Greenleaf Recap Season 2 Episode 7: Born to Trouble…

The Mid-Season Finale is Next Wednesday on OWN!

Hello World,

This is the last episode of OWN’s “Greenleaf” before the mid-season finale episode next Wednesday at 10 p.m. EST, and it feels like it! All of the story lines have sped up so much I can barely keep up! (Except what happened to Mavis McReady, Mac and Lady Mae’s sister? She has only been in one episode so far this season. And her bae Alonzo?) But I tried! Let me know if I did in this Greenleaf Recap Season 2 Episode 7.

Dreamin’…

In a dream, Grace recalls the long trip through the woods that she and Sophia took on the road back to the Greenleaf estate a year ago. Except instead of a nondescript driver, Mac is driving the vehicle to her horror. And then Sophia is gone all of a sudden. The implication of the dream is enough to force Grace awake to escape this nightmare. She sits straight up in her bed, ready to continue her pursuit of her molesting Uncle Mac.

What I enjoyed the most about this episode other than the non-stop action was Grace’s swinging ponytail LOL!  Its movement was the exclamation point to everything she did in this episode. As her ponytail swung across her back like a pendulum, she interrupts her parents’ breakfast to question them about Mac. Apparently, there is an upcoming court proceeding which will allow him to be totally free of the charges against him unless Grace or someone else can scrounge up more evidence. She asks them if there were programs other than the scholarship fund through which Mac was able to pay off his victims in exchange for their silence. Lady Mae, who is still grieving the death of her daughter Faith particularly with her memorial service the next day, has reached her limit when it comes to Grace’s vigilante tactics. She tells her flat out that Mac has used his “worldly power to evade worldly law” as if to imply that this point, vengeance is really the Lord’s as it says in the word and her only option. When that statement doesn’t work, Lady Mae calls her a “thankless child.” Bishop warns his favorite child to “be still” until after her sister’s memorial service the next day. I thought only Jamaicans had a memorial service a year after the funeral. When my maternal grandmother passed away, all of the family gathered for her funeral in Jamaica and the following year, we returned for her memorial service. Having a year in between gave me the opportunity to really contemplate and in some ways to come to grips with my grandmother’s departure to Heaven.

After breakfast, Bishop and Lady Mae get into their vehicle to go somewhere when Lady Mae answers a call. They say if you speak of the devil, he shall appear. So Lady Mae shouldn’t have been surprised to hear Mac the Molester’s voice. He calls about Faith’s memorial service but before he can really get his words out, Lady Mae tells him, “Don’t let my child’s name pass your lips.” After Mac is shut down, his girlfriend Lorraine, who seems to be wearing a Wal-Mart vest complete with her name tag, comforts him. She says, “You’re a good man, Robert. Don’t believe what that old biddy says.” Where did he find this chick who hasn’t heard the news about Mac other than from Grace? And she seems a bit common and old for Mac’s taste, right? I guess she’s his age-appropriate beard.

Grace is now at Calvary where she meets with a police officer ( I believe she is a police officer) about Mac’s case. Unfortunately, Grace learns that she did not just dream that Mac got away without having to pay for his crimes, it looks like Mac will be the victor in the court proceeding. The officer does tell Grace that there may be one lead that Grace can pursue although the police officer cannot do so officially. Remember that 16-year-old girl who lived in the same posh high rise where Mac lived before he was accused of child molestation? Apparently, she hasn’t been questioned about her peculiar friendship with Mac.  Pastor Grace becomes Private Investigator Grace and decides she will interview the girl. Has Grace even preached a single sermon this season?

It doesn’t look like Jacob will pastor either as more money is needed to continue the construction of Triumph 2. Jacob suggests to Pastor Basie that they consider stopping the construction altogether. Basie, bent on revenge, replies, “Never, Not Ever, No.” He tells Jacob that Bass Reaves is in town tonight and he is looking to score a huge jackpot at a game. This pimp in the pulpit pastor must be dreamin’ if he thinks that God is going to bless this mess!

Diamonds…

With two signatures, Charity and Kevin officially divorce, witnessed by their two attorneys, in a Calvary conference room. Once the documents have been signed, Kevin says, “So you happy now?” to which Charity simply responds with, “No.” Back in her office, Bishop brings a special box to Charity. It contains copies of her debut CD “Hold Me Close.” Now that her sister’s memorial service is the next day, she wonders if her picture on the cover of the CD is appropriate. Apparently, she took the picture in front of the lake where Faith drowned herself. She asks her father if should she change the cover. He tells her that her photograph in front of the lake is a “fitting resurrection.” Just before he leaves her office, Charity announces that she is divorced. With love in his eyes, he tells her, “The sparkle depends on the flaws in the diamond. You’ve never been brighter.” Awww, how sweet, right?

