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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Legal In All 50 States!

11402970_1054285927922509_6435384493558207037_nToday, June 26, 2015, marriage between same-sex couples is now legal all across America! Wooooo!

The vote from the Supreme Court was 5-4 in favor of legalizing same-sex marriage and I am so excited!

Congrats America! This is amazing and now that America’s done it, more of the world is sure to follow!

You can read more about the decision on the New York Times website. Or, just go on social media right now, it’s everywhere! Everyone is celebrating this fantastic news!

Congratulations to all the couples in America who can now get married! I wish you the best!

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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 Episode Review – “The End of the Beginning” Season Finale

****Warning: This post will contain spoilers for the season finale of The Fosters. If you have not yet seen the episode, turn back now****

The Fosters

Season 2 | Episode 21 | Aired March 23, 2015

Did that season finale leave any of you reeling? Cause it certainly did with me. I was cheering and screaming and I just went through so many emotions with this episode I don’t even know where to begin.

Let’s start with Jude and Connor. I have a special place in my heart for Jonnor and this episode made me so happy. Jude painted his nails blue again (“war paint”) and went and sat outside Connor’s hospital room until Connor’s dad finally let him in. This was such a great moment because before Connor’s dad decides Jude can see Connor, he says, “I don’t care that your son is gay. I just don’t want mine to be.”

War Paint

And then he lets Jude in to see his son! I think The Fosters has really done a great job here at showing the process parents have to go through when their child comes out. I mean, it’s not just an adjustment for Connor, his dad has to come to terms with it too and I think by admitting what he did and then allowing the two boys to see each was a huge step and it had me so excited. This was basically my reaction:

It's Like I Don't Even Care What Happens

Next, Monte. Oh my goodness I was so frustrated by this. We saw this in the preview, but I was hoping Lena would pull back or something, but nope, she kissed back. Both of them looked like they regretted it right away, but I was just yelling at my TV. I’m really curious to see how they’re going to address it in season three and want to know if Lena is going to tell Stef or keep it a secret (as they both seem to be doing a lot lately).

At the end of the last episode we saw Ana move in with the Fosters. Well, “The End of the Beginning” is equal parts awkward and heartstring pulling as Ana bonds with the twins over the baby, but then her parents try to convince her to keep it. I really don’t think the Fosters will end up adopting the baby, I haven’t thought they would since the beginning. It just seems too soon and like Jesus said, I think they’re only doing it because it would make Mariana happy.

Speaking of Mariana, can we talk about her AMAZING dance routine? When they came out with the light-up costumes like they were Daft Punk or something and then Mariana had her hologram. It made me wish I could dance. Or at least expand my computer skills beyond Microsoft Word and Paint so I could do something like that.

Finally, we reach the end of the episode. Things are good, things are really good. Callie’s biological father signed the adoption papers and withdrew his plea for custody which means Callie can adopted now; Jesus had a great meeting with the scout from the boarding school; Mariana’s dance competition went amazing; Jude told Callie Connor is his boyfriend; and Brandon is auditioning for a fancy summer music program. Then boom! Or, I guess crash would be a more appropriate word.

Crash

It seems that Ana has gone into labour while driving the twins home and as she is going across an intersection another cars hits the van. At the very end Stef gets into her police cruiser and responds to a call about a crash with one reported fatality and… black screen. That’s it. That’s the end of the episode. Things were good and then someone died. I just… I have no words.

But maybe you do!

What did you think of the season finale? Did you have a favourite part of the episode?

Who do you think died?

As this was the season finale I don’t have a preview to post, so I will see all of you when The Fosters returns!

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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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John Jolie-Pitt

John Jolie-PittI debated a lot about what I wanted to say in this post. What I wanted it to be about and how I was going to say it. Today, I’m going to talk about John Jolie-Pitt. Now, I’d just like to say that everything I’ve heard about Angelina and brad’s son comes from news stories, magazines, and the internet.

It was reported a few weeks ago that one of Brad and Angelina’s children no longer identified as female and requested to be called John, something it is said that Angelina and Brad support. Since the news broke, it is said that Brad and Angelina have been attacked by Anti-LGBT organizations for their decision to support their child.

The news that he now identifies as John received a lot of backlash. Some people said this identity had been forced on him. They said that years of being put in “boys clothes” had confused him. That growing up with older brothers would make him want to explore being a boy.

There are a few things that need to be addressed here. First, John is not confused. Whether this is a phase or not, this is who he is now and it is no one’s business except his. Only John knows who he really is. He is not confused nor is he too young to know who he is. If Brad and Angelina’s daughter, Zahara, had stepped forward and said she was a girl, she would be told she’s right. It’s been shown in various studies that children begin to explore and understand their bodies and the differences between ‘male’ and ‘female’ by the time they’re three or four.

Second, the fact that Brad and Angelina support their child is something people should be happy about. Attacking them for supporting their child is basically attacking them for being loving parents. John is very lucky to have supporting parents and Angelina and Brad are a great example of how things should be.

Third, trying to blame John’s identity on the fact that he wears “boys clothes” is, simply put, ridiculous. Why? They’re not “boys clothes”, they’re clothes. You don’t put a pair of pants and a shirt that came out of the “boys section” and automatically turn into a male. You wear clothes you like, it has nothing to do with gender, sex, sexuality, or anything.

Whatever happens in the future, I’m glad John has the support of his family and so many others now. that support will go a long way with the hate this boy will unfortunately face.

What do you think of the media attacking this family?

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Broad Blog Too Broad?

blogSo I did a lot of research before starting this blog, trying to get an idea of how to run it and the kind of content to include. I can safely say that everything I found was incredibly… unhelpful. Everything I read said to find your niche and write about it. Blog about what you like. Well, I’m already doing that over on my other blog and this blog isn’t like that one.

That’s where I talk about writing and post book and film reviews. This blog isn’t one where I choose one topic and talk about it. I want this to be one where I talk about lots of stuff. I can be pretty opinionated and I have lots of stuff I care about and want to talk about. On top of that, I’m a writer, which means a blog is the perfect place to get a discussion going. This blog won’t be one thing, but many things. Some topics you may find here are:

Feminism
LGBTQ+
Shark Finning/Whaling
Films and Shows
On This Day in History…
Stuff Going on in the World
Experiences in general

Essentially, I’m going to be talking about pretty much anything. Now, a lot of things I read said starting a blog this broad would be too much. Too overwhelming. But how would I know if it’s too overwhelming without even trying? I can always talk about things and if it’s too much I can change them. But for now here it is. If you have something you would like me tot talk about leave a comment or visit my contact page!

Is there anything you want to hear about?

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