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Finding Carter- Do The Right Thing (1×09)



Just when we thought things were going good for Carter and the family, everything falls apart and Carter does what she’s best at– runs away.

There were a lot of disappointments on Carter’s plate this week, that are basically making her re-think her decision of staying with the Wilson’s. First she finds out David never actually arranged a meeting between her and Lori. He lied to her and waited with her for 3 hours for someone he knew wasn’t coming. In David’s defense he just wanted Carter to get  some closure. Lying wasn’t the best way to do that though, although he does say he hope she would never find out. She did thanks to Elizabeth, whose now the good parent. David is furious that Elizabeth told Carter the truth and goes to her school to make it up to. She accepts his apology and tells him he can continue writing his book– you know the book that’s already finished. Elizabeth doesn’t believe David when he tells her that he just started writing and after snooping around in his back, finds “Finding Carter” completely written, with a cover, ready for publication. David had once again lied and manipulated Carter into doing what he wants. Honestly, no wonder she’s cheating on him. 


She confronts David, which escalates into another fight for the couple, but she persuades him into coming clean to Carter. Obviously, this second lie is a little too much for Carter, who doesn’t believe David when he says he wouldn’t have published the books without her permission. Why should she? He hasn’t given her much reason to believe him. Sure, Carter hasn’t been the best daughter to both of them, but she’s also fragile and had her whole life flipped upside down.

Things only got worse for Carter though. Ofie came to school with a black eye and admitted that he was in debt with some pretty dangerous guys. If he didn’t pay them back asap, the next thing to go would be an arm or a leg. He turned to Bird– his personal bank, for financial help and she stole one of her mothers 100 thousand dollar necklaces. Since her parents were never home, they wouldn’t notice anyways, she said.. But she was wrong. Her mother called her up to the house asking about the necklace and Bird pulled a low move– she blamed Carter. While Carter was getting arrested, Crash was pawning the necklace off for money for Ofie. Carter couldn’t reach him to let him know that Ofie had won another bet and was actually debt free. Carter tried explaining that she hadn’t stolen the necklace but her mother pointed out she was wearing her $20,00 bracelet. We know Bird had given it to Carter as a present but she wasn’t about to admit it. To make things worse, or as some say it put salt on the wound, Kyle was the one to arrest Carter. This wasn’t a pleasant experience for David who felt the arrest was personal.


Elizabeth tried to be a good mom to Grant, but as always that was overshadowed by Carter’s world. After all the drama surrounding this family, I think Grant’s okay with the limited attention. Elizabeth got the call that her daughter was in prison and rushed over immediately. She didn’t believe that her daughter was responsible, but David made her think that maybe they didn’t really know Carter as well as they thought they did. It’s not surprising that David is skeptical of whether or not his daughter really committed this crime. She doesn’t have the best track record– drugs, previous arrests, etc. But, the fact that Elizabeth believed her daughter was better than this, said a lot. Unfortunately, she let David’s thought’s question her own, and she asked Carter if Crash made her do it, upsetting her daughter. The reality of it is, David is the reason Carter decided to run away in the end… and that’s going to really affect Elizabeth. Seems like their relationship isn’t easily fixable after all. 

Bird eventually fessed up to lying, thanks to a push from Ofie about her morals. Her mother dropped all the charges against Carter and Elizabeth returned to the precinct to pick up her daughter, only to get more bad news. Crash came to the jail earlier, and an uninformed receptionist accepted his bail and let Carter go. Carter was gone again. Elizabeth was heartbroken, resenting Kyle for letting it happen and David for influencing her. If she had only believed her, Carter wouldn’t have left. But she did and from the looks of it she wasn’t planning on coming back. She was off with Crash, probably on a mission to find Lori.  As she drove away from her “temporary life” she let the pages of David’s book fly out of the car. Take that! (As if he doesn’t have another copy stored on his laptop!) At least now he can really write the book, finding Carter.


Aside from Carter-world, Taylor also had a big day. She was finally coming to terms with how much she actually like Max. And when you reach more than 3 likes and are a junior in high school, it’s time to lose your virginity. I’m such a huge fan of this couple and found it super sweet that Max, the kid who probably had casual sex more times than you can count, was so nervous to “make love” to Taylor. I mean, the guy went out and got her a freaking lamp so everything was perfect. Ultimately, they didn’t end up having sex when she skipped second period, but they did have sex in her room the next day. They didn’t think it through because while it was romantic and in-the-moment, it was also walked in on by Elizabeth. How awkward. Taylor didn’t seem phased though because she was in 7th heaven after it. Cute. Super cute and innocent. It’s nice seeing Taylor come into her own character and gain confidence.

The drama is really heating up on Finding Carter, but after seeing next week’s preview, it seems like we haven’t seen any real drama yet. Blood, guns, Carter crying, someone possibly dead? Who got shot? Crash? Lori? Did Lori shoot Max? Who is at fault? This girl really just needs a break. It’s crazy to think her life was simpler when she lived with her kidnapper.

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Lizzy Buczak is the founder of CraveYouTV. What started off as a silly blog in her sophomore year at Columbia College Chicago turned her passion for watching TV into an opportunity! She has been in charge of CraveYou since 2011, writing reviews and news content for a wide variety of shows. Lizzy is a Music Business and Journalism major who has written for RADIO.COM, TV Fanatic, Time Out Chicago, Innerview, Pop’stache and Family Time.

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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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