05x02 - The Second Day

Narrator: Previously, on "Greenleaf"...

You're not going back to jail.

Yeah, I know.

Then what's the problem?

Because it isn't real.

I did it. We both know I did it.

These sheep needed a Shepherd.

We need to start a brand-new church.

So tell me one more time what you think this means, this will?

What you should be worried about is what a jury is gonna think it means once they see what your parents did to steal this house, an estate, out from up under that helpless old woman.

Look, I just wanted to know if you knew where Mac's old papers ended up.

He kept a storage locker at that place over on union.

So I did a little digging.

He made a ton of donations to a lot of local charities.

Grace: The way people do when they're forming An exploratory committee.


So what, is he gonna run for...


I just thought you should have this back.

Go ahead. Take it.

You're gonna need it when you do your magic on judee.


Oh, my... Help, help!

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( Sirens wailing )

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( Door opens )

How's he doing?


He lost a lot of blood, but we were able to stitch up his wrist wounds and give him a transfusion.

Can we see him?

He's sedated right now, but later today possibly.

Strong family support is what he needs the most.

It can prevent another attempt.


Did you sustain any injuries when you found him, from the razor blade?

No, no. Why?

Just standard procedure.

Want to make sure you're okay, and were you informed that we're legally required to hold him for observation for 72 hours?

Mm-hmm. They did.

Is that his girlfriend?

That's his sister.

I convinced everyone else to go home, but she insisted on staying.

They're really close.

And the father? He's...

Flying in later today.


Until then, go home and rest.

I'd like to stay if I could.

When he wakes up, he'll first have to be assessed by the psychiatrist.

Then I'll see him after that.

After that, Mrs. Greenleaf, whether you're able to see your son at all will be up to him.

Go home.

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♪ Amen ♪
♪ All right ♪
♪ Amen ♪
♪ Uh-huh, hmm ♪
♪ Ooh-ooh, ooh ♪
♪ Well ♪
♪ Oh-ohh, ohh ♪
♪ Ooh, ooh, ooh, ooh ♪
♪ Amen, amen ♪
♪ oh ♪
♪ Yeah ♪

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James: Mae? Mae, you need to eat something. It's been 24 hours. You were up all night at that hospital.

I will eat when my lord tells me to eat.

If we go downtown later today and get married, will you eat after that?

I mean, that was the plan.

Well, that plan is on hold.

So now, we're not getting married?

While aj is in the hospital?

Oh, I understand, but... Okay.

Then when?

Hey, grandma, grandpa.

Hey. Hey.

How's that grandson of ours doing?

He's sedated.

I'm gonna go back this afternoon with Noah to see him.

Oh, Noah is in town?

Yeah, he's getting in around noon.


Well, can we expect a visit from him?

I'll ask.

I'm going to sleep. Later.


Yeah, yeah. You two must be exhausted.


We are, and, uh...

We are.

Here you go.

What's this for?

The key you asked me for.

Well, don't you remember? We're supposed to go over and check out mavis' club today, James.

Thank you.

Well, it's just been sitting there empty for the last year now.

If y'all decide it's suitable, go for it.


How's AJ?

He's fine.

That's it, fine?

Yeah, judee. That's it.




You did almost get her son arrested, and you did give away our church.

Your mother is hungry.

Mama, you invited me to the wedding.

Because your father made me.

If I had my way, you would be sitting under a tree in the Potter's field with a dunce's cap on in the cold, swinging shadow of your favorite Bible hero.




Just think for once.



Just hang on for a moment here.

You know, your mother is not entirely wrong.


Now, wait, child, where are you going?

To work, where people like me.


Um, so, Mae, okay.

( Exhales deeply )

When do you want to get married?

Flag day!

It's a date.

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( Sighs )

Why isn't maricel doing this?

Ask your grandmother.

Tell me this is not yours.

Uh, no. Those are Nikki's.

How's she doing?

Who knows?

I mean, every 5 minutes, she's calling Dante, or Dante is calling her.

Crying, fighting, hanging up, calling back.

I mean, like, they just need to get a room and move there.

Zora, you know no matter whatever you face in the way of problems, you're not alone, right?

And why are you telling me this?

Your cousin, AJ... I'm just saying.

You... you have somebody to talk to.

I talk to Jesus every day.

