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Finding Carter- Half Baked (1×08)

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The lies just don’t seem to stop on Finding Carter. After Grant outed Elizabeth’s affair to everyone, the twins took it upon themselves to call out their mother and have her come clean. The twinerventon was super awkward with Elizabeth feeling ashamed and embarrassed, but it was necessary to save the family. She finally told David the truth about the affair with Kyle and to her surprise, he already knew. Although honestly, why is she so surprised considering the whole thing came out because Kyle told her that David knew in Grant’s room. Hello! 

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David explained that the reason he didn’t get upset or confront her was because he knew she would get over it. He’s seen her in love and whatever she had with Gabe wasn’t it. Unfortunately, the feeling isn’t mutual as Gabe knew all about the affair for three years and told the girls his father really loved their mother, so much he had her picture by his bedside. Even more awkward. Elizabeth kept repeating that she promised it was over and that she really missed David but to me it seemed like she just had a hard time making up her mind and wanted the best of both worlds. How many times did we here her tell Kyle that it was over between her and David? I won’t believe it till I see it in action. Plus, is Kyle aware that it’s over cause I don’t think it’s just a one-sided kind of ordeal. 

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Finally David realized he was upset because he looked like the weakling around his daughters.. the ones he wanted to look up to him. They all felt sorry for him because their mother had walked all over him and he just took it. Elizabeth promised she’d do anything to make their marriage work again, so David decided to have her move out. The news came as quite the shock to the girls, mainly because they never realized how much they actually depended on their mother. The next morning, they overslept for school, there was no milk for the cereal, they dropped off Grant for school and decided they weren’t up for attending classes. Instead, they ditched and spent the day at Max’s place on a double date, mainly to get Crash and Max to become friends. It wasn’t working until Crash offered up some weed. That really broke the tension. Taylor decided to try it since she was done trying to impress her mother anymore, and wow, I’ve never enjoyed Taylor more. Purring and reciting poetry in a British accent is really her thing. The cutest part of it all was how worried Max was about having Taylor succumb to peer pressure. And even after she had gotten high, he didn’t want to lay down with her because she was high. It’s an interesting change for someone who was once high all the time. I guess love really does make people change. The girls got so preoccupied that they forgot to pick up Grant at school (poor Grant) and really got a talking from Elizabeth when they got home. 

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Aside from her new family life crumbling away, Carter was also devastated that she had lost her “kidnapping mom”. Last week she made the brave decision of letting Lori down by staying with her real family. With Carter’s history, this was truly a shocking decision. This week, David took her to the spot where she was suppose to meet Lori last night explaining that he had arranged a goodbye meeting. They waited for hours until David finally explained that maybe Lori decided not to make this any harder and just leave without a goodbye. Carter accepted the fate and moved on, with Crash vowing the help her find her mother eventually. Well, it seems like no one in this family is really that great at communicating. 

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Carter tried everything to get her mom and dad back together. She tracked David down at a local bar, where he told her he was going to divorce Elizabeth because he hadn’t been the husband he’d promised to be when he was an aspiring author. The only book people wanted him to write was the one he couldn’t; Finding Carter. Carter copped a deal that if he would let Elizabeth move back in and would work on the marriage, she would give him permission to publish the novel under her circumstances. David agreed and Elizabeth promised that she was done with Kyle and really wanted to get her family back. She moved back into the house and all seemed to be fine, until she opened her mouth and thanked Carter for staying with them despite having the opportunity to go with Lori. She elaborated that she almost spoke to Lori but chickened out and let David do all the talking. She seemed very confused when Carter mentioned a meeting that David arranged with Lori because obviously no such thing happened and he doesn’t have any other way to reach the fugitive except via the burner phone, which was only good for one call. Carter realized she got played by her own dad. The lies just don’t stop. He wanted her to think her real mom didn’t come, he wanted her to think Elizabeth and him were getting a divorce all to get permission for the book he had already written. He’s a con artist. I must admit this is kind of depressing considering I really liked David in the begin inning. Lately, he’s just gotten super shady though. 

Will Carter be able to forgive David? Will she still let him write the book? Will we ever find out Lori’s real story and the history she shares with David? Was she his lover? Let’s not forget she did tell David not to underestimate her again last week over the phone. Again implies history. Will this feud between David and Carter drive a wedge between her and her new family and send her on a mission to find her real mom yet again? Sound off below! 


