Greenleaf: Season 2/ Episode 10 “Call Not Complete” – Recap/ Review (with Spoilers)

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Since season 1, everyone has had some issues with Grace leaving and how that held them back. But it seems the frustration Kerissa has long been willing to share is coming out of other people’s mouths now. Leading you to wonder, as cracks in the family start to show, can they survive each other?

The Single Life: Charity, Aaron, Zora, Sophia

With Kevin gone and not picking up his phone, Charity is a bit of a mess. For while her family has a house keeper, she doesn’t live at the mansion. Meaning, Charity is often on her own when it comes to Nathan. But she isn’t the only one missing Kevin. Aaron too is missing him and seemingly may know where he is. So with that in mind, and his business fighting off Basie Skanks over, he plans to exit Cavalry.

As for the kids? Sophia tries to hook up Zora with a good guy, but he is too boring for her. On top of that, she isn’t just looking for a good boyfriend but also someone who seemingly is into the kind of trouble she likes to get into. So, let’s call this one a swing and a miss for Sophia.

But, she may not have to worry about Zora for long. For if she was serious about dropping Zora if she gets back with Isaiah, it may be time to put up or shut up. If only because the boy is in constant contact with Zora and shouts out Jacob’s Go Fund Me page for his new church. An appreciated gesture.

Commentary

So it wasn’t a suicide note but just letting Charity know he can’t do this any longer. Leading him to disappear to likely his momma’s house. After all, where else is the boy going to go? All his money comes from Cavalry and outside of that white preacher dude from season 1, any friends he has probably is part of the congregation. So unless he has retreated to his first temptation, to momma’s house he likely went [note]Plus, with her talking about how he has changed and abandoned her, it would make the most sense to rediscover himself with aide from his momma. [/note].

As for Zora and Sophia? I don’t know why but I get the vibes Isaiah is going to do something messed up when Zora eventually gets back with him. Be it trying to trap her by getting her pregnant or have another outburst which goes beyond being verbal. For if there is one thing I’m picking up when it comes to Greenleaf, it is that the show loves drama. The kind which is soap opera-ish.

Meaning, what will happen with Kevin and Zora is going to be so dramatic. I just hope it won’t be eye roll worthy but rather brings tears to viewers’ eyes.

Paying Your Dues: Jacob, Kerissa, Charity, Grace, James

The lord has told Jacob to start a church, so he does so across from Cavalry. However, his church is without walls or a ceiling, no fancy glass, and without a mic or amp. He speaks to the people and gives bread in the most basic way, Jacob. Something which leads to outright support from Zora, but a bit of caution from everyone else.

For Kerissa, she is looking for something more traditional since she has no desire for her check to be the only real one in the house. Then for James, being that he just won his battle against Basie, now to have one against his son makes it seem his troubles never end.

Though, with a $10,000 check from one Ms. Rochelle Cross (LeToya Luckett), it seems James Greenleaf may have found some real trouble. If only because his charm doesn’t seem to be taken in a sweet old southern man kind of way. There could be something else there. Something James knows he can’t handle and surely doesn’t want to deal with. Never mind have Mae find out or deal with.

Leaving perhaps what can be considered a major event: Damn near everyone coming after Grace. Though, I should note, she triggered it. You see, it all began with it seeming like Grace wanted to hang out with her little sister Charity. However, what it evolves into is her trying to setup an out for herself to go to New York possibly. With that in mind, everyone gets pissed. Especially Kerissa since she has been venting to Jacob for a while and has been presented with an opportunity to talk to one of the sources of her troubles — Hallelujah!

So, between her, Charity and Jacob, they note how Grace’s return shook up and drastically changed their lives. Especially after being away 20 years. Charity especially gets upset for in the pursuit of pushing Jacob to take Grace’s job, Charity gets thrown under the bus. If only because her starting to have a life outside of Cavalry causes an inconvenience for Grace’s smooth exit.

Leading to Charity reminding Grace that she and Jacob paid their dues to the family. They showed up when they didn’t want to, and tried to fill up the space that Grace left. Yet, both Charity and Jacob had to accept neither would ever be good enough. So for Grace to hem and haw because things are getting hard, because of things she did, there is no desire to convey sympathy. She has spent, what? A year compared to everyone else doing 20 to life. It’s time for her to pick up the slack. [note]I should also note that just before Grace tries to create an out for herself, Charity outs Kevin to everyone.[/note]

Commentary

Let me say this, if they have James Greenleaf have an affair I’m flipping a virtual table. For even though I get they are trying to show how money is the root of all evil and how it will taint James, but the lack of it will free Jacob, can we not go there? Bad enough we know Mae flirted with the idea of going with Aaron’s daddy, but this too?

Possibilities of infidelity aside, I was thoroughly enjoying everyone telling off Grace. Mostly because I could understand their frustration, especially Kerissa’s. That woman’s life has been drastically changed based off the whims of Grace. She decides to get back into preaching, that becomes a factor in Jacob being pushed out of Calvary. So with her now seeming like she’d willing just give up the job to go to New York? Does that mean all Kerissa went through was for nothing?

