We’re fairly amused to see a weekend conference at Oceanside with Addison, Pete, Cooper and Violet conspiring to bring Naomi and Sam together to fix the practice.
Addison seeks Violet’s advice on dating her boy-toy cop Kevin. She wants to hold off on sex this early in the relationship. And she consults with the very person who used to prank call her ex? Um… okay?
The gang locks Sam and Naomi in the conference room for as long as it takes to make peace. After a short time, Sam and Naomi announce an office-wide vote on which of them will run the practice. Problem solved…we think.
[break]Cooper meets Braden, a young boy who stopped speaking at age four, and has been unresponsive to autism therapies. The boy’s mother notes how familiar Cooper looks. She returns the next morning, furious. She had seen Cooper—on an adult dating site—in his birthday suit! And just like that, she yanks Braden from his care. And how would she know Cooper was on an adult dating site, we wonder. Hmm?
Addison meets with a teenage Arab girl, Sharbat, whose mother explains the girl was attacked and needs hymenoplasty to be re-virginized. The mother explains that Sharbat has been promised to an Afghani man who could take care of their family, but only if Sharbat is still a virgin. The doctors have their typical ethics and issues debate—over the “purification” procedure.
[break]A mysterious woman enters the room, saunters over to a stunned Pete and proceeds to make out with him. That’s definitely a way to end an argument! Later, Violet and Addison corner her like to gossipy schoolgirls. They learn that her name is Meg. She and “Peter” worked together for Doctors Without Borders.
When labs expose that Sharbat is currently sexually active—Sharbat admits she has an American boyfriend and thought the “attack” would cause her parents to break off the engagement. Addison convinces Sharbat to talk to her mother.
When Pete hesitates at Meg’s invitation to Ghana, she reminisces about how he never used to hesitate and would have thrown her on the desk minutes after she walked in. Pete clears his desk and accepts the challenge. Smooth.
[break]Kevin invites Addison to Cabo San Lucas but she declines, revealing her new rules about sex—rules that a shared hotel room could gravely threaten. Kevin kindly agrees to wait.
Cooper visits Braden’s home and has to shout through the door that Braden might have Landau-Kleffner syndrome, which impairs a child’s ability to communicate. He leaves Braden’s mother with the research and a list of doctors, then yells she had to have been on the website too. Exactly! The next day, Braden and his mother return to Cooper, who begins treating Braden.
Sharbat’s Mother reveals she knew her daughter wasn’t raped. She tells Addison it was easier to come up with an excuse. Sharbat insists on the surgery, or else her parents will have no future.
Following treatment, Young Braden appears before Cooper with his first words. His grateful mother tells Cooper that he is a wonderful doctor.
[break]The voting commences and Addison refuses to take part. The votes are tallied, and she is stunned to see four of them are for her! But the people that voted for her—everyone but Sam and Naomi—encourages Addison to take the reins of the practice. After the vote, Sam apologies to Naomi and they smooch.
In Cooper’s bedroom, Charlotte emerges in a shiny black dominatrix outfit. But Cooper asks to spend the evening actually getting to know one another instead their usual sexcapades.
Addison calls Kevin, who comes by for a visit. The clothes come off, the heat is on, and the rules are broken. Thatta girl!