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Fan recap: 'The Fosters' throws an LGBT prom and it is awesome

Season 3 | Episode 4 | “More Than Words” | Aired June 29, 2015

How serendipitous it is that during the very week the U.S. is celebrating the historic Supreme Court decision on marriage equality and the fact that finally, maybe, love has won, The Fosters throws an LGBT prom. What better way to keep the good vibes going than to have everybody get all gussied up and just enjoy being a teen—a gay, straight, transgender, or genderqueer teen—for the night? Put on your dancing shoes, Fosters fam—it’s prom night.

I wish all proms happened like Fosters proms. One minute, Callie, AJ, Jude, and Connor are sitting on the beach; the next minute Cole (Tom Phelan), our friend from Girls United (I miss you, Rosie!), arrives and invites the whole gang to the LGBT prom he’s throwing that night. Callie asks to go as Cole’s date, and Jude reluctantly agrees to attend.

But guys, the prom is literally at 6 p.m. It’s very lovely to find Cole so happy and so himself, but also please know that I cannot concentrate on the profoundness of what I’m seeing on my television when prom is only hours away, and how are these people so calm about this?!

I guess there was no need to worry, as Callie comes down the stairs looking stunning in the gown she just happened to find at a vintage store on her way home, and Jude and Connor are so adorable together, no one even notices what they managed to toss together (they’re so handsome). The pre-prom pictures begin, and Lena and Stef are hilariously cheesy about the whole thing. Can they send me off to prom? No, seriously, I’m asking.


Cole rolls up into prom like a boss, showing off his date to his friends. Callie starts to worry that AJ’s warning about Cole having feelings for her might be accurate. When Cole leans in for a kiss, she knows they’re accurate. Cole is angry and doesn’t want a pity date. Callie explains she sees Cole as a friend—a badass friend who is doing amazing things—and she could really use a friend these days.

Callie should probably let AJ in on that nugget of information. The two are pretty flirty all day, and when she gets back from prom, AJ tells her he was jealous of Cole. He is forward. Wait—I might be into this?

Jude and Connor walk into prom much more apprehensively than Cole. Jude is immediately put off by people introducing themselves by using labels (the kid hates labels!), and Connor is put off by Jude being so hesitant to say he’s gay. Cole has a heart-to-heart with Jude and explains that being able to label himself as transgender saved his life; that sometimes labels help people feel less alone. THIS PROM IS SO IMPORTANT, YOU GUYS.

Jude takes Cole’s message to heart and stomps back on into prom and makes sure Connor knows how proud Jude is to be his boyfriend. He informs Connor that he’s gay, and more important, he is “super gay” for Connor. It is so stinkin’ cute. Can we always go to proms?


But the evening wasn’t all teen angst and corsages—Lena’s family is coming for dinner, including her estranged half-brother, Nate, and his new girlfriend. You remember Nate, right? The guy who called Lena’s mother Dana (Lorraine Toussaint) the N-word, then disappeared for 20 years? Yes, well, Lena isn’t too happy he’s back either.

Lena discovers that Nate never apologized to Dana and that Dana never told Lena’s father, Stuart (Bruce Davison), the truth about Nate’s estrangement; she wants to keep the past in the past. This one-two punch sends Lena reeling. Adding more fuel to Lena’s fire? Nate arrives with his girlfriend, Faith, who also happens to be black. Lena is sure Nate is just using Faith to spite Lena and Dana.

Our dear Lena does her best to hold it together, but when Nate begins to apologize for everything except for what he did to Dana, Lena is beside herself with anger. Dana can’t understand why her daughter is so hurt by something that happened 20 years ago to someone else, so Lena lays down an impassioned speech about how deeply that word cuts and how horrible it is to hear someone you love be demoralized like that. Finally, Dana understands.

When the two women confront Nate, he denies it ever happened. Stuart is shocked and demands his son apologize. Nate, not surprised that his dad takes Lena and Dana’s side, refuses, and Stuart asks his son to leave. So, not a great family reunion, all things considered.

Never fear—the night is not a complete bust! The kids return home and dinner turns into a big ol’ Adams Foster meal around the Beautifully Sanded Island of Family Secrets, Mama Hugs, and Lorraine Toussaint’s Potato au Gratin. Which, coincidentally, was my high school prom theme—IN MY DREAMS.

In other family news:

  • Brandon had us all convinced he was making another Terrible Life Choice, when he plagiarizes one of Bach’s fugues to turn in for Kat to perform for the Dean of Idyllwild. Joke was on us—he did it on purpose, to show that no matter what he wrote, Kat would hate it. They both end up getting kicked out of the program. So … maybe the joke is on Brandon a little bit, too.
  • Mat surprises Mariana at home to let her know he loves her, he really, really would like to have sex with her, and … his band is extending the tour. Way to kill the mood, Mat! Mariana uses the tour as an excuse to break things off with the guy, when really we all know the sex guilt is wearing her down. Come clean, girl!
  • I’m sorry, did you say Wyatt is a lifeguard? Can we get a closeup of this next time? America deserves to see that hair saving lives, AS IT WAS BORN TO DO.

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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