Basie Skanks Shows His Hand In 'Greenleaf's' "The Royal Family" (Season 2, Episode 6 Recap)

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April 26th 2017


I always knew there was something off about Triumph’s Head Pastor, Basie Skanks. Initially, I thought it all had to do with his desire to take vengeance against Bishop Greenleaf and Calvary, but in “The Royal Family,” Pastor Skanks finally showed his hand.

After finding some irregularities in the church’s books, Jacob confronted Pastor Skanks about the unaccounted for money only to find out Skanks loves to gamble. Though he takes Jacob to one of his high-stakes poker games and wins ten thousand dollars, I’m still not satisfied that this is as far as this goes. After all, what kind of Pastor tries to explain away gambling? Even if Skanks gets Jacob to turn the other cheek, Kerissa is going to get to the bottom of this soon enough. She knows that Jacob is hiding something. Do you think that Skanks cheated during the poker game? No man is that lucky. How do you think Kerissa is going to react when she finds out the truth about the money and the gambling? None of this is going to end well, and Jacob should probably start looking for a new job. He would be a good baseball coach.

Speaking of secrets and lies; after some rough divorce negotiations, Charity finally confides in Lady Mae about the reason why she and Kevin are pulling the plug on their marriage. As expected, the First Lady of Calvary is pissed. She even intervenes in their meditations and has Aaron tighten the clauses in their divorce paperwork. Lady Mae obviously had no right to meddle, but Kevin also has a lot of nerve for blowing up at Charity the way that he did. While I sympathize with him, his lack of honesty is what led to this in the first place. However, it looks like he might have found a friend in Aaron. Was it just me, or was Aaron giving off vibes toward Kevin? Does Kevin have a right to be as mad as he is? I think he was overacting and doesn’t want to admit that he is at fault. Also, his fixation with Charity and Jabari is extremely annoying. I’m glad Charity called him out on it.

Meanwhile, Grace is still struggling with her faith. Out of fear, she seems to be trying to reroute Sophia away from religion. It doesn’t help that Darius breaks things off with her because her parents don’t approve of their relationship. (They were cute and all, but I didn't see how that was going to work anyway.) However, we finally discover that the root of Grace’s issue stems from her single-minded need for vengeance against her Uncle Mac. It’s no wonder that she doesn’t feel inspired to preach. Her rage is consuming her. What happened to that detective Grace spoke with a few episodes back? Surely something can be held over Mac to get him behind bars for good. Also, despite their breakup, I’m not persuaded that we’ve seen the last of Darius. I still have a feeling that all of that private stuff GG shared with him about Calvary and her family is going to end up in the newspaper.

In the midst of all of this, Sophia is celebrating her birthday with a big bash thrown by Lady Mae, and a shiny new car from her mother. Despite the festivities, she and Zora finally come to blows about their relationship. While Sophia has seemingly moved on about Zora winning Isaiah’s affections, she resents her cousin's relationship especially since she is ignored and pushed aside becasue of it. I can’t say that I blame her. Though Zora is doing the typical rebellious things that teens do, it looks like it may lead her down a very destructive path. And yet, the most pressing question that I'm left with at the close of this episode is, what on Earth is a Christian thug?!

What did you think about this episode of “Greenleaf”?

“Greenleaf” airs Wednesdays at 10 PM ET on OWN.

Aramide A Tinubu has her Master’s in Film Studies from Columbia University. She wrote her thesis on Black Girlhood and Parental Loss in Contemporary Black American Cinema. She’s a cinephile, bookworm, blogger, and NYU + Columbia University alum. You can read her blog at: or tweet her @midnightrami

by Shadow And Act on April 26th 2017
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