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Season 4 of The Fosters was announced [1] on November 30, 2015. The number of episodes was confirmed to be 20. The new season aired on June 20, 2016, with a two-part season premiere.


The new season picks up immediately from the dramatic cliffhanger finale with Jesus knocked out by Mariana’s ex-boyfriend Nick and Callie trapped in the car with Troy Johnson, who she fears is the true killer of Martha Johnson. Jesus is rushed to the hospital and into surgery, his family anxiously waiting to hear about the extent of his injury. Stef and Lena become so wrapped up with Jesus’ situation that they don’t learn that Callie is in trouble until it’s too late. Mariana must deal with her role in Jesus’ injury, while Brandon dreads telling Stef and Mike that he has lost his chance to attend Juilliard. Despite getting in trouble for smoking pot, Jude will continue to date Noah and consider having sex for the first time. Stef works toward making detective, while Lena ends up having to take a leave of absence from her job. Mike will take his relationship with Ana to the next level, asking her to move in with him and his foster son AJ.


Add characters here when they have appeared in at least 5 episodes in the season.

  • Michael Traynor as Craig (4/20)
  • Adam Irigoyen as Kyle Snow (4/20)
  • Meg Delacy as Grace (3/20)
  • Beth Littleford as Realtor (3/20)
  • Daffany Clark as Daphne Keene (3/20)
  • Kerr Smith as Robert Quinn (3/20)
  • John Marshall Jones as Police Interrogator (3/20)
  • Rekha Sharma as Lillian Dunbar (3/20)
  • Judy Kain as Lauren (3/20)
  • Briana McLean as Megan (3/20)
  • Ivar Brogger as Doctor (2/20)
  • Madison Pettis as Daria (2/20)
  • Bruce Davison as Stewart Adams (2/20)
  • Chad Todhunter as Patrick Molloy (2/20)
  • Jay Ali as Mr. Timothy (2/20)
  • Kara Royster as Dawn (2/20)
  • Shi Ne Nielson as Kate O'Brien (2/20)
  • Tim Russ as Judge James Eskin (2/20)
  • Mercedes Colon as Margo Velasquez (2/20)
  • Hope Olaidé Wilson as Miranda Collins (2/20)
  • J.J Soria as Russell Ortega (2/20)
  • Trevor St. John as Mariana's Therapist (2/20)
  • Tanner Buchanan as Jack Downey (1/20)
  • Joel Johnstone as Scott Frey (1/20)
  • Anna Grace Barlow as Zoe (1/20)
  • Tip Scarry as Eddie Strathmore (1/20)
  • Lorraine Toussaint as Dana Adams (1/20)
  • Suzanne Cryer as Jenna Paul (1/20)
  • Bailee Madison as Sophia Quinn (1/20)
  • Ashley Argota as Lou Chan (1/20)
  • April Parker Jones as Captain Roberts (1/20)
  • Annie Potts as Sharon Elkin (1/20)
  • Rob Morrow as Will (1/20)
  • Madisen Beaty as Talya Banks (1/20)
  • Michael Daniel Cassady as Eric Humble (1/20)
  • Lisa Sheridan as Nicole (1/20)
  • Emma Dumont as Sasha (1/20)
  • Niko Guardado as Benjamin Torres (1/20)
  • Angeline Appel as Ariel (1/20)
  • Ben Gavin as Officer Peter Hudson (1/20)
  • Cazmir Milostan as Officer Ben Williams (1/20)
  • Rahnuma Panthanky as Dr. Reena Kapur (1/20)
  • Stacy Edwards as Mrs. Baker (1/20)
  • David Rees Snell as Mr. Baker (1/20)
  • Bianca A. Santos as Lexi Rivera

