Every episode of The Fosters is more packed than the titular characters’ kitchen at meal times, and the season finale was no exception. It’s been a while, so in case you need a reminder of what went down in The Fosters 1×21, here goes:
In a bid to keep Mike out of jail, Brandon bribed Jesus and Mariana‘s birth mom, Ana – but now Ana’s back and wants $10,000 to keep quiet. Stef hatches a plan to get Ana out of their lives and orders Brandon to move back in with her. Meanwhile, Mike breaks up with girlfriend Dani, then tells his son that he’s never been so disappointed in him.
On the eve of Brandon’s symphony audition, Callie drops by the otherwise-empty apartment to ask Brandon if her desire to be part of the family is hurting him. Brandon’s mouth says no, but his eyes say yes. Later, Dani comes by and finds Brandon drinking away his sorrows. Where’s Mike? Apparently AWOL. Dani guides Brandon to his room, sits on the bed to give him a pep talk, and, well, ends up giving him a lot more than that.
The following morning, Brandon wakes up alone to a drunken voicemail from his father. Despite everything, he knocks his audition out of the park, but there’s still the question of whether he’s going to be expelled from school after the previous episode’s fake ID/Winter Ball debacle. (He won’t; turns out the well-connected parents of his partner in crime, Vico, are going to “take care of it,” but Vico’s livid because his father’s making him quit wrestling and kiss his scholarship dreams goodbye.)
Brandon’s vortex of drama aside, the rest of the family isn’t having an easy time either. Mariana’s boyfriend Zac finally decides his mom’s early-onset Alzheimer’s is too big to deal with on his own and concedes to moving out of state to live with his father. Jesus and Emma reconcile, while Jude and BFF Connor fight over a girl. In a short but touching scene, Jude asks soon-to-be adopted mom Lena when she knew she was gay.
“There’s this… this girl at school – Maddie – and Connor wanted to go out with her, and… I got all kinda… jealous, I guess. … But I don’t think I’m jealous about Maddie.”
Lena reassures him that everybody feels that way when their friends start dating people, and she and Stef don’t care whether he’s gay or not.
Jude’s identity crisis isn’t the only problem Lena faces in this episode. Sperm donor Timothy backs out at the 11th hour, saying he can’t bring a child into the world without helping to raise it – although he doesn’t come to this realization until after the first round of insemination. Lena gets tested to see if she’s already pregnant, but while she’s waiting to hear back from the hospital, she starts what she thinks is her period.
Meanwhile, Stef’s plan to record Ana in the act of bribing a police officer hits a snag when she’s told Ana has disappeared after getting into a screaming match with a man. Cut to Dani tending a decidedly worse-for-wear Mike’s wounds and asking if he was in a fight…
Finally, adoption day arrives. The family gathers at the courthouse, along with Connor, Wyatt (Brallie shippers are almost as pleased to see him as Brandon is), and the Girls United contingent. Lena pulls Stef aside and reveals she’s pregnant after all, and Stef, despite previously doubting whether having another baby would be a good idea, is thrilled.
“I thought when I heard those words, I would feel… I don’t know what I thought I’d feel, but, um, I feel nothing but love right now, baby. Love for you and for this beautiful baby we’re gonna have.”
So, all’s well that ends well, right? …Wrong. The original copy of Callie’s birth certificate reveals she has a different father to Jude and can’t get adopted. The Welcome to the family, Callie & Jude cake waiting at home becomes unexpectedly awkward. Callie tries to put on a brave face but ends up excusing herself from the festivities to sit alone on the porch, strumming dolefully on her guitar. Brandon follows her, compliments her on her playing, suggests they “jam a little” later (Brallie shippers hope this is a euphemism) and tells her he’s going to grab his stuff from his father’s so he can move back into the Fosters’ house.
Brandon leaves and Wyatt takes his place (where have we seen that situation play out before?). As Callie serenades Wyatt, we see Brandon getting beaten up outside by Vico and his boys. The season ends with a shot of Brandon’s hand – one of the hands that just got him into the symphony – being smashed with a car door.
Season 2 of The Fosters premieres June 16 on ABC Family. Check out the first look preview: