Things are getting pretty serious on Necessary Roughness : TK’s addiction is growing ever worse, and the entire team’s been bugged by Pittman. Oh, that crazy Pittman — I hope this means he’ll be back soon! But in the meantime, Dani has to deal with the mess all of this creates, trying to convince the team to stage an intervention for TK while freaking out that her connection to the team has compromised her and her patients. I wonder if we are about to reach a crossroads where Dani leaves — or at least threatens to leave — her job. I don’t blame her for being so shaken by this. But I suspect that her money problems, in the form of Ray J’s looming college bills, will ultimately keep her there, though.
She also has her love life to deal with, as her thing with Matt seems to be in limbo, and she had a moment with Nico towards the end of tonight’s episode. I am pretty sure Nico has a thing for her and is fully aware of it, even if he’d never admit it. Sometimes you just need a moment like the two of them shared to realize you may have a thing for someone, too, so maybe Dani will start to think of him in That Way now. Most of my readers seem sad that the Dani/Matt thing doesn’t seem like it will work out, and I agree, but I am willing to see where this goes. Especially since I once saw Scott Cohen in person in a pharmacy, and he looks GOOD in real life. But I digress.
Meanwhile, I think Dani is right about TK, and I am glad Matt came around on him needing an intervention. I actually kind of liked Hank until the point that he was willing to throw TK’s health under the bus for the good of the team. Usually, I am all for the greater good, but football is just a game, right? Anyway, I suspect that TK will go to rehab kicking and screaming, if he goes at all. Mehcad Brooks is doing a great job playing this darker stuff, so I am looking forward to seeing where it goes.
I really appreciate how serialized this show allows itself to be compared to other USA shows, which often keep the serialization to the beginning and end of episodes (I’m looking at you, Burn Notice ). The Case of the Week seems incidental much of the time, and increasingly so this season. Although I was intrigued by this one because I can’t imagine anyone wanting to cheat on Captain Awesome … and anyway the case didn’t detract from the rest of the episode. It had a more serious tone than some cases do, which fit the seriousness of the Hawks-related stuff. As this season goes on, I wonder if perhaps the network is loosening up with its formula a bit? Readers, have you noticed this too? For my part, I think it deepens the show and makes it a bit better than the standard summer fare.
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