Nearly everyone acts messy, stupid, or sets aside things they said in the past for some form of comfort in episode 6, “The Stranger.”
|Writer(s)||Erica Michelle Butler|
|Introduced This Episode|
|Detective Ellis||Paul Rolfes|
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But What About Me?: Kerissa, Fernando, Jacob
You know Kerissa is unhappy, I know Kerissa is unhappy, and thanks to her opening up to Fernando, he knows as well. The difference between me and you, even Jacob, is that Fernando seems to care, and he shows that care by cutting her a check, to make it so she can leave Mae’s house. Also, when Jacob, rejects celebrating the money she came into, Fernando is more than willing to celebrate with her. While also getting some ass. Meaning Jacob may not have only lost his job, but could be in the process of losing his wife – finally.
All You Need To Know: Charity, AJ, Detective Ellis, Mae, Grace, James
AJ finally gets to meet Grace’s family, and Charity can’t wait to hear the tea. What she may not have expected, however, is AJ being arrested and Grace lying on his behalf. Though Mae is more shocked than anyone else for Detective Ellis in her home is jarring, as it is to James, and add in AJ refusing to say the crime he is accused of, robbing a pharmacy, he didn’t do, it causes Mae, and James to a point, to grill him.
However, Mae is the one particularly disturbed by this information since Grace lying to cops could derail this dream she refuses to let go. But, after being pressured more and more, AJ just leaves.
I Believe In You And Me: AJ, Grace, Phil, Charity, Mae, James, Jacob
Charity likely moved quicker than a bullet train to tell Phil what happened, and he is pleased. So pleased him and Charity make out, and it seems, because of how mentally and emotionally damaged Charity is, she takes this person using her for power as someone she loved (based off the next episode’s preview). But, she isn’t the only one thinking romance.
From what it seems, Mae has foregone all the wooing, amongst other things, and rather just cut to the chase with James. Not to the point of having sex, but with so few people she can depend on, she allows him to be in her bed for the night. After all, she needs her allies more than ever as her kids actively, or foolishly, work against her.
Something that, by the way, Jacob discovers as he cleans out his office. He sees Charity and Phil together, kissing and all. Though, compared to AJ getting the hell out of Memphis, it’s hard to say which situation may bite the Greenleaf family in the ass more?
Collected Quote(s) & .Gifs
Not every son of a preacher’s anointed. Some are just children.
On The Fence
So What Happened To Making James Woo You?
I get Mae’s dreams are fading fast but, are we seeing signs she might be on the verge of giving up? Pride has always been something Mae held onto fiercely, and James has long been a subject used to bolster herself. So for her to allow him to stay the night, even cuddle, after all her posturing just a few episodes ago, does this mean her guard is down, if not worn down and hard to keep up?
I’m not going to lie, I hope it is so because the church clearly is on the path to staying out of the Greenleaf’s hands and even if by some miracle they get it back, there comes the question of why? Not just in terms of how they get it back but why try to get back a church with a deacon board who was willing to toss you out in the first place? Doesn’t this just mean you have to be on pins and needles forever, next-generation included, since the only way Grace and Mae can win is making themselves seem like the less of two evils?
Kerissa Having An Affair
A part of me wants to care about Kerissa, but at this point I just pity her. The woman is clearly unhappy, locked up in some self-righteous idea of what a man and wife should be, and this affair? Honestly? It is really making it seem this show doesn’t know what to do with her, so they are sending her down a soap opera route to give her some drama rather than continuing to develop her character.
For, in my mind, we’d be better off meeting her family, getting to put a face to the pain, than all this nonsense. But, we’re four seasons in and what show, especially a drama rooted in some form of reality, doesn’t end up losing its luster by this point?
AJ & The Drama Which Follows
As of now, there are an estimated 9 episodes, per the Futon Critic, and Wikipedia (without an easy to find citation), lists 10 episodes in all. In my mind, with the way this season is going, that is the perfect number, though 8 would be fine. I say this because Greenleaf seems like it is floundering at this point. With so many cut from the church, which is central to the show, things feel aimless.
Thus, we got AJ, Phil and Charity drama, and the type of storylines I don’t want to say are beneath the original sell of the show, but definitely feels like a product that has evolved into something unfamiliar. Perhaps like a musician whose sound from their debut album to their 4th or 5th is different. Leaving you, as a fan, having this sense of loyalty, due to longevity, but at the same time longing for the days of yore since you feel your loyalty is becoming strained and tested.
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.