Finding Carter Episode Review: “Rumor Has It”

Finding Carter

Season 2 | Episode 9 | Aired May 26, 2015

Last week’s episode was one of things unsaid. There were couples dancing around each other, people keeping secrets, and many, many clichés. Seriously, I think this episode had more clichés than any other episode in the whole series.

We all know that Carter and Max slept together. We also know that Taylor doesn’t know. Well last week Carter and Max were planning on telling Taylor on their camping trip, but it got interrupted by Gabe, Bird, Madison, and Damon.

Max did try to tell her what happened, but instead just ended up telling him about how awful things had been when Carter visited Lori. Taylor then went to Carter and told her Max had told her what happened. I was laughing at this because it’s such a cliché thing to do.

Max and Carter’s secret was the topic of conversation throughout the entire episode and didn’t stay so secret. We hadn’t even reached the half way point in the episode when everyone but Taylor knew what had happened. Once again, very cliché.

At the very end of the episode, Taylor still didn’t know, but it looks like that’s about to come to an end as she found Carter’s necklace in the bed of Max’s truck. Does anyone else find it ironic in these circumstances that it’s called a bed? Boom, big cliché number three.

Now, don’t get me wrong, none of these clichés (are you sick of that word yet? I am) took away from the episode. It was actually really good and I really enjoyed it. While there was still some focus on Elizabeth and David (who it seems might be getting back to together), it was nice for majority of the focus to be back on the teens of the show. And it was nice for the issue they were dealing with to not be Lori-related, but rather something that other teenagers deal with too.

There’s only two episodes left this season! How are we almost at the end already? I can’t wait to see what happens tonight when the truth comes out (I’m assuming).

What did you think of last week’s episode? What do you think is going to happen tonight?

Check out the video below for a preview of tonight’s episode!

Follow me on Twitter | Find me on Facebook

Finding Carter Episode Review: “I Knew You Were Trouble”

Finding Carter

Season 2 | Episode 8 | Aired May 19, 2015

This episode was intense. People were raging at each other all over the place and it was just one crazy thing after another.

First off, Carter went to see Lori. Bad move. We all knew it was a bad move, but she did it anyway and while it seems like Lori really is hurt and trying to sort her life out, it turns out it was all some diabolical plan. She knew by hurting herself she could get Carter to come running and, what do you know, it happened! I think everyone is definitely underestimating just how far Lori will go to get Carter (and maybe even Taylor) back in her life.

After the awful visit to Lori, Carter was miserable. This resulted in her and Max kissing and, I think it’s safe to assume, having sex. Both of them regret it immediately after as this is obviously going to cause an issue with Taylor who is still in love with Max. This whole thing is just a disaster and I think we all know that there’s no way they’ll be able to keep this covered up. It’s going to come out one way or another (Carter better not get pregnant).

Something that happened in this episode that wasn’t a total disaster was the fashion show Taylor helped organize. She, Elizabeth, and her grandmother were all involved in the show and this was probably the calmest moment of the whole episode. Though I was a little confused as to where Grant was as everyone else (minus Carter and Max) seemed to be there. Even Gabe’s dad was there!

Finding Carter Fashion Show

Apparently he’s selling their house and was thinking about asking Elizabeth to get a place together. Okay, even if Elizabeth and David weren’t on the brink of getting back together, this is an insane idea! They’ve only been together for how long? And the kids aren’t exactly thrilled about the whole thing, at least, Carter, Taylor, and Gabe aren’t. But yeah, syre, moving in together is a good idea.

Finally, Madison needs to go. She revealed to Bird that the reason she came looking for Carter was because Lori asked her to. Her parents kicked her out and then when Madison told Lori she suggested finding Carter and the two of them getting a place together. It’s a plan that gets Carter away from her real family and would give Lori the perfect opening.

Bird and Madison

Unfortunately, it doesn’t look like Madison will be going anywhere any time soon as she and Bird kissed right near the end of the episode. Really? Really?! I’m happy for Bird, but why does it have to be Madison?

This episode was a rollercoaster, just one thing after another after another.

What did you think of “I Knew You Were Trouble”?

This review was supposed to be up last Thursday, but life got in the way. My review of last Tuesday’s episode should hopefully be up tomorrow. I’m going to do my best to post it and then I’ll be all caught up and be able to return to my regular schedule of posting the night of the episode/the next morning.

