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Finding Carter- The Heat (1×05)



Seven minutes in heaven can turn someone into a make-out goddess! 

Everyone seemed a little out of their element this week on Finding Carter. Carter devised a plan to help get Elizabeth on her moms side. Instead of approaching her life an enemy, she needed to approach her like family. She tagged along on a ride along on Elizabeth’s day off. First, the two battled with some paint balling, thoroughly enjoying each others company before Elizabeth got called into a crime scene. She ordered Carter to stay in the car, but of course, she didn’t listen and witnessed her first dead body. She also saw Elizabeth show the victim such compassion, only to find out that while she was hugging the young, dramatic woman, she knew she was the husbands killer the whole time. Carter couldn’t understand why her mother could show compassion to that woman, knowing what she did, but not to Lori, the woman who raised her. Well, it’s simple. Lori kidnapped her daughter and stripped her from that mother-daughter love. As for making her the woman that she is, Liz didn’t believe Lori impacted that at all. Carter is who she was always meant to be. For a moment, Carter actually had a good time with Elizabeth. And that five minutes meant more to her than anyone could ever know. In the end, she told Carter she would stop hunting her mother, if it meant that the two could be close and enjoy more moments together. It was a real break through for both of them. 

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Things at home were a little worse for Elizabeth when it came to David. He’s fully aware of her affair with Kyle and he’s planning on filing for divorce. His publicist came by the house with his huge book check– one of many, but wouldn’t give it to him until he and Liz were legally separated. If he received it before, Liz would be entitled to half of it. You would think this would motivate David to divorce Liz faster, but the love between them is really there.. buried somewhere deep inside. The night that Elizabeth finally came home early from work– instead of staying late as always to fling around with Kyle– the two spent a nice night together watching movies, eating popcorn, and cuddling before Elizabeth fell asleep. Just like old times. Just like their first date. It was all ruined though the minute Liz got a text from Kyle and David stormed off upset. It was so sad to watch fully knowing that she’s cheating and he’s knowing. The good moment was forever ruined by infidelity that hasn’t been made public… yet.


We also got a glimpse of what it’s like when Carter isn’t the center of attention. I was fine with it, but Carter wasn’t feeling it. Everyone attended Bird’s party (not sure if we can really call it a party), gathering at her house, where they were playing naked poker. Taylor was totally thrown off by the nakedness of everyone, clearly never seeing guys without shirts. Carter decided it would be fun to bring it back to 7th grade and play seven minutes in heave, a game Taylor never played before. The catch? Carter was rigging it so that Taylor was the subject of every kiss. The first spin landed on Ofe. When they entered the closet, he told Taylor they didn’t actually have kiss, which was so gentleman-ey of him. Taylor wasn’t feeling that though, knowing that she was like the oldest person in the world not to have been kissed. The second spin landed on Gabe and Taylor was all too eager to go in that closet and show off her new moves. She lunged at Gabe, attacking him with love and kisses. Hey, it makes sense. He was her first crush after all. Her kissing was impressive and left Gabe pretty speechless. Ofe was proud he taught her everything she knew. It’s funny how just one kiss can make a guy completely change his mind on who he likes. Gabe was all over Taylor texting her and trying to get her attention. Her third round was with Max and it was much softer. It was passionate and with feeling, which makes sense considering these two have a thing. They didn’t even last 7 minutes before they left the closet to “get out of there”. You go Maylor! You go!!!

I honestly think the Maylor relationship is one of the best things about this show right now. The love they have for each other is so unexpected, so pure, so real, it’s everything young love should be. It’s love and croutons and love and croutons always deserve a chance. Always. 


During the party, Bird kept asking Carter for permission to do stuff with Crash. Being the cool friend and not wanting to admit she liked Crash, Carter gave it to her. After Max and Taylor left and freed up the closet, Bird dragged Crash in there for her seven minutes. Crash asked Carter to wait, and so she did, but after some time passed, she asked Gabe if they could leave and go home. The boys weren’t down to leave until they heard Crash and Bird getting it on. What a bad friend Bird is. Last week the two seemed to really bond and it looked promising. This week Bird didn’t even care about Carter’s feelings she just took her man and went full circle with him. This upset Carter obviously and I think it was that moment that really put everything in motion. Max didn’t do something Carter had asked him too. He stood up for herself. Crash was in the closet having sex with another girl. And Gabe was too into Taylor after their kiss to listen to what Carter wanted. No one was interested in the girl who was kidnapped anymore and Carter couldn’t stand it. When she got home, she found Taylor and Max making out in Taylor’s room. She knocked on Grant’s door, but he was too busy talking to his internet girlfriend. No one had time for her either. You see what happens when you take people for granted? Treat them like they’ll always be there. What happens when they suddenly aren’t? 


After Carter visited Max at his new job, he confessed that Lori had visited him and he moved back to keep Carter safe. She’s out there and from the way Max explained it, he’s worried she might do something to hurt Carter. Even Max doesn’t think of Lori as her mother anymore, which should say a lot. When Max was leaving the party, Carter hoped he would be her carrier pigeon and give Lori a message from her next time he saw her, but Max finally stood up for himself telling Carter the only thing he would tell Lori is that he wouldn’t be her middle man and he didn’t want to be part of this illegal stuff. Good for you again Max! Carter was a little surprised that she was shot down, but I guess the time had to come. Can’t have everything you want. Plus, does anyone else think that Taylor makes him a little smarter? Do you think it’s the SAT cards? 


As he was leaving the Wilson household he was ambushed by Lori. These encounters with Lori really have to stop. It’s getting really creepy and kind of psychotic especially cause there she was, with the crazy look in her eye. She told Max that she wanted to save her daughter, and when Max told her that Carter wasn’t her daughter, she flipped out. Max was about to stick up for himself and tell Lori that she needed to stop finding him like this or he’d tell Elizabeth, when Lori just disappeared like a ninja. For real though, this lady thinks that Carter is her daughter, which yeah theoretically she could think that but she has to know she didn’t really give birth to this girl right? She can’t be that delusional. If she is, then we know things were never really right up there. But we can’t determine that unless we know the reason why she actually kidnapped Carter. I wonder if next weeks encounter between Lori and Carter will be as awkward and creepy as it was with Max? Will Carter pick up on the fact that her mom is nuts and realize she doesn’t actually want to leave her life and her real family? Who knows. Will she leave with her on the spot? When Elizabeth gets wind that Lori is right under her nose, will she pick up the search again? Or will she stay true to what she told Carter and leave her mother alone? 


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Finding Carter

Finding Carter- The Corrections (2×22)



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)



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)



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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