The Fosters 1×17 “Kids In The Hall”: Let’s have a dinner party.

TERI POLO, SHERRI SAUM

This week The Fosters decides to focus on reputation and the repercussion of past actions. The theme runs through almost every story presented this week and the episode sort out evaluates a lot of the history the series has undertaken – taking into account the affects it imposes on each character.

Let’s kick things off with Lena – recently she has decided she wants to have a baby and she is searching for a sperm donor. Of course she is on the lookout for somebody with a good reputation to therefore impose his good genes/qualities onto her unborn child and who better than Timothy, the literature teacher. It is made obvious through the glances and awkward giggle that Lena wants Timothy’s sperm but she invites him over for dinner so Stef can get to know him first.

Normally having somebody over for dinner would be fine but Stef has already invited her ex-husband and his new girlfriend/sober buddy over and would father focus on an interrogation rather than hosting. Stef is acting on Mike’s past reputation of not making the right choices therefore leading him down a spiral road of intoxication and now her son is under her roof she wants to make sure everything is as good as can be.

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Source: ABC Family

After their usual midday spat they decide to have both Timothy and Mike over and decide to throw a really passive aggressive dinner party! It was quite a funny scene as Stef was too busy questioning Dani and her sobriety and her effect on Mike with Mike jumping to her defence. Yet at the same time Lena was trying to sell Timothy’s brilliant qualities to Stef who wasn’t really interested. Then you had Timothy who just always goes with the flow and then there’s Brandon who turns up late.

Brandon also questions Dani’s sobriety as the night before he saw her at a bar downing shots. Why was Brandon at a bar you ask? He was trying out the fake ID that him and Vico are doing so he can afford to pay his father back the money he gave to Ana to retract her statement. An amalgamation of both Brandon’s and Dani’s reputations forces them both to silence – one can’t speak up without casting penalisation on themselves.

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Source: ABC Family

Meanwhile back at school Callie’s reputation still haunts her as the school requires her to take a more active role in extra curricular activities to keep her there. She has to show her desire to be there despite her constant running away. After she finds out she has helped on her friends from the Girls United get fostered she decides she could help other people in need by taking their pictures as well. Lena is happy that she wants to start doing photography but Stef is worried with Callie’s involvement with Daphne and the other girls from the home.

Reputation also damages friendships and shrouds judgements. This is put into action where a bundle of Kindles go missing from the school office that was locked whilst Callie was taking photos. The only explanation was Daphne helping herself as Callie gave her the master keys to use the bathroom. After an uncomfortable and ignorant accusation Daphne is left hurt and betrayed by Callie’s approach and explains that Brandon was also at the school even though he told Callie he wasn’t. It was only after editing the photos that Callie saw Brandon’s car in the background proving that he was lying and Daphne was telling the truth [as it was Nico that stole the Kindles who was there with Brandon]

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Finally there is Mariana who is constantly scrutinised for her bold suggestive knickers slipping gesture to Chase. Chase being the douche he is told the whole school about what she did and now everybody is walking around with underwear in their back pockets and she can’t escape her mistake. Even Zach the one that she always thought would be there has had enough! It is only after Marianna apologises to him that he helps her get her own back on Chase by embarrassing him in the school paper.

On the sideline of all the reputation story-lines that is going on there is also the Jesus/Emma relationship. As they both fall under the same weight group they must wrestle to see who will be benched. In that wrestle they both shared a moment that they both couldn’t ignore. Jesus not only saw Emma as a girl rather than an opponent but he also saw her in a different light – and in that moment it shifter from platonic to romantic. After a couple of kisses Jesus comes to the mature realisation that he wants to try it out with Emma but she explains how she isn’t a cheater and Jesus says neither is he. After much thought Jesus has decided he needs to end things with Lexi!

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Source: ABC Family

I wonder how the final few episodes of the season will pan out! Thanks for reading my review – feel free to comment and share.

Hassan H.

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