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A spinoff of the hugely popular MedicalDrama ''GreysAnatomy'', ''PrivatePractice'' follows one of its most popular characters, fiery redhead Addison Montgomery (formerly Montgomery-Shepherd) and her new life and job in Los Angeles, at a [[JustForPun private practice]] founded by Addison's friends from Med School, Sam and Naomi. Other coworkers include [[TheWoobie Pete]], the alternative medicine expert, Violet, the psychiatrist who is so good at helping others but can't help herself and Cooper, a brilliant pediatrician who dates girls he meets in online chats. Also in the cast is Charlotte, a chief of staff in a local hospital who doesn't like Private Practices much.

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!!This show provides examples of:

* AbusiveParents: Addison's. Later subverted with a {{Reveal}}.
* ADayInTheLimelight: In season six (the final one), each character gets an episode that focuses on them.
* AdultFear: All the mini-arc about the little girl who disappeared in season 6 revolves around this trope. The parents are worried sick, and their girl shows no sign of being alive after 3 months of disappearance. The mother believes she's still alive, whereas the father doesn't... Because he can't stand the thought that she may have been kidnapped by a pedophile who may be abusing her. [[spoiler:It turns out she ''was'' kidnapped by a pedophile, and locked inside his basement for the whole time. Said pedophile, who hopefully didn't abuse her during this time, was talking about ending things with her... Depending on how you read between the lines, he may have been talking about taking her by force, releasing her, or simply kill her.]]
* AGodAmI: The idea of having the fate of someone in the palm of your hands as a surgeon gets discussed a couple of times, usually with the analogy of "playing God" being put in here and there. It's to the point where not only was there an episode titled after said analogy, but during one such surgery, Sam says something along the lines of "I am God."
* AscendedExtra: Sheldon started as a guest star in season two, was upgraded to "also starring" status in season three, and became main cast in season four. Fans probably breathed a sigh of relief, since Sheldon is the most consistently level-headed person on the show. Amelia also guest-starred in season three before becoming main cast in season four.
* AlliterativeName: The title.
* {{Badass}}: Charlotte getting her arm sewn up without any kind of pain relievers because she's allergic to local anesthetics and is also [[spoiler: a recovering narcotic addict and didn't want to break her sobriety by taking a painkiller]].
* BerserkButton: Cooper once punched a patient's father when he the child mentioned being touched, and this was right after [[spoiler:he found out that Charlotte was raped and that the rapist has a clear shot of getting away with that]]. The dad wanted to sue him [[spoiler: until he finds out that had jumped to conclusions. It was the mom who was touching the child.]]
* BiggusDickus: Apparently [[spoiler: Sheldon]].
* BittersweetEnding: Several episodes end with some surgeries being a success, while others end in failure. Episode 14 of the 4th season is a good example: [[spoiler:Charlotte's rapist finally got what he deserved... But on the other hand, Susan, Bizzy's lover, died, and Bizzy soon follow her, by committing suicide]].
* BrokenPedestal: Both Pete and Sheldon encountered their respective mentors doing questionable activities ([[spoiler:Pete's mentor operates as doctor from his home without a warrant and receives funding from gangs, while Sheldon's mentor has given into the influence of drugs, decrying talk therapy in favor for drugs to help out the patient]]) and reacting with this trope.
* BunnyEarsLawyer: They all have their little quirks and dysfunctions, but they are extremely good at their various jobs.
* DarkAndTroubledPast: Amelia Shepherd, who along with [[GreysAnatomy her brother Derek]] [[spoiler: was in the house when her father was killed]]. Also Pete [[spoiler: who revealed that he saw his mom murder the only man who gave a damn about him and then testified against her.]]
* DefrostingIceQueen: Charlotte, since she began dating Cooper.
* DeusAngstMachina:
** Poor, poor Amelia... Her life is filled with horrible incidents, starting from her childhood to her current adulthood. The poor girl just can't catch her breath.
** Betsy follows right in her footsteps. [[spoiler:Mother died in a fire, father killed in a car accident, none of the people in the hospital were willing to adopt her and she went to child services, right into the arms of an abusive family (or more appropriately, a family with an abusive son), getting beaten up and eventually be put in a coma. Poor girl couldn't catch a break until Naomi stepped in and offered to adopt her.]]
* DeusExitMachina: Naomi left the Practice temporarily, though there's some pretty clear distinction that if she was at the Practice for the time she was absent, at least two major events ([[spoiler:Betsy being given away to the orphanage and Charlotte's refusal to identify her rapist]]) would have went ''way'' differently with the boss being there to witness them and have something to do about it. Made even more evident when [[spoiler:Betsy gets back into the hospital and she adopts her right after her previous family left her]].
