The Fosters Episode 212 Recap: The Great Wall of Body Pillows

Previously on The Fosters, Callie found out she has a half-sister who looks eerily like her and a whole dad who is rich. They claimed her as their own family, even though Stef and Lena had already claimed Callie as their family. Callie and Brandon kissed and close-talked about how they needed to stop kissing and then kissed some more and then close-talked some more, for all eternity. Lena had to terminate her pregnancy to save her life, and then she quit her job, which was maybe because she had to terminate her pregnancy to save her life, but also maybe because Jude and Connor did gay things in a tent on a school trip and she wanted to stop being the principal for a minute so she didn’t have to dime them out to Connor’s abusive dad. Mariana got a cute boyfriend and joined the dance team! Jesus dated a lot of girls and also wrestled! Mike and Anna bonded over addiction and not being very good parents!

At Stately Quinn Manor, an ambulance arrives. Is it for Sophia, who is holding her breath underwater in her bathtub for an awfully long time? It it for Brandon, because I am going to sock him in the nuts if he doesn’t stop making out with Callie? Is it for Jude, whose pure heart is too good for this world? No. It is for Robert Quinn; his diamond shoes were cutting off the circulation to his feet and it caused him to have a panic attack. Also probably the fact that Callie shouted at him to fucking let her get adopted just once in her miserable goddamn life, that caused him to have a panic attack too.


How about you feed yourselves for once while Mom and Mama get out the sewing kit? Sometimes you just need to scissor, children.

Back at home, Lena and Stef tell the children to get out of their fancy season finale clothes and into something more comfortable while they cook up some dinner. The children all scamper off to their own individual dramas.

Callie, for example, is feeling kinda down because she has been shuffled around the foster care system ever since the day her parents died in a horrific accident and when she finally found a safe place to land with one of the most loving couples on this big earth, her biological father decided to stop her from getting adopted by them. So she plays the sad guitar sadly on the porch, until Brandon comes out and tells her to please not give up. I don’t know if he means give up on getting adopted by Stef and Lena, or give up on them, but it kind of seems like that first thing, so I’m just going to take that gift and run.


I don’t know if we have Brokeback Mountain on Blu-Ray, honey. We have Imagine Me & You. We have D.E.B.S.

Jude’s drama is that tent and the gay stuff he possibly did inside it, and also that his sister can’t catch a damn break. He’s like, “That guy signed the papers before fake!Callie ripped them up; shouldn’t that count for something?” Lena assure him everything’s gonna be alright, not just with Callie but also with the whole Connor thing. She’s not the principal anymore so she doesn’t have to tell Connor’s dad shit about shit. She also wants him to know it’s not that doing possibly gay stuff inside a tent is a bad thing, no shame in possibly gay stuff whatsoever at all, but maybe a school camping trip isn’t the best place to start sorting that out. Oh, Lena. You obviously have not been reading Lumberjanes. Or attending A-Camp. Or, like, were never a teenage lesbian. Camping trips are the perfect place to sort that stuff out.


How to Get Away With Murder, Step One: Smile.

The very next morning after Robert’s too-tight diamond shoes gave him the heart palpitations, Stef bebops on over to Stately Quinn Manor to cut off the the circulation in Robert’s balls.

Stef: You know we love Callie and that she loves us and that she wants us to be her parents forever.
Robert: Well, too damn bad, because I am used to getting what I want — as you can see by the magnitude of this house and also by the fact that I own a literal yacht — and what I want is to feel good about myself about being Callie’s dad.
Stef: You do realize that makes you a terrible parent, right?
Robert: I’m sorry, I can’t hear you over the sound of the solid gold coins clinking in my pocket.
Stef: Oh, I actually hate your guts.
Robert: You’ll hate them more in the morning, when you hear from my lawyer.
Stef: Come at me! I flavor my coffee with man-tears!

Foster-Adams Cozy Cabin of Emotional and Physical Nourishment.


