The Fall Guy

The Hawks are on a winning streak but Coach is the one who's on the defensive with the sports reporters. During a press conference, they question whether he has lost control of the team given all the penalties his players have suddenly started racking up, which makes Coach explode. His wife isn't too happy with him lately either, but Coach won't even tell Dani what's really going on with him. It isn't helping that his contract is due for renewal and there has been no sign of good faith from Juliette Pittman. It's up to Nico and Matt to dig into the accusation but they don't like what they find.

The team winning games is great, but TK hasn't been the one leading his team to victory. TK blames Rex the quarterback, who hasn't been throwing him the ball. He attempts to bond with his QB on a hunting trip, but that plan goes off the rails when TK's gun accidentally goes off and grazes Rex's ankle. Rex eventually blurts out that the problem isn't his personal feelings toward TK; it's the fact that TK has lost his touch since the shooting and everything that came after it. Deep down, TK knows he's right. If TK doesn't have football, what does he have?

Dani's up to her ears with her own family bonding, with her mother Angela's birthday looming and her younger sister, Ronnie, making a surprise visit for the occasion. After a little too much togetherness living under Dani's roof, the three of them blow up the powder keg when old family secrets and resentments are revealed, but through the crazy, there may be hope for new understanding between the three women.

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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