“The Fosters” Episode 121 Recap: 10,000 Chickens Come Home to Roost

Jesus tells Emma he is back on his meds and  he wants to wrestle her and they kiss, proving once again that I don’t understand romantic pick up lines.

Vico and Brandon wait outside Principal Sanchez’s office. Vico blames Brandon for the whole mess but says his parents are taking care of it because they are the head of the Parent Teacher Mafia. Brandon says he can’t believe Vico is going to get away with it and Vico gives a sad story about his dad being awful and squashing his dream and I can’t feel sorry for him at all.

Lena gets home and finds Jude painting his nails. He asks her when she knew she was gay and tells her about Maddie and that he got jealous when Connor wanted to go out with her.  He says, “I don’t think I’m jealous about Maddie.” Lena smiles and says that everyone gets jealous and it doesn’t necessarily mean anything but they’ll love him no matter what. It’s a sweet scene that calls back to earlier in the season as well. Circles. All the circles. But not the kind that Papi gave Alice.

Mariana is at Zach’s house and he says Amanda was ironing and he came out of his room and she didn’t know him and she hit him. He has a huge mark on his face. Mariana says, “This is not ok.” He then calls his dad and asks for help and a single tear rolls down Mariana’s cheek and the scene is so sweet and heartbreaking.

At least some characters are growing in response to challenges.

At least some characters are growing in response to challenges.

Stef is at the diner waiting for Ana who is late. Dani calls Brandon and says she found Mike. After she hangs up, she turns and Mike is passed out on the bathroom floor. Stef goes to the halfway house to ask about Ana and a guy tells her that she didn’t come home the night before and, when last seen, she was in a screaming match with a guy. Dani helps Mike off the floor and washes blood off his hands and asks, “What happened? Were you in a fight?” As you can tell, this is all very subtle.

Stef shows up at the courthouse where all the Fosters and Fosters-t0-be are waiting for court. Stef says, “Hi babies.” I’m always a sucker for that. Lena pulls Stef away and says that Principal Sanchez isn’t doing anything about Brandon or Vico and then asks if Stef met with Ana. Stef explains that Ana didn’t show. Stef says, “Are we ok?” Lena says she thought about what Stef said and she’s right — the kids they have need them. Stef gets teary and says, “Really?” and Lena says, “Really.” They clasp hands and I think ,”Wow, I’m surprised they took the less dramatic way out of this storyline. Kudos writers! Let the queer ladies across the land raise their glasses in celebration!” And then Lena says, “It’s just that I heard back from the Urgent Care and I didn’t start my period. It was spotting because I’m pregnant.” Stef tears up again and stumbles over her words and then says, “I feel nothing but love right now, baby!” and gives Lena a big kiss and cries and adds, “Love for you and this beautiful baby we’re gonna have.” I teared up because I am a sap but also because it was very well acted and believable.

Digression 3: I remember the precise moment I decided I wanted a second child. My son was 15 months old and we were talking about animals and babies and I said, “And otters have…” and he said, “Whelpths!” It was such a sweet and perfect moment and I thought, “I want to do this one more time.” We’d never planned to have another and my partner wasn’t sure but, when that pregnancy test turned positive, there was no doubt and I saw a bit of that moment reflected in this scene.

Mariana tells Brandon that Zach has to go live with his dad in Arizona and “I feel like everyone I love ends up leaving.” He puts his arm around her and says it’s not true and for a moment, I remember Brandon as he was in the beginning. Wyatt shows up with the group home peeps and it’s hugs all around. Connor shows up and Jude says he’s sorry about the Maddie situation and Connor just shrugs and suggests a threesome. A movie date kind!

A woman asks to speak to Stef and Lena and then Stef and Lena ask to speak to Jude and Callie and this can’t be good. Turns out there was an issue with Callie’s birth certificate. They only had copies and they needed an original. The original showed she has a different dad, Robert Quinn. So, Jude can get adopted but Callie can’t. She tearfully tells Jude, “Today is your day.” She asks for a moment and goes outside. Rita the Wise follows her and gives a long speech about luck and it’s clunky so I nap. When I wake up, she tells Callie that she has to stick around even when it’s hard.

Stef, Lena and Jude are signing the adoption papers and Mariana puts her head on Callie’s shoulder and the group home kids are all giddy and there are pictures and…I cried. I cried a lot. I cried so hard I had to stop watching.

Part of the happy family.

Part of the happy family.

Digression 4: In my defense, my partner only returned last night after 3 weeks in Africa and I am exhausted and when I’m tired, I cry. However, I also remembered being in a similar courtroom twice — once for each of my kids. I remembered our friends and family being there and holding our kids as the judge asked me to give up my parental rights as their birth mother and then give us both rights as their two legal parents. And I thought about all the things that have been hard about the past 3 weeks —about the arguments over homework and bedtime and soccer practice — and how it is easy to lose perspective. So yeah, I cried because family and love can be messy.

There is a big celebration in the Great Lesbian Kitchen and everyone — including the kids from the group home — is laughing and having snacks and there is a cake that says, “Welcome to the family Callie and Jude.” Lena says to Callie, “It’s still true, ya know.”

