Russell Payton is a 32 year-old, former IT manager who aspires to start a rock band. He is a classic underachiever. Growing up middle class, Russell fell short of following his parent's plan for his life, doing just enough - graduating college by the skin of his teeth, marrying his college girlfriend when she became pregnant and not taking his career seriously. After being fired from his job, Russell decided to pursue his dream, which lead to a job as a roadie for a local band. It didn't take long for him to get caught up in the life of drugs, sex and pseudo fame. He finally hit rock bottom when, on a drug-run for the band, he was arrested and ultimately sentenced to probation contingent on successfully completing an addiction recovery program. 

PLAYED by Josh Bartlett