Can 'The Game' Remain the Same?

BET's hit dramedy begins its sixth season with an emotional farewell to two beloved main characters.

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"You know this is the game, dog. We ain't got no control over this, Derwin. We are chess pieces, man," Malik says in one of the most depressing pep talks ever. But it was also one of the most poignant scenes in last night's episode. The show's original leading men got to wax comedic over their careers, which, on-screen and off, have taken many a turn. It was a highlight-reel moment.

Sadly, Mowry's Melanie didn't get the same opportunity for a victory lap. A scene featuring Tasha Mack, Melanie and Kelly Pitts cackling over a bottle (or three) of wine would have been a nice touch, a game ball thrown into the stands for those who have stuck by the team through some rocky seasons.

In the end, the saying "The game remains the same" doesn't work here. The players are different -- not better or worse -- and The Game is, too.

Helena Andrews is a contributing editor at The Root and author of Bitch Is the New Black, a memoir in essays. Follow her on Twitter. 

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