Recap: Necessary Roughness S01E01 Pilot

I simply had to have an impulsive decision before the year ends, eh? Coming from another USA Network hit with me in the form of Suits, along with White Collar, Covert Affairs and Burn Notice, I decided to check out USA Network’s other shows. I readily downloaded the pilot episode of Necessary Roughness even if the download was slow just to see if USA Network is mah network. All I knew was that it’s about a divorcee therapist doing some tough love therapy. Premise looks okay, I know no one in the cast and I had faith with USA Network. So what’s the verdict? Read on. (Hee. You think I won’t make you work for it? Haha!)


We start with a life-is-like-football analogy voiceover with an actual football game in the reel. That there are winners, losers, superstars but that how much protective gear you wear, you’re gonna get the living crap kicked out of you at some point. And that day, was the persona’s turn.

We meet Dr. Dani Santino (Callie Thorne), mother of two problematic kids, Lindsay (Hannah Marks) and Ray Jay (Patrick Johnson). She’s a psychologist who uses hypnotherapy in her sessions. With her voice-over during the hypnosis, we see how she discovers that her husband’s cheating (the guestroom’s bed sheets are done like hospital corners, not box pleats which is how she does it and that the pillows are not as she fixes it and the telltale sexy pictures on the phone) and throws his clothes from the window and asks for a divorce.

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