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Finding Carter- Throw Momma From the Train (1×07)

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It’s a double birthday celebration! Carter and Taylor last celebrated their birthday together when they were three years old. Finally being reunited means their 17th birthday is kind of a big deal. Dad wakes them up early in the morning–Carter first as she was born before Taylor and they celebrate with the family and cake. The celebration starts jogging some memories for Carter, mostly with her grandfather,but it’s a step in the right direction. Everything seems to be getting back to normal and it’s starting to feel like a real family. But not for long. 

As always, Carter has to make everything about herself. After seeing a red balloon, which reminds her of a birthday spent with Lori, she runs upstairs and starts packing her suitcase before confessing to Taylor that she’s going to run away again. How selfish. Taylor doesn’t take this lightly, considering the parents are throwing them a huge party. Does Carter really have it in her to take birthday pictures, open presents, eat cake and run away forever, she asks? For Carter, the answer is simple. She cannot live with this family and still be with her mother. She can’t have it all. 

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Elizabeth takes the girls shopping for birthday outfits at Macy’s, where they end up trying on the same dress. It’s cute because for a minute, you remember that these two are really twins and deep down inside, they do have this sisterly bond. Elizabeth whips out a picture from their third birthday where they both wore the same dress and insists that they both get it and wear the same thing. As cliche as that sounds, it’s an idea the two are willing to fly with. The birthday picture jogs another memory for Carter– when she asked Lori for a baby picture for the school yearbook and her mom told her she had lost all the baby pictures in a flood. The only one she had was in her wallet. It was the same picture, from Carter’s third birthday, with Taylor obviously cut out of it. There’s no denying this is really Carters family.  I can’t imagine the feeling of remembering something like that, yet knowing your mother was lying straight to your face. Knowing that the birthday was real, but the surroundings of it weren’t. It’s a scary thought, but it hasn’t hit Carter yet that maybe her mother is kind of crazy for being able to pull all of this off. 

The girls are the center of attention. Taylor debuts her relationship with Max, while Carter racks on the PDA with Crash. He asks her if she’s made a decision and she informs him that she’s going to run away with her mom. Crash decides he wants to come wit her, but she doesn’t think its a good idea. I mean, two is company, three’s a crowd. Plus, would her mom really approve of that? Would they be able to pull it off? Crash doesn’t take no for an answer, and tells Bird and Ofie that their running away tonight. Bird is distraught and gives her bff a friendship bracelet, while Ofie joins in on a three-way hug. It’s all very sentimental, but key to helping Carter realize that she’s leaving behind so many people she loves for this one person whose lied to her all her life. 

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Meanwhile, there’s some drama surrounding the others in the house. Gabe comes to the party with his father, who doesn’t plan on staying, but David insists. He knows his wife is having an affair and what better way to “punish” her than by inviting her lover to stay for the party. After some time, Kyle decides it’s time to go, but before he does David confronts him and asks if he’s going on a big date before adding, “too bad Elizabeth is tied up with her family tonight.”

Gabe on the other hand realizes that he’s lost both the girls he’s ever cared about and joins Grant’s pity party in the closet upstairs. Kyle freaks out after finding out David knows about the affair and takes Elizabeth to Grant’s secluded room to let her know her husband is fully aware that their sleeping together. Grant and Gabe overhear everything from the closet and let’s just say it affects armadillo a little bit. Finding out your mom is cheating on your dad is harsh and it will only be a matter of time before the cat is out of the bag.

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After the party, Taylor and Carter are laying on the floor. Carters soaking up her last moments with her twin sister, while Taylor secretly wishes she wouldn’t leave. She asks Carter what she originally thought her birthday was. May 5, she replies. Taylor is stunned, disturbed, grossed out and shocked all in one. She informs Carter that  May 5 is the day she was kidnapped. “You were never celebrating your birthday. You were celebrating your abduction,” she tells her. At that point, I think it really sunk in. Her mother has know the truth this whole time. She willingly kept it from her and allowed her to celebrate her birthday on the day she was taken from her real family. What kind of sick person does that? Plus there’s also this creepy memory has of her and her mother talking about stealing babies from a hospital. When Lori asks her which one she would take, she admits the twins cause wouldn’t it be fun to be a twin? That was said and her mother still didn’t tell her the truth. I guess her mom had a thing for stealing babies? Isn’t it crazy how knowing the truth puts things in perspective?

Carter realizes that it’s not in her best interest to run away with Lori. Thank god, but is anyone really surprised by this decision? I vote no.  There are too many people that care about her– a family, friends, a boyfriend. Running is exhausting and is it even worth it? Especially with a woman whose been living a lie this whole time? She confides in David, knowing that she’s not strong enough to make the call and break it to her mother that she isn’t going to come. She’s scared that when she says “I love you,” Lori won’t say it back. She’ll be mad and broken and upset and Carter cannot handle hurting her. So instead, she figures David will know to do the right thing. I think part of her doesn’t want to tell Elizabeth because she’s scared she’s going to pursue her mom.

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David comforts his daughter and tells her he’ll do the right thing. He takes the phone number, the burner phone and the address to Elizabeth and tells her that if she wants to catch Lori once and for all this is her chance. Elizabeth does something very surprising and honorable though. Knowing that Carter had the option of running away with her “mother” and chose to stay with them means so much more to her than putting this psycho behind bars. She knows that doing so would upset Carter and take them 10 steps back. So instead, she allows David to call and break the disappointing news to Lori. When she hears David’s voice, her crazy eyes are on full display. He tells her that Carter chose not to meet her and that he called the cops. It’s such a big moment for Elizabeth and David as a couple that in some weird way, it reignites their love for one another. Who cares about the affair right? 

Lori’s response to David gives off some warning signals though. It seems that Lori isn’t a complete stranger to the family and I’m going to bet that she had an affair with David back in the day. Maybe David was in on the whole kidnapping thing? Possibly an idea for his book? I know that’s a far stretch but the way she talked to him made it obvious these two had history. And now that he had stolen her “daughter”, she was going to unleash hell on that family. Maybe it would have just been better if Elizabeth stuck to her guts and locked this lady up! I think Lori is just starting, but I can’t wait for Carter to start defending her real family against her “mom”.

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Finding Carter definitely has it’s moments. I often find it hard to relate or empathize with Carter, but after this weeks decision, I’ve started respecting her a little more. The flashback moments where we get a little insight into her relationship with Lori or some of her memories from being little drove this episode emotionally. I feel like we’re getting closer to finding out the reason behind Lori’s decision to kidnap Carter. 

 


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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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