I meant me.

I know. ( Laughs )

Don't make jokes about Jesus.

( Both laugh )

Hey, everybody.

What's that?

It's a tackle box.

Since when do you fish?

I'm gonna teach Winkie.

Where are you coming from so early?

Excuse me?

You don't ask me questions like that, young lady.

I ask you. Sorry.

Did you get my text about...

The meeting, yeah.

What meeting?

It's in less than an hour.

Uh, hello, am I here?

What meeting?

I'm gonna take a shower.

What, are you guys back in therapy?

There's nothing to be ashamed of.


This meeting isn't about therapy, is it?

Zora, one day, you'll get married, and you'll have children of your own.

What's your point?


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( Cellphone ringing )

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Hey, is it a bad time?

Aj just tried to kill himself.

Jesus Christ.

I'm so sorry.

Where are you now? Are you at the hospital?

No, I just got back home.

He hasn't even had his psych evaluations.

I really don't know what's going on yet.

Is there anything I can do?

You can tell me why you called.

I'm kind of going crazy sitting here worrying.

Are you sure? Because...

Yeah, yeah.

I'm glad you called.



Name Cal Weaver ring a bell?

The pastor at Fairview h&h, yeah.

Been trying to get him to talk to me about a deep dive I'm doing on h&h, but he won't take my calls.

You want me to call him?


I was gonna actually ask you to drive out there with me to see him today, but it sounds like...

You know, I can't see AJ until this afternoon at the earliest.

Pick me up, though.

I am...

Well, I'm too tired to drive.


I think you'll find him a really kind and amenable guy.

Well, I hope he's home.

If he's up.

Hey, Cal.

Grace, what are you doing here?

Well, Mr. Nash is a friend...


...and he asked me to come and maybe convince you to sit down with him.

Look, Bob knows all about this story, and he's told us not to talk.

He's told who not to talk?

All of us, all the pastors of the churches in the upcoming merger.

Cal, I thought you told Bob you weren't gonna be a part of the merger.

I did, but look, I'm sorry you came all this way.

If you could leave me alone, please.


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So, what do you make of that?

There's definitely a story there.

It's hard to imagine what a church would be up to that they would actually order people not to talk to the press.

Do you have time for lunch?

I'd love to get some more background.

Unless Bob has gotten to you, too.


I'm sorry.

I got to get back.

I'm meeting Noah at the hospital at 1:00.

What's his wife make of all this?

Not his wife anymore. Not in her mind, anyway.

She... she threw him out.

So you and Noah are, like...

Oh, no, no, no, no.

The last time we talked, it was actually pretty awful.

I guess I'm glad that he's engaging for AJ's sake.

I don't know.

It's... such a mess.

I'm sorry I'm not more fun.

You don't have to be fun.

Hey, Dante, it's me.

Wondering how it went with Nikki and if you're free, free as in unattached.

Um, I wasn't going to bug you, but there's a lot going on all of a sudden.

But if you're not, like... If... if you two, um...

If you... whatever.

Just call me back and let me know what's up or not.

Okay, yeah, bye.

( Exhales lightly )

( Sirens wailing )

( Door opens )

James: Yeah, here you go.


Well, nothing says church like a bar.

Well, we tear that out, obviously.


And what about the smell?

I'm having regrets about breathing the air in this den of iniquity.

A coat of paint will help with that.



James, I have to confess.

I'm a little bit daunted about the prospect of starting over.

Well, it's what christians do, isn't it?

We're god's bowling pins.

Getting up again, that's the job.

Now, I appreciate the fact that there'd be no rent to pay on this edifice, but, James, I see no way that we could make this a church without a wrecking ball or a match.

We'd have to let mavis know.


If we were to truly tear this down, start all over, you don't think so?

No, she gave this to Grace.

Look at all this history.

Bobby sauer, sleepy John estes, ah, Memphis minnie.

You know, there was a time when the city was talking about turning this place into a museum.

Look... look... look here, furry Lewis.

I used to play his records so often I wore out the grooves, '78.

James, that this building could become a church is a stretch to begin with, but to say that this would be mine?

Furry Lewis!

We have to start over from the ground up, and maybe even ground has to go because something tells me that there are bodies under these floorboards, bodies and barrels of bootleg liquor and, knowing my sister, god knows what else.

