The Fosters Episode Review: “Lucky”

The Fosters

Season 3 | Episode 10 | Aired August 17, 2015

The mid-season finale is here! How did we get to this point already? It seems like just yesterday season three was just starting and now we have to wait several months before the next episode!

You know what though? I’m actually okay with that because last night’s episode ended on a happy note.

End

Despite everything that happened last week between Brandon and Callie, Callie’s social worker actually went ahead and recommended Callie’s adoption (finally!). Stef and Lena are dealing with the fallout of everything that happened with Monte, all while throwing an anniversary party for Lena’s parents. And after being caught in a compromising position by Connor’s dad, Connor announces that he’s moving to Los Angeles to live his mother. With several surprising twists and appearances by unexpected characters, the mid-season finale was non-stop drama from start to finish.

Let’s start with Stef and Lena. Still on the rocks over Lena’s kiss with Monte, the couple still went ahead with Lena’s parent’s anniversary party. While the couple tried to pretend like everything was normal and fine, they each had their own circumstances to deal with that I think definitely helped them get back together.

Lena learned a lesson in forgiveness when her mother invited Nathan to the party and she realized that, while there’s no excuse for what he said, he isn’t that same kid anymore. Nathan apologized to Lena and their parents and it was definitely an emotional scene to watch.

While all this is going on, Stef is dealing with a medical crisis when she gets a call to come in and have a second mammogram done, a call no woman ever wants to get. Thankfully she’s fine, but the moment she told Lena there might’ve been something wrong was heartbreaking.

Stef and Lena

This scene, from start to finish, was so incredibly emotional because it’s one of those things that I reckon many people can either relate to or fear. Fighting with someone you love and then one of you has a health scare? It’s a terrifying thought and I’m definitely thankful and happy that Stef is fine cause I don’t think I could’ve dealt with it if she wasn’t.

Two people who weren’t fine at first, but ended up okay were Jude and Connor. I knew something was going to happen with them this week because it was in the Wikipedia description. However, the Wiki description got changed so many times I wasn’t sure which one was true (though I was fairly certain it wasn’t that Jude got Connor pregnant).

Turns out two of the Wiki descriptions were correct. Jude and Connor were caught in a compromising position (not all that compromising) by Connor’s dad and Connor decided he wanted to go live with his mom in LA.

Connors Dad

This whole thing was both incredibly sad and hilarious. Sad because Connor is leaving and Jude really doesn’t understand why at first. I think Jude and Connor are definitely two of the most mature teens I’ve ever seen, both on TV and in real life, since by the end of the episode they handled it so maturely.

It was hilarious because Lena ended up giving Jude “The Talk”. His face was fantastic and this was once again one of those moments where I imagined the actors getting the script. It’s an awkward and hilarious situation getting “The Talk” in real life from your real parents, I don’t know how either of them were able to keep a straight face, especially when she pulled out the condom.

Before I end this Jonnor rant, fans were very excited last night because, as the boys were handling their imminent separation with maturity some adults do not possess, they said “I love you.” I could practically hear every Jonnor fan around the world screaming. It was adorable and romantic and these boys should not have this much control over my emotions, but guess what? They do.

Jude Loves Connor

I know Connor is leaving, but I’m very excited to see what happens in the next half of the season. After all, “they have trains”, right?

Connor Loves Jude

Alright, probably the biggest storyline of the night was Callie’s adoption. It happened! Callie Jacob is now, officially, Callie Adams-Foster! I was so incredibly happy, both because it finally happened and because now her adoption getting delayed can stop being a plot point.

It almost didn’t happen though, and not even because of Brandon. It almost didn’t happen because of the video Callie made for “Fost and Found” where she called out the judge on her case by name. The judge was, understandably, upset about this, but Callie wouldn’t back down.

This might actually have been my favourite Callie moment of the entire series. She knew by standing up for what she believed in could mean not getting adopted, but she did anyway. Why? Because someone has to. Someone has to speak up and she’s going to be the one to do it.

When she was saying this all the other characters were looking so proud and so happy with what Callie was saying and I was right there with them. I have so much respect for people who stand up for their beliefs and for the sake of others even if it means possibly jeopardizing themself and their future.

Thankfully, it seems this is how the judge felt as well as he told Callie he was proud of her right before signing off on her adoption.

Woooooo! It’s finally happened! Callie is adopted! However, now there is a fear of what is going to happen next.

