Private Practice Review: "Sins of the Father"

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After an episode last week that felt a little over-dramatic and hokey at times, Private Practice returned to form last night. Also returning? The Captain. Addison's dad.

She was clearly shaken by the unwelcome arrival of her father, but Cooper was in even more dire straits after being arrested when he refuses to cooperate in a case.

Meanwhile, Pete fought to keep a terminally ill patient alive long enough for him to meet his new daughter. Addison, Pete and Cooper all really shined last night.

If you missed "Sins of the Father," follow the link for our recap. Now, a look at the major developments that took place and why we felt they worked so well (or didn't) ...

Aye, Captain: Addison is a rich trust fund brat who blames her problems on the man who provided said trust fund. Eh, we'll buy it. Money can't solve everything.

On the flip side, she's just doing what her father did and admitting fault. She certainly has a right to be mad, from what it sounds like she went through as a kid.

Still, blaming her cheating on Derek on her dad? That's a bit of a stretch. Then saying he's not family, becauseĀ  the people she works with are. Yikes, that's harsh.

It also paints her kiss with Sam last week in a new light. Maybe she does consider him family. In any case, this Captain story is far from over, and we're intrigued.

Addison and Father

Addison and her father aren't exactly on the best terms.

Dude, you're getting a Dell: This is true if your name is Betsey ... or Heather! That's right, Dell's back, and married. To Heather. Everyone understandable tweeks.

Violet and Naomi stage an intervention, but Dell's not having it. He says he loves Betsey, but he got married because of Heather alone, not just for their daughter.

Oh, Dell. You and your relentless idealism may be naive at times, but you're a breath of fresh air on this show and TV. If only Chris Lowell had a bigger role on PP!

He won't back down: The focal point of the episode, without question, is Cooper, who stands his ground when Evan's mom shows up demanding to know where he is.

Cooper ends up in jail, but he ain't talking. Talk about steadfast dedication to his patient. This ties into ongoing personal drama with Charlotte and their non-wedding.

Again, Coop says he's in the right when Addison sells him out protect him and the practice, as he tells her it's not the same just because they protected what they love.

In Addison's defense, she did end up saving the kid and clearing a wrongly-accused man. But does that mean Coop was in the wrong? Team Addy or Team Cooper?

The extra mile: Pete suggests Addison deliver a baby six weeks early so an ailing father can meet her, and the mother can one day say her dad held and loved her.

Addison won't until Pete plays the Lucas card. Pretty low, but it definitely worked - and everybody won in the end. We'd have gone for it too, who are we kidding!

What did you think? Comment away and let us know!

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Wow, I return to find an actual conversation going here. Surprising. Liked the episode - surprised that Charlotte felt guilty enough to go get the boy's labs for Coop. Interesting. And I did side with Addie, although I did feel for Cooper. Naomi is amazing - LOVE Audra, and can't wait for more Naomi/Addie scenes. Kate was amazing, as usual. Loved the conversations with her dad - super nice to get more of her background, and interesting to see Addie shaken. CAN'T WAIT for December 3rd - 2 EPISODES!! The promo - what to say about the promo? Ridiculous is what I say. If Vi sleeps with Addie's dad, it is going to take a LONG time to repair that mistake. But maybe the crisis w/Addie's parents will bring her closer to Naomi, which would be nice. PP rules!


How do you know that Kadee Strickland and Paul Adelstein annoyed the viewers? They didn't annoy me. And clearly, many of these posts say that they enjoyed Charlotte/Kadee's performance.


