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'Finding Carter' fan recap: Raves and reveals

Season 2 | Episode 16 | “The Sound and the Fury” | Aired Oct 27, 2015

Everyone on Finding Carter has a lot of feelings and no one can seem to keep those feelings to themselves, even when it would be in the best interest of everyone involved to do just that. This week, Carter’s boss-turned-inappropriate-love-interest, Jared, confided in her that the bar is in trouble, financially. But it’s always packed, you say, so how could that be? Carter had the same question.

Jared’s answer: Gentrification. Rent has skyrocketed—and no, he won’t move to another location, because this is a family business and it just wouldn’t feel right. Carter makes it her personal mission to help Jared raise the extra money he needs to make the month’s rent. Instead of suggesting some cool new happy-hour food options or an extension of hours or anything like that, Carter comes up with the brilliant idea to have an illegal, one-night rave in an abandoned building that seems to have been part of a police investigation. She knows about the building and its shut-down-by-the-police status because, you know, Cop Mom.

Jared totally goes for the idea. Carter tells him to use her paycheck to buy the booze and hire the security needed for the party, and she’ll secure a DJ and make sure it’s packed. Of course, Jared doesn’t realize that Carter’s friends are all in high school, but thanks to Ben’s amazing fake IDs, everyone is able to get in easily. You’d think that this story ends in the party being broken up by the cops, maybe someone going to the hospital with alcohol poisoning, or Jared being fined or arrested for serving alcohol to minors—and, you know, throwing an illegal rave. Even though it threatens to go that way (it gets too hot in the building and heatstroke is imminent so Jared almost shuts down the party … until Carter has the brilliant idea to turn on the sprinklers inside, which the ravers just love), it doesn’t. The party goes off, for the most part, without a hitch. No one gets sick or injured or arrested or even caught. They totally get away with it.

The rave is not where this week’s Finding Carter gets its drama. No, that’s reserved for everyone on the show who can’t help but spill their innermost romantic desires and secrets because FEELINGS. In order of least to most inappropriate and damning, here are those reveals:

Grant: Grant likes his friend Reagan. He’s liked her forever, and now, they’re about to go to the same high school. Max takes Grant on his high school tour because Max is that kind of guy. He realizes how much Grant likes Reagan and helps him navigate the tricky world of texting someone you like. Grant doesn’t come right out and tell Reagan that he’s middle-school in love with her, but he might as well. He suggests that they FaceTime, for goodness’ sake. #Thirsty. But luckily, Reagan seems into it. Score one for Grant, if anyone was rooting for him.

Lori: Yeah, weird, right? You’d think that Lori would be way further down on this list. She comes to David asking for a big favor: Ben’s social worker has a check-in scheduled to make sure she’s providing the right kind of environment for him. The problem? She’s not excelling at the whole mothering thing. In fact, her agreement with Ben seems to be that they’ll basically be roommates, but ones where she pays all the rent and bills and he gets to come and go as he pleases and never check in and talk back to her and it’s cool. Considering the trouble she’s having with Ben (he walked out on her after Carter told him that Lori had gone through his things), she’s worried that she’ll be deemed unfit and that he’ll be taken away from her. So she comes to David and asks him to come to the check-in and show his support for her as a mother and caregiver for Ben. Since he’s Ben’s biological father, and given her strained (understatement of the year?) relationship with his family, she thinks this will be the push the social worker needs to give her a positive parenting review. Of course, Elizabeth wouldn’t approve, and now David has to decide between potentially letting his son go back in the system or lying to Elizabeth. I think we know where this is headed.

Gabe: Hey, did you know that Gabe likes Taylor? Yeah? You did? Oh, that makes sense, because so did the rest of the world—except So, So In Denial Taylor, a version of Taylor she decided to be around Gabe. She can’t deny the obvious anymore, though, because Gabe finally confessed his feelings for her. She shot him down right away, because she has Max and Gabe is a mess right now (he got arrested in this episode, but not for anything rave-related). Will this be the end of Gabe’s Taylor crush or the beginning of the end of Maxlor and the beginning of the beginning of … Tabe? Gaylor? There are no real good options here, so let’s all hope for the former.

Carter: Carter’s reveal wasn’t actually inappropriate so much as it was long overdue because of her wildly inappropriate behavior. I love Carter working at the bar and I actually don’t hate her and Jared together, based on personality. But she lied to get the job, telling Jared she was 21 and applying with a fake ID. He’s employing a minor at his bar, which could mean huge trouble for him down the line. Then, on top of the lie to get the job, Carter embarked (after what feels like eons of flirting in TV time) on a relationship of sorts with Jared (they’re basically just making out in his office a bunch, nothing too serious). She seemed fine with potentially landing him in hot water/costing him the bar for employing a 17-year-old as a bartender/waitress, but she drew the moral line at kissing him without telling him the truth about herself. Like any respectable grown man, Jared put an end to things immediately and told Carter to go home. We’ll see if he sticks to those guns next week, though.

Finding Carter airs Tuesdays at 10 p.m. on MTV.

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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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