But oh, Charity takes the cake with telling Grace off. Especially when she makes it sound like this family business has left everyone trapped and now it is Grace’s turn to do her time. Never mind the idea that they suffered because they felt obligated to stay by their parents side as Grace got to live her life.

Leading me to wonder, what would happen to Cavalry if Grace doesn’t get guilt-ridden and still pursues doing her own thing? The bishop is clearly within a few years of retiring and with Jacob doing his own thing, Charity trying to really dive head first into music, who would take over? Well, with that in mind, perhaps that is where Basie would come in. He seems petty enough to use the family drama to show James as an inept preacher.

Come Together: Lady Mae, James, Grace, Darius

Lady Mae leaving Mavis a message.

One of the reasons Grace is tempted to abandon ship is because Darius is talking about moving to New York, Grace’s original destination back in season 1. However, with him saying he isn’t going, that may calm her need to kick rocks. Yet, with giving him her story on Mac’s murder, and considering she is already skipping church to avoid the gossip, no one should feel secure in the idea of her sticking with Cavalry just yet. At least, after Sophia graduates.

Though, her sticking around, if just for her mother’s sakes, is asked of her by James. For while the two have had their differences, Lady Mae still loves her daughter — no matter how difficult she sometimes makes the tasks. And with her having to scatter her little brother’s ashes, she needs the support of all her family [note]Mavis she is still getting the voice mail of.[/note]. Making Grace showing up a true blessing. One greatly appreciated.

Commentary

Okay, maybe Grace isn’t going to be haunted by the voice of Mac. Which is a bit of a blessing. Yet, with the Mac chapter closed still leaves the question of what is next? Thus far, it seems like a lot of soap opera storylines are coming to Greenleaf ranging from cheating, unhealthy teen relationships, and of course family drama. Which I’m not saying will lead to lackluster storylines. However, I must admit with the show seemingly decentralizing its storylines, I am a bit worried.

Overall

Highlights

  • Grace’s siblings telling her how they truly feel about her.
  • Darius and Grace seemingly defining their relationship.

Low Points

On The Fence

  • Where Zora’s storyline may go.
  • What may happen between Ms. Cross and Bishop Greenleaf

How Would You Rate This?

Negative Mixed Positive

29 COMMENTS

  1. GAG! Yeah he’s gross. Zora needs to get it together. Sophia trying to be a good cousin, and tell Zora the truth about her “Lil” boyfriend, but she doesn’t want to see it. Yeah she is a teenager, but it is CLEAR that, that boy is up to NO good.

    • But he is fun apparently and makes a good “mate.”

      To be honest, based off how those two were in season 1, I was sure Zora would have been a bad influence but it seems Grace raised Sophia right. If she didn’t simply get lucky.

      • What do you think is going to happen with Bishop and that Rochelle lady?

        I don’t like it one bit. That Rochelle lady better tread lightly when it comes to the Bishop. With everything that Lady Mae has dealt with the last thing she has time for is, for a young woman to catch the Bishop’s eye. Along with the Bishop, he BETTER act right!

        • I don’t know to be honest. If she came onto Jacob, I’d imagine he’d be tempted into an affair. But with James, him and Mae don’t really have any problems. So, at best, she may make Mae jealous and raise an eyebrow. At worse, it may make Mae think she maybe should go see Aaron’s father for a bit.

          • Which is the last thing that any of them need right now.

            What about Kevin?

            I want to believe that Kevin at the very least is Bisexual. We saw how he wanted Aaron and how he gave into him. Yet even with that, we have 3 other scenes in the same episode that have me thinking that he is still in love with Charity. I think that it would be better if he was bisexual, because with the history between K/C we know that there was definite love between BOTH of them, we see how much he fought to still be with Charity, and how he got emotional when Charity said that they were friends. Although, it could have been him just being overwhelmed with everything he had done while she was gone, and him not knowing how to express it. Thoughts?

            • I would love to see some bi-sexual representation, especially for Black men, but there is this lingering feeling that Kevin is just plain gay. It is just, with Charity he tried his damn hardest to appear and be a straight man. To the point he… hold up. How was their sex life?

              I was going to say that he fell in love with Charity since he was following what he thought he had to do but then I realized that there is so much you can fake right? Outside of this show “Masters of Sex” I have no other means of understanding, what I guess can be considered, down low people, so I’m unsure how far can one person go to seem straight.

              So maybe he is bi, but I think repressing his homosexual urges might be why he has only looked at Charity, and men, and no other women while we’ve known him.

