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'Finding Carter' fan recap: Carter's got problems

Season 2 | Episode 20 | “The Heart is a Lonely Hunter” | Aired Nov 24, 2015

This week’s Finding Carter pulled away from Carter’s home troubles (minus one notable outburst at the beginning when Elizabeth finds out she’s been staying at Lori’s, of course) and focused on all of her other troubles. And oh, a lot of troubles there were. But more on that later. Let’s start with the true highlight of the episode: Grant’s accidental high. The setup: Taylor and Max are watching Grant. Taylor and Max go out for food. Grant can’t wait and looks for snacks. Grant finds some cookies and eats them, but—SURPRISE—they’re edibles. Of course, Max and Taylor (or, at the very least, Max) know exactly what’s going on when they come home to Grant talking about how amazing plants are. Taylor and Max partake a little (but not nearly as much as Grant), and they have a very deep conversation about how weird it is that everyone’s thoughts are different. It was a good scene. Grant was bearable, which is about as much as you can ask for from him, and Taylor and Max were, well, not freaking out about any great crisis. It wasn’t normal, by any means, but it was at least calm, which is something.

Oh, and the best part: Elizabeth’s parents bail the kids out. They show up, give a very modern lecture on recreational drugs (they think Taylor and Max are old enough, but Grant isn’t) and then take Grant to their house for a sleepover so he can sober up before Elizabeth sees him, effectively hiding the entire debacle from her. And they feed him pie. For dinner and breakfast, I’m pretty sure. Yep. They’re officially the Cool Grandparents.

But back to those problems of Carter’s. She runs into a lot of them, and she tries to solve each of them. It looks like she succeeds, at first, with everything, but Carter isn’t as smart and infallible as she thinks she is, so don’t worry: There’s lots more trouble on the way.

Problem 1: She’s obsessed with Jared’s ex and his kid.

Solution: Go stalk the ex at work and chat her up.
The solution seems to work. Carter and Bird go to the store where Jared’s ex works and Bird plays the part of customer while Carter plays the part of friend-along-for-the-shop. While Bird’s trying on the ex’s recommendations, Carter pumps the ex for information: How long has she been married? How’s that relationship going? A kid? Oh, wow, how’s the kid?

The backfire: Ex somehow catches on to the fact that a random customer who spends five minutes in her store and asks prying questions about her marriage and her child isn’t all that random and shows up at the bar’s latest pop-up rave, where she confronts Jared, implies that dating significantly younger girls is a trend for him, and totally complicates what little trust Jared and Carter had left.

Problem 2: The cops crash the party and try to shut it down.

Solution: She bests the cops in a battle of wits.
Carter goes full Carter on them and cites her rights and the fact that her mom is a cop. She gets sassy enough to make her a hero among the party guests, but not sassy enough to get her arrested. The cops leave, and the party rages on.

The backfire: Those cops figure out right away who Carter’s cop mom is and call Elizabeth. What will Elizabeth do with this information? I hope something that takes Carter down a peg and makes her realize that she still has things to learn. I want to like Carter and, in a lot of moments, I do. But sometimes she’s just a little … much.

Problem 3: She can’t trust Jared or decide what to do.

Solution: She calls Crash for advice.
The solution seems to work because Crash says all the right things (or at least all the things she wants to hear) and supports her endlessly, as Crash always does. It’s a Band-Aid, but a nice pick-me-up.

The backfire: Crash calls Carter at the very end of the episode, just when she’s settling in to stay with Jared. WHAT DOES HE WANT? IS HE COMING BACK? This isn’t a total backfire yet, but it IS a fun complication. Plus, the previews for next week imply that Jared’s dark side is about to come out, so it’s a perfect time for Crash to swoop in and make a play for Carter’s heart (except that he’s in the army … in California … and he’s the one who broke up with her—but other than all that, it seems plausible).

Finding Carter airs Tuesdays at 10 p.m. 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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