In the next scene, Grace and her swinging ponytail swoop down like she’s a superhero onto Mac’s old high rise to speak with 16-year-old Michaela Reese. The front desk attendant nearly shuts down Grace as she is not supposed to provide information about the building’s residents, but after Grace tells her what happened to her sister because of Mac, she reveals the teenager returns from school at 4 in the afternoon. When Grace gets the girl alone in her truck, she believes this is the shining moment when Michaela will reveal that she, too,  is one of Mac’s victims, forcing the authorities to investigate the new angle. But instead, Grace nearly cries when the girl says that Mac was always “cool” with her although she does tell the girl that she’s happy she wasn’t victimized. (Did you believe Grace when she said that? I want to, but I’m not sure if I do.) Despite the teenager’s testimony, Grace does tell her that Mac was convicted for child molestation although he hasn’t served time for his crimes.

Deputy Mayor Baldwin Leonard from Season 1 is back. Apparently, he used his connection to a judge so that Mac wouldn’t serve time and now Mac threatens to blackmail the man if he doesn’t get a job for him. Later on in the episode, when the deputy mayor tells Jacob, who he sees at the poker game, about his plan to hook up his uncle with a job, Jacob lays hands on the man. He tells him that Mac is the reason his little sister killed herself in the lake on the Greenleaf property and he shouldn’t do anything for Mac the molester. If fact, if the deputy mayor even decides to “piss on him if he’s on fire,” he will answer to Jacob.

Although Charity and Kevin are exes, they still have to be peaceable enough to work at Calvary together. To that end, Charity shows up in Kevin’s office and asks him if he will be at Faith’s memorial service. Kevin is still salty and speaks to her in a rough tone. He tells her that he is looking for a place to rent (since he can’t live with Charity at the Greenleaf estate anymore) without luck and that he is reconsidering his employment at Calvary as well. However, Charity doesn’t respond to his anger and instead asks him if he wants to spend time with their son Nathan while she attends the memorial service. He agrees to do so, softening the moment by telling her, he’s just having a bad day. She responds with, “I know.” They still love each other, but relationships need more than love. And even a diamond ring doesn’t shine bright enough to hide the glare of incompatibility.

No Cross, No Crown…

Looking dejected, Grace returns to the Greenleaf estate to find her parents reminiscing about their deceased daughter by looking at photographs of her during the happier times. They try to invite her to look at the photographs with them, but Grace disregards their invitation to focus on her own pain again. “I feel so powerless.” Lady Mae fires off, “Every cross you bear, you built.” She then tells her, “what I endured, what those girls endured” doesn’t compare to Grace’s self-imposed despondence. SO WAS THAT LADY MAE’S CRYPTIC ADMISSION THAT SHE WAS A VICTIM OF CHILD MOLESTATION TOO?! Even Bishop was looking at her sideways after that statement.

Unfortunately, for Bass Reaves aka Pastor Basie, he won’t take home the crown of victory after losing in a poker (I believe) game. He gets teased by the deputy mayor who says, “Where is your Jesus now? He must be on the mountain top praying!” After Jacob and Basie left, Basie says, “The Lord must have something to teach me by having these fools spank me.” Jacob responds with, “Is that the church’s money that you lost tonight?” Basie replies. “Most definitely.” He is so blasphemous!

The other pompous pretender Mac is nearly discovered when he and his girlfriend return from dinner to his modest apartment, and he leaves his phone unattended. Michaela sent Mac a text. I believe it says, “Can I call you tonight?” After Michaela met with Grace, she called Mac to tell him what happened, and now she needs to speak with again for some reason. (Do you believe that he didn’t molest this girl? And if he did, why doesn’t she tell or seem sad  about what happened?) When Lorraine confronts him about the text, he says his niece Sophia sent him the text. Why would he tell her it was Sophia? Now that creeps me out. Maybe that dream Grace had in the beginning of the episode represents something that will happen in the future.

The family finally gathers outside near the lake (I think) for Faith’s memorial service, and Bishop presides over the service as expected. He says if there is anything good that came from Faith’s death is that the family can learn to be more open with one another and that “wordless truths” can be reserved for Heaven. Well, Lady Mae can start because she’s hiding a lot. Back inside the Greenleaf home, a seemingly gargantuan plantation style white home, Kevin, holding baby Nathan, wanders into Aaron’s quarters. Aaron welcomes him, inviting him to watch a Tarheels game. The two sneak looks at one other. So yes, Aaron is gay as well. And Kevin and Aaron will have a moment or moments of some sort in future episodes. Charity is cool with Kevin now but I’m not sure that she will be able to handle Kevin having a relationship with a man who lives in her own house!

