Private Practice, Season 5
Season No.
September 29, 2011 - May 15, 2012
No. Of Episodes
6.81 million (season average)
DVD Release
September 11, 2012
Season Five of Private Practice initally aired on September 29, 2011 with the premiere episode on ABC and ended on May 15, 2012 with the season finale. The season comprised of 22 episodes.


Plot PointsEdit


Principle CastEdit


The cast of season five, Gluck excluded.

The season featured 10 actors credited in a starring capacity. All of the fourth season actors returned with the exception of Audra McDonald who's Naomi departed the series during the last season's finale.

In the same episode as McDonald departed, Benjamin Bratt was introduced as Jake and Bratt joined the fifth season cast as a fertility specialist set to replace Naomi at the practice. In addition, Griffin Gluck joined the cast as of the sixteen episode playing Cooper's son Mason, after a twelve-episode stint as a guest star.

Season stars Walsh, Daly, Bratt, Adelstein, Strickland, Scorsone, Diggs and Brenneman appear in all 22 fifth season episodes.

* Credited from "Andromeda" onward, recurring beforehand

Guest CastEdit

During the February 2012 crossover, Patrick Dempsey and Chyler Leigh appeared as their Grey's Anatomy characters Derek and Lexie, both appearing in the episode "You Break My Heart"


God Laughs

Episode number: 01
Original air date: September 29, 2011
Plot: When Cooper finds Pete unconscious after his heart attack, the entire staff band together to try and save his life but the situation increases the strain between Amelia and Charlotte as Charlotte continues to suspect Amelia has fallen off the wagon. Meanwhile, Addison finds herself caring for Lucas as she contemplates making the next step forward in her desire for a child while Violet, preparing to leave on her book tour, finds herself coming to the aide of a woman who suffered domestic violence, unaware of the fragile state of her own marriage.
Recurring characters: None


Breaking The Rules

Episode number: 02
Original air date: October 6, 2011
Plot: When the doctors begin interviewing for Naomi's position, Jake Reilly is the only doctorwho wows the staff and yet no one can understand Addison's reluctance to hire him, especially Sam. Cooper breaks the law and crosses his wife, Charlotte, when he does something extremly unethical in an effort to get cord blood for a young, sick patient. Amelia tries to prove to Charlotte that she's sober and ready to return to work while Pete begins to direct his post-heart attack frustrations towards Violet.
Recurring characters: None


Deal With It

Episode number: 03
Original air date: October 13, 2011
Plot: Jake enlists Addison to help his patient without a uterus have a baby of her own but they come to blows over the unordothox and experimental procedure Jake suggests while, still attempting to overcome her relapse, Amelia treats a patient with Parkinson's disease who struggles to keep the impulses caused by her medication at bay. Charlotte and Cooper attempt to make amends in their relationship while Violet tries to adapt to her new role and Pete turns to Sheldon for help in overcoming his sudden distance from Violet.
Recurring characters: A.J Langer as Erica Warner and Griffin Gluck as Mason Warner


Remember Me

Episode number: 04
Original air date: October 20, 2011
Plot: The case of an Addison and Jake's amnesiac pregnant patient who's husband intends to leave her after the baby is born hits impacts on all of the doctors, but none more so than Addison whose worry about Sam leaving her after she has her own child increases. Violet and Sheldon come to blows over his treatment of her former patients while Cooper and Charlotte attempt to come to terms with the arrival of Erica and Cooper's son but their differeing reaction to the situation cause a divide between them.
Recurring characters: A.J Langer as Erica Warner and Griffin Gluck as Mason Warner


Step One

Episode number: 02
Original air date: October 27, 2011
Plot: Addison begins in vitro fertilization without telling Sam and struggles to cope with the effect that the hormone inbalance has on her emotions while Sam and Violet treat a patient who won't take his anti-psychotic meds shedding light on Sam's desire to not have another child and forces Violet to realize the impact her suspension has had on her former patients. Meanwhile, when Amelia's friend returns to town asking for help ending her life, her resolve to stay sober is questioned.
Recurring characters: A.J Langer as Erica Warner and Griffin Gluck as Mason Warner


If I Hadn't Forgotten...

Episode number: 06
Original air date: November 3, 2011
Plot: In the wake of her friend's death, Amelia falls further off the wagon and into the darkness while, as Charlotte attempts to show her tough love she is reminded of painful memories of her own tragic past. Addison takes one step closer to motherhood when she chooses a sperm donor while Cooper faces a difficult decision when he discovers the lenghts a parent will go to to make their child a sucsess, making him reflect on his own relationship with Mason. Meanwhile, Violet learns unexpected news about her suspention.
Recurring characters: A.J Langer as Erica Warner, Wes Brown as Ryan Carrigan and Griffin Gluck as Mason Warner


Don't Stop 'Til You Get Enough

Episode number: 07
Original air date: November 10, 2011
Plot: Amelia's addiction spins further out of control when her destructive relationship with her new fling begins to interfere with her professional life while Charlotte tells the staff of Amelia's decision to quit. Sam, Addison and Jake find themselves at odds when they must make the impossible choice between donating their patient’s organs or saving the life of her healthy, unborn baby. Meanwhile, Violet returns to Seaside Wellness, under Sheldon's supervision, while Cooper, Charlotte and Mason begin to form a family bond, much to Erica’s chagrin.
Recurring characters: A.J Langer as Erica Warner, Wes Brown as Ryan Carrigan and Griffin Gluck as Mason Warner


