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Greenleaf: Season 4, Episode 9 “God’s Justice” – Recap, Review (with Spoilers)

by Amari

Between blackmail, backstabbers, someone getting fired, another resigning, and more, like Karine said, “This sure don’t feel like church.”


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Network
OWN
Director(s)Allan Kroeker
Writer(s)Karen Corneille
Air Date10/29/2019

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Recap

By Any Means Necessary: James, Connie, Mae, Kerissa, Jacob, Dante

Desperation is starting to hit hard, and with that comes James blackmailing Connie with knowledge of that check H&H gave her. That was a piece of information Mae wanted to hold onto since she doesn’t want to do things as they were done before and be punished for it. Yet, what can she do? James is tired of being stuck in the house like her and seemingly only stepping off their property when they go to church. So, naturally, he is going to do something foolish.

Kerissa talking to Grace about wanting to move on.

Yet, he isn’t alone. Kerissa continues to poke the bear as she searches for a means to get out of Mae’s house. Be it asking to be bought out or hoping Jacob would inherit the house and find a means to cash in that way. The desperation is real, and you can tell since she even talks to Grace in a friendly manner. Think about the last time that happened.

However, a gift has been bestowed on her, and surprisingly it is from Jacob. You see, with Dante needing to get off the bench, but refusing to apologize, donating money to Kerissa’s school is a good look for him. Thing is, there is the need to question when Jacob hands the check to Kerissa, will she put it into the school’s pocket or her pocket? Remember, she is desperate to get out of that house, and the money Dante has to throw around could be more than enough. But would she cross that line?

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  1. What was Jacob and Kerissa, during their courting period, like? Was she checking into what he could give or provide, or was there love involved?
  2. What are the chances Mac is the father of Connie’s child, and her beef with the Greenleaf family was her being forced to keep the child’s paternity a secret and either lacking support, or it getting cut off when Mac died? Which, due to him being a rapist, she is conflicted about – in terms of now losing that money stream yet not having to associate with someone who raped girls?

What’s Done Was Done: Nikki, Sophia, Zora, Charity, Judee, Phil, Dante

Relationships on Greenleaf have always ranged between bound to end and a matter of convenience. Happy, healthy, and stable relationships don’t really exist here. I dare say, not even in a platonic sense. But, focusing on the romantic side, Judee makes it clear, during a coerced dinner threeway, that she and Phil had something, and this leads Charity to raise an eyebrow. However, Phil came prepared. Between a key to his apartment, with notable things for her to look at, boasting how he loves her, and saying the actual word “love,” Charity is shackled and so foolish that she thinks she has on a bracelet.

Though with that said, considering the Connie situation, while Judee may not like Phil with another woman, she does see how Charity can be useful in the long run. Plus, with her being as spoiled as she is, do you think she is really going to give up now? After all, while Bob might be her daddy, she owes all that she has to Phil, and that makes him too valuable to let go.

But, considering the value Nikki presented in Dante’s life, does it truly matter how value a person can be for you? Especially when they so easily can find someone new and think they have something? Case in point, Dante and Sophia are seemingly on their way to being a thing, and when confronted by Nikki and Zora, all Sophia has to offer is attitude. I’m talking about her saying, “I’m grown” despite the fact she has no job, lives in her grandparents’ house, and the sole struggle she can name is losing the ability to have children.

Sophia saying she is grown.

Which we’re not downplaying, for that really messed her up, as it would any woman who wanted to have kids, but the point remains – her saying she is “grown” is worth an eye-roll.

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  1. Considering how grown she thinks she is, and with her faith now meaning less to her, you think Sophia is going to have sex with Dante?

Your Momma Or Your Child: Mae, James, Phil, Charity, Grace, AJ, Sophia

With Phil blackmailing Grace, with Charity’s consent, so comes the question of what to do? Mae advocates for coming clean and basically begging for the mercy of the church, come what may. However, in doing so, as James pushes, it may lead to AJ going to jail and a similar fate for Grace.

With this all in play, Sophia decides to stop her summer at Hampton to be there for her mom. Also, she tries to beg AJ to come clean for while she gets AJ wants to punish Grace, there is the collateral damage of Sophia. Someone who welcomed him with open arms and yet will end up suffering due to his vendetta.

And seemingly, her pleas breakthrough since AJ shows up at the church. Thus, Grace decides she’d rather resign and believe Phil’s word that he won’t say anything if she does so, than drag her name through the mud hoping it would vindicate her person.

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  1. Did Grace make the right decision? Would you do the same?

Collected Quote(s) & .Gifs

Mae saying she is about to have a stroke.

If I don’t stay for this, what would I stay for?
— Sophia

You do what’s best for your soul. Everything else is noise.
— Mae

Review

Highlights

Grace Resigning

While perseverance is a wonderful sight to behold, the fall of the Greenleaf family isn’t truly complete until Grace hits rock bottom. At least, that is assuming the show may play up the term “Fall From Grace” and use the destruction of the golden child as a means to renew every character. After all, Grace is a crutch at this point.

When it comes to Charity’s hatred, it relies on Grace getting something she doesn’t in order to feel good about herself. For as long as Grace is the enemy, she has something to funnel her anger for her situation. So if Grace is made powerless, that means Charity has to take off her blinders and look around. Perhaps see not just what she did to others, but herself, all in the name of trying to act as a judge, jury, and executioner.

But she isn’t alone. James and Mae have long relied on Grace. In previous seasons, it was to stir drama for their characters, and now, they are reliant on her to save the church. Well, at least save it long enough so they can be reinstated in some form or fashion. However, without her, it means Mae and James have to step out, apologize, or explain themselves.

