Greenleaf: Season 3/ Episode 5 “Closing Doors” – Recap/ Review (with Spoilers)

Connie noting, one way or another, change is coming to Cavalry.
Connie: Well, change is coming.
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Nearly everything is going downhill for the Greenleaf family. Charity hits rock bottom, something huge happens with Sophia, and Tasha and Rochelle take additional steps in their plan.


Network
OWN
Director(s) Allan Kroeker
Writer(s) Ivy Mariel Pruss
Air Date 9/19/2018

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The Takeover: Grace, Connie, Mae, James, Clara

With the tax issues being more so personal than institutional, per Clara’s money manager, and Clara unsure what is happening between James and Mae, she backs out of helping them. With that, Mae believes it’s time to talk about taking over the church. She goes over it with James, who tells her it isn’t gonna happen and Connie, who pretty much says the same thing. Especially since she and the deacon board are putting all their chips on Grace.

Which, of course, leads Mae to storm Grace’s office like some wicked Disney stepmother about what will and won’t become Grace’s. Thing is, Grace doesn’t want Cavalry. As she reiterates to Connie, since Mae is now upset, she is way too progressive for the board. Yet, the counter is, would Grace be willing to march the church forward to a for sale sign over her beliefs? Rather than maintain her family’s legacy, that is?

Commentary

James rebuffing the idea he'd leave Cavalry and let Mae take over.
James: If we divorce, it’s you who will exit the building, not me.

Mae needs back up since it seems no one really supports her plan. James rolls his eyes, Connie makes it seem this conversation came up before and the answer was no, so what is Mae to do? The episode ends with James prepping their shared announcement but it doesn’t seem like he wrote what Mae wants. So is she truly doomed to exit the church or, perhaps more embarrassingly, go from the stage to the audience?

Well, based off the preview for the next episode, to air on October 3rd, it seems she is calling in Maxine to bolster her position. Maybe making it where, between James and Mae, whoever handles this IRS issue may get the church? I mean, lest we forget, as much as Cavalry is a house of worship, it is also a business. So whoever can keep that business booming, that is who the deacon board may align themselves with.

When The Devil Claims To Be God: Rochelle, Tasha, Jacob, James

Not to be forgotten amongst everything else that is happening, Tasha and Rochelle are still trying to take down the Greenleaf family and pave a way for Basie to comeback. One of those ways includes having Jacob open a bank account, for his defunct church, and beginning to siphon money from possibly Triumph and maybe Cavalry. How? Well, being that Jacob trusts Tasha, even calls her family, she can easily get him to sign whatever – thus leading to the account opening.

As for Cavalry? Well, with Rochelle having it where Clara won’t get involved, who else does James have to turn to really? So, he asks her for help and she says she will. Which will probably just exacerbate the church’s money woes. For, based off how hell-bent Rochelle is, anyone else believe she wouldn’t burn down her life to take down the Greenleafs? After all, they’d be the front page, pictures and all, she would just be a name buried beneath the folk.

Commentary

Rochelle manipulating James, as usual.
Rochelle: Now, why would I want to help you?

Well, let’s backtrack, considering how smart Rochelle is, surely she wouldn’t burn down her business, which looks quite fancy, just to take down James and his family right? She can’t be that desperate? Plus, with her talking about setting up a fund for Basie to comeback, she needs to keep her job to keep this money thing going.

But, one of the things needed so that this could run smoothly is Tasha and it isn’t clear if dangling Basie’s return might be enough. Jacob kept her on, entrusts her, treats her like family, and she has a conscious. Especially since it was Jacob’s father, not Jacob, which caused all this mess. So why should he be punished? While he has committed adultery in the past, he seems to have put in quite a bit of effort into mending fences and recovering the state of his family. Which, as a Christian woman, shouldn’t Tasha be fostering his ability to continue to do so than tear him down because of his father’s sins?

Leading to the big question: Will Tasha screw over both Rochelle and Basie, in the long run? Also, what would be the consequences of that? If Rochelle and Basie revealed what she did help with, would Jacob be able to forgive her? We haven’t seen Kerissa’s dark side in a while, would she be ready to whoop Tasha’s behind? There are many things to ask when it comes to how this may play out but one thing is for sure – Tasha will be a liability more than an asset and she is going to get bit in the ass no matter how this goes down.

