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Glossary: G
First Air Date: June 21st, 2016
Last Air Date: August 11th, 2020
Created By: Craig Wright
Star Casts: Lynn Whitfield, Keith David, Lamman Rucker, Merle Dandridge, Kim Hawthorne, Desiree Ross, Lovie Simone, Deborah Joy Winans
Aired On: OWN
Episode Runtime: 42 minutes
Total Seasons: 5 Seasons
Total Episodes: 60 Episodes
Type: Scripted
Status: Ended
Homepage: OWN - Greenleaf

Last Updated: Sat, 04 May 2024 10:31:40 +0000

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The unscrupulous world of the Greenleaf family and their sprawling Memphis megachurch, where scandalous secrets and lies are as numerous as the faithful. Born of the church, the Greenleaf family love and care for each other, but beneath the surface lies a den of iniquity—greed, adultery, sibling rivalry and conflicting values—that threatens to tear apart the very core of their faith that holds them together.

Seasons and Episodes

Season 1 (13 Episodes)

1: A Time to Heal - Aired: 2016-06-21

The drama centered on a Memphis megachurch opens with the return home of estranged daughter Gracie following the death of her sister, Faith. Her father, the church bishop, seems happy to see her, but other family members are less than welcoming. Complicating matters even more: she learns unsettling information about the family and her sister's death from her Aunt Mavis

2: The Baptism - Aired: 2016-06-22

Grace decides to move home in order to pursue the person she blames for her sister's death, but working at the church proves to be more difficult than she imagined. In other events, Jacob takes on more responsibilities at the church as a result of her return; Kevin has doubts about his and Charity's plan to start a family; and the Bishop refuses a senator's inquiries into the church's finances.

3: We Shall See Him as He Is - Aired: 2016-06-22

Grace has an uncomfortable dinner date with a former beau and his fiancée; Jacob and Kerissa face the deficiencies in their marriage; Kevin has an unwanted attraction; and Senator Banks ups the pressure in his inquiry into the church's finances.

4: Behind Closed Doors - Aired: 2016-06-29

The mayor calls in a favor, which leaves the Bishop in a bind that could split the church; Grace is blackmailed about Faith's past; Jacob and Kerissa attend couple counseling; and Charity has difficulty keeping a secret.

5: Meaningful Survival - Aired: 2016-07-06

Upon learning of Jacob's infidelity, James makes administrative changes. Grace helps her father minister to the parents of a seriously ill child.

6: Good Morning, Calvary - Aired: 2016-07-13

Grace is asked to fill in as preacher. A provocative invitation has an unexpected effect on Jacob and Kerissa. Charity looks for a new choir director.

7: One Train May Hide Another - Aired: 2016-07-20

Mac is drawn to a neglected young neighbor. An unwelcome visitor to the church upsets Mae. The tax auditors find a red flag.

8: The Whole Book - Aired: 2016-07-27

Grace reaches out to Officer Nelson while also working with Noah in an effort to find evidence against Mac; Lady Mae is suspicious of Grace and Noah; Jacob presents his TV plan to the Bishop; Lady Mae pushes the Bishop to reveal a secret; and the Bishop deals with a woman who is out to destroy Calvary.

9: The Broken Road - Aired: 2016-08-03

Charity becomes suspicious of Kevin. Grace shows her father the evidence she's collected against Mac. Isabel senses Grace is hiding a secret from her.

10: March to the Sea - Aired: 2016-08-10

A gunshot forces Grace to make a difficult decision. Sophia's father comes to take her back to Phoenix. Charity gives her husband an ultimatum.

11: Men Like Trees Walking - Aired: 2016-08-17

The church is losing money and members; Ray seeks custody of Sophia; Jacob's offers to help Calvary are declined; and Kevin gets closer to Adrian.

12: Veni, Vidi, Vici - Aired: 2016-08-24

Sophia testifies at the custody hearing and a ruling is reached. Basie meets with James to discuss Jacob's future. Kevin comes clean to his wife.

