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Finding Carter- One Hour Photo (1×12)



SPOILER WARNING: As predicted (and maybe even expected from the moment we saw Carter’s mother in the promo), Lori kidnapped her “daughter” again on this weeks Finding Carter season one finale. Even though it was expected, it was still shocking and painful to watch, mainly because, a fugitive outsmarted a brilliant cop. What is up with that?


Let’s recap shall we? We start off the episode with Carter getting rid of everything “Crash” in her room. What’s the point of holding on when she’s overheard that there has been no bail allowed. Plus, he probably hates her now that he thinks she sold him out to Elizabeth, which she kind of did. That’s when she finds the number her mother left her in her old house. As she’s observing it, trying to figure out what it could be for, Elizabeth asks why she’s looking at a zip code. That’s it! Carter rushes over to the computer, types in the number and is linked to a building (cause I guess buildings have their own zip codes now). The scary part? Elizabeth knows exactly where this building is. Mont Village, Maryland. That’s where her first apartment with David was, when she was pregnant with the twins.


Carter makes the trip out, and heads over to the photo shop to pick up some developed pictures that Lori left for her three-months ago. Have to say, she is a patient one that Lori. To Carter’s surprise, the pictures aren’t a clue on how to find Lori. They’re pictures of Elizabeth and David from years back, when Liz was pregnant. Their pictures taken by a “stalker” who we’re assuming is Lori. But why did she want Carter to have these pictures? Carter shows them to her parents, who are just as creeped out as she is. How is this possible? This was three years before they even met Lori. Before they moved into the neighborhood where she was “working as a hospice”. If she is the person who took these pictures, than she was stalking them long before she kidnapped Carter. They were her target. And by giving these pictures to Carter, she was letting her know that she was a stalker. But why? None of this is making any sense! Do crazy people ever?

Elizabeth decides to resume her search for Lori, and Carter offers to help. At this point, Lori isn’t even her mother. She’s a woman who took her from her home at the age of three and screwed her whole life up. All of it was a lie. But what’s even worse is that Carter doesn’t even know if Lori wanted her in the first place. After all, she was stalking Elizabeth and David, so it had to be about them. 


The next day, Carter stays home from school to talk to a counselor about all the trauma she’s endured lately. Surprise! The counselor is actually Lori Stevens, who shows up at their front door. Ballsy right? Carter is home alone, but has no choice but to let her “mother” in. She keeps calling her mom, although I think she’s checked out of that belief. These two were very close in the premiere, but there’s much distance between them now. To be honest, I was super nervous and worried for Carter the whole time. You never know what this unpredictable woman will do, especially when she’s told that her own daughter doesn’t believe a word she’s saying. Lori explains that she was never Elizabeth and David’s stalker, but doesn’t explain otherwise? So, what were you? When Carter asks for the answers we all really want, Lori avoids the questions, giving the general answer of “my side of the story won’t even matter.” She gives Carter a picture she claims she took of David, and tells Carter she should keep it.  I’m proud of Carter though. Proud that she didn’t budge when Lori asked if she was still her mother, and than repeated their “I love you” ritual. It had to be hard for her, but obviously, Lori can’t be trusted. Or can she? Who is really lying at this point?


When David comes home, Carter shows him the picture Lori gave her. David is appalled and claims Lori never took that picture. Although, how would he know? He was sleeping. Plus, who is she to believe the stalker kidnapper or the guy who lied about writing his book? Either way, Carter loses. Did Lori and David have a relationship? Has he been hiding this from everyone the whole time? We still don’t know, but Lori wants us to believe so.

Elizabeth gets home and receives a call from the counselor hoping that they can meet up tomorrow for coffee and discuss what happened during “therapy.” Carter wasn’t going to tell her mom about seeing Lori, but after she finds out that Liz has a coffee-date with her kidnapper, she comes clean. The two devise a plan to finally apprehend Lori, although I’m disappointed at how poorly it was executed. The two are waiting at the park bench where their suppose to meet her, in clear view, even though they don’t want Lori to know Carter is there. Um, so why are you just sitting in the open like that? Regardless, the moment between mother and daughter is adorable as Carter is so thankful that she’s doing this with her real mom. She feels safe. She walks over to the coffee shop where she was instructed to “wait”. What could go wrong? The whole place is swarming with undercover cops… Unfortunately, none in the coffee shop where the kidnapping victim is hiding out. As Liz waits, Carter gets a coffee delivered to her table. The waiter lets her know it’s from her mother, and without thinking twice about it, she drinks up. Predictable. Yet, so sad. Lori sits down next to her daughter and lets her know that running all these years has made her pretty good at spotting undercover vehicles. As she’s talking Carter begins loosing consciousness. She’s been drugged. Lori carries her out through the back, just before Liz realizes something must be terribly wrong and runs after her. It’s all really sad, but its a moment of clarity for Carter.. well, when she wakes up.


Elizabeth lost Carter again. And Carter has to come to terms that this time, she’s been kidnapped by a crazy woman who will clearly do anything to get her way. How is she going to escape knowing that? How will Lori keep her around? The love Carter had for her “mother”, those 13 years, they’ve all gone to shit because Carter now knows who was lying. There is no real need for a reason as to why Lori’s doing this. The fact is that she did this. Again. It’ll be interesting to see where Carter is when the season resumes in 2015. 


In other character news, Max finally woke up from his coma, but he’s not dealing too well. The initial moment was happy for everyone. But as time went by, Max got more and more upset about his situation. He couldn’t fathom that he had been shot, or that he wasn’t able to just get up and go to work. He felt useless, and he was taking his anger out on Taylor. He requested that Elizabeth bring him the tape from the gas station of the night Crash shot him, but she refused. This only made him angrier. When he found out Taylor was taking a leave of absence from school because of him, he told her to get the hell out of his room and never come back. She came back later, only to find out that he was breaking up with her. It’s really weird to see Max in this different mood. He seems smarter after the shooting, less like a puppy dog that will jump whenever anyone says so. But treating Taylor bad was wrong. He had to go back to live with his parents now that he was injured and out of a job. She had to continue on with her education and get her life back in order. It was a sad decision, a sad goodbye.. I mean sadder than Crash getting arrested. I’m torn without these two as a couple, but so proud of how maturely they handled it. It’s not over.. it’s never over! 


Other highlights

  • Grant and Max’s whole relationship. But specifically, Grant hugging Max when he woke up.
  • Grant admitting he’s getting a D. Are we really surprised? Look at the stuff he has to deal with at home?!
  • With Crash out of the picture, can Carter and Gabe get a real chance at love? You know when Lori finally gives her back.
  • The love letters between David and Elizabeth. I’m definitely rooting for this couple.
  • Taylor’s new backbone. Did you hear her talk back to mom? “We need to talk about this. We just did!

On a scale of 1-10, I give this finale a 7. Although I predicted that Carter would get kidnapped, I wasn’t prepared for how shocked, sad, scared I would be when it happened. It still took me for a curve and now, I’m excited to see where we begin when the season returns. Despite getting some answers, we still have so many questions left. About Lori, about David, about Liz. This story has only just begun…. But my god, 2015 seems SOOO FAR AWAY!

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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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