The Fosters: Things Unknown
Season Two premiere!
Let's just take a look at my favorite family-friendly couple:
I don't want to get on their bad side. Their nervous/disapproving looks are enough to make me mend my ways!
I might not have been watching closely enough, but I couldn't figure out how much time is supposed to have passed since the first season's finale. Obviously a good bit because legal maneuvers have occurred and various relationships have evolved (Callie and Wyatt seem pretty serious!) or re-settled and injuries have had some time to heal and fetuses have incubated (I'm sure that is not the correct medical term) and hair has grown. Quite a bit. And some of it's gone blond. (Oh, Mariana.)
Oh and she's dancin' now! With the cool kids.
And leave it to The Fosters to make a teenage girl dyeing her hair blond into a social issue. Stef was opposed to the dyeing, which is easy for her to say being that she naturally looks like a Barbie doll, and Lena defended it making it into an issue about beauty standards being based on a white "norm" in society. And don't get me wrong, this is a totally valid and real thing! But I can't help habitually checking off the long, long list of social issues covered on every episode of this adorable show.
Speaking of adorable...
...Jude's officially their real son! Everybody is all giddy and melty.
Dani has decided she's no longer lusting after her boyfriend's underage son (who I think she statutorily-raped, but I can't make any promises because I'm not sure of his exact age) and wants to be with Mike for good and forever for love.
Stef finds out from Brandon that Mike had fallen off the wagon that one night and turned up with blood on his hands (so remember: does this mean he killed Ana?).
Also, Emma's still too cool for other girls and some other girls at school are being all racist at Mariana. If only the racist girls were the ones Emma's too cool for, I'd find her anti-female attitude way less annoying.
Oh, so guess what the Adams-Fosters did? They let their license to foster expire. The Fosters can't be fosters! Did anyone tell them what their name is? Don't let that license expire! That's your whole thing! Anyway, so the social worker comes to scoop up Callie since her adoption was denied (due to the the whole birth father confusion). She goes to live with a fairly supportive but very rigid older lady and makes a lot of sad faces. We're definitely meant to worry that she's going to run away. Again. Because Callie. But somehow Stef magically sweet-talks somebody into letting her take Callie home, and she arrives just in time to hear Jude's way-too-poignant essay about his forever family being his new anchor.
He's, of course, more articulate than most adults despite his overuse of metaphor. And simile, really.
Brandon almost tells Mike about sleeping with Dani (and as much as I'm not a fan of that mouth-breather, I do feel a little sorry for him here since he clearly thinks he betrayed his father horribly rather than realizing a predator took advantage of him).
He also doesn't think he'll ever be able to play piano again because of his hand injury (due to that mean Vico).
Stef speaks to a witness who saw Mike arguing with Ana the night she disappeared. D'oh!
A man shows up as a customer at the fast food join where Callie works, and it's pretty clear that he's Callie's birth father because he gives her a bunch of significant looks and has a daughter who is Callie's doppelganger. Also because he's played by Kerr Smith, formerly (and mostly?) known as Jack McPhee from Dawson's Creek. And with that, an entire generation just felt like they aged 20 years overnight. Ouch!
That's the one!
There's not a whole lot to really critique or analyze about the episode because it felt very much like it was just introducing some major story arcs for the season. But I'm so glad it's back and so grateful it's got a summer season! I needed a new primetime distraction. (And I can only rewatch Season Two of Orange Is The New Black so many times before it gets unhealthy.) (Speaking of OitNB, the next time Lena's mother comes to visit the family on The Fosters, will I be the only one screaming, "RUN, KIDS, RUN, YOUR GRANDMOTHER'S COMING!!!"?)
So what did you guys think? Promising? Too schmaltzy? Better paced? I confess I actually rewound and replayed the opening credits because even my somewhat chilly heart is warmed by how damn sweet the opening is.