The Fosters summer finale preview: Same-sex wedding highlights ABC Family drama’s big episode

The Fosters summer finale
Monday, Aug. 5
ABC Family, 9pm ET

Stef and Lena head down the aisle — or try to, anyway — during tonight’s The Fosters summer finale, representing a strong emotional climax for the ABC Family drama that has won raves and ratings in its exploration of the new normal for American families.

And like any good wedding, there are special guests to help The Fosters celebrate the occasion. The cast and executive producers — yes, including Jennifer Lopez — will be live tweeting during the episode’s East Coast and West Coast broadcasts. You can find Lopez at @JLo on Twitter, and fans should include the hashtag #TheFostersChat to join the conversation. ABC Family also has launched a Facebook app where fans can RSVP to the wedding and check out photos and a special sneak peek. During the episode, fans can sign a digital guest book, toss a virtual bouquet and chat with other, um, attendees. On top of that, after the West Coast broadcast, fans who downloaded the app also will be treated to a deleted scene.

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Appropriately titled “I Do,” the episode features Stef (Teri Polo) and Lena (Sherri Saum) trying to keep the peace while their parents come to town. Lena’s dad, Stewart (Stephen Collins) is officiating the ceremony, as her mother, Dana (Lorraine Toussaint) and Stef’s mother, Sharon (Annie Potts), bicker over the floral arrangements. Sharon also tries to get Stef’s traditional-minded father Frank (Sam McMurray) to attend. With all this going on, Stef is reluctant to let Lena know that she plans on returning to her cop duties — so soon after being shot — once she is medically cleared.

The kids also have some drama, as Callie (Maia Mitchell) and Jude (Hayden Byerly) get some good news, but it might all be nullified after Callie makes an emotional slip that could wreck their chances at happiness.

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