  • Episodes


    # Image Title First aired
    1 160603-news-the-fosters-2.jpg Potential Energy June 20, 2016
    The new season picks up immediately from the dramatic cliffhanger finale with Mariana’s emotionally devastated boyfriend Nick bringing a gun to school. Now that Stef and Lena know that Callie slept with Brandon, she worries they may not want her to remain part of the family.
    2 143280 1103.jpg Safe June 27, 2016
    After being given the all clear to head home, tensions are still running high in the Adams Foster household. Fragile and skittish from the school lockdown, the family sticks close, but their secrets keep them apart. Callie and Brandon anxiously wait for their moms to address their behaviour in Idyllwild while Stef warns everyone to stay off their phones and computers due to the rumours swirling around their family. Meanwhile, Brandon sneaks out to help Cortney move, leading to a major blowup between him and Stef.
    3 143423 0795.jpg Trust July 11, 2016
    In the aftermath of the school lockdown, Mariana is called out by other students who blame her for Nick’s actions. Callie is also taunted at school and her inappropriate reaction gets her suspended. But what starts off as a punishment turns into an adventure when she meets Aaron, a handsome young law student who knows nothing about her or her past. Meanwhile, when Taylor invites Jude to her church youth group, he questions her motives.
    4 143498 0913.jpg Now for Then July 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.
    5 143578 0947.jpg Forty July 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 (guest star Lorraine Toussaint, “Orange Is the New Black”) shares her suspicions about Stewart’s (guest star Bruce Davison, “X-Men”) 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 STEM club teammates compete for an invite to the Regional Robotics Competition. Meanwhile, Jude is hurt to discover that Connor came to town and didn’t tell him, and Brandon considers drastic measures to make extra money.
    6 143654 1020.jpg Justify August 1, 2016
    Lena gets pushed to the limit after she uncovers secrets involving family members; Mariana faces opposition from the male members on her STEM team; Jesus resents Emma's behavior; Jude learns that Noah has a medical marijuana card.
    7 13925054 664935150325292 4717792894590261380 n.jpg Highs & Lows August 8, 2016
    Jesus works on Stef and Lena's garage when his father doesn't show up; Mariana takes some of Jesus' ADHD medicine because she's exhausted from her STEM project; Callie and AJ are put in an unwanted position following Mike and Brandon's early return.
    8 143838 0796.jpg Girl Code August 15, 2016
    Lena is concerned when Mariana becomes too competitive during the robotics competition; the police warn Callie to stop harassing Patrick Molloy; Brandon prepares for his upcoming audition at Julliard.
    9 143986 0601.jpg New York August 22, 2016
    While in New York City for his audition at Juilliard, Brandon meets a young woman who forces him to re-examine his life; Stef and Lena make an announcement that shocks the family; Callie's friendship with Aaron creates tension between her and AJ.
    10 143960 9672.jpg Collateral Damage August 29, 2016
    Callie and the family run a "Justice for Jack" booth at a music festival to try and stop Justina's foster care bill; Mariana sees Nick and makes a run for it; Stef's inquiries into Kyle's case could lead to repercussions at her job.


