Greenleaf Recap Season 2 Episode 5: Point of No Return…

 

Hello World,

As this is Holy Week, I wondered if the Greenleafs of OWN’s “Greenleaf” would be a bit more holy in this episode, but if you keep reading this Greenleaf Recap Season 2 Episode 5, you will learn the Greenleafs may send themselves to Hell instead of allowing God to usher them to Heaven…

Creep…

Pastor Grace starts off this episode creeping into the Greenleaf estate shortly before sunrise. Just when she thinks no one notices her tiptoeing in, her daughter Sophia, with the zeal of a brand new Christian,  surprises her as she was praying early in the morning as Jesus recommends in the Word. Her daughter calls her out and says she must be a friend-with-benefits to Darius, but she denies it. She spent the night talking with Darius about how to put Mac in jail she tells her daughter. Sophia suggests that they simply pray and give the matter to God. Bless her Praying Pollyanna heart…I love this African proverb: When you pray, move your feet…

On the other side of town, Jacob and Kerissa have to creep around in the dark for another reason: the lights in the parsonage have gone out! And apparently, it’s not the first time. Kerissa tells her husband she is going to call Basie’s wife Tasha to complain. “If they thought the place was livable, they would be living here,” she says. To make matters worse, Basie Skanks calls them first and tells Jacob about the injunction that will stop the construction of Triumph 2 for at least 28 days. Jacob’s new boss says they will not cower at Calvary’s injunction!  Instead, they will throw a curve ball and show up at Calvary to confront Bishop straight up in his face.

Lady Mae is trying to creep into Aaron Jeffries’ heart. He has moved into Jacob’s room , and she shows him the beauty of where he will now be living. His balcony provides a panoramic view of the greenery of the Greenleaf estate. Lady Mae uses this opportunity to tell Aaron that if Calvary fails, they would have to sell the estate to settle the books.

Father Figure…

Charity and Kevin get along well for a couple who has decided they are divorcing. Charity asks Kevin if he can watch their son Nathan while she meets with Jabari, her album producer, to discuss cover art for her album. He agrees to do so and tells her that with their relationship status, he’s not sure if he will have the same access to his son as he does right now. She assures him that although they are getting divorced, he will still be able to be a present father for his son.

Basie drags Jacob to Calvary’s campus like he is Jacob’s daddy, huffing and puffing in the tradition of George Jefferson from the sitcom “The Jeffersons” aka Deacon Frye from the sitcom “Amen.” Am I the only one who sees the comedy in Basie? I know this is supposed to be serious business, but he seems like a chihuahua: all bluster and nary a bite. Basie with Jacob in tow busts up in Bishop’s office and asks him, “What kind of father does this to your only son?” He then demands that the matter be resolved “peacefully and spiritually.” What does that mean?

As Bishop is busy, Pastor Grace will officiating a wedding at Calvary – if the couple can stop bickering during their premarital counseling. The couple meets with Grace and they argue about the education of their children yet to be born. Apparently, the wife-to-be wants her children to receive a Christian education while the husband-to-be wants secular schooling.

In another part of the church, Charity and Jabari discuss the cover art for Charity’s new album. But Jabari doesn’t want their partnership to end, he tells her that she should be a professional songwriter with his publishing company – which would include coming to Nashville from time to time. Y’all know what’s up, right? Or what he wants to go down…They’re cheesing and hugging as they converse when Lady Mae walks in. Jabari excuses himself before Lady Mae asks, “Should I be concerned?” Then she drops this line: “Be careful. Take it from a woman who knows.” (Insert mouth dropping open) With this line, Lady Mae confirms that she had an affair on Bishop with Pastor Jeffries.

Lady Mae is not the only one dropping bombshells. Charity tells her mother not to worry as she and Kevin are getting divorced. Lady Mae advises Charity to let her marriage bend – bend so much that it is “knotted up like seaweed from a swamp.” (not particularly pleasant imagery for a marriage) But avoid breaking it all costs. Again, Lady Mae’s words reveal that this is a path she has walked on and worn out…Finally, she tells Charity that she and Kevin need to counsel with Bishop and Lady Mae…Would you want your parents to counsel you about your marriage? I just feel like there are some things that your parents don’t need to know about you once you’re grown – and the intricacies of your marriage are one of them….