I gave my theory last week and after looking on Twitter it seems a lot of people share this theory. Callie told the judge that there was nothing to stop her getting adopted. Awesome, great, now she’s adopted. But is she pregnant?

Callie slept with Brandon

A lot of fans are speculating that now she’s been adopted it might be revealed that Callie is pregnant after her night spent with Brandon and that’ll definitely complicate things. I guess we’ll just have to wait until The Fosters returns.

Speaking of returns, Jesus is back! Now being played by Noah Centineo, Jesus surprised his family after Callie’s adoption and revealed secretly to Mariana that he can’t go back to his boarding school. Of course we didn’t find out why, that’ll be told sometime when the show returns. But for now, Jesus is back!

Jesus!

Welcome to the cast of The Fosters Noah Centineo! I’m looking forward to seeing his take on Jesus and where the character will go now.

Emotions were running high last night all through the episode, from Lena’s parent’s wedding anniversary party to the potential end of Jonnor, things were crazy. Thankfully, “Lucky” ended on a happy note with the whole family together at last. I’m sad we have to wait several months for the next episode, but am glad the mid-season finale didn’t end on any horrifying cliff hangers.

The Family

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The Fosters Episode Review – “Not That King of Girl”

The Fosters

Season 2 | Episode 20 | Aired March 16, 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, Jake T. Austin, Danny Nucci, Cierra Ramirez

I love The Fosters. Like The Walking Dead, it was one of those shows that I had been wanting to watch for ages and when I finally did I was so glad. This show is probably one of the most diverse shows on television, featuring an inter-racial lesbian couple and their five children, both adopted and biological.

With this being the second to last episode in the season this is kind of a weird place for me to start reviewing, but I didn’t actually get caught up until last week. And considering how intense last week’s episode was, I just needed to talk about this weeks.

Last week left off with a crazy cliff hanger leaving viewers wondering who had gotten shot. We learned last night that it was Connor, but thankfully the injury wasn’t serious. Unfortunately, the consequences were. Connor’s dad claims that Connor blamed their sneaking out and drinking on Jude. However, we learn later that Connor actually told his dad he was gay. This was such a groundbreaking moment for the show because until now Connor has been hiding his feelings for Jude from his father out of fear and for him to come out was huge and is going to have such an affect on people watching.

jude and connor

I love the relationship between Connor and Jude. The Fosters made history a couple weeks ago when the couple shared their first on screen kiss. Gavin MacIntosh and Hayden Byerly do so amazing in their roles as Connor and Jude respectively. These two boys are making history and inspiring so many. I have so much hope for these two and I am excited to see where the creators of the show are going to take things.

Callie also runs into some trouble in this episode when she discovers that she somehow owes over $24,000 in debt even though she doesn’t have any credit cards. It is discovered that Liam, her old foster brother (the same one who had sexually assaulted her) was able to get credit cards in her name and was getting another former foster sister of his to buy the bags. Thankfully, this situation has a happy ending for both Callie and viewers. Ever since Liam’s first episode I’ve wanted him locked up in jail and it finally happened! I was cheering when they said he was going away because there was just no way he could get away with the stuff he did.

On a bit of a lighter note this episode, Brandon agrees to teach Mariana and Jesus to drive. Now, as someone who is still not a totally confidant driver, I was having a great time watching these two. Mariana was so careful and by-the-book, but still didn’t quite have the hang of it. Meanwhile, Jesus was all over the place and had maybe just a bit too much confidence in what he was going. It was absolutely hilarious to watch and these scenes really showed how The Fosters manages to balance the serious stuff and the humour.

Finally, in last night’s episode, Mariana got to meet her grandparents. Mariana and Jesus still don’t know that Stef and Lena plan to adopt Ana’s baby so Mariana goes to her recently discovered grandparents and asks them to adopt her. I am very interested to see where this storyline is going to go because now there’s three possible adoptees for this baby. Originally when Stef and Lena weren’t going to adopt the baby, Mike told Lena he wanted to. Then Stef and Lena decided they were going to adopt the baby (sorry about your plans Mike), but haven’t told the kids yet. So now, the kids are trying to get Ana’s parents to adopt her baby. These are the kinds of storylines I love on this show.

The viewers are always going to know things before certain characters do no matter what show it is, but The Fosters takes it to a whole new level of perfection. I am so excited to watch the season finale next week and can’t wait to see where they take the show in season three.

Do you watch The Fosters? What did you think of last night’s episode?

This was my first review of The Fosters! What did you think? Anything you would like to see more of? Less of? Let me know!

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