Go On (NBC) Episode 16 “Go Deep”

Go On Episode 16 “Go Deep” airs Tuesday, Feb 19 2012 on NBC (9-9:30 p.m. ET).

Episode synopsis: Ryan’s (Matthew Perry) prideful indignation over having to read a live commercial for a male enhancement product causes him to stage a walkout, only to be replaced by Terrell Owens whom he just hired as a temporary assistant. Lauren (Laura Benanti) obsesses over a single low group evaluation score and solicits help from George (Bill Cobbs) to find out who gave her the poor rating. Meanwhile Simone (Piper Perabo) invites Ryan to a meditation center where he does everything but calm himself. And in group, it’s Anne (Julie White) who helps put Ryan back on track with the truth.John Cho, Brett Gelman, Suzy Nakamura, Tyler James Williams, Sarah Baker, Tonita Castro, Allison Miller and Seth 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”).

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