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“THE GAME” Season 4, Episode 6 RECAP …

Malik is not enjoying group therapy (as if we expected he would?), while he continues to deny that he has any sort of problem whatsoever. “Were you a jackass before the drugs?” one of his fellow patients inquires, but he brushes it off. Later that night, he tries to hit on Jenna, a supermodel also in residence (who is strikingly beautiful). He tells her, “I don’t really have a problem. I’m just doing this little Tiger Woods stunt for the good PR.” I knew it! Malik just wants to attempt that he’s making a change, but as soon as he gets home, the first thing he’s going to do is tell that stripper named “Lasagna” to drop it like its hot!

Jenna (in very little words) tells Malik to BEAT IT! and seconds later, his doctor shows up, saying that he’s not sure Malik is serious about getting better, despite having tested positive for opiates when he was admitted. Malik doesn’t know what an opiate is, but he did take Vicodin before heading into rehab. The doctor explains that there are opiates in Vicodin. This gives Malik that reason he’s looking for to make a bust out of rehab.

Malk’s transition in “the real world,” is very shaky. We see the return of that fake Rick Ross lookin bodyguard (who gets on my nerves) he’s immediately back to his old ways: drinking, and pill-popping at a club. Jason and Derwin pick a bad moment to show up and try to talk to him. Malik wants to hear none of it, and literally starts getting physically aggressive with the both of them. He eventually takes one swing at Derwin and then drops to the floor. Malik has gone downhill. Which is surprising, because we’ve never seen him with any substance other than alcohol.

While Malik is passed out in the bathroom, Jason and Derwin debate on what to do with. Jason thinks he’s in a coma before he comes to and tries to attack Derwin (again). Derwin explodes! He tells him that he had a choice to make between Malik and his career, and he chose his career. Last week, we were upset when we didn’t see Derwin present at the press conference. But- if you’ve never been confronted in that situation, you’ll never know what you’ll do. Jason stpes in between them before they come to blows again, and tells Malik that he needs to go back to rehab. Malik’s very mature response is to lock himself in a bathroom stall. “You don’t care about anything these days,” Jason says, reminding him that they’re all still friends. “You need some real help.” Malik does have friends. A true friend doesn’t want to see their friend go down a self destructive path. They either back off, or they try to intervene and help. It’s a good thing Malik has good friends.

Melanie is hosting another Saber Sunbeam meeting. It’s interrupted by Tasha getting a message from none other than Rick Fox (I was so happy to hear Rick Fox was going to be in the picture)  and she’s pretending that it means nothing to her. Rick wants to take Tasha to dinner, but the girls advise her not to mess up her relationship with Dante. She doesn’t listen (Tasha never listens) saying she wants to show Rick what he’s missing. If that’s not enough, Kelly (plus camera crew) arrives to see what’s going on. She immediately starts giving her two cents, and arguing with Tasha just because. Jason is no longer with the team isn’t stopping Kelly from getting her piece of the action.

The Sunbeams (and Kelly’s “friends”) enjoy the night at the club, and when Kelly calls, Melanie wants to invite her to join them but is stopped by her fellow Sunbeams, who claim that she’s no longer one of them. Kelly shows up anyway, and Mel is told to get rid of her but can’t go through with it. Instead, she tells her how FAB her shoes look.

The Sunbeams leave one by one, and Kelly makes a rude remark about Melanie’s hosting skills. Melanie is rubbed the wrong way, Melanie explodes at Kelly on camera, telling her that she’s “starting to look pathetic and everyone’s saying it” before accusing her of hanging on to not just  the Sunbeams, but also the Sabers, and Jason. Kelly (and her haircut) are *NOT* pleased! She makes a dramatic exit (another one) and leaves. But the camera man stays fixated on Melaine. I dont think the cameraman likes Kelly.

Tasha wasn’t kidding when she said she wanted to show Rick what he was missing. Tasha tells Dante she wants to hurry home to him, that doesn’t stop her from getting glammed and going out to dinner. She’s waiting for a bit, but is caught off guard when Dante arrives, telling her that Rick called the house when he had to cancel.

Faced with his anger, she  and tells him that her breakup with Rick was traumatic and that she needed closure. Dante doesn’t buy it for a second. (Although I think he wanted to believe her) “You underestimate the fact that I tolerate your nonsense,” he retorts, giving her back the key to her place before he walks out. Exactly what Melanie warned Tasha about has come true. Dante probably cared about Tasha. But for some reason I don’t think his feelings were truly genuine. I think he enjoyed having a slightly older woman cater to him, and trick on him. He’ll probably miss the moments, but he won’t care about Tasha.

