Quick note: The premiere episode was an hour so technically it was episode 1 and episode 2. That is why this one is episode 3.
My brief thoughts on episode 3 after the jump. As always, reviews of previous episodes can be found here.
I really wish The Game's writers would explain even a little bit why Melanie is not practicing medicine. At this point, it doesn't even have to be a huge, or detailed explanation, but damn…tell me something.
It's important because we were told that medical school was so important to Melanie for three seasons. She gave up Johns Hopkins so it's not totally out of character for Melanie to give up something she really cared about to follow Derwin, but the show can't just let Melanie's decision not to practice go constantly unremarked upon. Particularly because the fight with Derwin at the end of tonight's episode was a perfect opportunity for the show to explain why Melanie decided to not practice medicine. It would have been easy for Melanie to say in that moment that she did it for him or something. The show just dances around it even as Melanie insists on referring to herself as "Dr. Melanie Barnett-Davis." Just irritating.
But now what? Is she really just going to be head Sunbeam. It was weird to me that the reconciliation was about how Derwin needs Melanie and not about what role Melanie can actually play that will fulfill her. Clearly, she's bored. Clearly, she needs something else to do. Maybe this episode will set up her decision to actually practice medicine, but I doubt it.
Some other thoughts:
- I didn't really laugh much at the B story involving Malik running out of money, but I liked that Malik's removal from the team is having real repercussions in his life. And I did kinda like that he would still try to do Tee Tee's party real big even though he couldn't afford it.
- Tee Tee ballin? Malik broke? It'll be interesting to see how their relationship shifts.
- Nice to see Irv again, particularly because that relationship between him and Tasha has been so dramatically and comedically rich in the past.
- We finally get to see how good Tasha Mack is at her job. We need more of this.
- Episodes without Coby Bell are pretty laugh-free and Wendy Raquel Robinson's appearances are far too infrequent. This sucks.
What did y'all think of episode 3?