The Fosters (ABC Family) Review “Things Unsaid”

The Fosters Episode 13 Things Unsaid (6)

“Things Unsaid” was an episode about secrets, fears and all things we fail to tell the people we love. For Mike it meant confessing to Brandon after years of mistakes, that it was not Stef he regrets losing the most it was the ability to always be with his son– the true love of his life. For Lena it meant not telling Stef how terrifying Stef’s first day back at work was for her. For Jude it was hoarding food under his bed in case his new family decides to give up on him, and for Stef it was a desire to tell Callie how much she is loved.

Stef didn’t get to verbalize her love to Callie directly, but at least Callie does see her foster mom from afar, not that it will do her much good. Thanks to a conversation with Daphne, Callie now knows there is a way for her to live on her own with help from the system. She and Brandon continued to pretend they were Romeo and Juliet this week even though Brandon was given a restraining order and Callie risked being kicked out of the house to see and talk with him. It seems during their lengthy hug, Brandon slipped Callie a phone. Watching the two of them continue a relationship so recklessly is painful as a viewer over the age of sixteen. It is exactly the sort of thing that can look romantic when you’re young, but knowing everything Callie is risking– most notably, the chance to have a family –it’s upsetting to watch her continue to cling to the idea she and Brandon can be together romantically.

The action at the group home continues to be a remarkable addition to the series. During an outing to a museum, Callie slipped away to see Brandon, and Daphne covered for her. Later, we learned that Daphne became a mother at fourteen and wants nothing more than to get her little girl out of the system. Meanwhile, a security guard accosted Cole for standing in the men’s line. His insistence incited the other men in line, which in turn caused the girls to come to his defense. Later, they blamed Cole for cutting their trip short, proving loyalty only goes so far. Callie is the only one who stands up for Cole, telling everyone it is not always easy to do what’s right for yourself, but you have to do it anyway– which is exactly what Cole was doing by challenging outdated and discriminatory modes of thought.

Cole later returns the favor by taking away Callie’s phone and messaging Brandon that his relationship with Callie is over. The act felt like it was one coming from a good place. Callie is the only person who has shown Cole respect. I want to believe he was acting as a friend. Going behind her back wasn’t the best way to go about things, but if Callie is ever going to go home she has to focus on doing well in group. Unfortunately, now that she knows there is a way to live on her own, she could end up losing everything anyway.

Back at the house, Mariana was dealing with less dire teen problems, but ones I’m sure felt very real for her. Her continued pining over Chase (which resulted in a rehearsal kiss) led Kelsey to turn her in for shoplifting and selling drugs. It was a petty, bitter act, and further proof Kelsey is not much of a friend. Mariana ends up suspended– although we don’t know how long her suspension will last. What makes the whole situation even more depressing is Chase is a total bore. He may be cute, but Mariana doesn’t have anything in common with him, unlike the cute tech wizard kid who is pining over her. Not only does he adore her, they actually have things in common. Young love rarely ever makes sense though and it’s sad to see Mariana’s mistakes catching up to her because of her so called friend’s jealousy.

Finally, we have Jesus, who suffers the most crushing humiliation of them all: his mom tells off his coach after a hazing ritual leaves Jesus with a black eye. This certainly won’t make things easy for Jesus, but Lena had every right to go off on the coach for condoning an archaic practice that resulted in her kid being injured. For Jesus’ sake though, a private conversation rather than one that took place in front of his entire team would have been a better way to go.

All in all, it was another excellent episode as long as we forget there was an extended commercial for Kindle Paperwhite right in the middle of it. As long as they’re supporting the show, I won’t complain too much unless we get an extended infomercial in every episode. Product placements are best seen and not heard, is all I’m saying on the matter.

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