This episode of Go On, NBC’s Matthew Perry vehicle about a popular-guy sports-radio host mourning the recent death of his wife, begins by introducing viewers to the three main spheres of Ryan King’s (Perry) existence: his work-life, home-life and membership to a somewhat generic support group whose members have all suffered various traumas.
The first scene shows the confident, Colin Cowherd-esque main character hyping football season on his radio show but Ryan’s grief and confusion over his wife’s death are evident in the next scene, when he crawls around in his bushes “like a snake” in a pathetic effort to avoid his gardener, Miguel, who adores Ryan’s wife, Janie, and still doesn’t know she’s dead.
Ryan arrives to work frazzled and describes a sleepless night of figuring out how to combine “Peyton Manning” and “Dakota Fanning” in a radio bit to his boss, Steven (John Cho). Steven is used to his role as Ryan’s hard-partying buddy and has trouble adjusting to a more sensitive, grieving Ryan. He confides to Ryan’s assistant, Carrie (Allison Miller), that he is used to making good times great, not to making bad times livable.
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