EW Community TV Show Episode Guides and Recaps from EW's Community

Image Credit: ABC Family

'The Fosters' recap: These are B's confessions

Season 2 | Episode 5 | “Truth Be Told” | Aired July 14, 2014

Secrets, secrets are no fun, secrets, secrets hurt someone. By someone, I mean almost every member of the Foster family. The latest episode of The Fosters, “Truth Be Told,” had a lot of people grappling with the guilt of secrets and suspicions, and trying their hardest to keep the truth from others. Needless to say, it didn’t work. Some big bombshells were dropped. Let’s take a look at the damage.

It’s empanada night at Mike and Crazy Dani’s! Brandon’s ready to get this awkward dinner going (if you recall, B and Crazy Dani slept together not too long ago), but it turns out Mike has to stay late at work and won’t be able to make it. When Brandon makes to leave, Dani gets upset, and they finally have at each other.

Brandon is racked with guilt over their icky sexcapade and can’t believe Dani doesn’t feel the same way. Brandon insinuates that Dani took advantage of him (he was drunk and hurting and, oh yeah, 16), and Dani fires back that B was the one using her to get back at his dad. “You weren’t screwing me that night, you were screwing him,” she yells. Brandon tosses an equally sassy line at Dani and storms out. It’s nice to see B growing a pair. Sort of.


Honest sidebar: The biggest note I had on this scene was, “But how did the empanadas taste?!” I’m serious. And hungry.

Brandon ends up on some type of musical walkabout in the woods with his new bandmates. After a little peer pressure, Someone’s Little Sister gets Brandon to relax by ingesting the biggest pot brownies I’ve ever seen. It doesn’t do much by way of inspiration, and Brandon starts bugging out. He stumbles off and has to call Lena to come get him.

Sherri Saum and David Lambert were great in these scenes when Lena is trying to talk B off the paranoid ledge of his high. It was so true to the characters; of course, when her teenage son turns up stoned, Lena is compassionate, but also finds time to squeeze in one of her patented “there’s a lesson to be learned here” speeches. Obviously Brandon’s high would be full of anxiety and Crime and Punishment references.

With his inhibitions down, the guilt of his and Dani’s affair is too much for Brandon, and he confesses to Lena. As cool and progressive as Lena is, she is understandably not OK with this news. She reminds B that it was illegal for Dani to sleep with him. B pleads with her to keep his secret, but how can she? Hopefully getting this secret out will help people realize that someone needs to put Crazy down.

While Mama is dealing with Brandon’s big secret, Stef is out investigating the shady things Mike has been up to. Stef is holding onto Ana’s dental records because she knows that if they match the Jane Doe who turned up dead, she might be handing over a piece of evidence that would link Mike to a homicide. After another of Lena’s do-the-right-thing speeches, Stef submits the records.


Meanwhile, Crazy Dani is at the police station harassing Stef into checking up on Mike. Apparently, Mike bailing on the empanada fiesta isn’t a onetime deal. Dani is worried he could be drinking, or on drugs, or even worse: cheating on her. Stef’s eyes say “get a grip, weirdo,” but her mouth says, “Don’t worry about Mike.” In reality, Stef is extremely worried about Mike and the repercussions this whole situation might have on him, Brandon and the entire Foster family.

In a last-ditch effort, Stef follows Mike home from work; however, Mike doesn’t make it home. He pulls up to a motel and heads into one of the rooms. When too-curious-to-help-herself Stef knocks on the motel room door, it’s not Mike who answers, but Ana. DUN-DUN-DUN.

It’s hard to find real importance in the Emma-Jesus-Hayley love triangle this week when Moms are putting out fires fueled by possible murder and statutory rape, and Jude is suffering from selective mutism, but alas. Emma corners Jesus and admits that breaking up was a mistake; she doesn’t know Jesus has moved on with dance girl and terrible person Hayley. Though once he hears that Emma is still interested, Jesus is predictably confused.

Jesus decides to break things off with Hayley, but again gets confused when Hayley starts macking on him. Hayley tracks down Mariana and tells her she’s officially dating Jesus, but Jesus wants to keep it a secret in order to spare Emma some hurt feelings. Hayley takes a page out of Dani’s book and manipulates Mariana into telling Emma that Jesus is off the market.

When Jesus discovers Mariana has been interfering in his love life, he drops the truth bomb that we’ve all been waiting for: Mariana so badly wants to fit in with the dance girls that she is willing to do almost anything, no matter how wrong or blond it may be. Also, she’s a terrible dancer.

In other family news:

  • Keeping up with Sister-gate: Sophia pops over to give Callie an identical version of the jacket Callie complimented her on last week. Should we be worried that Sophia is slowly single-white-femaling Callie? Fingers crossed.
  • Callie thinks she’s ready to do the deed with everyone’s favorite boyfriend, Wyatt, but has a panic attack and can’t go through with it. She tells her pal Daphne she thinks it might be because she’s still in love with Brandon. Callie’s terrified reaction to the Liam look-alike says different.
  • Jude is still not talking, but he does offer a hand to Callie, who obviously needs him after the whole Liam incident. It’s a sweet moment that demonstrates how much these two really need each other.
  • Shirtless Wyatt alert! Pause your DVRs around the 33-minute mark. YOU’RE WELCOME.

Well, Foster fans, what is Mike up to? What’s Dani’s endgame? How long do we think Lena will keep Brandon’s secret for him? (My guess: not long.) And in the competition for world’s greatest friend, who’s in the lead—Daphne or Connor?