There is no such thing as a whole town full of lesbians.


You’re not listening to me! All the black ones die!

Mariana and Tia dance together in the yard, getting prepped for Regionals, I think. I continue to not begrudge Mariana this beautiful, loyal, gifted friend who wants to help her be the best goddamn dancer at the American Ballet Academy, but I also continue to wish Tia would go to Rosewood and hook up with Emily Fields. I’ve been wanting this for a while, and now that Emily needs an intermediate fling to get her through the next four years of spring semester until she can reunite with Paige at Stanford, I am wanting it more than ever. The problem, of course, is that Tia is both a person of color and age-appropriate, so she will never make it as a lover in Rosewood. (I would settle for her becoming a little something more for Mariana, though.)

Jesus and Brandon lift weights in the garage and talk about whether or not AA is a thing that works. Jesus needs it to work real bad because of how he’s all in on helping Anna conquer her lifelong addiction, and Brandon need it to keep working real bad because his dad is already a handful and he’s been sober for a while.


No, Brandon, you always get to do the Elsa parts!

At Someone’s Little Sister practice — in case you have forgotten, Someone’s Little Sister is the name of Brandon and Lou and Mat’s band — Brandon and Lou sing a song about how it is exhausting when you’re in a crowd and people start shooting cannons at each other, or when you’re in a cloud and it starts lightning. Mariana thinks they are so good together, and so does Lou, but Mat is very worried about becoming the next Fleetwood Mac. Mariana doesn’t laugh in his face about “You wish” because she doesn’t know who Fleetwood Mac is. Mat says he also doesn’t want to end up like No Doubt, another band Mariana has never even heard of.

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Heather Hogan is an Autostraddle senior editor who lives in New York City with her wife, Stacy, and their cackle of rescued pets. She's a member of the Television Critics Association, GALECA: The Society of LGBTQ Entertainment Critics, and a Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer critic. You can also find her on Twitter and Instagram.

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  1. Best recap ever. As I was watching The Fosters last night, I was thinking, “I am having too many emotions right now and I really need an Autostraddle recap to process them!” And I pretty much laughed hysterically the entire time I was reading this, so thank you.

  2. As much as I dislike Sophia and her being a brat, I agree and I gotta give kudos to the actress as she is really good! Her declaration of her suicidal thoughts can be easily seen as an empty threat but man, when she walked into traffic just like that, I felt my heart jump out of my ribcage, I thought that was the end of Sophia. And I really admire what Callie did, to tell Robert and Jill the truth about Sophia’s suicidal ideation – I felt that she genuinely did that to get Sophia help, not to make things complicated. As a person who also had suffered from mild depression before and had 2 friends commit suicide at an early age, I can say that it is really important to recognize signs and to always have somebody to talk to and be that somebody they can talk to. All in all, this episode was great – felt lots of feelings and was written beautifully. PS at the end when there was the PSA, I almost forgot Maia aka Callie is ‘Strayan IRL, I just love her accent. Thanks for the recap!

  3. Bailee Madison, who plays Sophia, is good but the best thing about this show is always Stef and Lena.
    Great recap, amazing work. I really like this show and I couldn’t be happier Heather is recapping this.

  4. THEY HAD GIRLS IN THE TENT AND MADE OUT WITH THEM? WHAT? WHAT, NO?! I waited for MONTHS for this Jonnor moment and what? I will not accept this. I will not.

    On a different topic: I really disliked Sophia til this episode, but I don’t think she is just a spoiled brat, she is a sad sad spoiled brat and Bailee Madison is doing great.

  5. Hi hello someone PLEASE tell me what this reference is in the caption to the town full of lesbians? This is a reference, right? I want to read/watch/otherverb whatever it is it’s referring to!

    • I believe it’s a reference to Pretty Little Liars, which has an oddly disproportionate number of queer ladyfolk in town.

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