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Finding Carter- The Corrections (2×22)

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Finding Carter continues to spiral out of control thanks to Carter’s dumb actions. I mean we can all agree, someone needs to finally put Carter in her place. At 17, we think we have all the answers, when we really know absolutely nothing. Carter wants to be independent, but when things get hard, she always falls back on her mom. This week, both moms came to the rescue and seeing them work together for their daughter was on of my favorite parts of the season.

We pick up in the aftermath of Carter’s party, where Bird’s boyfriend overdosed on molly and died. When I say that Carter makes only dumb decisions, refusing to move Seth’s body was one of the smartest. Jackson desperately wanted to move it so the blame wouldn’t be put on them. He then repeatedly tried to persuade Carter that they did nothing wrong, but in fact, he’s the one who sold Seth the drugs, not Ben like Carter initially believed.

They were taken into questioning and thankfully, Carter didn’t fall into their trap and admit to anything. Since she wasn’t on good terms with Liz, she phoned Lori for help, who in turn called Liz because really, she was the only one who could get Carter out of this mess. And the mess was big- if the police pinned this on her she could be tried as an adult for manslaughter. Oh how quickly things went downhill.

When found out that her boyfriend was dealing at the party and lied to her about it, she was done with him. His ex was right, Jackson is scum. In order to find some proof, Carter took Max to snoop around the bar and find the pills. Max unscrewed the faucet and they found traces, which wasn’t enough to actually prove anything. But at least she knew the truth. Jackson walked in and figured something was off, so he turned her into the cops. What a douche bag!

That’s when Liz and Lori decided to team up and take this guy down. Liz went in as the cop trying to persuade Jackson to fess up. When he didn’t Lori used the “insane” card, stole Liz’s gun and pointed it at him until he confessed. All of it was heard by the detectives parked outside. And that’s how the cookie crumbles. You know, it’s really incredible that Carter still has such a good team surrounding her after all the bull she’s pulled.

Naturally, Bird spent the whole episode grieving her boyfriend. She decided to throw him an Irish style memorial and all the friends, who like Carter make equally bad decisions, helped out. After all was said and done, Bird finally broke down and told Carter and Taylor the truth- she’s pregnant with Jackon’s baby. That was super predictable but maybe this will be the wake up call these teens need. Maybe she’ll even let Damon help her raise the kid!

But the drama is not over! As Carter left Bird’s place, Jackson was hiding out and spying on her. That’s bad news. I’m not sure why the cops released him, after all he admitted to selling the drugs and that batch is connected to several other murders. But any who, now that he’s free, he’ll be coming for revenge and no one is safe, especially not Carter.

 


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Finding Carter- The Consequences of Longing (2×17)

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Carter and Taylor are both going through some pretty serious stuff on this weeks Finding Carter. 

Taylor, Gabe and Damon take a road trip together to visit a possible college over the weekend. Things are going pretty well until they get invited to their tour leaders frat party. The minute he asked Taylor to get her a drink, I knew we were headed for trouble. The show deals with a lot of touchy subjects, but seeing a guy drug and try to rape Taylor just really made my blood boil. The worst part- this kind of stuff actually happens. “Good guys” take advantage of girls all the time and not all of them have their angel Gabe to save the day. Thankfully, Taylor did. He scooped her right up and left, but not before giving the scumbag what he deserved. Gabe may have had a hard year, but honestly, he’s a stand up guy. Taylor woke up on the ride home confused, but when she heard what happened, she begged Gabe not to tell Max. I will just say, secrets have a way of getting out and honestly, this is nothing to be ashamed about.

Meanwhile, back home Liz found out that no one really trusts her. David is on his book tour ignoring her calls. She finds out he and Carter went to visit Lori and helped her prove that she was a good parent to Ben. Thanks to Ben, she also finds out that Carter is working at a bar and she’s not pleased. Eventually, she let Carter do it because well, she’s going to do it anyways.

Carter does her best to protect Ben since he is her brother but he’s not making it easy. He’s secretive, he rats her out to her mom and he’s stealing money from her boss Jared. That doesn’t make her situation with him any easier. After all, she just told Jared that she’s actually 17, not 21. So he hired a minor and has been dating one. Yeah, he has every right to be mad. Eventually though, he figures out that Carter has a good head for business and that he can’t afford to loose her. Plus, he’s madly in love. But, he goes behind her back and pretty much threatens Ben for stealing from him. He’s going to need a favor and Ben will pay up. What kind of trouble are these two going to get into?

