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There was some egregious product placement in Finding Carter Season 2 Episode 10 as the teenage set escaped to a cabin in the woods, where a whole lot of nothing happened.
I don't mind episodes that are mainly discussion as long as that discussion leads somewhere, and that was sadly not the case tonight. All that was accomplished was Taylor's friends found out about Max and Carter first. I guess no one ever told Carter, "Three people can keep a secret, if two of them are dead."
But since Max and Carter started the episode determined to tell Taylor everything, the whole hour felt like a never ending committee meeting. Everyone's pretty much in agreement, or just doesn't care, but has to spend a ridiculous amount of time explaining why they feel that way. Repeatedly.
In the end, we avoided my fear that this was going to turn into some terrible 16 & Pregnant tie in. When Taylor found Carter's necklace in the back of the truck (and thank god it was a necklace), the whole will they/won't they/when will they tell her round robin we were forced to sit through became completely moot.
Amongst the teenagers, more time should have been spent on Madison coming clean to Carter about Lori. There was some crafty double speak in her initial advice to Carter, but we didn't get to the meat of this arc until later. Once she fessed up, it was a knowledge bomb.
Turns out she spent time on the road with Lori. This revelation leaves a lot of potential to explore Lori's motivations and thwarted plans. But what I want to know is how Madison was able to track down a fugitive who was able to avoid several ostensibly competent government agencies that were devoting resources pursuing her.
When Carter finds out that Madison knew Lori had kidnapped her again, she responds with appropriate indignation to the explanation that it was because Lori loved her.
Are you hearing yourself? She kidnapped me again because she loved me? Threatened my entire family because she loved me?Carter
All the kvetching about Max and Carter also took time away from Damon's character development. He's still just a flat facade of a blandly good looking boy who is, unfortunately, attracted to a girl just as she's exploring her sexuality. Sure, he punched Gabe, but what was his real motivation? So Taylor didn't find out the secret? Why does he care?
There was another missed opportunity when the kids were standing around talking about the Kyle-Elizabeth-David love triangle. I've mentioned this before, but if Gabe wants to break up his dad and Elizabeth, he should enlist his natural allies, the Wilson children, instead of behaving as if he already is their brother.
Back in civilization, apparently it takes legal paperwork and drinks with her husband's paramour to snap Elizabeth out of her divorce delusion. I appreciated that the story she told to Hillary paid off at the end of the episode when David repeated the action.
He has a very sweet side. He used to say this thing. You know when your necklace, the back of it is in front? He would adjust it for me like this, and he would say, "Make a wish."Elizabeth
Even better that it finally opened her eyes to what we've all seen the past few weeks – that although this marriage has problems, she still loves David. I wish that her aha moment could have been at least a little logic based (he slept with Lori once, and she stalked him), but the necklace thing was really sweet.
I'm hoping the resolution to this story arc brings us some more interesting moments. While Hillary can just fade into the background, Kyle needs to exit with flare. At least the TA has been hip to the fact that David and Elizabeth aren't as over as either one of them thinks, while Kyle has been living in la la land.
And finally, what could have saved this episode and made it bearable? More Grant. Grant is the best. Grant realizes how ridiculous everyone else is and just doesn't care anymore.
Okay, well, I'm going to Peter Cho's house to play laser tag. See you when I get back from college.Grant
Watch Finding Carter online and let us know what you think. Questions to consider: Will we ever see Ofe or Grandpa Buddy again? How will Carter and Max save their bacon from Taylor's fire? How will Elizabeth break the news to Kyle? How and when will Lori strike next?
Elizabeth Harlow was a staff writer for TV Fanatic. She left the organization in October 2018.