The Fosters Episode Review: “More Than Words”

The Fosters

Season 3 | Episode 4 | Aired June 29, 2015

This episode was very much about labels. We saw the return of Cole who invites Callie, Jude, and Connor to an LGBTQ+ prom he is putting together. We also finally met Lena’s stepbrother Nate who, until last night, we didn’t know much about. Also, things came to a head at Idyllwild for Brandon and Kat when, feeling so much pressure to do well, Brandon copied a piece from Bach and tried to play it off as his own. Oh Brandon. This episode was equal parts angst and adorable.

Let’s start with Brandon. Why, why did he think it was a good idea to plagiarize Bach? I’m pretty certain I said ‘no’ about a hundred times as soon as he looked up the song and continued to say no as Kat played the piece Brandon had “written”. This resulted in both Kat and Brandon getting kicked of Idyllwild, but I think we all know this isn’t the end of it. Stef, Lena, and Mike don’t know it’s happened yet and I’m not looking forward to seeing the fallout of that. I actually have a funny feeling Brandon might be returning to Idyllwild.

Moving on to happier things. How adorable were Cole, Callie, June, and Connor at the prom? Things were a little awkward as Cole thought him and Callie going together was a date date and not a friend date. There was also some tension between Jude and Connor about the fact that Jude doesn’t want to call himself gay. In the end though, Cole and Callie, and Jude and Connor made up and had a great night. I was so happy they included this scene and I’m even more happy that they brought Cole back!

Connor and Jude dance

He was a great character and the actor who plays him, Tom Phelan, is absolutely phenomenal and you can find his tumblr here! Really hoping we see more of Cole, anyone else want this too?

Cole

Finally, we’re back to the angst. For the first time in years, Lena is coming face to face with her half-brother, Nate. Up to this point, all we knew about Nate was that he hadn’t spoken to his family in years until Lena contacted him at Christmas. On Monday night, we saw why. It turns out that when Nate was a teenager he felt angry and abandoned after his father got remarried to Lena’s mother and ended up calling her the N-word. However, in a bid to protect her husband, Lena’s mother never said anything.

Lena, though, wasn’t able to forget it and was determined to talk to Nate about it and demand an apology, as she rightly should. Her mother didn’t want anything to be said, but Stef stood by Lena and agreed that something needed to be done because Lena needed it done. Unfortunately, things don’t go the way they should have. Nate didn’t apologize and was instead asked to leave.

Stef and Lena

The episode ended on a happy note though with the entire family gathered around the table eating together. It was a very sweet ending to an episode that dealt with some incredibly serious topics and with many moments that you just know we haven’t heard the end of yet.

This episode’s central focus was labels and they dealt with many. As with each episode, The Fosters handled each situation amazingly and explored the idea that labels can be both good and bad and the different affects they can have on people’s lives.

What did you think of Monday’s episode? What do you think is going to happen next week?

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The Fosters Episode Review: “Deja Vu”

The Fosters

Season 3 | Episode 3 | Aired June 22, 2015

I love this show. I know I’ve said it before, but I really need to say it again because it’s true. The Fosters does stuff that other shows don’t and they don’t care about what happens after because they know what they’re showing is making a positive impact for someone somewhere. This episode was no different.

Tensions were building this week as secrets came closer and closer to being revealed. Callie’s still hiding the fact that she was fired from her placement from her parents, Lena’s still hiding the kiss with Monte, and Mariana hasn’t told anyone else that she slept with Wyatt. We also saw this week that Jude is hiding his fear and anxiety that he’s been feeling ever since Connor got shot and as for AJ, well, we don’t know what all his secrets are yet, but we know he has a lot of them.

Mike and AJ spent some time bonding this week over baseball, though it wasn’t all fun and games as Brandon doesn’t trust AJ and is worried his dad is going to get played. These worries seem to be well placed as last AJ stole Brandon’s baseball and ran away. They found him and he returned the ball, but I still don’t trust him.

AJ

There’s just something really sketchy about him and his “brother” who we have yet to meet that I’m just having a hard time believing anything he says.

Meanwhile, Mariana is getting closer to her biological family who have given her a job at their bakery. After a bit of arguing and a lot of pushing, Mariana convinces her grandfather to move away from tradition and sell a new food at the bakery to help raise their sales. She also seems to be getting closer to Wyatt who has been texting her which will probably cause a problem when the band returns from their tour next week.

Another major plot point in last night’s episode was Jude and Connor who are both dealing with Connor getting shot in their own way. Jude’s solution? Go with Stef to the shooting range. Stef agrees to take him and Connor, but once there Jude decides he doesn’t want to shoot the gun because he doesn’t need to. Connor shoots once and it becomes apparent than he isn’t handling the shooting as well as he thought.

Jonnor

Anyone who has read my previous reviews knows I’m a huge sucker for Jonnor and I know a lot of other people are too. I’m so glad they’re focusing so much on these two and it’s not just some side thing, but there’s actual plotlines and things happening. I loved the interactions in last night’s episode and thought the way they handled both Jude and Connor’s feelings towards what had happened and the way Stef handled it was fantastic. There’s a handbook for pretty much everything these days and there are so many who will tell you what to do in certain situations with your kids. However, I don’t think there’s a handbook yet on what to do when your child gets shot/almost gets shot so I thought how they dealt with it was great.

Finally, the other big thing that happened was Lena and Stef introducing Monte to their friend Jenna after Stef sees Monte at a gay bar. This causes a bit of a problem as now that Monte may not actually be straight, she might be bi. Before we go any further, I would just like to say how amazing I thought this was.