Is anyone else watching Carter’s new relationship (which I’m totally shipping BTW) and wondering what will happen when Crash returns? I mean, these two were about to move to California together and now she’s dating this new guy. That probably won’t go over very well.

Overall, I’m impressed with the tone the new season is taking. I was scared that after all the Lori drama, there wouldn’t be more to focus on. But now we have an underaged teen working in a bar with her cop mothers approval, she’s dating an older guy, which kind of makes this an illegal relationship. There’s the drama with Gabe and with Taylor and Lori is still screwing things up and possibly the most intriguing, Ben and his sister Reagen, which no one knows about yet. This family just keeps getting bigger and bigger.


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Finding Carter- I’m Not The Only One (2×12)

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Carter got served on the finale of Finding Carter! Side note- can you believe we have to wait till OCTOBER for new episodes. I won’t make it…

Lori Stevens is a psychopath- We’ve known that since day one which sucks because it is so hard for Carter to accept. That’s her mother… at least that’s who she thought her mother was her whole life. When she gets papers asking to be a witness in Lori’s trial, she kind of freaks out. First off- what judge is insane enough to think Lori, a kidnapper, could get custody of her daughter? When you move past it, you realize the whole ordeal is pretty screwed up. Carter has to testify in front a jury and Lori is convinced she’s got this in the bag.

You’d think Lori wouldn’t have a plausible case when it comes down to it, but she does. Her insane mind has been working on this since the minute Elizabeth took her “daughter” back. For one, she is Carter’s biological mother. Yes, she was only an “egg donor” but it means more now that she’s actually got a relationship with Carter. While Carter testifies she wants Elizabeth to be her mother, wants her last name to be Wilson and refers to Lori as her kidnapper, she also cannot deny that she does love Lori. Lori’s defense attorney brings Carter’s visit to the hospital when she tried to commit suicide against her, especially the “I love you more” part. She never mistreated Carter, always showed her kindness and was a good mom. That moves the jury.

But it gets worse. The list of witnesses isn’t long in Lori’s case but it does feature Benjamin Wallace. No one knows who he is, but he sure does show up for the court hearing, just after making small talk with Carter outside. When he’s called to the stand he confesses that he’s Lori’s biological son and his father is David Wilson. *Bomb explodes* Yep… he sure did say David Wilson. This family has issues!

Of course that was the cliffhanger and we’re reeling with questions. Is he really the product of Lori and David’s affair? Ew. This isn’t going to go over well with Liz, who just patched things up with David. Did David know? Didn’t he say they had a brief but not-serious fling? Where has Ben been all this time? Was he adopted by someone else? Does this mean he really is Carter and Taylor’s brother? How will the jurors look at this now. Oh man.

Kyle Is Dead- Aside from Carter’s drama, things got kind of dark for Gabe, who lost his father last week. Can you imagine it? I was surprised he was dealing with it so well, until I realized it was all a front. The whole situation is kind of messy considering now Gabe doesn’t have parents and Liz wants to be there for him but he hates her because she screwed over his dad. And of course, Liz just broke up with Kyle right before he was shot taking a bullet for her, so the whole thing is still painful.

Bird’s Parents- Her rents finally come home after doing god knows what, god knows where. It’s crazy to me that her mother leaves her for days on end, but when she comes home she expects Bird to be at her beck and call. It’s also interesting to see someone who portrays herself to be so strong, be so weak around her parents. But despite the added “drama” the storyline doesn’t do much for Bird or the show.

Max Is On the Move- When Bird’s parents returned they kicked out Madison and Max. Madison ultimately decided to go back home and face her parents while Max saved up enough money to move into the apartment that he once had really good memories with Taylor at. She obviously couldn’t move in with him because she’s still in high school, but she did bring him a plant. It’s nice to see them back together and Taylor move past the whole “I slept with your twin sister on accident thing.” Although… I doubt I could ever.

What did you think of the Finding Carter finale? Are you shocked by Lori’s move and her son with David? Will she get custody of Carter? Will Lori have to become part of the family or will they do everything to try to lock her up? Was Ben in the same situation as Carter? He said he’s been dragged around court rooms? Did Lori pull the same thing on him and take him away from his real family and win in court? That would be messed up! Till October.


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