It’s week three of the new season of “Necessary Roughness,” and things are starting to get interesting on the latest episode, “Swimming With Sharks,” which aired June 26.
The Hawks may be out of the picture — other than TK (Mehcad Brooks), who is focusing on doing advertising instead — and Matt seems to be gone and forgotten, but Dani (Callie Thorne) is beginning to adjust to her new environment at V3. Still, the USA Network dramedy feels like a brand new show, not one that has been on the air for two years, but, thanks to Nico and his secrecy, something is most definitely afoot.
Basketball and mommy dearest
In this week’s case of the week, Dani is charged with working with basketball Devon Langer (Sinqua Wells), who is having issues at the free throw line. But there’s a problem; he’s not a client of V3, but of the rival SPG.
While that war between agencies is just heating up, Dani is focused on what she does best: helping the client, no matter who his agent is. Unfortunately, it’s this part of the storyline that’s the most predictable. Not surprisingly, Devon feels like he owes something to his mom, who gave up so much for him. But it’s also her that he’s angry at, in part because she’s sleeping with one of his teammates. In the end, as always, Dani saved the day — and she even got V3 a new client, even though that was never her intention on “Necessary Roughness.”
TK skinny dips into the dating pool
It’s somehow already TK’s one-year sobriety anniversary, and he wants to celebrate by finding a new chick. And that’s easier than even he expected, as a fan named Abbey (Autumn Reeser) approaches him. But of course Abbey isn’t who she says she is. In fact, her last name is Bruce, and Bruce is the name of the assistant who left Connor at V3 to start her own company.
Abbey talks a nice game on “Swimming with Sharks,” but is she for real? That’s what TK wants to know when she promises him she won’t “slow play” him like Connor (John Stamos) is doing. TK is loyal, to a fault, but would he actually turn his back on Dani right after he got her back? Nope, of course not. But a model who leaves SPG for V3 might have something to do with that as well.
What is Nico’s game?
In this war between agencies on “Necessary Roughness” season three, week three, someone hacks into V3 and goes phishing for information. But, with his devious ways, Nico finds the hacker and convinces Connor to hire him, rather than take the hack to the authorities. But that’s all just a cover in Nico’s world, because the people he’s really working for hacked the system to get info on V3’s books.
The USA Network dramedy is only giving away this storyline piece by piece, but it sure seems like Nico is preparing to take V3 down. But is it Connor he’s after, really? Or is it Connor’s right hand man Troy?
Connor McClane and loyalty
The most interesting new character on “Necessary Roughness” season three is easily Connor McClane, and not just because he’s head honcho. Nor is it because he seems to be fascinated and interested in Dr. Dani Santino.
Rather, it’s his story, which is also being delivered piece by piece, that’s intriguing. Connor has no qualms about poaching clients — or even agents — from SPG. “This is what it means to swim in this ocean,” he tells Dani. “You’re either predator or prey.”
But it’s more than that too. At one point he told TK that once you walk away from Connor, you don’t ever get to come back. And that’s exactly what happened with Abbey Bruce. She broke Connor’s heart, supposedly stealing files and taking clients and agents while Connor was at his father’s death bed.
Yet, can Dani trust Connor? Her boss has shown, time and time again, that he’ll always get what he wants, and is that really the world Dani wants to be a part of?
“Necessary Roughness” may feel like a whole new show this season, but it’s too early to give up on it yet.
The show airs on USA Network Wednesdays at 10 p.m. EDT.
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