“The Fosters” Episode 120 Recap: Nothing Good Ever Happens in Metropolis

The episode begins with the usual yada yada yada about what happened last week and the only thing that stood out to me was Vico’s jacket. Is the Anchor Beach mascot a whale or a shark? It looks like a whale but that seems like a dumb mascot — not threatening at all — “Watch out! I’m going to krill you!” So, it must be a shark which led me to watch West Side Story videos on YouTube. I think we should consider this Digression 1.

Brandon is playing piano in the music room at school and Callie comes in all smiles. No, really. She is wearing a sweater that is covered in smiley faces. He tells her he’s auditioning for the junior symphony because Dani knows someone. Dani is a shark. I know that for sure. Then, they reminisce about her first day at Anchor Beach and him playing music for her and this is very Circle of Life but I was not moved because my circle has moved far away from Brandon’s in the Venn diagram of this show.

Callie walks out into the morning sun like she’s in a shampoo commercial which is fitting because who is waiting for her out there? Wyatt. They hug and sway and sniff each other’s hair while Brandon watches and glares from the window. Callie and Wyatt chit chat and she asks him if he was trying to run the day Lena and Stef came to the hotel and he says that he wanted to run with her because he changed his mind about calling them. She then tells him he did the right thing. Wyatt says, “I think you have more hair than me now,” and she says, “You jealous?” He smiles, “A little.” It’s light and cute and I like light and cute. For the record, I like Callie’s hair better.

Hug. Rinse. Repeat.

Hug. Rinse. Repeat.

Jesus and Emma are in Algebra and he is asking for help and the teacher is giving them looks and Jesus asks her to the winter ball and she says she already has a date.

Digression 2: This is how we know they live in California because here in Minnesota, that dance would have been called the Snow Ball.

Zach’s mom, Amanda, sneaks up on Mariana at her locker and says, “Guess who I’m here to see?” and Mariana’s eyes are as big as Cookie Monster’s because their last heart-to-heart involved Amanda calling her a whore. Amanda is there to see Lena. Zach comes over and Amanda tells them she is volunteering to chaperone the dance which is called “Metropolis.”

Digression 3: Back in my day, dances had themes, not names. I didn’t go to a lot of dances because I spent most of my time hanging out with my pack of girlfriends (go figure) but I did go to prom with my gay boyfriend (though neither of us knew we were gay back then) and then almost got into a fight protecting him at a party after the dance. The moral of this digression is figure out you’re gay or don’t go to dances or don’t be afraid to raise a pool cue to defend your man or Metropolis is stupid.

Amanda tells Mariana and Zach not to worry because she’s “all for dirty dancing.” I don’t know about Baby but somebody needs to put Amanda in a corner. She flits off and Mariana mentions Amanda’s mood swings and Zach says she’s just “eccentric.” I’ve met eccentrics and I’ve met Amandas — very, very different. Mariana is obviously waiting for him to ask her to Metropolis, but he says nothing and walks away. He obviously prefers Gotham City.

Stef runs into Mike at the police station and she says she doesn’t like Brandon being home alone while Mike works nights. Mike says Dani makes him dinner every night. I guess when you sell your soul to the devil you get a complimentary meal. Mike tells Stef that Brandon is back on track and she says that’s good because she wants him home soon. As Stef walks to her car, Anna shows up and tells her that “her son” gave her money to change her story but Stef doesn’t believe her. Anna wants $10,000 to keep quiet and Stef leans in but not in the whole “self-help be a woman leader” way but in the “don’t let the uniform fool you, I will cut a bitch” way and says, “If I do see you again, I will arrest you for trying to extort a police officer.” Anna gets the message. I guess leaning in really does work.

Sheryl Sandberg wishes she were this assertive.

Sheryl Sandberg wishes she were this assertive.

Back at the house, Jesus is doing pull ups shirtless for all the younguns who like that sort of thing. Stef says, “Ooooo, looking good my friend.” She then tells him his grades need to improve and while they chat, she does curls with one of his weights so the rest of the scene is bicep curl go back on meds bicep curl you said I could try this bicep curl improve your grades and attitude bicep curl ok. Jesus says, “You got some guns there, mom.” She sure does. Then, she does a couple pull ups on the way out to prove the point.

Digression 4: For the Presidential Fitness test in school, I did the flex arm hang for 0 seconds.

