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Finding Carter- Love Story (1×10)



Carter’s world came crashing down in this weeks intense new episode of Finding Carter. As we near the finale, the drama hit an all-time high, with a possible fatal shooting. Not much happened, yet everything was different at the end of the hour. 

The first half of the episode we saw Elizabeth and family cope with losing Carter again. She wasn’t kidnapped, but she was fed up with all the lies. Crash posted her bail, and she ran away with him. The apple doesn’t fall far from the tree right? Somehow, Carter always gets into situations where she’s on the run. Elizabeth was obviously freaking out, thinking back to the days when Carter disappeared as a three-year-old. 


Meanwhile, Carter was living carefree in the bliss that was her relationship with Crash. Even if they were on the run, they still had each other.. and that’s all that really mattered. The two made plans to go see the Grand Canyon, and Mount Rushmore on their way to California, where they would settle down and start a life together. But first, Crash wanted to see where the girl he loved grew up.

The two didn’t get far before Carter’s phone was buzzing with an amber alert. It seems that even though Elizabeth knew her daughter was safe, her gut feeling didn’t feel good about crash. “It’s for Carter’s best,” she told her kids. But was it really? Or was it just for her piece of mind? To know her daughter wouldn’t do anything. Maybe she felt that she should have let Crash get locked up in the first place? That would have been good intuition. The amber alert scared Crash off, who knew that if he was caught with Carter, a minor, he would be charged for statutory rape and kidnapping… even though that wasn’t the case at all. Isn’t the law just great? Carter wasn’t budging though. She was dedicated to staying with Crash even if it meant that they would have to be on the run from literally everyone. That’s commitment. Plus, it wasn’t safe for Crash to go back home, where he would be in danger for pawning off Bird’s mothers stolen necklace. Trouble just follows him around. 


They finally made it to Carter’s old house, where she lived with Lori. It was a bittersweet moment, knowing this place once held everything for Carter, but now her life was turned completely upside-down. After measuring Crash to see how tall he was on her “height chart” she realized there was a number scribbled on the wall that was never there before. It was obviously from Lori, hoping that if her daughter ever returned, she’d notice it. But what was it good for? We didn’t have much time to find out. The next morning, a banging on the door woke them up, with a voice threatening to call the landlord and the cops if they didn’t evacuate right away.

Carter realized she had to get in touch with her mom, which meant going back home and giving Max a message. Crash agreed to stop by the gas station briefly, and honor Carters wish.. but after that, they were going on their road trip adventure. As they pulled up to the gas station, Carter realized they only had two dollars left. How are two teenagers going to survive without jobs, running from the law, with no cash left? I could sense trouble in the air. What happened to all the money from  Bird’s necklace Carter thought? Well, Crash spent half of it bailing Carter out and the other half, on a gun. Initially, the idea of a gun freaked Carter out, but after Crash told her he needed it just in case to keep her safe, she was okay with it.

She walked into the gas station and talked to Max for quite some time. This made Crash really uneasy, for multiple reasons I think. First, he’s a wanted man. Second, Max is Carter’s ex and I’m sure if anyone, Max would have the power to talk Carter out of leaving town with him. Finally, Crash couldn’t take it anymore and entered the gas station. The tension between Max and Crash was very noticeable, but Crash was also acting a little crazy and on edge. He finally told Max that they needed one last favor– all the cash from the register. Carter was appalled by this request, but everything happened so quickly, she couldn’t do anything. Max said he wouldn’t do it, but Crash told him to just report it as a robbery and say he had a gun placed to his head.. which he kind of did, because yes, Crash took out the gun. 


For someone whose supposedly been a criminal all his life, Crash pulled some of the stupidest moves this week. First off, trying to stay out of trouble didn’t exactly work after he entered the gas station with a gun. A gas station full of surveillance cameras. But what happened next was the truly shocking part. A criminal who bought a gun but doesn’t know how to use it. As he threatened Max with it, the gun accidentally fired hitting him in the chest, barely missing his heart. Was it an accident though?

Max flew back and hit the ground, bleeding profusely. Carter ran to his side to help stop the bleeding, repeating what did you do. Crash seemed shocked, but a little pleased, which kind of scared me. Is she a raging sociopath? As she asked for his help to call 9-1-1, Crash said he had to go and fled the scene. How do you just leave the girl you “love” in that kind of predicament. Carter was able to activate the burner phone and call for help, ultimately saving Max’s life… hopefully.


It’s unclear if Max will survive.. although I don’t think they’d let him die. They can’t… Team Max and Taylor forever! Honestly, if this isn’t a lesson for Carter to start listening to Elizabeth and stop giving criminals the benefit of the doubt, I don”t know what is. As the whole family sat in the hospital waiting room hoping to hear good news about Max’s surgery, Elizabeth confronted Carter, who was still covered in her ex’s blood, as detectives tried to interrogate her on what really happened and where her boyfriend was now. They have surveillance footage, so they obviously know who the shooter is. As Carter broke down, memories of Max and Crash’s betrayal came crashing down on her, Taylor flipped out on her twin, saying that Carter’s return only brought the family pain. Carter destroyed them all. Everything she touched. This was obviously not something Carter could handle hearing at this point. While some of it might be the truth, Carter isn’t such a badass as she pretends to be. The reason she ran away in the first place is because  she felt that everyone was lying to her. Taylor had a point that everything was Carter’s fault, but she also didn’t realize that without Carter, she would have never met Max in the first place. Although at a moment when emotions are so high, who could blame her.

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Carter went to the chapel and just cried… and I cried right along with her. This whole episode was just extremely moving for all of the characters. But Carter found herself in the shittiest situation anyone could ever find themselves in. Her relationship with Crash was nearing perfect. It was love. And it was torn from her when he shot her best friend and her twin sisters boyfriend and than ran. There will never be a Carter and Crash now. His second chance is gone.. he will always be a criminal, who will probably serve life in prison now. And I doubt she will protect him after this. After he left her with Max dying in her arms. And Max. He’s the ray of sunshine in this show. The light at the end of the tunnel, if he doesn’t make it, there will be a significantly huge change… one that won’t impact anyone positively. And doesn’t this family need a little bit of happiness?? Will the Wilson’s forgive her if anything does happen to Max?

Will the recent events finally put Carter into place? Will she continue destroying everything in her path to find her kidnapper Lori? Will the Wilson’s be able to forgive her in anything does happen to Max? This season of Finding Carter proved itself.. only two episodes left until the season finale. 

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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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