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'Finding Carter' react: Taylor the Make-Out Queen and other character anomalies

Season 1 | Episode 5 | “The Heat” | Aired July 29, 2014

This week’s episode of Finding Carter, “The Heat,” was a little like stepping into Doppelgängland. After weeks of establishing everyone’s place in the show, the FC world was turned a little upside down. Not like, opening credits, literally upside down, but everyone was acting a little out of character. And, OK, some of them were acting a lot out of character.


How she usually is: Selfish and whiny and, let’s face it, kind of terrible.

This week: She was actually, weirdly, putting other people and their feelings ahead of her own. First, she went on a legit bonding trip with Elizabeth. That’s right: Carter went on a ride along with her, but first, they used a battering ram and played paintball in an abandoned building. It was almost as cute as the paintball scene in 10 Things I Hate About You. But not that cute, because nothing is that cute.

But that’s not all! There was more not-totally-selfish behavior from Carter.

She drags Taylor and Max (aka MAYLOR) to a party, where everyone is smoking and drinking and playing spin the bottle because, teen parties, amirite?

Carter starts rigging the game, blatantly, so that Taylor is making out with everyone. More on that later, but it’s a weirdly kind gesture from Carter and one of the first moments in which she and Taylor seem to be really connecting as sisters.


How she usually is: The caricature of a … let’s say “witch.”

This week: She put aside her own issues with Carter and her Other Mother to have a rom-com-worthy day of mother-daughter cuteness. She also showed some affection for David, which is a first for her on the show. They have a cute scene cuddling on the couch watching movies, but it’s a little hard to watch, since we know she’s cheating (and we know he knows she’s cheating and is planning to leave her).


How she usually is: A meek little mouse of a girl.

This week: Taylor lets her inner sexpot out. OK, maybe “sexpot” is a little extreme, but she does release her inner Make-Out Goddess, as she plows through the boys at the party during three back-to-back rounds of Seven Minutes in Heaven. She gets the chance to smooch her longtime crush, Gabe, but “smooch” is too sweet a word for what Taylor did to Gabe. She basically lunged at his face and attached herself to him at the lips.

And, of course, we finally got a solid Maylor kiss. Yessss. 


How he usually is: Very passive and willing to do anything to help Carter, even if it goes against his instincts or morals.

This week: When Carter tries to use Max as her lapdog/carrier pigeon to get a message to her mom, he says the only message he plans to deliver to Lori is for her to leave him alone and stop making him an accessory after the fact. Being around Taylor is making him smarter, probably because their dates involve SAT vocab flashcards.

In fact, when Lori does approach him, he decides to skip the speech and go straight for threatening to turn her into Elizabeth. GO. MAX.


How he usually is: Obsessed with Carter. End of story.

This week: After Taylor kiss-attacks him, his interest in Carter is (at least momentarily) dead. He’s all, “Hey, Taylor, I’ll call you!” And Taylor is like: *confused face because she likes Max now and is over Gabe*

It’s amazing, and I’m so happy for Taylor that she gets to have this moment. I only hope that Gabe’s interest doesn’t make her old feelings come rushing back and create a dreaded and miserable love triangle.

Of course, this is just the quiet before the storm. Next week’s episode promises the separation of David and Elizabeth (his agent is holding his latest book check until the separation is legal), and a reunion for Carter and Lori. That’s a lot of stuff primed to hit the metaphorical fan.

What did you think of this week’s Finding Carter? Sound off in the comments!

Finding Carter airs Tuesdays at 10/9C on MTV.

TV Families | EW.com
Mark Harris
February 23, 1990 AT 05:00 AM EST

The Bradys are back, with a passel of 90’s hassles. Do they represent the typical American Family? Did they ever? Who does? Stare and compare!

Kind Of Family
TheBradyBunch 1969-74: Blended
The Bradys 1990-: Enormous
Married…With Children 1987-: Postnuclear
Thirtysomething 1987-: Extended
The Flintstones 1960-66: Modern Stone Age

Family Pet
The Brady Bunch: Tiger
The Bradys: Alice
Married…With Children: Buck
Thirtysomething: Grendel
The Flintstones: Dino

Typical Guest Star
The Brady Bunch: Davey Jones
The Bradys: There’s no room
Married…With Children: Sam Kinison
Thirtysomething: Carly Simon
The Flintstones: Ann Margrock

Expression Of Joy
The Brady Bunch: Groovy!
The Bradys: Ritual hugging
Married…With Children: ”Oh, great.”
Thirtysomething: ”Of course I’m happy for you. Really. But what about me? Why does it always have to be about you?
The Flintstones: ”Yabba-dabba doo

Expression Of Rage

The Brady Bunch: ”Hmmm…”
The Bradys: ”If you back away from something you really want, then you’re a quitter!” (the angriest any Brady has ever been)
Married…With Children: ”Aaagh, God, take me from this miserable life!”
Thirtysomething: ”I’m not angry, OK?”
The Flintstones: ”Willllmaaaa!”