Speaking of Bishop, he goes to Aaron’s office to ask for his advice about how to deal with Jacob and Basie. He advises him to ignore them as long as he can. Aaron Jeffries is now the acting general counsel at Calvary. At the request of Lady Mae, Aaron even approaches Kevin about representing Charity in the divorce should it come to that. Throughout the episode, he tries to craft the perfect voicemail message, but he keeps on getting interrupted because the Greenleafs need his assistance. Obviously, he’s going to be an integral part of the Calvary team, unlike Jacob…

While waiting for Bishop to discuss the injunction, Basie tells Jacob how he discovered that his father had died in the fire set at Bishop’s church. He was given some hot cocoa before his mother broke the news to him. Basie says, “That night something broke in my life.” When Bishop invites Basie and Jacob to meet with him finally about the injunction, Basie says to Jacob, “The table is set. The only question is what are you serving?”

Bills, Bills, Bills…

Wearing a jean jumpsuit that displays all her curves, Tasha, Triumph’s First Lady, shows up at the parsonage ready to be a handyman. But Kerissa is not here for Tasha’s sunny sermonettes. She wants the lights to work and tells Tasha without any diplomacy. To her surprise, Tasha breaks down and reveals that Triumph may not have the money to properly repair the parsonage. She also reveals that Basie has a lot of financial commitments with the new church and she wonders if her husband is going too fast. “The menfolk hurry and the women worry,” she says.

Preston and Simone won’t have to worry about wedding bills after Simone calls off the wedding. When Pastor Grace presses Simone about why she longer wants to get married, she says that she was disappointed when she discovered that Pastor Grace, not Bishop, would be the one marrying them. She tells her that she doesn’t know how Pastor Grace who is supposed to be a “real Christian” could have just run off and left the church. Yeah, I would not want any ole pastor marrying me either so I agree with that statement. But obviously this woman doesn’t have clue what happened with Grace’s sister Faith and her Uncle Mac.  Sophia, who is new to Christianity, attends baptism orientation class and learns that while she may be baptized again in the future for whatever reason, she will never ever be someone who hasn’t been baptized. Baptism is the point of no return. Agreed.

While Bishop’s first church burning down enabled him to get bill money from his insurance company, there was some irreparable damage, according to Jacob. Basie’s story has fired up Jacob as Jacob tells his father, that they both lost their fathers that night. That was deep. So he intends to fight his father. Jacob tells both of his parents, “Now, I pity you because you can’t raise me any higher, but I can still grow up.” On the way from the meeting, Jacob sees his sister Grace, who accuses him of being childish for building a church across the street from Calvary. He accuses her of coming home and stealing his life from him. Deep down, Jacob doesn’t really want to preach. He just wants to be accomplished at something. I really don’t even know if he would have anything to preach about Sunday after Sunday, but hey, that hasn’t stopped a lot of so-called pastors…#shade…

But for Jacob’s blistering words, Calvary is back in the black after the Fall Revival Bishop announces at a board meeting. I thought a revival was supposed to be about reviving people not a bank account…but reviving a bank account could lead to reviving people I guess…He also tells the board that with Aaron’s help, Triumph 2’s construction could be delayed indefinitely.

Speaking of Aaron, Lady Mae shows up in his quarters with a grapefruit pound cake. (Sounds delish, right?! I’ve never heard of grapefruit pound cake. If you have a recipe, drop one in the comments.) Aaron was about to go out for a jog but decides to sample some of Lady Mae’s baked goods. The cake is so delicious he tells her that he will have to run now! He also explains sweets aren’t needed to bribe him by saying, “I’ll never tell anyone about you and dad. What would be the point?” Tell us!!! We won’t tell!!! How does he know about the affair?!!!

In Grace’s quarters, Sophia is so sweet she offers to pray for her discouraged mother, “a pastor who doesn’t believe in the power of prayer.” Grace is so moved, she almost cries…Sometimes it takes the excitement of a new Christian to rekindle an old (not chronologically) and weary Christian’s faith…

And that is where the episode ends…And that concludes my Greenleaf Season 2 Episode 5 recap!

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Kick Off Holy Week With ‘The Case for Christ’ Movie!

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My mind is never far from thinking about Jesus Christ and His love for me and you…But during this week, Holy Week, I hope all of us intentionally reflect on the ultimate price Jesus Christ paid in sacrificing His life for us. One movie that may help you to do that is The Case for ChristThe synopsis of The Case for Christ, which premiered on Friday, is below.

A hard-driving journalist, Lee Strobel was exactly where he expected to be at work: on top. His award-winning investigative reporting recently earned him a promotion to legal editor at the Chicago Tribune. But things weren’t going nearly as well at home where his wife Leslie’s newfound faith in Christ went against everything Lee believed—or didn’t believe—as an avowed atheist. 

