Category: Necessary Roughness


Wow. OK, so Ch ch ch changes was the title of Episode 1, but it felt more like a season finale than a season premiere. Marc Blucas is out and John Stamos is in, and the former with hardly a whimper. You could tell that Matt and Dani seem to have more to explore, but I have to wonder, as much as I love JS, if we lost Marc to pay for John? I was also really worried when Dani took the V3 job, since I’ve come to care about some of the characters involved with the Hawks, so I was afraid we’d be moving away from that venue. Especially when most of those characters were just written off with little to no explanation.

I’m glad Nico is still around, and I’m glad TK is back consulting with Dani so we can keep in touch with him and Rex. I’m also glad to see those two being real friends. I thought the scene where Rex came out to TK was handled very well. I haven’t gotten John and Uncle Snark Daddy’s character names straight yet, so I’m not sure which one Nico’s been planted as a spy for, but considering his interactions with David Anders’ character and the type of role DA usually plays, I’m placing my money on him.

I don’t know when I’ll be able to watch this show, so I might not be able to recap it on a regular basis, but I will try. But with Suits moving to Tuesdays, opposite Franklin & Bash, something may have to give.

NR Update

Necessary Roughness returns June 12 with John Stamos? Oh, my. I may just have to start watching again.

NT

Oops. Methinks the coach has said too much.

Yay, Tamara Braun!

Football is his mistress, Dani.

Yeah, I was afraid she’d start firing those three. And now she’s buying RayJay clothes? Oooh, Dani’s so not going to like this!

A bounty system, huh? Now I’m wondering why the Raiders always get so many penalties. Kidding.

They’re not going to fire you, coach. Juliette’s going to fire you.

At least Rex showed a little sensitivity. But TK, silent? Not gonna happen.  Uh oh. Didn’t see the bit with the dropped gun coming, though. Glad they hashed it out; I think TK needed to hear that. At the same time, how’s he supposed to get back into the game without practice?

Someone needs to tell coach he’s risking his job right now.

Oh, TK.

So, Nico’s ferreted out the truth. Can Dani do the same with her mom?

I’m glad TK called Dani. But I thought he had a sponsor?

Yeah, I thought Juliette had a bit of a hinky look on her face while she held that resignation letter. Well, that gets her out of everyone’s hair, including RayJay’s. I kinda feel bad for her, though; I was hoping she was finally going to make something of herself.

Yeah, Matt wants Dani back.

Oopsie. I guess Juliette’s not only not out of RayJay’s hair, but falling into his bed.

Open on a fake band whom we know will wind up being Dani’s Patient/Lesson Of The Week (PLOW). Fade to Dani dancing in her kitchen to said band. Oh, Dani. I so agree with the expression on RayJay’s face right now.

At a Hawks meeting, Juliette introduces a new uniform, designed by Michael Kors. I don’t think so. She also announces a photo shoot with a huge magazine, but says she can’t reveal the name. Coach Purnell and Matt agree she needs to go. Nico just thinks she needs compassion and she’ll grow tired of owning the team soon. She does kinda seem like a kid with a shiny new toy.

Now that I’ve watched the show, I know the blond rocker is David and the brunet is Paul. David is acting like TK used to. Paul’s the responsible adult with a wife and two kids.

Dani has a Titanic-themed sex dream about Nico. She pops in to see Dr. Peter MacNicol, who tells her sex dreams aren’t about sex.  So if sex dreams aren’t about the sex, why was it relevant if it was satisfying? And what are they about?

I guess the shoot isn’t for Sports Illustrated, since Juliette has TK decked out in a prison onesie and Toes in a suit, so she can be pulled between her “gentleman” and “bad boy”. TK explains he’s trying to get away from that image. Juliette says she understands and he doesn’t have to do it if it’ll make him uncomfortable. He asks her what his options are, she says it’s to leave.

Dani is talking to TK about this is the Hawks’ locker room. She explains he needs to show Juliette he’s trying to change, not just tell her. That’s the writer’s mantra.  After, she bumps into Nico and asks him to keep an eye on RayJay, whom Juliette hired to work for the Hawks charity as a way to fulfill his community service. He assures her he will and cups her arm. Matt spots this and looks unhappy. You know, during Dani’s dream I kept expecting him to pop up.

TK and Juliette are at dinner, and I feel bad for the waiter, having to listen to all this.  I hope TK tells her to can the uniform make-over if she really wants to impress the guys, but instead she cans Toes from first position at the next day’s practice.

Meanwhile, Dani takes the band, VonDrozer, to the bar where it all began. The manager welcomes them and asks if they want to play a set. They ask Dani if she wants a private concert, and she’s thrilled. Hey, I think I worked with that actress who just threw her panties at David.  The next song he picks sends Paul storming out of the bar. I suspect this is the key to the problem.

Dani has another sex dream, this one based on The Graduate. Matt *does* pop up in this one, to tell her she can’t have what she wants. Dr MacNicol asks her what that is.

I thought TK was wearing the same number as Jerry Rice, but then I remembered Jerry wore 81, so out of curiosity, I looked up 88. Turns out that was worn by two famous wide receivers for the Cowboys, Drew Pearson and Michael Irvin. That’s attention to detail, right there.

VonDrozer is back in Dani’s office. Paul says the song that upset him is about Willa, his wife. David says it isn’t. I think it is. Paul storms out again.

Coach Purnell, Matt, and Nico try to run an intervention on Juliette’s switch on TK’s behalf.  She reminds them that they work for her now, not her father, and tells them they might want to think about that. Don’t worry guys, she can’t fire you. There’d be no show.

