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'Finding Carter' recap: Good-bye, Crash

Season 2 | Episode 6 | “Stay With Me” | Aired May 5, 2015

Even though its premise is inherently dramatic, Finding Carter has spent its second season turning the drama up to level 11. It’s been a season of will they/won’t theys (Max and Taylor, Carter and Crash, Elizabeth and David, Elizabeth and Kyle, David and his TA), big decisions (David and Elizabeth’s separation), big mistakes (Taylor’s decisions regarding alcohol, pills, and Ofe’s feelings), and grand statements (“Crash is NEVER coming to this house again,” “Lori, NEVER call me again,” etc.). After weeks spent slamming these characters into walls and each other to send them veering in the most unexpected of directions, like pinballs in a malfunctioning machine, the show finally seems content to start trying to resolve at least some of the issues that have cropped up this season—even if the resolutions aren’t what fans might have hoped for.

David and Elizabeth: Elizabeth finally made a definitive decision about her marriage. After weeks of insisting she wanted desperately to make the marriage work (even after dates with Kyle), she finally told David that it’s over; she can’t get past his affair with Lori. I personally think it’s the right decision, even if it will be hard for the kids (and maybe some fans) to swallow. David and Elizabeth’s marriage doesn’t seem to have ever been good, and they both deserve to be happy.

Taylor and Ofe: After discovering that Taylor stole pills from him and was using without his knowledge, Ofe ends his nonrelationship with her. She’s only interested in a physical distraction and he’s falling for her, so it’s mature and for the best. Unfortunately, Taylor is completely unrepentant about the pills, and this will probably continue to be a theme for the rest of the season.

Grant: Grant is still wounded and whiny about his neglect, but he let Taylor hug him and realized that hugs help make him feel loved (go figure ). So, you know, maybe he’ll start looking for healthy ways to satiate his need for familial affection, like asking for hugs, which has to be more effective than his current regimen of brooding and complaining sarcastically under his breath.

Carter and Crash: Of all the resolutions that start to come up in this episode, the one for Crash’s character is the most dramatic and (seemingly) permanent. After Max confronts him about the drugs that were in the car that was left for him, he has a confrontation with his uncle, who is a capital-B Bad Dude. Realizing his life is in danger, Crash resolves not to go back to the garage. His plan is to live in his car, but Carter convinces Max to convince Elizabeth to lift her ban on all things Crash and let him stay in the Wilson house. But, when his uncle tracks him to the Wilsons’ and issues a loosely veiled threat that extends to Carter, Crash makes a big decision. When Carter is sleeping, he writes her a good-bye note and slips out of the house. He’s not running away in the typical Crash fashion; instead, we learn that he’s enlisted in the Army, where he can turn his life around and actually escape his uncle, because there’s no way for him to order an attack on Crash while he’s in the service (presumably, at least).

Carter sobs as she reads the note, and Elizabeth hugs her like a good mom (she seems to have let go of her own anger toward Crash, too, leaving Taylor as the lone Crash-hater on the show). Crash gets a heroic exit. He turns in his uncle, makes sure that Max won’t have to take the fall for the drugs—and runs from his problems, but with a little direction this time. So, I guess, good-bye Crash and good-bye CarCrash. I can’t say I’m super sad to see him go, but I’m also not upset with the circumstances of his exit from Finding Carter. Thoughts?

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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