Greenleaf: Season 3/ Episode 2 “The Space Between” – Recap/ Review (with Spoilers)

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


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

Not My Baby: Kevin, Charity, Aaron, Jabari

Charity is still making things unnecessarily difficult for Kevin. Even to the point of looking for more people to co-sign her pettiness. Yet, with Jabari waiting on her, it seems she was willing to give in. That is, until she sees Aaron in Kevin’s apartment and decides she rather burn her career outside of church than ever let her baby with his father and his man.

Commentary

Kevin exhausted by trying to work things with Charity without involving the legal system.
Kevin: Charity, I’m his father.

Am I forgetting something? What did Kevin, much less Aaron, do that was so wrong that Charity would rather mess up her career, and her relationship, than leave Nathan with them? Was it the divorce? The idea maybe they were together before it all went down? Could, despite her friendship with the former director, Charity be a little bit like Mae when it comes to some things?

Surely, she can’t be this petty right? Especially when the baby needs to see his dad and Charity needs a life outside of Cavalry.

Making The Best Out of a Bad Situation: Grace, Darius, Zora, Sophia, Jacob, Kerissa, Tasha, Rochelle

While no one is 100% sure what is Rochelle’s endgame, Grace seemingly wants to keep her enemy close. Maybe even use her talents for good, like a legal defense fund for domestic violence survivors. Which Rochelle seems to be cool with in such a way to make you wonder if Grace is setting herself up. Especially when Grace gets bold and wants to ask if something is happening between Rochelle and the bishop, which upsets her a little bit.

But she isn’t the only one mad. Zora is still grounded and while Sophia and her are better, her still refusing to be an enabler is a serious problem. However, at the very least, she does help her cousin get her TV privileges back. Granted, because being petty runs in the family, Jacob does block many channels, but beggars can’t be choosy right?

Well, what about those who aren’t begging but clearly somewhere between flirting with danger and overwhelmed? Because when it comes to first lady duties, on top of her day job, it really does seem Kerissa is in over her head. She can’t be attentive to parents, keep an eye on Zora, and do first lady duties. While a hard worker, she can’t conference call one thing, while looking over documents, try to play good cop, and not lose her mind.

Yet, she knows, and we certainly know, she can’t delegate to Tasha. While a nice girl, the apple don’t fall too far from the tree. It wasn’t that long ago Jacob had his own affair going and while Tasha verbally knows her place, that doesn’t mean Kerissa doesn’t have the need to side-eye her. And Jacob doesn’t help for while his compliments are professional, as viewers, we know Tasha and Rochelle are in co-hoots and even if they can’t trap the man they can cause discord. It ain’t like the Greenleafs aren’t hanging on by a thread.

Commentary

Tasha admiring a piece of jewelry she picked out for Kerissa.
Tasha: I need to lock this in my memory bank now.

Is it terrible that I like Tasha and Jacob together? Maybe not to the point of dating, though I’m not 100% against it, but their dynamic is cute. Or it could just be I enjoy Tasha and her being this odd and bubbly mid-west girl. I honestly don’t know. What I do know is that I’m in no way ready or desiring seeing Zora and Isiah go a few more rounds. I’d rather see Sophia and her little boo thang some more. I mean, can Sophia get some attention, please? Doesn’t it feel like she is always a witness and never the one front and center? Let the girl shine and do her own thing for once.

Oh, and what is with Rochelle talking about Grace is stuck with her? Does that mean she is on her s*** list now? That they are onto one another and both are aware the other would stab them in the back if given an opportunity? In my mind, Grace played her hand too quickly and should have built a better rapport. Yeah, she knows Rochelle is full of it, but keep what you are thinking to yourself. There isn’t always a need to address your thoughts and ask abrasive questions as soon as they come to mind.

The Last Straw: Rochelle, Grace, Bishop James, Lady Mae, Clara

Lady Mae has been on the ropes for too long. You got Tasha making her feel insecure, Rochelle making her feel replaceable, and then James has the nerve to tell Grace about Lionel – leading to Grace trying to snatch Mae like she is her child! It is too much and with Clara, the millionaire, talking about cutting a large check? Oh, Mae is done. Damn what Corinne hears or what echoes through the halls, she wants a divorce!

Commentary

Rochelle walking back into Grace's office and making nice.
Rochelle: This is the work of the lord.

Lady Mae is swinging! She ain’t knocking not one person out, but she is swinging! And it is that fight which keeps this show so entertaining. For put Lynn Whitfield with anyone and she will dress them down and put on some lipstick. Making the idea of Patti Labelle showing up as one of her friends? Hopefully not Rochelle’s momma? Can you imagine? This show is technically a drama but the way Mae’s scenes are becoming, this is a low-key comedy.

But, in all seriousness, watch Grace make things worse. Because, essentially that is what she does. She may not start anything, but she sure will expose and circulate it. Though it doesn’t always have the best results, she is the light bringer when it comes to her family.

Question(s) Left Unanswered

  1. Are Darius and Grace going to break up? I just really can’t see with his lack of faith, and him not wanting to really integrate into her routine, outside of sex, them being serious and long-term.

Collected Quote(s) & .Gifs

I’m walking by faith, […] not by sight.
— James

Highlights

  1. While Lady Mae doesn’t score a single knock out, and is on the ropes, she comes back with those one liners and shady moments which remind you not to bet against her.
  2. Tasha and Jacob’s relationship, even though it likely will negatively affect his and Kerissa’s.
  3. The possibility of Grace and Rochelle going at it.

