It has been a long winter waiting for "The Fosters" to return. Fans have had to be patient since the summer to see what would happen to "Brallie" post-Callie's (Maia Mitchell) adoption. The wait is finally over, with the Season 3B premiere set to air Monday at 8 p.m. EST on Freeform (previously ABC Family). However, fans might need a refresher on all the drama that led up to the newest Foster officially joining the family.
The summer finale, "Lucky," began with Callie and Brandon (David Lambert) waking up after their steamy night in the cabin after Brandon's piano concert. As the two cuddled, Callie tried to brace herself for how upset their moms would be when Carmen (Alicia Sixtos) outed her and Brandon to the social worker. Brandon said they will be more upset that they would not be able to adopt her now.
However, when the pair returned home they got a big surprise. Rita (Rosie O'Donnell) was at the house with Stef (Teri Polo) and Lena (Sherri Saum) with some big news. The social worker planned to recommend Callie's adoption to the judge! Rita later told Callie that as repayment for Callie helping to clear her name, Rita convinced Carmen to keep Callie's secret. However, Callie and Brandon were left very confused about what to do about their new secret now that they would, in fact, be siblings.
Meanwhile, Stef and Lena were faced with throwing an anniversary party for Dana (Lorraine Toussaint) and Stewart (Bruce Davison), despite their own marital issues. Then, Stef, still coping with the reveal that Lena had kissed Monte (Annika Marks), got a call from the doctor. Her recent mammogram came back inconclusive, and the doctor requested she come back for more tests.
Lena, on the other hand, was more worried about Nate (Travis Schuldt) showing up to ruin the anniversary party. He arrived unexpectedly at her school and apologized for the racial slur he used against her mother. However, when he gave Stewart's poor behavior as a father as an excuse for his hostile language, she left the conversation dissatisfied. When she told her mother about the conversation, Dana confessed that the reason she was not angrier at Nate was that she knew he said what he said to hurt her father, not her. She urged her daughter to have some compassion.
Watch the promo for the Season 3B premiere, airing Monday at 8 p.m. EST on Freeform, below:
Later, Monte confronted Lena about the problems she caused in Lena and Stef's relationship with that kiss. She confessed that she was in love with Lena, but Lena said she was dedicated to her marriage. When Lena told Stef about the conversation, the talk turned into a screaming match. Lena admitted to liking the attention Monte gave her because of the distance that had grown between her and Stef, but Stef said they have too much going on for their relationship to be the No. 1 priority all the time.
That night, Callie paid a visit to Brandon's room, and the pair told each other that they love each other. However, they also promised never to tell anyone they had sex, vowing that Callie's adoption is more important.
At the party, Nate showed up, but after some initial tension made peace with his father. Forgiveness must have been in the air, because Lena also accepted Nate's apology, even though she learned that Dana reached out to Nate and not the other way around.
Elsewhere, Jude (Hayden Byerly) and Connor (Gavin MacIntosh) have a talk. Earlier in the episode, Connor's father had caught them getting a little intimate, resulting in an awkward moment between Lena and Jude as she gave him "the talk." However, things were not so pleasant on Connor's end of things and he told Jude that he will be moving to Los Angeles to live with his mother. Jude was upset, but was more hurt when he learned that Connor was not being forced, but had actually asked his father if he could move.
Meanwhile, Stef got the final results of her mammogram. Lena saw her duck away from the party to take the phone call and followed her. Stef was fine, and the health scare prompted the couple to set aside their recent troubles and make up with one another.
Then, it was time for the moment every fan was waiting to see — Callie's adoption hearing. After arriving at court, Callie learned that the judge had seen the video she made criticizing him and the foster care system. Her lawyer urged her to apologize, but Callie refused. Instead, she made an impassioned speech advocating for the rights of all foster kids. The judge, to Callie's surprise, was impressed. He approved the adoption, and Callie officially became a Foster.
Callie's speech also made Jude realize that Connor needed to be in a home where he was accepted. He gave his boyfriend his blessing, vowing to make long distance work.
There was one more surprise left in the episode, though. The family returned home to find Jesus (Noah Centino, taking over the role from Jake T. Austin) waiting for them! It also seemed like he is here to stay, as he whispered to Mariana (Cierra Ramirez) that he can not return to boarding school. Uh oh!