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'Finding Carter' recap: Crash shoots Max and the world falls apart

Season 1 | Episode 10 | “Love Story” | Aired Sept 2, 2014

There’s really only one thing to write about after tonight’s Finding Carter: As last week’s previews teased, someone was shot. That shooting happened in the convenience store and (as many a Finding Carter fan has feared) Max was the victim.

While you’re reeling from that news (or even just reliving that news), let’s cover how we got there.

Step 1: Carter and Crash run away after he bails Carter out of jail when she’s falsely accused of stealing from Bird’s mom.

Step 2: Elizabeth goes into Cop Mode Overdrive and issues an Amber Alert for Carter.

Step 3: Crash buys a gun because … IDIOT.

Step 4: Carter and Crash stop by the convenience store Max works at because Carter always has to do things like that.

Step 5: Crash tries to rob Max and accidentally shoots him. And … the FEELS.

This week’s episode was one of highs and lows, of moments that knocked the wind out of you and moments that made you want to cheer. Unfortunately, it was a little more of the former than the latter. Let’s recap:

Knock the wind out of you: Max is shot. And let me tell you, Finding Carter does not pull any punches with this one. “Gushing” is the only word to describe what Max’s blood is doing. Crash looks panic-stricken, but he actually refuses to call for help and tries to talk Carter into leaving him there to die. If anyone was still (ever?) really pro-Crash, now is the time to change teams. He’s officially on my bad side. If you mess with Max, I hate you. It’s also unclear at first if he was even going to make it until paramedics arrived.

Make you want to cheer: Max lives. For now, anyway. He’s still alive and hanging on when the EMTs arrive on the scene, but the moment of happiness is short-lived, as a serious-looking doctor emerges to tell the Wilsons that Max is stable, but …

Knock the wind out of you:  Max is not out of the woods yet. BUM, BUM, BUM.

Make you want to cheer: Elizabeth stands by Carter’s side when the police question her. She does the maternal thing right: not too overbearing, but very protective mama bear.

Knock the wind out of you: Carter might be charged as an accessory? The questions the cops were asking make it seem like Carter might be in some serious trouble, not just Crash; of course, she kind of definitely deserves to be in trouble. Just ask Taylor.

Make you want to cheer: Taylor tells Carter off. One person is 100 percent done babying Prodigal Daughter Carter: Taylor. Carter has just put the love of her life in jeopardy (and he just gave her a key to the apartment in the sweetest moment of the episode, too!), and Taylor is done forgiving the girl who does nothing but ruin things for her family. When she tells Carter she isn’t sure what’s worse—the fact that she was taken or the fact that she ever came back—you can’t really blame her, no matter how harsh it is.

Knock the wind out of you: Max might be in trouble. After a typical Carter breakdown (you know what I’m talking about—a lot of holding her head dramatically and silent-sobbing and looking around the spinning room), Carter tries to make up with Taylor, who is still incredibly upset, but not lashing out at the moment. Then David arrives with some ominous news: The doctor wants to see them. It means there’s news about Max, but with the news coming at the one-hour mark, it also means a hell of a cliffhanger. Woof. Next week seems farther away than usual.

What did you think of this week’s episode? Are you done with the show if Max dies? Do you think he’ll pull through? Sound off in the comments!

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

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