One of the best examples of that is Mae noting being raped by her father and how that blinded her to what Mac was doing. For with that being uncovered, it did a few things. First, it made it so Mae wasn’t almost bound to being at home. Second, it led to her interacting with people beyond her family or those she perceives as enemies. Lastly, it did something this show hasn’t really done much lately: It developed her character.

For while we are 4 seasons in, there is still so much unsaid about these people. Kerissa’s past remains on a need to know basis, there is so much building that can be done with a post-faith Sophia, Charity could do therapy and get to the root of her issues, maybe even confront her family on how they contribute, and so much more. Yet, everyone is so focused on the latest drama to distract them, it takes away from what once made this show neck and neck with Queen Sugar. A program which also likes to be messy, but is messy with depth.

Low Point

Charity Dickmatized & She Hasn’t Even Got Any

 You gotta hate when a woman’s intuition is clearly going off, and she knows it, but she decides not to handle the situation. It’s like someone more worried about the smoke detector going off, making a whole lot of noise, than the fire that is happening in the kitchen. Leading to the question, does Charity’s world have to burn down for her to get a clue, or will she eventually tend to the source of her issues?

Sophia, What Is You Doing?

Sophia and Dante in his party.

When the season began, I thought Sophia was going to be written off or take a backseat. I genuinely wish Greenleaf took that road now. Why? Well, let’s consider the tumultuous season 3 she had where she lost her ability to have kids, renounced her faith, and didn’t know what to make her next move. We could have built off of that. Be it her looking into other religions, maybe connecting with her nephews we hardly see and try to live vicariously, or anything else which seemed very Sophia.

But I guess having her rebel and become a bit of a bad girl is the idea here. Which I get, but I also don’t support since I don’t have much faith in how they will handle this situation. For just taking note how the adults are being processed right now, it makes the idea of the children fairing better unlikely.

On The Fence

Judee & Kerissa

While there could be enough for two separate topics, I think they share the same issue of just being people who are around to cause trouble. But, not even the kind of trouble that could cause growth, more so the kind of trouble that makes them feel expendable. With Judee, being that she just popped up, and has her job due to nepotism, the possibility of her sticking around long, is optional for she isn’t needed.

Sadly, the same applies to Kerissa, at this point. What value does she bring to the show beyond being a warm-up for Mae? While her and Jacob have sex for the first time in a long time, their relationship still lacks chemistry or us seeing it at a place to long for. The woman has been about status so long that if it wasn’t for the fact we’ve seen her job, in earlier seasons, I’d think she was lying and was a straight-up gold digger.

I mean, think about it, Kerissa’s whole character has devolved from being someone who works hard, and is trying to fit in with her husband family and their industry, to being someone about status. Be it having a grand house, being the pastor’s wife, being loved and popular, and all kinds of superficial things. Which, if they built up the relationship with her mother more, could be refuted, but outside of that one rant to Mae, Kerissa has rarely ever been more than Jacob’s wife and Zora’s mother. And that’s a damn shame.

 

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Season/ EpisodeSynopsisEpisode InformationStorylines & 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.”
Director(s)Allan Kroeker
Writer(s)Karen Corneille
Air Date10/29/2019
  • By Any Means Necessary: James, Connie, Mae, Kerissa, Jacob, Dante
  • What’s Done Was Done: Nikki, Sophia, Zora, Charity, Judee, Phil, Dante
  • Your Momma Or Your Child: Mae, James, Phil, Charity, Grace, AJ, Sophia
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.
Director(s)Eric Dean Seaton
Writer(s)Casey Vandeventer
Air Date10/22/2019
  • I Will Not Be Forgotten: Sophia, Dante, Nikki, Zora
  • Self-Interest: Kerissa, James, Charity, Phil, Mae, Grace, Judee
  • I Know What You’re Doing: Judee, Grace, Mae, Connie, Charity, Phil
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 Date10/8/2019
Introduced This Episode
Detective EllisPaul Rolfes
  • But What About Me?: Kerissa, Fernando, Jacob
  • 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 Date10/15/2019
Introduced This Episode
VidaAndrea 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 Date10/1/2019
  • There Is More To Me Than Petty Schemes: Charity, Phil
  • 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 Date9/24/2019
Introduced This Episode
CalJason Davis
JudeeValerie Jane Parker
FernandoDave Baez
  • You Could Have Done The Right Thing: Kerissa, Fernando, Jacob, Phil, Mae
  • 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 Date9/18/2019
Introduced This Episode
NikkiKadianne Whyte
  • Kerissa Wants To Move Out – NOW! | James, Kerissa, Jacob
  • 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 Date9/10/2019
Introduced This Episode
AJ DelajaeJacob Gibson
DanteShane Paul McGhie
CameronAaron Lamont
  • Heed Not Into Temptation | Jacob, Kerissa, Phil, Charity, Grace, James, Dante, Cameron
  • The Child I Left Behind | Noah, Grace, AJ, Sophia, Zora
  • A Steady March To Holiness Or Hell | Mae, James, Karine, Charity
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.
Director(s)Clement Virgo
Writer(s)Craig Wright
Air Date11/21/2018
Introduced This Episode
Phil DemarsSean Blakemore
Bob WhitmoreBeau 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 Date11/14/2018
  • 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 Date9/3/2019
Introduced This Episode
DorisDiane Sellers
PerryMark 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 Date11/7/2018

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 Date10/31/2018
Introduced This Episode
MichaelStephen 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 Date8/28/2018

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 Date8/29/2018
Characters Introduced
ClaraDonna Biscoe
Grace Resigning - 90%
Charity Dickmatized & She Hasn’t Even Got Any - 65%
Sophia, What Is You Doing? - 64%
Judee & Kerissa - 70%

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