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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.

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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