Who We Are

Episode number: 08
Original air date: November 17, 2011
Plot: When Amelia returns after disappearing for 12 day bender with her new boyfriend, the doctors of Seaside Wellness try to push her towards sobriety by holding an intervention. As Amelia lashes out at her friends one by one; calling Addison's quest for a child into question in lieu with her past, bringing Violet and Pete's issues to the surface and reminding Charlotte of her tragic past, they battle with the ethical dilemma of feeding Amelia's addiction in order to get her to listen.
Recurring characters: Wes Brown as Ryan Carrigan


The Breaking Point

Episode number: 09
Original air date: November 17, 2011
Plot: After the devestating outcome of her spiral, Amelia begins her 50 days in rehab while trying to overcome her grief and her addiction and bonds with an 18 year old patient who also has a history of drug abuse. Violet makes a realization about the state of her and Pete's marriage while Cooper is forced to put his commitment to Mason on the back burner to help a patient. Addison gives IVF one last chance, putting a strain on her relationship with Sam.
Recurring characters: A.J Langer as Erica Warner and Griffin Gluck as Mason Warner


Are You My Mother?

Episode number: 10
Original air date: January 5, 2012
Plot: Violet and Jake work with two women and a man involved in a polyamorous triad who all want to have a baby together while, after discovering her last round of IVF wasn't sucsessful, Addison begins to pursue adopting a baby but the situation pushes her and Sam into a precarious position. Violet and Pete struggle to balance being parents with their seperation and Amelia returns to the practice and realizes how badly she hurt Sheldon when she was abusing drugs. Cooper deals with whether or not to punish his son.
Recurring characters: Griffin Gluck as Mason Warner


The Standing Eight Count

Episode number: 11
Original air date: January 11, 2012
Plot: Sam, Addison, Pete and Violet adjust to their new lives as singles and, dealing with her break up, Addison turns to Jake when she begins to question how much she wants a baby. Violet attracts the attention of Scott, a parademic at the hospital but struggles with accepting a date and moving on from pete. Sheldon refuses to bend to pressure when his old friend from the police force wants him to rubber-stamp a fellow cop suffering from PTSD and return him to work and Charlotte faces an ethical dilemma when Amelia uncovers a secert about Erica.
Recurring characters: A.J Langer as Erica Warner,Stephen Amell as Scott Becker and Griffin Gluck as Mason Warner


Losing Battles

Episode number: 12
Original air date: January 19, 2012
Plot: Just as Violet prepares to take her next steps with Scott, the abused wife she counsilled at the airport while leaving LA months earlier arrives at the practice in need of urgent medical care, being both pregnant and badly beaten. The situation quickly escalates when, however, putting Violet and her patient in grave danger. Cooper, Charlotte and Amelia all try and help Erica come to terms with her prognosis. Meanwhile, Addison looks to Jake for help in finding a surrogate mother but the search forces her to make a realization about her quest for motherhood.
Recurring characters: A.J Langer as Erica Warner,Stephen Amell as Scott Becker and Griffin Gluck as Mason Warner


The Time Has Come

Episode number: 13
Original air date: February 2, 2012
Plot: The danger of Erica's situation becomes increasingly apparent whe she and Mason are involved in a non-fatal car crash forcing Cooper and Charlotte to push her to make a decision about her treatment. Addison and Jake's relationship becomes increasingly complex when they attend a medical conference together while Violet and Pete try to navigate their seperation after he catches her kissing Scott and forces them to both question if they are seperating temporarily or moving on from each other. Meanwhile, Sheldon and Sam counsel. an army veteran suffering from PTSD who harbors a secreted sexual trauma
Recurring characters: Anika Noni Rose as Corinne Bennett, Stephen Amell as Scott Becker, A.J Langer as Erica Warner and Griffin Gluck as Mason Warner


Too Much

Episode number: 14
Original air date: February 9, 2012
Plot: When Sam finds his estranged sister, Corinne, in jail, heavily medicated and near-catatonic he and brings her to Sheldon for help but the reality of her situation soon becomes apparent. Meanwhile, Addison tries to offer Sam support in his time of need, causing her to question their split. Erica begins her treatment but refuses to let Charlotte and Cooper tell Mason or let him see her while Amelia desperatly searches for a cure for her, leading her to a familiar face. Meanwhile, Pete and Addison treat the infant of a drug addict who is brought into the E.R by his sister after their mother vanishes and things heat up between Violet and Scott.
Recurring characters: Anika Noni Rose as Corinne Bennett, Stephen Amell as Scott Becker, A.J Langer as Erica Warner and Griffin Gluck as Mason Warner


