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'Finding Carter' recap: Lori finally explains why she took Carter

Season 2 | Episode 1 | “Love the Way You Lie” | Aired March 31, 2015

When Finding Carter ended last season, it was not with a whimper, but with a WHAAAAAAAAAAT??!!? Just when it seemed like Elizabeth was finally going to catch Lori and put the whole abduction thing to rest, Lori proved she really is kind of an evil mastermind and abducted Carter again—but this time with tons of police in the vicinity. She drugged Carter, got her in a car, and sped away.

That was the moment we got to leave season one on.

Season two picks up more or less where season one left off. Carter has been missing for several hours and everyone is panicking, as they should be. Elizabeth has been taken off the case because, well, she’s Carter’s mom and she probably (okay, pretty much definitely) should never have been allowed to work the case to begin with. By the end of the first episode of season two, though, everything seems to be fixed, at least on the surface.

Here’s a spoiler-tastic laundry list of things that get seemingly fixed:

  • Carter is found and returned to her family.
  • Lori is apprehended and arrested.
  • Elizabeth regains the respect of her superiors and law-enforcement peers.
  • Taylor and Max get back together. Yes, read that again and get happy: TAYLOR AND MAX GET BACK TOGETHER.
  • Not only do TAYLOR AND MAX GET BACK TOGETHER, but Max decides to stay in town, and moves in with the Stevens family.
  • Taylor gets to feel like she was proactive in getting Carter back.

There’s a lot of good that happens, but it’s all surface good. It’s the kind of good that any TV fan knows is just setting us up for lots and lots of drama and bad.

Let’s start with Lori, because she’s the real key to this season. Season one was about Carter trying to find her place in a family that grew up without her, and she managed to do just that. Season two, I suspect, is going to be about challenging the very idea of that family.

You see, Lori didn’t just want Carter this time around. She also wanted Taylor. Since Carter and Taylor are twins, it’s always been a little unclear why she only took one of them to begin with. It’s not just that she wants Carter to have her sister, though—or even that she wants to punish the Stevens for taking Carter away from her (although, let’s be honest, it is a little that). Lori feels entitled to Taylor, like she’s a belonging. Why? Because Lori is Taylor’s mom. And she’s Carter’s mom. And no, not just in the delusional “kidnapper thinks she’s their mom” kind of way.

It turns out Lori was an egg donor back in the day. Back in that same day, Elizabeth and David were having a very hard time conceiving. They turned to a donor service (which was supposed to be confidential and anonymous; it’s still unclear how Lori found out which womb her donor eggs ended up in), and voila! Twins.

Lori forces Carter to text Taylor and ask her to meet them, so she can double her abduction and leave town with both girls. Since Taylor isn’t stupid, she immediately tells her parents about the text and Elizabeth accompanies her, along with David and Kyle (most awkward stakeout ever?) as backup. Elizabeth doesn’t bring any additional backup or even tell the police, because she’s bitter that she’s been taken off the case and wants the chance to face Lori herself. I get it, but it’s stupid and I’m really tired of Elizabeth doing stupid things.

At the meeting, Lori drops the bomb that she’s the girls’ biological mother and tries to make off with Carter and Taylor. She’s thwarted, as bad guys tend to be, but it’s not the last we’ve seen of her. She’s primed to be interrogated and it’s almost certain that her mysterious connection to David (which was hinted at all last season) will finally be revealed sooner, not later.

Personally, I’m a little skeptical about the biology. Since Carter and Taylor look actually nothing alike, I can’t help but wonder if maybe Lori is only Carter’s biological mom and Taylor is really Elizabeth’s daughter. That fits better in the looks department. But plot-wise, it would be even more interesting if Taylor were Lori’s biological daughter and Carter were actually related to Elizabeth by blood. We know that Elizabeth can have children of her own (unless Grant is also the result of an egg donor), and it seems right in line with Finding Carter‘s brand of drama.

I’m just glad this show is back, because I’ve been concocting crazy theories like this since the finale. Of course, most of my theories involved Carter being on the road with Lori for more than half an episode, so I have to throw them all out and start fresh. I love it.

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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