‘Go On’ Shoots and Scores

Only two episodes into the series, Go On has already exceeded expectations. When Matthew Perry says that the show has heart, he means it. His character, Ryan King, just wants to grieve his wife’s death and help people at the Transitions therapy group in the process.

In the second episode of Go On, viewers find out that Ryan forces his assistant, Carrie, to work late just so he does not have to go home to an empty house. Carrie is clearly worn down because she has not had a social life in weeks. She wants to help Ryan, but needs a life of her own. When Ryan finally allows Carrie to have a social life, he invites himself to Carrie’s girls’ nights out. Ryan clearly has problems that he should not be imposing on Carrie. However, the man just lost his wife, so it is hard to get angry with him. Eventually, Ryan and Carrie set boundaries.

At Transitions, Ryan is fed up with the lack of action. Lauren encourages people to vent, but does not give them advice on how to move on. Fed up, Ryan takes control of the group because he believes Sonia, who hates her boyfriend’s face, should break up with said boyfriend. He encourages Sonia to call her ex-boyfriend on the spot to break up with him, so she does. Later, Sonia goes to Ryan’s workplace because she is lonely without her ex-boyfriend. Ryan advises her to get a cat, which leads Sonia to hoard an excessive amount of cats that Ryan has to give away. Lauren criticizes Ryan for giving advice outside his realm of expertise, which is sports. While Lauren has a point, Ryan cannot be blamed for Sonia’s cat obsession. It is not like he knew it would spiral out of control.

Ryan also tries to help George, a Transitions group member who is blind. When Ryan and his boss Steven go to George’s house, George starts a conversation about his basketball signed by Wilt Chamberlain, which was supposed to be in its display case. Unfortunately, the basketball was stolen and George never noticed. Ryan and Steven do not want to break the news to him, but they have to because they are unable to quickly find a substitute ball. Since he feels bad, Ryan arranges for George to have courtside seats at a Los Angeles Lakers game.

Despite meaning well, Ryan makes mistakes. For every time he does something good, such as getting George the best seat in the house, he gives advice without the proper information and ends up creating more problems. Ryan also should not rely on his assistant to entertain him. While it is understandable that he does not want to be home alone, he should not be suffocating his assistant. Hopefully, Ryan actually stays inside the boundaries Carrie set. If he does not, Ryan will lose her and have to depend solely on Steven for emotional support outside of Transitions, which is too touchy feely for Ryan’s personality. It does not help that the group leader, Lauren, has no idea on how to deal with Ryan, who thinks in sports metaphors because that is what he knows. Yes, life is not a sports game. However, if that is the only way to help Ryan cope, Lauren should adapt until Ryan is ready to talk about his emotions.

About Allison Lips

I am the Toastmasters District 83 Public Relations manager and President of Freehold Phrasers.

Posted on September 12, 2012, in Comedy, NBC, Network Television, Primetime and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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