From DACA to duplicity, this week’s The Fosters covered a whole range of issues. Here are just 4 of the many things that went down in The Fosters 5×05, “Telling.”
1. Callie shows up for justice.
Callie’s been trying to stay under the radar since taking Stef’s words to heart in The Fosters season 5 premiere – but after she finds out about her classmate (and roller derby girl extraordinaire) Ximena’s DACA status, she can’t stay on the sidelines any longer. By the end of The Fosters 5×05, she’s joining a group of UCSD students to protest an anti-immigration speaker’s impending visit to campus. It’s all sounding very UC Berkeley, but here’s hoping it ends up less violent.
(Side note: If you’re not sure why DACA sounds familiar to you, you’ve probably seen it in the news recently. According to immigrant youth-led organization United We Dream, DACA has prevented the deportation of more than 800,000 undocumented immigrants who entered the U.S. as minors since it was introduced in 2012. However, a group of Attorneys General from 10 conservative states are currently pushing for its revocation.)
2. Mariana gets busted.
Much of The Fosters 5×05 is a tangled web of Mariana-woven lies that ultimately unravels when Callie, Jesus, Brandon, and Grace attend a derby team party. But, hey, at least the boy next door seems to be into Mariana, right? Well… wrong. Turns out Logan’s in a serious long-term relationship. After a stern talking-to from Callie, a chagrined Mariana fesses up to Lena about her involvement in roller derby. That said, her admission is overshadowed by a slightly bigger bombshell – namely that Jesus had a seizure at the aforementioned party…
3. Stef and Lena are masochists.
No, I’m not referring to the fact that they have five children (or, as Stef phrases it in The Fosters 5×05, “the small nation that is our family”). Rather, that first awkward dinner with their new neighbors apparently wasn’t enough to deter them from agreeing to do the same thing all over again. As the strain in both couples’ marriages starts to show, things get predictably tense – but against all odds, Lena and Tess actually bond over holistic TBI treatments. For a moment, Lena actually seems ready to move past her resentment of Stef’s high-school crush! …Of course, Tess promptly torpedoes the whole thing by saying she thinks Stef and Lena’s “alternative lifestyle” is “courageous.”
4. Stef’s walking the line.
While Lena struggles to hold down the fort at home, Stef dives into work. More specifically, she’s focused on an as-yet-unidentified sex offender preying on underage homeless kids, including a boy Cole knows from the LGBT Center. She even pulls a Callie and tries to break into the home of Patrick Molloy, the sex offender connected to the Martha Johnson case. You may recall that Detective Gray dropped charges against Molloy in exchange for Molloy withdrawing an alibi for Kyle – anyone else think Gray and Malloy might be embroiled in some truly despicable stuff together?