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Season 3 | Episode 19 | “The Show” | Aired Mar 21, 2016

It is not uncommon that the penultimate episode of a season will be the most jam-packed with revelation and emotion, allowing the final episode of the season to deal with all that was set in motion the week before. That is exactly what happened on this week’s episode of The Fosters.

The performance of R & J has finally arrived. Brandon and Mat have put together this rock opera as their senior project, and it serves as the backdrop for an entire episode told through flashback. As each member of our Adams Foster gang watches—or performs in—the show, they recall events of the last week. It is an effective storytelling tool and allows us to only watch the highlights, inspired in each character by the tragic circumstances of the love story on stage.

For reasons I’ll never understand, The Fosters continues to be unwilling to allow Brandon and Callie to move on. Mariana’s offhanded comment that Romeo and Juliet would have avoided their fate had they just been honest with their families leads Callie to wonder (out loud to Brandon) if maybe they should have just been honest with their moms. Brandon hastily suggests they tell their moms now—a strategy he is employing to shake Callie back to reality and remind her that it’s far too late, and they missed their chance. But with the preview for the finale revealing that rumors continue to run rampant that Callie had sex with her foster brother, it looks like maybe the truth is about to come out.

Will Callie’s adoption be nullified? Is that something that can happen? Will this show that has taught us so much about the weaknesses of the foster-care system and the incredible impact of having a family who loves you undo everything Callie has gained, so these two can be together? “Brallie” shippers certainly hope so. Season four is a go, so I guess we’ll find out soon enough.

In the meantime, Mariana and Mat continue to sing into each other’s eyes while falling deeper and deeper back in love with each other. Mariana confesses how hard this has been, given her feelings; Mat wonders why, if she feels this way, she didn’t reply to the letter he wrote to her. Apparently he left a note in her backpack that she never received. Who took it? My money is on Mat’s girlfriend, who seems to sense something is up, and has to find validation in telling Mariana that she and Mat have had sex, and Mat’s not the kind of guy who would just sleep with a girl and then break up with her. If I think about her too much, I’m going to feel sad, so I’m going to put all my energy into how excited I am that Mat and Mariana are finding their way back to each other. Did you see them hold hands posthumously as the ensemble sang around their lifeless bodies? Swoon.

Jude is working through his own complicated feelings as he watches R & J. His friendship with Jack has gotten deeper in the last few weeks, as he’s been dealing with his breakup from Connor. Jack even kissed him at one point in order to comfort him, though he tells Callie later that he’s not gay and he’s afraid he may have given Jude the wrong idea (kissing a guy will do that). Callie advises him to tell Jude the truth, which he tries to do … but he doesn’t get around to it, as Jude is so grateful to him for making him realize that there will be other boys. The relationship is an interesting one. In fact, it’s the most interested I’ve been in Jude since the show returned this winter. But alas, it ends here.

As tragedy is playing out onstage in the warehouse, it is also unfolding in front of Stef’s eyes. Though you may recall that I was concerned for Stef’s safety after seeing the preview for this episode, she is, thankfully, unharmed. Her job has brought her to Callie and Jude’s former foster home. Stef recalls that the man who was responsible for her children was dangerous, and warns her co-officers that he is likely armed. Stef is able to gain entry to the home and shoots the man in the shoulder as he aims his gun at her. But when she finds the victim whom they were coming to protect, she sees that they are too late. It is Jude’s friend Jack, and he is dead.

Fost and Found

  • This foster father was known to be abusive. Stef knew he was dangerous. That he was still able to take in foster kids underscores the problems the show has been highlighting from the start.
  • Is Justina ultimately responsible for Jack’s death? She’s been weirdly shady about his placement since she arrived.
  • Mike and Ana seem to be growing closer. I’m still unclear about what the point was of having her relapse, but I’m glad to see that she’s back on track. I like these two together.
  • Where’s AJ?
  • Brandon and Cortney have hit some road bumps, but he is still interested in making things work. Can he get past Callie?
  • If you tuned in this week because the Gabe cliffhanger was keeping you up at night, you’re likely still not sleeping. What happened after the police took him away? Was Stef able to help? Is he rotting in jail?

The Fosters airs Mondays at 8 p.m. ET 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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