"Go On" is a very different kind of sitcom. It is at once quirky and oddly serious. Matthew Perry plays Ryan King, a sportscaster whose wife died only a month ago. The (sometimes) serious tone is genuine, and not the kind normally found on most sitcoms dealing with relationships and cheating. The deep pain some of the characters feel causes viewers to connect with them. The terrific acting from Perry and everyone else also keeps the characters grounded.
Ryan King wants to deal with it on his own
Ryan initially wants to go back to hosting his "Ryan King Show" immediately, but his boss disagrees. He feels Ryan needs to deal with the death of his wife, but Ryan does not agree until he blows up and throws a "sympathy cake" -- which turns out to be a birthday cake for someone else -- in the trash.
The Transitions Group
Ryan first enters a room where everyone is donning medieval costumes (more on that later) and realizes he is in the wrong place. They direct him to the Transitions Group, a therapy group for people going through life transitions. He is immediately thrown off guard by the idea that he may have to share his feelings.
The group leader is late to arrive, so Ryan decides to turn the group into a contest, where the saddest story wins. He draws brackets for the contest on the dry erase board.
Don (Khary Payton) goes into a spiel about giving his life to music and failing, but George (Bill Cobbs) simply shares the fact that he's blind and easily wins the round. Anne (Julie White) is too grief-stricken and wordy to tell her story of her lover's death. Consequently, she loses to a story about the death of a cat. The game continues with George seemingly the winner until the final, where Fausta blows it out of the park with what seems to be the loss of her entire family. Ryan crowns her with a pink pastry box.
The gang celebrates until the group leader, Lauren (Laura Benanti), walks in. She immediately calms them and pairs them off to share their feelings. Ryan is paired with Owen (Tyler James Williams). They watch videos of Google photo bombers wearing silly costumes for the Google car until Owen suddenly shares his story about how his brother is left brain dead and coma due to a skiing accident. It's a heartfelt moment, but Ryan is clearly afraid to deal with his own situation.
Lauren gets Keyser Soze'd
Ryan just wants to get his form signed so he can go back to work. He finally tells Lauren about his wife's death, but it's a lie. He informs her that he took the idea from a sign, and she has been "Keyser Soze'd." Frustrated, she signs his paper.
Ryan gets back on the air, but blows up again. He realizes he's not ready when he tries to start a fight with a football player after seeing him texting and driving. Ryan decides to return to the group.
Ryan gets real
Ryan finally shares the story of how his wife, Janie, died in a car accident while texting him about buying coffee. She was the only girl he ever loved. The group seems amazed to see his change of heart. The tear-welling moment is not the end, however. They have a last moment of fun before continuing their healing process when they spot a Google car and decide to don medieval costumes and chase after it.
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