Go On (NBC) Episode 18 “Double Down”

Go On Episode 18 “Double Down” airs Tuesday, March 3 2012 on NBC (9-9:30 p.m. ET).

Episode synopsis: Ryan (Matthew Perry), still pained from the breakup with Simone, (Piper Perabo) backslides into his old gambling habit, though sternly warned by Lauren (Laura Benanti) to steer clear. But when he receives the life insurance check for his deceased wife, it’s more than he can bear and he starts making bets on anything and everything. Meanwhile Anne (Julie White) meets a stunning, young bookstore clerk, Brittney, (Annie Heise) who turns out to be all beauty and no brains. Lauren comes to Ryan’s rescue by fleecing him at poker and in the aftermath, Ryan bonds with Anne over their respective lost loves.Also starring, John Cho, Brett Gelman, Suzy Nakamura, Sarah Baker, Seth Morris, Tonita Castro, Tyler James Williams.

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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