As the Greenleafs make their way back to the home, Sophia tries to make up with her cousin Zora, but Zora blows her off. Again, I think Zora, other than being into Isaiah, is jealous that she doesn’t get the perks of being a Greenleaf anymore although she still has the name. Just when Grace has managed to put her anger for her uncle aside for the memorial at least, Mac crosses her again by sending an arrangement of flowers to the Greenleaf estate. After reading the card, which states “In Loving Memory, Uncle Mac,” Grace puts on her superhero cape again and speeds off of the estate. The “G” is Grace is for g because she is a real one.

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Greenleaf Recap Season 2 Episode 6: The Royal Family…

Hello World,

Only 2 more episodes of OWN’s “Greenleaf” before it returns this summer, saints! And there is so much to share from this episode, I won’t even try to come up with a catchy intro…

The Gambler…

This episode begins with Sophia asking her mother for money to apply to get into Rhodes College, a Christian college in the area where she is considering majoring in religious studies, but instead of encouraging her daughter to apply to get into the  school, Pastor Grace blows her daughter’s inquiry off. Why would Grace have a problem with allowing her daughter to apply for entry into a Christian school? Unlike Sophia, another pastor’s daughter, Zora, isn’t asking for money to apply to a Christian college, she wants permission to bring her boyfriend Isaiah to her cousin Sophia’s birthday party. Her mother Kerissa refers to the Triumph singer as a Christian thug in violation of her “no reprobate thug policy,” but her daddy, Pastor Jacob, grants her request as long as they don’t leave the property, which has been a problem for the young couple in the past.

Negotiations are also taking place at Calvary as Charity and Kevin along with their lawyers meet to begin the process of their divorce. The couple wants joint custody of their son Nathan, but Charity brings up the fact that she will be spending more time in Nashville than originally planned. Kevin shouts out, “Are you running off with Jabari?” To which Charity responds with, “What do you care?” Kevin flees from the meeting, prompting Aaron, Charity’s attorney, to ask her if he knows all of the details he should know to properly represent her. “Is there something going on with Jabari that I should be aware of?”

And the most unholy negotiations of them all are taking place at a car dealership (I hate buying cars) where Grace is car shopping with her new boo Darius, the journalist. She is searching for a truck to present to Sophia for her birthday but doesn’t like the sales shtick that you have to endure at a car dealership. Amen to that! She finds it so distasteful that she pretty much picks the first vehicle she looks at so that she won’t have to endure all of the haggling.

When Lady Mae corners Charity about the divorce proceedings, Charity reveals that Kevin may try to go for sole custody. Her mother still can’t understand why the two are divorcing anyway and tells her that although she is hiding something, “everything will come out sooner or later.”

Jacob does some cornering of his own when he confronts Basie about a Bass Reeves who contributes large sums of money to Triumph’s bottom line according to Triumph’s books. He wonders about the identity of the mysterious donor as he is unable to locate a contact for this man, who may be able to contribute to legal fees to fight Calvary. Instead of answering Jacob outright, Basie asks his protégé to watch him play with a deck of cards. He explains how he learned how to play cards on Beale Street before he challenges Jacob to play with him. Basie wins the game with a “royal family.” (I don’t play card games except for Uno and Speed so let me know if this terminology is wrong.) Jacob correctly guesses that Pastor Basie is Bass Reeves. Apparently, Pastor Basie supports his church Triumph with his gambling earnings! I want to be shocked, but I would bet there are plenty of pastors, unfortunately, who support their churches with unscrupulous undertakings…

Grace Under Fire…

Although Grace is still officially a Calvary pastor, she seems perilously close to falling away from the faith yet again. Even her wardrobe suggests her indecision. She is wearing beige – neither black nor white –  for most of the episode. In fact, rather than encouraging her daughter to apply to the Christian college, she calls the admission office at her alma mater Northwestern where she graduated from in 1998. (This detail helps me to frame her age. I guess she’s about 4o or 41.) Also, apparently, Bishop learned about the wedding that didn’t happen in part due to Grace’s “counseling.” Grace doesn’t deny that she seems to be losing her religion, and Bishop, ever the doting father when it comes to his Grace, tells her,”As long as you know there’s a problem, there’s hope.” But just when she has gotten into his good graces again, Gigi asks her father if she can bring her boyfriend, the journalist who covered the Mac Greenleaf scandal, to the Greenleaf estate for her daughter’s party. Bishop asks, “Darius Nash, the muckraker?”

