“Easter’s 11” is another solid themed episode as the Harts attempt to con a megachurch.
This recap of Bless the Harts season 2, episode 16, “Easter’s 11”, contains spoilers.
Bless the Harts, like most network sitcoms, loves a themed episode. “Easter’s 11” is a good one, a riff on heist movies as much as a commentary on the prevalence of religion in small-town Southern America. It was probably only a matter of time until a megachurch turned up in Greenpoint, and Easter seems like as good a time for it as any other.
Bucklake Ministries is the no-expenses-spared megachurch threatening to put Greenpoint’s humble Pastor Joanne (Sarah Baker) out of business, which Jenny doesn’t like the sound of, despite Jesus himself telling her that he doesn’t mind a megachurch. But surely Minister Mikey, the enigmatic preacher at the head of the organization, has some skeletons in his closet? Jenny enlists Betty to rustle some up, but when they attend one of the services (Betty, in a wheelchair: “Is this a church service or Monday Night Raw?”), they’re immediately enraptured by the elaborate shenanigans and end up missing Pastor Joanne’s pancake dinner. It’s as easy as that.
Later, though, they discover that Minister Mikey is actively trying to force Pastor Joanne out, and Betty accidentally films his confession, giving them a smoking gun. Hence, the “Easter’s 11” bit, but before that let’s just touch on the B-plot of Bless the Harts season 2, episode 16, since it becomes important later.
So Violet and David are trying to create a “garden of death” full of poisonous plants for an art project, but while shopping with Wayne at the hardware store they discover a ceramic Jesus garden ornament that won’t sell because it looks absolutely terrifying. Naturally, they buy it and use it to torment people dropping litter and shoplifting, but eventually, it goes too far and a man pulls out a gun, ready to kill himself before the judgemental glare of his lord and savior. At that point, Wayne reveals that the whole thing was a counter-prank to teach them about consequences, which is just the kind of thing Wayne would do, really.
Anyway, the reason this matters is that the heist, which involves the whole family and the line, “Keys be with you,” goes wrong when Betty plays the wrong videos during the big moment. Out of desperation, she sets off the fire alarm and everyone flees, leaving no witnesses to Minister Mikey’s exposure. Luckily, though, Violet left Haunted Jesus outside, so when Mikey leaves the building he sees the glaring visage of Jesus Christ and realizes the error of his ways. He decides to move on, though admittedly just to start up somewhere else. That’s the way these things go, after all.