05x08 - Behold

Previously on "Greenleaf"...

I'm glad we met, Kerissa.

You can have shared custody.

Remember what I said before I left for Vegas?

About the future?

Well, once we get to the bottom of this, we'll talk about that future.

We're ready to concede that your blood ties to this property, preceded our legal ones.

You've giving us the house?

I lost my way, and you... You paid the price.

All I ever wanted was to show you what is possible with God.

But I'm afraid that all I ever showed you is what is inevitable without him.

You showed us a lot more than that, Bishop.

A lot more than that.


All: Amen.

I think you better leave.

What's the matter?

Oh, my God.

Something has happened.

I need an ambulance right now.

Look at me. Yes.

( Voice breaking ) I'm right here with you, baby.


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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 ♪

Then why didn't you tell me about this before?

Because it's not a big deal.

It's a big enough deal that you're considering changing schools, honey.

( Cellphone buzzes )

Take it.

No, we're not done here.

Mom, everything is fine.

( Buzzing continues )

( Sighs )


Grace, is it too late to call?

Who is this?

Ann halliday, I tried to hire you at 20/20 a few years back.


Yeah, hi. What's going on?

Well, I just took a job running NY1.

And I've heard CBS is doing a major exposé on Bob Whitmore I think you might have had a hand in.

Yeah, that was me along with Darius Nash.

I just thought I'd check in.

I know you had some family issues come up that kept you from coming to 20/20.

And those have cleared up now.

Any plans to be in New York soon?

Not currently, but I could.

Because my marching orders are smart women of color.

And I've got some slots to fill fast.

Ready to get back in the game?

( Light knocking )


Ann, I'm gonna have to call you back.

Okay. Time is of the essence.

Yeah. I-I'll call you tomorrow.

( All sniffling )

( Sirens wailing in distance )

♪ If I can help somebody ♪
♪ as I travel all alone ♪
♪ if I can help somebody ♪
♪ with a word or a song ♪
♪ if I can help somebody ♪
♪ from do ♪
♪ doing wrong ♪
♪ then my living ♪
♪ shall not ♪
♪ be in vain ♪
♪ my living ♪
♪ shall not ♪
♪ be in vain ♪
♪ mm mm mm ♪
♪ my living ♪
♪ my living ♪
♪ shall not be ♪
♪ shall not be ♪
♪ in vain ♪
♪ in vain ♪
♪ if I can help ♪
♪ somebody ♪
♪ help ♪

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I just don't understand how I can miss someone so much that I barely knew.

Well, he definitely made an impression.


No one's ever talked to me like that before.


You know, when I first started working at the church after Sophia and I moved back, Bishop sat me down and...

( Chuckles )

He said, "before you do anything, Gigi, check your heart and make sure you're acting from love.

Because there wasn't anything that Jesus did that wasn't dipped down in and dripping with Jesus's love for human beings.

We are his beloved."

I'MMA build that car, even if it takes me a year or 10 years.

Excuse me.

You have a phone call.

I'MMA build it.

If you'd excuse me, I have to take a phone call.

Anything I can help with, mom?

Oh, no. Be right back.

( Clears throat )

( Sighs )

To the Bishop.

All: To the Bishop.

Misty, how good of you to call.

Misty: I'm sorry to bother you, Mae.

Oh, no, no. It's no bother. How can I help?

Well, we just met at the church, and by we I mean the Deacons, minus Connie Sykes, of course.

Minus Connie.


Oh, yes.

And we were wondering whether or not you'd be willing to lead worship this Sunday in the sanctuary.

You want me to speak?

Yeah. Well, Phil is gone.

And as you know, we're cutting ties with H&H.

And after this year of chaos, I can't even begin to categorize our misadventures with H&H.

Sojourn in the wilderness.



We just thought it would be powerful to celebrate the Bishop.

To look back at all he's done for us.

All you've done for us for all these years.

We need to come home to Calvary.

I couldn't agree more.

We need to gather together as a family in faith, and we need someone to remind us of where we been and what we've achieved.

And what a blessing it all was.

Even so, is that something that you be willing to do, Mae?

Darius: What do you think?

It's really nice.

( A.J. speaking indistinctly )

Is it expensive?

It's not cheap, but I got a job.

When were you gonna tell me this?

Well, you kind of have a lot going on.

What's the job?

Director of campus safety at Rhodes college.

Just found out yesterday.


That's great.

Thank you.

That's great.

Thank you.

Isabel's not asking for any alimony, so it's a clean break.

So I want him to have a nice place.

Can I help? I am his mother.

What do you think?

I think you two will be very happy here.

You can stay here, too, if you need a place.

Your mother is giving Tara the house, right?

