Greenleaf: Season 3/ Episode 11 “The End Is Near” – Recap/ Review (with Spoilers)

Grace looking back at a screen saying "She Changes Everything"
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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.


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

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Like A Snowball Going Downhill: Rochelle, James, Charity, Mae, Grace, Connie

The FBI storms in and it shakes the foundation of both Calvary and Triumph. Especially Cavalry for with members of the deacon board, and a huge staff on site, having their computers taken and being escorted about, naturally is worrisome. Leading to, of course, Mae going off on James, Grace saying, “I told you so” and Connie talking about finding a new pastor before the Greenleafs drag everybody down.

But, of course, with all eyes looking towards Rochelle, both James and Grace confront her. Leading to both being treated to Rochelle acting like she doesn’t know what they are talking about. In fact, she gets offended considering how much she has helped Grace and with James? Be it because she thinks they would try to record her, or just to keep the fun going, she speaks as if they slept with each other and he just doesn’t remember. Making it sound like he is a jilted lover.

Commentary

Let’s just set aside the frustration which comes with OWN generally being shut out of non-Black award shows. That has been addressed, let’s not go back down that path. But, can we just applaud the writing and acting done for Rochelle? The way she gets to switch it up, there is this consistent need to remind yourself there is no seeking redemption here. Rochelle is just playing the Greenleaf family and, if you are not careful, she’ll play you as well.

But, I do feel that she needs to be off into the sunset after the season finale. Everyone knows what she did and it leaves you wondering what’s next? Just her hoping not to get caught as she watches Cavalry burn, with the Greenleaf’s in it, like her daddy died in their old church?

Plus, I gotta say, I’m really confused about Rochelle’s legit business. I know she is likely smart enough to cover her tracks but considering how well she has done in life, why potentially ruin that over revenge? Especially the kind in which, even if they can’t get you in criminal court, they could ruin your reputation in the court of public opinion? They have a pulpit and Rochelle already had rumors about her and a pastor from another church. So what is stopping people from trying to paint her as some kind of black widow?

The Weakest Link: Tasha, Basie, Jacob, Kerissa

With Triumph getting hit as hard as Cavalry, and all signs pointing to Tasha, Jacob is doing whatever he can to get her to speak up. Heck, Kerissa even encourages him to lie and say he loves her to get her to come forward. This leads to Basie feeling a certain kind of way for he expected Tasha to mourn, wait, or just not move on so quickly. Leading to, when Tasha is supposed to meet up with Jacob, Basie shows up and confronts the man. Leading to the truth being revealed and you wondering if Tasha is okay with the way Basie is talking.

Commentary

Basie feeling a bit offended by Jacob.
Basie: I’m not your brother, brother

I doubt Tasha is dead, but considering Basie is a bit on edge, feels betrayed, and always seemed a little crazy, who knows what he may have done. It could just be, like Isiah, he could have hit her? Not to say Basie is definitely that kind of guy but who can say what kind of man he is when he is usually performing like Rochelle? For what we know, the way he talks could be an act and he may have a whole other accent when it is just him and Rochelle. Anything is possible.

But with that said, I love how Kerissa got him and the family together while talking to that lawyer. Making me wish Kerissa did show up to that Basie meeting for her and him going toe to toe? Oh, and considering she never liked him either! That would have been something to watch.

The Cowardly Lioness: Mae, Maxine, Lionel, Aaron, Grace

As has long been made clear, Mae likes playing the victim. Which, a good part of the time, arguably she is. However, one case that she is unable to play that role is in terms of what happened between her and Lionel. Someone who she avoids talking to for, with him on his deathbed, there is this desire to just pretend he and the paternity situation doesn’t exist. Yet, Maxine makes it clear, trying to avoid that truth will weigh down on her blessing.

Yet, with all that is going on, not finding Grace when she mustered the strength, she just lets it go. Especially once Lionel dies for then she thinks she is scot-free. However, it seems Aaron knows the truth and approaches Grace about it. Leading Grace to ask her mom who simply tells her, she doesn’t know.