Lee Strobel

Utilizing his journalistic and legal training, Lee begins a quest to debunk the claims of Christianity in order to save his crumbling marriage. Chasing down the biggest story of his career, Lee comes face-to-face with unexpected results that could change everything he knows to be true.

 The Case for Christ film features Mike Vogel (The Help), Erika Christensen (Parenthood), Academy Awardwinner Faye Dunaway and Academy Awardnominee Robert Forster.

Jonathan M. Gunn (Do You Believe?) directs The Case for Christ written by Brian Bird, (When Calls the Heart, Touched by An Angel), based on Strobel’s book, which has sold millions of copies worldwide.

WHAT OTHERS ARE SAYING

–“I am so glad that Lee’s powerful, moving story has finally been made into a film that is equally compelling. It is honest and real, and I highly recommend it.” – Kathie Lee Gifford

–“It was so good that I was sorry when it was over. Just awesome, from beginning to end.” – David Limbaugh, author of Jesus on Trial and The True Jesus

–“This is one of the most powerful evangelistic movies I have ever seen! It connects on every level—logically and emotionally.” – Greg Laurie, author and pastor

–“This movie is a must-see. If you are a follower of Christ, it will strengthen your faith. If you are a skeptic, it will address your questions. If you are an atheist, it will meet you where you are and invite you to take another look.” – Sheila Walsh, best-selling author, singer

See the trailer for The Case for Christ movie below!

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Greenleaf Recap Season 2 Episode 4: Revival…

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So I know the title of tonight’s episode  of OWN’s “Greenleaf” was “Revival” as the episode revolved around the Fall Fevival held at Calvary Fellowship World Ministries in Memphis, Tennessee but it could have easily been called “Lovers & Friends.” And you will see why as you keep reading this Greenleaf Recap Season 2 Episode 4!

Lovers & Friends…

Tim Reid aka Venus Flytrap on “WKRP in Cincinnati” (Yes, I’m old enough to remember that show although I was a very little girl at the time) aka Ray Campbell on “Sister, Sister” aka Aunt Viv #2’s from “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air” real-life husband makes a guest appearance on this episode! Reid portrays Bishop Lionel Jeffries (I believe that is his name) He comes into town at the invitation of Bishop to speak at Calvary’s revival. Prior to the revival, the Greenleafs host what appears to be a cocktail party before the revival. I go to a small church so maybe I just don’t know but whoever heard of a cocktail party before a revival? Saints, y’all school me on this…

On the way to the cocktail party from the airport, Bishop and his friend Lionel, whom he picked up at the airport,  catch up about what is going with the Greenleafs namely Mac when Lionel notices a billboard with Jacob and Pastor Basie advertising the new Triumph location. After Lionel arrives, he manages to be in the same room alone with Lady Mae for a moment. He tells her, “I didn’t come here to cause you any trouble?” Say what?…Some people think Bishop may have been involved with Lady Mae’s sister Mavis at one point. Well, by the looks of things, Lady Mae has a past too and it involves Lionel…more on that later…

At another corner of this cocktail party, Pastor Grace aka Gigi and a childhood friend it seems, a Pastor Rebecca, are “getting in the spirit” by sipping champagne… Me no likey…I know this show is pushing the envelope but dis tew much. What y’all think? Also at the cocktail party is comedian J. Anthony Brown who portrays a Rev. Richard Adenoids. Remember the Reverend from the “Tom Joyner Morning Show? “High-larious!!!

Once the festivities are over, Kevin approaches his wife about getting to know her Bibically again now that he is back in the Greenleaf estate…She says, “You want to have sex with me?” He tells her yes, and they make a date to get it on. But she ends up rejecting her husband, telling him, “It feels strange to make a plan.” But can we all agree that although Charity may no longer be attracted to Kevin, it’s not because he’s not attractive…Anybody want to say, “Amen?”

In another bedroom, Lady Mae chastises Bishop for not taking his medication as she notices that his hands were trembling during the party. He tells her that he didn’t take the medication on that day because the medicine makes him sick….Hmmm…I’m sure more will be revealed regarding Bishop and the medication he is taking for Parkinison’s.

Dilemma…

Now that the preliminaries are over, it’s time for Revival. Prior to the service, Bishop James meets with Bishop Lionel in his office. Bishop James and Bishop Lionel must be close as he reveals the details that led up to his son defecting to Triumph. He says the church is going up like bamboo! Bishop Lionel tells him his son Aaron, who lives in Nashville and works in zoning, may be able to shut down Jacob.