That is still the plan. Yeah.

So, what'd the doctor say?

It's great.

It's only been a week and already my CD4 count is improving a lot.

That was a doctor on the phone?

Praise God.

Can I give you a hug?

Can I give you a hug?

You're the one that set me up with this fancy doctor.

( Laughs )

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Looks like someone needed some good news, huh?

Yeah. I did.

Hey, stranger. I was just about to call you.

Any chance you might be able to come by tonight?

Of course... of course I want to.

Okay, see you then.

( Clears throat ) Who was that?




So when do I get to meet this man?

Oh, you scared I won't approve?

You will meet him soon enough.

Damn right, I will.

I got a few questions for him.

Oh, yeah? Looking out for old mom?

I think we should get to know each other as well.

Oh, you getting comfortable, are ya?

Uh, just a little, you know?

I think I need to sit down, have a little man to man. A heart to heart like that.

Make sure he's on the up and up. He has honorable intentions, you know what I'm saying?

Check this man out.


Oh, yeah. Absolutely.

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( Sighs )


The boy's exhausted.

Yeah. Think he gets it?

That grandpa won't ever really be coming back?

I don't think so.

I'm not sure any of us get it yet.

Oh, have a seat.

If you want to.

I'd like to leave Winkie here for a few days while I look for a place. Would that be okay?

Sure. I love having him here.

Thank you.

Standard excellence?

Of course, it's my school.

I thought when you left for your Mom's, you know...

Hm. Shared custody is shared custody.

Wink needs to be close to his dad, especially at a time like this.

I think so too.

You can have him call me in the morning.

Where you going?

I'm getting a room at the Templeton.

( Scoffs )

That's... That's crazy.

Just stay here.


No. I mean as, you know, I just mean, uh.

I don't want to confuse Winkie.

I don't want to confuse you, either.

We'll call you in the morning.

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Jacob, I know it might not seem like one now, but this is our happy ending.

I know.

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Sophia: What do you think happens when you die?

I mean, like, really?

Because nothing in the Bible explains it.

I think... what do I think... I...

I think it's like you jump off the diving board into the deep end and just keep going down and you start freaking out because it's deeper than what you thought.

And how are you ever gonna get back to the surface to breathe?

And then you run out of breath and you realize you can breathe.

And then, like, angels and everyone you know just starts coming and hugs you and you're happy forever.

I don't know.

What do you think happens?

I think it's like falling asleep when you don't even know what happens.

And that's that.

What do you think, A.J.?

I don't know.

I still want to see what happens when you live.

Right on.

You have to at least call her back.

My family needs me right now.

I'm not saying you have to move to New York tomorrow.

Just call her back.

What do you have to lose?

What about Sophia and A.J., hm?

She's gonna be in college.

And A.J., you just said the other day, he and Noah were like old pals.

He's on his medicine and it's working.

He's an adult.

Everybody's an adult.

What about us?

What about us?

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Are we adults too?

What does that mean?

You're always talking about wanting to talk about the future.

What if that future was in New York?

Wait a minute.

Did you just say that...

Well, if you got a job in New York.

I would consider accompanying you there.

You would follow me to New York?

I didn't say I would follow.

I said I would accompany you there.

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I didn't know "accompany" was the magic word.

I didn't know it was until just now.

Yeah, but it might be.

Well, look at us.

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Look at us.

Thank you.

Any time.

They want me to honor your father on Sunday.

Misty's giving you the church back?

No, no. They just want me to speak about your father.

And I want us all to have a united front.

Well, whatever you need, Mom, I'm here.

Yeah, me too, if you want me to sing for Daddy's service.


Daddy did lay himself on the altar for us.

( Cellphone buzzes )

I know he'll be there in spirit and we just won't have his smile or him singing from some distant room like sunlight cutting across the floor.

It's just us and the Lord now.

Jacob: Yeah, it is gonna be different.

Pop kind of had this light that he took everywhere he went.

Guess that light lives within us now.

Grace, are you on board?


Mama's talking to you.

Yeah, mama, of course.

Full speed ahead.

I'm so happy you're back, Pastor.

Well, I'm not back yet.

For now I'm a guest speaker at a memorial and we'll see what the Lord does next.

Good morning.

Good morning, Lady Mae.


I'm so sorry to hear about Bishop.

Karine, do me the kindness of not mentioning James this week.

We will honor him on Sunday richly.

Until then, my heart is a truck load of Nitroglycerin and his name is a bump in the road, understood?

Yes, ma'am.

Here it is.

I know you're only speaking on Sunday, but I wanted you to have a place to hide.

You know, just in case you needed it.

May I have a moment, please?

Should I not have had it all moved in?

