The Fosters 2×14 – Mother Nature – Recap
In The Fosters 2×14, the family goes camping. Sounds like a nice, peaceful vacation, right? …Remember, this is the Foster family we’re talking about. Read on for our full recap!
Tweeting or twerking
The Fosters 2×14 opens with Mariana and Callie packing for the family camping trip while Jude looks on. Needless to say, Mariana isn’t thrilled about the prospect, but Callie’s trying to keep an open mind. Jude interjects with “I had fun on my seventh-grade trip – mostly,” which serves as a fantastic reminder that we still don’t have the whole story about what exactly happened in The Tent.
Elsewhere in the house, Hayley is alternately making out with Jesus and telling him she’s mad at him for having plans the same weekend her parents are out of town. Stef walks in on them and gives Hayley a fantastically chilly reception, which makes me like Stef even more and Hayley even less. Downstairs, Stef floats the idea of making the kids leave their phones at home, claiming she wants them to “experience something without tweeting or twerking about it.” After she admits she doesn’t actually know what twerking is, Lena demonstrates – much to her delight – and the #LenaTwerking hashtag promptly appears at the top of the screen.
The conversation soon turns serious when Stef asks Lena to back her up on confiscating the phones, saying Lena “can’t be Nice Mom” all the time, which gives Lena some food for thought.
Secrets & bombshells
Outside, Callie interrupts a private moment between Brandon and Lou, which leads to a spectacularly awkward exchange – and there’s more where that came from. Forced to take two cars because Mariana packed “glamping” supplies, Lena tries to get Jesus to open up about his life, but she gets more than she bargains for when he tells her his birth mother, Ana, is pregnant.
Speak of the devil: The next scene is Ana having an ultrasound – and Mike is there with her. Does that mean he’s the father?
Back in the car, Lena urges Jesus to tell Stef the news. He’s reluctant, claiming it’s easier to talk to Lena because she doesn’t get as mad. “That is not true!” Lena exclaims. “I just don’t… show my madness as… madly… but I get mad!” Very convincing. She then proceeds to persuade Jesus not to mention he came to her before Stef. Who else has a feeling The Fosters 2×14 won’t end well?
At the campsite, another of Jesus’ secrets is revealed when Jude walks in on him shirtless and sees the tattoo of Hayley’s name. Jesus swears Jude to secrecy, and Mariana covers for him when he insists on wearing a shirt to go swimming. With some prompting from Lena, he finally approaches Stef about Ana. Cut to Lena acting shocked when Stef breaks the news to her, before the two of them wonder uneasily about whether the father is Mike.
Remember classic Clingy Girlfriend™, Hayley? Turns out she FOLLOWED JESUS TO THE CAMPGROUND, got her own campsite and wants him to sneak away to meet her. Yikes. Before Jesus can let her down gently via text, Stef confiscates their phones and rounds everyone up to go fishing.
Later that evening, while Lena, Stef, Callie and Mariana engage in a rousing fireside singalong that’s equal parts cringe-worthy and endearing, Brandon teaches Jude the key to a perfect s’more (“squishability”) and Jesus worries that Hayley will show up any minute. Mariana asks Brandon to play the song he “wrote for Lou,” which, of course, is actually the Brallie anthem “Outlaws,” but nobody knows that except Brandon and Callie themselves. Awk… ward. Not to mention the fact that Stef and Lena didn’t know Brandon was dating Lou, which might put a wrench in the works of Brandon’s campaign to go on a summer tour with Someone’s Little Sister.
Remember how Stef was so anti-phone earlier in the trip? Since she found out about Ana’s pregnancy, she’s been dying to contact Mike, and she finally gets her chance once everyone’s turned in for the night. He doesn’t pick up his phone because he’s snoozing on the couch with Ana, but when Ana awakens, he asks her to move in with him. Ultimately, Ana declines, citing the fact that he isn’t the baby’s father, but he says he just wants to give her a hand and be a friend.
Turns out Stef isn’t the only one sneaking around the campsite at night – Jesus heads off to find Hayley, Brandon goes after him, and Jude alerts Stef and Lena after they’ve both been gone for a while. Stef and Lena go searching for their sons, but before they locate Jesus and Brandon, they find Hayley.
Gasoline on a fire
The next day, Brandon’s trying to light the campfire as part of his punishment, and Callie tries to help by throwing lighter fluid on it. “Trust you to throw gasoline on a fire!” Brandon snaps. They’re interrupted by Jude, who expresses his annoyance with Callie babying him and stands up to Brandon for calling him a narc because he went to Stef and Lena the previous night. Shocked, Callie and Brandon discuss his outburst, and both take responsibility for causing drama in each other’s lives. Brandon admits it was hard for him to see Callie with Wyatt, but Callie says he should do his thing with Lou and feel free to talk to her about it. They end up deciding to take Jude swimming together.
Back on land, Hayley practices some dance moves with Mariana. They seem to be having fun, but it isn’t long before Hayley reveals Ana’s secret and Mariana marches off to confront Jesus in front of their moms.
Mariana: I had to hear it from [Jesus’] girlfriend!
Lena, to Jesus: You told me you didn’t tell anyone else.
Mariana: So everyone knows?!
Stef, to Lena: Wait a minute, when did Jesus tell you this?
Jesus: She told me not to tell you I told her first!
Mariana: Well, as long as Jesus is sharing everybody’s secrets, did he tell you the one about his tattoo?
Cut to Lena and Stef arguing about Stef’s parenting style, which Lena claims can come off as more “police” than “parent” sometimes. By the same token, she acknowledges, she can be too soft sometimes, and when the kids need strength, they look to Stef. Ultimately, it’s Stef who goes and talks to Mariana, while Jesus deals with Hayley once and for all by breaking up with her.
In an unusual move for this show, The Fosters 2×14 ends on a happy note, with the family frolicking in the water. The preview for next week promises another dollop of drama, so let’s just hold onto that moment while we can, shall we?