The Fosters: The Longest Day
We were so close to the end of the episode and I honestly was sitting there thinking, "Oh, I can't really write a post this week. Nobody had sex with anyone appropriate or inappropriate, there was some good drama that I really can't make fun of, I actually felt compassion for Brandon for literally one entire episode, they acknowledged that statutory rape is a thing which normally ABC Family has some disconcerting trouble with to say the least, and they didn't spend any time trying to get us on board with Callie and her brother's true-love-forever destinies, so I really have nothing to get grumpy about. So what is my job here?"
And then I looked at Twitter. Damn you, Twitter! After a scene that seemed to be demonstrating that young Sophia is deeply, deeply troubled and suggested to her father that they just go ahead and adopt Callie because that seems cool and Callie is neat and Sophia is used to getting spoiled, Twitter erupted. Not with, "Oh, how inappropriate that the dad didn't shut that down more explicitly" or "Is this child maybe a bit psychotic, what's going on with her?" Nope. It exploded with, "Omigah that would be amazing if she went to live with them because it means we can have our #BRALLIE4EVER!!!!1!!"
It almost lasted, y'all. It almost lasted one episode. Thankfully I don't think it was the writers' intention this time. Sure, the Adams-Fosters have seen this child through juvie and a group home and running away and more than one court case and accusing her rapist and a slew of other things. And sure, they've adopted her brother from whom she's never been separated. But hey, her never-before-known birth dad is rich and her half-sister really likes her, so they should go ahead and keep her SO CALLIE CAN HAVE THAT BOYFRIEND. That seems way more important than having a loving family forever! Lord knows there's nothing that means more in the long run than who you got to date at 16.
But now I'm just ranting about viewer reactions and not the actual show, and I think the show is above that silliness. And even if it's not, I do not think it's what was on display last night. What was on display was pretty terrific in the A-storyline: Brandon, with Lena by his side, tells Stef and Mike about the night that Dani took advantage of him.
Everyone took it really well! Okay, no they didn't. But they took it realistically. Which led to Brandon leaving the room and Lena giving Mike and Stef one hell of a dressing down. (She did have the added calmness advantage of having had time to process this.) (And admittedly I was slightly bummed later in the episode when the implication seemed to be that he'd told only Lena because Stef is "too hard on him." First of all, Brandon told Lena BECAUSE HE WAS STONED. Second of all, STEF IS NEVER HARD ON ANYONE, NONE OF HER CRIMINAL CHILDREN HAVE EVER BEEN PUNISHED BY HER.)
Quick aside to add that there were really stellar performances here all around by Teri Polo, Sherri Saum, and Danny Nucci. Good on ya, actors!
And it speaks well for everyone that Lena was able to convince Stef to see how humiliated Mike was and to show him some compassion. And through showing him compassion, she was able to turn him around completely on the statutory rape issue (Brandon hated the idea and demanded they not tell the police, you know, right after he just told two police) by asking him to imagine if the genders were reversed. Thankfully, Mike came around and hung out on the street like a boss while his now-ex-girlfriend got cuffed and driven away in a squad car.
Good! Really, really nicely done on all fronts. I'd worry about Brandon getting really upset about having to offer up a statement or whatever ultimately happens with Dani's arrest, but I also wouldn't be surprised if he all of a sudden was okay with it. After all, we never learned if the kids got in trouble for their party. This week we barely heard about last week's baby loss. And in previews for next week it looks like we're focusing on a fire instead of the aftermath of this week. Um, I want more of this. That said, I noticed next week's title is "Girls Reunited" so does that mean we get to catch up with some of the group home girls? I would like that very much.
Elsewhere, the less said about Mariana and the dance team the better. I love Mariana and I've really been interested in her issues about identity and fitting in this season because they feel honest, but dance team. Ugh. Oh and now Hayley is lying to Jesus about her life to get his sympathy and time, which is a bummer because it feels like the point is to send him back to Emma. Emma's not so bad but I'm still mad at her for turning on her entire gender. Funny how a thing like that'll stick with you. Girls shouldn't be misogynists, it makes no sense! Despite what Twitter suggests! (It's starting to seem like I should take a Twitter break, isn't it.)
Callie went yachting with Robert and company. Yes, yachting. I'm trying to enjoy all these complicated new relationships but the "it turns out your birth father is mega-wealthy!" storyline just feels too much like a fantasy my friends and I would've played out in elementary school. Thankfully, Callie accepted the college fund. Because please. If anyone offers you a no-strings attached college fund, take it. Don't be an idiot. College costs way more than pride. And Sophia continues to be a weirdo and wants Robert to scoop up Callie, and Jude is sad that any of this ever happened.
Again, the A-story was really the take-away from last night but I'm sure there are a million different points I didn't touch on.
What did you guys think? Am I overpraising something just because I was blinded by my delight at the show acknowledging that adults shouldn't sex up teenagers (because I watch that "other" ABC Family show that makes my head hurt weekly)? And is anyone worried the fire means someone we like is going to end up at Girls United, hence the episode title? I'm psyched to see those kids but nobody better mess with Daphne. And I hope we see Cole!