I-I thought that's how you'd...

Karine, may I please have a moment?

Yes. Sorry. Sorry.

My bad.

And shut the door.

Yes, ma'am.

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I'm so sorry about your father.

Yeah, uh, thanks.

We're all, uh, pretty bad.

I can't help but feel that all the stress created by all this drama around the past somehow contributed to this.

Thanks. It was a stroke, right?

Yeah, the EMT said it was a major cerebrovascular accident.

That makes me feel terrible.

Well, look, I don't know what caused what.

Nobody's holding any grudges on our end.

To my knowledge, anyway.


Thank you. Bless you.

Look, my mother wanted me to ask if you could, you know, maybe give us maybe three months, you know, deal with losing my father.

Of course. Yeah, of course.

Thank you. I knew you'd get it.

I actually was...

What? Go ahead.

When you were so upfront with me from the beginning, Jacob.

Well, I won't hold you to anything.

Can we just... Can we just call it even?



And I'm not even talking in a justice way.

There is no justice here.

There's just human beings.

I can't throw your mother out of the house or let her leave.

Not when I know exactly how she feels, how you feel.

I can't.

Yeah, but didn't God promise you a blessing?

He did.

But maybe the blessing he meant me to have was something else.

So either way, I can't do it.

Tell your mother that she can call me whenever she wants to.

And I'm sending all my prayers to her.

Other than that, tell her we're good.

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Now, between this trust fund for Sophia and the other one for A.J., that money is officially off my plate.

It is nothing but trouble.

Hey, I know it was strange finding out that we shared a father, but I like that I got a sister out of the deal.

No, that part's been good.

( Cellphone buzzes )

Money just screws things up.

( Sighs )

( Buzzing continues )

What is that about?

Right before Daddy passed, this woman from 20/20 called.

The one who tried to hire me way back when.

To offer you a job.

Basically. Yeah.

But if everything goes well this Sunday, then you'd be back at Calvary, wouldn't you?

Charity told Kevin and me you'd all be associates.

I want to be here for my family.

But every time she contacts me, I cannot take the call.

I can't say no to her.

I don't know what to do.

I've had a situation like this once.

Advise me, please.

For the longest time I tried to be straight.

I tried so hard. But I couldn't stop being gay.

Drove me crazy.

One day, a friend of mine said, "what do you get out of believing that this is a choice?"

You think I should go see her.

Who cares what I think?

It barely matters what you think.

If you can't say no, then you won't.

If you can, you will.

You'll never let not taking a call be your answer.

That's not my sister.

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( Knock on door )

Come in.

Oh, my prince.

Is that your preaching for Sunday, mom?

You tell me.

Tell me what verse in that book does justice to the kind of light your father carried?

I just haven't found it yet.


Tara James said keep the house.


Yeah. I just left her.

She said keep the house.

It's over. It's finished.

She really is who she seems to be.

Seems that way.

I don't know what to say.

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( Church bells ring )

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My man.


So good to see y'all.

Hey, sister James.

Brother Greenleaf.


What brings you here?

What could've kept me away?

My favorite gospel station won't be quiet about Calvary this Sunday.

Be there. Get yourself down there.

Didn't have much of a choice. So here I am.

What about your congregation?

Oh, they're... they're around here somewhere.

You brought them from the mission?

I did. I hope that's okay.

I know from Tasha you've always had a heart for the homeless.

I haven't indeed.

Well, maybe all three of us can work together on that someday soon.

I'd like that very much.

Uh, sister James.



What you did for my mother, letting our family keep the house...

...it means a lot to me. Really.

Thank you.

Thank you.

Never thought I'd have a mansion to add to my list of things to tell Jesus I renounced when I get up to heaven.

( Laughs )

I'm rich in blessings.

Yes, ma'am.

God is good.

All the time.

Hey! ( Laughs )


♪ Thank God for saving me ♪
♪ what a mighty God we serve ♪
♪ you're a mighty God ♪
♪ what a mighty God we serve ♪
♪ we serve ♪
♪ angels bow ♪
♪ angels bow before him ♪
♪ 'cause he's rising, he's risin' y'all ♪
♪ angels bow before him ♪
♪ every knee will bow ♪
♪ heaven and earth adore him ♪
♪ no other name ♪
♪ heaven and earth adore him ♪
♪ no other name ♪
♪ what a mighty God we serve ♪
♪ what a mighty God ♪
♪ what a mighty God we serve ♪
♪ angels bow ♪
♪ angels bow before him ♪
♪ heaven and earth adore him ♪
♪ what a mighty God we serve ♪

( Applause )

( Applause continues )

( Cheers and applause )

Come on, Pastor. Come on, Pastor.

