Greenleaf: Season 3/ Episode 10 “The Promised Land” – Recap/ Review (with Spoilers)

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So many surprises jump out at us you’d think this episode of Greenleaf was a haunted house attraction.


Network
OWN
Director(s) Allan Kroeker
Writer(s) Karen Corneille
Air Date 10/31/2018
Introduced This Episode
Michael Stephen Bishop

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Coralie’s Fight Continues: Rochelle, Coralie, Grace

Coralie wants to take a plea deal which would get her only twenty years. Both Rochelle and Grace say they shouldn’t take it. This goes back and forth until the lawyer Grace and Rochelle hired comes in and then she backs away from the nuclear option.

Commentary

Coralie asking to see the lawyer Grace and Rochele got for her.
Coralie: Can I just meet the lawyer before I decide?

I just want this storyline to be over for it frustrates me that Coralie was cast to be a white woman. Which I don’t mean to sound prejudice at all but the idea of these powerful people coming to the aid of a Black woman who was trying to save herself, it would just mean more. Especially with this lawyer being a Black man… Granted, it would likely mean Coralie’s husband would be Black but you got to have a trade off somewhere.

You Bastard: Isiah, Zora, Kerissa, Jacob, Tasha, Michael, Charity

Zora is still with Isiah, who apparently has an apartment somewhere in Atlanta which, of course, has his face all over the walls. But, to make matters worse, he is trying to guilt her out of doing her interview for Spellman College and doesn’t publicly claim her during a radio interview. Talking about her not playing the role of a girlfriend or some nonsense which doesn’t make him seem less of an ass.

Though, he isn’t the only bastard a Greenleaf woman is dealing with. Charity was feeling one of Maxine’s people, the choir director Michael, until it became clear he was homophobic. For while Charity usually keeps her mouth shut, avoids being confrontational like Grace, there is still some kind of love for Kevin so she isn’t going to let some stranger talk about him like that.

But, the one who has it the worse is Kerissa. Upon learning $200,000 was taken from the church, over 3 months, she decides to get in contact with Tasha. Someone who reveals her tryst with Jacob and you know that sends Kerissa into a rage. One which Jacob tries to downplay and that only sends Kerissa to the point of bringing up divorce as a potential option. Something he tries to shut down and is only set aside because of the money issue.

Commentary

Isiah reprimanding Zora.
Isiah: You’re really making a lot of mistakes lately.

Are you telling me that only one fan was going to call the radio station about what Isiah posted on IG? All that drama, you’re telling me, in this world of social media and the Shade Room wouldn’t be all people would call about? LIES! Also, where is Isiah’s manager or publicist? Why is Zora seemingly the only one in the room supporting him? I’m not sure how big this dude is but you’d think he’d have a handler considering his age.

That aside, I’m glad Charity finally said something. Considering how hands off she was when the choir director was getting pushback at her church, her saying something on someone gay’s behalf, Kevin of all people, was noteworthy. Perhaps could be seen as growth? Especially considering she was sacrificing a good looking dude to defend an ex who left her and had a quick transition to finding a new man. One who technically is family – more on that in a minute.

For there is still Kerissa and, I really think we need to meet her family. This woman has no confidant or friends so surely someone in her family has to be hearing, off-screen, what she is going through right? She can’t just be internalizing all this, going to work, trying to participate in church stuff, being a mom, and relying on Jacob for all her needs, right? That’s crazy. Also, it sounds unhealthy considering how much Kerissa takes on.

Daddy’s Home: Lionel, Mae, Basie, Tasha, Rochelle, Grace, Maxine, James

Well, it is confirmed: Lionel is Grace’s father and that’s why Mae has long had issues with her. This gets pushed out because Maxine doesn’t like who Mae wants to have her warm up the crowd. Yes, Maxine is a show stopper, but she doesn’t want to come out to a group bored as hell, aggravated, and maybe not at the number she was expecting. Yet, Mae shuts that idea down with the quickness. But, when Lionel calls, she comes, for she is a divorced woman and he is being rather persistent. Leading to him revealing he wants to talk about his daughter.

But, that ain’t the only daddy worth mentioning. Tasha’s man, aka “daddy” Basie Skanks is back. For with Tasha going off the rails, and Rochelle unable to control her, he comes back out of hiding to get a handle on things. We also learn those two are half-siblings to solve part of the question of how those two are related. Now, as for where this shared sister is? That is a bit harder to say. For the woman’s name is Tara and we have yet to meet a Tara. Though, with Grace on Rochelle’s tail, ready to reveal to James who she really is, it is only a matter of time before that puzzle piece is found.

Commentary

Lionel revealing Grace is his daughter (though not by exact name).
Lionel: I want to talk about my daughter.

