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'Finding Carter' recap: Taylor hits rock bottom and Gabe still steals the episode

Season 2 | Episode 7 | “Something to Talk About” | Aired May 12, 2015

Finding Carter has devoted a lot of attention this season to the downfall of Taylor Wilson. In season one, Taylor was the ultimate good girl, the perfect daughter and foil to the impulsive, sometimes reckless, Carter. She had the perfect grades and the perfect relationship (MAXLOR). She started out as perfectly boring, but grew to be super likable and smart and fun. But this season, Taylor has spiraled hard, and finally, this week, she hit the closest thing to rock bottom that Finding Carter seems willing to dish out to her.

First, let’s recap some of what Taylor has done this season.


So far this season, Taylor has:

  • Taken Max back, following his brutal dumping of her last season.
  • Broken up with Max, shortly after taking him back.
  • Gotten drunk at her grandparents’ anniversary party.
  • Yelled at Carter out of anger that Princeton is more interested in the abducted twin than the brainy twin.
  • Kissed Max, who is obviously still in love with her and desperate to get her back, when she still didn’t want to be with him.
  • Generally been a moody teen throughout her parents’ messy-ish separation.
  • Taken to hooking up with Ofe in a friends-with-benefits situation that everyone knew was destined to break his poor little prescription-drug dealing heart.
  • Stolen pills from Ofe
  • Passed out on Ofe’s floor.
  • Refused to admit that she has a Jessie Spano-esque drug problem.

This week, Taylor continued to pop pills and hit her personal rock bottom: A fender bender, a big project at school, and a forgotten application deadline. None of these things actually go wrong for Taylor. Carter takes the blame for the accident after Taylor admits that she was on “Study Buddies” at the time. Carter steps up and helps organize the school project (setting up for the college fair that’s happening the next day). And Taylor is reminded of her application (for Yale’s summer program) with enough time to rush home, finish her essay, and still apply on time.

Taylor acknowledges that everything is going fine, but also admits that knowing that isn’t making her feel any better. She just feels worse and worse every day, no matter how her life is going. It’s a pretty pitch-perfect description of depression, and it’s great that Taylor gets to articulate that feeling (even if she isn’t given the chance to name it). Carter steps in as shrink and diagnoses the source of Taylor’s troubles: finding out that Lori was actually her biological mom. By the end of the episode, Taylor has sworn off the drugs and she seems to be on the road to recovery. It’s all great.

But, even though Taylor’s drug-fueled breakdown probably should have been the most engaging plot this week (it’s been a season-long arc, after all), it wasn’t. Nope, that honor goes to Gabe and his affair with the school counselor, Abby. Gabe, who you probably forgot was even on the show, given how irrelevant he’s been since Taylor stopped having a crush on him and Carter picked Crash in a big way, boldly announced his intention to woo the hot guidance counselor earlier this season, and Finding Carter viewers around the world collectively rolled their eyes. When Abby shot down his completely inappropriate comments at the SATs, it seemed like it might be more of a passing thought than an actual plot, but no, Abby and Gabe really became a thing.

They’ve been hooking up (at school, no less), and even though Gabe says things are totally casual, Abby seems to be sincerely falling for him. This week, Bird walked in on them in Abby’s office because, you know, high-school students are known to walk into unlocked counselor’s offices in search of their guidance counselors from time to time, and apparently, Abby and Gabe didn’t even bother to lock the door. Even though she promises not to expose their secret, Bird does at least address the elephant in the room: Would Gabe really be cool with it if he saw her hooking up with a male teacher?

It’s great that the Finding Carter writing staff addressed this question head-on, even if Gabe’s answer was short and not at all satisfying and probably not even true (he’s like, “of course I would because you’re basically an adult and I trust your judgment). It’s a little disappointing, but not out of character, that Bird honored her promise and really didn’t turn Abby in. They do get caught, kind of. Abby’s fiancé sees her texts with Gabe and calls the cops, but without an actual witness or complaint (they don’t know who the student is and Abby insists that she’s innocent), they can’t hold her or press charges. Uncomfortably, Gabe’s dad, Kyle, is the cop on the case, and he seems to suspect that Gabe is the student Abby had her affair with.

Gabe understood the stakes—Abby could face serious charges if anyone found out about their tryst—but he didn’t seem to care (just further evidence that he wasn’t emotionally mature enough to enter into the relationship). As Abby sits in jail, he apologizes to Bird, who he accused of turning them in before he oh-so-subtly got the real scoop from his dad. Gabe seems to have already moved past the relationship, as teenagers tend to do. They crush, they kiss (maybe more), they split, they get over it. He seems satisfied that she’ll be released and that it was a good time while it lasted.

The thing is, I doubt Abby will feel the same. She’s clearly invested in Gabe. She risked everything to be with him and her fiancé knows she cheated, so her life is about to hit a very rough patch. She’ll probably turn to Gabe for comfort, and things will only get more and more complicated from there. I’m guessing that Lori is about to have company in the off-their-rocker, totally crazy, crime-committing adult women from Finding Carter club.

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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