So much fluff! Fluff is good, remember? We like fluff. After the last couple of episodes we needed some fluff. But with the season not even close to an end we know that too much fluff in one episode means most of it was likely a setup for some heavy hitting drama coming soon. And we’re here for that too.
Callie has grown tremendously in the last couple of episodes and as a result is leaving her group home for the Adams Foster residence. She has accepted her situation and appears to have a much brighter, more open and more trusting outlook on life. During their sharing of the things they learned from Callie, one group home resident just about summed it up saying, “She looked like she didn’t belong here. But she did.”
Genuinely receptive to all of the feedback and advice from Rita and the girls, one imparts on her the wisdom, “Don’t be cocky.” Cole admits that he found a friend in Callie. She reciprocates the sentiment, which reminds us that with Callie going home, we may not see Cole and these girls again. Although the group home seems to have done its job with Callie coming full circle, I can’t help but hope their stories will continue.
Back at the Adams Foster residence Callie’s arrival couldn’t be more awkward with Jude seemingly closed off and unsure about his older sister’s return. The youngest Adams Foster almost seems a bit territorial or perhaps he is still dealing with some lingering resentment. The end of the episode leaves us with the conclusion that perhaps he just needed an adjustment period.
Speaking of awkward, could things be any more awkward between Brandon and Callie? They can barely say two words to each other or complete their thoughts, let alone their sentences. At home, at school, at the cast party for the school play, their run-ins do not seem to be getting any easier, leaving us to believe we’ll be dealing with their inability to be comfortable around each other as siblings for a while to come.
Oh and about the cast party for the school play, a social event Mariana just had to attend in order to chase her crush (no pun intended), we see several confrontations between Mariana and Kelsey, Brandon and his ex, and Brandon’s ex and Callie – none of which end well.
Despite the drama, Mariana serves some nuances of feminism, calling out subtle sexism – even if it is in misdirected vexation. Plus she stands her ground with Chase – even if she did seduce him under the advisement of Brandon’s ex. At the end of the scene with Chase all I could think was how disappointed and proud of Mariana I was at the very same time. Though, I need her to work on her discernment and stop taking advice from these misguided, ill-intentioned children, better known as, her peers.
Even though her naïveté lead to her believing that placing a pair of underwear in Chase’s pocket would be received as an invitation to merely make-out, she had no problem stopping his advances the moment she realized he was expecting more. How many times have you seen a situation end like this in media? Not often I would imagine.
Often we see the girl saying no and the guy pursuing in spite of – alcohol may or may not be involved. We see the consequences. Young girls are told they can say no, but how often are they shown that they can successfully say no? Affirmations instead of fear to drive home a message – well there’s a thought.
I can’t help wanting to credit Mariana’s confidence, courage, and budding feminism to growing up in a two-mom household. Between Lena & Stef I think you get all the feminism you need and then some.
By the end of the episode one thing definitely stood out: Brandon is doing the most. The eldest Adams Foster child is trying to save the day and be everyone’s hero, which would be admirable if he wasn’t setting himself up for backfire with every impulsive choice he makes.
Brandon’s series of “I think I’m grown” decisions starts with him moving in with his dad where he accidentally learns of pop-Foster’s new boo. He gets credit for making the mature decision to avoid temptation and mutual torture for himself and Callie. But then he goes and continues to lie to his dad about his piano lessons, failing to admit that he hasn’t gone in weeks but has still been taking the money.
That’s just for starters. Upon discovering that the main thing keeping his dad’s shooting investigation alive is the testimony of the twins’ birth mother, Ana, he pays her a visit and threatens her with the potential hatred of Jesus and Mariana. When that does not seem to be working quick enough for him he all but bribes her to recant her story using the accumulated money from his piano lessons. Brandon is the only one who cannot currently see how problematic this is.
Nevertheless, he is successful and Ana recants her story, ending the investigation and causing the entire family to rejoice at the news, but not before Stef admits during her deposition that she lied in her original statement. Even with the investigation over this could be a problem except for some strange and miraculous reason her Captain can’t seem to get the deposition file to open on her computer (insert an ‘I see what you did there side-eye at the Captain here). The Blue Wall is real.
It’s worth noting that Stef mentions to Lena early in the episode that she should have trusted the system instead of lying. In a family as diverse (and marginalized) as the Adams Fosters, it must be nice to have that option – trusting the system. Privilege is a powerful thing.
Next on Brandon’s long list of poor decisions is the one he makes to steal one of Lena’s school keys to gain access to the school ID card maker and join a ring of students who make and sell fake IDs. This decision is one he deems necessary to make some quick cash – he has to pay his father back for the piano lesson money in order to cover up yet another poor decision.
In general, the older Adams Foster children need some better friends or better judgment or both. I need Brandon to start thinking about how his decisions and actions affect everyone else around him – before he makes them. And I need Mariana to put her drawers back on and focus on anything other than chasing Chase.
Noticeably missing was Jesus, except that it was only really noticeable when they tried to explain his absence. While the one-liner excuses for his impromptu holiday actually made it more noticeable, explaining was better than not.
By the episode’s end Jude and Callie are back on good terms. She gives him an epic birthday present that starts with clues in his school locker, goes on for two days, and ends with a surprise party and assurance from Callie that he doesn’t have to keep secrets any more because they have a family.
Expect an Adams Foster baby announcement soon and pack your armor for the next couple of episodes. With all of the much-needed fluff and all of the grenades Brandon detonated this episode, one thing is for certain: the drama is coming.
Still here for it?