I wonder if we should have always known that Grace wasn’t James’? Not to put a colorism spin on this, but the whole situation reminds me of Queen Sugar and Ava DuVerney talking about why Darla’s son Blue might not be Ralph Angel’s. So, taking note Grace is lighter than her siblings, should we have known all along? It’s hard to say for you don’t want to put yourself in the mindset of thinking, from here on, if the kid is light, the daddy may not be right.

Grace’s paternity aside, I need Basie to comeback with the thunder. Rochelle may have led me to think, a few times, that she isn’t as bad as she seems, but she lost her oomph a while ago. Her beef with the family became as hot and cold as Mae’s with Grace. So, with Basie back, making it seem he is ready to start putting nails in the coffin, and 3 episodes left, I am excited!

Highlights

  1. Basie Skanks is back!
  2. How this Lionel being the actual father might play out.
  3. Charity shutting down Michael’s homophobia or homo-aversion.

Low Point

  1. I just want this Coralie thing to be over so bad. Give all that time to Sophia and her situation.

On The Fence

  1. Kerissa seriously needing some non-Greenleaf people to talk to – on screen.
  2. The fact this Zora and Isiah storyline is still going on and makes absolutely no sense.


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Writer(s) Erica Michelle Butler
Air Date 10/8/2019
Introduced This Episode
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Director(s) Ayoka Chenzira
Writer(s) Craig Wright, Nick Kilgore
Air Date 10/15/2019
Introduced This Episode
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Director(s) Allan Kroeker
Writer(s) Jenna Wycoff, Steven Fulcher
Air Date 10/1/2019
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Writer(s) Craig Wright
Air Date 9/24/2019
Introduced This Episode
Cal Jason Davis
Judee Valerie Jane Parker
Fernando Dave Baez
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Director(s) Charles Randolph-Wright
Writer(s) David Ehrman, Ivy Mariel Pruss
Air Date 9/18/2019
Introduced This Episode
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  • Grace Trying To Make Up For Lost Time & Zora Making A New Friend | AJ, Dante, Jacob, Nikki, Grace
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Season 4, Episode 2 “Did I Lose You?”Grace and Noah’s son is introduced, as Jacob finds himself back in Cavalry drama and trying to work with an antsy Kerissa.
Director(s) Rachel Raimist
Writer(s) Kriss Turner Towner
Air Date 9/10/2019
Introduced This Episode
AJ Delajae Jacob Gibson
Dante Shane Paul McGhie
Cameron Aaron Lamont
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Director(s) Clement Virgo
Writer(s) Craig Wright
Air Date 11/21/2018
Introduced This Episode
Phil Demars Sean Blakemore
Bob Whitmore Beau Bridges
  • Out With The Old: Basie, Tasha, Rochelle, James
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Season 3/ Episode 12 “Day of Reckoning”It is said God always has a plan. One could argue all we’ve seen, especially in terms of Basie and Rochelle, was part of the lord’s plan to correct the path of each Greenleaf family member. Blood or otherwise.
Director(s) Charles Randolph-Wright
Writer(s) Kriss Turner Towner
Air Date 11/14/2018
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  • A Day of Reckoning: Aaron, Grace, Mae, Basie, James
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Writer(s) Craig Wright
Air Date 9/3/2019
Introduced This Episode
Doris Diane Sellers
Perry Mark Taylor
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The s*** officially hits the fan and it is so much it may clog up the gears and stop everything people have long been working towards.

Director(s) Rose Troche
Writer(s) David Ehrman, Casey Vandeventer
Air Date 11/7/2018

Featuring: Rochelle, James, Charity, Mae, Grace, Connie, Tasha, Basie, Jacob, Kerissa, Maxine, Lionel, and Aaron

Season 3/ Episode 10 “The Promised Land”

So many surprises jump out at us you’d think this episode of Greenleaf was a haunted house attraction.

Director(s) Allan Kroeker
Writer(s) Karen Corneille
Air Date 10/31/2018
Introduced This Episode
Michael Stephen Bishop

Featuring: Rochelle, Coralie, Grace, Isiah, Zora, Kerissa, Jacob, Tasha, Michael, Charity, Lionel, Mae, Basie, Maxine, and James

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Season 3/ Episode 8 “Dea Abscondita”

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Season 3/ Episode 7 “That Was Then”

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Season 3/ Episode 5 “Closing Doors”

Charity hits rock bottom, something huge happens with Sophia, and Tasha and Rochelle take additional steps in their plan.

Season 3/ Episode 6 “She Changes Everything”

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Season 3/ Episode 4 “The Underdog”

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Season 3/ Episode 3 “Chain of Command

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Season 2/ Episode 13 “Silence and Loneliness”

Guilt and insecurities are the focus of this episode. Especially as people expose their soft under belly to those who can, or have, hurt them the most.

