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Posted at 02:03 PM ET, 02/01/2012

The Game episode recap

Is it possible to buy your way into heaven? Maybe not. But you can pay to have your church’s service start when you arrive and for a front row seat to hear the pastor’s message. Melanie praises the Lord by fattening her pastor’s wallet in this week’s episode of “The Game.”

From left, Tia Mowry, Coby Bell, Pooch Hall, Brittany Daniel, Hosea Chanchez and Wendy Raquel Robinson from "The Game" speak onstage at the BET Awards in 2010. (Matt Sayles - AP)
To Derwin’s surprise, his wife has decided to find them a new church. Unlike their former house of worship, this one lets Melanie ask the pastor, via text, if he can delay starting service until she gets there. The church also has a VIP area for celebrities who give generously to the collection plate. Derwin and Melanie can share a spacious aisle with comedian DeRay Davis and even get a scalp massage during the sermon.

Melanie doesn’t see any problem with flaunting the perks of the one percent in the house of the Lord.

“It’s just like heaven,” she says. “Not everybody gets in.”

All of the special treatment doesn’t sit well with Derwin. He tells Melanie that they must return to their old church or sit in the back of their new church. The following Sunday they are cramped in an aisle far from the pulpit and get a taste of humble pie when another church goer, played by Irma P. Hall from the movie “Soul Food,” testifies about her struggles and triumphs.

A look of awe and sudden realization flashes across Melanie’s face after Hall demonstrates that some people could care less about where they sit in church; as long as God is with them, they have the best seats in the house.

Elsewhere, Jason tries to figure out how he can keep Chardonnay in his life. They had agreed to kick it until their annulment was final, but Jason wants to see if the new relationship can last longer. Chardonnay wants to stick with the original plan.

He asks Malik, Derwin and Tasha for advice on winning her over.

Malik: “If you love her, set her free.”

Derwin: “Show her there’s more to Jason Pitts than just a big head and an ever expanding waistline.”

It’s Tasha who drops some real knowledge: “The black woman is so desperate to be in a relationship with a good black man, that we’ll wait around for him, we’ll pray for him, and then when we find one and snag one, we’ll just go and let that negro act the fool,” she says.

Yes, even Tasha Mack won’t let black women forget how desperate and man hungry we are. But she does redeem herself.

“Just accept her on her terms, and be honest,” she later says to Jason.

Though, redemption doesn’t last long. She gives Jason more bad advice by suggesting he read Steve Harvey’s book (ha!), claiming that Harvey is a prophet.

In the end, Jason has a heart-to-heart with Chardonnay at her job and asks her to take a leap of faith with him on their quirky relationship. She says yes.

How long do you think Jason and Chardonnay will last? Will they beat Melanie and Derwin, who appear more disconnected with each episode?

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By Delece Smith-Barrow  |  02:03 PM ET, 02/01/2012

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