The Fosters (ABC Family) Review “Padre”

Loss effects people in unexpected ways. Everyone grieves differently, everyone goes through the process at their own pace, but if there is a unifying emotion that emerges from loss it is the desire to hold onto those we have left. “Padre” was an ode to family with all of its complications, hiccups and imperfections. It was a story about two daughters who never got to say goodbye to a parent, and how that loss has and will effect them moving forward.

The opening sequence of “Padre,” was stunning. Stef’s dream of her father, of a small moment of reconciliation and snow was haunting. When her eyes opened, the weight of the hurt was visible on her face. Stef, like Callie, wears her strength like an armor. She goes through Frank’s funeral, making sure respects are paid to her father, without allowing herself to crack. The pressure of the day mounted in ways both small (discovering the bakery had given her Cubs cupcakes instead of Padres cupcakes) to large (seeing Lena’s prenatal vitamins in the cabinet), but Stef was unwavering even as the memory of her final words to her father being angry ones lingered.



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