Greenleaf: Season 4, Episode 5 “Unwanted” – Recap, Review (with Spoilers)

Kerissa looking into a mirror.
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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.


Network
OWN
Director(s) Allan Kroeker
Writer(s) Jenna Wycoff, Steven Fulcher
Air Date 10/1/2019

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Recap

There Is More To Me Than Petty Schemes: Charity, Phil

With learning she ended someone’s marriage, Charity is starting to question her work with Phil. She even calls the man the devil to show you how seriously she is considering ending their arrangement. However, once he exposes that he is the writer behind Bob Whitmore, she sees the light. She sees Phil as a kindred spirit. At least in terms of living in the shadow of someone less deserving of the spotlight.

Charity talking to Phil as if he is Satan.
Charity: Get behind me, Satan.

The Rattling Of Bones In The Closest: Grace, AJ, Aaron

There is a need to question if AJ is going to use Grace’s guilt to finance his lifestyle. The boy claims he is struggling to find work, and when Grace uses her connection to Aaron, he walks away because the man praises Grace too much. Yeah, because Aaron talks about Grace like a saint, rather than someone who abandoned her child and left him to be abused, discarded, and alone, he decides to walk away from a job opportunity.

Then to add insult to injury, he shuns Grace and says he will reveal their secret to anyone who asks.

Question(s) Left Unanswered
  1. Where is Kevin?

You Shouldn’t Have Shown Your Ass: Jacob, Zora, Dante, Nikki, James, Mae, Kerissa

Kerissa is having a hard time right now. Mae refuses to give her furniture for when her family moves, and when she asks James to help, he goes to Mae and then gets blamed for causing issues between the two. Which, by the way, Kerissa only added wood to the fire. James, with him talking about guest preaching in Atlanta, he was already riling up Mae. So Kerissa trying to use him was just a shot of gasoline.

But, what really causes a whole lot of issues for Kerissa is Dante. How? Well, he has a party, which Zora is invited to by Nikki, and Dante gets it into his head to burn a confederate flag. Zora tells Jacob what is going on and with him showing up and there being a brawl, Jacob gets fired. Thus, he can no longer afford moving out.

Kerissa insulting Mae.
Kerissa: You’re trash

Now, this would have been unfortunate, but not a big deal, if Kerissa didn’t go off on Mae. I’m talking blaming her the way most do Grace for all that is wrong in the household. Leading to Mae, in the fakest slap I’ve ever seen, hitting Kerissa.

So now between an apology or being forced out, it should be interesting to see how Kerissa handles Jacob’s news.

Question(s) Left Unanswered
  1. Kerissa talks about having a sour relationship with her mom, but how are things with her father? Assuming she is aware of who he is.
  2. Why didn’t Nikki try to stop Dante or did she set him up?

Collected Quote(s) & .Gifs

In a house full of sleepwalkers, the one person awake is bound to seem a bit vivid by comparison.
— Lady Mae

It’s the ones that think they’re good you gotta worry about ‘cause they can’t even see their own shadow.
— AJ

Review

Highlights

Phil Revealing That He Is Bob Whitmore

While the way Bob talked to Phil made it clear he was involved in his speech writing, it wasn’t until this episode you realized Bob is using his whiteness to make Phil’s messaging commercial. Which, when you think about it, says a lot.

Take note of James, Grace, and Mae’s conversation about megachurches usually ran by men. Usually, when speaking of inequality, things do often tend to be a men vs. women thing, and not a breakdown of inequality amongst men. This is a prime example. For outside TD Jakes, unless you are someone religious, there aren’t many well-known pastors, with megachurches, who are Black. You can find a lot of white ones, both famous and infamous, but Black leaders of the faith? A much more limited batch.

So with learning Phil is the man behind Bob, it puts into perspective how Phil, due to lack of opportunity, ended up in the position he is in. For Phil notes he had a church, yet it didn’t grow to the point he could swallow other churches like Bob’s company. And if Phil is the one bolstering Bob’s position, that makes it clear there is only one legitimate factor to Bob’s success – his skin tone.

 

Now, as for why Phil hasn’t tried to branch off after seeing Bob’s massive success, or why he failed previous to Bob, that isn’t revealed. However, it could present a reason to invest in Phil rather than see him as Bob’s lackey.

Us FINALLY Learning About Kerissa’s Family

Despite not getting to meet Kerissa’s mom, at the very least we learned she has a toxic relationship with her, one that made Kerissa feel like her mom saw her as competition. This explains so much in terms of Kerissa’s relationship with damn near everyone. Like Sofia in The Color Purple, all Kerissa’s life she had to fight. All just to get some love and attention and then when you factor in the Greenleaf family, you begin to understand why she put up with Jacob, Mae, and will try to dress down Grace despite not doing much beyond complaining.

In essence, Kerissa doesn’t have a safety net or someone to run to. Her life is so dependent on the Greenleaf family that she’d have to go into a shelter if she abandoned them. And considering her taste in homes, decor, and living the high life, there ain’t no way in hell she’d make such a grand sacrifice to get away from them.

Pushing us to believe, when it comes to Mae, and dealing with the fact she can’t move out, Kerissa will likely humble herself.

 

On The Fence

AJ’s Struggles

AJ lashing out.
AJ: I couldn’t take it anymore.

With Charity having a sob story, Kerissa as well, basically everyone having a rough childhood or last couple of years, it makes AJ just another name in a pile. Granted, thus far, no one else has dealt with going to prison, being homeless, or starving – so we know. However, while the writing is ace, I don’t feel like AJ’s actor is being pushed to explore more than the anger that comes from being abandoned. Making it so the way he lashes out is way too similar to everyone else and almost presents his performance as the standard to expect than what is uniquely AJ.

Mae’s Crusade Against Bob Whitmore & Expectations For James

What is a growing problem with Mae in her fight for the church is that she is helpless. All she can do is push people to fight for her benefit for no one at Calvary necessarily wants her to lead. Also, rather than start a new church or lead elsewhere, she refuses to at least show her worth. Leaving you to question whether the longevity of this storyline will ultimately hurt or help Mae?

Mind you, Whitfield still owns every scene she is in, and the writers still give her the best dialog of the show. The problem is, however, if fans ever build up a tolerance to her comebacks, what is left? Her back and forth with James? Don’t get me wrong, they make for a cute couple, but there is this vibe they both should seek out dating other people. Especially since they seemed to have grown apart more than closer, and Mae is no longer the girl James once knew or seems to want.

So one can only hope Mae escapes the house and finds something beyond pining over Cavalry to take up her time.

 

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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
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  • 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
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  • 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
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  • 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
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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
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
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  • A Steady March To Holiness Or Hell | Mae, James, Karine, Charity
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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”

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Season 3/ Episode 8 “Dea Abscondita”

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Season 3/ Episode 7 “That Was Then”

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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

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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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REVIEW OVERVIEW
Mae’s Crusade Against Bob Whitmore & Expectations For James
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AJ’s Struggles
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Us FINALLY Learning About Kerissa’s Family
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Phil Revealing That He Is Bob Whitmore
81 %
New Jersey native Amari Allah has been writing reviews, in a "Media Advisor" capacity since 2011 and has been touching upon television, movies, books, live performances, video games, and more ever since. Using a fusion of his varied knowledge of entertainment, partly gained from being a Communications major in college, his love for visual and written media, as well an ever-evolving respect for both creators and the consumers they sell to.