* DontYouDarePityMe: The reason why Charlotte refuses to inform anyone [[spoiler:that she was raped]]. [[spoiler:Much to her chagrin, it happens to her once the rest find out either through Addison or [[TheNotSecret by figuring it out for themselves]]]].
* DoubleStandard: The entire cast is suggest to this every now and then, though it applies especially to Violet (and of all people, [[spoiler:Catie, the one who cut her open]], calls her on it in Season 4, Episode 19 !).
* DrivenToSuicide: [[spoiler: Bizzy.]]
* DysfunctionJunction
* EurekaMoment: Happens a few times, though one memorable moment was in the second episode of the first season. Sam laments that [[spoiler:a parent is purposefully poisoning her own child]] and that caused Addison to realize just what happened that caused a SwitchedAtBirth situation.
* MrFanservice: Dell. Lampshaded in an early episode, where the ladies pretend not to notice him as he's walking out to the beach with a surfboard.
-->"If that didn't satisfy, there's another showing in an hour. And it's ''wet.''"
* FakeAmerican: Creator/AlexKingston as Marla.
* FieryRedhead: Addison, of course.
* {{Flanderization}}: Dell. Oh, ''Dell''.
* FromBadToWorse: [[spoiler:Susan's cancer]] was supposed healed. However, [[spoiler:she collapses moments after her wedding night. She signed a D.N.R ('''D'''o '''N'''ot '''R'''esuscitate), so Addison didn't have the right to bring her back when she coded. Buzzy is devastated, and after tricking Addison into leaving her alone at the Hotel, she commits suicide, leaving only a rather cold letter to her daughter]]. The last scene we see is [[spoiler:Addison crying over her mother's dead body]].
** The first part of season 5 has Amelia's substance abuse getting worse and worse, especially after [[spoiler: her terminally ill friend commits suicide]].
* GagPenis: [[spoiler: Sheldon]], of all people, is reputed to have one, and he ''knows'' how to use it!
* HappilyAdopted: Coop.
* HappilyMarried: [[spoiler:Cooper and Charlotte, though it did take several episodes before they became completly well-adjusted. Charlotte ending up pregnant with ''triplets'' (on top of becoming Mason's new mother) really didn't help.]]
* IdiotBall: Pretty much every single main character has carried it around for awhile.
* IdiosyncraticEpisodeNaming: All of The first season episodes were titled ''In Which'' followed by an event in the episode, a la ''{{Series/Friends}}''.
* InformedAbility: Amy is supposed to be a crack neurosurgeon, but so far she's killed more people than she's helped.
* {{Jerkass}}: Addison's father, and her mother too. Also Violet in Season 2. And Fife in Season 3, in spite of being wheelchair-bound, manages to come off as a complete asshole. And then there's Cooper's recent ''uber''-asshole behaviour towards Charlotte.
** Charlotte is a pretty big {{Jerkass}} herself, what with all the [[ConsummateLiar lying]] and [[YourCheatingHeart cheating]].
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Archer may not be very nice, but he really likes his sister (not [[BrotherSisterIncest THAT]] way,pervs). Also, Charlotte. Fife (see above) seems to be headed this way, too.
* KilledOffForReal: [[spoiler: Dell and Pete]].
* LaserGuidedKarma: [[spoiler:Charlotte's rapist gets hit with a HumiliationConga as soon as he begins beating his wife. It starts with a stabbing and ends with him being arrested]].
* LawOfInverseFertility: Addison.
** And Charlotte, who dislikes children and never wanted any, but ends up raising Mason (Coop's son from a previous encounter) as well as ''triplets'' of her own.
* LetThemDieHappy: Pete with [[spoiler: Heather, Dell's wife]].
* LookingForLoveInAllTheWrongPlaces: Addison is an expert at this trope, but the rest of the cast is certainly no slouch in this department.
* LoveTriangle: Sam/Naomi/Dell, Violet/Cooper/Charlotte, Pete/Violet/Sheldon, Addison/Noah/Noah's-poor-wife-whose-name-fans-don't-even-remember-any-more.....
** Also now Naomi/Fife/William, Pete/Addison/Sam and then Addison/Pete/Violet.
** More like a LoveDodecahedron.
* [[SouthernBelle Mauvaise Belle]]: Charlotte.
* MedicalDrama
* MercyKill: Happens from time to time in the show, though often frowned upon by the staff members. One memorable moment is when [[spoiler:Amelia's old friend comes by and asks her to kill her. She complies, but it becomes a BungledSuicide soon after. Though the friend manages to just cut the middleman and [[DrivenToSuicide do the killing herself]]]].
