Habit Forming

Dani's latest client, Randall Boozler, is the Hawks' rookie defensive end, a fan favorite who's been playing great. That is, on the days he manages to show up on time. When Dani is called in to get to the bottom of Randall's punctuality problem, she learns that there's more to his issues than a faulty alarm clock. But if Booz, as he's known, won't let Dani in, how will she be able to figure out what makes him tick?

Meanwhile, Nico discovers that personal info about the mental states of the Hawks players is going public, and Dani can't help but wonder if her mom, an inveterate gambler, might be the source of the leak.

At least TK seems to be staying out of trouble — relatively speaking. Even though he's trying to maintain professional boundaries with Dr. Dani, TK can't help but bend the rules to help out his buddy Ray Jay. And as it turns out, TK's not the only one breaking Dani's rules: when a night out with Matt ends in a little romantic backsliding for the therapist and the handsome trainer, Dani gets a firsthand reminder that some habits are very hard to break.

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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