Necessary Roughness Review: All Hung Up

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"A Load of Bull" is filled with just that - and someone will definitely get hurt.

I'm not sure if it was Dani's patient I enjoyed this week or watching that PBR bull riding footage. That is one truly scary sport. What can you say about people who make it their life's work to ride in events where they risk being trampled or gored by a thousand-pound animal? Is it guts or stupidity? Perhaps equal parts of each.

Matt & Dani Deal With Their Breakup

But there was so much else going on in this episode. Razor's past came back to haunt him as we knew it would and Nico and Matt did their best to protect him. Unfortunately, it's only a matter of time before the truth comes out. Nico was right. They need to get ahead of it, fast.

For quite a while I thought Noelle was using TK's reputation against him. He seemed to have himself under control around the probing reporter but that control was simply a drug-induced mirage.

I liked that we never actually saw TK take any pills in this episode. We only saw the signs of their use. The sunglasses he wore at odd times. The muted responses to the reporters incredibly personal questions about the worst trauma of his life. 

TK's non-reaction was a clue that his drug use was changing his behavior. How long will it be before it affects his game or risks his life?

On the home front, Ray Jay got his heart broken by Olivia, who decided she needed to start college tabula rasa. The term meaning "clean slate" always makes me smile as it was the title of a favorite Buffy the Vampire Slayer episode... but I doubt Ray Jay saw any such significance. 

The poor kid was crushed and Jeanette was right as she said in this Necessary Roughness quote...

Jeanette: Breaking up is hard to do. That's why country music exists. | permalink

Dani sharing that she and Matt had also broken up was the best way for Ray Jay to connect with his mom and share some of his pain.

However, Dani and Matt went from a neat and clean breakup between two reasonable adults to something much messier. Having to see one another every day was emotionally killing them. I'm not sure what the answer was but I don't think sleeping together was it. I'm afraid that these two are in for a world of pain.

Do you think TK can pull it together or will he crash and burn? Are Matt and Dani back on track or just postponing the inevitable? We've got two weeks to wait for the next Necessary Roughness.

A Load of Bull Review

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C. Orlando is a TV Fanatic Staff Writer. Follow her on Twitter.

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Necessary Roughness Season 2 Episode 8 Quotes

I'm just doing a little fling cleaning.


Getting through some days is like trying to stay on the back of a thousand pound bull.