Sins of the Father is the eighth episode of the third season and the 39th overall episode of Private Practice.

Short SummaryEdit

Addison is shaken by the unwelcome arrival of her father to Los Angeles, Cooper is arrested when he refuses to cooperate in a case involving a longtime patient, and Pete fights to keep a terminally ill patient alive long enough for him to meet his new daughter.

Full SummaryEdit

Episode in detail.


  • Addison Montgomery
  • Pete Wilder
  • Naomi Bennett
  • Cooper Freedman
  • Charlotte King
  • Dell Parker
  • Sam Bennett
  • Violet Turner
  • Margaret Delhom
  • Lynn Jarvey
  • Heather Parker
  • Neil Delhom
  • Gabriel Fife
  • Frank Dawson
  • Evan Dawson
  • "The Captain" Montgomery
  • Detective Smith
  • Judge
  • Ted Jarvey (right)
  • Cooper's Lawyer (left)
  • Waiter

Main CastEdit

Guest StarsEdit


Medical NotesEdit

Neil DelhomEdit

  • Diagnosis:
    • Intra-abdominal sarcoma
    • Liver mets
    • Lung mets
    • Hand-foot syndrome
  • Treatment:
    • Radiotherapy
    • Morphine

Neil had cancer that had spread from his abdomen to his liver and his lungs. His cancer was terminal, but he was desperate to stay alive for six more weeks so he could meet his unborn daughter. Pete went to Gabriel, who offered him a new technique to inhibit tumor growth. He'd implant a radio into the tumor and blast it. Neil agreed and they did the procedure. Neil woke up after the surgery with hand-foot syndrome as a side effect of the treatment, which left him in excruciating pain. They had to discontinue the treatment. In order to ensure that he had the chance to meet his daughter before he died, they delivered her early.

Margaret DelhomEdit

  • Diagnosis:
    • Pregnancy
  • Treatment:
    • Vaginal delivery

Margaret was pregnant and was told by Addison that everything was perfect. Her husband was dying of cancer and they were desperate for him to make it the remaining six weeks so he could meet their daughter. When a treatment failed for her husband, they suggested delivering the baby early so that he could meet her before he died. They did so with Addison's help.

Evan DawsonEdit

  • Diagnosis:
    • Diabetes
    • Kidney infection
    • Arm laceration
  • Treatment:
    • Antibiotics
    • Stitches

Evan and his father met Cooper at a park. Cooper said that Evan was doing a good job keeping his pump clean, but he had a slight fever, so Cooper drew blood to run tests. After Cooper was arrested, he asked Charlotte to pick up Evan's labs and get him antibiotics if he needed them, which she did. After he was sent back to his mother's, Evan came into the hospital with a knife wound on his arm, which he said came from his step-father. When confronted about the marks on his arm, Evan admitted that he had lied about Ted hitting him and had cut himself.

Cooper FreedmanEdit

  • Diagnosis:
    • Contusions
  • Treatment:

Cooper was beat up in jail and Sam examined him after his release.


Song Performer Scene
"If Something's Wrong" Aidan Hawken
  • Addison has a drink with her father. She thinks there must be a reason he's in LA.
  • She thinks he wants her to lie to her mother and leaves angry.
"I Can't Get You Out of My Mind" Matthew Perryman Jones
  • Pete tells Fife about Neil. Fife defends his protocol.
  • Addison tells Sam her father's in town.
  • Addison goes to call the police, but Sam stops her. She says she's okay being the bad guy, so he lets her.
  • Charlotte gives Evan antibiotics for his infection. The police arrive.
"All Roads Lead Home" Golden State
  • The baby starts crying.
  • Charlotte tells Cooper the truth about Evan. Cooper doesn't believe it.
  • Charlotte says she was married and she doesn't like to go back to those memories.
  • Cooper's upset that Charlotte already had the wedding she wanted with the other guy.
  • Pete brings Margaret and the baby to Neil so he can meet her.
"Let It Be Me" Ray LaMontagne
  • Fife defends his process. Naomi's surprised to realize he cares.
  • Violet apologizes to Dell and says he's done a good thing.
  • Addison goes to see The Captain. He says he wants more best times with her, but she says he's not her family. The other doctors are her family. She won't forgive him, but she came anyway.

Notes and TriviaEdit

Private Practice 3x08 Promo

Private Practice 3x08 Promo

  • This episode scored 8.93 million viewers.


Episode StillsEdit


See AlsoEdit

A complete overview of this episode's crew can be found here.

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