The Fosters “Daughters” Review (Season 3, Episode 8)

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I have never been a parent; and to be honest I neither plan to be nor do I ever want to be a parent. So I can only surmise and judge by osmosis (if you will) what it must be like for Stef and Lena on the ABC Family drama The Fosters being the mothers of so many kids; and teenagers to boot.

Things aren’t much easier for Girls United “den mother” Rita Hendricks, who we not only learned in last night’s episode is the mother of a daughter named Chloe but is also in hot water for supposedly hitting one of the girls in the Girls United house. The latter is not true no matter how the picture is being painted by Girls United “residents” Carmen and newcomer Brooke. Those two girls were clearly at each other’s throats from the get-go and their turmoil boiled over, putting Rita right in the middle of it, resulting in Carmen getting hurt. But, for whatever reason, these two girls are blaming the one woman who could really make a difference in their lives; especially Carmen who is on her way to making something out of her life. That is all thanks to the guidance and support of Rita. But what does Carmen do? She sides with the very girl who is causing nothing but strive in the house. To what end? I guess we’ll learn that truth eventually (hopefully) in the final two episodes of the season, but I just don’t get it.

The situation inside the Adams-Foster household is on tenterhooks as well with Brandon and Callie having to meet with the social worker regarding their ill-fated love affair and how all of that could impede Callie’s adoption. Let’s not even talk about that shared kiss between new foster kid AJ and Callie – that is a discussion for another time OR hopefully is something that can be glossed over. Let’s hope the writers do the same thing; after all it’s a case of been there, done that. There has been enough between Callie and Brandon that there doesn’t need to be a repeat performance. Unfortunately, Callie’s and Brandon’s stories of their relationship does not synch up and that is going to, undoubtedly, come back to bite them – and the entire family – in the ass.

Elsewhere, Stef is desperately trying to track down the hit and run driver who crashed into the car driven by Ana, the biological mother of Mariana and Jesus. Since that whole incident was so prominent at the beginning of this season, I can’t imagine that a resolution will be left dangling; but I have to wonder what kind of result is going to come from her investigation.

Also, I have to wonder what Brandon is going to do about AJ. Will he talk to his dad, asking him not to take AJ on as a foster kid? If he does, how will that impact his relationship with his dad? And then, of course, things always come back to him and Callie. This current situation with the social worker looking into the restraining order that was to be expunged from his records is going to cause nothing but more troubles for these two kids and in the end the entire family. And given the clips for next week’s penultimate episode, the result is not going to be a good one.

What did you think of last night’s episode? Please share your thoughts below and remember to watch the next episode of the third season of ‘The Fosters’ on ABC Family on Monday, August 10 at 8/7c.

Teri Polo as Stef
Sherri Saum as Lena
Maia Mitchell as Callie
David Lambert as Brandon
Cierra Ramirez as Mariana
Hayden Byerly as Jude
Danny Nucci as Mike Foster

Guest stars:
Rosie O’Donnell as Rita Hendricks
Gavin McIntosh as Connor Stevens
Annika Marks as Monte Porter
Tom Williamson as AJ Hensdale
Alessandra Torresani as Brooke
Daffany Clark as Daphne
Marcella Lentz-Pope as Chloe Hendricks
Cherinda Kincherlow as Kiara
Alicia Sixtos as Carmen
Angela E. Gibbs as Michelle
Kate Zenna as Robin
Kathleen Gati as the bus driver