The Game’s Afoot

Necessary Roughness Game's A Foot

After they kiss, Nico finally tells Dani about his arrangement with the FBI. They join forces to find Joseph Crabchek, each with their own agendas. They discover that Crabchek has assumed a new identity so Dani approaches him with the less antagonistic request of enlisting his help with his old teammate Hutch. The young man denies that he’s Crabchek or knows what she’s talking about. But when Troy and Connor confront Nico and Dani upon their return to the office with Troy claiming Crabchek threatened to sue them for harassment, it’s clear that Crabchek is more than simply avoiding his past.

Paloma returns to the office to find Troy breathing down her neck with threats that she should keep quiet about their previous arrangement. When she tries to lodge a sexual harassment claim with human resources, he turns the tables on her and gets her fired. But that’s not all he’s up to. Meanwhile, with V3 in a vulnerable and unfavorable position due to the FBI investigation, Troy makes his move with the board to oust Connor. With Troy’s loyalty in question, Connor proposes a merger with Abby Bruce’s agency. What he doesn’t realize is that Troy is about to make a similar proposition to her that would cut out Connor.

During practice with the Bobcats, TK badly hurts his arm catching a pass. Connor sends him to the V3 sports medicine clinic but the diagnosis is the same as the Bobcats’ team doctor gave him. The V3 doctor offers one other treatment option, but it’s highly experimental and so confidential that TK would have to sign a non-disclosure agreement. Desperate for his career not to be over, TK signs just as Crabchek shows up at Dani’s house with a tip to look into the V3 sports medicine clinic…

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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