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'The Fosters' winter premiere recap: Aftershocks

Season 2 | Episode 12 | “Over/Under” | Aired Jan 19, 2015

The Fosters winter premiere is upon us, friends, and with it, some major forward motion in some of the bigger questions we were left to ponder over the hiatus. Also, a dance number. So there’s that.

But mainly, “Over/Under” deals with the fallout from the summer finale’s biggest shocker: Callie’s half-sister, Sophia, rips up the signed abandonment papers that would have allowed Callie to be officially adopted by the Adams-Fosters. When Callie’s biological dad, Robert Quinn, realizes he has a second chance, he seizes it; RQ will not sign away his parental rights. This blow, of course, sends Callie back into the arms—and lips—of Brandon. But this time, Brandon needs to think about it (and does, at length, in the Christmas special, remember?). Oh, and speaking of the Christmas special, we finally find out for whom the ambulance tolls (spoiler: not Sophia).

Let’s assess the damage, shall we?

Up first, Callie’s adoption status. Well, turns out RQ meant it when he said he wasn’t signing any papers. He is so worked up over the situation, in fact, that he suffers a legit panic attack (yep—the Ambo is for RQ, not his daughter crying in the bathtub upstairs). When Stef swings by the Quinn house after the dust has settled, the Quinns stand firm—they’re ready to petition the court for custody. Not even the charm of Teri Polo can stop this train.

Before a judge, the case boils down to what we’ve known it to be all along: the familiarity and stable home provided by Stef and Lena versus Robert Quinn’s biological rights and seemingly honest desire to get to know his daughter. The judge comes up with a temporary solution: Callie will live with the Adams-Fosters until the duration of RQ’s abandonment period runs out, but she must spend one day a week with her father.

Everyone is generally fine with the ruling … until Callie puts her foot down. She makes it clear that she’ll see RQ once a week if she has to, but only RQ—not Jill Q, and most certainly not Sophia. Fragile little Sophia is crushed. I assume she goes to look for a another bathtub to cry in—I’m with ya, sister!

The Quinns fight for custody of Callie on The Fosters winter premiere.

I assume wrong. Instead, Sophia decides to pay Callie a visit at work. When Callie tells Sophia she’ll never forgive her for basically ruining her life, Sophia threatens to kill herself—and she’s not kidding around. To prove it to Callie, Sophia WALKS STRAIGHT INTO ONCOMING TRAFFIC (!!).

By some miracle, she isn’t hurt, but Callie (thankfully) rats her out to the Quinns. Sophia comes clean about her depression and suicidal thoughts, and RQ is left heartbroken in the wake of the news.

Honest sidebar: My love for Kerr “Jack McPhee” Smith knows no bounds. Try to hate on RQ all you want, but I just CANNOT. Smith is so great at playing all sides of this complicated character (who could easily be one-note), and he just flat-out killed it in this episode. I can’t quit you, Robert Quinn! Also, have I mentioned he played Jack McPhee on Dawson’s Creek?! Because he DID.

Now, on to Callie’s relationship status. As mentioned, Callie seeks out Brandon. But this time around, Brandon doesn’t want Callie to give up on her dream of being adopted. He is willing to give up their relationship for that; also, he needs to pump some iron with his bro and make sweet music with Lou. HE HAS THINGS TO DO, CALLIE.

Callie gets a little jealous when she sees B and Lou flirting, and then a lot jealous when Mariana tells her that the two are dating (the No Doubt situation—ha!). There’s a glimmer of hope for Callie when she finds B at the piano. He tells her he has been offered a scholarship to the prestigious Idyllwild Arts summer program, which would mean sayonara, Someone’s Little Sister. Though, B crushes those hopes when he asks Stef for permission to take the summer and tour with the band instead. (She’ll think about it, maybe.)

Brandon (David Lambert) and Lou (Ashley Argota) flirt on ABC Family

Callie calls Brandon out for giving up on classical music, his “one true love,” and he gently reminds her that a person can’t always have their one true love (burn!). When Callie presses the Lou button, B finally drops some truth bombs onto dear Callie’s heart: Callie only comes to B when she’s hurting. It’s a reaction, not a real feeling. And more than anything, B doesn’t trust Callie. “I’m done. We’re done. We have to be done.” Ouch.

Honest side bar: Hallelujah! Brandon is, dare I say it, considering the big picture and making some good decisions for once. I barely even know this boy on my TV screen. I’m so proud of you, Brandon! What’s happening?!

Harsh words, yes, but Callie needed to hear them. Otherwise, they’d just be treading water, and that’s just not good for anyone (audience included).

In other family news:

  • Jesus sneaks into Ana’s AA meeting and overhears some shocking news: Ana is pregnant. For once, I’m excited about a Jesus storyline. (Again, what’s happening?!)
  • They’re still stringing out the truth behind the Jude-Connor camping adventure. The boys “confess” that they invited some girls into the tent to make out, but it seems like there’s more to that story. Also, no one calls Jude a little bitch. You hear me, Connor?
  • Mariana saves the dance team using geometry—no, seriously. And then she pulls a full-fledged mutiny over evil blond dictator Kaitlyn. Also, Tia must be the greatest dance teacher in the history of dancing, because Mariana got, like, really good.
  • I know we joke around a lot on here, but seriously, if you or someone you know needs help, please visit suicidepreventionlifeline.org.

How are we all doing? Think this is really the last we’ve seen of Brallie? Will Jesus fill Mariana in on Ana’s news? And we didn’t even get into the mamas—will Lena ever tear down that (pillow) wall?

The Fosters airs Mondays at 8/7C 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

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