* NiceGuy: Ryan, Amelia's boyfriend during [[spoiler: her resurfacing drug addiction]]. At first, he seems like a shady guy, with even [[WiseBeyondTheirYears Mason]] being suspicious of him. However, he ultimately proves to be a good guy. His moments include shooing away a group of friends when Amelia wanted them out when it looked like they were going to stay and [[spoiler:telling Amelia to go to rehab with him so that they can be clean]]. [[spoiler:It's his death that causes Amelia to consider rehab and becomes [[ILetGwenStacyDie a point of guilt for her]]]].
* TheNotSecret: Half of the group finds out [[spoiler:Charlotte's rape]] this way, though for Sheldon, he needed only to recall [[spoiler:his interview with said rapist]] to get the secret.
* OhCrap: The reaction most of the staff have whenever an old face bursts through the elevator doors injured or on a stretcher, provided said face isn't someone that brushed off them in a bad way. If they did, the staff member's reaction would be more of a DeathGlare.
* OlderThanTheyLook: Real Life example: Tim Daly (Pete) is ''53'' and doesn't look a day older than 41.
* OneOfOurOwn: Most notably Violet; at the end of Season 2 she is [[spoiler: given a C-section by a crazy patient]]. Also recently Cooper, who was imprisoned [[spoiler: and beaten up in prison]] for refusing to disclose where a [[spoiler: lying]] kid was staying to avoid his [[spoiler: supposedly]] abusive stepfather, and Dell, [[spoiler: whose house blew up with his wife and daughter in it; the daughter came out fairly fine, but the wife died of her burns]].
** His wife, who [[spoiler: was using the burner to make Meth and caused the explosion]]
*** Charlotte, who [[spoiler: has been brutally raped]] between the end of ''All In The Family'' and the beginning of ''Did You Hear What Happened To Charlotte King?''
** Amelia, a former addict who's started to relapse.
* OnlySaneMan: Sheldon occasionally fills this role, giving advice to other members of the practice, and staying (comparatively) drama-free.
* PatientOfTheWeek
* PleaseDontLeaveMe: A variation happens to [[spoiler: Betsey]] in the 4th episode of the 4th season, when no one is willing to step in and [[spoiler: adopt her]]. This character's line [[spoiler: "Don't you want to take care of me ?"]] is quite poignant, considering that [[spoiler: both her parents are dead, her aunt literally abandoned her, and now the only people she knew besides her family did the same to her]]. As Violet put it : [[spoiler: "We did a bad thing. You know it"]].
* PoorCommunicationKills: Because Charlotte [[spoiler:refused to say she was raped ''and'' refused to identify the rapist the first time around, he almost got away with it. It took his own wife to turn him in before he sees justice]].
* PoorlyDisguisedPilot: The two part episode 'The Other Side Of This Life' in ''GreysAnatomy''.
* PutOnTheBus: Happens a few times in the show, with the InUniverse reason being that the person going on the bus went through a traumatizing or otherwise dramatic experience and needed to be elsewhere for a sabbatical. Particularly, Violet in Season 3 and Naomi in Season 4.
* [[spoiler: RapeAsDrama]]: [[spoiler: Charlotte]].
* RealLifeWritesThePlot [[spoiler: Amelia's pregnancy.]]
* RealitySubtext: Amelia became [[spoiler: pregnant]] in season five because Caterina Scorsone is.
* SpinOff
* [[spoiler: SameSexTriplets: Cooper and Charlotte's triplet daughters, Georgia, Caroline, and Rachel.]]
* StrawFeminist: Addison in one episode in which the practice was holding a meeting to decide whether or not to perform abortions, when she said that the vote of anyone who didn't have a vagina didn't count. They may be guys, but they're ''partners in the practice too''. They have to have their say.
** Of course, considering her past -- aborting a child even though she really wanted to be a mother because the father wasn't the "right guy" -- it was probably a little to personal an issue for her to see clearly how unfair she was being.
** And to be fair, this is a real life limitation commonly imposed on abortion debates and generally considered acceptable by both pro-choice and pro-life women; if it hadn't been an issue that had a direct impact on how they would have to run their business, some would consider it reasonable.
** To be even fairer, she didn't say their votes wouldn't count, she said for them to leave the room unless they wanted to fight with her. Which they didn't. As much as the issue was debated, it was never put to a vote onscreen with or without the guys.
* TeenPregnancy [[spoiler: Maya, who's keeping her baby and marrying the father at fifteen years old.]]
* TraumaCongaLine: Amelia in season 5. It's quite a miracle she managed to recover from all the horrors she suffered (see her nightmare fuel entry for the details).
* TroubledButCute: Pete. Amelia.
* TheReasonYouSuckSpeech: Amelia has various for all of her colleagues, but especially Addison, during an intervention. Borders on being a HannibalLecture at points.
** And despite her being an addict who needs help and this being her intervention, she is still absolutely spot on with everything she says about the others.
