A Load of Bull

Post-breakup, Dani and Matt are determined to put on a good face at work because they're "adult professionals," as Dani tells Jeanette. But the former couple soon realizes that being cool with each other at the office is easier said than done. Matt's angrier than he's willing to admit and Dani gets jealous when Matt is assigned to "handle" Noelle Sarris, a beautiful but aggressive reporter who's doing a training camp story on the Hawks.

Dani's isn't the only broken heart in the Santino household: Ray Jay is so miserable after Olivia unexpectedly dumps him that he gets himself punched in the face by a college guy Olivia is hanging out with. Though Jeanette admits she's no professional, she thinks Ray Jay would benefit from Dani commiserating with him. However, Dani doesn't think that's appropriate parental behavior. Plus she doesn't want to broadcast to the kids that her relationship with Matt is over. As amped up on hormones as Jeannette is, she is worried that Dani isn't facing her own sadness.

TK, who can never stay out of trouble for very long, squares off with Noelle, who will do just about anything for an exclusive one-on-one with TK about his shooting, including outing Damon Razor's real identity and thus ruining the rookie's future in pro football before it even began. When TK refuses to give her what she wants and instead propositions her inappropriately, she threatens to slap a sexual harassment case on him, putting not only TK, but also the entire team, in jeopardy at a very vulnerable time. Instead of the Coach, Nico, Matt, and Dani figuring out how to avert the impending disaster, it's TK who steps up with the last-minute save.

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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