#TheFosters Season 4 Episode 12 Review & Discussion

This was another heart-wrenching episode of The Fosters. The problems for this family really seem to have escalated monumentally and I cannot wait to see how they handle it. If you have not seen this episode yet, I highly recommend that you do!!!! 

SPOILERS AHEAD!!!!!!

Okay, so let’s just start with the obvious here, JESUS IS BACK!! I was really starting to worry that he wasn’t going to make it, but I am so relieved that he did. More on those scenes later, though, let’s start off with that opening empty hospital scene. 

Now it was pretty obvious from the beginning that it was a dream, but that didn’t stop it from being creepy as hell. There’s something about empty buildings that is just always disturbing. The dream kept going until we saw the Foster house completely devoid of the family we all love so much. It was such an odd thing to see, since the entirety of this show kind of revolves around this house- this home. It’s what brings the show together, brings the characters together. Seeing it empty was such a sad moment, it really hit me how much this family has come to mean to me.

The rest of the dream scenes were pretty powerful as well, but I don’t think any of them really came close to that empty home except for maybe the last one…

While the moms were a the hospital waiting for any results with Jesus, we get to see Brandon Mariana and Jude back at the house. I don’t think I’ve ever been so disappointed in Jude before this episode. He’s been making some questionable decisions all season, but this episode he was just so rude to everyone when he had absolutely no right to be. Everyone seems to be going through something so serious and there he is just a total jerk. When Brandon finally tried to set him straight ( maybe not the best language here…) I was pretty satisfied. I think it was important that it was Brandon who talked to him and not Stef or Lena or even Callie. It wouldn’t have had the same effect as it did. 

All right, so next I suppose we finally have to address the elephant in the room. Honestly, at this point, Callie just need to pick up a law book. I’m fairly certain it would help her out more than the average person. I was genuinely appalled by the police force in this episode. I feel like we’ve spent a fair amount of time in this series trying to show another perspective to the police force and wants to humanize them somehow, but watching this episode was a bit like seeing all of that past work slowly dribble down a drain. That detective basically put the words that accused Callie enough to put her back into Juvie in her mouth. We did get to see a little bit of that humanity shine through when the officer at the front desk actually told Mike what was going on, but apart from that, it was just a horrible scenario to witness. I guess the writers are really trying to demonstrate the new sort of danger that Stef might be walking into as a detective. 

So as creepy as Jesus’s dreams might have been, Callie’s juvie scene definitely takes the cake for the most disturbing scene of this episode. Watching Callie go into that prison already knowing what to do was one of the only moments in the episode that brought me to tears. It reminded me of the scene from an episode back in season one where Callie was stealing the sandwich. She had that same empty, broken look in her eyes as she did in this episode when she was being taken in. It just made me so sad watching all of this progress that she's managed to make throughout these seasons being stripped away. 

Now the last episode I made the prediction that Mariana is going to have a meltdown, but it didn’t really happen. She did have a little cry with Emma, but it’s wasn’t the full blown sob fest I was expecting. Honestly, I do think it’s still coming, especially since Stef told her that the reason Callie was in the car with the guy who kidnapped her was that she was out looking for her. I still feel very strongly that Mariana needs this breakdown about everything that’s happened to her to move on completely. 

Okay, so one of my favorite scenes in this episode was the scene with the old lady. It was just so nice to see someone who wasn’t Stef or anyone directly affected my Jesus’s condition to come and comfort Lena. We later found out that this Lady had supposedly died like a year ago or something. Now if I recall correctly, this is not the first time something weird has happened to Lena in a hospital. The first time was when she lost the baby, and that little girl came in and gave her that stuffed toy. Lena asked her what its name was and she said it was Frankie. The name they were going to give the baby. I don’t think this little detail is going to come up again, but I thought it was just kind of nice to have in there. Just this little dose of ‘what if’.

So now I’m going to bring us full circle and really talk about Jesus. I spent the entire episode stressing about whether or not Jesus was going to make it, and that last scene when he was in that hallway about to take little Mariana’s hand freaked me out! I was yelling at my screen trying to get him to listen to Stef and Lena’s voices, and then he did, and we saw his eyes open, and I was just so relieved. Obviously, we don’t know what’s going to happen now. Something is clearly still wrong since he can’t speak properly, but for now, I think we’re all just happy that he’s alive. 

My predictions for the next episode are:

Mariana is still bound to have that breakdown. I am sticking with this. 

As much as I don’t want this to happen, I think Callie might have to go to actual jail soon. This Judge seems to already have a verdict in mind, and I don’t really know how they're going to change it. 

Back to Mariana, is she pregnant?!?!?! We saw Emma buy those tests for her

Okay, so that is it for me. This was another great episode, and I can’t wait till next week!!