The Fosters “EQ” Review (Season 3, Episode 16)

The Fosters Season 3

In last night’s episode of The Fosters, several tough issues were tackled, which really isn’t that much of a rarity for this groundbreaking drama; but let’s take a look at what happened:

• Stef – who is on desk duty because of her recent surgery and going a bit stir crazy – is teaching a class on Emotional Intelligence (i.e., emotional quotient aka EQ) to juvenile delinquents;

• Brandon and Mat are dealing with some students – student council President Sally Benton in particular – who believe their Romeo and Juliet rock opera is not appropriate (and that could really hinder their graduating since this is their senior project);

• Rita is dealing with her very wayward daughter Chloe who is, once again, crying wolf about taking her life when
all she really seems to want is money (until something really horrible happens); and,

• Speaking of Sally, she dropped a bombshell on Vice Principal Lena regarding Principal Monte Porter

Okay, so Stef is teaching a class on EQ. Who thought that was a good idea? Even before her surgery, Stef was never the calm one who could handle her emotions, but since going under the knife (and I don’t mean that in any derogatory way), she’s been even tougher. And the police department reasoned that she would be the best person to teach this class? Maybe this was their way of helping her (besides helping out the trouble kids forced to take the class) especially given how the episode ended with Stef finally opening up (well, at least a little bit)

Then there is the issue with Brandon and Mat’s senior project: the Romeo and Juliet rock opera based on the classic William Shakespeare play. Yes, the subject matter has always been controversial, but that hasn’t stopped the play from being put on for as long as it has existed. And in the end (at least where this episode is concerned) the rock opera will go on – just not at Anchor Beach.

Where Rita’s very troubled daughter Chloe is concerned, it would seem that for far too many years she has put her mother through more trials and tribulations than any one person deserves. Sadly enough, though, Chloe finally followed through on her attempt (making the debate over Romeo and Juliet all that much harder) – whether intentional or not – but unlike the Shakespearean characters, Chloe will actually be all right.

Lastly, there was the bombshell that student council President Sally Benton broke to Vice President Lena about Principal Monte. It would seem – at least according to an extremely upset Sally that the Principal kissed her. Now what? Did Monte kiss the student? If not, why would Sally tell Lena that she did? This is not going to be a one and done storyline and if it’s true, this is going to be very, very troubling.

What did you think of the episode? Do you have any thoughts on Jesus and his drinking? Do you think we’ll see bio-dad Gabe again? Will we get to see Jude again? Do you want to see Mariana and Nick continue with their relationship? Do you think that Stef will ever lighten up? Please share your thoughts in the comments section below.

The next episode of the third season of ‘The Fosters’ will air on FreeForm on Monday, March 7 at 8/7c.

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

Guest stars:
Jordan Rodrigues as Mat Tan
Annika Marks as Monte Porter
Tom Williamson as AJ Hensdale
Brandon Quinn as Gabe Duncroft
Marcella Lentz-Pope as Chloe Hendricks
Pepi Sonuga as Sally Benton
Louis Hunter as Nick Stratos
Julian Works as Javier
Rosie O’Donnell as Rita Hendricks