Typical Problem
The Brady Bunch: Marcia and her rival both want to be the prom queen.
The Bradys: Bobby gets paralyzed.
Married…With Children: Al doesn’t buy his family Christmas presents.
Thirtysomething: Nancy gets cancer.
The Flintstones: Fred and Barney are staying out too late.

Typical Solution
The Brady Bunch: The prom committee decides to have two queens.
The Bradys: Bobby gets married.
Married…With Children: They hate him.
Thirtysomething: If only we knew…
The Flintstones: Wilma and Betty decide to follow them.

House Style
The Brady Bunch: Conservative but mod, circa ’69
The Bradys: Conservative but mod, circa ’90
Married…With Children: Roach motel
Thirtysomething: Enviable
The Flintstones: Suburban cave

Clothing Style
The Brady Bunch: Early Osmonds
The Bradys: Made in the USA
Married…With Children: Flammable fabrics
Thirtysomething: Eclectic earth tones; nice ties
The Flintstones: One-piece

Most Annoying Character
The Brady Bunch: Alice’s cousin Emma, the substitute housekeeper (too strict)
The Bradys: Marcia’s husband, Wally (chronically unemployable)
Married…With Children: Steve (supercilious)
Thirtysomething: Ellyn (goes through Hope’s drawers, babbles, changes hairstyle every other week, generally mistreats her friends)
The Flintstones: Mr. Slate (bossy)

Attitude Toward Sex
The Brady Bunch: Never heard of it
The Bradys: Omigod — even Cindy does it!
Married…With Children: Peg: Yes. Al: No.
Thirtysomething: They didn’t get all those kids by accident.
The Flintstones: Prehistoric

How Spouses Fight
The Brady Bunch: They don’t.
The Bradys: Infrequently, but it happens
Married…With Children: Tooth and nail
Thirtysomething: They stop talking
The Flintstones: Fred and Barney go bowling while Wilma and Betty max out their charge cards.

How Kids Get Into Trouble
The Brady Bunch: Greg takes a puff of a cigarette.
The Bradys: Carol’s grandson steals her business cards and sticks them in the spokes of Bobby’s wheelchair.
Married…With Children: By committing felonies
Thirtysomething: Ethan plays with a forbidden toy rocket.
The Flintstones: They don’t.

How They’re Punished

The Brady Bunch: ”It’s not what you did, honey — it’s that you couldn’t come to us.”
The Bradys ”Next time, ask.”
Married…With Children: By the authorities
Thirtysomething: It blows up in his face.
The Flintstones: They’re not.

What Family Does For Fun
The Brady Bunch: Takes special three-part vacations to Hawaii and the Grand Canyon
The Bradys: Has flashbacks
Married…With Children: Exchanges insults
Thirtysomething: Talks
The Flintstones: Attends showings of The Monster at the Bedrock Drive-In

Unsolved Mysteries
The Brady Bunch: How exactly did Carol’s first husband and Mike’s first wife die?
The Bradys: What’s with Marcia’s new face and Bobby’s blonde hair
Married…With Children: What kind of hair spray does Peg use?
Thirtysomething: Why did Nancy take Elliot back? What do Gary and Susanna see in each other?
The Flintstones: How does Barney’s shirt stay on if he has no shoulders? Where do Fred and Wilma plug in their TV?

Worst Behavior
The Brady Bunch: The Brady children once made Alice feel under-appreciated.

The Bradys: Marcia’s son Mickey watches Bobby’s car-crash tape for fun.
Married…With Children: The Bundy’s kill their neighbor’s dog.
Thirtysomething: Elliot has an affair and talks about it.
The Flintstones: Characters don’t wear under-clothes.

Best Reason To Watch
The Brady Bunch: This is what life should be.
The Bradys: They’re all grown-ups now!
Married…With Children: Terry Rakolta hates it.
Thirtysomething (Tie) This is your life. This isn’t your life.
The Flintstones: This is what life might have been.

Best Reason Not To Watch
The Brady Bunch: Blurred vision from rerun overdoses.
The Bradys: You’re all grown-ups now.
Married…With Children: She has a point.
Thirtysomething: After a while, you think it’s real.
The Flintstones: The Simpsons

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