The Best Episodes Directed by Salim Akil
#2 - New York Unbound
Girlfriends Season 4 - Episode 24
Maya learns that the publisher wants to sanitize her book to make it more accessible to white readers. She convinces her editor to stand up for her vision and get the original version of the book released. She succeeds, and Maya receives $25,000. After William shows up at her house to confront her, Joan flees for New York with Toni. Toni sees Todd with his colleague, Natalie, and again assumes he is cheating on her. She makes a scene on the set as she begs him not to leave her. Joan is surprised to run into William, who has come to New York to give legal advice to Maya. Joan tries to tell William that she isn't interested in him romantically. He says that this is okay, and that things between them will soon return to normal. William runs into Monica, his evil, golddigging ex-girlfriend. Lynn visits her birth mother, Sandy, for information on her biological father. She learns that Sandy wanted to marry Lynn's father, but Sandy's parents paid the man to go away. They claim it
#3 - Mi Casa Es Su Casa
The Game Season 1 - Episode 7
When Tasha (Wendy Raquel Robinson) returns early from a trip she finds Malik (Hosea Chanchez) throwing a wild party at their house and shuts it down. Fed up with his mom running his personal life, Malik asks her to move out and find her own place. Tia Mowry, Pooch Hall, Coby Bell, Brittany Daniel, Rocky Carroll also star and rapper Too Short guest stars as himself.
#4 - The Ghost of Derwin Past
The Game Season 2 - Episode 10
Dionne ditches sympathetic Melanie, who decided to stay in San Diego after learning that Dionne would be spending Christmas alone, after she learns that an endorsement opportunity she pitched for Derwin has been resurrected. She decides to take back Derwin as her client and spend her holidays in St. Barts. Meanwhile, Kelly and Jason argue over his frugal spending during the holidays and Malik begins to question Tasha's allegiance to him.
#6 - Blindsided
Being Mary Jane Season 1 - Episode 8
A picture stirs up drama between Mary Jane and Andre. Meanwhile, Patrick breaks news that he's moving out; a drug run turns violent; Niecy announces a plan following her delivery; Kara mulls over a custody issue involving her sons.
#8 - The Book of the Apocalypse: Chapter Two: The Omega
Black Lightning Season 2 - Episode 16
In the Season 2 finale, Lynn goes head to head with Dr. Jace once and for all. Meanwhile, Gambi risks his life to save Jennifer. Lastly, Tobias makes a major move to cripple Freeland and kill Black Lightning, requiring the superhero family to step up like never before.
#9 - Media Blitz
The Game Season 2 - Episode 7
Malik becomes the whopping boy for a cartoonist after making a politically incorrect statement. Things take a change for the worse when Malik tries to make amends and ends up punching the cartoonist. Malik turns to Tasha to help him but she's out signing a new client to Tasha Mack Management. Meanwhile, guilt stricken Jason confesses to Derwin about this lies to Kelly about his use of steroids.
#10 - Rift and Separate
The Game Season 1 - Episode 6
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. Pooch Hall also stars.
#11 - Parental Guidance Suggested
The Game Season 2 - Episode 6
Tasha tells Melanie that she has to find a place of her own in a month, Meanwhile, Derwin calls Melanie's parents and informs them about their breakup, causing Melanie to get upset and she reveals that she slept with Trey and that he is paying for her medical school tuition. Later, Jason has trouble performing in the the bedroom, prompting Kelly to suspect that he's having an affair and Dionne offers Melanie a place to stay. Hosea Chanchez also stars.
#13 - The Book of Markovia: Chapter Four: Grab the Strap
Black Lightning Season 3 - Episode 13
Black Lightning and his team descend upon Markovia on a mission to rescue Lynn who finds herself in even more trouble when she meets Gravedigger, a metahuman on the Markovian side.
#14 - Tasha, Renee, and Malik the Cliche
The Game Season 2 - Episode 3
When Renee is unable to engage in romantic affairs with Malik after he invites her over and she learns that he lives with his mother; it prompts Malik to ask Melanie for advice, and eventually explain to Tasha that they will need alternate their living arrangements. Meanwhile, Jason makes a far out attempt to make peace with his new coach by hosting bible study for the team at his house, even though he's been idle from church for the last 20 yrs. Pooch Hall and Brittany Daniel also star.
#15 - Exposed
Being Mary Jane Season 1 - Episode 6
Mary Jane and Andre have decided to settle in together at her home in domestic bliss. Meanwhile, Helen is disappointed with Paul Sr. for not receiving a platinum table at an exclusive gala, so he finds an unlikely source in hopes of obtaining one. While Andre declines his invitation to accompany Mary Jane at the gala, she unexpectedly runs into her ex David. Also, Mary Jane is faced with a challenging decision at SNC involving a fellow journalist.
