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'The Fosters' summer finale recap: Sister, sister

Season 2 | Episode 10 | “Someone’s Little Sister” | Aired Aug 18, 2014

I don’t know about you, my dear Foster fans, but I just watched The Fosters summer finale and I am RAVAGED. “Someone’s Little Sister” was an intense hour that brought a lot of season 2A storylines full-circle and completely blew the door open on some old ones. I don’t even have time for a clever introduction; we have many things to discuss.

Callie pays a visit to Rita, who is not doing so hot now that Girls United is homeless. Seriously, sister is deep in the throes of a shame spiral (empty pizza boxes are always the first sign) and seems ready to throw in the towel. Luckily, Callie knows what it’s like to pick yourself up when you’ve been knocked down. She wants to raise money for Girls United, and mid-brainstorm sesh with Daphne, who should walk into her restaurant but the one richie-richster who can help her: Robert Quinn.

Fresh off signing the abandonment papers for Callie, RQ agrees to throw a fundraiser for Girls United. Planning seems to be going smoothly until the Quinns ask Callie to DTR so things don’t get awkward in front of their guests. When Callie suggests they just refer to each other as friends, Sophia does not respond well. She seems offended and hurt that they wouldn’t call Callie her sister. Something’s rotten in the state of Sophia, amiright?

Honest sidebar: I know they just remade Single White Female a few years ago with Lyla Garrity and Blair Waldorf, but I’d be totally cool with a remake of the remake starring Maia Mitchell and Bailee Madison. We’d be able to cut the trailer just from scenes of The Fosters, and recycling is good for the Earth. But seriously, Callie, don’t buy any kittens, because they will end up in your washing machine.


After surviving a fairly awkward sleepover with Sophia, it’s the day of Callie’s big fundraiser! RQ is every bit the proud papa, displaying Callie’s photos and just being a straight-up gentleman to Stef and Lena. And after a heart-to-heart with Rita, Callie is starting to question her assumptions about her birth father. Rita notices that RQ is genuinely trying to care for Callie and maybe she should let him because, well, he is her father.

Rita has a point. Why is Callie completely rejecting this man who is trying to support her and get to know her? I’m not saying I don’t want Lena and Stef to adopt Callie, and I’m not saying I wasn’t also wary of RQ’s intentions at the start of things, but I am saying that this is complicated.

Rita’s words strike a cord with Callie, who outs RQ as her father in a very touching and very public speech. Sophia is, of course, over the moon, and promptly informs Callie that it’s not too late for them to be a family because she stole the abandonment papers from the mail and ripped them up and isn’t that just great? No, I mean it, Callie—hide your cat. Hide all of the cats.

RQ can fix everything by signing a new set of papers, but he admits to Callie that he won’t, he can’t do that for her. Signing the abandonment papers was the hardest thing he had to do as a father, and he can’t bring himself to do it again. He won’t let her go this time; he wants to be her father. If it’s any consolation, RQ does look pretty torn up about the whole thing.

And then nothing else really happens. Nope, nothing to see here. No rekindling of a semi-inappropriate, pseudo-sibling romance of any kind. Just kidding, Brallie fans! Here’s the skinny: When Callie, feeling completely betrayed, runs out of the party, Brandon “I don’t want drama either” Foster runs after her. He doesn’t put up much of a fight when Callie says not getting adopted might be “the way it’s supposed to happen” and plants one on him. Brallie lives to see another day.


The Fosters plays with an interesting parallel by having Callie rethink her relationship with a biological parent, while Mariana completely shuts off whatever she was previously feeling for hers. Again, it just shows the complexity of these relationships and how confusing it must be for these teenagers, no matter the outcome. I think having these two stories play out simultaneously really highlights that.

Mariana makes good on her decision to hear out Ana from last week, but the family reunion is not a cheerful one. In trying to make amends, Ana admits that she loved getting high more than she loved her kids, and for that she’s most ashamed. Mariana can’t even be in the same room with this woman, whom she sees now as just a “sad stranger.”

Still upset at home, Mariana confesses that she hates the fact that she shares DNA with Ana, but is comforted by Lena’s reminder that DNA doesn’t make a family. Lena wouldn’t love Mariana any more even if she had given birth to her—she’s her daughter no matter what.

Lena and Mariana hug, and my wine is getting watered down with the uncontrollable tears that seem to be flooding my face. It’s all well and good that you’re comforting your daughter, Lena, but who’s going to comfort me, huh?

In other family news:

  • Callie snaps at Sophia after realizing she may lose the Fosters. This sends Sophia off the deep end, and she locks herself in the bathroom with, we’re led to believe, the intention to hurt herself. For as much crap as I give Sophia for being a complete freak show when it comes to Callie, this is pretty distressing. Choose life, girl!
  • New couple alert? Jude is back from his camping trip, and he and Connor hint at maybe hooking up while sharing a tent. The Fosters is being a little too coy with this for my taste, and I’m not sure I totally believe it just yet.
  • Lena calls out Connor’s dad for being a bully and wants to take action against him. The new principal thinks it’s a conflict of interest, so Lena ups and quits her job. Stef thinks this is just Lena trying to take control after feeling powerless from losing the baby. I’m more concerned that a principal asks her students to call her Monty.
  • Miracles do happen! I wanted to reach into my TV and give Jesus a big ol’ hug not once, but TWICE in this episode. His gut reaction to protect Ana was a doozy, and ignoring Hayley’s needy plea to skip the fundraiser was the first smart thing he’s done all season.
  • Finally, isn’t Maia Mitchell just the best?

Well, friends, that’s a wrap on season 2A of The Fosters. Until we meet again, here are some questions to mull over: Think the Brallie kiss was just Callie’s way of coping with her heartbreak over losing her family, or is this true love?  Will Mariana ever be able to forgive Ana? And what really went down on that seventh-grade camping trip?

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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

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