* TheUnfairSex: Everything Violet does is justified by this, and the sheer power of Wangst. Dell's [[spoiler:daughter is almost killed because his wife thought it perfectly safe to ''cook meth in the kitchen'']], and when he gets insanely pissed off about it (wouldn't you?) he's being a bad, baaaad parent. This in spite of the fact that [[spoiler:Dell supported her through her addiction, took her back after multiple relapses, and even forgave her for ''kidnapping his child'']], after all of which the beautiful fair lady went ahead and decided [[spoiler:cookin' meth in the kitchen with her little girl sitting in the next room was an awesomely good idea]]. Seriously, what could possibly go wrong?
** And then he was deemed wrong for [[spoiler: Not wanting his daughter to see her badly burned, mutilated mother before she died.]] Really?
* ThisIsUnforgivable: An early 4th season episode has [[spoiler:the drunk driver that nearly killed Maya and killed Dell arrive to apologize, though his presence infuriated Sam to the point where, when it's revealed that said driver needed surgery, he struggled with the decision of even preforming the surgery in the first place. Didn't help that he said that he shouldn't be forgiven ''and'' it triggered flashbacks of a surgery he preformed with the exact same circumstances (heart problem, had committed a heavy crime) in which he let the patient die]].
* WiseBeyondTheirYears: Mason is able to guess with accuracy what's going on around him. A memorable moment of this trope being when [[spoiler:he correctly guesses the reason Cooper is sticking around is because he's his father]].
* WhamEpisode: The final episode of season 2 and the first of season 3. Then, [[NightmareFuel episode 7 of season 4 came...]] The sixth season premiere, "Aftershock" ends with [[spoiler: Pete dying]].
* WhatTheHellHero:
** Dell is the frequent invoker of this trope - He's called out Violet, Naomi, Sam and even Addison about their bad decisions on more than one occasion. Fans practically cheered their lungs out when Violet ''finally'' got a good telling-to. Go, Dell!
** A couple of lawyers had a go at the group during a custody battle for Lucas in season 3, pointing out most of the developments that happened in the season so far and pointing out where they went wrong.
* WhatWereYouThinking: Happens every now and then.
* YouDidEverythingYouCould: Said every now and then.
* YourCheatingHeart: Addison, full stop.

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A spinoff of the hugely popular MedicalDrama ''GreysAnatomy'', ''PrivatePractice'' follows one of its most popular characters, fiery redhead Addison Montgomery (formerly Montgomery-Shepherd) and her new life and job in Los Angeles, at a [[JustForPun private practice]] founded by Addison's friends from Med School, Sam and Naomi. Other coworkers include [[TheWoobie Pete]], the alternative medicine expert, Violet, the psychiatrist who is so good at helping others but can't help herself and Cooper, a brilliant pediatrician who dates girls he meets in online chats. Also in the cast is Charlotte, a chief of staff in a local hospital who doesn't like Private Practices much.

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!!This show provides examples of:

* AbusiveParents: Addison's. Later subverted with a {{Reveal}}.
* ADayInTheLimelight: In season six (the final one), each character gets an episode that focuses on them.
* AdultFear: All the mini-arc about the little girl who disappeared in season 6 revolves around this trope. The parents are worried sick, and their girl shows no sign of being alive after 3 months of disappearance. The mother believes she's still alive, whereas the father doesn't... Because he can't stand the thought that she may have been kidnapped by a pedophile who may be abusing her. [[spoiler:It turns out she ''was'' kidnapped by a pedophile, and locked inside his basement for the whole time. Said pedophile, who hopefully didn't abuse her during this time, was talking about ending things with her... Depending on how you read between the lines, he may have been talking about taking her by force, releasing her, or simply kill her.]]
* AGodAmI: The idea of having the fate of someone in the palm of your hands as a surgeon gets discussed a couple of times, usually with the analogy of "playing God" being put in here and there. It's to the point where not only was there an episode titled after said analogy, but during one such surgery, Sam says something along the lines of "I am God."
* AscendedExtra: Sheldon started as a guest star in season two, was upgraded to "also starring" status in season three, and became main cast in season four. Fans probably breathed a sigh of relief, since Sheldon is the most consistently level-headed person on the show. Amelia also guest-starred in season three before becoming main cast in season four.
* AlliterativeName: The title.
* {{Badass}}: Charlotte getting her arm sewn up without any kind of pain relievers because she's allergic to local anesthetics and is also [[spoiler: a recovering narcotic addict and didn't want to break her sobriety by taking a painkiller]].
* BerserkButton: Cooper once punched a patient's father when he the child mentioned being touched, and this was right after [[spoiler:he found out that Charlotte was raped and that the rapist has a clear shot of getting away with that]]. The dad wanted to sue him [[spoiler: until he finds out that had jumped to conclusions. It was the mom who was touching the child.]]
