dream to have a baby leads her to see Jake Reilly, her recent mystery man, in a most surprising place.

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Kate Walsh Confirms 'Private Practice' Departure

This is it: the end of Kate Walsh's run on "Private Practice." She reportedly told Bethenny Frankel and her studio audience that this shorted sixth season of the "Grey's Anatomy" spin-off will be her last. Though she's leaving and the sixth season is only 13 episodes, creator Shonda Rhimes denies there's a guarantee the show is ending.

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