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'The Fosters' fan recap: Brandon's big day, Brallie's big night

Season 3 | Episode 9 | “Idyllwild” | Aired Aug 10, 2015

Do you hear that? That’s the sound of thousands of Brallie shippers squealing their little hearts out. After seasons of will-they-or-won’t-they-but-please-lawd-nos, The Fosters‘ Brandon and Callie succumbed to that simmering (also: misguided) sexual tension and got it on. In a cabin, y’all!

From the looks of next week’s summer finale, however, it seems Callie may have given up on her adoption hopes a little too soon. Oh, Callie, when will you learn to take a beat before deciding that you’ll never be adopted and that jumping B’s bones will make you feel better? No, but seriously, this exact thing happened a year ago. GET A GRIP, GIRL.

Alas, Brallie took that giant, mysterious leap into possible-siblings-who-have-sex territory tonight. But how did they end up there? It all starts with some classical music, as it typically does.

Brandon’s Idyllwild recital is upon us! B is putting the finishing touches on his piece in hopes of winning the grand prize of a legit concert featuring his composition. He’s reminded by his instructor that the key ingredient to a winning piece is passion, something Brandon has in spades, but Jin (Mark Daugherty), his pianist, does not.

One of my favorite moments from “Idyllwild” is Jin explaining that the most painful thing he’s ever been through isn’t unrequited love, or having his dreams stolen from him by the school bully—it’s the time when his wisdom teeth were impacted. And just last week, Stef was lamenting that she thought B had it easy! Since B doesn’t believe a teenager with such a normal life could do his piece justice, he kicks Jin out of rehearsal—permanently.

Meanwhile, Callie is having some peer-to-peer issues of her own. Callie is convinced that Carmen and Brooke are lying about Rita hitting Carmen, and she is not going to drop it—no matter how many times Brooke threatens her (that girl is scary, people).

When Carmen lets it slip that she’s postponing the Army, even though it’s her ticket out of the system, Callie does a little digging and realizes that Carmen must be using again—and Brooke must be keeping that a secret for her in return for Carmen throwing blame onto Rita.

When Callie confronts Carmen (Callie asking another girl why she would mess things up when she’s so close to getting what she’s always wanted is laughable), Carmen readily admits it. But Carmen reminds Callie that she needs her—Callie’s social worker has more questions after finding inconsistencies in the Brallie saga, and is paying a visit to Girls United. Carmen knows Brandon broke his restraining order to see Callie, and she’ll only keep quiet if Callie does.

Luckily, Callie knows how to use the voice-memo app on her iPhone and records the whole thing.

Back at Idyllwild, Mat comes to visit! He convinces Brandon to play his own piece at the recital. Brandon is worried that it’s against the rules (BECAUSE WHEN HAS THAT EVER STOPPED HIM BEFORE), and that he’s physically incapable of playing such a tough piece with his busted hand. Mat has a plan.

The entire Adams Foster gang (plus Hot Dad Mike and AJ) assembles for B’s big moment. Brandon hooks up a little machine to play multiple tracks at once (Mat’s idea), and then he plays. He plays so hard that the audience is reduced to tears. Stef is crying! Lena is crying! I’m assuming Hot Dad Mike is sobbing over in the corner somewhere. WE’RE ALL JUST REAL PROUD OF OUR SON, OKAY?

While Brandon gets the news that he’s won the concert, Callie learns from Stef that Rita is being officially charged with assault of a minor. Callie has no choice but to send Carmen’s recorded confession to Rita, even though it incriminates Callie herself and most likely means Stef and Lena will never be allowed to adopt her.

Alone in the cabin, Callie fills Brandon in on what she’s done and what it’ll mean for them both. Callie assumes she’ll have to go live with her dad, and that her adoption just wasn’t meant to be. They stare longingly at one another until B suggests they should call it a night.

It’s a smart plan until B can’t stand it anymore, and he creeps into Callie’s room so they can finally have at it. And have at it they do! It was, surprisingly, quite steamy. For example:


But you know what’s not steamy? Real-life consequences.

In other family news:

  • Cute Mat is in town to support B and to win back Mariana. He assures her that she is more important than any tour, and confesses he’s a virgin too. Now they can lose it to each other! Oh, Mat, you beautiful dummy. Mariana comes clean about her escapade on the lifeguard tower, and Mat does not take it well … understandably.
  • Mike becomes the cutest dad with a foster license in all of San Diego! More important (to some of you), while he and AJ are visiting Grandma at the nursing home (swoon), Ty pops in to express his disgust at AJ’s choice to live with Mike. Before Ty speeds off, Mike gets a nice long look at the friend chauffeuring Ty around: Joe Olsen (Dylan John Seaton), aka Stef’s number-one suspect in the hit-and-run.
  • During a couples’ getaway at Idyllwild, Jenna notices the chemistry between Monte and Lena and kicks her girlfriend to the curb. Jenna fills Stef in on her suspicions, and FINALLY Stef forces Lena to ‘fess up to her kiss with the principal.
  • Next week: Shocking no one but Callie and Brandon, Callie and Brandon having sex was a little premature. Looks like Callie is getting adopted! Will Brallie survive the summer finale?

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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