#18 - The Resurrection
Black Lightning Season 1 - Episode 1
Jefferson Pierce is a man wrestling with a secret. As the father of Anissa and Jennifer, and principal of a charter high school that also serves as a safe-haven for young people in a neighborhood overrun by gang violence, he is a hero in his community. Nine years ago, Pierce was a hero of a different sort. Gifted with the superhuman power to harness and control electricity, he used those powers to keep his hometown streets safe as the masked vigilante Black Lightning, but he left the Superhero days behind. Almost a decade later, Pierce’s crime-fighting days are long behind him…or so he thought.
#19 - Mixed Messages
Being Mary Jane Season 1 - Episode 5
Mary Jane meets a man online; Kara’s changes prove too much for Mark. Patrick learns that celebrating his sobriety is bigger than it just being about him, Kara and Mark figure out a way to effectively communicate and work together and Mary Jane admits her addiction.
#20 - The Book of Rebellion: Chapter Three: Angelitos Negros
Black Lightning Season 2 - Episode 10
Still on the run, Jennifer and Khalil succumb to their feelings for one another and begin planning their future together. Meanwhile, Jefferson approaches Henderson with a favor.
#21 - The Huxtables Have Fallen
Being Mary Jane Season 1 - Episode 4
Patrick learns of Mary Jane's affair with Andre. To help her sort through her dilemma, Patrick takes her to visit their voice of reasoning Aunt Toni. She is once again conflicted about her feelings for Andre and decides to once and for all give him an answer in regards to his marriage proposal. Meanwhile, a former business partner declines further partnership with Patrick, resulting in damaging affects to Patrick's sobriety.
#22 - The Book of Occupation: Chapter One: Birth of Blackbird
Black Lightning Season 3 - Episode 1
We find Jefferson Pierce like never before, in the hands of the ASA with his wife Lynn as Agent Odell tightens his grip on the Pierce family, leaving Jennifer abandoned and Freeland without Black Lightning and Thunder. But Anissa secretly defies Odell in her alter ego as Blackbird with the able tactical and technical support of Gambi.
#23 - The Book of the Apocalypse: Chapter One: The Alpha
Black Lightning Season 2 - Episode 15
Lynn counsels former pod kid, Wendy, in how to live in a world that's new to her, but the fate of the other pod kids remains in doubt. Meanwhile, Anissa figures out Grace's secret. Lastly, Jefferson tries to install a superhero code for his metahuman offspring, but Jennifer insists on taking revenge on Tobias for her boyfriend's death.
#24 - The Book of Resurrection: Chapter Two: Closure
Black Lightning Season 4 - Episode 13
After four seasons, the game-changing, relevant and electrifying series comes to an end. Gambi and the rest of the Pierce family have been informed on what happened to Jefferson as Gambi managed to locate the Emitter in the Tori Mausoleum. He, Thunder, and Grace head there in an effort to destroy but must fight through the Drakestone security team guarding it to accomplish the goal.
#25 - New York Bound
Girlfriends Season 4 - Episode 23
Maya self-publishes her book, Oh, Hell Yes, and sells it on the streets, where it is a tremendous success. Ronnie tells her that a major publisher wants to offer her a five-figure deal to release the book. Toni repeatedly tries to call Todd in New York, but he refuses to return her messages. She continues to act as though nothing is wrong in front of her friends, even when they express concern about her well-being. Lynn gets a new boyfriend, Lenny. Her friends note their physical resemblance and all the things they have in common (including allergies) and offer the opinion that they might be brother and sister. Lynn talks with Lenny's parents, who assure her that this is not the case. She breaks up with him because she is still freaked out at the idea that he could have been her brother, and decides to search for her birth father. William decides not to confess his feelings for Joan, and pursues an attractive woman he meets at the bar. However, he runs into Joan when she stops
#26 - The Book of Consequences: Chapter One: Rise of the Green Light Babies
Black Lightning Season 2 - Episode 1
Jefferson Pierce and his family may have survived Tobias’s attack, but they’re not out of the woods yet. Concerned for the safety of Garfield’s students, the board considers a motion to shut down the school. Jennifer struggles with her powers and her actions have unforeseen repercussions. Meanwhile, Anissa finds a new way to give back to Freeland.
#27 - Baby B.S.
The Game Season 1 - Episode 16
Kelly is happy when she finds out Jason wants to have another baby. But when Tasha offers her a job at her management firm, Kelly has a quick change of heart. Meanwhile, when R&B singer Drew Sidora starts calling Derwin on a consistent basis he realizes their recent flirtation has gone a step too far. Tia Mowry and Hosea Chanchez also star.
