To Swerve and Protect

It's a Nico-Pittman showdown as the two men square off over expensive Scotch. Pittman is still angry about Nico's affair with his wife, but he needs Nico to help him protect the Hawks—no matter what it takes. Nico has known Pittman long enough to sense that Pittman may say that he's doing one thing when he's really planning to do something completely different, but Nico's back is up against the wall. He can't let the team implode.

On the home front, Dani and Ray Jay are negotiating terms of their own...that is, where and when he can have some private time with his new girlfriend, Olivia. Meanwhile, Dr. Dani is treating a new patient: the captain of a women's roller derby team, DisGrace Kelly, who collapses on the track after smelling a strange odor that no one else smelled, seriously jeopardizing the safety, and perhaps lives, of her teammates. It's up to Dani to find out what in Grace's past is coming up for her now—and why.

Paralyzed and paranoid after his disastrous appearance at the Hawks Fan Convention, TK has become a shut-in. But with the deadline for his very lucrative roster bonus looming, Dani and Matt have to find a way to coax TK out of his apartment. Nico, however, has a less delicate but possibly more immediately effective plan. He assigns two very imposing bodyguards to TK's round-the-clock protection detail, taking the matter out of TK's hands and those of his shady friends who have been supplying him with illegal firearms. Out of excuses, TK reluctantly returns to practice, but will the pressure that Pittman is putting on him to perform to his pre-shooting level be the real breaking point for TK?

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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