I love NASCAR, which is probably why this episode of Necessary Roughness disappointed me. It got more wrong about the racing series than it got right.
Unless it's for a serious medical condition, a driver couldn't possibly blow off four races and still keep his ride. But for the many fans who don't follow NASCAR, I'll put those concerns aside and pretend I have no clue who Kasey Kahne is.
Callie Thorne plays frazzled so well. Dr. Dani is a women with a demanding new career, two teenage kids pushing her buttons, and a messy divorce making everything worse. Through it all you, can't help but like her exasperated expression. It's always enough to save her any actual words.
The best scene of the night was also the most painful: when Matt introduced Dani as his coworker to Natalie, his date. Dani was so happy to see him at the party and you could just feel her try and force the smile to stay on her face as she made small talk with the tall, gorgeous, other woman.
Matt's done nothing wrong, of course. Dani's done nothing but push him away since their one night stand, but thankfully she told him the truth about how she felt instead of keeping it to herself. Perhaps that's the plus of being a therapist.
My other big complaint of the night, besides the racing inconsistencies, was simple: How could there be a scene with Marc Blucas and Mehcad Brooks playing basketball with both keeping their shirts on?!? Is a little eye candy too much to ask for?
I'm still waffling on what I think of Dani's kids. Typical teenage angst or just annoying spoiled brats? My opinion changes from week to week and scene to scene.
But I do love seeing Scott Cohen as Nico. I look forward to finding out more about his character, piece by tiny piece, as the season continues. The mystery of Nico is half the fun.
I will give Necessary Roughness points for using some real NASCAR footage, although if the show wanted to make me believe this guy was scared to get back in the car, there are some truly frightening crashes over the last couple of years that could have gotten the point across better.
Plus, I find it almost comical that they got nearly every major sponsor in NASCAR on the screen within this hour. That must have taken a lot of coordinating to pull off.
"Spinning Out" certainly wasn't my favorite episode, but it was still entertaining. Let's hope the next installment of Necessary Roughness covers a sport I know nothing about.
C. Orlando is a TV Fanatic Staff Writer. Follow her on Twitter.Tags: Necessary Roughness, Reviews