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The Fosters: Adoption Day

Synopsis: In the first season finale, devastating news is revealed to the Fosters as Callie and Jude prepare for their adoption. Meanwhile, Mariana stands by a friend who faces a hard decision; Brandon makes another poor choice; and Jude is asked out on a date. Original Air Date: 3/24/14

GAVIN MACINTOSH, HAYDEN BYERLY, MAIA MITCHELLThis episode opened with Brandon explaining that he was “just trying to help” (goodness gracious, be sure to run the other way if he ever bends down to pick up something you dropped).  The finale saw through much of the heavy-handed foreshadowing that had built up throughout the season. Dani got funky with Brandon, Stef revealed she doesn’t want a baby, Timothy refused to sign the contract, and something went wrong at the adoption. These developments were not exactly the bombshells they may have been intended to be; nevertheless, the episode managed to hold my interest.

Love it:

  • Lena gives Jude advice: I’d been craving a scene like this. Two likable characters have a touching and smart conversation.
  • Stef’s reaction to Lena’s pregnancy: It’s only sane to be hesitant to bring a baby into this rodeo, and I’m glad Stef finally said it. I was just  worried that they wouldn’t be able to come back from it. Then Stef, brilliant Stef, gave just the right reaction when Lena revealed that she is, in fact, pregnant – and all is well. Assuming Lena is still on board.
  • Adoption montage: Even though Callie had to step back (but how awesome that Wyatt and the Girls United gang were there to support her!) the adoption of Jude was very sweet. Callie’s happiness for him was so genuine and there was just so much love in that room. Tear.

Leave it:

  • Brandon and Dani: It’s not so much that they get it on. After all, how does that saying go?  “Two wrongs totally make a right.” Something like that. The two most loathsome characters on the show totally deserve each other.  Why not?  If you are going to to gross, go all the way. The thing that bumps this to the realm of truly distasteful is that it’s freaking rape. Brandon is underage and drunk in the scene. Not ok.
  • Unsigned Contract: Noooooooooooooo!  Will Timothy get a grip and sign the contract? Will they work out some kind of mutually agreeable uncle/less involved parent role for him? Will they address the fact that donor contracts are not usually legally binding anyway? I am not a fan of how this keeps being fodder for the “see, a known donor is a terrible idea” argument. I’d argue, perhaps, to have more than a two minute conversation about it before jumping in.
  • Brandon gets beat up: Just before this scene I was thinking how this finale did a great job of leaving enough unanswered questions to keep the audience interested, but still gave us some happiness and tidiness to send off the season with a good feeling. Then, we had to watch Brandon’s hand get slammed in a car door. I don’t wish that upon my worst bad-decision-making-self-centered-character-on-a-teen-drama-I-watch.

I’m so glad this show got renewed for a second season. It feels like making history (cheesy, melodramatic history). Watching a family with two moms make sandwiches on national television. Watching them give advice and try to guide their kids toward the best people they can be. Getting to see them make mistakes and celebrate victories.  I want more.

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2 Comments

  1. ” Then, we had to watch Brandon’s hand get slammed in a car door. I don’t wish that upon my worst bad-decision-making-self-centered-character-on-a-teen-drama-I-watch.” This line made me laugh.

    I have to say that the melodrama is ruining this show for me. I know that’s how things play on ABC Family but still. The Fosters is at its best when it handles the everyday drama of life with kids.

  2. Totally agreed. Every time the melodrama starts to get to me I repeat under my breath “It’s a teen drama. It’s a teen drama.” to calm myself. I would LOVE LOVE LOVE to watch this show targeted directly at our (queer parents) demographic, but I wonder if it would reach as many people still forming their perspective on our families? If it was aimed at us it would probably be on a different network, maybe a premium channel with a more limited audience? There’s nothing wrong with preaching to the choir – our choir is hungry for representation of our families in any form, but I do think that the tedium of the melodrama a fair price to pay for potentially changing hearts and minds.

    That said – you should so write a script for a pilot of a show by/for/about our families. I would watch the crap out of that show.

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