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Season 3 | Episode 14 | “Under Water” | Aired Feb 15, 2016

It’s taken some time, but it looks like maybe, finally, The Fosters is ready to put the Monte debacle behind them. Under Water felt like a much-needed turning point in Stef and Lena’s relationship. Their solid foundation is at the core of this show, and without it, these last few episodes have felt unanchored. Stef’s impending surgery puts them in a particularly bad spot for mistrust and dishonesty. Thankfully, Lena says all the things Stef needs to hear. Lena listens, hears Stef’s fears, and she reminds her that her beauty is far from skin-deep and that their love is far stronger than any surgery. Any concern Stef has over Lena’s commitment to her can be put to rest, and they can now truly move forward together.

Callie isn’t having as much luck working things out with AJ. In fact, she can’t get him to talk to her at all. Understandably, he’s feeling a bit deceived by her and, presumably, blames her for his brother being in jail. What AJ can’t know is that Callie’s only motive was getting him home safe and sound. Stef did lie and trick Callie into being complicit in AJ’s apprehension. (Stef shows no remorse about this course of action, which I find troublesome.) Callie eventually comes to the conclusion that what’s holding AJ back is the idea that Ty will feel betrayed if he goes back to his foster home. So Callie changes her approach and goes to see Ty instead. She implores him to give AJ permission to go back to Mike’s house. But is Callie right about what’s holding AJ back? Even if it’s a piece of it, what about AJ’s feelings of betrayal? Can he ever forgive Callie? What about Mike? Can he be happy in this foster home after everything that’s happened, even if Ty tells him it’s okay?

While Callie’s checking in with AJ’s brother, Jesus is still creeping on his biological father, Gabriel. At the (overly intense) urging of his new friend, Nick, Jesus has been spending more time at the construction site. After Nick calls him a wuss and subjects him to dizzying donuts around the school parking lot (why does Nick care???), Jesus agrees to tell his dad the truth. He’s met with horror as Gabe literally runs away and tells him he can’t legally be near him. Jesus comes clean to Mariana who does some digging and finds him on a sexual predator registry. What will she do with that information?

United, and ready to face the world together, Lena and Stef sit down with the kids and tell them what’s going on with Stef. There’s been so much secret-keeping and anger floating around these last few weeks—it was nice, even amid the unfortunate circumstances, to see the Adams Fosters united. Callie may be angry, but she can put that aside in the face of a mastectomy. Medical crises have a funny way of bringing the important stuff into sharp focus and making everything else look trivial. A little perspective might be just what the doctor ordered.

Fost and Found:
– Mariana and Callie Googling mastectomies after the family meeting was a great touch. It’s exactly what they’d do.

– Of course Brandon Foster loves Shirley Temples. It just makes so much sense.

– Way to bury the lede, Cortney.

– Why is Nick so invested in Jesus pursuing a relationship with his dad? Is there more to this?

– Clearly Justina is up to no good, but Callie catching her “slip” was a bit of a leap. Her promise to put Jack somewhere safe “this time” does not imply she had anything to do with the placement the last time.

– Speaking of which, Jack’s decision to stay in his group home: Did Justina somehow have something to do with that?

– Where’s Mike? I don’t like Mike-less episodes.

– All this rehearsal and tension better be leading to a Mat/Mariana reunion. And please don’t date Nick, Mariana. He’s the worst.

The Fosters airs Mondays at 8/7C on Freeform.

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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