Commentary

Mae trying to avoid talking to Grace about Lionel after he dies.
Mae: Oh, Maxine, I no longer have to talk to Grace about it.

Please let this consume Grace’s storyline over the Coralie thing. I get the Coralie fight was necessary to boost Grace’s status in the community and lead to Maxine wanting her to open for her. It’s just, that storyline has opened doors we thought were shut and locked rather than gave Grace new things to explore. But with Lionel maybe being her dad, Darius being asked to be a source, now she has things which seem more compelling to deal with. For really, actually working in a church and being in the pulpit has long become the least focused on part of the show. I’d be surprised if we even had more than 5 sermons this whole season.

With that said, I need Maxine to stick around beyond the season finale. I know she got her own church and all that, but there is just something about seeing women that age, for a lack of a better term, talking, giggling, holding each other accountable, and supporting one another. It’s perhaps one of the biggest issues, across the board, when it comes to programs on OWN – well, at least the ones I watch – they don’t invest enough into friendships. If you aren’t family or someone they messing around with, you barely in the picture. So for these two to have history, for us to see Maxine push Mae in ways no one else is doing, because they either work for her, are her ex, or children, it’s hard not to love that.

Miscellaneous Commentary

Isiah & Zora

So, he can beat on you, disrespect your family, but you draw the line when it comes to cheating? I guess I should be happy she drew the line somewhere but I just wish it was further back, you know?

Collected Quote(s) & .Gifs

Secrets have no place in the company of the king.
— Maxine

Highlights

  1. Maxine and Mae’s friendship, especially since Maxine is someone Mae looks up to. For once, Mae isn’t dealing with someone who is seen as an adversary, a child, or an employee. She is dealing with someone who will tell her the truth and as much as Mae may get in her feelings, because she values the relationship, she’ll listen. Heck, even if she gets cut off in conversation, she’ll realize it is because they know her tricks and games and expect her to grow. She is too experienced in life to be hanging onto the same excuse she has been for decades.
  2. Kerissa getting James and Jacob together when they started throwing shots at each other.
  3. Zora maybe waking up to the fact Isiah ain’t s***.
  4. Grace’s storyline steering towards dealing with Darius having to report on the church’s issues alongside learning James may not be her father.
  5. Charity getting to have a moment by getting her mom’s presentation for her. You know how, since season 1, she has always said if she knew ahead of time she could have done something. With getting that powerpoint, she proved that wasn’t a lie.
  6. Connie scheming about what she is going to do, whether James likes it or not.
  7. Basie and Jacob facing off.

On The Fence

  1. Is it wrong I kind of forgot about Sophia until she popped up to DM Zora?


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Greenleaf - Episode List

Season/ EpisodeSynopsis

Season 3/ Episode 11 “The End Is Near”

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

Season 3/ Episode 9 “Runaway Train”

With Greenleaf being an ensemble show, rarely does any character get an episode which hones in on just them. Making Keith David (James) taking on this one solo such a treat.

Season 3/ Episode 8 “Dea Abscondita”

Zora deciding to leave leads to all hell breaking loose but with her dramatic exit, that might be the catalyst to the healing many need.

Season 3/ Episode 7 “That Was Then”

It seems like history is repeating itself on Greenleaf for some characters as others press on forward despite many an obstacle in their way.

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”

As Sophia loses her faith, and Charity finds Iyanla Vanzant visiting her, James and Mae’s plans may have resulted in mutually assured destruction.

Season 3/ Episode 4 “The Underdog”

There are many last-ditch efforts to salvage, sometimes, selfish plans, and when they don’t come through? Well, people get nasty. 

Season 3/ Episode 3 “Chain of Command

It’s an episode of facing the inevitable on Greenleaf. Especially if your name is Mae or Charity who both get serious wake-up calls.

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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