The Fosters “Safe” Review (Season 4, Episode 2)

TERI POLO, SHERRI SAUM, CIERRA RAMIREZ, NOAH CENTINEO, MAIA MITCHELL, HAYDEN BYERLY, DAVID LAMBERT

It was another intense episode of The Fosters on FreeForm last night with the Adams-Foster family dealing with the aftermath of the lockdown of Anchor Beach as well as mom Stef imposing a lockdown of the family home because of Mariana’s out-of-control boyfriend Nick Stratos.

Throughout the course of the episode – which covered the night of the school lockdown and the following day – there were the clichéd scenes of the wind whipping the garage door back and forth; hearing strange noises in the garage and in the house that, naturally, had family members on edge as well as family members (and/or friends) startling each other.

Quite frankly, these scenes were all anti-climactic compared to the final “showdown” (of sorts) between poor Mariana (who I actually, for once, felt bad for) and her mentally unhinged boyfriend. Nick had done a pretty good job of hiding from Stef and all the other family members in order to find “just the right moment” to surprise Mariana in her room, scaring her death by his being there not to mention holding his Dad’s gun toward as well as turning it on himself.

For what it’s worth, Mariana did the right thing by simply trying to talk to him; to get through to him that she did care about him, hoping against hope that he wouldn’t pull the trigger on her or himself. That would have been awful! And I have to give the writer of this episode credit for not having Nick actually shot himself because that would have been just so typical; and this show is none for not following the norm of other shows.

I am sure the powers that be behind the show will hit this subject matter on head-on in future episodes; and I just hope the handle with the same depth and compassion.

In other stories within the show, Brandon snuck out of the house (against his mother’s orders) to help his current girlfriend Cortney moved into her own place. Of course, in true Stef style, she not only found Cortney’s address in Brandon’s room but she also went to Cortney’s house to try to force Brandon back home. This is where I have a problem with the show. In true “I’m 18-years-old, I’m an adult and can do what I want” attitude, Brandon told his mom that he wouldn’t be coming home that he’d be staying with Cortney instead. You really think that’s a good idea, Brandon? It’s not going to be all sunshine and roses there; and it won’t be an easy adjustment for you or Cortney. But, of course, all 18-year-olds THINK they know everything.

The one touching story out of this whole intense episode was Jude wanting to find out what happened to his new friend Jack’s body (viewers will remember that Jack was killed by his foster father at the end of last season). Lena and Jude learned from Jack’s estranged aunt that he was cremated but she couldn’t afford to retrieve his ashes from the city so they did; and Callie and Jude gave him a simple burial in their backyard under the tree where Lena and Stef’s baby Frankie lay to rest.

What did you think of last night’s episode? Did you agree with the way Nick’s story played out? How long do you think Brandon will last living with Cortney? How long do you think Stef will put up with that situation? Will Callie be able to get justice for Jack and take down Justina at the same time? Please share your thoughts below.

The next new episode of the fourth season of ‘The Fosters’ will air on FreeForm in two weeks on Monday, July 11 at 8/7c.