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

TV Families | EW.com
Mark Harris
February 23, 1990 AT 05:00 AM EST

The Bradys are back, with a passel of 90’s hassles. Do they represent the typical American Family? Did they ever? Who does? Stare and compare!

Kind Of Family
TheBradyBunch 1969-74: Blended
The Bradys 1990-: Enormous
Married…With Children 1987-: Postnuclear
Thirtysomething 1987-: Extended
The Flintstones 1960-66: Modern Stone Age

Family Pet
The Brady Bunch: Tiger
The Bradys: Alice
Married…With Children: Buck
Thirtysomething: Grendel
The Flintstones: Dino

Typical Guest Star
The Brady Bunch: Davey Jones
The Bradys: There’s no room
Married…With Children: Sam Kinison
Thirtysomething: Carly Simon
The Flintstones: Ann Margrock

Expression Of Joy
The Brady Bunch: Groovy!
The Bradys: Ritual hugging
Married…With Children: ”Oh, great.”
Thirtysomething: ”Of course I’m happy for you. Really. But what about me? Why does it always have to be about you?
The Flintstones: ”Yabba-dabba doo

Expression Of Rage

The Brady Bunch: ”Hmmm…”
The Bradys: ”If you back away from something you really want, then you’re a quitter!” (the angriest any Brady has ever been)
Married…With Children: ”Aaagh, God, take me from this miserable life!”
Thirtysomething: ”I’m not angry, OK?”
The Flintstones: ”Willllmaaaa!”

Typical Problem
The Brady Bunch: Marcia and her rival both want to be the prom queen.
The Bradys: Bobby gets paralyzed.
Married…With Children: Al doesn’t buy his family Christmas presents.
Thirtysomething: Nancy gets cancer.
The Flintstones: Fred and Barney are staying out too late.

Typical Solution
The Brady Bunch: The prom committee decides to have two queens.
The Bradys: Bobby gets married.
Married…With Children: They hate him.
Thirtysomething: If only we knew…
The Flintstones: Wilma and Betty decide to follow them.

House Style
The Brady Bunch: Conservative but mod, circa ’69
The Bradys: Conservative but mod, circa ’90
Married…With Children: Roach motel
Thirtysomething: Enviable
The Flintstones: Suburban cave

Clothing Style
The Brady Bunch: Early Osmonds
The Bradys: Made in the USA
Married…With Children: Flammable fabrics
Thirtysomething: Eclectic earth tones; nice ties
The Flintstones: One-piece

Most Annoying Character
The Brady Bunch: Alice’s cousin Emma, the substitute housekeeper (too strict)
The Bradys: Marcia’s husband, Wally (chronically unemployable)
Married…With Children: Steve (supercilious)
Thirtysomething: Ellyn (goes through Hope’s drawers, babbles, changes hairstyle every other week, generally mistreats her friends)
The Flintstones: Mr. Slate (bossy)

Attitude Toward Sex
The Brady Bunch: Never heard of it
The Bradys: Omigod — even Cindy does it!
Married…With Children: Peg: Yes. Al: No.
Thirtysomething: They didn’t get all those kids by accident.
The Flintstones: Prehistoric

How Spouses Fight
The Brady Bunch: They don’t.
The Bradys: Infrequently, but it happens
Married…With Children: Tooth and nail
Thirtysomething: They stop talking
The Flintstones: Fred and Barney go bowling while Wilma and Betty max out their charge cards.

How Kids Get Into Trouble
The Brady Bunch: Greg takes a puff of a cigarette.
The Bradys: Carol’s grandson steals her business cards and sticks them in the spokes of Bobby’s wheelchair.
Married…With Children: By committing felonies
Thirtysomething: Ethan plays with a forbidden toy rocket.
The Flintstones: They don’t.

How They’re Punished

The Brady Bunch: ”It’s not what you did, honey — it’s that you couldn’t come to us.”
The Bradys ”Next time, ask.”
Married…With Children: By the authorities
Thirtysomething: It blows up in his face.
The Flintstones: They’re not.

What Family Does For Fun
The Brady Bunch: Takes special three-part vacations to Hawaii and the Grand Canyon
The Bradys: Has flashbacks
Married…With Children: Exchanges insults
Thirtysomething: Talks
The Flintstones: Attends showings of The Monster at the Bedrock Drive-In

Unsolved Mysteries
The Brady Bunch: How exactly did Carol’s first husband and Mike’s first wife die?
The Bradys: What’s with Marcia’s new face and Bobby’s blonde hair
Married…With Children: What kind of hair spray does Peg use?
Thirtysomething: Why did Nancy take Elliot back? What do Gary and Susanna see in each other?
The Flintstones: How does Barney’s shirt stay on if he has no shoulders? Where do Fred and Wilma plug in their TV?

Worst Behavior
The Brady Bunch: The Brady children once made Alice feel under-appreciated.

The Bradys: Marcia’s son Mickey watches Bobby’s car-crash tape for fun.
Married…With Children: The Bundy’s kill their neighbor’s dog.
Thirtysomething: Elliot has an affair and talks about it.
The Flintstones: Characters don’t wear under-clothes.

Best Reason To Watch
The Brady Bunch: This is what life should be.
The Bradys: They’re all grown-ups now!
Married…With Children: Terry Rakolta hates it.
Thirtysomething (Tie) This is your life. This isn’t your life.
The Flintstones: This is what life might have been.

Best Reason Not To Watch
The Brady Bunch: Blurred vision from rerun overdoses.
The Bradys: You’re all grown-ups now.
Married…With Children: She has a point.
Thirtysomething: After a while, you think it’s real.
The Flintstones: The Simpsons

You May Like