The Fosters (2013)

The WORST episodes of The Fosters (2013)

Every episode of The Fosters (2013) ever, ranked from worst to best by thousands of votes from fans of the show. The worst episodes of The Fosters (2013)!

From executive producer Jennifer Lopez, "The Fosters" is a compelling drama about a multi-ethnic family mix of foster and biological kids being raised by two moms. Stef Foster, a dedicated police officer, and her partner Lena Foster, a school Vice Principal, have built a close-knit, loving family with Stef's biological son from a previous marriage, Brandon, and their adopted twins, Mariana and Jesus. Their lives are disrupted in unexpected ways when Lena meets Callie, a hardened teen with an abusive past who has spent her life in and out of foster homes. Lena and Stef warily welcome Callie into their home thinking it's just for a few weeks, until a more permanent placement can be found. What happens next will determine if Stef and Lena made the right choice in taking a chance on Callie, and whether they have room in their home - and their hearts - for one more.

Last Updated: 1/1/1970Network: Freeform
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Faith, Hope, Love
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7.44
167 votes

#1 - Faith, Hope, Love

Season 3 - Episode 7 - Aired 7/20/2015

Stef and Lena hesitate to give their blessing when Mariana's biological grandfather tells her she must be baptized in order to be her new half-sister Isabella's godmother. Callie's actions at her birthday party are called out by Stef, and they make a big decision in order to avoid jeopardizing her adoption.

Directors: Jann Turner
First Impressions
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7.59
235 votes

#2 - First Impressions

Season 3 - Episode 11 - Aired 1/25/2016

Former foster teen Callie is now officially adopted into the Adams Foster family. She must put aside any romantic feelings for Brandon and does so by throwing herself into her “Fost and Found” website, even drawing the interest of an investor. After his performance at Disney Hall, Brandon is approached by a recruiter from Juilliard. Mariana launches her campaign to run for junior class president while Jesus tries to hide the reason why he doesn’t want to go back to wrestling school. When Mike discovers a secret his foster son, AJ, is keeping, he is torn about what to do with the information. Jude must face the fact that his boyfriend has decided to move away, and a serious medical issue for Stef results in a clash of opinion between her wife, Lena, and her mother, Sharon. Meanwhile, Sharon introduces the family to her liberal-minded friend, Will.

Directors: Peter Paige
Mixed Messages
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7.59
231 votes

#3 - Mixed Messages

Season 3 - Episode 12 - Aired 2/1/2016

Brandon is upset when he learns that his shared secret with Callie is in jeopardy. Lena and Stef’s mother, Sharon, disagrees over how Stef should handle her diagnosis. Meanwhile, Mariana’s run for junior class president heats up as the simmering resentment between her and Lexi comes to a head.

Directors: Rich Newey
If and When
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7.60
228 votes

#4 - If and When

Season 3 - Episode 13 - Aired 2/8/2016

Callie is surprised to find that Jude is spending time with Jack, a quirky foster teen they met at a foster youth event. Brandon and Mat decide to write a Romeo & Juliet rock musical as their senior thesis project, but they disagree over who should play Juliet. Meanwhile, Jesus asks Ana about the identity of his and Mariana's birth father.

Directors: Elodie Keene
Girls Reunited
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7.60
146 votes

#5 - Girls Reunited

Season 2 - Episode 8 - Aired 8/4/2014

Callie pays a visit to Girls United to pitch in for Community Day and is surprised by new developments at her former foster group home. Paranoid neighbors are putting pressure on the home’s landlord to kick the girls out, and a new resident has secrets that could jeopardize the safety of the entire group. Meanwhile, Mariana and Hayley plan to cook a romantic double-date dinner for Mat and Jesus. And Stef receives a concerning letter from Ana.

Directors: Daisy Mayer
Leaky Faucets
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7.64
140 votes

#6 - Leaky Faucets

Season 2 - Episode 9 - Aired 8/11/2014

The Foster kids attend a Mexican street festival, but the fun day takes a turn when emotions flare up. With help from Wyatt, Callie works to overcome her recent bout of panic attacks by learning to trust her instincts, but an encounter with someone from the past threatens to violently derail her progress. Mat surprises Mariana with a date at the festival and is confused when Mariana seems offended. Jesus tries to impress Hayley but she wants him to prove he’s with her for more than just sex. Meanwhile, Mike and Ana make plans to right past wrongs.

Directors: Lee Rose
Consequently
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7.64
209 votes

#7 - Consequently

Season 1 - Episode 2 - Aired 6/10/2013

Lena and Mike disagree about punishing Brandon. Jesus tries to cover for Mariana at risk to himself. Callie gets blamed for Mariana’s transgression. Jesus and Lexi embark on a secret relationship.

