There's the Door

It's up to Dani to break the news to Matt, Nico and Coach that there's a gay player on the team who wants to officially come out of the closet. After voicing their concerns about the precarious state of the team, they agree to support and assist Rex with the help of a crisis management expert. Before the scheduled interview, Dani counsels Rex to find an ally on the team to help him through the impending media circus so Rex invites TK out for dinner to give him the head's up. While TK completely understands and respects Rex's struggle, he's pissed that Rex has the nerve to ask this favor of him when Rex treated TK so badly after he got out of rehab. Can Dani convince TK to see the bigger picture and help Rex?

Ever since admitting to Matt that Dani wants to be in a relationship with him for the long run, things have been strained between them especially when he tells her that he's involved with someone else. As things play out with Rex's announcement, Matt and Noelle's budding relationship is put to the test. Matt isn't sure Noelle can stop digging for information and respect their "firewall," while Noelle suspects that Matt hasn't gotten over Dani. Matt may be leaning towards reuniting with Dani when he once again sees how much she cares about the team, but Noelle has a secret that could decide his fate for him.

Once the business of the stadium is settled with Mark Cuban, Juliette plans to take off for Paris for six months. She wants Ray Jay to come with her-as more than just her personal assistant-even though it means him not finishing high school and putting off college. Dani is completely against it but Ray Jay insists that it isn't up to her now that he's eighteen. Dani has no choice but to tell him that if he walks out that door he's on his own. Her heart breaks as he does just that.

Ray Jay isn't the only one leaving. When Nico sees that Dani and Matt are rekindling their relationship, he decides to take up Mark Cuban on his offer to go work for him in Dallas. The last and only thing worth staying for is gone. And now so is he.

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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