Everyone in the Foster family is trying to carve out their own path, and we picked up right where we left off with Callie. The roller derby makes a second appearance as we open with Callie, Mariana, and Aaron watching a game. Mariana asks Callie to help her slip her robe version of the school paper into lockers, but Callie turns her down because she doesn’t want to get in any more trouble. Mariana’s interest is peaked when Ximena (swoon) tells her they have a junior team for 14-17 year-olds, and she also reminds Callie that she needs to start on her self portrait, which Callie seems super uncomfortable with, because we all know she acts out because of the difficulties of looking inward. I got you Callie.
At the Foster family dinner table, Callie opens up about her hesitation to do her self portrait, but her siblings offer to take candid photos that she can choose from anonymously to decide which one best describes herself. She’s really getting more comfortable with this whole artistic expression thing, and it’s so refreshing to see the whole fam pitch in to help.
Stef and Lena have invited the new neighbors over for dinner, and Lena tells the kids that Tess was Stef’s high school girlfriend. After dinner we find out that Lena was simply teasing, but Stef did have a major crush in her. This sparks some snarky chatter about high school sexuality expression, which brings back one of the core elements of this show we don’t get to see nearly often enough. When the Moms acknowledge their sexuality and discuss it in a healthy way, The Fosters really shines. I mean, who doesn’t have a “straight bestie” story to tell, am I right?
The aptly named underground newspaper, “Rise Up”, makes its debut. Just as the group shows up early for school to slip the papers in the lockers, they witness the installation of security cameras in the hallways. At the board meeting, it’s determined that Monty was indeed the acting principal during the privatization vote, which invalidates it, but she’s up for termination due to the approval for the LGBT sex education class Lena held off campus. Of course this is coming back to bite her in the ass.
The full DOE board decides that Monty is still indeed the acting Principal of Anchor Beach, but the parent board threatens both Monty and Lena that they won’t stop until they find grounds for termination. I believe the exact words used were “I’m coming for you”, because the Anchor Beach saga is not an installment in Liam Neeson’s Taken franchise. Just after the meeting, Mariana uses a helicopter droid to release copies of “Rise Up” to the students outside. Unfortunately the chopper gets stuck in a tree just in the line of sight of Drew, who threatens STEAM Club’s existence and the cancellation of prom if another issue shows up. Mariana needs an outlet for her frustrations, so she forges Mama Lena’s signature to join the roller derby team, because obviously that’s going to go well and the Moms are never going to find out.