Stef and Lena are getting ready for bed by removing the 129 throw pillows on their bed. They talk about Callie and Wyatt and Lena thinks it may be good that he’s back because he’ll distract Callie from Brandon. They finally climb into bed and then Lena accidentally raises Stef’s side of the bed. Have I mentioned that I hate this bed thing? I hate this bed thing. Beds shouldn’t have their own story lines unless it’s The Princess and the Pea. Stef wants to sleep on the same level and Lena wants to remain upright to read baby books. This is a metaphor people, so subtle. Stef wants a new mattress but says they can’t afford one. Stef, all the lady lovers who watch this show will pitch in for one. Lena says it’s illegal to sell a used mattress. Stef says, “No, it’s illegal to cut tags off of pillows,” and Lena says, “Why is that?” Made me laugh because sadly, these are the exactly kind of conversations Luisa and I have at bedtime, except a little weirder.

Digression 5: We recently had a bedtime conversation about squirrels. It was my bedtime, not hers because she is still in Africa so my bedtime is her wake up time. Anyway, I was pretty sure there was something in the wall and she told me to call someone and I said that doing so fell under “business” which is her domain and she was all “Then, you’ll have to live with the noise in the wall,” and then I said, “What if they take the siding off and the walls are made of squirrels? Just all squirrels.” Her response? “Likely. Goodnight.” And that’s how we’ve stayed together all these years.

Lena wants to keep the bed because it will be good during pregnancy and Stef says, “You’re right. Someday we’ll be intimate again.” Lena says, “Honey, we were intimate last week when we inseminated.” And Stef and I say, “Nothing intimate about that!” and then Stef and I laugh, but the Serious Music of Relationship Doom starts and Stef and I know we’ve made a terrible mistake.

Apparently nobody can be on the same level, literally or emotionally.

Apparently nobody can be on the same level, literally or emotionally.

Dani made dinner for Brandon but he’s too busy sulking to eat. She asks what’s wrong and he tells her that Callie and Jude are being adopted on Monday and that Wyatt is back. Dani says, “If she starts seeing him again, you’ll only have yourself to blame.” Then, she tells him to tell Callie he still loves her and then offers him the apartment so he and Callie can talk or have the sex. Dani is like the evil Queen in some modern day fairytale involving cops, foster kids and lesbians. Someone work that out.

Wyatt is sleeping in his car. Look how artfully they slipped “youth homelessness” into our game of Social Issues Bingo! The next morning, he showers on the beach and then gets dressed in the public bathroom and his car gets towed.

Social Issues Bingo, or Shampoo Model Bingo?

Social Issues Bingo, or Shampoo Model Bingo?

Zach escorts Mariana to her locker and there is a little white door taped to it with a question mark. When she opens it, there is a picture of Zach in there. His mom thought it was a charming way of asking her out. It’s starting to feel like Mariana might be checking in to the Bates Motel.

Brandon asks Callie to meet him after school at his dad’s and she says she’ll come over after group. Over the PA system, they announced the nominees for the Winter Ball King and Queen and Callie is one of them. People laugh at her as she walks through the halls. She tells Wyatt that she was nominated as a joke and he tells her to own it and she asks for a ride to group. He says his car was towed and then Wyatt does what very few characters on this show do — he tells Callie the whole truth. That he came from Indiana thinking he could stay with a friend but couldn’t and has been sleeping in his car.

Brandon is at Mike’s playing the piano and singing about being an outlaw and how love is his crime. That song is his crime but he doesn’t want to hear that from me…or anyone. Callie texts and says she can’t make it.

Callie asks Daphne to take in Wyatt for a couple of days and she agrees. Meanwhile, Callie has dinner with the Fosters at the Great Lesbian Kitchen. She mentions the ball and says she’s not going and Stef says she should because the principal didn’t give a good report to her parole officer. They talk about getting teased and and Lena says she was called “Oreo” because she was biracial and after coming out, she was called, “Klondyke bar.” Stef laughs and Lena stares at her until she says, “It’s not funny. It’s mean. It’s very mean.” Lena says she brought 100 Klondyke bars to school and passed them out and that, “Sometimes the best way to fight back is to rise above.” I actually agree with that and give the same advice to my children though I wouldn’t fork out the cash for them to take 100 Klondyke bars to school. If they get teased, I hope they get called “Bite-sized Snickers” or “Laffy Taffy.”

This might be an unnecessarily dramatic evening, but at least the decorations look good.

This might be an unnecessarily dramatic evening, but at least the decorations look good.

At Metropolis, Clark Kent works hard on a news story for the Daily Planet. I wish but no. Jesus watches Emma and her date. Wyatt is serving punch and thanks Callie for helping him get the job so he can get his car out of impound. Lena explains the voting to Amanda and then asks Brandon to ask Callie to dance so the principal will think Callie’s participating. Why is Principal Sanchez such a hater? Brandon asks Callie to dance and she leaves her purse on the table so we know something is going to happen with that. People laugh at her as they walk to the dance floor.