This episode was pretty blah. The drama started around 19 minutes into the show, which sucks because with commercials, there’s only about 6 minutes left of more build-up. I’m glad Malik is going to get help but we all care about the Melanie/Derwin/Janay saga. Is DJ really his? Like, really? I’m a bit dissapointed I didn’t get to see Rick Fox because that would have been really interesting. It sucks that the sisterhood of Tasha, Melanie and Kelly has gone down the drain, but with some deep breaths and quality time I think they can make their friendship work.

True friends always make their way back to each other. Through anything.

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‘THE GAME’ (Episode 4) RECAP: IT WAS ALL GOOD JUST A WEEK AGO!

Step into Episode 4 of Season 4 of the Game Right here… . And step into our recap which will post Every Wednesday on SFPL. You love ‘The Game’ as much as we do? Let’s talk about it….

Tasha is unhappy that her son has been arrested. Derwin isn’t surprised- AT ALL!. Jason knows this is a Big Deal, and walks out on his date ( he leaves her with the check, I mean, this is JASON!). Malik could care less, and so could the Sabers’ new owner, who says they have all the right people “holding Sabers season tickets”.   “All you have to do is keep quiet,” he tells Malik, but before the sentence leaves his mouth, Malik is tweeting about his freedom. The whole scene is a perfect example of how athletes’ egos (or egos of the rich and famous in general) go unchecked because the people around them are more concerned with themselves and their bottom line than someone’s responsibilities and welfare. Athletes think they’re above the law- and when the law proves otherwise, an emotional meltdown is produced and then the usual rehab + community service combo follows.

Leaving his meeting, Malik runs into Jason in the hallway, who tells him he’s concerned. “I pretty much fully support you,” he says, but it’s only for him to get an exclusive interview. Malik sees right through him and heads home, just so he can be chewed out by his mother. She seems to be the only person interested in holding him accountable for his behavior, but he’s not listening. As she leaves his McMansion, she walks into Derwin, who’s there to check on his colleague. She is forced to warn him that being seen with Malik would be bad for his newly succeeding career, even if Derwin could be a good influence on her son. It’s as close to schizophrenic as Tasha Mask has ever been. “You can’t be risking everything for someone who’s gonna be going to prison,” she says, managing to scare him off. It was so funny seeing Tasha switch from her “manager hat” to her “mother hat” and they all looked like a “church hat”

Even Malik’s “girlfriend” Parker (the owner’s wife), (played by Meagan Good) warns him that he’s in trouble. She tells him there’s a conduct clause in his contract that says if he does jail time, he can be released- withOUT explanation!. She wants him to go to rehab, so it at looks like he’s making efforts. “No team is going to take you on right now,” she tells him, but he just continues to deny that he has a problem. This attitude extends to his interview with Jason, where he finally explodes complaining that he’s been abandoned. When you took away the big hoop earrings, ripped leggings and boots from Meagan Good, she can actually act. She’s not that bad!

Melanie (and several of his sponsors) are not happy- at ALL with Derwin being in Malik’s vicinity. Derwin is just as unhappy about being forced to put business ahead of his friendship. Although she THOROUGHLY enjoys all of the free swag she’s received- a FENDI hat, (which I need in my closet) Bvlgari riding gloves, Nike gloves Melanie shows him one of his commercials and their Essence cover, reminding him that they worked hard for his success, and that’s what he’d be sacrificing.

“Malik, you’re going to bury yourself if this airs. You’re taking it too far,” Jason warns him. Jason isn’t exactly known for having a censor, especially this season, so if he’s shocked, you know it’s serious. (BUT- it’s very UNprofessional to have him tell a staff person to keep the interview in a vault JUST IN CASE Malik commits suicide)

Malik blew up at his mother, Parker, and Jason, Malik calls Derwin and wants him to appear at his press conference. Mel’s a bit tipsy, and tells him that she’s not as bothered because she appreciates his loyalty. Although he told Malik that he’ll be there, Derwin doesn’t go to the presser, where Malik gives an apology and tells everyone that he’s going to rehab. The tears were literally rolling down my face in this scene! We here at SFPL are emotionally involved in “The Game” (lol) and we value loyalty amongst friends! The question is if he actually means it after all the lies we know he’s told. We’ve seen that he can lie with a straight face, so is he really going to take that leap? And even if he does, will it work?

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In Case You Missed It: ‘The Game’ Season 4, Episode 4…

In Case You Missed it! Step on into Episode 4 of  BET’s Dramedy, ‘The Game’.

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In Case You MISSED it: ‘The Game’ Season 4, Episode 3…

In Case You Missed it, here’s Episode 3 of ‘The Game’.

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