Brian Benben Promoted to Series Regular on Private Practice

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The Private Practice cast is so crazy, Shonda Rhimes added a second full-time psychiatrist.

Sources confirm to EW that Brian Benben, who has played Sheldon Wallace for the better part of two seasons, has been promoted to a full-fledged series regular.

Benben first joined the Grey’s Anatomy spin-off on a recurring basis back in Season Two as the resident shrink at Oceanside’s rival practice, Pacific Wellcare.

But it wasn't Sheldon's counseling that endeared him to PP fans - he’s jumped into doomed romances with fellow therapist Violet and, more recently, Charlotte.

Brian Benben

Maybe next time, Sheldon won't be someone's second choice.

Glad to see he received a promotion in any case. What's not to like about Sheldon, neuroses aside? What do you think Rhimes has in store for him in Season 4?

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Private Practice Quotes

Charlotte: My mom always says God doesn't give with both hands. You're young, beautiful, brilliant. There has to be something you can't have.
Amelia: Some days I'd give that all up.
Charlotte: That's just the craving talking. The longer you go without a drink...
Amelia: I drank at your wedding. I thought it was ginger ale. I spit it out.
Charlotte: OK, since then?
Amelia: Nothing, but I can't stop thinking about it.
Charlotte: It was an accident. Don't let a slip turn into a fall. Get your butt to a meeting.

You ever been violated? Anybody rape you lately? Let me tell you what its like. You know those made for TV movies where some woman's crouched down naked in a shower holding her knees and sobbing because when she closes her eyes she can still feel the guys hands on her? How when they show the attack the woman's eyes go all blank and still and she goes to some other place in her mind just to deal with the horror of what's happening to her while some Lillith Fair song plays. It is nothing like that. He's sturdy and sweaty and he licks your face and wipes himself off in your hair and when you try to scream he punches you so hard you see God. And then he goes at you again reaping stuff you didn't even know you had because he enjoyed it so much the first time. I know you're trying to help but if helping me means that everyone is gonna be looking at me the way you're looking at me now please do not help me.


Private Practice Music

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Song Lost The Mary Onettes
Down in the valley Down In The Valley The Broken West iTunes
Song Message From Yuz The Switches