Go On “Comeback Player of the Year” Episode 14 airs Tuesday, Jan 22 2012 on NBC (9-9:30 p.m. ET).
Episode synopsis: Ryan (Matthew Perry) fears the group chemistry will change and feels threatened by the return of the very popular and beautiful former group member, Simone (Piper Perabo) who tries to force the group to choose between her and Ryan. Meanwhile Steven (John Cho) and Mr. K (Brett Gelman) buddy bond and along with Terrell Owens, teach Ryan a lesson. Anne (Julie White) prevents Danny (Seth Morris) from being taken to the cleaners in his divorce.Laura Benanti, Suzy Nakamura, Tyler James Williams, Tonita Castro, Bill Cobbs, Sarah Baker and Allison Miller 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”).