Low Points

  1. Zora and Isiah going another round while Sophia’s character boils down to questioning why everyone is doing something which seems stupid.
  2. Charity and Kevin’s back and forth over custody, which has led to Charity abandoning Jabari’s tour just to keep Kevin, with Aaron assisting, from watching their baby.

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Season/ EpisodeSynopsisEpisode InformationStorylines & Characters
Season 4, Episode 6 “The Stranger”Nearly everyone acts messy, stupid, or sets aside things they said in the past for some form of comfort in episode 6, “The Stranger.”
Director(s) Lisa Leone
Writer(s) Erica Michelle Butler
Air Date 10/8/2019
Introduced This Episode
Detective Ellis Paul Rolfes
  • But What About Me?: Kerissa, Fernando, Jacob
  • All You Need To Know: Charity, AJ, Detective Ellis, Mae, Grace, James
  • I Believe In You And Me: AJ, Grace, Phil, Charity, Mae, James, Jacob
Season 4, Episode 7 “Reunited”Mae may have finally found a way to earn a prominent place in the church! However, with so many fools and backstabbers around her, is it too late?
Director(s) Ayoka Chenzira
Writer(s) Craig Wright, Nick Kilgore
Air Date 10/15/2019
Introduced This Episode
Vida Andrea Laing
  • Was It For Love Or For You?: Nikki, Zora, Dante, Kerissa, Fernando, Charity, Jacob, Phil, Grace
  • The Secrets Eating At You: Vida, Mae, AJ, Sophia
  • When All Is Revealed, What Can Be Done Next?: Grace, Mae, James, Sophia
Season 4, Episode 5 “Unwanted”AJ presents himself as a possible lost cause as Kerissa shows her whole ass to Lady Mae. Also, Charity gets to know Phil and sees whether it is worth being on his side.
Director(s) Allan Kroeker
Writer(s) Jenna Wycoff, Steven Fulcher
Air Date 10/1/2019
  • There Is More To Me Than Petty Schemes: Charity, Phil
  • The Rattling Of Bones In The Closest: Grace, AJ, Aaron
  • You Shouldn’t Have Shown Your Ass: Jacob, Zora, Dante, Nikki, James, Mae, Kerissa
Season 4, Episode 4 “A Common Enemy”Bob and Grace begin to clash, so he checks her. However, he ain’t the only one checking people this episode.
Director(s) Crystle Roberson
Writer(s) Craig Wright
Air Date 9/24/2019
Introduced This Episode
Cal Jason Davis
Judee Valerie Jane Parker
Fernando Dave Baez
  • You Could Have Done The Right Thing: Kerissa, Fernando, Jacob, Phil, Mae
  • Assumptions Lead To Dumb Asses: AJ, Grace, Sophia, Zora, Noah, Charity, Karine
  • We’re Losing The Church: Cal, Bob, Grace, Mae, James
Season 4, Episode 3 “Visions and Dreams”Grace spends some time in Phoenix which allows Phil to make a move and Mae to learn why Calgary will never be hers. Also, Zora may have made a friend.
Director(s) Charles Randolph-Wright
Writer(s) David Ehrman, Ivy Mariel Pruss
Air Date 9/18/2019
Introduced This Episode
Nikki Kadianne Whyte
  • Kerissa Wants To Move Out – NOW! | James, Kerissa, Jacob
  • Grace Trying To Make Up For Lost Time & Zora Making A New Friend | AJ, Dante, Jacob, Nikki, Grace
  • Mae Learns Why She’ll Likely Never Become Head Pastor At Calgary | Misty, Grace, Mae, James, Charity, Phil
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
  • Heed Not Into Temptation | Jacob, Kerissa, Phil, Charity, Grace, James, Dante, Cameron
  • The Child I Left Behind | Noah, Grace, AJ, Sophia, Zora
  • A Steady March To Holiness Or Hell | Mae, James, Karine, Charity
Season 3/ Episode 13 “The New Life” [Season Finale]The season comes to an end by having a soft reboot. One which allows a new threat to get every Greenleaf’s undivided attention.
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
  • A New Adversary, And A Old One: Connie, Phil Demars, Bob Whitmore, Grace, James, Mae
  • Gather Together In My Name As We Face The Storm Together: Kerissa, Zora, Sophia, James, Mae, Grace, Lionel, Kevin, Charity, Jacob, Aaron, Kevin
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
  • Out With The Old: Tasha, Basie, Rochelle, Grace, Jacob, Coralie
  • Enough Is Enough: Isiah, Zora, Kerissa, Jacob
  • A Day of Reckoning: Aaron, Grace, Mae, Basie, James
Season 4, Episode 1 "Original Sin"The season has barely begun, and the Greenleaf family ends up with their own personal Judas and the first sets of battles with Bob and his ambitious house negro.
Director(s) Clement Virgo
Writer(s) Craig Wright
Air Date 9/3/2019
Introduced This Episode
Doris Diane Sellers
Perry Mark Taylor
  • Life Outside The Church: Zora, Sophia, Kerissa, Mae, James, Doris, Perry, Jacob
  • Testing The Waters: Grace, Phil, Bob, Charity, Jacob, Mae, James, Connie, Kerissa
  • From The Ashes, Many Things Can Rise: Phil, Charity, Grace, Noah, Bob

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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