The Way We Were
Season 3 | Episode 2 | Aired 10/8/09
Cooper gets involved in a domestic violence case involving a family he knows. Eleven-year-old Tammy was allegedly thrown across the room by her dad. Tammy's mom, Michelle (guest star Kellie Martin), has also been roughed up and says she stabbed her husband. Coop tells Charlotte to page Sam and Addison, as Michelle is pregnant.
Michelle says the stabbing was an accident, but the police still have no choice but to arrest her right in front of her daughter. Meanwhile, the dad begins to crash and Sam has to induce a coma to keep him from dying. Based on the looks they give each other, we get the feeling this family isn't being totally truthful. After some prodding by Coop, Tammy says she was cutting a cantaloupe when she got really mad at her dad. These feelings of rage come over her sometimes. Her dad saw what was happening and tried to calm her down when she stabbed him.
Cooper asks Addison for help and she orders some tests, playing out a hunch. Tammy has a tumor on her ovary which intermittently releases an excess of adrenaline triggering her mood swings. They can fix the medical problem, but they can't fix the guilt Tammy feels for stabbing her dad. When Tammy's dad awakens, he cups his hand around his little girl's cheek. It'll take time, but it looks to us like they're all going to be okay.