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'The Fosters' summer finale recap: Love will keep us together

Season 3 | Episode 10 | “Lucky” | Aired Aug 17, 2015

I wanted to start this recap of The Fosters‘ summer finale with something snarky about the sheer number of obstacles that have stood in the way of Callie’s adoption thus far—seriously, was an asteroid going to destroy the courthouse next?—but then Callie’s impassioned speech about being one of the lucky ones, followed by the one-two punch of courtroom hugs and the first family dinner, rendered me snark-less.

Praise be to Yeezus—Callie Jacob is officially an Adams Foster! I’m not crying, you’re crying.

The adoption wasn’t without some last-minute drama, though, of course.

Brandon and Callie return from their tryst in the woods of Idyllwild, prepared to hear that Callie’s adoption has fallen through.


Surprise! Stef, Lena, and Rita are all waiting to tell Callie the GREAT news: Her adoption has been approved by the caseworker! Brandon and Callie summon all the strength they can muster to not puke on the floor.

Rita does some quick tying of loose ends, and informs Callie that she did in fact get Callie’s recording of Carmen ‘fessing up to lying for Brooke, and has been cleared. She also heard the part about Callie’s indiscretion with B while at Girls United, but Callie saves Rita, and Rita saves Callie. Moving on …

B and Callie are still very confused as to how they want things to go down. On the one hand, Callie could have the family she’s always wanted. On the other hand, there’s destroying Lena and Stef’s dreams, but also more sex.  I think Daphne says it best when, upon hearing about the cabin coitus, she basically says, “Really, Callie? REALLY?”

During a family gathering (see below for deets!), Callie looks around at all she could lose in order to be with Brandon. The two have a moment together and come to terms with the fact that Callie doesn’t just need a family; she needs this family. Adios, Brallie.

With that little issue all squared away, Callie takes to the interwebs to leave another video on her foster app, relaying her happiness but also admitting that she’ll always be a foster kid. When Callie enters the courtroom to face the same judge whom she outed in her first video, she is surrounded by foster kids who have come to support her. It is lovely.

Then, the final hurdle: The judge isn’t so pleased about being called out, but Callie refuses to apologize. She tells the judge that the system is broken and it’s kids like her, the lucky ones, who need to stand up and speak for all foster kids. The judge isn’t such a bad guy after all—in fact, he’s proud of Callie. And then he makes her adoption official. Cue the tears. SO MANY TEARS.

While it was a momentous night for Callie, it was a very busy one for Lena. When she wasn’t giving lessons on proper condom usage, she was fighting to keep her marriage together and heal some old family wounds.

Last we saw our mamas, Stef was finally clued into the Monte of it all, and Lena was trying to assure her wife that it meant nothing. Well, Stef’s anger won’t be assuaged so easily. And because the Adams Fosters have a gift for timing, while the two gals were dealing with some huge marital issues, they were simultaneously throwing Lena’s parents, Dana and Stewart (the fab Lorraine Toussaint and Bruce Davison), a 40th anniversary party.

Lena heads to school to confront Monte, who simply confirms what Jenna told Stef: Monte is in love with Lena, even if Lena doesn’t feel the same. Oh, Monte, go join Crazy Dani on the Island of Misfit Girlfriends or something, would ya?

Before Lena can get into it, her brother Nate appears ready to finally apologize for what he put their family through. Lena is on the fence about whether she can forgive Nate or not, but a nice chat with Dana about compassion tips the scale in his favor. Now all they have to do is get Dad on board.

Nate and his girlfriend, Faith, show up at the anniversary party. Before Stewart can kick them out, his wife and daughter convince him that Nate truly is sorry. The Adams family is whole again.

The Adams Foster family, however? Not so much. The night before the big anniversary party, Lena and Stef really have it out. Stef accuses Lena of encouraging Monte, and Lena doesn’t deny it. It is dark. They put on brave faces for the party, but it isn’t until Stef reveals she had been keeping the news of an irregular mammogram from Lena that the two are able to move forward. Stef is fine, but it put things into perspective for both of them.


Later, surrounded by all of their children in their kitchen, our mamas seem stronger than ever. Whew. All is right with the world again.

In other family news:

  • Connor’s dad catches Jude and Connor making out sans shirts, which gives Lena the green light for an awkward but tender sex talk with her youngest son (“For a lesbian, she sure knows a lot about how guys have sex”). The incident prompts Connor to ask to live with his mom in L.A. At first, Jude is hurt, but after watching Callie’s adoption become official, he understands the importance of living in a home that is safe and full of understanding. Also, they say “I love you” and it is adorable.
  • “Oh my love, what an impossible task you’ve given yourself.” Lorraine Toussaint, you are a GODDESS.
  • Mariana tries to win Mat back with a rendition of “Love Will Keep Us Together” at the anniversary party. Mat is not swayed. Mariana informs him she’s done begging for forgiveness because she’s forgiven herself (YAS, QUEEN). He’s happy she’s done beating herself up over it, but not interested in making a go of it again.
  • Well, hello, Jesus 2 (Noah Centineo). Welcome. My name is Mrs. Robinson. May I hang up your shirt?

That’s all she wrote on The Fosters‘ season 3A. What are your hopes and dreams for next season—besides more of Hot Dad Mike, of course?

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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