Although cousins Zora and Sophia no longer live together, they do catch up at school. Despite their family ties, however, Zora seems to be developing on obsession with her boyfriend Isaiah, which makes her cousin feel uncomfortable. I’m sure some of that discomfort stems from the fact that Isaiah was originally Sophia’s crush, but it also seems that Zora’s displacement from Calvary and from the Greenleaf estate has encouraged her to take solace in her boyfriend. Every other word out of her mouth is “Isaiah” and she builds her schedule according to his pursuits. She dashes off from their conversation to attend his band practice.

Now that Basie’s gambling is no longer a secret, he invites Jacob to partake in a game of poker that floats from location to location. Jacob one ups him and says not only will he come but they can play at the parsonage. Jacob tells Kerissa that he won’t be able to attend Sophia’s party with her at the Greenleaf estate because of an important meeting with one of Triumph’s biggest donors. Kerissa isn’t thrilled about having to venture back to the estate without her hubby but she says if this meeting will “get us out of this house. I’m all for it.”

Meanwhile, back at Calvary, somehow Lady Mae got Charity to admit why she is divorcing Kevin. Lady Mae, without realizing that Bishop’s assistant is under his desk trying to sort out Internet wires, blurts out “Kevin is gay” in Bishop’s office. When the assistant comes up from the desk and looks at Lady Mae, Lady Mae says, “Loose lips sink ships.” But you know the word is going to get out now…Once the assistant leaves his office, Lady Mae tells Bishop that Kevin has been attending Fortitude for Families (the gay conversion therapy program) and that she wants him out of the house and out of the church.

But while Lady Mae is focusing on their baby daughter, Bishop is concerned about his eldest daughter. When Grace asked him if she could bring Darius to the Greenleaf estate, Bishop said he would ask her mother, but he never did. He just decides that the journalist is not welcome and asks Grace, “Do you think that this man is part of God’s plan for your life?” That is a fair question to ask considering what happens next. Grace calls Darius and tells him that Sophia’s party won’t be the occasion through which he meets her parents. Darius, being the level-headed journalist, suggests that the two just be friends. After all, “You’re a pastor, and I’m never going back to church.” I truly hope  Grace finds a way to cling to her faith and doesn’t fall away for good. Whether or not that happens, since the church is an integral part of her family tree, it doesn’t make sense for her to fall for a heathen…

Lady Mae is all about protecting her family although her methods to do are questionable…In the midst of pink and white flowers and decorations for Sophia’s party later that evening, she tells Kevin that “self-interest inspires generosity.” In other words, if Kevin wants to protect his standing, he better not take a stand against Charity in the divorce proceedings. When Kevin, Charity and the attorneys meet again, he agrees to terms so unfavorable to him that his attorney wants him to sign a malpractice waiver and Charity follows him out of the conference room to question him after the meeting concludes. He asks Charity if she told his mother about his sexuality. When she reluctantly tells him that she did, he hands her his wedding ring and says, “You win.” So have y’all noticed that Charity no longer looks like the wifey as she did in the first season? In this second season, she is constantly flipping a brand new sleek bob and is either wearing some tight or short. In this scene, she is wearing a flouncy, flirty skirt.

Despite the fact that they are divorcing, Charity tries to stay in the good graces of Kevin to no avail. When she compliments him about his attire for Sophia’s party, he says, “Don’t act like everything is cool between us.” He says that  now that Lady Mae knows about his sexuality, it is only a matter of time before everyone else at Calvary knows too. Basically.

Birds of a Feather…

It is finally time for Sophia’s birthday party, and her new boyfriend shows up! I believe his name is Roberto. So it seems that Roberto, a nice, Christian, young man, is also considering attending Rhodes College. Obviously, that is one of the attractions for the Christian college.

When Lady Mae discovers that Jacob will not be coming to the party because he has to work, she plainly says Triumph’s senior pastor is a fraud and that devil finds work for idle hands! I love Lady Mae 🙂

Grace asks Kevin and Aaron to wrap the bow around her daughter’s new truck and drive it to the front of the Greenleaf home for her. While they are outside in the dark, tying the bow around the vehicle, Aaron says to Kevin, he can talk to him “once the smokes clears.” What does he mean by that? Was Aaron hitting on Kevin on the sly? Now that would shake up some things, wouldn’t it?

