If you tell me you saw that one coming I won’t believe you.
By now I think it’s safe to say we’ve all come to expect twists, turns, cliffhangers, shock, awe and emotional roller coaster rides when watching an episode of The Fosters, especially premieres and finales.
Even with this expectation we all still somehow manage to end up floored at the end of most episodes. It’s starting to feel like this is a goal of the show runners.
Season two of ABC Family’s beloved hit show dives right in at the start of the first episode. Things don’t exactly pick up where they left off, time moved along in the Adams Foster world just as it did in ours and thank goodness for that. With all of the drama and cliffhangers that filled the first season finale I’m not sure if I could’ve handled even an episode or two watching that unfold.
No worries you shouldn’t be lost. They graciously provide us with a brief recap of all the things we’ll need to remember to follow along this episode. Plus there are several flashback scenes that fill in any gaps, a wise decision and creative way to prevent the season opener from dragging on.
In the beginning we find out Mr. Trouble-Maker, err Brandon is having nightmares about the night he was attacked by Vico and his clique – our first flashback. Back to the present we see a startled-awake Brandon with a brace on his hand, giving us some idea of the time lapse and his recovery all at the same time.
Then we’re treated to a simple explanation about Callie’s birth father not really being her birth father, and though I still say the idea that no one saw her birth certificate before adoption day is bogus, I’m willing to play along because I trust the writers by now. I’ll buy it.
On the other hand Callie doesn’t seem to be totally buying her non-biological-real-dad’s explanation about why all of this news was broken to her on adoption day. He felt like she was his from the first time he held her but then abandoned her when she was 10? (Insert side-eye here.) He’s adamant about the fact that bio-dad abandoned Callie’s mom when she was pregnant and that’s mentioned more than a couple of times so we know that issue is coming back up later.
Back at Anchor Beach we see a blonde Mariana practicing with her new dance team, while Jemma (Jesus + Emma) and the rest of the wrestling team stand by impatiently waiting to use the gym for their own practice and inviting Jesus for a guys only outing. There’s so much wrong with this scenario you almost don’t know where to begin.
Let’s rewind all the way. Mariana is blonde. But, why?! Mariana is on a dance team at school. But, when?! And why is Mariana constant seeking the approval of people that do so little for her? Jemma is still a thing, which is totally fine but why must their teammates make it a point to invite Jesus to go paint balling and insist he leave Emma at home? A brief conversation between the wrestling coach and Lena lets us know that in all likelihood Vico’s parents retracted their funding, forcing the downsize to the smaller gym. The principal is gone as well, leaving Lena as the acting head in the interim. I’m here for that.
Wyllie is still a thing, Lena is still pregnant, and Ana, the twins’ mom is still missing. Perhaps more exciting than all of that is the fact that at least one of the girls from the group home is back for season two. Daphne returns and it appears that she and Callie are closer than ever. Not only is this going to be great for Callie’s development as a character as well as her growth, we also get to continue the storyline and journey of at least one of the members of Callie’s former group home, which is important and vital to maintaining the trend The Fosters has already started with regards to visibility and representation.
With all that’s going on it would be easy to let that part of the story fade to black or hang out somewhere in the background until the writers are sure you’re not thinking about Daphne anymore. One thing is for certain; with the way this episode ended we can be sure that Callie is going to need her friendship with Daphne more than ever.
Not too long after we find out Mike is the one that beat up Ana and Brandon can’t play the piano like he used to, Callie gets a hefty tip from a guilt-ridden customer who keeps eyeballing her in the most telling of ways.
Pops Quinn. The man Callie initially didn’t want to find in order to request he terminate his parental rights only to later realize how much her legal adoption was necessary when she was removed from her home in the middle of the night on a technicality.
OK, so they haven’t exactly confirmed this is Callie’s dad, but the man knows something Callie doesn’t and it’s seriously written all over his face. As if that wasn’t enough here’s the kicker, the bomb dropped in the last seconds of the season premiere: after exiting the diner, Mr. Guilty Face gets in the car with a girl who looks eerily similar to Callie, is clearly close in age and who calls Mr. Guilty Face, “Dad.”
Here’s the thing. As sure as I am about this conclusion, it wouldn’t surprise me one bit if Mr. Guilty Face isn’t Callie’s dad and the eerie look-alike isn’t Callie’s sister, maybe uncle and cousin? Who knows. We’ve already established the writers have a knack for hoodwinking us when we least expect it.
Speaking of expecting I’m expecting some spilled tea next episode with regards to unborn baby Adams Foster and the Timothy AKA Oops-I-Changed-My-Mind debacle. Don’t think we forgot.
Until next time…