A Wing and a Player

Phil Kirkman, the much-reviled former Hawks mascot, has reappeared and it couldn't have come at a worse time for the Hawks. Facing a shot at the playoffs, the last thing the Hawks need right now is a reminder of the "Kirkman Curse," a superstition players and fans have harbored ever since Phil tripped a player and allegedly cost the team a trip to the playoffs six years earlier.

Dr. Dani is sent in to talk to the troubled former mascot, and soon learns that the "Kirkman Kurse" is real enough – to Phil, at least. Shunned and isolated, Phil is lonely and desperate for forgiveness from the team and their fans. But will Dani be able to get the team to move past the "Kurse," and help this lost bird find a flock?

Meanwhile, Dani's fledglings are trying to spread their own wings: Ray Jay and Lindsay attempt to prove to their mother that they can be responsible, while TK endeavors to win over a clever, and comely, reporter. But as they all soon discover, life beyond the nest is never quite as simple as it seems.

About Necessary Roughness

Dr. Dani Santino (Callie Thorne) thought she had it all figured out: she had a beautiful home, a successful husband, two great teenaged kids, and a satisfying career as a psychotherapist. But when she caught her husband cheating, Dani's perfect world began to unravel, and she was forced to find a way to keep her family, her finances, and her sanity intact. Then a romantic encounter with Matt (Marc Blucas), the handsome trainer of the local pro football team, the New York Hawks, leads to the chance for Dani to demonstrate her special brand of "tough love" therapy. Before she can say "Hail Mary," Dani has taken on the team's unpredictable star wide receiver, Terrence "TK" King (Mehcad Brooks), as a patient and has become the most sought-after therapist for pro athletes and other high-profile personalities on Long Island. Even with the ups and downs of being a newly divorced single parent and being employed by a demanding organization with its very own "Fixer"—the mysterious Nico (Scott Cohen)—Dani begins to find her footing.

As football season ramps up once again, Dr. Dani has a whole new batch of issues to tackle, both personally and professionally. Now that she's more deeply invested in the Hawks players' welfare—and in a new relationship with Matt—the pressure is definitely on to hold it all together, all while trying to keep her kids on track. It's a whole new season...and a whole new set of crazy.

Cast & Crew

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