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Finding Carter- Shut Up and Drive (2×02)

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Lying seem to be genetic in the Wilson family and although Carter tries everything to get everyone to tell the truth, it just doesn’t work. Pretty soon, there won’t even be a Wilson family!

Taylor

To me, Taylor has made the craziest transformation on the show and shame on literally everybody in that household for not realizing how different Taylor is. She’s clearly not dealing very well with the situation and definitely not coping, unlike Carter who is totally immune to getting kidnapped. She’s not even phased. Elizabeth as a cop and detective should realize her daughter needs therapy… but I’ll cut her some slack because she too isn’t dealing well with everything. The pain and confusion Taylor’s trying to hide is mainly causing her to grow resentful of Max… and leads to their breakup… again. Goodbye Maxlor! (Weirdest ship name ever btw.)  Taylor pretends that the whole reason is because they’re on two different pages in life. That’s basically just a cover up for ‘I can’t deal with all this bs in my life.’ It’s totally understandable. Her bf got shot… her sister got kidnapped again… and she found out her mom Liz isn’t even her real mom. It’s a lot to handle.

Max and Crash

Crash came back this week. I knew we were going to see him again but I didn’t think it would be so soon. I was also surprised that he returned for only one reason- to apoligize to Max and right his wrongs. I guess thats part of some rehab program he’s in. Unsurprisingly Max was like ‘bro don’t come near me. You tried to effing shoot me.’ That reaction was calm compared to how I would have acted. In the end, Crash had the Crash affect on Max, convincing him that he’s finally turned over a new leaf. Max wanted to believe him, something Carter knew a lot about. The question is, can we actually trust Crash to be a good person?

Crash and Carter

During Bird’s ‘welcome home Carter’ party, Crash showed up to talk it out with Max once again. Seems like a really weird time to try to mend things and I’m thinking he just wanted to see Carter and make sure she’s ok. He’s pretending not to be into her anymore, but deep down inside, he knows he royally effed up and pushed away someone that really cared about him. Carter is taken aback by Crash’s return and ends up yelling at him and telling him she’s the one who turned him into the cops. Crash responds with a thank you before Gabe comes heroically comes to Carter’s defense and punches Crash…. something we all really wanted to do since last season.

Crash’s return has Carter pretty shaken up… enough to get royally wasted to the point of having to be carried into her house by Max and Gabe. Taylor is not happy with her sissy, especially after Gabe blurts out that Crash is back. This upsets armadillo too because lets be honest, Crash doesn’t have the best rep in the family. However, Taylor’s reaction is totally unjustifiable. Do you think Carter called Crash to the party? How can you be mad at your sister for ignoring the love of her life because she respects your boyfriend?  Taylor needs to lose the irrational thinking. Just another example of how the situation is getting the best of her. Her reactions to Max finally giving in and trying to forgive Crash were completely bizarre as well. You would think that the smartest girl on the show would understand why Max cannot hold grudges because he doesn’t want them to consume him, nor does he want this horrible moment to define his life. Ya’ll, Max is low-key really smart!

David’s Secret

And when it comes to being super mysterious, shady and full of bs, David does it best. He’s never been a character you could trust simply because when confronted, he’s always lying to cover his own ass. Now, we find out maybe it’s actually because he knows the truth will cause his relationship with Elizabeth to crumble. He has never forgiven himself for cheating on her and he knows she wont either. Granted, if he told her before she heard it from Lori’s whore mouth during the investigation, she might have looked at David a little differently. Unfortunately, Lori beat him to the punch and now, Elizabeth is convinced every evil that ever happened in her life was because of David.

Long story short, David cheated on Liz when the twins were just 1 because he wasn’t getting along with his wife. He met Lori at a park and she pretended to be a hospice wife. During Liz’s birthday weekend, the couple got in a huge fight so he found comfort in Lori’s arms. Risque for sure. Little did he know (or maybe he knew but wasn’t fessing up) Lori was the twins donor and probably had an agenda of her own the day she approached him at the park. For the record, she told the FBI that she was certain David would leave Elizabeth and bring the twins. Clearly, when he didn’t she decided it would be a good idea to kidnap one of them. Twisted…. oh so twisted.

Other Important Stuff

  • The writers were not so subtly hinting at a new relationship for Taylor… with Ofe.
  • I also got the sense that while Carter still loves Crash she would never forgive him… but she might give it a shot with Max again. That would be weird, but so fun!
  • Liz is definitely dipping from David and she’s going to find comfort in the arms of Kyle!
  • Was David the person that was on the phone with Lori? David never confirmed…
  • Will he be angry at Carter? He never told Liz the truth about the affair, but she found out anyways…. Carter has some legit intuition skills and she knows Lori very well. She knew the truth was bound to come out and would cause more damage that way.


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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)

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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)

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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)

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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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