I shudder to think.

Are you sure that your residual feelings about your sister aren't seeping into this?

Oh, this is all about my feelings, James, and that's why it all has to go.

So gut it, start fresh, or I'm out.

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Good morning.

Ms. Charity.

God is good.


Excuse me.

Darlene, what is going on with my office?

Judee asked to have it painted.

And what color is this?

Plantation pink and confederate gray for the trim.

But this is my office.

Not according to pastor demars.

You let her have my office?

It's traditionally the office of the first lady.

You're a.P.

We are tearing the church down in less than a week!

Is this just a case of judee trying to hurt me?

She wants a sense of ownership.

Oh, well, it seems like she's already got it.

You acting like she owns you.

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( Breathes deeply )

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Noah, hey.


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How's the job search going?


The judge's first decree will be for you to find gainful employment, especially since my client intends to petition for primary custody of, uh, Jacob Jr.

Primary custody?

Based on your history, pastor Greenleaf, it won't be hard to get.

Does she know about your history?

Now, if you would sign this document agreeing to these preliminary terms, then we could start formal proceedings.

I want shared custody at least.

I thought you said this was settled.


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Hey. Any word from the doctor?

No, not yet. Thank you.

If she doesn't come out in 5 minutes, I'll make some noise.

( Chuckles ) Good luck.

I hate to think of you dealing with all this alone.

It must've been scary.

All my family came with me, and Sophia, she stayed the whole night, so...

Yeah, well, just if anyone can handle things on her own, it's you.

So what happened with Isabel?

She wants a divorce.

You're okay with that?

Well, at first, I wasn't, but then I realized I was holding on to something that was never really there.

Where are you staying?

At my mom's for a little bit until I find a place.

I want to, you know, see how this situation unfolds.


Just let's see what AJ needs from us first, and then we'll take it from there.

Can we see him?

You must be AJ's father?

I am, yeah.

I've got some bad news.

What is it?

Your son doesn't want to see you.

Um, can I see him alone?

I mean, he's never even met you.

He doesn't want to see either of you, especially.

I'm sorry.

But we're his parents.

And he's an adult.

Don't take it personally.

He's in a shame spiral right now about...

About a lot of things.

What does that mean?

Just come back tomorrow.

My guess is, by tomorrow, he'll be ready to see somebody.

I'm sorry.

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( Knock on door )


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How's our guy?

Not great.

My mom and Noah went to visit him today, and he wouldn't let them come in or come out.

I'm sorry.

Yeah, um, hey, is Nikki here?

No, she's getting her cards read.

Mm, like tarot cards, fortune-telling?

Yep, she swears by it.

What's up?

I need some help.

I'm not entirely cool with you.

I know.

I was just wondering if I could get that playlist that you gave me when I was in the hospital.

I brought my own flash drive.

You have the songs.

They got deleted by not accident.

Got it.

You know that, uh, h&m shirt you gave me?

I, uh, gave it to goodwill, so, yeah.

So can I get the playlist?

I wanted to give it to AJ.

Are you and Dante still a thing?

What does that matter? Look, you came back.

You got jealous, and you messed up my situation.

I don't need that static.

I don't know.


Hey, I just lost my virginity to a guy who, 3 days later, is contemplating getting back with his ex-girlfriend.

Cut me some slack.

You and Roberto never...


We should talk more often.

I agree.

Laptop is in there.

Um, hey, did Nikki say when she'd be back?

Uh, no.

Look, don't worry.

You two ought to make up, okay?

I am sick of playing shortstop on team bitch, okay?

Okay. I got to watch ( Indistinct ).

Hey, uh...

Don't say thank you.

You're family.

I can't say no.

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The thing is, I have too much to do with this transition, and I can't be a go on this particular part of it.

But you said it was accessible.

I thought it was because the guy who walked me around the place said it was, but I never actually saw a ramp.

I trusted him.

So you know how it feels.

How what feels?

To deal with you.

Look who's here!

( Laughs )

What is the brain trust up to?

Oh, you're asking me?

Well, I don't mean him, handsome lunkhead here.

We have to do a down-and-dirty ramp at the gym before sunday, or we're not gonna be able to have services.

Oh, you're the person for that.

I've seen you with that choir.

If anyone can get it in quick, it's you.

