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‘The Fosters’: Season finale fan recap

Season 4 | Episode 10 | “Collateral Damage” | Aired Aug 29, 2016

Whoa, guys. Just … whoa. The Fosters season finale delivered some serious drama and left a lot of things for us to stress out about during hiatus. And it made me feel pretty bad for Brandon and Nick, which is weird. So let’s not waste any more time.

The long-forgotten Justina is back. Her bill died, but there’s another “Foster Reform” vote on the ballot that’s essentially the same thing. Callie wants to get “Jack’s Law” on the ballot, too, but they need 500,000 signatures. Since everyone is heading to Bay Fest to see Brandon’s band perform anyway, she wants to set up a booth there to collect signatures. The whole family is in.

You know who else is in? Brandon — to Juilliard! And who’s out? Nick — he’s home for the weekend with an ankle monitor, and he wants Mariana to come over so “I can finally touch you again.” Creepy, Nick. When Jesus finds out, he takes the liberty of going over and breaking up with Nick for Mariana; she’s afraid of him, and Nick needs to stay away.

The family is thrilled about B’s news, but Stef is less thrilled about her detective interview. It goes well, but Detective Gray sent in a recommendation, presumably in exchange for her dropping the Kyle thing. But Stef can’t be bought. She gives Mike proof that the kid Molloy molested was only fourteen and asks him to pass the info along to Vice.

Later, when Gray finds out, he confronts Stef. She threatens to tell IA about his shady police work, and he counters by suggesting he remind them how she covered for Mike back when Stef got shot in season 1. Then she wouldn’t just lose out on the promotion, she’d get fired, too.

Lena asks Stef to drop it. She can’t save everyone, and sometimes you have to sacrifice your integrity to do what’s best for your family. But there’s a child molester out there, and a kid’s life is on the line. So Stef leaves a message for her boss saying she’d like to speak to IA.

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Image credit: Freeform

At Bay Fest, Sophia (Bailee Madison) drops off some #Justice4Jack shirts for everyone to wear as they ask for signatures. Callie puts out a donation jar for Kyle, too. Then their booth gets a visit from Troy Johnson, the grandson of the woman Kyle is accused of killing. He asks Callie to let this go for his family’s sake.

Jack’s Law isn’t getting many signatures, and Callie realizes it’s because Justina has people collecting signatures, too. One of Justina’s cronies stops by to deliver a message: If Callie doesn’t pack up and go home, Justina will have Callie arrested for that mail tampering she did last season. Callie has a moment of doubt, but after a chat with Stef, Callie gives a speech about Jack’s Law before Brandon’s set. She’s not throwing in the towel today, thanks.

Now, chaos begins. Jesus tells Mariana he handled things with Nick, and she panics — Nick is going to be mad at her. She runs off and then spots Nick coming after her, just like he did in her bedroom. She calls Jesus for help, but Nick keep appearing and disappearing, so Mariana runs.

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Image credit: Freeform

Jesus and Emma come looking for her, but Mariana is nowhere to be found. Jesus calls Nick, who confirms he’s still at home with his ankle monitor. Emma tells Jesus that Mariana has been taking his pills, and they track down Stef. She’s flagging down a cop when a BOLO comes in for Nick. He just broke house arrest (presumably to find Mariana).

The whole family is searching for Mariana, and Callie runs into Troy, who says he saw her get into a car, so he offers her a ride. Callie is DUMB, and she takes him up on it. They’re out searching, when Callie gets a call from Aaron. He ran the DNA from Doug Harvey’s stolen toothbrush, and it’s not a match to the murder weapon. But they did get a match for a family member. Hmm … could it be THE GUY CALLIE IS SITTING IN A CAR WITH?

Meanwhile, Mariana is stumbling away from Bay Fest, in the midst of some sort of breakdown, when Nick rolls up. Mariana finally confronts Nick and gets everything off her chest; he scared her and made her feel unsafe in her own room.

Nick understands and apologizes, and he finally gets Mariana to sit down just as Jesus arrives. He attacks Nick, thinking his sister is in trouble, and Nick lands a solid punch right in Jesus’ face. Normally, this wouldn’t be a big deal, but Jesus is recovering from brain surgery. This is bad.

Other insanity that went down in the last few minutes

  • After a tense, jealousy-fueled day full of arguing, A.J. walks away announcing that maybe Callie should just be with Aaron.
  • Creepy Doug Harvey, who has been loitering around the Bay Fest, accosts Sophia in the bathroom, confusing her for Callie. Luckily, Sophia is able to get away when another woman enters the restroom.
  • Lena gets a call from Monte that the kid Brandon took the SAT for got flagged by the College Board, and he confessed to everything. Brandon isn’t going to Juilliard.

Fost and Found

  • Jude is gathering signatures when Noah shows up with a joint. The boys head off to smoke more pot, and we never see Jude again.
  • Listen, Mike is being a little judgy and problematic lately, but when he assures A.J., “You always have a home with me,” it makes up for basically everything.
  • Mariana is confused and upset that Mat didn’t tell her he got into Berkeley, and she’s extra upset when she finds out that he means the Berklee College of Music in Boston.
  • Raise your hand if you’d rather have more happy, group-hug family scenes and Lena and Stef role playing than drug-addicted children and murder mysteries. (Consider my hand raised high.)
  • Okay, I have never been Team Brandon in anything, but watching him try to keep it together when Mama told him he lost everything he worked for was rough.

A reminder of the cliffhangers we’re left with going into hiatus

  • Did Brandon actually break up with Cortney? Or did he just send her that Dear John letter and call it a day?
  • Is someone going to get Mariana some help for her obvious drug problem?
  • Is Stef going to get fired?
  • Is Callie going to get murdered?
  • Is Jesus dead?
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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