I'll be brief but I thought I should at least acknowledge the season finale of The Fosters. Or the mid-season finale? Summer finale? I still can't quite figure out how it works.
I was kind of dreading sitting down for the episode after I flipped right out last week when Callie and Brandon "finally" had sex, and this week we were treated to rationalizations like "We didn't do anything wrong, we weren't even technically fostering you at the time!" (that gem via Brandon, naturally)
It is perhaps a little odd that Brandon considers himself to be part of the unit that was fostering Callie, as if sibling-fostering is a specific action verb, and he feels himself to be a fosterer of this teenage girl, maybe -- JUST MAYBE -- it's still gross that he boned her. And now he did literally bone his sister.
I guess? Because this being The Fosters, the big adoption celebration at the end could completely explode in the first episode of Season 3B because somebody somewhere forgot to cross a T or because it actually turns out Callie's bio-mom is alive. Really, what would this show's throughline be if not "a new wrench in Callie's adoption!"? I don't believe for a second that the show is going to abandon the creepy sexual tension between Brandon and Callie, so I imagine we'll have awkward scenes of Brandon getting an eyeful of his little sister in her skivvies, or super-sexy brushing-up-against-each-other moments in the family mini-van. And so help me if Callie ended up with an oopsie pregnancy... SO HELP ME. Well, I don't know what I'd do, since anything I would do is pretty much irrelevant to the storytelling and, also, these people aren't real. I think?
Let it not be said that my heebie-jeebies precluded a sense of humor! The look on Callie's face when she post-coitally walked into the kitchen and found out the adoption was going through after all because MAYBE POTENTIAL OUTCOMES ARE CALLED POTENTIAL AND NOT ABSOLUTE FOR A REASON (and should not lead one to sibling-sex)... well, it was hysterical.
I was delighted that she felt like an idiot for her behavior because, hey, her behavior was idiotic. Brandon barely registered an expression other than "hangdog" for the entire episode, but I'm not entirely sure how that distinguishes it from other episodes.
In other news, the show threatened to take Connor away from Jude as it seems he's moving to L.A. to live with his mother, who apparently gives him less pushback on the whole gay thing. I appreciated that they made it clear his father wasn't kicking him out -- as a parent struggling to accept his son's sexuality, he really is not that bad. He spent Father's Day at his son's boyfriend's house (with his son's boyfriend's lesbian parents), after all. Dude is making an effort! That's a lot more than plenty of LGBT kids can say about their parents, many of whom never move out of "denial" or "complete rejection."
Taking away #Jonnor, though? Cruelty!
Cruelty to the audience!
Who else do we need to check in on? Mariana! Mariana, after a heart-to-heart with her grandfather, decided she should tell Mat that she's not going to grovel or beg for his forgiveness anymore, because she's managed to forgive herself. I'm sure that made Mat feel a lot better! I don't actually recall any begging or groveling, so this didn't exactly feel like the cathartic, triumphant moment they were playing it as. But at least now Mat can sleep better at night knowing that Mariana no longer feels bad about cheating on him! Anyway, he kind of fabulously told her, "Okay cool, we're never getting back together but good for your emotional health" and walked out. Ouch! (But seriously, that's about the best she could expect after "Just letting you know I forgive myself for what I did to you, so let's reunite!")
Self-acceptance is a beautiful thing, Mariana, but maybe the people you've hurt aren't going to be as moved by your announcement of it as you think they are! "You're welcome, I forgive me!"