#28 - Hit Me With Your Best Shot
The Game Season 2 - Episode 4
Recently out of rehab, Kelly convinces Jason to let her brother, Brandon, stay with them. Later, Brandon catches Jason using steroids and promises to keep Jason's secret but when Kelly finds a syringe in the trash, she automatically suspects Brandon is back to his old ways and kicks him out of their home. Wendy Raquel Robinson, Hosea Chanchez and Pooch Hall also star.
#29 - The Book of Reconstruction: Chapter Three: Despite All My Rage...
Black Lightning Season 4 - Episode 3
Jefferson is feeling even more lost after a frustrating therapy session. Meanwhile, Anissa continues to care for a still comatose Grace. Lastly, Lynn has a breakthrough.
#30 - I Got 99 Problems and My Chick is One
The Game Season 2 - Episode 19
After Melanie accepts a gift from Derwin, Jerome begins to question her commitment to their relationship. Melanie tries to thraw his questioning by planning a romantic get away trip in Los Angeles but her plans go awry once she realizes that the Sabers are celebrating in the same hotel that they are is staying in. Derwin and Malik commiserate over losing Melanie and Robin Givens respectively. Tasha gets upset when she learns that Rick Fox is being promoted to manager and she ends up sharing an intimate moment with him. Meanwhile, After firing his manager, Kelly tries to convince Jason to sign with Irv.
#31 - Baby Come Back
The Game Season 2 - Episode 20
The new coach seems more interested in getting to know Kelly than making a new deal with Jason. Meanwhile, After tracking down Melanie to confess his love for her, Derwin ends up in a fight with Jerome. Malik also confesses his love for Robin Givens.
#32 - Wedding (1)
Girlfriends Season 3 - Episode 24
Joan promises to support Toni as the wedding approaches, but repeatedly neglects her in order to deal with her latest drama involving Ellis, who has failed to tell her that the mother of his child has been cast as his love interest in his movie. As a result, Toni tells Joan that she is not welcome at the wedding. Meanwhile, Sivad feels threatened by Lynn's past with William and orders her to move out of William's house; and Mrs. Childs fiercely tries to keep Maya away from Toni's med student brother, Antoine.
#33 - The Trey Wiggs Taps Back Episode
The Game Season 2 - Episode 2
Homeless, heartbroken, and distraught, Melanie turns to Derwin's rival, Trey Wiggs, for comfort. After sleeping with him, Trey offers Melanie financial assistance, leaving Melanie to make a decision on whether or not to accept it. Meanwhile, Jason butt heads with the new coach ( Jason Lee ) when the Sabers football team is sold to new owners.
#34 - All-Star Blues
The Game Season 1 - Episode 14
When Jason doesn't get selected for the Pro Bowl game he begins to question his future and starts planning for retirement. Meanwhile, Malik is selected for the Pro Bowl once again, but decides not to take Tasha with him to Hawaii, fearing she will embarrass him by trying to scout new clients. Tia Mowry, Pooch Hall and Brittany Daniel also star.
#35 - Wedding (2)
Girlfriends Season 3 - Episode 25
Joan tries desperately to get Toni to forgive her and allow her to be a bridesmaid. However, it remains to be seen if there will even be a wedding, as Todd walks out on Toni because of her selfishness. Meanwhile, Lynn objects to Sivad's decision to write a poem for the wedding.
#36 - The Book of Reconstruction: Chapter One: Collateral Damage
Black Lightning Season 4 - Episode 1
Jefferson Pierce is still mourning the death of his long-time friend Detective Henderson. Meanwhile, Gambi is presented with an interesting opportunity. Lastly, Lynn and Jefferson are still not able to see eye to eye.
#37 - White Coats and White Lies
The Game Season 3 - Episode 7
Melanie reluctantly turns to her parents for financial help when she learns that her grant money to cover for her tuition has been revoked and she has been placed on academic probation, Meanwhile, Derwin learns bad news from Irv (Guest star: PJ Byrne) about his contract negotiations. Malik and Tasha are freaked out to learn that Robin Givens (Guest star as Herself) and Rick Fox (Guest star as Himself) shared a past together. Kelly goes on her first date since her split with Jason.
#38 - Fool Me Twice... I'm The Damn Fool
The Game Season 2 - Episode 5
After Melanie agrees to go out to dinner with Derwin, he decides to plan a surprise proposal with the help of R&B singer Musiq Soulchild. Things take a turn for the worse when Melanie sees Derwin kissing Drew at the Music Video Awards. Assuming that she has been fooled again by Derwin, an intoxicated Melanie decides to get payback and tries to sleep with Malik. Wendy Raquel Robinson, Coby Bell and Brittany Daniel also star.
