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Season 4 | Episode 8 | “Girl Code” | Aired Aug 15, 2016

In a shocking turn of events on The Fosters, Brandon realizes that taking on rent and a toddler maybe wasn’t the smartest idea, Callie agrees to let the police handle something instead of putting herself in danger, and Lena doesn’t want her daughter to add a global robotics competition to her resume. The Adams Fosters clan need to focus on things at home, not cold cases and violent competitiveness, and Lena is going to make sure everyone knows it. (Lena is feeling pretty empowered this season, and I’m all for it.)

Speaking of home, that’s where Brandon is! Well, not officially, but he pretty much sets up shop at the piano until his Julliard audition in a few days. He even ends up crashing on the couch one night. When Cortney swings by the high school hallway so Mason can say hello to Brandon (glad they tightened up security after that kid brought a gun to school!), she’s worried that Brandon is upset with her because she told Mike about him and Callie. Brandon swears he’s not; he’s just focused on the audition.

Stef is beyond pleased Brandon is spending so much time at home, and they have a heart-to-heart at the piano. Brandon admits he’s been distracted, so he’s not as ready for the audition as he should be. And Stef apologizes for how things went down; she shouldn’t have blamed everything solely on him. Even though he’s welcome to move back home anytime, Brandon doesn’t feel like he can leave Cortney right now. But Stef does make him promise he won’t hold back at his Julliard audition because of his “obligation” to her.

Elsewhere in the house, Callie and AJ are just looking for a place to hook up. Mike’s is off limits because of the Brallie drama, and the Adams Foster house is never empty. So Callie channels her sexual frustration into Kyle’s case. She finds a note about a curb painter in the files, so Aaron and Callie go asking the neighbors if they remember anything from the day of the murder. If there was another lead the police didn’t follow up on, it could create reasonable doubt for Kyle’s conviction. One neighbor remembers the curb painter and even has an address for him. Callie and Aaron swing by to talk to the painter, but no one’s home. The house is very sketch, though. They stake it out for a while, but when the owner finally arrives, Callie makes the smart decision to let the cops handle it.

Stef is already on the case. After some uniforms stop by to warn Callie off of harassing Patrick Molloy, Stef assures her daughter she’s looking into things. The official record says that the boy Molloy was accused of molesting was 18, so the charges were dropped. But Stef tracks him down and discovers he was only 14 at the time. A detective said if he didn’t drop the charges, he would have his parents deported. There’s definitely more to this case.



Elsewhere, it’s the robotics competition we’ve all been waiting for. The Anchor Beach team gets off on the wrong foot after their last-minute tweaks to make the weight limit cause their robot to totally stall out in the first round. Mariana loses it and blames the rest of the team. Lena, who came to cheer them on, tells Mariana to chill out. Later, Lena calls Stef and says she’s never seen Mariana like this. She’s worried this is too much stress for Mariana after all the drama with Nick.

But Mariana cannot be tamed. They fix their wiring issue and start killing the competition. That is, until the only other all-girls team—led by Sasha (Emma Dumont, Bunheads)—pins them for longer than the competition limit and doesn’t get caught by the refs.

Anchor Beach earns the best finish in school history, even if they don’t place. But that’s not enough for Mariana. She confronts Sasha; if it weren’t for her, Anchor Beach would have moved on to the finals. So Mariana proposes a plan: Sasha picks Mariana’s team for their alliance. The ladies (and a couple boys) work together to fix Anchor Beach’s non-functioning hanging arm and take down the four-time champion team, Palomar, made up of grown men.



So Mariana spreads the word that their arm is working, knowing that Palomar won’t believe them. But they DID fix the arm, and Anchor Beach is able to take the tower and win! They’re eligible for the world competition, but Lena doesn’t think they should go; she has a lot of other responsibilities to think about. Mariana claims she can do it all. But at what cost?

Then the family gets some other big news. Their pushy realtor (Beth Littleford) already got an above-asking-price offer on the house, but they’d have to be out by the end of the month. Changes, they are a-coming.

Fost and Found

  • I just don’t know where Lena’s concern about Mariana is coming from. I think shouting, “If we don’t make the top six I’m going to kill somebody,” and, “If we don’t make it into the final I’m going to smash someone in the face” are, like, pretty normal things shouted by teenage girls. And totally understandably considering she’s got guys saying, “Not bad… for a girl” like it’s a compliment.
  • “We let the kids make the decision since this is a high school competition, not Boeing.” —Craig
  • “There’s always trouble when I’m involved.” —Callie. At least she’s self-aware?
  • “Gracious professionalism and coopertition” is a real thing.
  • I’m not sure how robotics competitions work, but apparently there’s no level between “Southern California” and “World.”
  • Jude was MIA this episode. I guess he was off smoking pot at a church or something.

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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