Necessary Roughness Bringing the Heat

Darryl Hutchinson, the rising star minor league baseball rookie, is about to have his shot at the big leagues but the stress he’s feeling to succeed is so great, he passes out on the mound during a crucial game. Despite the signs that something is clearly wrong with him, he refuses to let Dani help him. To escape the mounting pressure, he quits V3, packs up a van and takes off, much to Connor’s chagrin. In fact, Connor is so angry that ten years of cultivating Hutch’s talent has been flushed down the tubes, he won’t let Dani spend one more minute on him. Tired of Connor bending the rules back and forth to suit his needs, Dani quits. Even when he tries to apologize, Dani refuses to change her mind. If Connor won’t help her help Hutch, then maybe Nico will—that is, if she can finally get him to return her calls.

No one knows that Nico has been sent down to the Cayman Islands by the Feds to follow up on the lead that was revealed by Carl Webber’s flash drive. The trip is a bust, as the alleged children’s hospital that was on the books as part of the V3 Foundation doesn’t exist. The deed to the empty lot belongs to a mechanic in New Jersey. Could the auto repair shop be a front for money laundering? If so, how does it tie back to V3…and to whom?

TK is still flip-flopping back and forth about his relationship with Sheera. After having what he thought was break-up, not make-up, sex, he’s worried that she might do something drastic if he tries to end things with her again. Even after bringing down the hammer in the safety of Dani’s office, he is swayed when Sheera makes one last plea for his forgiveness. True, they’ve both made mistakes in their lives, but is this just another one of Sheera’s con jobs?

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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