We pick up just after we left off last season, with Violet near death and short one baby from her belly. Pete discovers her, followed closely by Naomi. And then the show morphs a little bit into something where people are suddenly not completely selfish and where they actually think about someone else for a change. Pete and Sheldon continue to bicker about their competing love for Violet and her baby, but they sort of come together (and even awkwardly hug). Naomi and Addison are fighting, even while operating on Violet, but they ultimately come together, too. As do Sam and Naomi.
The baby's missing for a while until Crazy Katie conveniently comes to the hospital looking for Cooper. Because if you need a pediatrician for your stolen baby, the best place to go is to the best friend of the woman whose womb you ripped the baby from. Then again, she's not exactly firing on all cylinders, is she? So, they get the baby back, but he's hurting, too, so Addison has to leave Naomi to operate on Violet while she tries to save the baby. Much "I am the Best. Surgeon. Ever!" is involved from Addison, of course. I think she says it even more than usual because she realizes someone else is stealing the spotlight in this episode. So much pouting and self-aggrandizing, she figures, will make us all remember she's the star.
The current stuff is intercut throughout with the start of Oceanside, when Cooper and Violet joined up with Naomi and Sam and one other guy who quickly gets sent away for touching patients' feet (conveniently creepy!). So they want to bring Pete on, but Violet doesn't, since she's his therapist at Sam's suggestion. See, his wife just died. Four days ago. So, she meets with him a few times, and he admits he didn't love his wife. Then Violet thinks it's okay to bring him on, and she comforts him through his wife's funeral (that the show tries to make us think is Violet's, of course, until she comes in and holds his hand) and then tells the others she thinks he should join the practice, and she's already referred him to someone else for therapy. And the rest is history.
In the end, Pete delivers Violet's baby into her arms just as she wakes up and all seems somewhat right with the world. Unless, you know, you watched the preview.
No previouslies, which is sort of odd since last season left us with at least one cliffhanger. But this show has no time for playing catch-up. It's too important for that. We open with a funeral scene, and a very sad and alone Pete. So it has to be Violet, right? We also see Naomi and Sam, standing together. He's wearing glasses, and she's wearing a giant hat. We get some weird flashing back to last season, with Katie cutting the baby out, and then Pete arrives and finds Violet. He's panicking, so he doesn't even notice the baby's missing until Naomi shows up and is all, "Pete! Pete! Where's the baby?" They call an ambulance. ...
... Then we're in the hospital hallway with Violet on a gurney. Everyone wonders where Addison is, and she shows up, so we know all will be right with the world. Pete wonders what Violet's blood type is, but no one knows. Addison tries to ask Cooper, but he's just feeling sorry for himself that he showed up and heard a noise inside the door but ignored it, leaving Violet to get all cut up. Pete tries to follow Addison in to the O.R., but Addison's all, "I am amazing! Let me do my thing." Or something like that. Pete thinks he should know Violet's blood type. Because you should always know the blood type of the person you decided to finally admit you like twenty minutes ago. Addison says, "Cooper," again, and then we're in a flashback, which we can recognize by its weird lighting, very non-glowy and non-Oceanside Wellness lighting. They must have hired a lighting stylist since then to give it that warm, orange glow.
Cooper and Violet are unpacking boxes at Oceanside, totally excited about this awesome new place they're going to be working! Cooper: "It has a kitchen!" He kept urine samples in a mini-fridge under his desk at his last job. Violet wonders what he thinks about Sam and Naomi. Cooper likes them for hiring him, but Violet thinks they're happy and in love, which is totally creepy. She thinks it can't be real, but Sam walks in right then and says it is real. Pete's with Sam, and Cooper (who has more hair, by the way; nice job, stylist people) tells him how great this place is, what with the kitchen! But Pete's not working here; he has his own infectious diseases practice somewhere. He's actually here to be a patient of Violet's, because his wife died four days ago. He acts totally unemotional about it. Naomi bursts in and announces the name she's come up with: Oceanside Wellness. I wonder if they'll stick with that name?