* BiggusDickus: Apparently [[spoiler: Sheldon]].
* BittersweetEnding: Several episodes end with some surgeries being a success, while others end in failure. Episode 14 of the 4th season is a good example: [[spoiler:Charlotte's rapist finally got what he deserved... But on the other hand, Susan, Bizzy's lover, died, and Bizzy soon follow her, by committing suicide]].
* BrokenPedestal: Both Pete and Sheldon encountered their respective mentors doing questionable activities ([[spoiler:Pete's mentor operates as doctor from his home without a warrant and receives funding from gangs, while Sheldon's mentor has given into the influence of drugs, decrying talk therapy in favor for drugs to help out the patient]]) and reacting with this trope.
* BunnyEarsLawyer: They all have their little quirks and dysfunctions, but they are extremely good at their various jobs.
* DarkAndTroubledPast: Amelia Shepherd, who along with [[GreysAnatomy her brother Derek]] [[spoiler: was in the house when her father was killed]]. Also Pete [[spoiler: who revealed that he saw his mom murder the only man who gave a damn about him and then testified against her.]]
* DefrostingIceQueen: Charlotte, since she began dating Cooper.
* DeusAngstMachina:
** Poor, poor Amelia... Her life is filled with horrible incidents, starting from her childhood to her current adulthood. The poor girl just can't catch her breath.
** Betsy follows right in her footsteps. [[spoiler:Mother died in a fire, father killed in a car accident, none of the people in the hospital were willing to adopt her and she went to child services, right into the arms of an abusive family (or more appropriately, a family with an abusive son), getting beaten up and eventually be put in a coma. Poor girl couldn't catch a break until Naomi stepped in and offered to adopt her.]]
* DeusExitMachina: Naomi left the Practice temporarily, though there's some pretty clear distinction that if she was at the Practice for the time she was absent, at least two major events ([[spoiler:Betsy being given away to the orphanage and Charlotte's refusal to identify her rapist]]) would have went ''way'' differently with the boss being there to witness them and have something to do about it. Made even more evident when [[spoiler:Betsy gets back into the hospital and she adopts her right after her previous family left her]].
* DontYouDarePityMe: The reason why Charlotte refuses to inform anyone [[spoiler:that she was raped]]. [[spoiler:Much to her chagrin, it happens to her once the rest find out either through Addison or [[TheNotSecret by figuring it out for themselves]]]].
* DoubleStandard: The entire cast is suggest to this every now and then, though it applies especially to Violet (and of all people, [[spoiler:Catie, the one who cut her open]], calls her on it in Season 4, Episode 19 !).
* DrivenToSuicide: [[spoiler: Bizzy.]]
* DysfunctionJunction
* EurekaMoment: Happens a few times, though one memorable moment was in the second episode of the first season. Sam laments that [[spoiler:a parent is purposefully poisoning her own child]] and that caused Addison to realize just what happened that caused a SwitchedAtBirth situation.
* MrFanservice: Dell. Lampshaded in an early episode, where the ladies pretend not to notice him as he's walking out to the beach with a surfboard.
-->"If that didn't satisfy, there's another showing in an hour. And it's ''wet.''"
* FakeAmerican: Creator/AlexKingston as Marla.
* FieryRedhead: Addison, of course.
* {{Flanderization}}: Dell. Oh, ''Dell''.
* FromBadToWorse: [[spoiler:Susan's cancer]] was supposed healed. However, [[spoiler:she collapses moments after her wedding night. She signed a D.N.R ('''D'''o '''N'''ot '''R'''esuscitate), so Addison didn't have the right to bring her back when she coded. Buzzy is devastated, and after tricking Addison into leaving her alone at the Hotel, she commits suicide, leaving only a rather cold letter to her daughter]]. The last scene we see is [[spoiler:Addison crying over her mother's dead body]].
** The first part of season 5 has Amelia's substance abuse getting worse and worse, especially after [[spoiler: her terminally ill friend commits suicide]].
* GagPenis: [[spoiler: Sheldon]], of all people, is reputed to have one, and he ''knows'' how to use it!
* HappilyAdopted: Coop.
* HappilyMarried: [[spoiler:Cooper and Charlotte, though it did take several episodes before they became completly well-adjusted. Charlotte ending up pregnant with ''triplets'' (on top of becoming Mason's new mother) really didn't help.]]
* IdiotBall: Pretty much every single main character has carried it around for awhile.
* IdiosyncraticEpisodeNaming: All of The first season episodes were titled ''In Which'' followed by an event in the episode, a la ''{{Series/Friends}}''.
* InformedAbility: Amy is supposed to be a crack neurosurgeon, but so far she's killed more people than she's helped.
