What a series premiere. Honestly, best hour of MTV television ever! I think it was more intense than the finale where Carter got kidnapped by Lori… again.
SPOILER: Stop reading right now if you haven’t watched the premiere, otherwise, I’m not sorry.
Right off the bat, the big reveal in the episode is that Lori is actually Carter and Taylor’s biological mother. How? Well, Lori couldn’t get pregnant and so they used an anonymous donor, which ended up being crazy, delusional Lori. When she kidnapped Carter as a little girl, she didn’t feel like she was doing anything wrong because this was technically her child.
But if we’re getting technical, Lori is completely in the wrong. She reveals the truth to both Carter and Taylor in the presence of a very upset Elizabeth. Although I am really thankful that the 3 of them were together when they found out. But technically, an anonymous donor is supposed to stay just that. And when they do offer up their eggs, they also waive any rights to these children. So yes, while Lori might be their biological mother, she’s technically a stranger. And if this was to move to court, she would lose in a heartbeat.
There is a catch however. How does Lori know who she donated too? That’s a big question and I think David knows the answer. I think David has known Lori’s real identity for some time now. After that epic battle between Lori and Elizabeth–which Liz took like a champ and pretty much proved that she wins mother of the year over this crazy lunatic who thought she could now kidnap two teenage girls. Really Lori? Anyways, after that battle, Lori told Liz that she wasn’t the only one to blame for this and that David played both of them. What could this mean? Did David have a relationship with Lori while trying to conceive with his wife? I know trying to have a kid and making sex a job strips the fun out of things. Maybe he convinced Lori to donate and then promised her she would have rights? Maybe that’s why she’s so set on actually just coming to an agreement? I know this sounds like I’m defending her, but that is totally not the case. I just want to understand, much like Carter.
After the girls finally made it home from their wild day, they had a nice family meal and things seemed almost too good to be true. (Probably because they are.) Taylor was pretty shaken up about the whole ‘Liz isn’t her real mom’ thing. But who could blame her? For Carter, it’s a little different. Her life has already been turned upside down once. She thought her mom was Lori for like 15 years and suddenly, she’s thrown into this new family and is supposed to hate her mom. She doesn’t have anymore remorse, but Taylor, well this is going to take a toll on her. Thankfully, they have each other. They will always be sisters (and it was a beautiful moment to see them finally bond on such a level of pure understanding.) Although based on this seasons preview, I don’t think that their sisterhood will mean much, especially when Carter begins getting sucked back into Lori’s crazy train and the ‘I love Crash’ train.
I was really glad that Carter stood her ground during this weeks episode and didn’t let herself get manipulated by Lori. Despite the love she’s always had for this lady, it seems like she finally realized that maybe, Lori was in fact crazy. She saw that Elizabeth was the real MVP. She knew who her family was, despite the horrid truth. But the preview for the season reveals Carter calling Lori mom again. Why? Why is Carter so naive? Why is she being tricked into this again? Is it because parts of Lori’s story actually do make some sense? Or because she will always love Lori as her mother, no matter what?
In other non-Lori related news, Taylor and Max finally got back together! Woohoo. But how long will they last this time? It’s her first love. Which is why it could burn her completely. Especially with the identity crisis she’s going through now. Either way, through the ups-and-downs I’m rooting for these two.
Crash is also making a comeback this season… because obviously you didn’t think he would stay away for good right? I liked him in the beginning, but after he shot Max, he got a little out of hand. Seeing him back in Carter’s life during such a critical time isn’t good news. Plus, he’s been known to eff things up between the family and I don’t think they need any more of that, considering Lori is making enough of a mess and Liz is going to put the cherry on top by cheating on David with Kyle… again. Sheesh, these people really don’t learn from their mistakes on this show do they? But honestly, if David is really to blame for all of this then I don’t blame Liz for needing a way to “let go.”
Saddest moment of the episode– When Elizabeth sat on the ground and told David she never wanted the girls to find out that she wasn’t their biological mom. How sad. Lori just went and messed everything up for her own selfish reasons. I don’t care what her motive is, Elizabeth really loved these girls. And now, they probably won’t ever think of her as just ‘mom.’ It was a heartbreaking moment for sure!
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.
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.
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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