The Fosters “Now Hear This” Review (Season 2, Episode 18)

MAIA MITCHELL, ROSIE O'DONNELL, DAFFANY MCGARAY CLARK

No one does family turmoil and issues with friends better than the ABC Family drama The Fosters; and tonight’s episode was jam-packed with turmoil within the Adams-Foster family and with Callie’s friends. But what else is new, right?

Callie’s (series lead Maia Mitchell) decision to go live with her bio-dad Robert (recurring guest star Kerr Smith) has been approved by the judge and it was time for the whole family to learn. But, in true fashion, Mariana (series regular Cierra Ramirez) is upset. Sure the teenager has always been prone to theatrics, but there seemed to be a bigger root to the overall problem. As it turns out, Mariana was worried that they only have a few more years to be together before they start going off to college and she just wasn’t ready for things to change just yet. For once, I can actually understand her need for the family to be together for a little longer. But all good things must come to an end.

With that being said, some things never change and that statement applies to Callie’s friend from Girls United, Kiara (recurring guest star Cherinda Kincherlow), who ran away from her current foster family situation only to end up in a really bad part of town, selling herself on the street. It only makes sense that once that truth is learned by Rita (recurring guest star Rosie O’Donnell), who runs Girls United, as well as Callie, they both want to help Kiara. Of course, when Rita shows up on the street where Kiara is “working”, Kiara spits in her face and screams at her. Of course, Kiara was doing that more to protect Rita from her pimp than anything else; but what in the hell was the girl thinking? Does she honestly think that selling herself on the streets and getting gifts from her pimp could possibly make up for what her life could be if she simply tried? Thank goodness that Callie was thinking ahead, calling Stef (series regular Teri Polo) and Rita for support after Kiara showed up at the Youth Center. Rita was able to convince Kiara to go back to Girls United and get herself off the streets. Time will tell though, if Kiara can stay on the straight and narrow. Part of me hopes that she can.

Another truth was revealed in this episode with Mariana learning about the scholarship that was offered to her brother Jesus (series regular Jake T. Austin) at that boarding school in Colorado. Given her reaction to Callie leaving to live with Robert, Jesus told his moms that he wasn’t ready to leave home yet. I get that he was doing that for his sister’s sake, but he deserves to have something good happen in his life and his sister just needs to deal with that. For once, Mariana realizes that while she may not want him to go, he needs to go. At long last perhaps Mariana is finally growing up a little. Hopefully that change won’t be short-lived.

Elsewhere in the episode there was Brandon (series regular David Lambert) selling his grandfather’s old autographed baseball in order to get money for the pending summer tour and Jude (series regular Hayden Byerly) still dealing with his complicated feelings for his friend Connor (recurring guest star Gavin MacIntosh). I have to question whether Brandon will actually go on the tour or decide to take that summer music program scholarship instead. And poor Jude and Connor, they are confused young boys who are eventually going to get hurt; it’s only a matter of time.

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The next new episode of ‘The Fosters’ will air on ABC Family on Monday, March 9 at 8/7c.