( Cheers and applause )

I know exactly what Bishop is feeling right now.

Yes, Lord.


Woman: It's not a race, sis.

( Crowd murmuring )

Good morning.

All: Good morning.

There's so much to say.

I miss him so much.

I think that I have talked to Bishop more this week than I have in the past 10 years...

( Crowd murmuring, scattered applause )

And I said to him, I said, "James, they want me to talk about you. What should I say?"

And you know what he said?

Well, just one moment of thought and you will know.

He said, "me?"

( Laughter )

"What is there to say about this humble servant of God, Mae?"

He said, "tell them something new."

( Cheers and applause )

So before we dive into the memories and I know that we all have so much to share.

I just want to say a few words to honor Bishop's wishes about what is yet to be.

( Applause )

I want to talk about the new.

( Cheering )

"Behold," the prophet Isaiah said, speaking for God.

I am doing a new thing. Do you not perceive it?

( Cheers and applause )

And so church, today, I want us to think together about the new.

I want us to dream together today about the new.

Not what this church has ever been.

But what it's never been!

( Cheers and applause )


What... what we can't even imagine a church to be.

You see, now, those early friends of Jesus who gathered in small groups and in small spaces in upper rooms where the fire of tongues rained down.

( Cheers and applause )

Come on, Pastor.

Well, who had ever heard of such a thing?

You see, church, that was something new.

( Applause )

And when God saved all the guilty people with the death of one innocent man.

Oh, that was new.

( Applause )

And so, I stand here...

...before you, Calvary, at the edge of infinity with no ideas and no plans, with my arms and my heart and my mind opened and I am saying, "oh, Lord Jesus, make me something new."


Mae: Oh, God, I'm asking you right now, I'm asking you show me forgiveness where there can be none.

Redemption when it's far too late.

The waters where the wells long ago ran dry.

Acceptance where there is hate.

Lord God, I want you to show me what I can't explain.

I want you to make me what I came to become.

And torment my tongue in the fire of your unendurable light.

That I can mold to you, Jesus.

And I can grow to you.

Yes, Lord God and I can say, please, please make me new.

( Cheers and applause )

And this is so I'm talking, church.

Because Calvary, we've been through a lot.

We've been through so much.

And we're asking God to help us learn and love our past enough to let it go.

And move forward.

I want to move forward, Lord God.

Forward into the future.

And say, "Jesus."

All: Jesus.



Say it with me.

All: Make me new.

( Cheers and applause )

Hey, mom.

Yeah, baby?

I think your work here is done.

Now, there's anyone out there, oh, Calvary members or visitors out here today, if you want to be new, if you want the renewal of God's love and God's Grace, I want you to come down and lay everything down on this altar, anything that is keeping you from the newness of God, anything that is keeping you from that new idea, anything that is keeping you from the best new you you can be.

You see right here, Calvary, you can lay it right down on this altar and let Jesus make you new like a newborn baby.


Thank you, Jesus.

Oh, Lord, I'm happy today!

We gonna be new. Yes.

Oh, thank you, Jesus.


( Indistinct conversations )

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We're so grateful, Jesus. Hallelujah.

We're gonna be new again.

We're gonna be new.


( Knock on door )

( Door opens )

Mama? You need a minute?

Oh, come in.

Close the door.

You got the church back.

I overheard Misty Williams talking to some first-time guests saying that you're gonna be preaching next Sunday and every Sunday after that.

With God's Grace.

And perfectly.

And A.J.

A.J. got saved.

He did.

Mama, he did.

He needs that peace.

He does.

We all do.

You have something to say.

It's time for me to go.

Not now, Grace.

I need you here.


Not now, not with your father gone.

No, you need to stay.


It's your time.

And it's my time.

Let us trust him.

It's time for me to go.

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See you soon.


I love you, too. Alright?

I'll be back in a few days, y'all.

You better not be. I need my hype girl there when I touch down.

It's just an interview.

For a job you're gonna get.

Now, look, just do me a favor.

Keep an eye out for Zora, for me.

If I get the job.

When you get it.

( Smooches )

You keep an eye on Sophia for me, okay?


She's wilder than she seems.

( Laughs )

You got it.

Gigi, God's gonna do something special with you.

Something new. I can feel it.

You're the best sister.

I love you.

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Don't say it.

Just come here.

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Thank you.

For what?

Sowing discord in the fields of my peace.

They needed it.

Now I don't want to go.

And that's when you have to.

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You tell us what happens.

I will. I will.

Alright, go on. The Lord's gonna take care of us. Go.

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( Engine starts )

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You're Pastor Greenleaf, ain't you?

It's just Grace Greenleaf now.

I hope that's the way you want it.

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Me too.

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