On “Necessary Roughness,” Dr. Dani Santino (Callie Thorne) has always taken care of herself. But on “Gimme Some Lovin,” which aired on June 19, Connor McClane (John Stamos) is continuing to make the hard sell about life at his sports management company V3. But is Dani cut out for it? And why doesn’t Nico want her there?
Not only does Dani now have an assistant, named Paloma (Karissa Lee Staples) no less, she also has enough space to land an airplane in her new office. Throughout the USA Network episode, Dani tries to curb all her new benefits — even the expense account — claiming she’s never needed them before. But then again, she’s never had a job like this before.
A new long-term client
Dani’s newest counseling client is an actress, named Cindy, this time around, and “she makes Lindsay Lohan look responsible.” But Cindy’s already done rehab. She’s sober. She paid for the damage she did to a girl’s car in a hit and run, so what is her problem really? Dani narrows it down to the men in Cindy’s life, and the question Cindy always seems to ask herself, “why did they leave?”
Dani isn’t getting much help to help Cindy, not from Nico (Scott Cohen), nor from Troy Cutler (David Anders), who thinks every failure of Cindy’s is another failure for Dani — and another chance that Connor will fire the therapist. “The question is, how are we going to get rid of her?” Troy asks Nico, who seems to want to get rid of Dani just as much. But Dani has just entered this new, fancy world, and she’s not going anywhere yet.
Rather, as she always brilliantly does, she actually helps her client with some good, if not predictable, advice: “Get out there and act like a professional,” and she also tells Cindy to stop doing things for the tabloids to write about. As for the guys, she tells Cindy to stop the “euphoric recall” and not just replay the “best parts.” Cindy agrees, saying, “I guess I need to watch the whole movie and not just the good parts.” But still, that’s hardly the root of the issue on “Necessary Roughness” season three, episode two “Gimme Some Lovin.”
TK at V3?
Through all this, TK (Mehcad Brooks) is looking for a way to get Dani to become his therapist again, since his coach just continues to mess with his head. The Hawks coach even asks him to play cornerback, which, according to TK, is like asking “Beethoven to play chopsticks with chopsticks.” But if he wants Dani back, he needs to become a client of V3. And after his debacle with Sporty Boast — remember those outtakes where he calls it “better than urine”? — he’s going to have to prove himself to Connor.
When the pressure is on, TK knows how to perform, and that’s exactly what he does in a Machismo after shave meeting. Despite one of the execs hitting on him and asking for coke, TK doesn’t give in to any temptation, even if it takes leaving multiple voicemails on Dani’s phone. It also helps that someone steals a lady’s purse, and it’s TK’s slick moves that catches the thief, which are then captured on camera. Of course that image goes viral with the hashtag “good deeds.” TK is a hero, and he passed Machismo’s test. He’s back at V3, and he gets Dani back.
A case of love addiction
As Dani continues to help Cindy, she’s lured once again into the world of V3, what with all the designer clothes for her dinner meeting with Connor. It also helps that she learns more about Connor — other than what she can read on Wikipedia — because he shares some real things about himself, like that his childhood wasn’t great, he had undiagnosed A.D.D., and then he negotiated the world’s largest rookie contract at the young age of 22. That, and he believes in unconditional love for his clients and employees.
Speaking of “unconditional love,” that’s essentially Cindy’s problem too. She only went on three dates with her “ex” Dylan, but she sent him nearly 300 text messages. Cindy is a stalker, but she also has a serious problem: a case of “love addiction.” She’s constantly craving and pursuing romantic affection, because she doesn’t know that real love gives a person a sense of well-being. And, just like that, Cindy decides she doesn’t want a life like that anymore. She wants something real. Now she’s officially a regular client of Dr. Dani Santino.
So Dani has both TK and Cindy, which, perhaps, may lead to some competition among her clients down the road. But really, that’s not the point of this episode. Rather, it’s what Nico is really up to, because he does have his reasons for not wanting Dani at V3. And that reason joins him in his car for a secret meeting. He doesn’t want Dani to be caught up in anything at V3, because something is going on, and it has to do with Troy. But if Dani somehow gets hurt by all this? The FBI agent, presumably, will have an enemy in Nico.
What did you think of “Necessary Roughness” “Gimme Some Lovin”? Do you like that the setting has changed from the football field to a sports management company? Or do you want Matt to come back already?
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