Once the service starts, Charity and her producer Jabari sing a duet sounding like Deborah Joy Winans’ (who portrays Charity) real life Uncle and Aunt BeBe & CeCe Winans. But Charity and Jabari are far from brother and sister. Although they are singing gospel music, they are singing back to back and catching each other’s eyes like they could make more than music together. Kevin notices their chemistry as well as he stares at them as if he is trying to figure if something has happened or is about to happen between the two.

Then, J. Anthony Brown aka Rev. Adenoids continues to warm up the crowd, thanking his first lady for being there and thanking his second lady for “not showing up.” 🙂

Later on that night, Kevin confronts his wife about Jabari and asks,” Is there something going on between you too.” She tells him that it was the Spirit that showed up in their performance. That was not the work of the Holy Spirit, Charity…

Across town, in the basic apartment complex where Mac has been banished, Grace is conducting her own surveillance outside of her uncle’s apartment since he is not in jail. She is literally sitting her vehicle in the dark.  At this point, she plain out stalking the man. She is shocked when Mac escorts an age-appropriate, light-skinned black woman from his apartment to her car after he kisses her. Once Mac turns his back and heads to his apartment, Grace rushes out of her vehicle to the woman, beating on the window. Mac turns around and hears her tell the woman that she is dating a child molester. This woman must not be from the area because she could have known about Mac in two ways: as a powerful man at Calvary (at least he used to be) and as an accused child molester as Grace made sure that flyers detailing the allegations along with his mug were disseminated all around town. What is most shocking is when Mac fixes his lips to tell Grace, “And you call yourself a Christian?” I know you are supposed to forgive as a Christian, but you are also supposed to repent too, and I don’t see Mac repenting about anything…

After this incident, at Calvary, presumably the second day of Revival, Grace is confronted by her friend Pastor Rebecca about the fact that Grace hasn’t preached in a while. Grace tells her, “I don’t know if I feel called to right now.” Before she is able to fully explain her statement, police officers show up at the church and step to Grace. They tell her that while Mac is not pressing charges this time, she needs to leave him alone. She asks them do they know that he raped her sister.

In another part of the megachurch, Lady Mae and Lionel have a private conversation. She lets him know that her “husband doesn’t need [his] help and neither do I.” Then she drops this bombshell: “You think I should have run off with you when I had the chance. That whole thing was a mistake.” So it seems that Lady Mae had the opportunity to be the First Lady of another church! Well, close my Bible and take me to Heaven!

Opening the second day of Revival is duo Mary Mary singing “Heaven.” First, Kirk Franklin appeared on the opening episode, now Mary Mary, I wonder what other gospel artists will me making guest appearances. Jacob watches some of this on his laptop in his home before Kerissa shuts the laptop. Bishop Lionel speaks about not being alone even when you feel like you are alone.  He tells the church to tell one another “you are not alone.” He makes good on his word when he brings in his son Aaron to help fight Bishop’s son Jacob. Bishop will not have to fight this battle alone. Aaron tells the Bishop that since Triumph’s land is located on a flood plain, Bishop can file for temporary injunctions to stop the building of the church.

After the second night of Revival is over, Kevin tries to get his wife in the mood again. Again, she shuts him down again and says, “It should happen naturally. It doesn’t feel like that anymore.” She concludes with, “It’s over.” And just like that Charity and Kevin are kaput….Awww…I feel bad for them…

So something may have happened at this point, but my satellite service was interrupted due to a storm…Let me know what I missed…if anything…

Up Where We Belong…

My service resumes in time for me to see Sophia come up to the front of the church to give her life to the Lord on this last day of Revival! She gets a big hug from her grandfather and in the next scene she is baptized by him looking like an angel in all white. Sophia’s baptism seems to revive her mother too as she seems engaged in the services for the first time in a long while. She asks her daughter to put into words how she feels now that she is her sister in Christ. She says, “Infinite.” That is exactly how you feel when you are baptized. You feel infinite and finite at once. A beautiful experience. The most beautiful experience I’ve ever had…

While Lady Mae shunned Lionel at first, she is now welcoming Aaron, his son, who will be moving into Jacob’s vacated room at the Greenleaf estate at her invitation! He is going to be stay in town to walk Bishop through this process of stopping the building of Triumph by Basie Skanks…

In the very last scene, Grace is not giving in or giving up as she takes a meeting with a woman. I’m not sure if the woman is another police officer or some sort of consultant, but whomever she is, her services have been solicited to put Mac where he belongs: in jail.

Check out this video from “Revival.”

And there you have it: My Greenleaf Season 2 Episode 4 recap!

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