A Test of Faith: Charity, Sophia, Grace

Charity pretty much has hit rock bottom. She had to hand Nathan over, to avoid charges being pressed, and now she is angry at the world. How angry? Well, let me put it to you this way, Sophia is having what perhaps she thought was just period cramps. However, what they’re really Dermoid Cysts, which caused her to have ovarian torsions. This requires a hospital visit and Charity comes along and has THE AUDACITY to say to Grace, if Sophia dies she is there for her.

Let’s take a moment.

Charity, high off OxyContin, talked about Sophia dying and talk to the possibility to Grace. She follows that up to talking to Kerissa about Zora and that drama. Making you think, somebody is going to knock Charity TF out. Luckily, at least for her face, all that happens is she busts through vending machine glass trying to get a candy bar. Because, you know, she doesn’t have a problem or anything.

As for Sophia? Well, for the sake of her health they take her ovaries. Mind you, this was not said before the surgery or when Grace was signing over approval for said surgery. This is what Sophia learns after and with Roberto talking about marriage, kids, a future, waking up without ovaries, knowing part of this planned future no longer exists? As, again, seen in the previews, it shows Charity may not be the only one with a major character shift this season.

Commentary

Let’s just write off what Charity is going through as a mix of post-partum depression combined with loneliness for, what is there really left to say? We all understand she is going through something because of Kevin, Jabari, and all that, but she is venturing to that place where, at first, you wanna laugh, but then you think about the situation. And in thinking about it, you realize nothing is funny and what she is doing right now is calling for help. Not just attention, but H-E-L-P!

Sophia asking why God would put her through this ordeal?
Sophia: Why would he let this happen? Why?

But Sophia? Depending on how her loss of faith is handled, she maybe neck and neck with Mae when it comes to the most memorable performance of the season. For as noted, probably most of the show, Sophia has never been a character to strongly focus on. She was Grace’s kid, Mae and James’ favorite grandchild, a goody two shoes, and while Zora gave her the opportunity to be part of some drama, she usually was there to help extinguish it a bit. Not throw gasoline.

So, with what just happened, it should be interesting to watch her fall from Grace (no pun intended) and see whether she follows Zora’s path or the show crafts one unique to her. For I really would hate for her to decide to never mind waiting for marriage since she can’t get pregnant now, lose Roberto and then try to make up for lost time – or just have a ho phase this early in her life. That is, until she gets an STD and slows things down.

I mean, can Greenleaf get that dramatic? I don’t know. However, with the way Charity is being handled, I feel like the line has been pushed as to what we can expect from this show.

Question(s) Left Unanswered

  1. Is Percy here to stay or just someone around for now?
  2. With the way Darius was talking, is he against marrying Grace someday?
  3. WILL WE SEE BASIE COMEBACK THIS SEASON?!
  4. Anyone else imagines Grace going on her own, like Jacob, and having her own church between this season and the next?

Collected Quote(s) & .Gifs

I don’t know where the pride ends and the weakness begins.
— Grace

Highlights

  1. Sophia finally has a storyline that isn’t her latching onto someone else’s.
  2. What may come of Tasha’s involvement with Rochelle, especially since it seems she has lost her drive to screw over Jacob?

Low Points

  1. Charity comes off like a caricature. You want to feel for her and recognize her pain, but everything which happened in the hospital just makes you want to roll your eyes. But what should we expect out of a character whose whole thing was feeling neglected or forgotten about?

On The Fence

  1. Depending on what Maxine contributes, this whole taking over Cavalry thing might be a hot mess. One which might be entertaining but handled in a soap opera kind of way.

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Greenleaf - Episode List

Season/ EpisodeSynopsis

Season 3 – Recap/ Review

The third season of Greenleaf seemingly is about resolving past issues in order to do a soft reset and ensure the show’s future.

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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  1. Great review! Surprisingly, I actually do feel a bit sorry, and do feel something for Charity. Is there a bit of overacting yeah, but I think her story line has always been interesting. Of course when you have Grace and Lady Mae and the Bishop it may seem like Charity’s story line and problems aren’t as big but I think that they are. Poor Sophia, to learn that you can never have kids, and your not even 18 yet is rough. Grace and Sophia acted that scene really well.

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