This episode was a turd on a stick. Not that it was poorly written, it was just average. but because the main dramatic storyline was left 2 the least competent actors in the cast. The guy that thinks that doing puppy dog eyes is acting, and the one that quacks her lines, and only gets the barking one-line retorts right. Thankfully the viewers know more than this reviewer about quality, and voted with the remote. Last week PP had the highest viewership of the season, beating even the Bailey episode because it was good, and the actors delivered the story. This week is was a season low. It lost twice the viewers than any other show on ABC that night, and 1 in 6 people that started watching the episode didn't finish it. That is how bad it really was. Then it isn't the first time that Kadee Strickland and Paul Adelstein annoyed the viewers. The Big Daddy episode lost 2M viewers fron the first to the second half, 1 in 5 people turned left the show. Not surprisingly in the quarters that Kadee had her big chunks of dialog to botch.


Psshh...Violet is not a horrible mother, she did what was best for Lucas. She gave him to Pete while she heals. I agree with the last post, there are way more terrible mothers than Violet. And Pete won't try and take Lucas from her either. Pete and Violet will make it. It could be a long road, but they will last. And like many others, I am going to give Violet the benefit of the doubt with this upcoming Captain story. I am assuming there is a method behind that madness. But if not, I'll still love her too! I guess many of us are like Pete. ha ha. We'll keep giving her chance after chance, until she's okay again. As for that Addison/Cooper story, I thought Cooper was wrong. I knew that kid was lying the first time they showed him, last season. But yes, Cooper would not have known that. But you don't help a kid run away, you report the abuse. If Addison had not made that call, Cooper would still be in jail getting beat up. And who knows what would have become of the kid, being homeless and all.


Oh please, there are mothers out there WAY worse than Violet. That's a little dramatic. And Pete will never fight for full custody, and I don't think he'll ever stop loving Violet.(Good!) Those two will work it out, it will just take longer than most of us would like. Then once they do work things out, Pete will start screwing up. I don't think either Cooper or Addison were right. And I honestly did not even like that storyline. And I really don't like these "couple of doctors on a team" stories. Did Sam and Naomi even serve a purpose in the last episode? I mean they didn't even show Naomi in the one before this.


Let's hope Violet uses some birth control when she sleeps with Addie's dad, otherwise Addison will be gaining another sibling. We all know Violet is a whore who sleeps with multiple guys without using ANY birth control and then is surprised when she finds herself pregnanct. Poor excuse for a doctor and a friend.


Addison was right. Cooper was wrong. Always Team Addison. She is the star of show. Violet and Addison's dad? Gross! She is sooo gross. Pete should file for full custody of Lucas. That baby doesn't deserve a horrible mother like Violet.


This episode was kind of...okay, for me. What stood out was definitley the preview! I only started watching Private Practice because of Pete and Violet. Why oh why why why does she have sex with that guy? Yes, there has to be a catch. I miss happier days for Pete and Violet. I adore Violet Turner and always will, but...I hate to see Pete's heart break. Why is Cooper so mad at Charlotte for her divorce? That got me mad. It was in the past, and she's allowed to keep her past to herself, especially when it's painful to discuss.


I can see both sides, Cooper's and Addison's. And I like them both, so, it's hard to pick. Cooper was defending his patient and what he thought was right. Addison was defending the practice. As for Violet, I absolutely love her and Pete. I cannot believe that she will sleep with Addison's dad without a reason. But...I guess if she has no reason, I will still like her. I can't not like Violet. But I miss her with Pete! Charlotte broke my heart. I love how much she loves Cooper. That he was able to break her down. Kind of like how I love how much Pete loves Violet. Are they off the Sam and Naomi path? I like them together, but that kiss with Addison threw me off. I was not a fan. Even though I know they won't put Sam and Addie together, I just want to know if they are finished with Sam and Naomi.


I don't care if Cooper or Addison were right or wrong. I don't care for them. And that story had no hero. I like Naomi, Dell, Violet, and Pete. While Violet may have her flaws, so does Addison. And Violet has been through hell, so I will continue to justify her behavior, apprently like many others posting on here. I do want to know why she has sex with that guy. He looks like a creeper. I think Naomi needs more meaningful stories. They aren't giving her anything. They did not even show her in the episode before this one.

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