“The Fosters” Episode 109 Recap: The Pneumolorax, Who Speaks For The Fosters

The next morning, Callie is in the kitchen making biscuits and gravy. She is kneading the dough as Brandon enters and she kneads it while they talk and I make biscuits often and I can tell you that she has already overworked that dough. She tells him that biscuits and gravy is comfort food and her mom used to make it and he asks how she ended up in the system. She says her father was driving while drunk and hit another car. Her mom died as did the people in the other car and her father went to prison for manslaughter. Damn. Now I need biscuits and gravy. Wyatt looks through the window and sees Brandon standing close to Callie and then he knocks on the door and enters. He brought donuts!

Digression 4: My notes say “Phone rings – taking mom into sugary.” That is the power of donuts.


hey, i saw the hashtag and just wanted to make sure you weren’t banging

Everybody is in the waiting room. Wyatt and Callie leave to “get some air.”

Digression 5: I use that phrase too but I find it as odd as those gas station signs that say “Free Air.” It’s air. It’s everywhere. You can get it in the house. You can get it with a mouse. You can get it in a box. You can get it with a fox.

Jude moves to sit by Lena and hold her hand. It should be sweet but there is just something about the way the actor acts that gives me a weird vibe. How’s that for a critical analysis of technique?

The Captain motions for Tennille to join her in the hallway to sing Love Will Keep Us Together. Actually, she tells Mike that he and Stef may be suspended for a day or two for not calling for back up but there will be no other consequences. Then, she confronts him about his drinking and he says he hasn’t had a drink on the job and she tells him that his after hours drinking is affecting his job performance. He says, “I’ll take care of it.” That’s that that! All better.


stop, ’cause i really love you

With that, we get a flashback with Mike. He is sitting at a coffee shop and Stef comes over and he gets up and kisses her and she makes an uncomfortable “ew” face that he doesn’t see. He says the separation has been good and he realizes that he hasn’t been present and he is willing to try counseling and she says, “Counseling can’t fix what’s wrong with us.” BECAUSE SHE’S GAY. I wish she’d said carpet muncher because that would have gone better with my magical carpet ride theme. She says it’s taken her awhile to accept it and say it and he asks her why she’s saying it now and she says, “Because I met someone.”



The flashback ends and we find Modern Mike sitting in his car pouring whiskey in his coffee cup.

Wyatt and Callie are sitting outside the hospital getting air and Wyatt accuses Callie of using him. He says that she has feelings for Brandon and he knows that it’s against the rules to act on them but she should “Go for it. Be happy.” Wyatt should never have an advice column. Callie gives him a kiss on the cheek and goes to find Brandon so that she can carpe diem the hell out of that inappropriate relationship but sees Talya hugging Brandon which throws a monkey wrench in her plans.



Digression 6: I wish the saying was throwing monkeys rather than monkey wrenches. Sounds so much more fun! Let’s make it happen.

Callie goes back to the waiting room and they all sit around doing nothing when they could be figuring out how to get past level 151 on Candy Crush. For me. The Fosters are so selfish with their waiting room time. The doctor comes in and tells them they got all the fragments and then everyone hugs. When Mike hugs Brandon, Brandon smells liquor on his breath.


is this starbucks? why didn’t you buy local?

Lena enters Stef’s room and kisses her on the forehead and we get another flashback.

Stef is leaning against a car wearing some serious mom jeans. Lena comes over and says, “I’m not doing this. I’m not getting involved with a married woman.” She goes on to say something like “You’re just passing through gay town but I own a condo here and I grow my own tomatoes for gayzpacho.” Stef says, “I told Mike and I told my dad and I told most of my friends. I told them I’m gay. I even used the word lesbian.” Lena stares blankly at Stef and I think she’s trying to figure out if those mom jeans are also acid washed. Stef gives the hard sell, “I told them I met the woman I can’t live without. I belong with you Lena.” More staring. Stef adds nervously, “If you’ll have me…” and Lena wakes from her acid washed trance and says, “You had me at lesbian.”

don't worry, they don't actually kiss.

don’t worry, they don’t actually kiss. that would be too exciting.

Back in real time, Stef starts to wake and Lena says, “Don’t talk” and Stef takes off her oxygen masks and says, “Will you marry me?” Lena says, “I thought you’d never ask.” Stef says, “Neither did I.” Neither did Gretchen the bitchy ex.



Marianna is outside sucking up all the free air she can get and Lena sits down next to her. She tells Marianna that she understood why she went behind their backs, that she knows that Marianna wanted a relationship with her mother – not a supervised visit. She says that she doesn’t understand why their mom chose drugs over them and adds, “All I know is we chose you and you chose us. DNA doesn’t make a family. Love does. We love you and that is never going to change.” Love makes a family. The bumper sticker moment of this episode.

Mike’s getting a bottled water because he hates the earth and the Captain tells him the police picked up Ana and Ana claims she was there at the time of the shooting. She is a possible witness and now they have to take her statement.


Brandon confronts Mike about drinking while Stef was in surgery and says it’s alcoholic behavior. Brandon is right and would be a better advice columnist than Wyatt. Brandon tries to walk away but Mike grabs his arm and Brandon pushes him away. Lena walks in just at that moment and Brandon says to Mike, “I’m done with you.” Brandon goes one way. Mike goes another way. I wonder who will pay for those expensive piano lessons now.