Season 2/ Episode 14 “The Father’s Will”

What Basie Skanks started, bringing up homosexuals during that church meeting, comes to a head as Lionel and Aaron come to Cavalry and dig up old and new skeletons.

Season 2/ Episode 15 “Two by Two”

Faith, money, morals, and understanding. Four words which are the themes as temptation lurks about and few can say they are truly holier than thou on Greenleaf.

Season 2/ Episode 16 “The Pearl”

From the beginning, I’d like to believe Greenleaf has always been about how those in the pulpit aren’t necessarily holier than thou and in the season 2 finale, with a few exceptions, everyone gets a glimpse of their own personal hell.

Season 1/ Episode 1 "A Time to Heal"

Despite all the programs currently on OWN, for the most part, if it didn’t have Oprah’s name on it, if she wasn’t interviewing someone, I honestly felt it wasn’t worth watching. Yes, there are a million and one Tyler Perry shows on the network, but there is something about his brand that I just don’t feel compliments, Oprah. However, Greenleaf, as messy as it is, as religious as it is, and as much as this seems to be something Shonda Rhimes would advise the writing of, it seems to fit what you’d expect from OWN. Which may not make much sense in hindsight, but considering Oprah’s acting choices and what her brand is, it comes to make sense with time.

Season 1/ Episode 13 "What Are You Doing Here?"

“What Are You Doing Here” is not solely the episode’s title, but a phrase repeated throughout. One which will join the thought of “What are they referencing?”

Season 2/ Episode 1 “A House Divided”

Let me be straight up – Thanks to Tyler Perry, when OWN started having scripted shows without his name on it, I did not for a second think they would be good. Granted, they were under the Oprah umbrella, and she was giving us the rare opportunity to see her act, but I was skeptical. However, Greenleaf opened the doors to the type of brilliance I still, to this day, wish BET would reach for. Now, I covered the first and last episode of season one and with me buying a season pass. 

Season 2/ Episode 2 “Strange Bedfellows”

As Jacob leaves the house and transitions to becoming a member of the Triumph community, he leaves a church and home still reeling from scandal and seemingly not bouncing back anytime soon. 

Season 2/ Episode 3 “A Mother’s Love”

Poor Lady Mae. All her children, in some form or another, make it seem that she only thinks of herself. Of her reputation. But really, with one son working for the competition, a daughter who nearly brought the whole family to their knees, and the youngest’s marriage seeming suspect, can you blame her for being worried? It isn’t like what they do doesn’t reflect on her.

Season 2/ Episode 4 “Revival”

While “Revival” reminds you of the importance and beauty of the church, at the same time it makes you want to shout Mac’s line “And you call yourself a Christian!”

Season 2/ Episode 5 “Point of No Return”

Jacob and Kerissa, after spending most of the season, and Kerissa’s case the show, in the background, have the type of performances that will leave you shook and will explain why this episode is called “Point of No Return.”

Season 2/ Episode 6 “The Royal Family”

How Triumph stays afloat gets revealed, Zora returns to the show in time for Sophia’s birthday, and Kevin and Charity’s divorce starts to get ugly.

Season 2/ Episode 7 “Born to Trouble”

It has been nearly a year since Faith’s death and everyone, including Mac, is still reeling from it. But with everyone sure on the idea it was his fault and feeling powerless to do more than leaving it up to god, he remains ostracized.

Season 2/ Episode 8 “And the Sparks Fly Upward”

Let me tell you – If you thought this season was a bit too ho-hum and lacked some quality drama? Oh, this episode will compensate for all of that.

Season 2/ Episode 9 “The Bear”

Greenleaf returns and there is the question of whether Grace is going to Jail and how will everyone will handle their own personal struggles.

Season 2/ Episode 10 “Call Not Complete”

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?

Season 2/ Episode 11 “Changing Seasons”

A truly shocking moment happens: Lady Mae admits she is wrong, apologizes to Grace, and all in one episode. But while there is that major shock, so builds to a few other ones. Be it Grace taking an interest in Basie Skanks or Carlton coming back to the show – which are two situations which may come into contact.

Season 2/ Episode 12 “House Rules”

Patience and trust are major themes in “House Rules” as everyone is tasked with having faith in their significant other while in a precarious situation.

Season 3/ Episode 1 “Strange Currents”

Greenleaf returns and with Mae and James’ relationship on the rocks, the foundation of the family is splintered and puts all on unsteady ground.

Director(s) Clement Virgo
Writer(s) Craig Wright
Air Date 8/28/2018

Season 3/ Episode 2 “The Space Between”

Lady Mae is put on the defensive and while she is getting hit every which way, she refuses to go down without a fight.

Director(s) Charles Randolph-Wright
Writer(s) Kriss Turner Towner
Air Date 8/29/2018
Characters Introduced
Clara Donna Biscoe

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