Digression 5: My sister threw our first baby shower and while she ran errands for the party, my brother-in-law picked up the cake. We already knew we were having a boy and had already chosen the name Miguel. When my brother-in-law got home, he opened up the cake and called my sister to tell her how beautiful it was and then said, “But is Mandy a nickname for Miguel?” My sister said, “WHAT?” He said, “The cakes says ‘Best Wishes Mandy!'” No joke.

Brandon finds Callie playing guitar and he suggests they play together someday. She asks about his audition and he says, “Oh, I got it.” He leaves as Wyatt enters and Wyatt asks if the adoption falling through changes anything with Brandon and she says, “No, it doesn’t change anything.” I really want to believe her.

Brandon arrives at Mike’s and Vico and friends jump him and then Vico slams Brandon’s hand in the car door.

Thus ends Season 1 of The Fosters!

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Vikki Reich

Vikki Reich is a writer and communications consultant. She lives in Minneapolis with her partner and kids, surrounded by a loving queer community.

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  1. Aaaand they are still cramming ALL THE ISSUES! into every single blessed episode. Bless.

    Can we also talk about how incredibly fucked up Dani is? Just horribly manipulative and boundary-less. Not to mention the statutory rape. What in the ever-loving fuck. I feel like the show took the typical “it’s not really so bad when it’s an older woman/teen boy” approach, which is so frustrating. Though I hold out some hope that they will address it in a future episode, as one of their ALL THE ISSUES.

  2. I will be the first to say it – I am so over this show. They are all over the place and it’s maddening. They are trying to cram so many issues into the story that even the worst dysfunctional family is saying “WTF?”

    I have to admit that the last three Recaps you have written, I have only popped in for the Digressions. Love them all by the way, couldn’t actually bring myself to actually read about what happened on the show as they are just doing too much! I did download the last three episodes and if I get bored enough I am sure I will watch them, but Damn is it really possible for one family to be dealing with so much crap over, and over, and over, and over?

    TC Out!

    • They have seriously, and possibly irrevocably, veered into Intense Drama For the Sake of Intense Drama territory. It’s those subtle, truthful moments– like that scene between Jude and Lena — that make this show awesome. They don’t need to be so soapy.

      They also don’t need that baby, but I guess they thought it would be easier to write Sherri Saum’s pregnancy in than have her sitting at a desk and carrying grocery bags all the time. Moms who are also vice principals *never* do ANY of those things on a regular basis.

    • I will let you in on a secret…I’m a little bit over it too. The sad thing is that the show doesn’t need all this drama and all these issues to be good. They could have simplified the issue of reconnecting with birth parents. They could have dealt with medication and ADHD without Jesus almost assaulting someone. Etc. In going the route they have, they have completely ruined what could have been a lovely show.

    • At this point, I watch it half because I am a sucker for being thrown a gay bone—terrible family melodrama featuring interracial lesbian couple? OKAY.
      And half because I do love Vikki’s recaps.

  3. will miss the awesome recaps! i think the show had been split into two halves and that during the second half the numbers dropped considerably, i hope the show doesn’t get cancelled.

  4. Nice recap Vikki! The cake story made me laugh so loud I woke up my dog! (She has night time dementia, so this is kind of a problem. But no hard feelings.) I agree with Erin, Dani has no redeeming qualitites. I don’t see why they have to write her as 100% awful. Also, I have never liked Brandon and his cavalcade of bad decisions continues to prove me right.

    • Thanks :) Yeah, Brandon is a mess. Now, we’ll get to see him sulk about his hand all of next season.

  5. Love your reviews. And your digressions, especially!

    Oh, Brandon. Oh, Dani. Oh, gross. And I’m too tired to google the laws in CA or what Brandon’s age is on the show. 17?

    I think they overdo it on the issues (ALL OF THEM!) but I do think they handle them sensitively. They just need to spread it out a lot more. A lot.

    I do hope the Mike thing was a red herring, though, because the “recovering alcoholic falls off the wagon and MURDER!” is too much, even for this show.

  6. I just saw the last 5 episodes and OMG I cried during the adoption, I feel so much for Callie when she said it’s like nothing is going her way even though she works really hard. But hopefully enough of the Brallie thing. And OMG Stef’s acting when Lena said she’s pregnant was like awesome and believable and sweet and needless to say tears were shed, a lot of them, I thought they weren’t going to write Sherri’s real life pregnancy (twins!!), but then they did so can’t wait for season 2!

    Vikki, as usual, your recaps are awesome! Keep up the good work! Altho this show has issues, please stay with us and still be the recapper hehe I read your recaps always! Thank you!

  7. I know I’m late to this, I just watched the episode… but wasn’t what Dani did considered rape if Brandon was drunk and a minor? Wasn’t the whole thing going on with them in the first place a bit manipulative? Lies, money, and all the advice she gave him? Then she gets mad at him for her relationship ending because of something she did, though I know she didn’t stay that way.

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