13: What Are You Doing Here? - Aired: 2016-08-31

Mae delivers a rousing speech that decides Calvary's next preacher. Grace learns her grandfather was receiving hush money from Mac -- and why.

Season 2 (16 Episodes)

1: A House Divided - Aired: 2017-03-15

The Greenleaf family struggles in the aftermath of Mac's release. Lady Mae makes a last-ditch attempt to save the Bishop. Basie's announcement opens a rift between the Bishop and Jacob.

2: Strange Bedfellows - Aired: 2017-03-22

Grace and Charity oppose Lady Mae's reaction to demands from the Deacon Board. The Bishop visits his father-in-law and runs into Mac. Kerissa and Jacob prepare to move out. Grace goes out with Darius Nash, a journalist following Calvary.

3: A Mother's Love - Aired: 2017-03-29

After one of Mac's victims attempts suicide, Grace makes a rash decision that may have lasting consequences. Kevin's mother visits, exposing old wounds. Lady Mae tries to reason with Jacob.

4: Revival - Aired: 2017-04-05

Bishop and Lady Mae preside over Calvary's Fall Revival, and decide to take action against Basie. Lady Mae and Grace connect with old friends. Grace confronts Mac's new girlfriend.

5: Point of No Return - Aired: 2017-04-12

When Basie hears about the injunction filed to stop construction of Triumph Two, he stages a sit-in at Calvary in an attempt to force Bishop's hand. Grace's plan to put Mac away hits a snag.

6: The Royal Family - Aired: 2017-04-19

Kevin and Charity begin divorce proceedings, but the circumstances are exacerbated when Lady Mae learns the truth about Kevin. Grace and Darius's relationship reaches a stalemate.

7: Born to Trouble - Aired: 2017-04-26

The anniversary of Faith's death is at hand and Grace shows no sign of giving up her pursuit of Mac. Basie and Jacob, meanwhile, receive bad news regarding Triumph Two's finances.

8: And the Sparks Fly Upward - Aired: 2017-05-03

In the Season 2 midseason finale, Jacob makes Triumph pastor Basie Skanks an offer to clear his debt and gain full control of Triumph II and Mac receives bad news from Skip Leonard that puts him in an explosive collision course with Grace.

9: The Bear - Aired: 2017-08-15

In the Season 2 midseason premiere, Grace and Mac's showdown sends shockwaves through the family. Jacob offers the Bishop an olive branch. Kevin makes a decision that leaves Charity reeling.

10: Call Not Complete - Aired: 2017-08-16

Jacob and Kerissa establish their new ministry. Charity desperately tries to reach Kevin. Darius gets an offer that may take him out of Memphis, leaving Grace to wonder where she fits in his life.

11: Changing Season - Aired: 2017-08-23

When Sophia and Zora are excluded from the upcoming debutante cotillion, Lady Mae sets out to make things right. Grace is inspired by Basie's sermon. Charity reaches out to Carlton.

12: House Rules - Aired: 2017-08-30

Basie's sermon regarding inclusivity in the church goes viral, lighting a fire under Grace and provoking the Bishop's suspicions. In other events, Kerissa pushes Jacob to get a day job.

13: Silence and Loneliness - Aired: 2017-09-06

A series of recurring nightmares leaves Grace unnerved; Charity looks to take her relationship with Jabari to the next level; and Bishop gives Basie an ultimatum.

14: The Father's Will - Aired: 2017-09-13

Lionel returns and drops a bombshell on Bishop and Lady Mae; Charity receives great news from Jabari; Jacob encounters resistance on his first day as head of Triumph.

15: Two by Two - Aired: 2017-09-20

Charity's plan hits a roadblock; Skip Leonard offers Jacob an enticing deal; Lady Mae suddenly finds herself at odds with the Bishop.

