Go On “He Got Game, She Got Cats” Episode 2 airs Tuesday, September 11 on NBC (9-9:30 p.m. ET).
Episode synopsis: Frustrated with the “all talk, no action” philosophy of Lauren (Laura Benanti), Ryan (Matthew Perry) urges Sonia (Sarah Baker) to dump her boyfriend. When the consequences get out of control, Ryan realizes Lauren may be wiser than he realized. And while trying to keep busy and avoid being lonely, Ryan makes increasing demands on his assistant, Carrie (Allison Miller). Meanwhile, Ryan rekindles George’s (Bill Cobbs) love of basketball.Julie White, Tyler James Williams, Suzy Nakamura and Brett Gelman also star.
Show Summary: Matthew Perry (“Friends,” “Mr. Sunshine”) stars as Ryan King, a recent widower and sports talk radio host ready to get back to work after the loss of his wife. Ryan’s alpha-male boss, Steven (John Cho, “Star Trek,” “Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle”), has a different plan in store for Ryan, making him attend grief counseling before returning to the air.
A reluctant Ryan finds himself in a support group for “life change” where he meets an oddball cast of characters, all with their own backstories filled with varying degrees of loss. On his very first visit, Ryan convinces the group to deviate from their normal session and starts a tournament-style competition (March Sadness!) to find out whose story is the worst.
Ryan’s total lack of interest in “the healing process” proves distracting, and he soon butts heads with the by-the-books group leader, Lauren, played by Tony Award-winner Laura Benanti (“The Playboy Club”). Back at work, Ryan is confronted with the fact that he hasn’t really processed his grief and realizes Lauren and the other members of the group might be key in helping him move on. Also starring are Tony Award winner Julie White (“Transformers”) as Anne, Tyler James Williams (“Everybody Hates Chris”) as Owen, Suzy Nakamura (“Dodgeball”) as Yolanda, and Brett Gelman as Mr.K (“30 Minutes or Less”).