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‘The Fosters’ fan recap: Adulting and second chances

Season 4 | Episode 4 | “Now for Then” | Aired Jul 18, 2016

It’s Lena and Stef’s wedding anniversary, Jude is nowhere to be found, and Brandon is out of toilet paper in the latest episode of The Fosters. Let’s recap.

Lena and Stef are still conflicted about the Brandon situation. Stef wants to take action, but Lena wants to let Brandon test-drive adulthood for a while. He’ll realize how hard it is and come home on his own.

Brandon does come home — to do some shopping. He and Courtney are running low on some essentials. But Stef kindly informs her son that their bathroom is not a Target. Adults buy their own TP. (It’s one of the worst parts of aging.)

Lena sneaks him some supplies later. (How is he going to realize how hard adulthood is if you keep buying his toothpaste, Lena?!) When she does, she discovers Brandon and Courtney are going to have a party — a gathering, really — since Eddie has Mason for the weekend.

Callie, A.J., Jesus, Mariana, and Mat show up, along with Courtney’s BFF, with whom she gets totally sloshed. It’s her first night off from being a mom, after all. But the party breaks up pretty quick when Courtney gets served — Eddie is suing for full custody.

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Image credit: Freeform

Callie, meanwhile, is diving into her foster-home project. She felt safe at her first foster home. She and Jude thought the couple would adopt them, but then their social worker took them away without an explanation.

House No. 2 was less happy; that’s where Liam raped her. Callie and AJ are taking pictures in the driveway when Liam’s mom pulls up. She asks Callie to come inside so they can talk. She tells Callie that of all the mistakes that haunt her, the biggest is bringing Callie into her house. She destroyed all of their lives. WHAT.

The conversation makes Callie realize that her project needs to be more than the houses; she needs to face the people who made her feel powerless. So Callie goes back to house No. 1.

Her foster mom, Sheila, is happy to see Callie, and they catch up before Callie asks why she and Jude were taken away. Sheila explains that they wanted to adopt them, but they weren’t allowed since they were adopting their other foster child, Kyle, who has special needs.

Sheila tells Callie that Kyle is in prison. He was arrested for the death of a neighbor woman, even though he had an alibi. Kyle never received a fair trial; the police just saw a minority foster kid with developmental issues and didn’t look any further.

Callie, spokesperson for the disenfranchised, wants to help. So she meets up with Wispy-Mustache Aaron, who works for the Juvenile Justice League. First, she comes clean about all the lies she told him. Then she asks for his help with Kyle’s case.

Things have cooled between Mike and Ana (Alexandra Barreto) since Ana fell off the wagon at the twins’ birthday party. Mike thinks seeing Gabe (Brandon Quinn) was a trigger for Ana, so she promises she won’t see him again.

Unfortunately, that doesn’t last long. Stef and Lena ask Ana to talk to Gabe with them. Lena could get fired for hiring Gabe, a registered sex offender, to build sets for the school show. But if Gabe’s name is expunged from the sex-offender list, she won’t have done anything wrong.

Monte recommends a lawyer who can retry the case — the laws have changed, and Gabe never should have been registered in the first place — and Stef and Lena are willing to foot the bill, but Gabe isn’t interested. He wants to accept a plea deal: He pleads guilty to the parole violation, relocates and won’t go back to prison.

Jesus catches the end of the conversation, so Gabe goes to talk to him. Gabe says he doesn’t like owing people, but Jesus asks him if he ever gets lonely. Gabe breaks, and he and Jesus cry and hug it out … and I am also broken. But the conversation does get Gabe to change his mind.

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Ana comes clean to Mike about the whole thing right away. (Color me impressed this wasn’t withheld for extra drama!) Mike is upset, but Ana says helping Gabe is part of her amends. Plus: Is Mike worried about her sobriety, or that she still has feelings for Gabe?

Mike is a good guy (obvs), and he calls the ADA and puts in a good word for Gabe. The trial goes well, and Gabe is removed from the list, free to hang out with children of all ages, his very happy teenage son included.

Elsewhere, Mariana has been sleeping with Moms ever since Nick called her from his treatment center. But she decides that going to see Nick is what she needs to make her feel safe again.

Mariana is also Team Honesty this episode, and she tells Mat all about Nick’s call and her impending visit. She explains that Nick thinks they’re going to be together when he gets out; until he knows that’s not happening, he won’t move on and she can’t feel safe.

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Image credit: Freeform

But when Mariana sees Nick, he apologizes for scaring her. He’s trying to get better for her; she’s the reason he’s still alive. Mariana sticks to the task at hand and says she does want him to get better, but for himself, not for her. Nick knows he can do it as long as he has Mariana. So, again, Mariana promises Nick he has her. So much for honesty.

Fost and Found

  • School shootings are bad for enrollment, but good for A.J. Anchor Beach had some openings post-lockdown, and A.J. was able to transfer.
  • Speaking of, consider me officially Team A.J. He and Callie were beyond adorable this week, from their hallway flirtation to him just wanting to be there for her after finding out about Liam. I’ve officially boarded the ship.
  • I fall more in love with Jesus each episode. Is the writing for him better, too, or is it just the new actor? The scene with Gabe DESTROYED ME.
  • Stef refusing to accept Brandon’s idiocy gives me LIFE. She is woke to his nonsense, and I am grateful.
  • Who are you more like? Stef, who peers through windows to spy on her children at a party, or Lena, who eats leftovers in the car? (I’m Lena.)

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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