As Sophia loses her faith, and Charity finds Iyanla Vanzant visiting her, James and Mae’s plans may have resulted in mutually assured destruction.
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One Foolish Plan After Another: Mae, Zora, James, Rochelle
Pray for Zora. This child is spring in ways that I can’t imagine any sort of good d*** could cause. Really proving, no matter how good your parents are to you, how much privilege you have, you can still end up in a rather messed up relationship.
Which is what Mae and James have at this point. As they plot against one another, trying to gain control over the narrative of the divorce, Rochelle slips in trying to help James’ tax situation go away with cryptocurrency. Thus making James feel he has some leverage and making it where he can offer the house, and Mae having one last “Day with Lady Mae” before she leaves. Something she accepts, but with plans to make him pay for not just giving her, her way.
Fix it Jesus. I get that Zora may not have dated much but I really can’t get why is she so sprung? Did some light skin boy call her skin tone ugly so this mini-Ike Turner helps her refute that pain? It’s hard to come up with ways to understand why this has been going on for so long. No one in your family likes him, he hits you, and loving him has been nothing but difficult. Must this situation end up with you in the hospital to get it?
Then, turning it on the writers, so comes the question of what is the end game here? This storyline has stalled and seems to lack direction. Is it just being kept up for a big midseason or season finale?
Now, as for this Rochelle thing? I’m over her. I need Basie to comeback. Rochelle has failed and got sidetracked so much I sometimes forget this is to avenge her daddy. She just looks thirsty for the brand only James could sell her. Of which he seemingly is willing to give free samples of.
The Pain Is Real: Sophia, Grace, Iyanla, Mae, James, Charity
As you can imagine, being someone as young as Sophia and losing the ability to have kids, that’s hard. Especially with you being, by most people’s opinions, a good girl. Yet, still either by God’s plan or indifference, one of the worse things possible happened to you. Completely throwing off whatever plans you had for your future and disrupting your present in ways where it is like someone turned the light off. Making it where you fear the possibility of moving forward for you might fall again.
Leading to Sophia making it pretty clear, she is done. One of the first real tests of faith she is given was way too much for her and now she has to step away. Her momma did it, so why can’t she? For to reconcile what she has done thus far with this fate, it can’t be handled through praying and asking for guidance in a church. That method betrayed her.
Bringing us to Charity. With Mae unsure what to do, it is recommended for her to bring Iyanla Vanzant to help with the situation. Problem is, Iyanla, as she finds the root of Charity’s issues, which go beyond Kevin and just not feeling safe, it leads to her looking about. Thus causing, as Charity mentions Grace not feeling safe, and Faith, and the shroud of silence supported in the house, Mae getting defensive. I’m talking, her saying she felt bushwacked by what Iyanla had fostered and said in her own home.
Something that, of course, Iyanla doesn’t take offense to. She knows she is confrontational with good intentions. So she just wishes Mae the best and lets her know, vows, when she is ready to heal, she will be there to help.
I’m so here for Sophia’s journey. It may not have been what I necessarily wanted (that’s a lie) but I think a lot can be done here. For as much as we know she has lost her faith, so comes the question of what will happen now. Will she act out and go wild or will her morals make it where she believes you don’t need faith to be a good person?
Because, I think we can all agree, like her mom, I can foresee her eventually getting back into church and the community aspect of it. It’s just, for now, she needs to find a place to heal outside of that because she was brought up to believe God’s grace and mercy is protective. That walking in the light meant no harm would come to you. Yet, walking in the light doesn’t mean you will not be tested. It just means what is already promised won’t also have the added struggles you chose to add onto your cross to bear.
Switching to Charity, well, was this situation ultimately about Charity? It seemed to begin that way but then it became about Mae. Making Charity just a segue or opening act so Mae’s issues could come to light and we could be reminded of how much she is suffering. Which I get but, let Charity have her moment – damn!
