Private Practice sneak peek: "The Intervention"

Nov 17, 2011 at 11:00 a.m. ET

The Private Practice docs take a stand with Amelia in tonight's back-to-back episodes, "Who We Are" and "The Breaking Point." Which soulful R&B queen will lend her music to the dramatic two-hour Private Practice event?

Amelia (Caterina Scorsone) rolls into work with big news on tonight's Private Practice, but as you can see in SheKnows' first sneak peek, she doesn't get the warm welcome she expects. Tonight promises to be an emotional two-hour Private Practice intervention event, scored entirely with music from Mary J. Blige's upcoming album.

Private Practice: The docs stage an intervention for Amelia

Amelia slipped off the wagon at the end of last season, but didn't completely give up the fight to stay sober until her friend Michelle, who had Huntington's disease, begged for help committing suicide. Michelle survived the assisted suicide debacle and then killed herself anyway.

It all comes to a head tonight after Amelia returns from a 12-day drug binge with her boyfriend Ryan.

Amelia tries to snow her pals into believing she's been off working on her sobriety, but Charlotte (Kadee Strickland) won't let the other Seaside Wellness doctors buy that line.

Private Practice Sneak PeekS: "The Intervention"

Spurred on by Amelia's latest binge, Addison (Kate Walsh), Sam (Taye Diggs), Jake (Benjamin Bratt) and the rest of the docs finally stage an intervention for her in "Who We Are," the first hour of tonight's Private Practice. As you can see from the intervention clips below, Amelia goes immediately on the defensive.

Think this looks rough? Be warned: Amelia's only going to get worse. Instead of hearing her friends' concern, the brain surgeon cuts them with her words, attacking each of them, one after the next. She even throws a tantrum in the clip below.

"It is incredible, but it's just gutting," Kate Walsh teased last week.

Addison will be hit the hardest by her former sister-in-law's actions, but Amelia's intervention won't be easy on anyone. In fact, even the topic of intervention and addiction will get smooth-talking Jake to raise his voice with Sam in this rant about what addiction really is:

PRIVATE PRACTICE: After the Intervention

In tonight's second hour of Private Practice, "The Breaking Point," Amelia will make her decision about whether or not to check into rehab and start the detox process. While she may find help in another young addict (Debby Ryan), her sobriety is out of her colleagues' hands. That means it's back to business as usual, and more drama all around.

Debby Ryan guest stars on Private Practice: The Breaking Point

After the blow up with Amelia, Addison's rigorous fertility treatments catch up with her tonight. Forget being hit by the PMS truck: Addie straight up collapses!

Meanwhile, Pete (Tim Daly) and Violet's (Amy Brenneman) marriage finally reaches a tipping point, and Cooper (Paul Adelstein) faces a conflict between his budding relationship with his son and his allegiance to a patient.

Caterina Scorsone on Amelia's Fall

This final Private Practice teaser features more intervention sneak peeks, as well as a voiceover from Scorsone, who looks back at how Amelia got here.


With serious business on the agenda, tonight's two-hour episode will be scored solely with music from Mary J. Blige's upcoming album, My Life II... The Journey Continues (Act 1). As you can tell from the Private Practice promo below, Blige's gritty, emotional sound will only make tonight more powerful -- and perhaps more difficult -- for some to watch.

"I am thrilled to have my music on Private Practice, especially in these two episodes which are dealing with such important issues," Blige said.

My Life II, the sequel to Blige's 1994 album My Life, is due to land on Nov. 21. Music and special features will be available on ABC Music Lounge.

The Private Practice "The Intervention" episode kicks off an hour early, airing from 9-10 p.m. on ABC Thursday, Nov 17.

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