Lena is leaving the hospital with the kids and sees the police leading Ana into the hospital to identify her boyfriend’s body. Lena marches over and says, “If you ever go near my kids again, it’s the last thing you’ll do.” It’s always good to threaten someone’s life with two police officers as witnesses.


what could possibly go wrong

Mike visits Stef and she tells him it wasn’t his fault. He says, “Wish it had been me.” And Stef says, “Me too.” Even with a Lorax, Stef is funny! Mike tells her that Ana saw the shooting and says “It was a clean shoot” for the 67th time this episode. You know what happens when they make declarations on this show.

We then get our closing musical montage. All the Fosters and fosters are in their rooms. Marianna crawls into bed with Lena. Jesus crumples up the brochure from the women’s shelter. Jude looks at an old family picture. Mike walks down a hall and into an AA meeting. Stef lies in her bed alone and flashes back to the shooting.



I had to watch the flashback of the shooting six times to understand what happened and why Stef looked so concerned. I know that getting shot is troubling but there was something else. So, here’s what I pieced together from the shooting:

Stef entered the room and the guy shot her. He dropped his gun and it discharged when it hit the floor. That was the second shot. This means that the greasy guy was unarmed when Mike entered and shot him three times.

I am not a police officer but this was not a clean shoot.



p.s. While I was writing this, they announced that The Fosters was picked up for a second season that will start in January 2014.

Overall impression: This may be an unpopular opinion but I thought the episode was more melodramatic than dramatic.

Favorite line: “Are you guys brother and sister or is this your wife?” ~ Flashback Stef

Really? Did they have to do that?: Brandon and Callie. Callie and Brandon. It’s happening, y’all.

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Vikki Reich

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  1. These inconsistencies with Jude are really getting to me.

    I’m really glad you pointed out that real life Mike was pouring whiskey in his coffee – I had assumed it was flashback Mike and I was a little confused as to the actual relevance of that scene.

    Also, ugh Brandon and Callie, it makes me so. so. mad.

    But yay second season! Awesome recap! I was waiting for it to post then I realized it was only Thursday and vacation doesn’t exactly suit me.

    P.S. The ad right above this says “more gay dating sites = more men” and it’s making it hard to concentrate on this recap.

    • I think Jude is actually some kind of magical hobbit with invisibility powers, and that is why we don’t get to see him very often. Or I’m going to tell myself that. Because he is too quiet and too consistently absent to be a real child.

  2. oh i thought the point of the gun scene was that steph fires once and ana fires once from outside the frame. but i only watched it once.

    brandon is a twerp.

    • Like I said, I watched it lots of time and I think he drops it and it discharges. Now I feel compelled to watch again! No. I have to stop.

  3. As a southern girl that has made many biscuits in her day the most bothering part was the killing/over kneading of those biscuits. Thankfully Wyatt was there to save the day with those donuts.

    • The reason I didn’t think that was the best line is because the “You had me at” thing has been done. It did make me smile though.

      • See, based on Stef’s “It’s her party but you can cry if you want to” line, I considered the, “You had me at” to be intentional on her part, so an ever so small Lena joke.

  4. I love out recaps and was anxiously awaiting your thoughts about that last scene with Stef recalling the shoot out because I couldn’t get it and what the buildup was. Other than that one I loved all the flashbacks!

    Jude disappearing often is so weird to me, like no one ever says where he is or even gives any clues about it. Wasn’t he not in the last episode at all?

    Wyatt’s advice to Callie about going to be with Brandon seemed strange, I think I just don’t like Wyatt.

    • I’m not a big Wyatt fan either. The jury’s still out for me on the Callie/Brandon thing, but I have never liked Wyatt.

      As for the last episode, though, Jude was only gone for one day at a sleep-over. The only weird thing about it was that they never mentioned where he was last episode and only threw it in there this week.

  5. Vikki, you are most certainly the boss of the recap.

    Totally agree on the melodramatic rather than dramatic.

    So.many.eye.rolls. To the point where I actually said to Lena “Stef won’t die because the audience will stop watching. And just kiss her already! Damn, do you need lesbian love lessons?”

    And something is definitely wrong with Jude’s character. Are they looking to write him out of the series?

  6. The actor who plays Jude is in a hot dog commercial. He’s a rambunctious kid running around a Costco-esque store bugging his mom and she says “No!” to everything until he wants to buy hot dogs.

    Moral of this story: He acted like a Normal Boy in said commercial, so maybe this is just how he acts Shy Kid. ?

    I understood the shooting flashback after about 15 seconds of going “….huh?” But yeah, he was unarmed, and Mike shot him.

  7. Dear The Fosters…I like your show I really do. But I’m begging you.. Please Please Please cease and desist sipping from the river Calzona..first Lena/Stef refer to their intimacy as “other stuff”..Cal and Ari did that…the song “Freight Train” was used during an extremely tense moment involving Stef and Lena..we here at Camp Calzona know this same song was used during the infidelity discovery shouting match in the season 9 finale..and finally, the icing on the cake..the acceptance of a marriage proposal in a hospital room after a life and death experience. Really? Really?

  8. One, Stef’s attending doc is totally Teddy Schmidt from Queer as Folk!

    Two, the actor that plays Jude was so obviously cast because he looks just like baby John Francis Daley in Freaks and Geeks.

    • I KNEW I RECOGNIZED THAT DOCTOR FROM SOMEWHERE. and i thought i knew him as a ted or something! and then my brain went to scrubs and i was confused so thank you for solving this mystery for me.

  9. Is it bad that I was hoping Mike would die? I still have this fear that in the end, Stef will end up with Mike.

  10. “Love makes a family. The bumper sticker moment of this episode.”

    I want there to be a Lena’s Words of Wisdom line of bumper stickers.

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