Her initial plans for a two-day visit to pay her respects to her sister, Faith (Terri Abney) have evolved into remaining in Memphis permanently. Grace is giving up her life in Phoenix, Arizona and an extraordinary opportunity with 20/20 to return to Memphis. What is motivating Grace (Merle Dandridge) to remain in Memphis, Tennessee? Is she driven to investigate the mysterious death of her sister, Faith? Is she acknowledging a second chance in taking down a sexual predator? Is it about reconnecting with her roots, faith, and family? Grace’s decision to stay is under scrutiny by some of her family members, namely Kerissa Greenleaf (Kimberly Hawthorne, Sophia Greenleaf (Desiree Ross), and Robert “Mac” McCready (GregAlan Williams).
Grace’s sister-in-law, Kerissa, believes that Grace is a threat to her husband, Jacob Greenleaf (Lamman Rucker), ascendancy as the next overseer of Calvary Fellowship World Ministries. Kerissa endeavors to discredit the “Prodigal Daughter” to ensure Jacob is the next bishop. On the other hand, Jacob is preoccupied by his extramarital affair with Alexa Campbell (Kristen Erickson). Grace’s daughter, Sophia, is experiencing problems adjusting to her new surroundings and new school is surrendering to peer pressures greatly encouraged by her Ritalin sniffing cousin Zora Greenleaf (Lovie Simone). Grace’s uncle, Robert, probably has the most concern about Grace’s return. Over 20 years ago, Faith confided in Grace that she was sexually abused at the hand of Robert repetitively over several years. Grace supported her sister and informed her parents. When confronted by her parents, Faith recanted the story. Is Grace prepared to prove Robert is a sexual predator?
Grace secretly begins her investigation into her Uncle Mac’s (GregAlan Williams) activities. Grace’s aunt, Mavis McCready (Oprah Winfrey) provides Grace with her starting point – a police report from a teenage girl named Danielle Turner (Carlacia Grant) accusing Robert McCready of sexually molesting her. However, Danielle recanted her story three days later. Grace’s attempt to speak with Danielle are stopped by Janice Turner, Danielle’s mother, who insists that nothing happened to her daughter sending Grace away. Janice immediately notifies Robert McCready of Grace’s visit. Meanwhile, Grace solicits advice from Noah Kendall (Benjamin Patterson), the Greenleaf Estate Manager and Grace’s former love interest.
Grace (Merle Dandridge) is also trying to get acclimated to her new role as Response Pastor. (The Response Pastor is responsible for responding to the needs of parishioners and directing them to appropriate services.) Grace’s first official duty as Response Pastor is to meet with Betty Wilcox, a member of the Bishop’s Round Table. (To be a member of the Bishop’s Round Table a person gives $10,000 or more over their tithe. Bishop Greenleaf encourages Grace to be “nice” to Ms. Wilcox) Ms. Wilcox is requesting the immediate baptism of her grandchild without her grandchild’s parents being present. Grace responds to voicemail from David Nelson (Deji LaRay), a church member who is a police officer accused of killing an unarmed African-American teenage boy.
Bishop Greenleaf has both internal and external pressures building. Bob Banks, Tennessee Senator, has requested that Bishop Greenleaf voluntarily releases the financial records of the church. The Senate is launching an inquiry on Calvary Fellowship World Ministries and other large religious institutions to determine whether these entities are taking an unfair advantage of their tax-exempt status bilking the government out of billions of dollars. Bishop Greenleaf continues to stonewall this request. Bishop Greenleaf shifts pastoral roles giving Grace Jacob’s old position and placing Jacob over the Deacon Board. However, Deacon Connie Sykes (Jan Harper) and the rest of the Deacon Board wants Bishop Greenleaf to address and answer their concerns directly.
Grace’s youngest sister, Charity Greenleaf – Satterlee (Deborah Joy Winans), is excited about starting a family with her husband, Kevin Satterlee (Tye White). Kevin invites a homeless outreach group to use the church facilities and supplies a few days a week. It would appear that Kevin has other motives when interacting with the handsome homeless outreach coordinator.
This episode leaves us to ponder the following:
How will Robert take care of it?
Does Kevin want to start a family for the right reasons or to hide his same-sex attraction?
How far will Sophia go to fit in with her peers?
Is Grace using her investigation to rekindle her relationship with Noah?
Stay Tuned. #OWN #Greenleaf #SatanYourNotGoingtoWin