Follow me on Twitter | Find me on Facebook

Finding Carter Episode Review: “Riptide”

Finding Carter

Wow, I have fallen so far behind in these reviews! “Riptide” aired three weeks and for some reason I thought it was the mid-season finale, but turns out it wasn’t and then others things happened and now here we are!

“Riptide” starts off by letting viewers know it’s Elizabeth’s birthday. This tells you right off the bat that things are going to go wrong. Why? Because it’s supposed to be a happy time which, in Finding Carter, means the exact opposite will happen.

Things pretty much get turned on their heads right away when Carter’s old friend, Madison, shows up on the doorstep. She immediately starts causing trouble by telling Taylor about stuff that happened to Max and trying to convince Carter to move in with her. She also seems to be on Lori’s side in everything which you know is going to have some sort of repercussion in future episodes. Anyone on Team Lori is not going to be helpful and I’m really not looking forward to this girl sticking around.

I was really sour with Taylor this episode. She freaked out on Max after learning something really personal about him that he hadn’t told her. He then apologized to her and told her anyway! Okay, I get that they were a couple for a while, but that doesn’t mean they had to tell each other everything about their lives. And as they’re not together anymore, Taylor really doesn’t have the right to get angry with Max for not telling her something personal.

Though I do have to say that I really enjoyed the sisterly moments between Carter and Taylor in this episode. I love that no matter what happens with those two or with others, they always seem to stick by each other.

We also got to see that Grant has moved in with his grandparents in this episode, but he and his grandmother, Joan, are returning to the house for Elizabeth’s birthday. There was a really scary moment in this episode where Joan passed out (apparently she forgot to take her heart pills) and I think everyone who watched the episode had a collective heart attack when Elizabeth said she couldn’t find a pulse. Thankfully, she was fine and was back to being sassy grandma not even a minute later, but oh boy!

I also really enjoyed the fact that Elizabeth and David seemed to be getting along so well. They were cooking and having fun together and it was great. Then, at the end of the episode, the whole family was together eating the cake that Grant baked and it was really nice to see them all together again. Of course, this is Finding Carter which means good things don’t last.

Finding Carter Cake

As they’re sitting there eating, Carter gets a message on her newly-returned cell phone telling her that Lori has tried to kill herself. I definitely wasn’t expecting that. I thought it was going to be like she had escaped or been released or something, but not that!

I thought this was a really good episode. There was still a ton of family drama and angst, but it wasn’t outweighing the nice family moments like it has been these past couple weeks.

What did you think of “Riptide”?

My review for last week’s episode, “I Knew You Were Trouble”, will be up tomorrow!

Follow me on Twitter | Find me on Facebook

Finding Carter Episode Review: “Something to Talk About”

Finding Carter

Season 2 | Episode 7 | Aired May 12, 2015

In last night’s episode of Finding Carter we saw many things finally come to a head.

Taylor’s downward spiral finally seemed to hit the ground (we’ll see for sure next week). She took more “Study Buddies” several times throughout this episode which resulted in her hitting another car (Carter took the blame and I raged), insulting Bird, almost being late to hand in a college application, and yelling at several members of the study body.

Taylor Car Crash

I’m hoping this breakdown finally means things will start looking up for Taylor now. She deserves to start being happy again, but I have a feeling this isn’t officially the end. After all, there’s still Max and Ofe and Lori and her parents and pretty much everything going against her right now.

It was a very strange episode, knowing that Carter is probably the most sane and relaxed one in their family right now.

We also saw that Grant finally seemed to have had enough. First he stuck Kyle’s phone in the dishwasher, then he skipped school to spend the day at the arcade, and finally he admitted to his parents that he no longer wants to live at home.

Grant Dishwasher\

I felt so bad for Grant last night. I’ve said it before, but he really does just kind of get shoved to the back, doesn’t he? I’m not really surprised by his admission that he wants to live with his grandparents. This whole, ‘mom’s night/dad’s night’ thing Elizabeth and David are trying to do just isn’t working, especially not when they’re spending their nights off with their new boyfriends/girlfriends.

Grant Moving Out

I’m wondering how long Grant will live at his grandparents house though. Will it only be for a couple episodes? The rest of the season? Will this finally be the thing that kicks David and Elizabeth into gear and makes them realize they need to come up with a new way to deal with things? I hope so.