    # Image Title First aired
    11 Insult to Injury 5.jpg Insult to Injury January 31, 2017
    In the aftermath of Jesus’ fight with Nick over Mariana, Jesus is knocked out. On the way to the hospital, things take a turn for the worse, leaving him fighting for his life. Meanwhile, Callie finds herself in a dangerous situation after taking a ride with Troy and Mariana is guilt-ridden over the fact that her actions led to Jesus’ current condition.
    12 144949 0394.jpg Dream a Little Dream February 7, 2017
    As Stef and Lena stand vigil over an unconscious Jesus, he dreams of an alternate world wherein he tries to save Mariana but can’t get to her. Already stretched thin, the moms receive news that Callie is in serious legal trouble. Mariana seeks comfort in Mat’s arms, while Brandon tries to hold the family together.
    13 145147 9165.jpg Cruel and Unusual February 14, 2017
    Callie tries to keep to herself and focus on getting out of juvenile hall, but when she refuses a guard’s propositions, she ends up making an enemy. As Stef and Lena work to get Callie out of juvie, her biological father Robert (guest star Kerr Smith, “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D,” “Dawson’s Creek”) turns up, angry for being kept in the dark. Meanwhile, Brandon’s questioning of a situation has consequences for Mariana. Jude gets a second chance with Noah, and Mike makes several life-changing decisions.
    14 Doors and Windows.jpg Doors and Windows February 21, 2017
    After Brandon confesses to Stef that he didn’t get into Juilliard, she decides she’s fed up with all of the kids’ secrets and removes their bedroom doors. Mariana starts seeing a therapist to deal with the trauma of Nick’s actions. While Jesus struggles with physical therapy, Brandon realizes that music might be a good way to help get through to him. Callie’s biological father Robert (guest star Kerr Smith, “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D,” “Dawson’s Creek”) brings in his highly paid attorneys to handle Callie’s case, which causes a conflict with Stef and Lena.
    15 Sex Ed 13.jpg Sex Ed February 28, 2017
    Jude feels uneducated about gay sex ed, so he tries to gain some personal experience through a phone app; Callie presents her senior project to her class, but the school admin disapproves of the concept. After showing her senior project off campus Callie gets scouted by an art professor but arrives home to find Robert who tells her Troy Johnson refused the payoff and that she is going to trial. Jude makes out with Noah.
    16 The Long Haul 8.jpg The Long Haul March 14, 2017
    Sharon and Will (guest stars Annie Potts, “Chicago Med,” and Rob Morrow, “Billions”) return to the Adams Foster home with news that they are engaged. While the family happily prepares for the wedding ceremony, Stef learns that her mom is having second thoughts about getting married. In an effort to come clean with Jesus, Emma writes him a letter but learns he is hiding a secret of his own. Meanwhile, Jude is bullied at school when Lena organizes an LGBTQ-friendly sex ed class for students.
    17 Diamond in the Rough 6.jpg Diamond in the Rough March 21, 2017
    Stef starts a new assignment in human trafficking where she meets a teenaged girl named Diamond who is turning tricks on the streets. Lena deals with repercussions for holding an off-campus LGBTQ sex ed class for Anchor Beach students. Callie’s relentless pursuit of justice starts to impact her relationship with AJ. Meanwhile, Mariana tries to cheer up Jesus with a special project after he’s prescribed a special pair of glasses due to his traumatic brain injury.
    18 The Fosters intertitle.png Dirty Laundry March 28, 2017
    As Stef works longer hours in her new position, Lena feels overwhelmed trying to keep up with the complicated lives of their five teenagers in addition to the pressures of her own job. Jude, fed up with being bullied at school, resorts to bullying tactics of his own. Callie heads to Los Angeles with Aaron (guest star Elliot Fletcher, “Shameless”) to visit his parents, who are struggling with Aaron being transgender. Meanwhile, Callie confronts Aj about him kissing another girl.
    19 Who Knows 2.jpg Who Knows April 4, 2017
    It seems just about everyone in the Adams Foster household has a secret, but unfortunately for each of them, they all start spilling out. With Callie’s court date inching closer, Robert’s attorneys present a defense strategy that Callie vehemently opposes. Monte and Lena join forces to stop Drew’s underhanded dealings. Stef works to bust Diamond’s pimp. Jesus asks Gabe to keep a secret from his moms.
    20 Until Tomorrow 9.jpg Until Tomorrow April 11, 2017
    Callie faces a life-changing decision to take a plea deal and go to jail for three years, or go to trial and risk an even longer sentence. Even though Callie struggles with her own situation, she tries to help Diamond out of hers which becomes extremely dangerous. With only 24 hours to make a difference in Callie’s case, Stef and Mike ramp up their investigation into the Martha Johnson murder bringing in as many leads as possible. Lena confronts Drew about his campaign to make a major change at Anchor Beach Community Charter School, while Mariana rallies her fellow students to protest. Meanwhile, Jesus starts to put together the pieces about Emma.

    Notes and Trivia

    • When Mike visits Brandon’s apartment to see Cortney, she flips a pillow at 15:22. then at 15:24, the pillow is on the opposite side