Greenleaf: Season 4, Episode 3 “Visions and Dreams” – Recap, Review (with Spoilers)

The Greenleaf Family sitting together looking at picture slides.
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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.


Network
OWN
Director(s) Charles Randolph-Wright
Writer(s) David Ehrman, Ivy Mariel Pruss
Air Date 9/18/2019
Introduced This Episode
Nikki Kadianne Whyte

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Kerissa Wants To Move Out – NOW! | James, Kerissa, Jacob

Some commercial developer has their eye on that land Jacob has, and Kerissa is ready to sell. Problem is, Jacob really doesn’t want to. At first, he doesn’t have a reason besides just not wanting to do so, but then he has a talk with his dad. Someone who points out the value of land and the idea Kerissa is acting like she does because Jacob has made loving and caring for her into a chore.

So, Jacob decides to reaffirm his love for Kerissa and that he’ll do better. Which is paired with him rejecting her desire to sell that land so his sweet words, and flowers, come as a dagger.

Commentary

Kerissa getting tired of Jacob.

You got to love how James can give all this wonderful relationship advice to others, yet he blew up his marriage and is struggling to take heed of Mae’s wants and needs. But, hey, what parent don’t you know, especially at James’ age, that doesn’t operate on “Do as I say, not as I do?”

James aside, I can’t be the only one tired of Kerissa’s dialog solely being about her relationship with Jacob and her complaining, right? She allegedly has a job, so why not show her in that element? Hell, why not show her spend time with her son, one on one, so we can see someone who doesn’t seem miserable all the time? Between her and Charity, both have all this potential yet seem like broken records play a song you were iffy on before and now it just gives you migraines.

Grace Trying To Make Up For Lost Time & Zora Making A New Friend | AJ, Dante, Jacob, Nikki, Grace

Grace is really struggling to breakthrough to AJ but can you blame him? Abandoned at birth then pushed away because he showed up at an inconvenient time, and now she is trying to make up for that by putting money on a fishing hook? The bait feels more like torture than anything else for AJ is used to looking out for himself and now seems like he just wants to get on his feet and be alone. You know, finally get some silence to process this life he has had and maybe begin moving on.

Which makes Grace trying to be maternal a challenge. She is being nice, who he needed and wanted years ago, but puts him in this place where he feels like he has to give in for the money. Mind you, from what we’re told, AJ’s only crime is being poor and lacking opportunities. The reason he was in jail was he broke into a house and was caught sleeping there.

And maybe it is the combination of hearing this, and a family get together back in Memphis, which leads to Grace deciding to invite her son home.

Grace’s drama, and the drama AJ will surely bring, aside, Zora may have made a friend out of someone unexpected. Who? Well, Jacob’s mentee Dante has a girlfriend named Nikki, and she may have become Zora’s friend.

But it is hard to say for sure. On one hand, Nikki could be scoping Zora out since Zora is this rich girl, with her own place, and presents herself as a threat. However, on the other hand, Zora knows how to do hair and makeup, opens up about Isiah, so she is clearly lonely and vulnerable, and Nikki seems to like that. I’m talking to the point of it seeming she was going to make a move on Zora until Dante interrupted what was going on.

Commentary

AJ and Grace sitting in AJ's halfway house.

I’m just waiting to see what kind of hurricane AJ brings with his presence. Mind you, as noted, he doesn’t appear to be a bad kid. Yes, he broke into people’s houses, but with him talking about falling asleep at one of the places and just wanting a place of his own, I don’t think he was lying to Grace to secure her money. He seriously is just looking for a soft place to land and just be.

An understandable feeling for who doesn’t want to shut out the outside world, and people who live there, and just be with your thoughts and feelings? Have space to unpack them, organize them, and potentially deal with them without interruption, scrutiny, or worry? All things he will not find in Memphis but will definitely kick this show up a notch.

Switching to Zora, I feel reminded by Nikki that Zora doesn’t have real friends. People to party with, yeah, but notice only her family said anything, or got involved, during the Isiah saga. That is, despite Zora growing up in that area, being part of the church community, and seeming like a fun person to be around.

Making Nikki a fascinating figure since it is hard to say what her goal is here. Assuming she is like Dante’s other associates, she could just be focus on securing her man from this cute rich Black girl. A combination which could be deadly. Yet, whether it is keeping your enemies close, or bringing in a potential friend closer, it seems Nikki might have good intentions.

