Poker Face

Dani's poker skills are put to the test when she takes on a new client: Jason Coogan, a pro poker player in the midst of a serious losing streak, who has come to Dani hoping to figure out the tell that keeps losing him tournaments. Dani can see that there's more to Jason's story than what he's told her, but with all his bluffs, getting to the truth about this card shark's issues won't be easy.

Meanwhile, TK, the Hawks' own wild card, is once again making headlines. In an effort to shift media attention to more a more positive subject, team publicist Laura Radcliffe quickly sets up Bobby Caldwell, the Hawks' squeaky-clean journeyman quarterback, as the new face of the team. And just as quickly, she manages to rub Dani the wrong way. Which begs the question: is it publicists Dani hates, or beautiful publicists who happen to have a past with Matt? 

As the truth about both Jason and Bobby begins to emerge, Dani must figure out a way to help everyone play the hand they've been dealt. And, unfortunately, Dani is forced to recognize that when it comes to a future with Matt, it's Laura who might hold the winning cards.

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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