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'Finding Carter' recap: Oh, brother

Season 2 | Episode 13 | “Native Son” | Aired Oct 6, 2015

In the unbelievable (like, really, I don’t even remotely believe that trial would ever happen) finale of the first half of Finding Carter season two, Lori dropped a bomb on the Wilson family: She had a son—with David. That means a new son for David and a new brother for Carter, Taylor, and Grant. Lori doesn’t seem to win her bid for custody of Carter (everything about the end of the trial happens in a blur, but it’s clear that Carter is staying with the Wilsons), but she does manage to regain custody of Ben, her son.

Naturally, everything about this raises questions. Spoilers (obviously) below, but here are some quick answers to those burning “… what?” feelings you’re no doubt having.

What’s the deal with Ben? What’s the deal with Ben indeed. Ben is Lori’s son, (presumably) with David. He was the result of their affair and the reason Lori waited three years to abduct one of the Wilson twins. She lost custody of Ben when he was a toddler due to her mental illness, and he’s been in the foster-care system ever since. He’s happy to live with Lori and enjoy the freedom that comes with being out of the system, but he doesn’t seem to consider her a mother at all.

So wait: Is Ben really David’s son? The timing is right and David definitely seems to believe he is, but I mean, who knows? This is Lori we’re talking about. I wouldn’t be shocked if Ben turned out to not really be her son.

How is everyone taking the news that they have a new brother/son/illegitimate child of their spouse? This one is best broken down person by person.

David: David is desperate to have a relationship with Ben. He feels an immediate connection to him and, if this was all part of a plot on Lori’s part to get David back, it’s not going terribly. In the first episode of 2B, he defies Elizabeth and tries to connect with Ben, and gives Lori a check for $10,000 to help care for Ben. Why did he give her the money? He heard rumblings through his book agent that she was shopping a book of her own. When she drops the project, the Wilsons are thrilled that their lives won’t be fodder for a crazy-pants book by Lori. He’s grateful, of course, but he also wants to make sure that his son is supported and cared for, now that Lori has ditched her one opportunity for income.

Carter: Carter is desperate for a relationship with Ben. Take David’s desperation for a relationship with Ben and multiply it by 10. Carter uncomfortably tries to force a sibling bond on Ben (I guess she’s eager to connect with another family member who’s had a strange upbringing?) and he’s not having it. He does take advantage of her desire to get close to him by asking for a ride home … only to have her play getaway driver when he breaks into someone’s shed and steals what turns out to be a lot of valuable stuff. Weirdly, this gives Crash the opportunity to be the voice of reason. He’s really done a 180, which is great, but it looks like his relationship with Carter is starting to suffer. Sure, she says she’s still fully in it, but she’s also flirting with cool, older bartenders (because Ben’s one bonding moment with Carter involves making fake IDs for her and Bird).

Bird: Bird is super into Ben and super into the fact that, since he’s Carter’s brother, he won’t choose Carter over her at any point. You do you, Bird.

Taylor: Taylor seems 100 percent ambivalent toward her newfound brother. Wisely, she’s of the opinion that it’s healthy to give him some space and let him adjust to the news. After all, Carter didn’t quickly take to her new family. It doesn’t mean Ben won’t come around.

Grant: Grant is happy to hang out with anyone who will talk/play video games with him, and Ben fits the bill. There’s something beautiful in the simplicity of it.

Elizabeth: Elizabeth is losing her mind with rage about this whole thing. She doesn’t want Lori back in their lives, and threatens her by telling her to leave town and leave the Wilsons alone (yeah, I’m sure she’ll be right on that). I totally understand her distrust (I don’t trust Lori either), but we all know this confrontation isn’t going to go well for anyone. Elizabeth and David have finally reunited, but Lori being back in the picture in such a big and divisive way doesn’t bode well for their mended marriage.

Lori: I imagine Lori is just laughing maniacally every single time she closes the door. Every time.

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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