Across town, at the poker game unfolding at the parsonage, Pastor Basie tells Jacob that Bass Reeves is not just an alias, it is the name of a real person. He refers to him as the real django as he was the “one of the first black deputy U.S. marshals” according to my quick Wikipedia inquiry. When Jacob asks Basie how he reconciles gambling as a way to support his church (“What about the law or even God’s law?”) he tells him that he doesn’t love money or depend on luck, which are prohibited according to the Bible. Rather, he donates the money to the church and he depends on God not luck. Okay…whatever…)Later on, after everything is over, Kerissa finds a stray dollar bill and wonders where it came from…)

Sophia receives a beautiful leather study Bible from her grandparents and hopefully, she will use to rightly divide the word of God for herself rather than rely on erroneous misinterpretations. In another special moment at the party, she also receives a truck or jeep (I’m so not into cars) from her mother. In her excitement, Sophia, Roberto, Zora and Isaiah are allowed to cruise around Memphis in her new ride. However, when Sophia stops at a bowling alley, Zora wants them to skip bowling and go for beer at a club with Isaiah the gospel singer. Sophia asks her cousin, “Why can’t you just stick with me for one night?”

After the party, Grace goes into her father’s office at Calvary where she sees him writing a personal note in the Bible that he gave Sophia. For whatever reason, I guess he wasn’t able to do that before he gave it to her. He writes Deuteronomy 32:2 in it. “Let my teaching fall like rain and my words descend like dew,
like showers on new grass, like abundant rain on tender plants.” That’s beautiful, huh? But Grace even finds a problem with that, telling her father that she doesn’t want her daughter to follow in her footsteps. Bishop admonishes his daughter for treating her faith like it’s a “sickness.” He says, “What is it going to take to bring you back into the fold?” She answers, “Put Mac in jail.” He advises her that vengeance is God’s business and that when we try to take the wheel from God, we quickly find ourselves in a ditch.” His last words to her, “You think on these things.”

And then the episode ends….What do you think Gigi should do? Do you think she should keep pursuing Mac or do you think she should turn over the matter to God?

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Gospel Star & Pastor Le’Andria Johnson to Perform at the 2nd Annual Steeple Awards THIS Saturday!

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GRAMMY Award-Winning Gospel Artist Le’Andria Johnson, who is also pastor of IPC (Imperfect People Changing) Ministries, will perform at the 2nd Annual Steeple Awards this Saturday, April 22! The Steeple Awards bring together some of the biggest names in gospel music and ministry to celebrate their work on the frontline in the battle for souls. In addition to Le’Andria, who recently released her new single “Bigger Than Me,” the show will also feature BET’s Sunday Best Season 3 Finalist Latice Crawford, James Hall and Worship and Praise, Keith “Wonderboy” Johnson, Delra Harris, V3, Kevin Lemons & Higher Calling, The Wardlaw Brothers, Keyondra Lockett, and Damita.

Five ministry leaders will be honored with the prestigious Nehemiah Award, including Pastor Marlin D. Harris of New Life Church, Bishop Paul S. Morton of Changing a Generation FGBC, Apostle Travis C. Jennings of The Harvest Tabernacle Church, Pastor Jerry D. Black of Beulah Missionary Baptist Church and Apostle Thomas H. Vinson of Highpoint Tabernacle Church. Famed gospel singer Dottie Peoples will receive the Reverend Dr. Clay Evans Lifetime Achievement Award, presented by the Peach State Health Plan.

“The Steeple Awards identifies and celebrates ministry leaders and gospel music artists who have earned widespread acclaim as well as those whose contributions have previously gone largely unacknowledged,” said C. Chandon Carter, the show’s creator. “Prepare for a night of powerful testimonies and powerhouse performances. We’re excited to showcase the work that God is doing through these faithful servants.”

The awards show will be hosted by Christian comedian, social media breakout star, Karlton Humes. The list of 2017 presenters is still growing and includes GRAMMY Award winner Kevin Bond, Sheen Magazine’s Kimberly Chapman and Sammie Hayes, TC Carson, Page Turner, Dr. Kevin Bond, Latavia Roberson and more.

The Steeple Awards takes place at New Life Church-Atlanta, 3592 Flat Shoals Road, Decatur, GA 30034. VIP Red Carpet and Reception begins at 3:00 p.m., followed by the awards show at 5:00 p.m. General admission adult tickets are available for $40. A limited number of VIP tickets are available for starting from $65 and include entry to the Founder’s Reception, the Red Carpet Stroll, in addition to VIP seating.For more information and to purchase tickets, visit thesteepleawards.com.

The Pre-Show Concert Extravaganza takes place this Friday, April 21st at 6:3o p.m. located at More Than Conquerors Church, 3600 Snapfinger Road, Lithonia, GA 30038. The pre-show will be hosted by rising gospel artist Lawrence Flowers and will feature performances from Urban Contemporary group Half Mile Home, B. Chase Wililams & Shabach, Tobbi & Tommi, among many more.

Any thoughts?