16: The Pearl - Aired: 2017-09-27

The tensions in Zora and Isaiah's relationship come to a head at the Cotillion; Lady Mae makes an overture of peace to Mavis and the result is a revelation that sends Mae into a tailspin.

Season 3 (13 Episodes)

1: Strange Currents - Aired: 2018-08-28

The Bishop and Lady Mae's crumbling marriage threatens to destroy the Greenleaf family, but they soon find their church in danger when a $2 million IRS tax bill arrives at Calvary. The Season 3 premiere.

2: The Space Between - Aired: 2018-08-29

Grace takes Rochelle up on her offer to help start a legal defense fund. Bishop and Lady Mae ask if parishioner Clara Jackson's Powerball winnings can assist with their IRS bill.

3: Chain of Command - Aired: 2018-09-05

The Bishop sends Lady Mae into a tailspin when he surprises her with divorce papers. Grace does a newspaper interview in Mae's place, while deploying Darius to investigate Rochelle.

4: The Underdog - Aired: 2018-09-12

Lady Mae visits world famous Pastor Maxine Patterson and endures the Bishop's final attempt to win her back at a Round Table party. Connie asks if Grace is interested in running Calvary.

5: Closing Doors - Aired: 2018-09-19

The Bishop and Lady Mae make alternate plans after Clara denies them the check for the IRS bill. Grace tends to Sophia when a medical emergency sends her daughter to the hospital.

6: She Changes Everything - Aired: 2018-10-03

Maxine Patterson visits Calvary the weekend Lady Mae and the Bishop announce their divorce to the congregation. Grace and Rochelle find a case for their legal defense fund.

7: That Was Then - Aired: 2018-10-10

Grace questions her involvement in the Coralie Hunter case when the D.A. threatens to reopen her case with Mac. The Bishop and Lady Mae disagree on hosting “A Day with Lady Mae” at Calvary.

8: Dea Abscondita - Aired: 2018-10-17

The Bishop struggles to maintain his place within the family after another Zora crisis hits the Greenleafs; Grace attempts to convince Coralie not to take the district attorney's plea deal.

9: Runaway Train - Aired: 2018-10-24

The Bishop wrestles with signing the divorce papers on the weekend of his Silver Jubilee celebration; Grace realizes her father will need help at Calvary when Lady Mae is gone.

10: The Promised Land - Aired: 2018-10-31

Grace discovers Rochelle Cross' true identity with Darius' help. Kerissa welcomes Triumph's new accountant and learns two hundred thousand dollars is missing.

11: The End Is Near - Aired: 2018-11-07

The Greenleafs' IRS issues escalate when the FBI raids both Calvary and Triumph on suspicion of embezzlement; Grace questions her paternity when Aaron tells her that his father, Lionel, died.

12: Day of Reckoning - Aired: 2018-11-14

Mae preaches beautifully at A Day With Lady Mae as the Bishop fears he may lose Calvary; Grace gets a paternity test with Aaron and works with Jacob to clear their family name.

13: The New Life - Aired: 2018-11-21

After the success of her big day, Lady Mae is denied the right to run Calvary despite support from the Bishop; Grace takes over thanks to Connie and joins Harmony & Hope Ministries.

Season 4 (10 Episodes)

1: Original Sin - Aired: 2019-09-03

On the first Sunday after Harmony and Hope's installation at Calvary, the Greenleaf family's united front shatters. Grace attempts to lead the church's loyalties back toward the Greenleafs, but a call from Noah brings a long buried secret to light.

2: Did I Lose You? - Aired: 2019-09-10

While engaging in a power struggle with Phil, Grace walks a tightrope, uncertain of what to do in regards to her secret. Bishop discovers something about a rival, making it possible to win back Mae and the church.

3: Visions and Dreams - Aired: 2019-09-17

Grace faces her past but as she does so, gives Phil the opportunity to impress key church leadership. Lady Mae steps in to do damage control in Grace's absence and is forced to face Mac's ghost and her own stained reputation.

