The TV gods giveth, the TV gods taketh away. Hoo boy do they take away.
I don't want to even get to the worst part of it yet, I'll save that for last. It makes my tummy hurt too much. So let's start with the good stuff. I think there wasn't much good stuff. For once, though, Mariana's dance team subplot gave an episode some much needed levity when Callie, trying to be a supportive sister, auditioned for Mariana and Tia. And Mariana's big fat giant heart was too big to notice at first that Callie was a horrible dancer (although adorably horrible!), so she made the team. Thankfully they sorted this all out before the end of the episode, which also showed us that Emma is also an amazing dancer because she is superhuman and good at everything, which did not interest Jesus. Speaking of Jesus, we STILL DON'T KNOW if he's going to this military wrestling academy. The cursor moved about one space as his other siblings found out about the possibility. With all due respect, whether or not Jesus takes this scholarship is not an exciting enough story arc to last for half a season. I mean, it's Jesus. Let's get real here.
Speaking of annoyingly similar stories, we got about three hairs of movement on the big exciting WILL BRANDON GO TO IDYLLWILD OR NOT? plotlet in the form of this inexplicably eager and goofy dude showing up:
He's here to explain that Brandon lost his Idyllwild spot because he took too freakin' long to make a decision, but when Goofy here explained to them that he was indecisive because he was considering going on tour with his pop band, the folks in charge were so impressed that they invented a whole new spot for him at their academy! Except this time he has to audition!
This displeases Brandon! How come poor Brandon's life sucks so much! He breaks the law and never gets penalized, he breaks the rules and never gets punished, and he lets the clock run out on a phenomenal opportunity and gets a second chance for no reason at all! The heart bleeds, y'all, it really does. He's got it rough.
Speaking of people who have it rough, Monte is now in Stef's crosshairs. Stef does not appreciate the bonding that's been happening between Monte and Lena, so she is now going to kill her with passive-aggressive kindness.
Yup, yup, that's totally a sincere smile, you guys. Oh, and Monte rehired Timothy. Thank god. I know we were all terrified and worried about how that might play out.
So let's talk about some of the terrible, terrible decisions that happened in this episode. Stef has an (admittedly fairly clever) plan to adopt Callie by first getting her emancipated. That way, her biological father has no remaining claim to her custody-wise and she can go live with and get adopted by whoever the heck she wants. I'm going to suspend disbelief in terms of whether or not that whole scenario could really play out because this is TV and it's close enough to a neat loophole to make it interesting. But of course if she's going to get emancipated, she can't go living with Robert full-time right away. How will they solve this problem?
No problem, Robert will all of a sudden become wildly reasonable and say he doesn't want to rush things and Callie can stay with the Fosters till the end of the original waiting period! (There are some sads here about how the judge decides she still has to stay with Robert every other weekend, but frankly I can't see the horror in that. Seems fine.)