On the midseason premiere of “The Fosters,” Callie (Maia Mitchell) ran away from home after kissing her foster brother Brandon (David Lambert). When she realized she had nowhere to go, she tried to get in touch with her absentee father who was in jail, only to find out he had been released a year ago and never tried to find her.
“The Fosters” executive producer Peter Paige revealed at the ABC Family Winter Press Tour on Friday (Jan. 17) that we’ll get to meet Callie and Jude’s father sooner than you might think. “This season, along with [guest star] Rosie O’Donnell, you’re going to see and meet Callie and Jude’s dad,” Paige says. “We’re really excited about that component of the show coming to fruition.”
Jamie McShane, known for roles on “Sons of Anarchy” and “Southland,” landed the part, and will show up later this season.
“I think it’s really important to understand Callie and Jude’s characters and why they are how they are,” Mitchell says. “When you meet him it will all start to make sense.”
Also coming up in the back half of Season 1 are the consequences of Callie’s decision to run away from her foster family after they decided to legally adopt her. ABC Family debuted an exclusive clip during the panel that showed Callie in court, facing a judge for running away, violating her parole and stealing from the convenience store in last week’s episode.
Stef (Teri Polo) and Lena (Sherri Saum) show up to defend Callie, urging the judge to give her a second chance. But then they drop a bomb. “Callie deserves a second chance,” Stef says. “But we are not prepared to bring her back into our home at this time.” Brutal.
It seems like the negative fallout of Brandon and Callie’s kiss isn’t going to deter the two young teens from giving in to their feelings, though.
“I see them as two people that have fallen in love. When they fell for each other Callie didn’t think she was going to be living there full-time so she didn’t think it was a big deal,” Mitchell says. “It wasn’t going to be a permanent situation. At the end of the day they’re teenagers. You’ll be seeing that explored in the upcoming episodes.”
“The Fosters” airs Mondays at 9 p.m. ET on ABC Family.