'The Fosters' Mid-Season Premiere Review: Actions Have Consequences
'The Fosters' Mid-Season Premiere Review: Actions Have Consequences
Rachelle Thomas
Rachelle Thomas
Contributing Writer, BuddyTV
ABC Family's breakout hit The Fosters is back for the second half of season 1. The mid-season premiere is exactly what you would expect from the family drama. There is laughter, tears, good-byes and a breakdown. Oh yes, there is a little bit of something for everyone.

Season 1B, as I like to call it, picks up exactly where the summer finale ended. In case you forgot what went down, let me remind you. In short, Lena and Stef told Callie and Jude they wanted to adopt them. Callie and Brandon had a make-out session. Jude caught them in the act. He accused Callie of always screwing up their lives. She decided to leave town with her ex, Wyatt, in order to not screw up Jude's new life.

Now that the catch-up portion is done, what is the lowdown on The Fosters mid-season premiere? Well, I don't want to give too much away, but it is really good. Now, in the promo for the new season, a lot of drama unfolds, but you won't see much of it in the premiere. Yes, it looks like some of the juicier stuff is being saved for later. That doesn't stop "The Honeymoon" from being a fabulous episode.

Brandon continues to feel guilty about the kiss now that Callie is gone. However, he has yet to spill his guts to anyone but Jude, who is not too happy with his foster brother. Jude struggles with his sister's decision to run away. He feels guilty about what he said, but he too keeps quiet. Brandon and Jude find support in each other, but it isn't easy. Lena and Stef are blindsided by Callie's actions. Their reactions will have lasting effects. Will they change their mind about adopting Callie and Jude? You don't get the answer to that question right away, but you know they are thinking about it. That doesn't stop them from setting out to find the teen on the lame. 

Callie and her life on the run are obviously a big focus of the premiere. She discovers some information about a family member that crushes her emotionally. It was her last hope to have some sort of blood family. Her next move will no doubt land her in some serious trouble and not just with her foster parents. This girl may have just reached her breaking point and it will most likely earn her a one-way ticket to juvey.

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The show isn't all about Callie, with a very touching B-story that focuses on Mariana, Lexi and Jesus. Both Mariana and Jesus are in for troubled times once they learn Lexi won't be back. Her parents are taking her to Honorius and not looking back. Jesus loses the girl he loves but of course promises to wait for her. Marianna loses the best friend she ever had ... sigh.

With all the heartbreak and sadness, it sounds like it is a depressing episode, right? It isn't, my friends, it's engaging. Plus, in true fashion, a little humor is thrown in to lighten the mood. There is a scene with Mike and all the kids that will bring a smile to your face.

Being a huge fan of The Fosters, I have been anxiously waiting for the show's return. I have to say, I am not disappointed at all. The end of the episode leaves me wanting more. That is what a good show does, and I am pleased to say that it looks like the last 10 episodes of season 1 are going to do just that. I will say this, though -- I do hope that Callie isn't on the run the whole time. While I find the storyline intriguing, I can see it getting old very quickly.

The Fosters premieres Monday January 13 at 9pm on ABC Family.

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