They have a lesbian couple, a gay couple, straight couples, single parents, biracial characters, biracial couples. They deal with homophobia, racism (which seems to be a huge topic next week), bullying, and so much more. Now they have a possibly bisexual character/a character struggling with their sexual orientation. This is one of those times where I truly loved The Fosters.

Lena and Stef

Anyways, back to the review. Lena is now feeling more guilt over the fact that they kissed, but Monte tells her she didn’t do anything wrong as Lena technically didn’t kiss back so Stef doesn’t really need to know. Really? Really? Stef doesn’t need to know? When does that ever end well?! Oh right, it doesn’t!

No, come on Lena, tell Stef what happened. It’ll suck, but it’s better to be honest about it than wait and have her find out some other way which we all know is going to happen.

“Deja Vu” was a great episode. I could literally feel the tension in each character and you can tell that they’re building to something big. All these secrets are going to come out and there’s just going to be a massive explosion. The only question is when is this going to happen?

What did you think of “Deja Vu”? Did you have a favourite part? What do you think is going to happen next?

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The Fosters Season Three Premier: “Wreckage”

The Fosters

Season 3 | Episode 1 | Aired June 8, 2015

Run: June 3, 2013 – Present
Created by: Peter Paige, Bradley Bredeweg
Prod. Bradley Bredeweg, Elaine Goldsmith-Thomas, Greg Gugliotta, Joanna Johnson, Jennifer Lopez, Benny Medine, Peter Paige, John Ziffren
Genre: Family Drama, Teen Drama
Starring: Teri Polo, Sherri Saum, Maia Mitchell, David Lambert, Hayden Byerly, Danny Nucci, Cierra Ramirez, Gavin Macintosh

Season two ended horrifically when the twins were involved in a car accident that had “reported fatalities”. As it had already been reported that Jake T. Austin (Jesus) would not be returning for season three, many viewers were left to wonder whether that meant Jesus had died or if he was going off to boarding school.

Well, it was revealed tonight that the twins were fine, Ana was fine, and Anna’s baby was fine. Jesus went off to boarding school and Ana has been taking care of baby Isabella with Marianna’s help (though she doesn’t seem thrilled about it). However, not everyone moved on quite so easily.

Stef has been trying to find the driver of the other vehicle and it becomes apparent that she’s having a really tough time dealing with everything. Can’t really blame her though, she heard there were reported fatalities and then got to the scene to realize her children were in one of the cars.

Stef and Lena

Also at the end of last season we saw Monte kiss Lena and that was just a terribly awkward situation. They both said this episode that it meant nothing, but considering Stef still doesn’t know it happened, I think it’s a safe assumption this isn’t over yet.

Things got even better for the couple when, right after deciding to go away for a while, the ceiling exploded.

Ceiling

Marianna has been spending her time since the accident helping Ana care for baby Isabella. It becomes apparent immediately to viewers that Ana isn’t thrilled about this whole thing, though it isn’t clear why. She eventually ends up just tells Marianna that she needs some time to herself with the baby and tells Marianna to go have fun at the end of year school party.

Marianna boyfriend

Marianna goes with the intentions of sleeping with her boyfriend before he goes off on tour. This decision seemed to come from two places: she’s worried he’ll sleep with other girls on tour and forget her, and she’s upset about Ana. Needless to say, she doesn’t end up sleeping with her boyfriend as he says no. She does end up sleeping with Wyatt and oh my goodness I don’t want to know where this is going.

Tonight we also saw that Callie is still working at the youth centre for foster kids where she meets AJ. She ends up making a seriously bad decision and allows AJ to sleep at the centre. I was really hopeful that AJ might turn out to be a good guy (despite what we saw in the commercials), but after he steals some spray paint and Callie ends up getting fired, I don’t think we can really believe anything that he says. Now I’m wondering if any of what he said is actually true or a made up sob story.

Callie and Aj

Brandon has started at Idyllwild Music School, but he’s not a pianist, he’s a composer. He ends up getting paired with Kat, a girl who has been going to the school for five years and thinks incredibly highly of herself. However, Brandon isn’t backing down and steps up to his role as composer, refusing to let Kat get to him. Now, I’ve always been a bit iffy about Brandon just cause there was that whole situation with him and Callie that lasted way too long. However, I think I’m going to like him this season! He’s already sassing people so he gets points for that.

Brandon the Composer

Finally, Jude. Not gonna lie, the first thing I noticed is how much taller he is and how much deeper his voice is. I know Hayden Byerly is about fourteen, but I hadn’t actually realized how much he’d grown up until I rewatched a couple episodes from season one the other day. He sounds so different! And he’s no longer below Callie’s shoulders!

Alright, moving on. I think everyone was super excited at the end of season two when Jude told Callie that Connor was his boyfriend. Well tonight we saw that Jude was pretty reluctant to tell people. Everyone ended up finding out anyway when a girl at school told people in an attempt to help.

Jonner

*Pause here for a second. Please, if you know someone who is anywhere on the LGBTQ+ spectrum and hasn’t come out yet, don’t help them by outing them. They will come out when they’re ready so please don’t do this. Help them by not outing them.*

Jude reveals to Connor that he does like him and he does want to be his boyfriend, he just doesn’t want to be labeled as he’s been labeled his whole life. You really can’t argue with that. Jude and Connor ended up holding hands and I will admitted that I was very happy and excited about this as they’re far too adorable together.

Jonnor

Tonight’s episode was a rollercoaster of emotions so we started off the season in typical The Fosters style. Immediately each of the characters has been thrown into some sort of turmoil. This is why we can’t have nice things!

What did you think of the season premier?

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