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The Game: Season five, episode six

Can a strong bromance conquer all?

From left, Tia Mowry, Coby Bell, Pooch Hall, Brittany Daniel, Hosea Chanchez, Wendy Raquel Robinson from "The Game" speak onstage at the BET Awards in 2010. (Matt Sayles/AP)

Derwin and Malik learn the answers to these questions in this week’s episode of the BET show The Game.

The two players on the fictional team, the San Diego Sabers, have put aside their differences. No more arguments about how much Derwin did or did not support Malik, the team’s former quarterback, during his problems with substance abuse and demotion from the starting lineup. They’ve secretly started hanging out, but their friendship goes public after a YouTube clip goes viral.

Malik’s friend Tee-Tee recorded a video of Malik throwing a football from the stands into a barrel far across the field. Derwin’s in the background cheering on his teammate and “Malik Throws It Wright” causes an Internet storm.

Later once it’s clear the video is getting hit after hit online, he and Derwin celebrate the video’s success at Derwin’s house. Derwin makes up a song about new Sabers’ quarterback Kwan Kirkland and his lackluster skills. It’s while he’s humping a chair and belting out “I joined the Sabers team, selling the fans a dream, now they can all see what Malik knew about me...I choked, I choked” that Melanie walks in. She’s mad that Derwin has started to hang out with the son of her sworn enemy, Tasha.

Speaking of Tasha, she’s not happy about the new friendship either. When Malik visits her to discuss the video’s popularity all she can focus on is Derwin.

“Is that Derwin’s [expletive] I hear in the background? How could you Malik?”

Once Malik points out how many people are watching the video, Tasha sees it as an opportunity to improve Malik’s image and calls an acquaintance to promote it even more.

Meanwhile, Melanie has started to realize how few friends she has and starts to miss Tasha. She calls Tee-Tee to ask for his help in getting back on Tasha’s good side. He agrees to help and makes sure that the only available seat at the next Sabers’ game is near he and Tasha.

Melanie tries to discuss letting bye-gones be bye-gones, but Tasha’s not hearing it. “Well heffer, bye bye. Be gone...I’m rolling with family until the day we die,” says Tasha.

After the game, the Sabers’ owner, Roger Keith, calls Malik and Derwin into a meeting to discuss their friendship and very public promotion of a new slogan, WMD, which stands for What Malik Doin. (Yes, ghetto-fabulous Tasha thought of it.)

Kwan shows up shortly after everyone gets settled and that’s when Roger drops a bomb. He’s not happy with Malik and Derwin’s antics, or their criticism of Kwan. And as a result, “He’s benched, he’s my man and he’s on notice,” says Roger while pointing to Malik (benched), Kwan (his man) and Derwin (on notice).

Melanie catches up with Derwin outside and asks him how the meeting went. “I don’t want to talk about it,” Derwin yells before walking to his car and driving off. Melanie is left standing alone watching Tasha and Tee-Tee head to their car. They are cracking jokes and laughing, just oozing chumminess.

Tee-Tee calls out to her, saying she probably shouldn’t stand by and watch them have their moment. She takes his advice and decides to sit in her car and cry.

This episode is the first to hold a candle to the high-drama premiere we saw in January. And with Derwin’s baby mama, Janay, set to make an appearance in the next episode, looks like the drama will continue.

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Delece is an education reporter for U.S. News.



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