So can you run over there and meet with the contractor for me?

Of course.

I am the person.


Look how evenly she does that.

It doesn't spread out at either end.

Where did you learn to do that?


Oh, we've got to meet with Darlene.

If we don't hire a replacement for karine, she's gonna have my hide.

Thanks for taking care of this.

No worries.

I'm happy to.

You know, judee, he's only marrying you because your father is making him.

He's still in love with me.

Nothing to say?

Proverbs 12:16, "the vexation of a fool is known at once, but the prudent woman ignores an insult, moves the eff on."


Oh, of course, that's paraphrase.



You have a good Christian woman, pastor.

You should be proud.

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( Line ringing )

Hey, Bluesbaren Mavis, what's up?

Uh, uh, uh, uh, sorry.

Um, is Ms... Ms. Mccready there, please?

( Speaking indistinctly )

Is Mavis McCready there, please?

Ah, yeah, yeah. Mavis!


Tell her it's James.


( Low-tempo music playing )

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( Beep, music stops )

So same time tomorrow?

Can we talk later tonight?

There's a lot more to talk about.

Like what?

Like how we're gonna deal with all this.


Aj, you and me, us.

I want us to be a family.

Noah, look, I love that decided that you want to be involved with our son, but you can't just swoop in and talk about family like it's something that you pick up on the way home.

I've been here less than 3 years, and I still don't feel like I am a part of this family.

Yeah, but that's you.

That's how you operate.

Take that back.

You're upset?

Take it back.

I'm sorry!

I take it back.


I just meant that...

Whatever you meant doesn't need to be known.

Not by me, anyway.


Same time tomorrow.

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Hey, mama.

Where you coming from?

Visiting faith.

Yeah, this whole thing with AJ just got me thinking.

About what?

What I might've missed and how blessed you are that you get this second chance to know your child.


He doesn't want to see me.

Says who?

The doctor.


He has every right to his feelings. It's...

It is crazy-making to not be able to see him.

Oh, I can imagine.

When faith died, I used to go to her room, and now, I go to the grave.

And I know she's not there.

I just...

I guess I go to be with my idea of her, my love, and I try to picture what it's gonna be like in heaven, Grace.


I try to picture her walking up to me and hugging me, but somehow, I know it's not gonna be like that, either, because she's gone.

But, Grace, all of that, I know, is different than you being told that you're not wanted, and, sweetheart, I'm so sorry.

Thank you, mama.


I'm so sorry.

Thank you.


Mama, wait, please!


What is it, charity?

Just tell me what to do, both of you.

About what?

Is this how it's gonna be for the rest of our lives, the two of you just looking at me like this?


( Sighs )

I should just move.

I should just take Nathan and go because judee is at cavalry.

The two of you are here.

I can't take any more problems.

Charity, your sister just came from the hospital, and AJ won't see her, and I am fresh from the grave of faith.

You don't know what real problems are.

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( Door opens )

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What are you doing here?

Watching Winkie while he naps.

Where's maricel?

Oh, she's giving Nathan a bath.

You know, you Greenleaf parents, you guys are really killing it, and when are you guys gonna tell me what the hell is going on?

Hey, watch your mouth!

You're getting a divorce.

Just say it. Admit it. Go ahead.

You're cheating again, hmm?

Young lady, check that disrespectful tone.

You know what? Thanks for letting me know.


You're not gonna just let me take all the heat for this when it's your fault?

Yes, I am, and might I direct your attention to the last 20 years of me wiping your creeping ass?

Ha! While you take your slut meds.

Your whole life is a slut med.

What's that even mean?

Exactly what it says.

You know, I'm just gonna tell zora right now.

Don't make me use that will!

Kerissa, you don't even know if the will is real, let alone what it means or what it proves!

Well, then let's find out.

Go tell zora your story, how you rubbed this woman's face in the dirt for the last 20 years, and I made one mistake, and you can't forgive me.

Go on and tell her!

I will march that will down to the police station, and we'll see how soon bishop gets a phone call.

Tell her!

Go on!


I didn't think so.


Aw, see?

You woke your son up. You happy?

Boy, god has not made the fine thing that you won't ruin, has he?

Winkie: Mama!

I'm coming, baby.



Can you give this to AJ?

If he'll ever let me see him.

Should I go and try and give it to him?

