"Go On" continues to entertain in its premiere season with the episode "There's No 'Ryan' In Team." Ryan (Matthew Perry) continues to be his confident self on-air as a sports-radio host, but it's back to grieving once he's out from behind the microphone. His wife, Janie, has been gone for two months now, and the memories are just too raw for him to move on.
Ryan still can't tell some people about his wife
Ryan still hasn't told his gardener Miguel (Alejandro Patino) about Janie. Miguel adores Janie and continues to give Ryan fruit and flowers to pass on to her. When Ryan gets to his support group, he admits that he'd like to have some sort of large sign, such as a shirt or license plate, that declares his wife's death so he wouldn't have to tell anyone. This leads to a group discussion on how to get the declaration to fit on a license plate (such as "ded wyf").
Ryan eventually gets through his grief long enough, after a few stumbling words, to admit to Miguel that his wife is dead. It is evident that Ryan was just projecting his own emotions onto Miguel. When Miguel offers his sympathies, Ryan is unable to accept.
Stephen misguidedly tries to help Ryan
Meanwhile, Ryan's boss and best friend, Stephen (John Cho), is having issues being friends with a grieving person. He becomes jealous of the support group and seems to think he can fix Ryan on his own.
In Stephen's first misguided attempt to help, he tries to console Ryan by caressing his hand at dinner. Ryan completely freaks out, leading to a humorous scene in which Ryan holds up a sign for Stephen from the sound booth that reads "I need a hug," then another sign revealing the joke: "In need a hug … e stick to beat you with."
Stephen's second attempt is to do ultra-masculine activities that are actually felon activities: vandalism, drunk driving, and scaring people off with a fake gun. Stephen understandably fails to elicit the response from Ryan that he had hoped for, once again.
Ryan shares the story of 1:23 a.m.
Ryan shares the fact that Janie used to roll over while asleep and slap him at 1:23 a.m. every night. He still awakens each night in preparation for a slap that will no longer come. The group decides to help Ryan cope with the problem by coming over to his house at 1:23 a.m. Ryan is surprised but happy to see them.
Then Ryan hears a Mariachi band playing in the garden, where Miguel has just completed a large, extremely ornate fountain in honor of Janie. Finally, Stephen also shows up for his friend (five minutes late), and they all spend the evening singing around the fountain.
The gathering is one more nudge toward healing and coping for Ryan, although he's a bit taken aback to find that everyone is still in his house in the morning, making breakfast as if they live there.