Necessary Roughness Review: Heartbreaking Reality

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"Spell It Out" featured Dani trying to determine her future, while TK was struggling with his past. The results of both journeys were absolutely heartbreaking.

TK's been served. Yeah, I saw that coming the minute he opened the door. His shooter's defense attorney planned to use TK's bad temper and lack of impulse control against him. Basically, they wanted to make TK lose it on the stand so that he looked like a dangerous man. 

The question quickly became whether TK could overcome his issues and hold it together in court while reliving the most frightening night of his life. That's a tall order.

Dani Visits the Field

Luckily, through a solid support system that included Dani and Matt, TK made it through... almost. 

He handled the defense attorney like a pro. He even schmoozed the press, but it was the quiet moments at home after the trial where TK let his biggest enemy get the better of him.

Those damned pills. I wish they'd go away but it's clear that they've got their hooks into TK and they're not letting go. How many did he take that night? I couldn't count them but it was obvious that his dependence on the drug is growing.

Dani's other patient, Mukesh, was adorable. His mother should have been proud to not only have raised a very smart son, but also a kind and caring one. That's a hard combination to beat.

Unfortunately it was Dani's best friend that brought reality to the forefront... or should I say fortunately

Dani was right. Whether or not to have children is a huge issue and asking Matt to give that up would have come between them eventually. As bad as it felt now, it could have been far worse in the future.

I loved their final scene as they sat on the bed together. It was honest, raw and true to both characters. These were two people who loved and respected one another. Should this one issue have meant the end of them as a couple?

Yes - and I say that with a heavy heart. I wasn't convinced that these two should be together at first but they've really grown on me. I could picture them happily married but Dani has had her kids and she doesn't want any more. Putting pressure on her to do otherwise isn't fair to her or any future child.

And Matt would eventually resent Dani if he gave up his dream of a child in order to sustain their relationship. 

In the end, their breakup was crushing but inevitable.

On the up side we found out that Nico has a cat... named Onyx... and has 11 pictures of him on his cell phone. I've always liked Nico but now I might be in love because that's unbelievably cute.

So are you heartbroken over the end of Matt and Dani? Do you see an eventual Nico and Dani hookup? I'd bet on it for season three. What about you?


Editor Rating: 4.7 / 5.0
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C. Orlando is a TV Fanatic Staff Writer. Follow her on Twitter.


hmm am I the only one who thought that the woman from the League is the perfect fit for Nico. She is like a female version of him without you know the skulking... maybe she does skulk but we never saw it. They both got the access and release they needed lol. I love how she stole his sim card, and he took the files off her laptop


In my opinion, I think Nico suits Danielle a lot better, even the whole children thing, her kids are afraid of him as evidenced by season 1, while this season they are all buddy-buddy with Matt, and that does not make a conducive environment for raising children. Nico seems like he would be one of those strict but caring parents.
Letting her date Matt was a good way to get her back on the horse after her terrible cheating husband, but as an end game: No. He just is so uninteresting to me.
Additionally, why was he proposing to her, after what? 5 months of dating? What basis is that for a relationship? . ... However I am super happy as they are better as friends.
Also I loved the part about Onyx :)


Matt and Dani will definitely get back together. My guess is Dani find herself pregnant and all is well.


I think a Dani/Nico is inevitable and will be very interesting. They have chemistry already. I did think the break up was very sad but realistic.


I think Nico has some feelings for Dani. If they ever I wonder how Matt will feel about that.




really heartbroken at the break up hoping the some where down the line they get back together again. as far as a nico hookup men of mystery never make good husbands or boyfriends and i am talking from experience


I loved this episode, especially the last scene which almost made me cry. These are two intelligent, caring people who love one another but realize that they'll have to sacrifice too much to make it work. Sad but very well done.


Is it just me or is Dani a spoil rotten Brat who always plays the Victem card


The breakup is liable to get more messy as they get their separate lives in order next week, especially when one moves faster at moving on than the other. This will inevitably cause friction with each other and maybe the team.
I foresee that the writers are working a possible Dani/ Nico plotline, but so far she really isn't his type. Nico in the past has hooked up with this woman from the league and Mrs. Pitman- both brunettes, brazen, sexual, and totally different body-types and personalities to Dani. It just doesn't quite click...yet, in my opinion.

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Necessary Roughness Season 2 Episode 7 Quotes

Breakfast in bed means you actually have to be in bed.


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