Directors: Timothy Busfield
Wreckage
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7.66
187 votes

#8 - Wreckage

Season 3 - Episode 1 - Aired 6/8/2015

As the family deals with the aftermath of the accident, Stef is determined to find the driver responsible for the crash. Callie continues to volunteer at the drop-in center where she meets AJ, a foster teen runaway searching for his older brother. Brandon starts at the Idyllwild Music Program and quickly realizes that he will be faced with serious competition. Meanwhile, Jude tells Connor he prefers to keep their relationship private at school.

Directors: Peter Paige
Stay
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7.67
129 votes

#9 - Stay

Season 2 - Episode 13 - Aired 1/26/2015

Kiara seeks help after being placed in an unfit foster home; Mariana downplays her high math scores.

Directors: Elodie Keene
Hostile Acts
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7.69
185 votes

#10 - Hostile Acts

Season 1 - Episode 3 - Aired 6/17/2013

The Fosters cope with a crowded house but when Mike suggests that Brandon come live with him, Stef argues that it's not Brandon's decision, resulting in a heated argument with her son. Meanwhile, Lexi and Jesus resolve to end their budding relationship but find that their attraction to one another may be too hard to resist. Callie openly disapproves of Mariana letting Jesus take the fall for stealing his pills but when Timothy, Callie's teacher, gives her an assignment to write about guilt in a journal, it drudges up her own dark secrets and a mysterious name from her past.

Directors: Melanie Mayron
It's My Party
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7.72
165 votes

#11 - It's My Party

Season 3 - Episode 6 - Aired 7/13/2015

Callie thinks she's celebrating her 17th birthday with just the family, but Jude surprises her with a house party. Jude's surprise risks exposing both Callie's and Mariana's secrets when he innocently invites Rafael and Wyatt to attend. Meanwhile, Brandon's suspicions about AJ's behavior come to a head, and Mariana and Callie decide to buy a car together without telling their moms.

Directors: Kees Van Oostrum
Now for Then
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7.72
309 votes

#12 - Now for Then

Season 4 - Episode 4 - Aired 7/18/2016

Callie starts her senior project of photographing the outside of her and Jude’s seven former foster homes. But, when an unexpected encounter with a former foster mother brings her inside, Callie decides to reach out to other people who have fostered her and is shocked to learn that a 17-year-old former foster brother has been convicted of murder. Stressed out by the hardships of supporting himself and Cortney, Brandon throws a house party and things take a turn for the worse. Stef and Lena offer to pay for an attorney to help get Gabe off of the sex offender registry, which is currently putting Lena’s job at risk and causing friction between Mike and Ana. Meanwhile, Mariana tells her moms that, in order to feel safe again, she wants to visit Nick and put an end to their relationship once and for all.

Truth Be Told
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7.74
141 votes

#13 - Truth Be Told

Season 2 - Episode 5 - Aired 7/14/2014

Callie frets about the anxiety her recent decisions have caused Jude. Emma second-guesses her breakup with Jesus, putting him in an awkward position with a new love interest and with Mariana, who becomes unwillingly involved in his dilemma. Stef struggles with her suspicions about Mike and debates moving forward with her investigation into Ana’s disappearance. When Brandon’s bandmates take him on a hike for some “special” inspiration, Brandon opens up to an unexpected confidant about his past transgressions. And Callie’s emotions get the better of her when things get hot and heavy with Wyatt.

Directors: Ron Lagomarsino
Minor Offenses
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7.75
206 votes

#14 - Minor Offenses

Season 3 - Episode 15 - Aired 2/22/2016

When Stef and Lena discover Callie wants to film an endorsement supporting a new foster care reform bill, they express concern, prompting Callie to seek out Rita for support. Hoping to impress Mariana, Nick turns to Jesus for advice on planning their first date. Meanwhile, Stef recovers from a medical procedure

Directors: Rob Morrow
The Honeymoon
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7.75
159 votes

#15 - The Honeymoon

Season 1 - Episode 11 - Aired 1/13/2014

The repercussions of Callie’s decision to run away impact every member of the Foster family, including newlyweds Stef and Lena, who had offered to adopt the troubled teen. Both Jude and Brandon struggle with their own personal guilt about her running away. Mariana inadvertently discovers the whole story about Lexi’s upcoming trip to Honduras.

Directors: James Hayman
Pilot
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7.76
262 votes

#16 - Pilot

Season 1 - Episode 1 - Aired 6/3/2013

We follow a multi-ethnic family mix of foster and biological kids being raised by two moms. Stef Foster, a dedicated police officer, and her partner Lena Adams, a school Vice Principal, have built a close-knit, loving family with Stef's biological son from a previous marriage, Brandon, and their adopted twins Mariana and Jesus. Their lives are disrupted in unexpected ways when Lena meets Callie, a hardened teen with an abusive past who has spent her life in and out of foster homes. Lena and Stef warily welcome Callie into their home thinking it's just for a few weeks, until a more permanent placement can be found.