You Break My Heart

Episode number: 15
Original air date: February 16, 2012
Plot: Cooper and Charlotte take Erica to Seattle Grace where, having convinced her brother to tackle the gliosarcoma, Amelia joins Derek and Lexie as they try to save Erica's life while, with a risky surgery ahead of her, Erica turns to Cooper and Charlotte to help her tell Mason. Scott tells Violet that he wants to take their relationship to the next level forcing her to reconsider her position with Pete while Addison gets caught in the middle between Sam and Jake's fight about a patient. Meanwhile, Sheldon warns Sam to be careful as he deals with Corinne's return and her recovery.
Recurring characters: Chyler Leigh as Lexie Grey, Patrick Dempsey as Derek Shepherd, A.J Langer as Erica Warner, Stephen Amell as Scott Becker, Griffin Gluck as Mason Warner and Anika Noni Rose as Corinne Bennett



Episode number: 16
Original air date: Feburary 23, 2012
Plot: Sam tries to take for of his sister, Corinne, but her mental condition makes it nearly impossible while Addison balances her concern for Sam's wellbeing and her increasingly complicated relationship with Jake. Sheldon learns that Amelia has life-changing news while Cooper rejects Charlotte's suggestion to seek outside help with Erica's care, and remains unaware of the negative effect it's having on his marriage. Having set the boundaries of their relationship, Violet finds her fling with Scott illumianting her worries about Pete.
Recurring characters: A.J Langer as Erica Warner, Stephen Amell as Scott Becker and Anika Noni Rose as Corinne Bennett


The Letting Go

Episode number: 17
Original air date: March 15, 2012
Plot: When Erica begins experiencing abdominal pains, the doctors soon deduce that her cancer spread and she must face the prospect of saying goodbye to Mason for good while Cooper and Charlotte try to help them through the traumatic experience. Jake visits his stepdaughter who makes him question his feelings for Addison while, when Scott arrives in the E.R after being beaten by a patient, Violet faces her feelings when she learns that Pete is his doctor. Amelia struggles to accept the reality of her condition while Sam accepts the true hardships of dealing with Corinne's condition and tries to find the best way to help her.
Recurring characters: A.J Langer as Erica Warner, Stephen Amell as Scott Becker and Anika Noni Rose as Corinne Bennett


It Was Inevitable

Episode number: 18
Original air date: April 17, 2012
Plot: Charlotte and Cooper try to help Mason come to terms with Erica's rapidly deteriorating health, and Charlotte tries to convince Erica to see her son before the inevitable. Meanwhile, Addison tries to help Amelia embrace motherhood which dealing with her own escalating personal issues as Sam and Jake both begin to question their feelings for her. The doctors are faced with the tragic case of a pregnant woman jailed for murdering her two children and Pete and Violet realise there are still feelings between them.
Recurring characters: A.J Langer as Erica Warner


And Then There Was One

Episode number: 19
Original air date: April 24, 2012
Plot: Amelia shuts off from her peers when she recieves devestating news from her pregnancy and, as Addison tries to adjust to the new man in her life, her sucsessful motherhood brings her and Amelia's friendship to a standstill. Cooper and Charlotte struggle to deal with Mason's way of coping with his mother's death while Violet and Pete try marriage councelling, but Violet's suspicions of a patients sister causes conflict between the two. Meanwhile, Sam and Jake come to blows over Addison.
Recurring characters: None


True Colors

Episode number: 20
Original air date: May 1, 2012
Plot: Addison and Pete treat an undocumented immigrant facing deportation who tries to induce her pregnancy so her child can be a US citizen and, as Violet tries to push Pete to try therapy again, she is stunned by the lenghts Pete is willing to go to to help his patient at her expense. Amelia struggles with the reality of her situation while looking to Jake for guidance while a request of Addison's causes friction between her and Sam. Cooper and Charlotte disagree in how to handle Mason's rebellion while Violet and Cooper work with a young girl with Gender Identity Disorder.
Recurring characters: None


Drifting Back

Episode number: 21
Original air date: May 8, 2012
Plot: Jake tries to help Amelia through her ordeal when he begins to suspect that she may start abusing drugs again to help her cope while Sheldon returns from his extended break with his ex-wife and learns of Amelia's plight and struggles with her decision to confide in Jake. Meanwhile, Addison has difficulty defining her relationships with both Sam and Jake. Elsewhere, Violet decides to sell her house and tries to include Pete in the decision but Pete finds himself preoccupied with a case wherein the the father and boyfriend of a man disagree on his treatment , and Pete goes to extremes to do what's best for his patient.


Gone, Baby, Gone

Episode number: 22
Original air date: May 15, 2012
Plot: The doctors rally behind Amelia after she goes into labour, even those she's pushed away, yet the doctors remain torn about how ethical it is to donate her baby's organs as Sheldon tries to counsel Amelia through her ordeal. Meanwhile, as Addison's relationship with Jake heats up, Sam begins to question whether he was wise to walk away from having a family with Addison and Pete's arrest puts his and Violet's marriage into perspective. Amelia's plight also forces Charlotte to assess her maternal relationship with Mason in the wake of his mother's death.



  • Amy Brennamen will no longer wear a wig in her role as Violet Turner. The actress cut her hair at some point in season 3/4, and this is the first time we will see her short hair on screen.
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