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'The Fosters' fan recap: If you're angry and you know it

Season 3 | Episode 8 | “Daughters” | Aired Aug 3, 2015

Is it just me, or is the summer heat getting to everyone on The Fosters? I mean, the emotional outbursts throughout “Daughters” were plentiful. Some were intense and uncomfortable (Rita’s), some were maybe a little bit warranted (don’t judge me, but—Brandon’s), and some were straight up cheer-inducing (Callie’s). Regardless of the reasoning—or the consequences, for that matter—people were mad and unable to rein in their emotions.

But not all emotional outbursts are created equal. While some were resolved with a loving embrace, others ended in handcuffs.

Rita returns from her not-so-hot date with only a doggy bag of leftovers to show for herself. She considers this a failure, but I consider this the best possible outcome to most dates. To add insult to injury, she comes home to find Callie (who’s staying with Rita until the whole “there was a restraining order out against my foster brother” thing blows over) entertaining Chloe (Marcella Lentz-Pope), Rita’s estranged daughter.

Chloe is looking for a little seed money for her latest venture: food trucks! Rita refuses to give her daughter any money because food trucks are, like, so five years ago, Chlo. But also mainly because Rita has given her daughter tens of thousands of dollars for all types of “investments,” and she wants to know if Chloe is off her meds for her bipolar disorder. Chloe leaves in a huff—Saint Rita only cares about her precious “lost girls.”

It’s obvious that the stress of seeing Chloe is getting to the usually very steady matriarch. The next day, Chloe returns and rips into Rita. She says the thing she can never take back: Chloe’s dad was so miserable with Rita that he killed himself. OUCH. Without hesitation, Rita slaps Chloe. Rita can’t believe what she’s done, but it’s too late. No takesies-backsies when face slaps are involved.

What Rita really needs is a nice bubble bath and time to dive into that doggy bag, but what she gets is a call that there’s trouble back at Girls United. Rita and Callie head to the group home, and Rita runs upstairs to break up a fight between Brooke (Alessandra Torresani) and Carmen (Alicia Sixtos). We can only hear the yelling grow more intense until Carmen gets hit in the face. Carmen and Brooke both swear that Rita punched Carmen, and Rita adamantly denies it. Alas, no matter how shifty Brooke and Carmen look, Rita is hauled off in handcuffs and charged with assault. Talk about a bad day.


Brandon gets a visitor this week, too: the social worker looking into the story behind B’s restraining order. Everyone in the house is giving B advice before his big interview, which all basically amounts to: Pull yourself together, avoid mentioning the numerous makeout sessions you’ve had with Callie, and DO NOT RUIN THIS ADOPTION. It’s a lot of pressure for one dude.

B handles himself fairly well (even if he and Callie tell slightly different versions of their “love story”), and makes it through the interview passing as a kid who is not still in love with his foster sister, just as he was instructed. What does set him off, however, is when he realizes the reason Callie had to leave was to separate her from AJ—and that the two must be hooking up.

He confronts Lena and Stef about it, and it is incredible. When they confirm his suspicions, he is at once heartbroken and uncontrollably angry. He’s angry because he gets treated differently from all the other kids in the house. He’s angry because Stef and Lena have humiliated him. He’s angry because he’s expected to accept all of this happily. And then he calls his moms out on their fighting and the fact that they don’t want to be alone together in the house. MIC DROP.

After Stef has time to take this in, she sits him down for what is one of my favorite scenes of the season (I’m a sucker for Stef/B scenes, SUE ME). She admits B was right and she apologizes. She has treated him differently. And if he doesn’t want Mike fostering AJ, he should say so—she’ll be there for him every step of the way. B can barely speak, but manages a “thank you” and an “I love you” and yes, obviously I am crying. I’m not a robot, people!

Per usual, it’s two steps forward, one step back with B. He has this great moment of standing up for himself, and then he has to go ruin it by being a grade-A creeper outside of Callie’s window. He doesn’t end up texting her that night, but we all know he will. The kid just can’t help himself.

In other family news:

  • Callie has her own emotional outburst. After a few days of listening to foster kids (Jude especially) who fear speaking up for themselves, she takes to her web app and tells her story, fully, bravely, and with the names of those in the foster system who have abused their power. GET IT, GIRL.
  • Stef is back on the hit-and-run case. She finally catches a break when Junior Detective Brandon Foster suggests the driver didn’t flee the scene, but hid somewhere. This leads Stef to some pharmacy security footage with a very familiar face on it: the son of the car’s owner, previously her number-one suspect.
  • Lena is still being a terrible person by lying to Stef and confiding in Monte.
  • Jude overhears Brandon’s outburst at his moms and assumes they’re getting a divorce. He lashes out at Lena and immediately fears he’s ruined his adoption. He has a nice chat with Callie about being allowed to have a voice, and the whole thing ends with Lena and Stef bringing Jude in for a most enviable hug.
  • Shaz the Contractor (Jillian Armenante), you guys. She’s real and she’s spectacular.
  • Next week: Did my eyes deceive me, or was that Brallie cabin sex? I’m so scared, you guys. SO SCARED.

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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