A Death In The Family

October 1, 2009
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"A Death In The Family" is the first episode of the third season of Private Practice and the 32nd produced episode of the series. It is also the 137th produced episode of the Grey's Anatomy franchise. It was broadcast on October 1, 2009.

After Pete discovers Violet dying on the floor of her home, having barely survivied a violet attack from her patient Katie, she is rushed to the hospital where her life rests in Addison's hands and the whereabouts of her baby remain unknown. Meanwhile, Naomi's defection to Pacific Wellcare strains her relationships with her old colleagues as Cooper struggles with his guilt over Violet's circumstances. The situation forces Pete to recall the death of his wife, and how Violet helped him through.



  • "Chasing Dragons" - Gemma Hayes
  • "You Will Know What To Do" - Home Video
  • "Mmm..." - Laura Izibor


  • When the main credits roll, a long pause is taken before Amy Brenneman's name appears. This is supposedly to tease viewers about Violet's suggested death.

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