The Lord Isn’t The Only One With A Plan: Maxine, James, Mae, Grace, Connie, Darius
As they announce their divorce, Mae announces her “Day with Lady Mae” will feature Maxine and be about a woman’s role in the church. Which, of course, leads to James already knowing what she has planned. Maxine confirms it too. Pretty much, that is going to be Mae’s last stand and if that doesn’t work in getting her a permanent role in Cavalry, she’ll become another church competing for people and tithes.
Which, of course, no one wants so Connie, as usual, is using her voice and sway to begin the transition. Since people are already talking about those who can’t do shouldn’t be teaching. Yet, considering Grace’s relationship history isn’t all that good, and Darius avoids going to Cavalry, I don’t really see how much better of an option she is.
It isn’t known yet whether we are halfway through the season, almost, or maybe have 10 more to go but I do believe the luster of Maxine has already worn off. That and whatever drama Rochelle could muster. So between the divorce now being public, Mae rolling hard with her plans, and Grace having to figure out what role she plays, it’s time to kick that energy back up a notch. And I don’t mean Darius trying to play Rochelle for a fool either. Sophia has found new life, so let’s give Jacob something besides awkwardness with Tasha. Let’s do something with Zora beyond her being d***matized. Heck, how about Grace expecting more from Darius or something? She hit pause on him getting involved more but you know that is going to be a major issue.
Question(s) Left Unanswered
- Is Rochelle trying to have Grace come out of pocket and say something to hurt her feelings? I don’t think she’ll fight Rochelle but will say a few cruel sentences. Maybe paragraphs.
- Will Charity ever move out?
Collected Quote(s) & .Gifs
You always managed to coax flowers out of the hard ground of fact.
- Sophia’s storyline holds so much promise.
- Zora needs something new in her life for obsessing over Isiah is getting really Can she get a career goal or something?
- Charity being used to remind us Mae got issues.
On The Fence
- With the divorce announced, and there being no going back, Mae and James need to kick it into next gear. Not just in terms of how that will affect the church but we need to see more out of them as individuals as well. Mae needs to handle that trauma with Maxine, Iyanla, a therapist, somebody. For her being so defensive was a sign she needs more than a cathartic release. Then with James, there needs to be more to him than Rochelle and the IRS breathing down his neck.
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Greenleaf Show Directory
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|Season/ Episode||Synopsis||Episode Information||Storylines & Characters|
|Season 4, Episode 9 “God’s Justice”||Between blackmail, backstabbers, someone getting fired, another resigning, and more, like Karine said, “This sure don’t feel like church.”|
|Season 4, Episode 8 “Surprise!”||We learn, blood or not, petty runs deep in the Greenleaf family as does Phil using vulnerable women to try to get ahead.|
|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.”|
|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?|
|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.|
|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.|
|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.|
|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.|
|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.|
|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.|
|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.|
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.
Featuring: Rochelle, James, Charity, Mae, Grace, Connie, Tasha, Basie, Jacob, Kerissa, Maxine, Lionel, and Aaron
So many surprises jump out at us you’d think this episode of Greenleaf was a haunted house attraction.
Featuring: Rochelle, Coralie, Grace, Isiah, Zora, Kerissa, Jacob, Tasha, Michael, Charity, Lionel, Mae, Basie, Maxine, and James
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.
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.
It seems like history is repeating itself on Greenleaf for some characters as others press on forward despite many an obstacle in their way.
Charity hits rock bottom, something huge happens with Sophia, and Tasha and Rochelle take additional steps in their plan.
As Sophia loses her faith, and Charity finds Iyanla Vanzant visiting her, James and Mae’s plans may have resulted in mutually assured destruction.
There are many last-ditch efforts to salvage, sometimes, selfish plans, and when they don’t come through? Well, people get nasty.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
“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?”
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.
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.
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.
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!”
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.”
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.
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.
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.
Greenleaf returns and there is the question of whether Grace is going to Jail and how will everyone will handle their own personal struggles.
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?
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.
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.
Greenleaf returns and with Mae and James’ relationship on the rocks, the foundation of the family is splintered and puts all on unsteady ground.
Lady Mae is put on the defensive and while she is getting hit every which way, she refuses to go down without a fight.