Directors: Timothy Busfield
The Morning After
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7.76
172 votes

#17 - The Morning After

Season 1 - Episode 5 - Aired 7/1/2013

When things between Jesus and Lexi get hot and heavy, they are forced to face the possible consequences of their actions. Meanwhile, Callie gets closer to Wyatt but Brandon has serious reservations about Callie dating a "bad boy." Stef and Lena learn that two of their close friends, Kelly and Jenna, are having major relationship trouble and it causes them to look at the lack of romance in their own lives. Kelly and Jenna's hip and educated son, Garret, catches Mariana's eye and she becomes desperate to fit in with his cool, edgy crowd. Jude is bullied at school for being different.

Directors: Bethany Rooney
Forty
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7.76
300 votes

#18 - Forty

Season 4 - Episode 5 - Aired 7/25/2016

Lena is excited that her family is coming together to throw her a 70s-themed 40th birthday party. But, when Lena's mom Dana shares her suspicions about Stewart's behavior, it threatens to put a damper on the festivities. Convinced her former foster brother Kyle has been wrongly convicted of murder, Callie and Aaron try to track down a witness in the case. Mariana and her female STEAM club teammates compete for an invite to the Regional Robotics Competition.

Saturday
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7.76
175 votes

#19 - Saturday

Season 1 - Episode 6 - Aired 7/8/2013

The Fosters invite Ernesto and Sofia Rivera to dinner, and Stef worries that they will subjugate Jesus to views that disapprove of his non-traditional family. To make matters worse, Stef's conservative father, Frank, shows up and the family dinner threatens to turn into an all-out moral debate. Meanwhile, Callie attends a group therapy session for foster children and meets someone with a connection to her past - a past that will come back to haunt her. Wyatt holds a destructive party at his childhood home, which is under foreclosure, and Callie realizes he's much more hurt than he lets on. Mike shows up late to take Brandon to an important audition with a renowned piano teacher.

Directors: Norman Buckley
Kids in the Hall
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7.78
149 votes

#20 - Kids in the Hall

Season 1 - Episode 17 - Aired 2/24/2014

Callie finds a way to use her photography skills for a good cause, but it unintentionally leads to trouble for someone she cares about. In an effort to clear his own conscience, Brandon makes a deal with an unscrupulous classmate and finds himself in over his head. Mariana deals with the unwelcome consequences of her stunt to earn Chase's affection, and tension comes to a head between Jesus and Emma during a wrestling match. Meanwhile, Stef and Lena contemplate another big step for their family.

Directors: Michael Grossman
If You Only Knew
star
7.78
134 votes

#21 - If You Only Knew

Season 2 - Episode 16 - Aired 2/16/2015

Hiding a secret, Callie helps Daphne prepare for an official visit with her daughter, but both fear they may be recognized for their past actions. Things go awry when Brandon and his band play a "farm" party. With Mariana's urging, Stef and Lena consider Ana's proposal. Meanwhile, Jesus is offered an opportunity to attend a top-rated wrestling school.

Directors: Aprill Winney
Escapes and Reversals
star
7.78
148 votes

#22 - Escapes and Reversals

Season 1 - Episode 18 - Aired 3/3/2014

Jesus feels the pressure to make a difficult choice and his inability to focus poses a challenge during an important wrestling match. Callie suspects Brandon has gotten himself into a bad situation and struggles with the decision to protect him at the cost of another friend’s reputation. Stef and Lena reveal a caveat to Callie and Jude’s adoption and the siblings must decide whether they want to face their past or move on with their new lives. Mariana gets an unsettling glimpse into her friend Zac’s home life when his mom shows up.

Directors: Melanie Mayron
The Fallout
star
7.78
172 votes

#23 - The Fallout

Season 1 - Episode 7 - Aired 7/15/2013

Feeling betrayed and angry, Jesus and Mariana get into a major fight. When Lexi’s parents take measures to keep her away from Jesus, Lexi makes a desperate decision, which could have serious and lasting consequences for her and her family. Meanwhile, Lena urges Callie to participate during her weekly group therapy sessions. Callie is conflicted but she opens up to Brandon, who supports her as she confronts a painful memory from her past. Jude hopes to impress his new friend Connor, who comes over to work on a school project.

Directors: Jeff Melman
Déjà Vu
star
7.79
155 votes

#24 - Déjà Vu

Season 3 - Episode 3 - Aired 6/22/2015

When the family takes a vested interest in AJ, Callie has doubts about whether she can trust him. Stef surprises Lena with some news about Monte. Meanwhile, Jude has trouble moving on from the trauma of the shooting incident.

Directors: Charlie Stratton
Justify
star
7.80
308 votes

#25 - Justify

Season 4 - Episode 6 - Aired 8/1/2016

Lena and Stef are shocked by a secret Lena's father has been hiding that could jeopardize the entire family. Meanwhile, Lena confronts Brandon about the money he gave Cortney; Mariana must deal with the male members of her STEAM team; Jesus begins to resent Emma; and Jude discovers Noah has a medical marijuana card.

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