Features Malik's first reference to Derwin's girlfriend as "Girl Melanie." A minor argument escalates into a major locker room rift between Jason and Malik that affects their playing relationship on the field.
The locker room tension spills over to Kelly and Tasha, leaving Melanie in the middle and in an awkward position when she insists that they all come to her house for a dinner party.
Derwin proposes anyway and Melanie accepts, feeling pressured on national television.
Meanwhile, Tasha & Kenny argue over their relationship's secrecy, leaving Tasha to feel that she uses Malik to interfere with her personal life.Joan Clayton was the lead character of the now-canceled Girlfriends.In the series premiere, Derwin invites Melanie to his first away game in Miami, but due to her heavy school load, she decides to pass.Joan Clayton (Tracee Ellis Ross) tries to persuade her cousin, Melanie Barnett (Tia Mowry), an aspiring med student, to pursue her career in medical school instead of putting her life on hold for her boyfriend (Pooch Hall) and waiting for his career to kick off.
Note: This episode served as the backdoor pilot episode for the Girlfriends-spinoff, The Game.Absent: Barry Floyd as Terrence Tee Tee Carter With Christmas approaching, the Sabers lose their final game and Melanie looks forward to going home to see her family and spending some quality time with Derwin.