Janay and Melanie are friends. Kind of. Okay, maybe “friend” is too strong a word to use, but in this week’s episode of “The Game” we witness the two women in Derwin Davis’ life struggle to forge a peaceful relationship. They don’t completely fail, despite having a rocky start.
While Janay is playing with her and Derwin’s son, DJ, at a park, Derwin confronts her about her engagement to Noah, an upcoming nuptial he could only have known about if Melanie broke her promise to Janay and spilled the beans. (She did.)
“I won’t let you go through with it,” Derwin says. “The problem is you hid this dude from me for God knows how long.”
“You can hire your lawyers, you can pout, you can do whatever you want, but I’m going forward with that wedding,” says Janay. She then storms over to Melanie’s house to tell her in person that she’s a “a backstabbing, boughie [expletive], wanna-be-doctor trick” for telling her secret.
Melanie offers to do damage control and makes a deal with Janay: If she gets Derwin to like Noah, she and Janay can finally be cool. Janay doesn’t turn down her request, and Melanie has Noah coincidentally run into Derwin at a bar so the two can squash their beef.
Noah tries to prove that he’s a clean upstanding guy, emphasizing that he’s got “no ex-wives, no baby mamas” but Derwin, shockingly, is not hearing it. (And I’d have to side with Derwin. Since when does not having an ex-wife make someone a good guy?)
“I don’t have anything against you personally, but understand where I’m coming from,” says Derwin. “A week ago you did not exist.”
Noah accuses Derwin of still having feelings for Janay. The two look close to fighting until a patron filming the argument on his cellphone distracts Derwin. Derwin argues with the man about putting his phone down, but it takes Noah’s not-so-accidental stumble to make the cellphone fall from the patron’s grip and shatter on the floor. Derwin’s grateful Noah had his back and the two decide to resume their conversation — sans yelling.
Meanwhile, Tasha’s secret rendezvous with Renaldo, an escort she recently met, goes public. Kind of. Renaldo unexpectedly shows up at the bar where Tasha had been planning to meet up with her son Malik and his friend Tee-Tee.
Before she can shoo him away, Malik pops up and throws a string of intelligent questions at him: “What kind of friend you is to my mama?..What you do? Where you from? What would you do for a Klondike bar?”
Renaldo tells Malik he’s a relationship therapist and saves Tasha from an embarrassing situation. Afterwards Tasha brings him back to her place. Renaldo says they can just talk if she likes. Tasha takes his words as her cue to straddle him. In the morning he says his services were on the house.
Their good vibe is almost jeopardized once again, though, the next day when Tasha and Malik run into him at the bar with another woman.
Malik drags Tasha along as he approaches Renaldo. She’s at a loss for words while Malik tells him off. After much coaxing from her son, Tasha throws a drink in Renaldo’s face.
“Yeah, homey. Cheers. Drink’s on you dog,” says Malik.
But it’s not the end for Renaldo and Tasha. They escape to Tasha’s house, where she let’s him know, “I cannot have you running around, turning tricks and embarrassing me in my town.” They reach a new agreement: Tasha will be Renaldo’s only client in the San Diego area. She will pay him to be her full-time lover. Yes, Tasha has reached a new low in her desperate quest to find a man.
Melanie and Janay also make strides in their relationship. Kind of. Melanie, excited that Derwin and Noah have worked out their issues, calls Janay to confirm their friendship is back on track. Janay mentions she’s about to go shopping for a wedding dress, and Melanie rushes to invite herself for the search. They make plans to meet, but when Melanie arrives at the store Janay is nowhere to be found.
When Janay finally arrives, she’s got a stack of shopping bags in each hand and a trail of friends behind her.
“I’ve been trying to reach you for the past half hour,” says Melanie. Janay’s not really concerned. Her phone was on vibrate and she “decided to go shoe shopping with my friends at the last minute.”
Melanie accuses Janay of being done with her now that she’s smoothed things over between Derwin and Noah.
“Let’s be honest,” says Janay. The only reason you’re so preoccupied with me and my man being cool is so I won’t be a threat to you and your man.” Melanie brushes off the idea but Janay digs deeper.
“As long as I have Derwin’s baby and you don’t, I will always have one up on you,” she says.
“I’m not worried about you,” Melanie responds. “I’m the one who has his heart.”
And the blow below the belt from Janay. “Apparently that’s all that you can have.”
Janay realizes she’s gone too far and apologizes. But the damage is already done.
Melanie returns home to hear Derwin talking about his new bromance with Noah and their plans to hang out. She’s reminded of her own friendless-life and breaks down.
“Derwin, I don’t have any friends. I mean am I such a horrible person that no one wants to be my friend?”
Derwin says she’s just going through a rough patch, something everyone goes through.
To put a smile on his wife’s face, he picks up the phone and calls Noah. He cancels their plans.
“Go get your toothbrush. We goin’ to Vegas,” he says to Melanie. “I wasn’t really in a Noah kind of mood anyway.”
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