The Fosters Episode Review: “Idyllwild”

The Fosters

Season 3 | Episode 9 | Aired August 10, 2015

This is the last episode before The Fosters summer finale and let me tell you, they were holding nothing back.

Brandon had his final performance at Idyllwild (which he won!), Stef found out about Monte and Lena’s kiss, Callie discovered what really happened with Rita, Mike might’ve found who was driving the car that hit Ana and the twins, and Callie and Brandon had sex.

Seriously, this episode was just packed with drama! Let’s start with Stef and Lena. Stef finally found out about the kiss Lena and Monte shared last season and I don’t really know what I was expecting. I don’t know if I thought there’d be yelling and screaming or what, but the revelation was just… sad. Not sad, like, pathetic, but sad like, these are two fictional characters and yet I’m getting really emotional over their marital issues.

Stef

It doesn’t look like they’re splitting up if the preview for next week is everything to go by, but this is The Fosters which means anything can happen. I’m really hoping they don’t split up, but honestly, given all the issues Stef and Lena have had lately, it wouldn’t surprise me if they took a break.

Now, two people who need to take a break are Brandon and Callie. Seriously, I am so tired of these two. Is this what it’s like for other people when you don’t ship a couple, but everyone else does? Every time they have a scene together I just cringe.

On Monday night things only got worse. Callie discovered the truth about the incident with Rita and was able to record enough evidence to clear her name. However, by clearing Rita’s name, Callie also believed she condemned herself when she didn’t deny Carmen’s accusations about Callie’s feelings for Brandon. This was strike number one leading to disaster.

Callie and Brandon

Strike number two was Brandon’s performance at Idyllwild. This actually made me so happy! It was so great seeing Brandon perform again, I hadn’t realized how much I’d missed it. Brandon is at Idyllwild as a composer, but he decided to perform his own piece. This led to him winning the competition (exciting, though a little unrealistic)and he now gets to perform at Disney Hall.

With Brandon flying high off his win and Callie believing she’ll never be adopted now, the pair come together and end up having sex.

I swear, if she gets pregnant, I’ll be so ticked. Like, there’s been a lot of baby talk this season and when Mariana had her pregnancy scare before, Stef and Lena both thought it was Callie’s. Was this foreshadowing? I hope not.

Speaking of Mariana, she finally told Mat the truth about why she broke up with him. I felt kind of bad for Mariana, but mostly I just felt bad for Mat. No one deserves to be cheated on and he had no clue it had happened! He actually apologized about extending the tour cause he thought that’s why she had broken up with him before she told him the truth! He’d been feeling guilty when she was the one who cheated and I felt so bad for him.

Mariana

Ugh, so many secrets being revealed! One more secret that will hopefully be revealed next week is who was driving the car that hit Ana and the twins. Unfortunately, it’s looking a lot like the driver might’ve been AJ’s brother, Ty. If this does turn out to be the case, this might put a bit of a strain on Mike and AJ’s relationship.

There were so many revelations on Monday! Everybody’s secrets were coming to light and there didn’t seem to be any positive repercussions. Next week is the summer finale and anything could happen!

Do Stef and Lena break up? Was Ty the driver? Will there be a mini Callie or Brandon soon? We’ll just have to wait and see! But for now, tell me what you think!

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The Fosters Episode Review: “It’s My Party”

The Fosters

Season 3 | Episode 6 | Aired July 13, 2015

Tonight’s episode was one for celebrations! It was Callie’s seventeenth birthday and Jude decided to throw her a party! Everyone was there, the family, Sophia, Robert, Cole, the girls from Girls United, the guy who ran the youth centre she worked at, and a whole bunch of other people I’ve never seen before. Overall it was actually a pretty happy episode. Sure, there was some drama, it wouldn’t be The Fosters if there wasn’t drama, right? But it really was a happy episode.

Surprise

Now, Callie’s party wasn’t the only thing that happened. Stef and Lena attended their first couple’s counselling session, Callie and Mariana bought a car behind their parent’s backs, Wyatt revealed to Callie that he and Mariana slept together, AJ and Brandon got into a fight with Mike taking AJ’s side, and Callie and AJ kissed. All in all it was a pretty typical Monday night on The Fosters.

We all knew Mariana and Wyatt’s secret was going to come out eventually. Though I don’t think anyone, Mariana included was expecting it to come out quite the way it did. Wyatt asked Mariana on a date and, despite getting Callie’s blessing, Mariana said she couldn’t do it because she knew Callie wasn’t okay with it. This resulted in Wyatt freaking out on Callie and revealing they had hooked up. Wyatt, Wyatt, Wyatt…

This must be something that only happens on TV and in movies, right? Someone revealing some huge secret during an argument because you thought that’s what the person was mad about. That doesn’t happen in real life does it? Because if it does, clearly more people need to watch TV and films because they’re never mad about the thing you think they are. It’s always a totally separate issue, but you feel so guilty over the one thing that you get defensive and assume that’s what they’re mad about. Don’t assume. Don’t ever assume. Because you will end in a horrible Wyatt-Callie-Mariana situation.

A relationship that actually seems to be doing better is Stef and Lena’s. For most of the episode they were at odds with each other over Love/Dislike lists their therapist wanted them to make. However, near the end of the episode their seemed to be some love and understanding returning to the pair. I’m sure that will end when Monte’s kiss is revealed, something we’re all still waiting on.

Something I personally have not been waiting on is the inevitable AJ/Callie kiss which happened tonight. Is it just me? I will say that I do like AJ more now. He seems to be trying to get along with everyone (except Brandon) and he told Mike he talked to his brother, but this thing with Callie… I’m just not feeling it. Are you feeling it? Stef and Lena sure aren’t if the preview for next week is anything to go by.

AJ and Callie Kiss

This whole thing will inevitably cause more of an issue with Brandon and Mike who finally had the hard truth dealt to him. After AJ and Brandon get into a fight over who AJ has been talking to, Mike tells Brandon to stay out of. It’s horribly ironic because Brandon was right, AJ was talking to his brother and hiding it from Mike.

Brandon Mike 1

When Mike later goes to talk to Brandon, Brandon informs him that he’s visited the house and bonded more with AJ in the few weeks he’s been there than he has with Brandon in several years. Is Mike the worst father ever? No, absolutely not. But I’m happy Brandon finally told Mike exactly how he feels because maybe now Mike can start to fix it.

Brandon Mike 2

Also in the boat of crappy fathers was Sophia who found a partner in crime in Brandon tonight. She knows about her father’s affair and is refusing to talk to him and seems to be putting her need for some sort of revenge to use by helping Brandon spy on AJ. I don’t think I need to describe how badly this ended, you all saw it.

Brandon and Sophia

Alright, finally, the car. Callie now has her license and asked Stef and Lena if she could buy a car with the money she’s saved. Unfortunately, they say no. This does not stop Callie and Mariana (who will be getting her license soon) from pooling their money together and buying a car anyway.

We learn that the reason Stef and Lena said no to Callie buying a car was because Robert, her father, had already bought her one for her birthday. However, Callie turned it down. She might be regretting that decision now as sharing a car with the girl who slept with your ex-boyfriend behind your back and then kept it a secret for ages might be a little awkward.

Oh dear, oh dear. Just your usual Monday night. Next week’s episode looks crazy and I am so excited to see what happens! Ana is back and Callie and AJ are in major trouble after their kiss and I just can’t wait.

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

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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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