The other big thing that happened last night was Abby getting arrested (by Kyle) after her fiancé (!) reported her to the police for sleeping with a student.

Gabe No

I think we all knew that this was coming. There was no way Gabe and Abby were going to get away with this relationship, but I definitely wasn’t expecting them to get caught this quickly! Or for it to be Gabe’s dad who arrested her! Or for Abby to have a fiancé! It was literally just one thing right after the other. This storyline is definitely not over yet, Gabe’s dad is definitely going to find out it was his son she was sleeping with.

Last night was intense. Next week will probably be even more so. I’m pretty certain next Tuesday is the mid-season finale (so soon?!) and things are going to be crazy.

What did you think of last night’s episode?

Follow me on Twitter | Find me on Facebook

Finding Carter Episode Review: “Stay With Me”

Finding Carter

Season 2 | Episode 6 | Aired May 5, 2015

The episode was called “Stay With Me”, but personally I think it should have been called “Hour of Heartbreak”. Seriously, everyone was miserable!

Taylor, Ofe, Carter, Crash, Max, Grant, Elizabeth, and David! All of them, miserable at one point or another in last week’s episode!

While there was a quite a bit that happened (including Elizabeth going on a date and Grant telling Taylor about his therapy sessions) the main things I want to talk about today are Crash/Carter and Taylor/Ofe.

After discovering that Max was right about Crash’s uncle and the drugs, Carter and Max manage to convince Elizabeth to let Crash stay with them for one night. Now, previous to this I had been kind of iffy about Crash and what his motives were. But then last week I started to like him, thinking, “Alright, maybe he is a good guy now, or at least trying to be”. Then he left. Gone, Never to be seen again? Who knows!

After Crash’s uncle shows up at Carter’s house and threatens them, Crash tells Elizabeth everything about his uncle’s crimes before he leaves in the middle of the night and joins the military. I felt so bad for Carter here. Things finally seemed to be looking up and then things come crashing (no pun intended) down.

Dear Carter

I think when Elizabeth worried about Carter and Crash’s relationship and the possibility of Crash leaving her daughter, she probably didn’t think it would be so Carter was safe.

“I’m not going to accept him because he’s going to break your heart. And I don’t want you to get hurt.”
– Elizabeth Wilson

I’m really hoping Crash will come back at some point because I was actually starting to like him. I think it’s probably a safe assumption that we’ll see him again since we see that as the bus Crash is on is pulling away, his uncle is sitting there in a car watching him.

Crash Military

I don’t think Lori’s the biggest threat anymore.

Probably the biggest thing that happened in last week’s episode was between Taylor and Ofe. After Taylor takes some of Ofe’s drugs (which she stole from him) she ends up passing out at Ofe’s house. Ofe is, understandably, quite upset and frustrated by this because he genuinely likes Taylor and she practically admits that she’s just been using him.

“You’re not my boyfriend!” – Taylor
“Clearly not…” – Ofe

I was so mad at Taylor here. I know that she’s dealing with a lot, but Ofe has been nothing but sweet to her. When she told him she’d been feeling sick, Ofe worried that she might be pregnant and his response was: “I’d make a great dad.” I was both awe-ing and laughing. He ends up breaking off their friends with benefits deal, stating that he’s scared she’s going to end up breaking his heart.

Taylor passes out

His face was so sad! Like come on, someone give Ofe a hug! He’s so nice and so sweet and I just wanted to protect him from getting hurt.

I’m really hoping things will start looking up soon, but it is Finding Carter so I suspect tonight’s episode will consist of sadness and lies.

What did you think of last week’s episode?

Follow me on Twitter | Find me on Facebook

Finding Carter Episode Review – “Wake Up Call”

Finding Carter

Season 2 | Episode 5 | Aired April 28, 2015

You know an episode is going to go well when someone lies in the first five minutes before the theme song even plays.

Side Note: I don’t think I’ve said this yet, so can we just take a moment to acknowledge how awesome the Finding Carter theme song is? Like, I love when a show has an equally good theme song and soundtrack and I love this song!

Alright, back to the episode. This episode seemed to be a bit slower than the others so far. I don’t want to say it was boring because it definitely wasn’t, but there didn’t seem to be as much going as there has been over the course of the season.