Tomorrow, if today doesn't work, yeah.

What's on it?

Just a bunch of songs from zora.

You guys are friendly again?

On a case-by-case basis.

I'll do my best.

Can we talk for a minute?

Just for a minute, please.

I have a call I have to make anyway, so...


I'm not here to apologize.

Good, because I can't forgive you.

I know.

That's why I'm not here to apologize.

I just wanted to give you something.

What is it?

Look at it.

If this is some way of getting from me...

Would you just read it, Grace?

What is this?

A poem I wrote to Eden.

When the doctors told me that Nathan would be all right but that she might not be, I... I felt so far away.

I wrote that.

"Dear child of mine, I miss you, though we never really met. There's so much I want to tell you that I'm frightened I'll forget. I've barely seen your face. It was just at the doctor's on a screen, but I'm sure that you were beautiful as sure as grass is green."

Grass is green.

That's kind of obvious.

"And I'm calling to you, sweetheart, just to let you know you're mine and how I just can't wait to love you while there's time, while there's time. Please come home safe to mama while there's time."

While there's time.

Why are you giving this to me now?


Grace, I lost a child, too.

I haven't lost a child, charity.

No, but I know how you feel.

No, you don't.

If you did, then you would know that my main feeling right now is, "how in the hell can you turn my son's attempted suicide around and make it all about you?"

What kind of person thinks that is helpful?

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You and mama deserve each other.

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I-I called a contractor.

They'll be coming to the club tomorrow to give me an estimate on the renovation.

You got my sister's permission?

Oh, who needs it?

James, are you sure about this?

As sure as I am of salvation, and I was thinking, Mae.

Well, since we have this heavenly venue, we should set a date for the wedding.

Hmm? Our wedding?

Well, just because things have taken a turn, there's no reason to delay.

Might even be a reason to do it sooner.

Come on, let's set a date.

James, we already talked about this.


Earlier today.

Do you not remember?


Yes, yes.

I... I-I-I do, um, flag day.



June 14.

Yes, uh, yes, I... I do remember, flag day, but it'll have to be big, though, Mae, not just some fly-by-night city hall operation.

I mean big.

Well, I would accept nothing less.

I'm gonna Mark every calendar in this house.

JUNE 14th, OOH!

I'm glad we had this talk.

( Laughs )

Without a vision, the people perish.

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♪ tonight, tonight ♪
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♪ the night, the night ♪ ♪

( Cellphone ringing )

♪ Let go, get right ♪
♪ Get right, unh ♪
♪ We never turning down, never turning down ♪


No, it's not.


♪ Let go, let go ♪


You're eating. Is the fast over?

I got my sign, and the lord just informed me that I need my strength for the days ahead, and I do what I'm told.

Let me at least make you something fresh.

That pasta is a week old, and...

Make something fresh by all means, but this here is mine.


Oh, a tomato.


All right. You know, uh, you heard me and your mother talking earlier today during your naptime?



There's nothing to worry about.

It's all gonna get figured out, yeah?



All right.

These aren't biting, son, so let's see what kind of lures we got in here.

Let's see if one of these lures will work.

All right.

"Last will and testament of Loretta Davis."

Darryl James?

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Did you send Dante a titty pic?

None of your business.

Girl, it's everybody's business!

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( Sighs )

( Cellphone ringing )

This is Grace.

Grace, it's Cal Weaver.

Cal? Wh... what's going on?

Look, I'm gonna tell you something, but then we're never gonna speak of it again, okay?

Never again.



I promise.

And this is off the record.

This is just for you, you understand?

I understand.

Are you there?


Edenveil lending.


Edenveil lending.

It was a company.

What about it? What does it have to do with Bob?

That's all I'm gonna say, Grace.


Please tell that reporter to not contact me again.

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( Laughs )

( Furry Lewis' "Lay My Burden Down" playing )

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♪ Glory, glory, hallelujah ♪
♪ When I lay my, my burdens down ♪
♪ Glory, hallelujah ♪
♪ When I ♪
♪ Burdens down, lord ♪
♪ Burdens down, lord ♪
♪ When I lay my, my burdens down, lord ♪
♪ Burdens, burdens down, lord ♪
♪ When I ♪

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Tasha, I need to find Basie.

Jacob, Basie is dead.

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