              • Yeah. Although I’m trying to wrap my head around Mae and Aaron’s dad (Blanking on his name). When exactly did they hook up. Has it been said that Mae did have an affair or what? i honestly forgot, if so, what was it that brought them together? With everything going on will Mae seek out the dad again, even if it is just for emotional support, and a ear that will listen to her, who doesn’t have any ties to the family? Then again, with that full body slap that Mae gives him, who knows what will happen lol

              • They were going to run away together but then Mae decided against it. I’m trying to remember if that was before or after she married James…

                But, I think with Mae only really having James right now for support, it may lead ole’ boy to come back in the picture. Everyone is talking about having a life outside the church and I don’t see why Mae can’t join that band wagon.

              • Oh yeah.

                I don’t know, I want for Mae, and for everyone really, to have life outside of the church of course, but I love Bishop and Mae. I think that they balance each other out. I love how Bishop is able to handle all of Mae’s iciness, and how he is really the only person who she will listen too. There cute together too, for an older couple lol. I mean

              • I need to see more happy, and functional, older Black couples. It was one of the main reasons I used to watch Being Mary Jane back in the day.

              • I love to see older black love as well.

                I gotta say that hospital scene with Lady Mae, Bishop, and Grace still gets me. I mean Grace even though she was in rough shape, she kind of to me, reverted back into a little girl. When kids do something bad, or have been through something traumatic, and how they just cling to their parents, that is all that I saw while watching that scene. Also it’s Lady Mae, I mean apart of me didn’t know how she was going to react lol I didn’t know if she was going to go off on Grace herself or what. Glad to see that Mae and Bishop just embraced Grace, and told her that they loved her .

              • Nah, I think Mae kind of gave up on her brother a while ago but didn’t want Grace agitating him either. So when he died, it may not have been how she would have preferred, but at least no other girls would be hurt.

                Hence the conflicting feelings.

              • That scene got me either way lol Then on top of that, we got like what two different hugs with these last two episodes between Mae and Grace! Man I’m shook lol

              • And they didn’t seem awkward or forced either! I thought the water would freeze for hell had to have frozen over.

              • Yeah, I honestly hope it lasts between the two of them lol Mae and Mavis have to get right and then things may finally fall back into place. Finger crossed.

              • You know we got to plan for some drama somewhere in there. Like Grace and Darius breaking up and him doing a scathing article – holding nothing back.

  2. That’s funny lol We will definitely see Mavis again. There is just so much emotional turmoil between the two of them that it is gonna take more than just one sit down between the two of them, and one conversation before they even begin to come together again as sisters.

  3. I liked this episode. I don’t know if you seen the preview for the upcoming episodes, but it looks like the rest of the season is going to be intense!

      • Love this emotional, and vulnerable side of Lady Mae that we have been seeing with these past two episodes.

        • I’ve always thought of her as vulnerable hence why she almost always seemed on the defensive. Money, and James to a point, have been a shield but not a reliable one.

          • Yeah, since season one, we have seen that there was more to Lady Mae, than just her quippy, shaddy one liners lol

            I’m not surprised that it took Mae 30 plus years to tell James what happened to her, with her father dying and now Mac, do you think that with those two people now out of her life, that she felt like she could be truthful, like the constant reminders, and spirits of what happened were now gone?

            • I don’t think that at all. I think the issue is that the people who bore witness are gone and with Mavis and her having such a strained relationship, she needs someone to know what happened. Someone who will listen and believe her. And while her dad probably wouldn’t admit to one thing or another, his actions proved her memories as fact. Then with Mac, considering the man he evolved into from seeing her father do these things, that also made it so her nightmares she was forced to acknowledge as memories.

              And I think, at this point of life she is in, she doesn’t want to hold all these secrets anymore. Keep the people who love her, or try to, in the dark just because it would ruin this facade. She’d rather bring them closer than push them away due to pride or pettiness. For that is perhaps what kept her and Mac apart, maybe why he became the man he did. Then with Mavis, their secrets and lack of communication has made them estranged. So with all her family is going through right now, I think there is a hope putting things out in the open will make them stronger vs. drive them apart.

              • That makes sense. Like despite everything her and Mavis have been through, she may just finally be like F**** it, I want my sister back, I want my family back.

                I see how difficult it is for Mae right now as well. She wants to mourn for her brother, but remembers everything that he did to her daughters, and other women’s daughters, just that never ending sense of just guilt and same, and generational curse of incest, and sexual abuse that has ran through their family.

              • Which is probably why she keeps speaking on who he used to be than what he became. She is trying to separate the two almost as if they are different people. Something James seems unwilling to do. Hence also why she wants Mavis back for she is the only other person who remembers the good times, much less when Mac was a good person.

                Though, unfortunately for Mae, all Mavis may do is bust her bubble. Assuming we may ever see her anytime soon.

                I’m just happy in the previews I saw good ole’ Basie Skanks. No idea why Grace was calling him though, Unless she is really trying to get the hell out of dodge and burn every bridge so she can’t return.

              • Only once, but I’m starting to forget what I saw since I was just looking for Basie.

                It’s so hypocritical how much I post spoilers yet I avoid watching previews XD

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