* {{Jerkass}}: Addison's father, and her mother too. Also Violet in Season 2. And Fife in Season 3, in spite of being wheelchair-bound, manages to come off as a complete asshole. And then there's Cooper's recent ''uber''-asshole behaviour towards Charlotte.
** Charlotte is a pretty big {{Jerkass}} herself, what with all the [[ConsummateLiar lying]] and [[YourCheatingHeart cheating]].
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Archer may not be very nice, but he really likes his sister (not [[BrotherSisterIncest THAT]] way,pervs). Also, Charlotte. Fife (see above) seems to be headed this way, too.
* KilledOffForReal: [[spoiler: Dell and Pete]].
* LaserGuidedKarma: [[spoiler:Charlotte's rapist gets hit with a HumiliationConga as soon as he begins beating his wife. It starts with a stabbing and ends with him being arrested]].
* LawOfInverseFertility: Addison.
** And Charlotte, who dislikes children and never wanted any, but ends up raising Mason (Coop's son from a previous encounter) as well as ''triplets'' of her own.
* LetThemDieHappy: Pete with [[spoiler: Heather, Dell's wife]].
* LookingForLoveInAllTheWrongPlaces: Addison is an expert at this trope, but the rest of the cast is certainly no slouch in this department.
* LoveTriangle: Sam/Naomi/Dell, Violet/Cooper/Charlotte, Pete/Violet/Sheldon, Addison/Noah/Noah's-poor-wife-whose-name-fans-don't-even-remember-any-more.....
** Also now Naomi/Fife/William, Pete/Addison/Sam and then Addison/Pete/Violet.
** More like a LoveDodecahedron.
* [[SouthernBelle Mauvaise Belle]]: Charlotte.
* MedicalDrama
* MercyKill: Happens from time to time in the show, though often frowned upon by the staff members. One memorable moment is when [[spoiler:Amelia's old friend comes by and asks her to kill her. She complies, but it becomes a BungledSuicide soon after. Though the friend manages to just cut the middleman and [[DrivenToSuicide do the killing herself]]]].
* NiceGuy: Ryan, Amelia's boyfriend during [[spoiler: her resurfacing drug addiction]]. At first, he seems like a shady guy, with even [[WiseBeyondTheirYears Mason]] being suspicious of him. However, he ultimately proves to be a good guy. His moments include shooing away a group of friends when Amelia wanted them out when it looked like they were going to stay and [[spoiler:telling Amelia to go to rehab with him so that they can be clean]]. [[spoiler:It's his death that causes Amelia to consider rehab and becomes [[ILetGwenStacyDie a point of guilt for her]]]].
* TheNotSecret: Half of the group finds out [[spoiler:Charlotte's rape]] this way, though for Sheldon, he needed only to recall [[spoiler:his interview with said rapist]] to get the secret.
* OhCrap: The reaction most of the staff have whenever an old face bursts through the elevator doors injured or on a stretcher, provided said face isn't someone that brushed off them in a bad way. If they did, the staff member's reaction would be more of a DeathGlare.
* OlderThanTheyLook: Real Life example: Tim Daly (Pete) is ''53'' and doesn't look a day older than 41.
* OneOfOurOwn: Most notably Violet; at the end of Season 2 she is [[spoiler: given a C-section by a crazy patient]]. Also recently Cooper, who was imprisoned [[spoiler: and beaten up in prison]] for refusing to disclose where a [[spoiler: lying]] kid was staying to avoid his [[spoiler: supposedly]] abusive stepfather, and Dell, [[spoiler: whose house blew up with his wife and daughter in it; the daughter came out fairly fine, but the wife died of her burns]].
** His wife, who [[spoiler: was using the burner to make Meth and caused the explosion]]
*** Charlotte, who [[spoiler: has been brutally raped]] between the end of ''All In The Family'' and the beginning of ''Did You Hear What Happened To Charlotte King?''
** Amelia, a former addict who's started to relapse.
* OnlySaneMan: Sheldon occasionally fills this role, giving advice to other members of the practice, and staying (comparatively) drama-free.
* PatientOfTheWeek
* PleaseDontLeaveMe: A variation happens to [[spoiler: Betsey]] in the 4th episode of the 4th season, when no one is willing to step in and [[spoiler: adopt her]]. This character's line [[spoiler: "Don't you want to take care of me ?"]] is quite poignant, considering that [[spoiler: both her parents are dead, her aunt literally abandoned her, and now the only people she knew besides her family did the same to her]]. As Violet put it : [[spoiler: "We did a bad thing. You know it"]].
* PoorCommunicationKills: Because Charlotte [[spoiler:refused to say she was raped ''and'' refused to identify the rapist the first time around, he almost got away with it. It took his own wife to turn him in before he sees justice]].