The episode started off introducing a new character, Abby, the new guidance counselor who Carter immediately hates and who Gabe wants to sleep with very badly. Congratulations Abby, you’ve been here five seconds and it’s already apparent that things aren’t going to end well.

Abby meets with Carter and her parents to discuss Carter’s skipping school and her dropping GPA. I mean, come on. Carter pretty much had it right, she’s been on the planet all of seventeen years, been kidnapped twice, and just got her kidnapper institutionalized. Can you really blame her for not doing her homework? They want Carter to take her SATs and, after a lot of resistance on Carter’s part and a lot of encouragement on, surprisingly, Crash’s part, Carter ends up going to the test.

That’s another thing entirely. Carter and Crash. GAH! I want to hate him so badly because of everything he did last season and I still feel like something is going to happen, but then they’re so cute together! It’s like, “Okay, please let Crash be good. But no, I don’t like Crash! But they’re so cute together!” He’s really shifty though, especially when Carter talks about Lori, so while I’m holding out hope, it’s not very strong.

I’m also still holding out hope for Max and Taylor, though that too is slowly dwindling as Max and Bird seem to be getting pretty cozy. We already knew that the pair were living together after Max left Taylor’s house and, despite dealing with some money issues this episode, the pair made up and seem to be closer than ever. I’ve got to admit, I’m not a big fan of Bird. I don’t know why, she’s just… I don’t know.

Apparently Taylor doesn’t know either because despite still being seriously hung up on Max, she went on a date with Ofe. We haven’t seen enough of Ofe yet and I’m really glad we’re getting to know his character better. He’s seriously so adorable and you can tell he likes Taylor. And can I just say, I never thought I would find someone trading drugs for a giant pink bear to be so adorable, but it happened! Seriously Taylor, I know you’re dealing with a lot right now, but please don’t hurt Ofe.

Ofe

But seriously, Taylor is dealing with a lot. She found out about David’s affair with Lori (I forgot she didn’t know) and while at first she was angry in the end she said she actually wishes she didn’t know now. I think this is something we can all relate to. Maybe not this exact situation of our dad sleeping with our twin sister’s kidnapper, but you know, finding out something and then wishing we didn’t know.

We saw a little of Grnt this episode when he joined Taylor and Ofe at the county fair. Once again he was left to his own devices as his sisters went off with their dates and friends. However, he wasn’t alone long as he ran into Reagan! This is the girl he was FaceTime-ing in season one who I completely forgot existed and was very confused as to who she was until they mentioned talking on Skype. Things didn’t exactly end well though when all of Grant’s anger and frustration finally seemed to explode a little when he yelled at Reagan. I’m not sure who I felt worse for.

Some people I don’t really feel bad for are David and Elizabeth. On one hand, I feel bad for everything they’ve been through. But on the other hand, now they’re just bringing everything on themselves. Like, when you’re arguing about how you want to fix your marriage and then one of you has a date show up at the door… *slow clap for David*

Elizabeth: “I want to fix our marriage.” *Makes out with Kyle*
David: “I want to fix our marriage.” *Goes on date with TA*
Both: “Maybe we should see other people.” *Neither really want to see other people*

Like, it’s obvious they still love each other and are just doing this to get back at one another, but I have a hard time feeling bad for them when they do stuff like this.

Alright, so the end of the definitely left off on a bit of a cliffhanger with a couple things happening. First, Gabe is hitting on Abby and was, was that flirting? Was that trying not to flirt though she wanted to? Was that just blatantly not flirting and not being interest? I can’t tell with this show anymore. Whatever it was, you know it’s not going to end well.

Gabe Stop

Gabe. Stop.

Second, Max took a job at Crash’s uncle’s garage so Crash wouldn’t have to leave Carter only to find that the car has a ton of cocaine in the trunk. At the end of the episode we see Max confront Crash about the car and then the screen goes black. WHAT?! What does this mean? Did Crash know? Was he setting Carter up? Was this a surprise to Crash as well? What’s going to happen now? So many questions!

Alright, last but certainly not least, my favourite scene in the whole episode. Carter comes home from her date with Crash and tells Elizabeth where she was. Elizabeth gets angry about it (which I thought was pretty hypocritical since she was just making out with her secret boyfriend not five minutes ago), but the two soon make up when Carter breaks down.