If not Zora is so lonely, with Sophia gone, that Nikki praising her, taking up time with her, wanting to hang out with her without there being some sort of strings attached, it makes you hope for the best. Because, let’s be honest, Zora needs to be single for a while. It seems like she wants to be a serial monogamist, and that’s the last thing she needs.

Mae Learns Why She’ll Likely Never Become Head Pastor At Calgary | Misty, Grace, Mae, James, Charity, Phil

With Grace away comes Phil taking the opportunity to get to know a member of the deacon board, Misty, who is in crisis. Thus, Mae is put into crisis mode since any threat to her getting the church is a major issue. Yet, we come to learn she never had a chance. You see, when it comes to Misty and her husband voting for Calgary to join H&H, it was less about James, Grace, or any of that and more about Mae. Specifically the belief she knew something about her brother Mac paying off those girls.

This reveal pushes Mae to realize whatever dreams she had, be it personal or even divine, they will not likely lead her to standing in the pulpit and giving the word. Making it so she seriously needs Grace to step her game up. Though, with Charity revealing Grace was in Phoenix, and telling that to Phil of all people, she might be worrying about the wrong child.

Commentary

Let’s just never mind Charity since, even with her upsetting Bill’s family and traditions, there isn’t really a thing going on with her worth diving into. Instead, let’s talk about Mae. First, the fact her dream of running Calgary has likely died on the vine, and following that, we have to address her relationship with James.

Still, despite all the warnings and what has happened thus far, even him claiming he wants her back, the man doesn’t listen. Mae presents a dream to him, and he disregards it without much thought. When she wishes to go see Misty, he pushes his way in like she is unable to handle it on her own.

Now, this isn’t to say I don’t recognize James probably feels benched and wants to do something. After all, the family’s downfall ultimately rests on his shoulders. Yet, you can’t blame a man for wanting back what it took him decades to build. It’s just the old ways cannot be recycled and, unfortunately, due to his stubbornness, I can’t say it’s getting through his thick head that he has to either share the work and responsibility or sit this fight out.

Characters Introduced This Episode

Nikki (Kadianne Whyte)

Nikki (Kadianne Whyte) talking to Zora, boosting her ego, and about to make a move on her.
Nikki (Kadianne Whyte)

Character Introduction

Nikki is Dante’s girlfriend and unlike Cameron, seems to add, more than take, from Dante’s life. Mostly in the form of putting him onto things, like lavender latte’s and what’s happening in the world, but she seems able to offer more than that.

For example, considering how complimentary she is to Zora, she might be able to offer her a friendship. Though, if you read things a certain way, perhaps something beyond that as well.

Expectations For Nikki

Zora really seems like someone the show is trying to beef up this season, considering they are expanding her circle beyond just Sophia. So Nikki, whether friend, enemy, or someone who may try to be Zora’s love interest, is one to keep our eyes on. Heck, she might be one of the most notable people to join this season, with AJ being her only competition.

Collected Quote(s) & .Gifs

I’m not your science experiment. You can’t leave me in a drawer my whole life and then take me out whenever you want and have all the feels.
— AJ

Land is the closest thing to faith.
— James

You left that boy in the dust and hopefully he was asthmatic.
— Nicki

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Director(s) Lisa Leone
Writer(s) Erica Michelle Butler
Air Date 10/8/2019
Introduced This Episode
Detective Ellis Paul Rolfes
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Writer(s) Craig Wright, Nick Kilgore
Air Date 10/15/2019
Introduced This Episode
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Writer(s) Jenna Wycoff, Steven Fulcher
Air Date 10/1/2019
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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
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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
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  • 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
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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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Writer(s) Craig Wright
Air Date 11/21/2018
Introduced This Episode
Phil Demars Sean Blakemore
Bob Whitmore Beau Bridges
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Director(s) Charles Randolph-Wright
Writer(s) Kriss Turner Towner
Air Date 11/14/2018
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Writer(s) Craig Wright
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Introduced This Episode
Doris Diane Sellers
Perry Mark Taylor
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Writer(s) David Ehrman, Casey Vandeventer
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Writer(s) Karen Corneille
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Introduced This Episode
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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.

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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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