The Game 4.08 “You Say Goodbye, I Say Hello” Review

I know this review is super late, but due to personal issues involving the birth of a new family member into my life, things have been kind of hectic as of late. However, there are two important matters to discuss about this week’s The Game, which shockingly gave us answers and closure all within 30 minutes. Most dramas can’t do that within an hour, so I have to give it to the writers of The Game for a job well done. But that doesn’t mean that I was thrilled with the results.

First and foremost, we finally find out the identity of the chip that has rested on Malik’s shoulder all season and its name is jealous abandonment aka “change.” It could’ve been apparent from the beginning, but it seemed as if Malik was doing well for himself when the show came back from its absence, on and off the field. So while the basis of Malik’s problem is change, it doesn’t come as too much of a shock. It’s just the way he’s handling that is interesting.

Malik has never been the kind to wear his feelings on his sleeve and when he does, the emotinal moments come in fleeting intervals. In other words, Malik has never been good on dealing with emotions and has turned to other means to help cope with whatever was thrown at him. It’s just that now he can’t go buy a bigger house or car to deal with his anger, because no one is looking or even cares. Derwin is blowing up in the game and Jason has his own issues to worry about. Tasha is running a successful agent career and is not about to let that falter because of Malik’s temper tantrums. Tee Tee just got fed up with the drama and bounced. In the end, people had other things to do and couldn’t hold Malik’s hand whenever he wanted.

In retrospect, it wouldn’t be wrong to say that Malik brought most of his issues onto himself. You can’t get upset that people are living their lives and are not catering to your entertainment. It’s another lesson of growing up and letting go for Malik, which I hope he learned well after apologizing to Tee Tee, which was a noble and courageous first step in his recovery.

Hosea Chanchez again stole the show last night and it’s a wonder why this man is not in more movies or guest roles yet, because he kills this role week to only to get phoenix on us and resurrect it to bring it all over again. Someone get this man a movie deal, STAT!

On the flip side, the inevitable happened as Kelly Pitts decided to “go find herself” for the sake of her and Jason’s daughter. Does this mean that she’s gone for good? I have no definite clue and no concrete evidence saying this is so, but just in case this is the end of Kelly Devereaux Pitts then I am one seriously unhappy camper. Friends and family who are fans of the show were hoping that Kelly and Jason would get back together by the end of the season, but with Kelly taking a Vision Quest of sorts, will we ever see that happen? And will Jason follow her right out the backdoor of the show?

Again, I’m not feeling this development and pray that there is a better solution than tossing out original characters as if they didn’t mean a hill of beans before. I’ve said my peace, now what is your take on it?

Sound off below. Should Kelly Pitts stay or should she go? Five episodes left!


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