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'The Fosters' recap: Maybe we should Google it?

Season 2 | Episode 2 | “Take Me Out” | Aired June 23, 2014

Welcome back, Foster fam! Episode 2 of ABC Family’s summer season of The Fosters, “Take Me Out,” felt a bit like the tail end of the June 16 premiere. That is to say: There’s still a lot to discuss about birth fathers, piano-playing hands and the whereabouts of Ana.

When we last left Callie, she was on the hunt for her birth father, Robert “Jack McPhee” Quinn. In this latest installment, unbeknownst to her, Callie is hobnobbing with RQ himself at work. She’s giving him advice on the best milkshakes in town, and in return, he’s leaving her mysterious $100 tips.

Back at home, Callie discovers Robert Quinn has a few conditions before giving away his parental rights: Callie needs to get a DNA test and sign a contract stating she’ll never sue her birth father for money. In short, homeboy has dough stacks. Callie, of course, complies. She just wants to get adopted. RQ, of course, is a no-show to the DNA testing. They take some swabs anyway and Callie goes on with her day.

We’re then treated to a lovely scene between Callie and Mariana in which they confide in one another, comfort one another, tease one another and hug it out. They’re real sisters, you guys! This family has come so far since day one, and getting these little sibling-bonding moments (this episode is full of them) has been really rewarding and fun and just melts my cold, dead heart.

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Callie takes her daddy mystery to the greatest detective of our time: the Internet. Having Googled the identity of RQ, Callie confronts the dairy aficionado who frequents her workplace. She knows he’s her father and she’s angry. RQ swears he had no idea Callie even existed before the abandonment papers, and that leaving Callie’s mom was the biggest mistake of his life. Oh yeah? Tell it to the waitress at the next milkshake stand, buddy!

RQ promises to sign away his parental rights once the family lawyers OK it, hands Callie a letter and busts out of that joint. Alone in her room, Callie opens the letter written by, surprise — RQ’s daughter, Sophia (Bailee Madison!). Callie has a half-sister.

Though Callie has very little control over her fate at the moment, the fate of our friend Brandon lies literally within his hands. Brandon announces he’d like to get the surgery on his busted hand. He knows the inherent risks, but having 95 percent of his mobility back isn’t the same as 100 percent. He needs to have a shot at playing the piano like he used to. Not so fast, B. Stef and Mike (note: NOT Lena) forbid the surgery. It could make things worse and cause permanent damage. It’s too risky.

To blow off some steam, Brandon agrees to drive his siblings to The Ground Space, a club with an all-ages night, featuring the band Someone’s Little Sister. Emma’s friend Mat (Jordan Rodrigues) is in the band and, according to Ems, Someone’s Little Sister will be rocking an ’80s pop vibe mixed with The Black Keys. Brandon is braced for torture.

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But what do we have here? Someone’s Little Sister’s lead singer, Lou, hops on stage and is — gasp — a lady (Ashley Argota). B likes what he sees. Turns out Brandon also knows Mat. Mat invites Brandon to help out the band with some of their songs. Before Brandon can even consider the offer, Lady Lou puts a stop to it. She sasses over to Brandon and declares him too “buttoned up” to really know anything about their type of music. Don’t worry, Brandon: Opposites attract, if you catch my drift.

Back at the homestead, Brandon, also putting the Internet to good use, does a little research on Someone’s Little Sister. After listening to Lady Lou’s sweet sounds, B breaks out the old Ross Gellar keyboard and begins to play along to the band’s music. If he can’t play classical music, could playing in a rock band be the next best thing? When his parents agree to go along with whatever Brandon decides surgery-wise, B has a change of heart. Surgery is put on hold! Looks like our little Brandon is newly inspired.

Like her son, Stef has had a lot on her mind over the course of the hour. Not only is she dealing with the complexities of keeping Brandon safe while still allowing him to make his own choices in life (motherhood, amiright?), but she also has the Mike situation to resolve.

Stef still has her suspicions regarding Ana’s current MIA status and Mike. She asks Dani for more details on the night Mike came home drunk and covered in blood, but Dani doesn’t offer up much. Of course, Dani rats Stef out, and Mike is infuriated. He pays a visit to Stef and demands to know why she was pumping Dani for information. Then I said, no, Mike, someone else you know was pumping Dani, and we all started a slow clap in my honor.

Stef asks Mike point-blank if he had anything to do with Ana’s disappearance, and Mike pleads innocence. However, the look he has on his face as he leaves says otherwise. Later on, Stef learns a body has turned up at Ana’s halfway house but has yet to be identified. Looks like Mike might have some ‘splaining to do.

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In other family news:

  • We all know Emma is a little bossy, but only Jesus is boneheaded enough to tell his own girlfriend that it’s kind of a turn-off. What Jesus means to say is that he feels invisible in the relationship, which is valid. Regardless, Emma is clearly hurt and storms off. You know what? You do you, Emma. You do you.
  • Jude realizes Connor (Gavin MacIntosh) may not be the best friend he thought he was. When Jude basically asks if Connor would still be his friend if he knew Jude was gay, Connor hesitates. Ruh-roh.
  • Timothy the sperm donor returns!
  • Mariana only has eyes for a new guy: Mat, the guitarist for Someone’s Little Sister. He was sporting a semi-ponytail, so you know I’m on board (Zac, we hardly knew ye).

What do we think — is Robert Quinn too good to be true? When do we get that first Maia Mitchell/Bailee Madison scene we’ve all been waiting for? And will someone please tell Dani to take a hike?

The Fosters, rated TV-14, airs Mondays at 9/8 C on ABC Family.

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