Season 4 | Episode 14 | Aired 02/17/11
Violet’s patient, Hillary, is bitter because her husband is on the verge of being executed by the state. Sheldon is actually treating Brett, the woman’s husband. After 17 years of claiming innocence, Brett admits to Sheldon that he’s actually guilty of killing a man who was disrespectful to him in a bar. His wife and his son don’t know the truth. Brett believes it’s time they did, so he asks Sheldon to talk to them. Violet doesn’t think that’s such a good idea since Hillary has spent the past decade and a half fighting to free her presumed innocent hubby.
Eventually, Brett tells Hillary that he committed murder. His wife is hysterical at first but then quickly flees the prison. She’s still fighting to get Brett a stay of execution. She believes a lifetime of kindness shouldn’t be negated by one mistake. She asks Violet to accompany her to the widow of the man Brett killed. She asks her to call the governor on Brett’s behalf. That’s not going to happen. But Violet does manage to get Hillary back to the prison in time to let her husband know that she’s there for him as he dies.
Back in Connecticut, Addison places Susan’s ashes in Bizzy’s casket. It’s a fitting, moving gesture. At the cemetery, Addison is surrounded by family and friends as they all say their final goodbye to her mother. Archer finally breaks down in tears. He’ll be all right in time, as will his sister.