The Fosters (ABC Family) Season Finale 2014 Review “Adoption Day”

The Fosters Episode 21 Adoption Day (1)

The Fosters concluded a nearly flawless first season with an episode overflowing with cliffhangers. In fact, there were so many moments that left me holding my breath, I am not sure where to start, so I’m going to start with the most natural place: Callie and Jude. Their journey has been the constant throughout the first season, their yearning for home, for a family. After everything that stood in their way from Callie and Brandon’s relationship to their father, their journey finally reached its conclusion. Well, Jude’s did.

Callie was dealt one more blow when she discovered moments before the adoption that the man she has always believed to be her father, isn’t her biological father. Her history still holds one more question mark and because the court doesn’t know if this man is dead or alive, her adoption could not go through. Watching Callie urge Jude to go through with his adoption, and then standing in the courtroom with a mix of pride and longing on her face as her little brother was officially made a Foster was the kind of moment that makes TV worth watching. The joy was there, but so was the aching. Lena promises Callie that she is already a part of their family no matter what, and in another terrific appearance by Rosie O’Donnell, Rita urges Callie to wait for luck to find her. The worrying question is what will happen when her biological father finds her?

In an episode full of big moments, one of the most important came when Jude asked Lena when she first realized she was gay. After being asked out by a girl, Jude becomes jealous when his friend asks if it is okay if he asks her out if Jude isn’t interested. Jude realizes it is not the girl he is jealous over. Lena quite eloquently tells Jude that his feelings could be worry over losing his friend to a girlfriend or attraction, but either way she and the rest of the family will always love him for being Jude. Another beautiful moment in a series brimming with them.

Now to the more dire elements of “Adoption Day.” Mike may have killed Ana. After finding out what Brandon did to keep his father out of prison and discovering Dani gave Brandon the money to pay him back, Mike goes on a bender. When Dani finds him, Mike has a whole lot of blood on his hands, and Ana never shows up for her meeting with Stef. This wasn’t the only soap-worthy twist. All of Dani’s inappropriate behavior toward Brandon ended in the duo having sex while Brandon was drunk, mind you. Dani clearly has serious issues; issues that we have only just begun to scratch the surface of. Brandon is moving back in with his moms now, but this story has to have repercussions yet to come.

Also sure to have repercussions, is Timothy being unwilling to sign away his rights to Lena and Stef’s baby. That’s right, Lena is officially pregnant. Meanwhile, Timothy doesn’t know yet, but he has already expressed to Lena that not being in the baby’s life would “destroy him.” There is no going back now though, so somehow the Fosters will have to either find a way to let Timothy co-parent or take legal measures to keep Timothy out of the baby’s life. I don’t see the latter option panning out since there was no formal agreement in place prior to insemination.

Finally, before we get to the final shocker, we have to touch on the twins. Mariana convinced Zach to reach out to his father for help with his mother, who does have early onset Alzheimer’s Disease. As a result, Zach will have to move to Arizona. Even though Mariana is losing her first boyfriend under heartbreaking circumstances, the grace with which she handled the situation was amazing for someone her age, or any age. Jesus’ story had a less climatic ending: he is going back on his meds and dating Emma. Maybe season two will bring Jesus a more layered storyline because he just floundered about in season one.

The same cannot be said for Brandon. There was always going to be fallout from Brandon’s actions. He made a series of questionable choices, but turning in Vico wasn’t one of them. However, that is the one that will cost him everything. Vico confessed that while he wouldn’t get kicked out of school for bringing alcohol to the dance and making fake ID’s, he would get kicked off the wrestling team. This means he won’t get a scholarship or be able to get away from his father. One choice changed the course of his life and Vico decided that Brandon’s life deserved to be destroyed too. In a final moment that was scored with a solemn tune from Callie’s guitar, Vico and his buddies jumped Brandon, beat him and in one devastating moment slammed his hand in a car door, just hours after he got accepted in the symphony. An injury like the one Brandon sustains won’t be easily recovered from, if it can be recovered from at all, and his dream of being a pianist may have ended in that parking lot.

Season two kicks off this summer. Until then, we have a lot to ponder. Which cliffhanger shocked you the most? Share your thoughts on the finale below.

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