And that's great

This is one of the most relatable scenes I think has been in the whole show. Nothing to do with relationships or kidnappings or secrets and lies, it was just a seventeen year old admitting that she has no idea what she’s doing with her life or where she wants to be in the future. And this is something that a lot of people of pretty much any age can relate to.

but I don't

And Elizabeth had the best reaction. What do you say to your kid who’s freaking out over their future and test scores?

“Okay so bomb it! Bomb it big! And then you can take it again.” – Elizabeth Wilson

Parenting done right.

While this episode was a bit slower than the rest this season, it was just as good as any other we’ve seen. I love that in every single episode we see character progression and development. Also in every episode we’re left with many, many questions by the end of it and have to wait until next week for them to be answered. Only to get more questions after that.

What did you think of last week’s episode? What do you think of Taylor/Ofe? Carter/Crash?

Follow me on Twitter | Find me on Facebook

Finding Carter Episode Review – “Pretty When You Cry”

Finding Carter

Season 2 | Episode 4 | Aired April 21, 2015

This review was supposed to be up last week, but life kind of got in the way and, one thing after another, here we are. I promise I won’t be waiting until next Tuesday to review tonight’s episode. Hopefully that’ll be up tomorrow (hopefully).

Now, where to start. This episode was once again a very relationship-centered episode. But it was also very Grant-centered which made me very happy!

Grant and Taylor

Elizabeth and David’s relationship has pretty much bitten the dust. Elizabeth kissed Kyle (Gabe’s dad) and when David heard about this he agreed to go out with his TA. Which, can I just say, anyone who watched two weeks ago totally saw that coming. He was flirting with her so hard, like that was not subtle at all. David doesn’t even get points for trying.

I’m kind of holding out hope that they’ll get back together, but honestly, I’m not really expecting it, and part of me also hopes they don’t. Does that sound awful? Probably. On one hand, I would love it if they got back together. But on the other hand, I’m surprised they lasted as long as they did. The only reason they stayed together was because they were looking for Carter. Now they’ve found her and all these secrets are coming out and they need time apart. I just hope they don’t do some miraculous make-up between them. This show has always been so real and I really want them to show that sometimes a family functions better when they’re apart for a little while.

Carter and Crash

Things were heating up for the teens on the show. Bird and Max seem to be getting along pretty well (I’m curious to see where that goes), Carter kissed Crash (I think his name sums up how their relationship will go), and Taylor did… something… with Ofe in a closet. Dear god please don’t have her get pregnant.

Taylor and ofe

We finally got to see a lot of Grant in this episode! I was so happy about this, Grant gets shoved aside a lot in his family so I was really happy that we got to see how everything is affecting him (it’s not good). Things weren’t really helped when his grandmother took him to lunch to meet one of her friends who also happens to be a shrink. FYI, The best way to get your grandson to trust people and open up to them isn’t by lying to them to get them to the shrink. In the end, Grant agrees to continue seeing the one, but they aren’t going to tell Elizabeth! Yeah, I don’t see that ending well, do you?

Finally, *deep sigh* Lori. She convinced her ex-boyfriend to seek out Carter and convince her to help prove Lori is insane so she’ll go to a hospital instead of prison. Without going too much into what happened, Carter did so and Lori has been declared mentally unstable. I mean, yeah? But then with everything else that’s happened, all the lies, and the guy talking to Lori on the phone after he met with Carter. Is she really unstable? I don’t know anymore. We’ll just have to wait and see what crazy stuff happens next. Oh, did I mention that this whole situation is what reunited Carter and Crash and that it was done behind Elizabeth’s back?

Lori You Are Ill

Everything is going to come crashing down. There’s no possible way this can end well. I said in my last review that they keep saying ‘no more secrets’ and then they keep more secrets. That wouldn’t be so bad if this family’s secrets didn’t involve affairs, thousands of dollars, and kidnappings.

What do you think? Are you excited about Carter and Crash? Taylor and Ofe? Or are you just happy Grant got so much screen time?

My review of tonight’s (April 29th) episode should hopefully be up tomorrow night. As will my recap of the Dancing With the Stars 10th Anniversary!

Follow me on Twitter | Find me on Facebook