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‘The Fosters’ fan recap: A major headache

Season 4 | Episode 7 | “Highs & Lows” | Aired Aug 8, 2016

Mike finds out about Brallie, Courtney and Brandon fight about her parenting style (or lack thereof), and Mariana develops a minor pill problem. And that’s all before the literal brain surgery. Let’s recap.

During their lunch break, Mike tells Stef that he thinks Callie and A.J. have been having sex at his place. Stef would rather they are somewhere safe, so as long as Mike gives A.J. a condom talk, she’s okay with it. She’s more concerned about Brandon giving all of his money to Courtney, which Mike apparently didn’t know about.

Mike stops by to have a little chat with Courtney. He says he’s totally supportive of their relationship, but this is all a lot for a teenager to handle. He asks Courtney to try to convince Brandon to move back home. But Courtney tells Mike about the Brallie thing, and says Brandon isn’t comfortable living at home since moms blame him for what happened. He’s trying to make things easier for everyone by not being there.

But things aren’t easy over at Courtney’s, either. Watching Mason is cutting into Brandon’s playing time, so he brings him along to the Adams Fosters’ while he plays. But Mason runs off and gets into moms’ makeup.

And at home, Mason draws on Brandon’s sheet music and plays on his keyboard. Brandon finally snaps. He tells Court she needs to get Mason under control. He has no boundaries, and he needs discipline. Court doesn’t want his parenting advice … maybe she shouldn’t be so quick to take his money then.

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Image credit: Freeform

Back at the house, Stef and Lena have been figuring out how to get out of the mess Stewart put them in. Stef reluctantly asks her mom for money, but she doesn’t have any cash to lend them. And the IRS can stay the lien on the house for $2,000 monthly payments, which Stef and Lena don’t have.

Their only option is to sell the house to pay Stewart back and rent something smaller. So moms sit the kids down to tell them the news. They’re all reasonably upset, but the meeting is interrupted when Jesus collapses.

Gabe hadn’t been showing up to work on the garage (as he promised Stef and Lena in exchange for their help with getting him off of the list). When Jesus calls, Gabe says he had been sick.

When he’s still not there the next day, Jesus starts doing some work in his place. But Jesus injures himself when the nail gun recoils and hits him in the forehead. It turns out, it was more than just a headache. A nail shot into his brain. He’ll be fine, but he needs surgery to remove it. (Thanks for adding that to your mothers’ mounting debts, Jesus.)

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Image credit: Freeform

Gabe finds out what happened and feels terrible. Stef finds him working in the garage, and he explains he’s been having a hard time, unable to even get out of bed. He keeps thinking about the lost time he won’t get back. Stef says it sounds like Gabe’s been suffering from depression, and he should work on getting help so he doesn’t lose any more time.

Lastly, Callie continues to get herself in trouble over this Kyle thing. She goes to visit and give Kyle an update, but then she hears from Aaron. The Juvenile Justice League isn’t taking his case. So Callie goes to see the witness, Patrick Molloy, again. She confronts him at his job and starts screaming about his child molestation charges and tells him this isn’t over.

Callie leaves, but Patrick makes a call to whoever organized the deal. He tells them Callie is still coming around, and the man on the phone says he’ll take care of it. This might be bigger than Kyle.

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Image credit: Freeform

Fost and Found

  • Mariana is working around the clock to finish up their robot before the competition. She’s freaking out and ends up taking some of Jesus’s ADHD medication to keep her focused. But once she comes clean to Emma, she promises not to take any more.
  • Jude buys more pot from a girl at school, and Callie is not happy when she comes home to find him stoned. She tells him if she finds him stoned again, she’s telling moms. But threatening isn’t enough. Callie confronts Noah and his mom and tells them to keep the pot away from Jude. And when Jude finds out what Callie did, he tells her to stay out of his life. He won’t be telling her any more secrets.
  • Stef is thinking about taking the detective’s exam since it comes with a nice raise. I want to see her enter that boys’ club SO BAD.
  • Finding out Callie and Brandon’s secret causes Mike to tell A.J. that he and Callie are not allowed to have sex under his roof. I’m not totally clear on the connection, but I do have a feeling the Brallie thing isn’t going to be a secret for much longer.
  • Jesus’s cheesy line worked, and he and Emma are getting back together!
  • Apparently Nick is still texting Mariana all the time, and she’s still hiding it from everyone. Great.
  • Is Brandon hiding his ex-girlfriend/sister’s bra in her bag so that her boyfriend’s dad doesn’t find it sweet or creepy? I’m leaning toward the latter.

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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