Next we see an awesome "Nice to see you! Are we kissing? Are we shaking hands? Oh, okay, awkward" greeting between Amy Brenneman ("Violet") and Addison. Violet's the therapist who doubts her own abilities, because her life is a pathetic mess. Then Paul Adelstein ("Cooper") reintroduces himself to Addison, and a People editor claims, dubiously, that "It's fitting, I think, that Cooper is a pediatrician, because he is the character who refuses to grow up. He doesn't have good adult relationships with women." Yes, that's exactly the kind of man I want taking care of my children! The kind who "likes them a little younger and a little dirtier," as Cooper now claims. Yeesh.
Another People gal chirps, "One thing you can't help but notice is the receptionist there, Dell." Cue cheesecake shot of surfer-dude Dell (played by Chris Lowell) strolling through the clinic on his way to hit the waves. Here's what I want to know: Is he named after the surfer-dude commercials for Dell computers? I mean, in real life he couldn't be, because he's young but not that young. But I think, in the writers' room, he was. So, ew. And also, ew' to watching women old enough to be his mother drool over his hot body and his Jonathan-from-Who's the Boss? haircut.
Addison taunts Pete, calling him a "quack," and he offers to prove otherwise if she'll lie down on his examining table. Hey hey! For now, he pokes her only with needles, and I learn that acupuncture close-ups make me queasy. A People editor notes that Addison's and Pete's values (i.e., esteem of holistic vs. academic medicine) will clash. Pete promises Addison will feel a "rush of emotion," and the emotion she feels is "I hate L.A." Commercial.
Pete finds Addison moping in a stairwell after her fertility test results show she can't get pregnant. (Although this special backpedals a little from the pi-not; a People person tells us only that "the results really aren't good.") As Addison wipes away her tears, a magazine editor tells us with obvious delight, "The man-whore on this show is going to be Pete!" Addy explains that she's "all dried-up," and Pete addresses her concerns by offering to kiss her. Tim Daly somehow manages to find a tiny bit of sincerity in these super-sleazy lines: "I'm gonna kiss you. I'm gonna kiss you with tongue. I'm gonna kiss you so you feel it." If a guy said that to me, he'd be prevented from following through by all the throw-up in my mouth. But Addison takes it and obviously likes it, and we now cut to a shot of her dancing in her steamy (!) bathroom as her voice-over explains, "Clearly, a man is not in the cards for me. I mean, this is Addison post-McDreamy post-McSteamy, and I just have to…" And then it cuts off abruptly. I guess we weren't really supposed to be listening, because Addison is dancing around the apartment now, and…yes! She's naked!