Meanwhile, a bunch of guys are getting drunk in the bathroom and then toast, “To Callie Jacob.” I really don’t like where this is going and there better not be another Social Issue Bingo surprise coming up.

Mariana and Zach dance and Amanda cuts in. She tells Zach, “I know what’s going on. I’m not a fool. I know you’re screwing her.” She then says he’s flaunting it in front of their friends and she starts crying and says, “I won’t be humiliated!” and walks off.

Callie tells Brandon she’s tired of being judged and he tells her he’s tired of being there for her every time she needs a should to cry on. This is Brandon at his most selfish, self-absorbed and sullen and I want Dani to poison him or lock him in a tower or something. He tells her he’s still in love with her and she says, “I’m gonna be your sister. If you’re not really my brother, then Stef and Lena aren’t really my mothers.” She says she needs a family, not a piece of paper. She walks off and he follows and asks her to tell him something to help him get over her which is totally her job. She tells him she slept with Wyatt.

They call the Queen and King nominees to the stage. Mariana and Zach look for Amanda.


They announce the winners and it’s Vico for King and Callie for Queen. When a reporter from the Daily Planet asks how it feels to win, Vico says, “Awesome” and Callie says, “I’m going to Disney Land!” No, she is gracious and sweet even as she sets her jaw.

Talya takes Principal Sanchez to the bathroom where there are a bunch of drunk girls and one of them says, Callie bought the alcohol so they’d vote for her for Queen.

Lena and Callie are talking to the principal and Stef arrives. Callie insists she’s being set up.

Emma is making out with her date and he’s getting a little too handsy and Jesus swoops in like Superman and pushes him against a wall and Emma gets mad and tells him to stay away from her.

Mariana and Zach find Amanda on the waterfront and ask if she’s ok. She says she’s fine. Zach says, “Let’s go home.” She says, “Home? I’m sorry. Do I know you?” They need to get her in for a full assessment because there is something seriously wrong — psychosis or dementia or both or something else.

The principal finds the fake ID in Callie’s purse and her phone has texts to other students saying there is alcohol in the bathroom. Brandon confronts Vico and then Wyatt intervenes and tells Brandon to do something. Brandon swoops into the interrogation like Superman 2 and says he set Callie up to get back at her for hurting him but had a change of heart. He says, “I realized tonight you didn’t lead me on. You just never felt the same way I did. It was all in my head.” The police officer asks Stef what she wants him to do and she says, “Arrest him.” As they take him to the car, Callie runs after him and says she never slept with Wyatt. Just when I thought she was taking a stand.

Stef and Mike meet the car at the station and Mike says the officers don’t want to deal with the paperwork.

Digression 6: My stepfather was a detective with the Kansas City Police Department and I once got a speeding ticket and my mom called and asked me to come over to her house (I lived with my dad). I drove over there walked in to find my stepfather chatting with the police officer that had given me the speeding ticket. I was mortified. Having a parent who is a cop is weird. It has its perks but they come with a little bit of shame.

They get into the back of the car and ask Brandon what he’s done and he tells the whole truth and nothing but the truth. He tells them about the piano money and the fake ID’s and Dani’s loan and Vico’s revenge and finally, Anna. Season 2: The Fosters in Prison. 

Brandon's made a huge mistake.

Brandon’s made a huge mistake.

Best Line: Callie, “If you’re not really my brother, then Stef and Lena aren’t really my mothers.” Reality check delivered.

Really?: Dani encouraging Brandon to do Callie in Mike’s apartment. Dani, Dani, Dani – I think you’ll be getting yours soon.

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  1. “Dani is like the evil Queen in some modern day fairytale involving cops, foster kids and lesbians. Someone work that out.”

    Have you not seen Once Upon a Time, or was this a blatant reference I was too dense to get?

  2. i laughed out loud at the laffy taffy bit.When Brandon was giving a full run down of his misdeeds i was actually impressed. when he makes bad decisions he makes sure they affect everything, relationships and the law, breaking and entering, bribery,aiding and abetting just of the top of my head. Not gonna lie, callie being close to tears, seeing the principal and turning right around and walk up that stage broke my heart a little.

  3. I’m glad I’m not the only one who thought the way Stef said “this is important to mama” was slightly off! This Callie/Brandon thing really needs to stop … And principal Sanchez needs to calm down. (Also the baby storyline worries me a bit!)

    Can someone pleaseeeee tell me what day of the week this show airs in the US? Monday? Tuesday?

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