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‘The Fosters’ fan recap: Tear down that wall

Season 4 | Episode 3 | “Trust” | Aired July 11, 2016

The Nick drama is over, but the effects of the lockdown are still omnipresent at Anchor Beach. Plus, the Brallie drama finally gets a little bit of the spotlight, Taylor gets all Hozier on Jude, and Brandon continues to be dumb (but boy, can that kid play a piano).

Brandon is still living at Courtney’s, and he’s being an A+ stepdad to Mason by teaching him to throw food around the house for Courtney to clean up later. And when Mason’s dad, Eddie, bails on watching him that night, Brandon volunteers. (Yes, Courtney, let this teenage boy watch your child; good call.)

Brandon heads to school, only to find that Stef swooped in in the night and took his car. It was a family car, and he can’t have it. (I love Stef more and more with every episode.) He’s an adult now, so he can figure out how to get around without it. (His solution is to have his girlfriend drop him off.)

Callie tries to get Brandon to come home, but he claims it’s easier this way. How can they live under the same roof now that Moms know?

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Image credit: Freeform

Lena plays good cop and later apologizes to Brandon about the car, and when Brandon says he doesn’t have a good place to practice piano, she tells him he’s always welcome to the piano at Casa Adams Foster. Stef arrives home to a mini concert. She shares a nice moment with Brandon, and he thanks her for all that she’s done for him and his music over the years. But he’s not moving back in, so Stef gets to be sad all over again.

That night at Courtney’s home, Eddie comes by demanding to see Mason, but Brandon gets defensive and tells him to back off. It works for now, but I have a feeling this Eddie thing is only going to get worse.

Meanwhile, Taylor invites Jude to go to youth group with her. She promises it will be very chill. There, Jude meets the pastor’s son, Noah, who mentions he recently got dumped by his boyfriend and really struggled with it. And when Noah and Jude get paired off for a trust exercise, Jude bails. He accuses Taylor of bringing him just because Noah is gay. She admits that she saw Jude texting Connor during the lockdown, and she thought, at the very least, it might be nice for Jude to have another friend. Jude is still struggling with the whole God/gay thing, but after talking with Stef, he goes back to help out Noah at the church rummage sale. We’ll see where this goes.

Since coming clean to Moms, Callie has been having nightmares that they are going to reverse her adoption. She has no idea where she stands with them, and they still haven’t really talked about it. Moms tell Callie to ignore any rumors at school. If she doesn’t address them, they’ll just go away on their own. Callie does the opposite and punches the first guy who makes a rude comment to her, getting her immediately suspended.

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Image credit: Freeform

Rather than go home, Callie goes and hangs out at a coffee shop where she meets Aaron, a law student with a disgusting wispy mustache. Callie introduces herself as Carmen, an NYU photography student, and they decide to go for a ride on his motorcycle. CALLIE ADAMS FOSTER MAKES ANOTHER GREAT DECISION.

They go to the beach and kiss after Callie takes some impressive candids of him, and they drive by the house she grew up in, causing things to get heavy real fast. He drops her off at home later, right in front of Lena! Moms are understandably mad. What is she thinking? She’s trying to earn their trust back. But Callie said she needs to know what they’re thinking. It’s making her crazy waiting for them to undo her adoption. Stef and Lena are devastated. They had no idea Callie was worrying about that, and they promise they would never. She’s got them forever.

Over at Anchor Beach, security has been high ever since the lockdown. The campus is surrounded by fences and metal detectors, and Lena wants to pull from the art budget to make them permanent features of the school. But after some thought, Lena realizes their school shouldn’t be a fortress. They have to be aware and proactive and say something when they see something. School shootings aren’t normal, and they shouldn’t live their lives anticipating one (amen).

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Image credit: Freeform

Mariana chimes in to say that the fences aren’t going to protect them from behavior inside the school. During crisis counseling, Mariana was harassed and blamed for Nick bringing in a gun. (That’s called victim- and slut-shaming folks, and it’s a no-no.) But the Adams Fosters twins successfully shut down Renee and her mean girls.

With that behind them, Mat and Mariana are back on. But then Mariana’s phone rings. It’s Nick, presumably calling from prison. When is she coming to see him?

Fost and Found

  • Callie decides (again) on her senior project: She’s going to create a photo essay of all the houses she and Jude lived in and how they found their family.
  • Jesus and Emma are definitely not dating again, but they are going to be exclusive friends with benefits, STI screenings and all. But they’re not dating. Really.
  • I demand a cute scene of Stef and Lena talking in their bedroom for every scene of Brandon’s nonsense that I have to watch.
  • Is it just me, or have Mariana and Jesus been extra close/supportive/adorable this season?
  • Shout out to Stef for using a feminine pronoun for God #girlpower
  • Mariana responded to someone calling her Mariana Fost-whore with “It’s Adams Fost-whore.” Bless her. We don’t deserve this beautiful creature.

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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