The Fosters “The Silence She Keeps” Review (Season 2, Episode 17)

MAIA MITCHELL, HAYDEN BYERLY

Can you keep silent when you have a big secret? Can you not talk about a huge problem in your life to the people who care the most about you? That is the dilemma for Callie Jacobs (series lead Maia Mitchell) in tonight’s ABC Family drama The Fosters.

She told her foster moms Stef (series regular Teri Polo) and Lena (series regular Sherri Saum) that she thinks she needs to live with her bio-dad Robert (recurring guest star Kerr Smith), using the excuse that she doesn’t want the moms spending money they don’t have to fight Robert in court especially when the judge is just going to decide that she needs to go live with him anyway. She could very well be right about that, but Stef is convinced there is more going on.

And obviously Stef is right, but Callie is keeping her lips sealed tight on the whole debacle of Daphne (recurring guest star Daffany Clark) kidnapping her little daughter Tasha from a local park only to return her under the cover of darkness that same day. The big problem is that the cops have talked to Daphne, telling her that she could face 11 years in prison if proven to be the culprit behind the kidnapping.

Who wouldn’t be scared shitless by this situation? Daphne definitely seems to be very scared and given what she did at the end of the episode, first going to see Rita at the new Girls United home (more on that shortly) and then admitting to the detectives that she did take Tasha, she is at least taking responsible for that very, very poor decision.

I give the girl kudos for telling the truth and for keeping Brandon (series regular David Lambert) and Callie out of it, but who really believes that the cops aren’t going to figure out what really happened? The cops aren’t chumps. They are going to find out what took place one way or another and then all hell is gonna break loose.

For now, though, let’s talk about that new Girls United home. How great is that place, right? Rita Hendricks (recurring guest star Rosie O’Donnell) returned to the storyline with Robert taking Callie and little brother Jude (series regular Hayden Byerly) to the house that was purchased with the money from the fundraiser the Quinns’ held at their home. It also didn’t hurt that Robert gave more money to make sure they got the house; but did he do that to gain Callie’s trust? How could he not? And, another kudo this time to Stef for figuring out that was the case when she went to see the house.

There were also a lot of other issues going on in the episode, including:

• Jesus (series regular Jake T. Austin) being upset with the moms when they told him they didn’t think he was ready to be on his own at Flintwood Academy, the all-boys school offering him a scholarship. I have to admit that I agree with the moms because Jesus hasn’t exactly shown a lot of good judgment lately;

• Brandon finally coming clean with someone in the family; namely his dad Mike (series regular Danny Nucci) about being selected for that special summer music scholarship. It’s my opinion that he should chuck the band and go with the summer program, but I’m more curious to hear what fans of the show have to say?

• I’m getting a little tired of the whole Ana (recurring guest star Alexandra Barreto) and her baby storyline. Anyone else? I get it that she is important to the storyline because she is the bio-mom of Jesus and Mariana (series regular Cierra Ramirez), but can we just move on from that. Oh, and the crazy idea of Mike thinking about adopting the baby since Stef and Lena aren’t going to. Is he nuts? There is no way he can do any better with a baby than Ana because of his addiction issues? Thoughts?

• And then there is the mini-strike that Mariana started in school when English teacher Timothy (recurring guest star Jay Ali) got fired for his stance against the change in the school’s curriculum. I envision that whole situation getting even worse with Timothy going to the press. Does anyone else see that happening?

If you are a fan of the show, what did you like the best from tonight’s episode and what was your least favorite moment? Please share your thoughts below.

The next new episode of ‘The Fosters’ will air on ABC Family on Monday, March 2 at 8/7c.