“Necessary Roughness” returned on June 12 for season three with the aptly named episode “Ch-Ch-Changes.” It’s been six months since Nico (Scott Cohen) supposedly left for Dallas, and Matt (Marc Blucas) learned his ex Noelle (Michaela McManus) was pregnant. But those aren’t the only changes in Dani’s world.
The old coach for the Hawks is out, and a new coach is in, prompting Matt to say, “the only constant in football is change.” Just like that, “change” becomes the theme of the USA Network episode. When the coach makes it clear that he doesn’t like how Dr. Dani (Callie Thorne) won’t share the secrets she learns in therapy sessions, he fires her.
But if there’s one constant in Dani’s life, it’s that she always lands on her feet. Sure enough, at the beginning of her latest mental breakdown, Dani gets a surprising call from Nico, who actually never left for Dallas. In fact, he’s working for Connor McClane (John Stamos), who owns V3, a sports management company. And just like that, “Necessary Roughness” now has a reason for Dani taking on all sorts of different sports clients, something the show has struggled with since season one.
Yet, the last two seasons have been spent developing Dani’s relationship to the Hawks, and it’s become quite the interesting show. After all, what is the show without TK (Mehcad Brooks)? Or Dani and Matt’s constant wrong timing? Or Nico’s shady investigation skills?
Well, fans are about to find out. The premiere did a great job for starters.
What’s next for the Hawks?
There was a little bit of time with the Hawks, especially with TK. His best scene came when he showed his disdain for the new therapist by complaining about the lack of couch and snacks (especially jelly beans). Oh, and he claimed he’d been bitten by a flesh-eating zombie. But the real highlight for TK was something he said to Matt: “You didn’t even fight for her,” which is proof of how far TK really has come. Even if he gives up on the new coach and quits (at least momentarily).
Working for Connor McClane, a.k.a. John Stamos
Nico originally sets Dani up for a one-time-only consult with V3, Connor’s company, but this new work relationship is definitely going to become something more. In what’s supposed to be her only case with V3, Dani helps pitcher Daryl Hutchinson get over his fear of flying before the baseball draft.
Not only does this situation kind of give Dani some closure with Nico, but she gets to flex her therapist muscles with a different kind of case: a young kid scared he’s going to freak out and lose everything, just like the guy he looked up to did.
Of course, Dani runs into some opposition as she helps Daryl, as she’s bound to, on “Necessary Roughness” “Ch-Ch-Changes.” That opposition comes in the form of CFO Troy Cutler (David Anders), who doesn’t like sharing the company’s secrets — like Daryl’s medical records — with the therapist.
Despite that, Dani is there to stay, because Connor says so. “We need someone like her,” Connor insists. To which Troy complains, “She’s nosy.” But in Nico’s world, Connor’s full-time hiring of Dani is a problem, and chances are that’s because of the secrets Troy has.
It’s an interesting start to “Necessary Roughness,” but will it be too much of a change for fans who fell in love with Dani, Matt, and the Hawks? Because the “changes” aren’t quite over yet. Matt is leaving New York and the Hawks too, for good he claims, and heading to Boston with Noelle. At the same time, this doesn’t feel like a permanent move, and chances are, hopefully, he’ll be back.
What did you think of the season three premiere “Ch-ch-changes”? Are you going to miss the focus on TK and the Hawks? Or are you okay with John Stamos as Dani’s new boss?
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