The Fosters RECAP 6/16/14: Season 2 Premiere “Things Unknown”

The Fosters RECAP 6/16/14: Season 2 Premiere “Things Unknown”

Tonight on ABC Family their hit drama The Fosters returns with a new episode and the season 2 premiere called “Things Unknown.” In the second-season opener, Callie’s future is uncertain again in the wake of the revelation about her dad. Meanwhile, Brandon feels guilty about sleeping with Dani; Stef questions Mike’s role in Ana’s disappearance; and Mariana makes a drastic change.

On the last season finale Stef and Mike were faced with the repercussions of a shocking revelation, and the fallout destroyed lives and relationships. Callie contemplated her upcoming adoption and Brandon’s frustration lead him to make another regrettable decision. Mariana supported a friend with a difficult decision, and Jesus resolved to make a change for the better as he managed his ADHD. Jude got asked out on a date. The episode was written by “The Fosters” Executive Producers Bradley Bredeweg and Peter Paige and directed by Norman Buckley. Did you watch last season’s finale of ABC Family’s hot new show? If not then check out our detailed recap of it right here to get caught up on all of the action.

On tonight’s episode it’s a big day for Callie as her future with the Fosters hinges on the revelation that Donald is not her birth father. What happens next could threaten to separate Callie and Jude once again. Brandon struggles to recover and come to terms with his guilt over sleeping with Dani, and big questions still remain about what Mike was up to the night Ana disappeared. Meanwhile, Jesus and Emma’s relationship impacts Emma’s standing with her teammates, which causes tension between them. Mariana has made a big change, much to Stef’s dismay. The episode was written by “The Fosters” Executive Producers Bradley Bredeweg and Peter Paige and directed by Norman Buckley.

We will be live blogging the season two premiere tonight at 9pm that airs on ABC Family. In the meantime, hit up our comments and tell us how excited you are for the second season of The Fosters and enjoy a sneak peek of tonight’s episode below.


The first episode titled “Things Unknown” begins with Brandon’s nightmare in which he relives his recent attack. Bloody and nearly unconscious, he pulls himself into the car and the sound of the horn wakes him from his sleep. That morning, the family is happy to see that Jude’s birth certificate has arrived.

Dani and Brandon have an awkward exchange of words at his school. Dani mentions moving in with Mike. Feeling guilty about their recent sexual encounter, Brandon reminds Dani of her unfaithfulness. Dani warns Brandon not to reveal their secrets to his dad as he may return to his old ways.

In court, Mr. Jacobs testifies to having taken care of Callie since she was 6 months old. Even with consideration to the testimony, the judge moves to deny Callie’s adoption into the Foster family pending approval from Callie’s biological father, Robert Quinn.

Flashing back to Brandon’s time in the hospital after the attack, the doctor reveals that Brandon had broken most of the bones in the hand. He says that Brandon might be able to play the piano again but he won’t know until he tries.

At school, Mariana is trying hard to fit into the dance team. With her heightened insecurities around her teammates, Mariana is consumed over the color of her hair. Mariana’s obsession worries Stef who mentions to Lena that she wants to force her back to her natural hair color. Lena helps Stef understand the importance of a teenage girl’s hair.

Stef updates Mike about Brandon’s condition at the police station. Mike mentions that Brandon is avoiding him and talks about his guilt over Brandon’s attack. When the topic of Ana’s disappearance comes into the conversation, Mike becomes flustered. He tells Stef to leave the situation alone.

Later at home, Callie and Brandon catch up. Callie tells Brandon that she doesn’t want to look for her biological father. She says that 18 will come soon enough and at that age, she won’t need anyone’s permission.

During a nice family dinner, a social worker interrupts with bad news. The Fosters’ license to foster has expired, forcing the social worker to remove Callie from the home for the night. Luckily, Stef is able to catch up with a judge the next day who granted her an extension that allowed for Callie to come back home. Upon returning home, Callie decides that she doesn’t want to give social services the opportunity to pull her from the home again — Callie decides to look for Robert Quinn, her biological father.

Emma confesses to Jesus that she feels isolated from her friends. Jesus attempts to quit the team for Emma but Emma refuses and says she will take matters into her own hands. She plans on talking to the guys herself.

While at work, Callie has a strange encounter with a man. It seems that the man may be Callie’s long lost father who has tracked her down. The man leaves Callie a big tip and heads to his car where a younger looking Callie sat (likely Callie’s sister).

When Callie arrives home, she apologizes to Jude for missing his essay reading. Callie asks Jude to read his essay again for her. Jude decides to read his essay to the entire family; a paper in which he talks about feeling stable, safe, and at home in Anchor Beach. He also talks about the importance of family and honesty.

Inspired by Jude’s essay, Brandon heads to Mike’s house to talk to him about Dani. After some hesitation, Brandon’s conversation with his dad quickly shifted to his concerns with his hand injury and how it will affect his piano playing. Mike encourages Brandon to practice on the piano in his home but Brandon struggles. The scene ends with a heartfelt moment between Brandon and Mike when Brandon confides in his father who comforts him through his fears and sorrows.

Stef’s concerns about Ana’s disappearance are reopened at the end of the episode. After Stef learns from Brandon that Mike was drunk the night Ana went missing, Stef tracks down a witness for questioning. The witness confirms that Mike was the man Ana was arguing with before she disappeared.