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'Finding Carter' react: Everyone looks for redemption

Season 1 | Episode 11 | “The Long Goodbye” | Aired Sept 9, 2014




I can’t begin this week’s post with anything other than my utter shock and “can’t even” at Carter not even glancing at Taylor before following the doctor as the “one person, for one minute” to get to see comatose, post-op Max.

In Carter’s defense, she’s right: She is the person who has known Max the longest. They’re old, dear friends, and being the girlfriend doesn’t automatically make Taylor more important than Max’s oldest, dearest friends.

But in Carter’s (prosecution? the opposite of defense), it’s 100 percent her fault that Max was shot and that he’s in the hospital. Even if he would have picked her over Taylor before the shooting (which, let’s be clear: I’m not convinced that he would have), I’m guessing this knocked her down a notch or two on his ranked friends list. Plus, the look of shock, disgust and “I’ll never forgive you” on Taylor’s face is just a gut punch.

Another gut punch? Max. He’s stable, but the doctors are all doom and gloom about his prognosis. (That’s actually a good thing for viewers—I’d almost be more worried that we are being set up for a big emotional fall if the doctors are all cheery and positive that he’ll pull through.)

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Let’s take a moment to collectively wish for Max’s full recovery, because I know there isn’t a single fan of the show who doesn’t love him. As Ofe so wonderfully points out, Max is the kind of guy who tops his friends’ lists of people they want to be. It’s impossible not to like the guy. Are you starting to think maybe you don’t like him? Allow me to quash any contrarian feelings you might be having with this:


But let’s not be too negative. This week’s Finding Carter wasn’t just about Carter being selfish or even just about Max’s critical condition. This was also an episode about redemption.


David got caught in his secret book-writing and it blew up in his face, just like we all knew it would. Now he’s trying to really make amends. He applied for (and got!) a job as an English teacher. It’s sad to see him give up on (or at least temporarily shelve) his dream of being a writer, but it’s the kind of selfless gesture that will show Carter and Elizabeth that he’s serious about putting his family first.


Bird is gunning hard for Carter’s forgiveness, but Carter is (totally understandably, if a bit hypocritically) hesitant to give it. Bird says she’s afraid of her parents and that they don’t love her and that they might ship her off to boarding school. None of this really resonates with Carter (or the audience, if I’m a representative sample), but what does help redeem Bird is her moment of trying to talk Carter out of going to see Crash. After a season of being a bad or neutral influence, it’s nice to see her stand up for what’s right.


Yes, that’s right: Carter goes for redemption this week. After Crash shoots Max, he goes into hiding but keeps reaching out to Carter, begging her to talk to him, to meet him and maybe to run away with him. If you were wondering what Crash would have to do to alienate Carter, the threshold is shooting her best friend. At first she ignores Crash, but then she gives in and talks to him on the phone, begging him to turn himself in. Then she ignores him some more. Finally she agrees to meet him to say goodbye. After all of his desperation, Crash uses the moment mostly as an “I told you so,” reminding Carter that he warned her when they met that he destroys everything, and not even kind of apologizing for what happened to Max (he was jealous of how Max and Carter hugged anyway, so … that makes it OK?).

Enter Elizabeth and an army of police officers to arrest Crash and save the day. Elizabeth apologizes to Carter for following her, but Carter isn’t in moping teenager mode this time. She knew Elizabeth would follow her, and that’s why she agreed to meet with Crash. She wanted him to get caught.

I’ve said it before and I’m sure I’ll say it again, but Carter has been through a LOT. It’s understandable that she would act out and be selfish (even by adolescent standards), but we’re seeing some real growth here. She’s finally putting what’s right ahead of her own feelings (or maybe her feelings are just finally lining up with what’s right—I’ll take it either way).

And if you got through all of that and thought, “So what? Max is still in the hospital and might die, so who even cares about Crash?” I totally sympathize with you, but I have some good news. The last shot of the episode is the most glorious and perfect of all: Max’s eyes fluttering open. #SQUEE

What did you think of this week’s Finding Carter? Were you an emotional wreck like me?

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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