The Passion of Reverend Ruckus
After learning that he has a cancerous tumor and only six months to live, Uncle Ruckus has a vision of a heaven where the white man is king. Told that he can live in White Heaven if he renounces his blackness, Ruckus sets out to demonstrate his newfound piety. And though Granddad doesn't want to hear any of it, Tom begins to wonder if Ruckus might be onto something. Meanwhile, Huey is committed to stopping the execution of Black activist Ahmad Shabazz who was sentenced to death for the 1970 shooting of a police officer, despite the fact that there was nothing connecting him to the crime. But when he can't persuade the governor to stay the execution, Huey devises an elaborate scheme he dubs Operation Black Steel to break the condemned man out of prison and then seek asylum in Cuba. To help spread the gospel of race-based redemption, Ruckus enlists black conservative commentator Armstrong Elders. As a result, Granddad decides that he has to do something to stop Ruckus and his racist revival scheduled for the Woodcrest Post Pavilion, leaving Huey with no one to drive him to the prison to carry out Operation Black Steel. Even when Huey notes that Ahmad's life is in danger if he doesn't get there on time, Granddad suggests that he pray for the condemned man. Leaving Huey stranded, Granddad and Tom head for the revival. As Ruckus's racist message begins to take hold among the black audience, Tom is swept up, forcing Granddad to try and stop him from becoming a convert. Meanwhile, left without an alternative, Huey decides to pray for Ahmad to be spared. When a lightning strike, that shuts down power to the electric chair, gives the governor time to review the overwhelming evidence of Ahmad's innocence, Huey's prayers are answered. And when the lightning bolt that saved Ahmad also hits Uncle Ruckus and cures his tumor, his days as a preacher suddenly come to an end as everyone decides to forget they ever heard his racist preaching.