The Fosters 2×10, otherwise known as the season 2A finale, and 2×11, a.k.a. the Christmas special, left a lot of loose ends for the season 2B premiere to address. The Fosters 2×12 did provide some answers, but not without unraveling a whooole bunch of other threads in the process. Read on for our recap of The Fosters 2×12, “Over Under.”
Time and space?
Remember how Callie called her half-sister Sophia a “spoiled little brat” at the end of season 2B, then Sophia locked herself in the bathroom? The Fosters 2×11 concluded with an ambulance racing to the Quinn house, but – surprise! – it’s not for Sophia. In fact, The Fosters 2×12 opens with Robert clutching his chest – but never fear, it was a panic attack, not a heart attack. As for Sophia, there’s a harrowing moment when she submerges herself under the bathwater, but she eventually comes downstairs tousled but unharmed.
Back at the Fosters’, the family is in shock. Lena is convinced that with time and space, Robert will change his mind, but Stef‘s less certain. Brandon finds Callie out on the porch and as he prepares to broach the subject of the kiss, Callie tells him she can’t handle any more bad news. “It’s not bad news, really,” Brandon responds, “I just don’t want you to give up.”
Inside, Lena thanks Jude for telling her what happened when he and Connor shared a tent on the seventh-grade camping trip. She reassures him that what they did wasn’t wrong, but it “wasn’t appropriate on a school trip.” As she’s no longer employed by Anchor Beach, she doesn’t have to share the information with Connor’s father. That’s cool and all, but are we ever going to find out what happened?!
The next day, Stef visits the Quinns hoping to get Robert to sign the abandonment papers, but to no avail. In fact, Robert informs Stef, he’s going to petition the court for custody of Callie. So much for time and space.
The tent story comes out
Meanwhile, the twins and Brandon are working on their respective passions: bodybuilding (Jesus), dance (Mariana), and music (Brandon). Jesus mock-casually asks Brandon a lot of questions about AA – which Brandon surmises might be related to the twins’ biological mother, a supposition Jesus vehemently denies – while dance team star Tia helps Mariana work on her solo for an upcoming competition. Later, Brandon and bandmate Lou nail a duet, and fellow Someone’s Little Sister member Mat (also Mariana’s boyfriend) tells Mariana he’s worried about how their relationship will affect the band. Mariana apparently didn’t know there was anything between Brandon and Lou, buuut now she does! Later, when Callie asks Mariana if Brandon and Lou are seeing each other, she says yes – and unwittingly crushes Callie’s heart in the process.
In the Adams-Foster boudoir, Lena’s mad at Stef for visiting the Quinns, while Stef thinks Lena’s resignation was ill-advised and impulsive. Lena wants to sleep on the couch, but in an effort to avoid alarming the kids, she stays in their room – and builds a wall out of pillows so she and Stef don’t accidentally touch in the night.
Cut to Lena sheepishly asking for her job back – again. As she explains to Stef and Jude later, it’s good in terms of the family’s income, but bad because she’s now obligated to tell Connor’s father what went on in the tent. Shortly thereafter, we FINALLY FIND OUT WHAT HAPPENED IN THE DAMN TENT – but are we getting the whole story?
As Jude puts it:
We had some girls come into our tent and we played some games and stuff, then we ended up making out with them, and – nothing. That’s it.
Very convincing, Judicorn.
Lena and Connor’s father come to an agreement that school trips should be more closely chaperoned going forward. Everything seems like it’s going to be OK – that is, until Jude and Connor leave the principal’s office and Connor says, “I can’t be friends with a little bitch who tells his mom every time something happens.”
So you think you can dance…
Back at home, Callie walks in on Brandon playing classical music on the piano – something he hasn’t been spending much time doing since the accident that compromised his hand function. Turns out the video of a pre-accident performance earned him a full scholarship to a summer program at a prestigious music school, but he’s uncertain about taking it.
It’s time for the dance competition, but a last-minute lineup change executed by the team captain cuts Mariana’s solo. Tia quits in protest, but Mariana doesn’t follow. The Fosters and Mat cheer on Mariana from the audience – minus Jesus, who chose to listen in on birth mom Ana‘s AA meeting, missing not only Mariana’s performance but his creepily intense girlfriend Hayley‘s as well. After the team secures a spot in the next round, Mariana reveals she found a loophole in the rules that will allow herself and Tia to create their own team and advance in the competition!
In more somber news, turns out Robert followed through on his threat to get the legal system involved in his fight for Callie. The judge rules that Callie should stay with Lena and Stef until the remainder of the 180-day abandonment period is up, provided she sees Robert once a week. Callie agrees, on the condition that she doesn’t visit Robert’s house or have to see his wife or daughter. Sophia (whose presence really wasn’t a good idea, let’s be honest) is devastated. The next day, she shows up at the burger joint where Callie works, threatens to kill herself if Callie doesn’t forgive her, then promptly walks into traffic.
When Robert and wife Jill come to pick up their daughter, Sophia plays off the incident as an accident, but Callie tells them what really happened. As Jill leads Sophia away, Robert starts to cry, and Callie lays a comforting hand on his shoulder. Back at the Fosters’, Lena and Stef urge their children to talk to someone if they’re ever feeling suicidal. In a PSA at the end of the show, Sherri Saum (Lena) and Maia Mitchell (Callie) tell the viewers the same thing.
The end of Brallie?
What about the future of Brandon’s potential classical music career – and, for that matter, Brallie? Brandon announces his intention of going on tour with Someone’s Little Sister over the summer, and as for Brallie…
Callie: Brandon, classical music is, like, your one true love.
Brandon: Well, we don’t always get to have our one true love, do we?
…Ouch. Brandon proceeds to tell Callie that she doesn’t know what she wants and although he’s always going to have feelings for her, she only comes to him when everything’s going wrong, and he ultimately doesn’t trust her. Long story short? “I’m done. We’re done. We have to be done.”
Is this really the end of the road for Brallie? Tune into ABC Family next Monday at 8/7c to find out!