* PoorlyDisguisedPilot: The two part episode 'The Other Side Of This Life' in ''GreysAnatomy''.
* PutOnTheBus: Happens a few times in the show, with the InUniverse reason being that the person going on the bus went through a traumatizing or otherwise dramatic experience and needed to be elsewhere for a sabbatical. Particularly, Violet in Season 3 and Naomi in Season 4.
* [[spoiler: RapeAsDrama]]: [[spoiler: Charlotte]].
* RealLifeWritesThePlot [[spoiler: Amelia's pregnancy.]]
* RealitySubtext: Amelia became [[spoiler: pregnant]] in season five because Caterina Scorsone is.
* SpinOff
* [[spoiler: SameSexTriplets: Cooper and Charlotte's triplet daughters, Georgia, Caroline, and Rachel.]]
* StrawFeminist: Addison in one episode in which the practice was holding a meeting to decide whether or not to perform abortions, when she said that the vote of anyone who didn't have a vagina didn't count. They may be guys, but they're ''partners in the practice too''. They have to have their say.
** Of course, considering her past -- aborting a child even though she really wanted to be a mother because the father wasn't the "right guy" -- it was probably a little to personal an issue for her to see clearly how unfair she was being.
** And to be fair, this is a real life limitation commonly imposed on abortion debates and generally considered acceptable by both pro-choice and pro-life women; if it hadn't been an issue that had a direct impact on how they would have to run their business, some would consider it reasonable.
** To be even fairer, she didn't say their votes wouldn't count, she said for them to leave the room unless they wanted to fight with her. Which they didn't. As much as the issue was debated, it was never put to a vote onscreen with or without the guys.
* TeenPregnancy [[spoiler: Maya, who's keeping her baby and marrying the father at fifteen years old.]]
* TraumaCongaLine: Amelia in season 5. It's quite a miracle she managed to recover from all the horrors she suffered (see her nightmare fuel entry for the details).
* TroubledButCute: Pete. Amelia.
* TheReasonYouSuckSpeech: Amelia has various for all of her colleagues, but especially Addison, during an intervention. Borders on being a HannibalLecture at points.
** And despite her being an addict who needs help and this being her intervention, she is still absolutely spot on with everything she says about the others.
* TheUnfairSex: Everything Violet does is justified by this, and the sheer power of Wangst. Dell's [[spoiler:daughter is almost killed because his wife thought it perfectly safe to ''cook meth in the kitchen'']], and when he gets insanely pissed off about it (wouldn't you?) he's being a bad, baaaad parent. This in spite of the fact that [[spoiler:Dell supported her through her addiction, took her back after multiple relapses, and even forgave her for ''kidnapping his child'']], after all of which the beautiful fair lady went ahead and decided [[spoiler:cookin' meth in the kitchen with her little girl sitting in the next room was an awesomely good idea]]. Seriously, what could possibly go wrong?
** And then he was deemed wrong for [[spoiler: Not wanting his daughter to see her badly burned, mutilated mother before she died.]] Really?
* ThisIsUnforgivable: An early 4th season episode has [[spoiler:the drunk driver that nearly killed Maya and killed Dell arrive to apologize, though his presence infuriated Sam to the point where, when it's revealed that said driver needed surgery, he struggled with the decision of even preforming the surgery in the first place. Didn't help that he said that he shouldn't be forgiven ''and'' it triggered flashbacks of a surgery he preformed with the exact same circumstances (heart problem, had committed a heavy crime) in which he let the patient die]].
* WiseBeyondTheirYears: Mason is able to guess with accuracy what's going on around him. A memorable moment of this trope being when [[spoiler:he correctly guesses the reason Cooper is sticking around is because he's his father]].
* WhamEpisode: The final episode of season 2 and the first of season 3. Then, [[NightmareFuel episode 7 of season 4 came...]] The sixth season premiere, "Aftershock" ends with [[spoiler: Pete dying]].
* WhatTheHellHero:
** Dell is the frequent invoker of this trope - He's called out Violet, Naomi, Sam and even Addison about their bad decisions on more than one occasion. Fans practically cheered their lungs out when Violet ''finally'' got a good telling-to. Go, Dell!
** A couple of lawyers had a go at the group during a custody battle for Lucas in season 3, pointing out most of the developments that happened in the season so far and pointing out where they went wrong.
* WhatWereYouThinking: Happens every now and then.
* YouDidEverythingYouCould: Said every now and then.
* YourCheatingHeart: Addison, full stop.
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* OhCrap: The reaction most of the staff have whenever an old face bursts through the elevator doors injured or on a stretcher.

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* OhCrap: The reaction most of the staff have whenever an old face bursts through the elevator doors injured or on a stretcher.stretcher, provided said face isn't someone that brushed off them in a bad way. If they did, the staff member's reaction would be more of a DeathGlare.
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* MercyKill: Happens from time to time in the show, though often frowned upon by the staff members. One memorable moment is when [[spoiler:Amelia's old friend comes by and asks her to kill her. She complies, but it becomes a BungledSuicide soon after. Though the friend manages to just cut the middleman and [[DrivenToSuicide do the killing herself]]]].
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* OhCrap: The reaction most of the staff have whenever an old face bursts through the elevator doors injured or on a stretcher.
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* NiceGuy: Ryan, Amelia's boyfriend during [[spoiler: her resurfacing drug addiction]]. At first, he seems like a shady guy, with even [[WiseBeyondTheirYears Mason]] being suspicious of him. However, he ultimately proves to be a good guy. His moments include shooing away a group of friends when Amelia wanted them out when it looked like they were going to stay and [[spoiler:telling Amelia to go to rehab with him so that they can be clean]]. [[spoiler:It's his death that causes Amelia to consider rehab and becomes [[ILetGwenStacyDie a point of guilt for her]]]].


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* WiseBeyondTheirYears: Mason is able to guess with accuracy what's going on around him. A memorable moment of this trope being when [[spoiler:he correctly guesses the reason Cooper is sticking around is because he's his father]].
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** Betsy follows right in her footsteps. [[spoiler:Mother died in a fire, father killed in a car accident, none of the people in the hospital were willing to adopt her and she went to child services. Poor girl can't catch a break.]]
* DeusExitMachina: Naomi left the Practice temporarily, though there's some pretty clear distinction that if she was at the Practice for the time she was absent, at least two major events ([[spoiler:Betsy being given away to the orphanage and Charlotte's refusal to identify her rapist]]) would have went ''way'' differently with the boss being there to witness them and have something to do about it.

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** Betsy follows right in her footsteps. [[spoiler:Mother died in a fire, father killed in a car accident, none of the people in the hospital were willing to adopt her and she went to child services. services, right into the arms of an abusive family (or more appropriately, a family with an abusive son), getting beaten up and eventually be put in a coma. Poor girl can't couldn't catch a break.break until Naomi stepped in and offered to adopt her.]]
* DeusExitMachina: Naomi left the Practice temporarily, though there's some pretty clear distinction that if she was at the Practice for the time she was absent, at least two major events ([[spoiler:Betsy being given away to the orphanage and Charlotte's refusal to identify her rapist]]) would have went ''way'' differently with the boss being there to witness them and have something to do about it. Made even more evident when [[spoiler:Betsy gets back into the hospital and she adopts her right after her previous family left her]].
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* YouDidEverythingYouCould

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* YouDidEverythingYouCouldYouDidEverythingYouCould: Said every now and then.
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* FromBadToWorse: [[spoiler:Susan's cancer]] was supposed healed. However, [[spoiler:she collapses moments after her wedding night. She signed a D.N.R, so Addison didn't have the right to bring her back when she coded. Buzzy is devastated, and after tricking Addison into leaving her alone at the Hotel, she commits suicide, leaving only a rather cold letter to her daughter]]. The last scene we see is [[spoiler:Addison crying over her mother's dead body]].

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* FromBadToWorse: [[spoiler:Susan's cancer]] was supposed healed. However, [[spoiler:she collapses moments after her wedding night. She signed a D.N.R, R ('''D'''o '''N'''ot '''R'''esuscitate), so Addison didn't have the right to bring her back when she coded. Buzzy is devastated, and after tricking Addison into leaving her alone at the Hotel, she commits suicide, leaving only a rather cold letter to her daughter]]. The last scene we see is [[spoiler:Addison crying over her mother's dead body]].
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* BrokenPedestal: Both Pete and Sheldon encountered their respective mentors doing questionable activities ([[spoiler:Pete's mentor operates as doctor from his home without a warrent and receives funding from gangs, while Sheldon's mentor has given into the influence of drugs, decrying talk therapy in favor for drugs to help out the patient]]) and reacting with this trope.

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* BrokenPedestal: Both Pete and Sheldon encountered their respective mentors doing questionable activities ([[spoiler:Pete's mentor operates as doctor from his home without a warrent warrant and receives funding from gangs, while Sheldon's mentor has given into the influence of drugs, decrying talk therapy in favor for drugs to help out the patient]]) and reacting with this trope.
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* TheNotSecret: Half of the group finds out [[spoiler:Charlotte's]] rape this way, though for Sheldon, he needed only to recall [[spoiler:his interview with said rapist]] to get the secret.

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* TheNotSecret: Half of the group finds out [[spoiler:Charlotte's]] rape [[spoiler:Charlotte's rape]] this way, though for Sheldon, he needed only to recall [[spoiler:his interview with said rapist]] to get the secret.
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