4: A Common Enemy - Aired: 2019-09-24

Bob Whitmore returns to Memphis to remind Grace that he is the one in charge and to firmly encourage her to consider a new idea he has for Calvary. On a mission to uncover what's been going on between Noah and Grace, Charity makes an explosive phone call.

5: Unwanted - Aired: 2019-10-01

The fractures between Bishop and Lady Mae deepen and old wounds are reopened as he considers an invitation to preach elsewhere. Grace struggles to keep her secret and the church under compartmentalized control, the pressure mounting with every moment.

6: The Stranger - Aired: 2019-10-08

Unable to keep her secret any longer, Grace confesses to her family. However, not all of the Greenleafs are on her side, the situation is further complicated by the police, lies, affairs, and the interests of Harmony & Hope.

7: Reunited - Aired: 2019-10-15

The Bishop plans a romantic surprise for Lady Mae, but it goes sideways when other pursuits collide and combust. Lady Mae learns that her name is being erased from the scholarship fund at Calvary and sets out to protect her legacy.

8: Surprise! - Aired: 2019-10-22

Lady Mae and Bishop throw an impromptu party to subvert Harmony & Hope's plans for Calvary. Charity's loyalties are questioned, and Grace must delicately navigate between playing the obedient pastor for Judee Whitmore and her parents' schemes.

9: God's Justice - Aired: 2019-10-29

Bishop moves to prevent Judee Whitmore's proposed governance structure; Jacob and Kerissa attempt to mend their wounds; a secret about Phil threatens his relationship with Charity; Grace realizes that what is right has never been less clear.

10: Gratitude - Aired: 2019-11-05

Bob Whitmore returns to Calvary; Phil asks Charity for a very important yes; Fernando Amable gives Kerissa information about the Greenleaf’s hazy past; Lady Mae considers an offer that would achieve her dream.

Season 5 (8 Episodes)

1: The First Day - Aired: 2020-06-23

With Calvary's imminent demolition, Lady Mae and Bishop seek a sign from God. Jacob digs into the family mansion's past. Grace learns the real reason why Bob Whitmore is so invested in keeping the Calvary congregation under his wing.

2: The Second Day - Aired: 2020-06-30

Noah returns to help Grace with A.J., offering her stability. Bishop and Lady Mae take a walk through their history when they visit Mavis's club as a potential venue. Jacob uncovers a shocking revelation about the history of the Greenleaf family home.

3: The Third Day - Aired: 2020-07-07

Grace is torn between pursuing Bob Whitmore's past and her family. Lady Mae and Bishop face challenges to their seedling dream of a new church. Jacob meets a new acquaintance to learn more about the mystery behind the mansion, but what he discovers could unravel the family once and for all.

4: The Fourth Day - Aired: 2020-07-14

Grace pushes forward in her investigation into Bob Whitmore’s former company, Edenvale Lending, discovering a key informant who could unlock the answers.

5: The Fifth Day - Aired: 2020-07-21

In lieu of attending the last Sunday at Calvary, the Greenleaf family gathers together for a small service at home. The shadow of loss looms large as they attempt to imagine their imminent futures and what it might mean for them to start over again.

6: The Sixth Day - Aired: 2020-07-28

Bishop reels from the return of an old enemy, pushing Lady Mae to unveil a family secret. Jacob and Kerissa navigate the reality of their divorce with Zora and Winkie. Charity makes Phil face his past, while Grace and Darius learn the shocking truth about Bob Whitmore and Edenvale Lending.

7: The Seventh Day - Aired: 2020-08-04

It's the Greenleafs versus Harmony and Hope, and neither will go down without a fight; Grace fights to stop the demolition; Lady Mae tries to negotiate for the mansion, but a reveal about the original owner prompts Bishop to a revelation of his own.

8: Behold - Aired: 2020-08-11

Grace and the Greenleaf family must lay the past to rest once and for all as God's plans for the future unfold.