Dani reads the song lyrics, and the line about life being stolen hits her. She calls David in alone. He explains that the song is about Dylan, who he thinks is his son, not Paul’s. He decides to confront Paul. Paul vehemently denies it, and when David starts to press the issue, Paul says he’s not his kid, either. He explains that he knew David had slept with Willa, so he had a DNA test done, having easy access to David’s hairbrush. Evidently David wasn’t the only one Willa had been sleeping with, but Paul’s raised Dylan as his son, and as far as he was concerned, Dylan was his.  This leaves David with nothing to live for, so he decides to go get drunk and go out in a blaze of glory like Hendrix, Morrison, and Joplin, but he just winds up jumping off the roof of a nightclub when Paul and Dani stupidly ask him to come down. Because he’s so drunk, he probably hasn’t really hurt himself, and the two have a good laugh and start to rebond.

Dani has another sex dream, this one starring Matt and based on the final scene in Gone With the Wind. Dr. MacNicol asks her what all those movies have in common. She says they’re tragic romances. Dr. MacNicol wants to know if that’s what she thinks she deserves. Hmm. I wonder if she’s finally experiencing some divorce PTSD?

Before the practice where TK replaced Toes, the two had a discussion and TK called him out for using the move TK’d given him and claiming all the credit. Later, he meets Juliette at a bar where Toes is eavesdropping on their conversation.  Juliette rags on TK to not completely give up his bad boy ways, and TK appears to give in. The next day, Nico and Matt demand a drug test, because Toes claimed he was drinking. He wasn’t, but no-one believes him. When the two run into each other in the locker room, Toes crosses the line when he calls TK’s mother a crack whore, and TK decks him. He deserved it. Unfortunately, this means Matt pulls TK from starting that Sunday.  TK realizes that as hard as he’s trying to straighten up and fly right now, people are still going to see that old TK. I agree with him. If I thought Matt would listen to Dani about this, I’d hope she’d talk to him, but instead I’m going to hope they get the results back next week and realize TK really did stay clean.

Dani’s rocking out at the side of the stage at the next VonDozer concert when RayJay texts her to let her know he’ll be staying late, working with Juliette, so she races over there. She meets Nico, who’s on his way out after reading Juliette the riot act.  RayJay looks like he might be learning a lesson as Juliette is doing some hard-core solitary drinking, but outside, Nico tells Dani that RayJay has a crush on her.  She asks him if Juliette has a crush back. “Only in his dreams.” Nico replies. I don’t think they’re talking about RayJay and Juliette any more.  Dani leaves and Matt appears to ask Nico what was going on. Nico says there’s nothing going on between himself and Dani.

NT

Welcome back to my small screen, Show. Good to know it’s only been 28 days since you left us. Which quickly becomes 30 and later 35, possibly longer.

So 28 days after the events of the previous episode, TK has been replaced by “Toes” Kingston, who is doing so well playing with the faux football team the New York Hawks against other faux football teams (I don’t know if these teams are AFC or NFC), that he is trying to co-opt the Lambeau Leap.  Playing the same team they were playing while TK was watching in rehab. Which may be the same game, since I guess that was day 28 and he gets out on Day 30 after getting his one month chip (and a ficus). And *then* they have Marshall Pittman’s funeral. Really? I thought they’d gotten the results of the autopsy last episode, so shouldn’t the body have been released already? Does it normally take more than a month to have the funeral in a suspicious death? I’ve only been in that type of circumstance a few times, all natural, and all services/funerals were held within the week, IIRC.

So, Dani finally gets to go to therapy of her own, with her former professor played by Peter McNichol. Hmm.

You know what they say about the Greeks bearing gifts? Yeah, apply that to TK right now.  What do they mean, it’s too early to tell about his attitude? It’s the same as always: entitled dickhead.

Ah, therapy with a therapist. What fun. For those of you who don’t know, to therapists, crossing your arms is a defensive posture.  I think of that every time I do it, and always have to stop and think, how am I feeling right now. Sometimes I’m just feeling more comfortable, sorry.

Oooh!  Matt looked a little jealous/disturbed by TKs speculation about Dani and Nico.  But the whole kid thing is a pretty big hurdle to get over. I like how she describes the two of them later on, though. It’s how a love triangle is done well. I like her with both of them. I suspect we’re going to see more of the exploration with Nico, though, before she gets back with Matt. Which I hope she does, but since I personally don’t want to have kids, or step-kids, I can kinda see where she’s coming from. So I’m a little torn.

Lotta breaking glass this episode. That’s the third time. Score: Lindsay, 2, Juliette, 1.

Great, now we’re going to have Mark Cuban as a guest star? Ugh!

Ha. “It’s all about TK”. Yeah, didn’t I say that about 5 paragraphs ago?

Oh, and now Toes is being a douche, too. Is that a standard attitude for wide ends?

So, Juliette’s decided to retain control of the company. Good for her. I have to admit she looks pretty grown up in the final scene. And it’s a good excuse to keep Nico’s character around. Not to mention firing Hank’s.  I have to admit, I didn’t really care much for him, so I’m glad “the league” is out of the picture.

Uh-oh. Why’s she texting RayJay? Yeah, I saw the chemistry. Dani’s not going to be happy about this.

Yay, Peter Nichols is going to be guest-starring again! But wouldn’t it have been meta if he’d said, “Next Wednesday” instead of “Thursday”? I do hope we get to see Dani in therapy. That’s going to be interesting.

See ya next episode.

Nina Lisa

Necessary Roughness

I’d never heard of Callie Thorne before this show, and now I want to have her career. Sure, Marc Blucas isn’t as cut as he was on BTVS, but he’s still pretty hot. Too bad their romance was doomed to fail, but I always suspected Nico liked her more than he was letting on! Returns Jan. 23 on USA; I’ll be watching online.

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