#39 - Take These Vows and Shove 'Em
The Game Season 2 - Episode 12
Kelly takes Brittany and leaves Jason when he refuses to stop taking steroids, Meanwhile, Derwin tries to impress a pretty woman but she sees through his facade and decides to school him on how to treat a lady.
#40 - Out Of Bounds
The Game Season 1 - Episode 15
When Malik finds out that the love of his life, model/actress Eva Marcelle (guest starring as herself) is getting married, he decides to use up-and-coming singer Drew Sidora (guest starring as herself) to make Eva jealous. Learning that she has been used, Drew turns to Derwin as a shoulder to cry on. Later, Drew asks Derwin to be in her new music video and their on-screen kiss leads to more than he anticipated. Tia Mowry, Wendy Raquel Robinson, Coby Bell and Brittany Daniel also star.
#41 - How Tasha Got Her Groove Back
The Game Season 1 - Episode 4
Malik tells Tasha that he is having problems with the offensive coordinator, Kenny, so she sets out to settle the problem. At the end, Tasha and Kenny disagree about Malik's career but end up liking each other.
#42 - Baby on Board
The Game Season 3 - Episode 1
Melanie finally confesses to Derwin that she is in love with him, but soon after Derwin tells her about Janay's pregancy. Meanwhile, Malik has to face Tasha once she finds out about his engagement to guest star Robin Givens. Kelly enlist the help of her parents (Guest stars Lee Garlington as Bren and Don McManus as Nick), to help her keep Jason out of her life.
#43 - Je-Rome Wasn't Built in a Day
The Game Season 2 - Episode 11
Melanie cautiously agrees to go on a date with a new guy name Jermone at the sky box for the Sabers game. Derwin, furious, decides to take Malik's advice and use his energy on the game. Meanwhile, Kelly and Tasha compete to get an endorsement deal for Jason and Malik.
#44 - Just the Three of Us
The Game Season 3 - Episode 4
Melanie feels jealous after Derwin goes with Janay to her first pregnancy appointment. Meanwhile, Kelly decides that it's time for her and Jason to talk to Brittany about their separation. Jason, however, refuses to do so, leaving Kelly confused about what to do next regarding the issue.
#45 - The Side Part, Under Episode
The Game Season 3 - Episode 8
Melanie meets her very own Dr. McHottie (Guest star Jason Olive) at the hospital where she is a first year resident.
#46 - Turkey Basting Bit**es
The Game Season 2 - Episode 9
Melanie gets a job waitressing at a coffee shop, Meanwhile, Derwin, enjoying his new single superstar status, decides to start dating a new girl, named Raquel (Guest star: Nicole Pulliam). Later, when Derwin shows up with Raquel at Melanie's job, Melanie has to suffer mortification while she serves them. Afterwards, Melanie learns that Derwin's new girlfriend is planning to impregnate herself by Derwin via a turkey baster; but when she tells Derwin, he assumes that Melanie is just jealous. Coby Bell, Brittany Daniel, Wendy Raquel Robinson and Hosea Chanchez also star.
#47 - Storm Advisory
Being Mary Jane Season 1 - Episode 2
Andre comes face to face with David at Mary Jane’s house. Meanwhile, changes are afoot at SNC and after an anchor is unceremoniously fired, Mary Jane, Kara and Mark all fear for their jobs. Lisa struggles with a bout of depression.
#48 - White Men Can't Jump, But They're Definitely Packing
The Game Season 2 - Episode 14
Rick Fox returns. A night of getting acquainted with her co-workers at Irv Smif Management leads to Tasha getting flashed by Lev, one of her co-workers who happens to be white. After telling Kelly about the event, Kelly tells Tasha she has been disrespected and advises her not to let him get away with it. Meanwhile, Jason and Kelly attend marriage counseling sessions.
#49 - Diary Of A Mad Black Woman, Redux
The Game Season 2 - Episode 1
This season, 'The Game' returns with a follow up to the enticing season finale. Derwin learns that it may be too late to reunite with Melanie after his infidelity when Melanie shows up with an old friend, Trey Wiggs (guest star Chaz Lamar Shepherd) to help collect her stuff and move out for good. Meanwhile, Malik becomes a chick-magnet for plus-size women after his on-air smooch with Renee. Wendy Raquel Robinson, Coby Bell and Brittany Daniel also star.
#50 - The Platski Thickens
The Game Season 3 - Episode 6
Kelly catches Jason with another woman after they each agree to move on from one another. Wendy Raquel Robinson, Tia Mowry and Pooch Hall also star.
#51 - The Truth Hurts
The Game Season 2 - Episode 8
Malik fires Tasha as his manager after her failed attempts to resolve an embarrassing situation he was involved in. Elsewhere, Jason worries his career may be over when he is selected for a random drug test for steroids; and a rival sports manager offers to buy Tasha's agency.