‘Greenleaf’ Season 5 Episode 2 Review: Tragedy brings the family closer and reveals some twisted intentions

Spoilers for Episode 2 ‘The Second Day’

In the wake of AJ Delajae’s tried suicide, the Greenleafs are left shaken and stirred. From planning a marriage, they had been virtually about to plan a funeral however fortunately,  Grace Greenleaf’s (Merle Dandridge) son survived. Nonetheless, this tragedy was in a position to open up older wounds simply as a lot it helped carry the family collectively. On one hand, we have now Woman Mae (Lynn Whitfield) and the Bishop (Keith David) finalizing a date for his or her wedding ceremony, and additionally a venue for his or her new church.

On the different hand, we have now Grace making an attempt to motive with AJ’s father Noah about his involvement of their lives, whereas additionally chastising Charity Greenleaf (Desiree Ross) for but once more for making issues about herself. It makes us marvel if the actual threats are coming from exterior forces or if it’s all inside the family. Episode 2: ‘The Second Day’ solely fuels that fireside.

We meet the Greenleafs instantly after AJ is hospitalized. He survived the suicide try and is steady however must be on 72-hour monitoring for a psych analysis. In the meantime, his father Noah arrives to be with Grace with honest intent to stay round this time and see how all the pieces unfolds — each AJ’s restoration and their dynamics as a family.

This implied some rekindling of Grace and Noah’s relationship, which is kind of well timed as a result of Grace was simply starting to see Darius greater than only a pal. With AJ refusing to see both of his mother and father, it gave each loads of time to go about their very own day, and whereas we do not see a lot of Noah after that time, Grace picks up her arc for revenge immediately.

Grace is an unstoppable drive of nature when scorned and Dandrige’s portrayal of the character simply retains getting higher with each season. Contemplating that is the last one, OWN is leaving no stone unturned to reinstate why Grace is the OG Greenleaf. From her giving the keys to Mavis’ membership to her mother and father to searching down attainable leads in opposition to the bold, conniving vulture Bob Whitmore — Grace actually is carrying the present on her again.

Even when she is telling her sister Charity off when she tried to empathize together with her on AJ’s tragedy by giving her a poem that Charity herself discovered solace in throughout Eden’s loss — Grace is poised and restrained in a method not many could be after what she has not too long ago been by. And it is exceptional how the writers make her actions worthy of her title.

Talking of Charity, she will get right into a tiff with Judee when she sees her workplace being repainted to suit its upcoming new occupant. Charity snaps, telling Judee that Phil’s marrying her solely as a result of her father is forcing him to, and Judee handles that with distinctive dollops of snark and sass — all blended into one biblical proverb. It is a kind of scenes the place Charity’s desperation and fall from grace (no pun supposed!) are each unhappy and hilarious to witness, purely due to the method Judee snubs her.

The viewers could be very a lot on Charity’s aspect, however we have not fairly began to hate Judee but, not as a lot as we hate Karissa a minimum of who thinks discussing her divorce in entrance of her teenage daughter will go completely unnoticed. Amidst this large bundle of mess, the solely constructive development appears to be on Woman Mae and the Bishop’s wedding ceremony plans as they set the date: Flag Day as a result of clearly nothing else could possibly be extra important or romantic.

As soon as they get the keys from Grace, the replicate on the potential for Mavis’ Membership to be became their new church to scrub away all the “iniquity” and flip it into holy grounds they will name house once more. Positive their plans may need been stalled by the latest tragedy but it surely appears like they don’t seem to be fairly letting these exterior forces hinder their agenda for for much longer.

This season has been touted to tie all the unfastened ends about how the Greenleafs will stand their floor when threatened by the likes of Bob and the H&H alliance, however with Grace simply understanding the way to squeeze the proper type of info out, it appears like a cheerful ending is likely to be on the horizon in spite of everything. ‘Greenleaf’ airs on Tuesdays at 9 pm on OWN.

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