Well, if anything’s true about Carter it’s that she knows what she wants out of life, and right now, all this 17-year-old wants is to live an adult life, which in her world means dropping out of high school to work at a bar. And you know what? She’s not too far off. Here’s what all went down this week:
The Teenage World
These days, Carter pretty much never attends school. Whenever she’s not ditching to go work at the bar, she’s ditching to hang out with Crash, who just got his next assignment: He’s being posted in California two days from now.
On top of all that, Carter comes home to find a Fairfax county truancy officer in her home. Apparently, these are a thing and ditching school can actually get you sent to juvi?! I can’t say I ditched much school in my life, but never did I know this was an option. Carter then tells her parents that she wants to drop out despite the fact that she only has a year left, and she does it with the most teenage line possible: “A year is an eternity.” Isn’t 17 a beautiful age?
So while Carter’s grounded, Gabe and Ben bond when Gabe asks him for a fake ID as Taylor worries from the sidelines … at least until Max informs her that tomorrow is their six-month anniversary, which means she has to ditch Gabe and hang out with her man. (Try to look happier, Taylor.)
It takes about four hours for Carter to find a way out of being grounded. She heads to work under the cover of attending a “study group,” which results in her working until the early morning and falling asleep on a bus on the way home. And apparently this town has the worst bus drivers in the world, because they park the bus and leave Carter asleep. She has to wake up and call Crash to come get her. #safetyfirst
The next day, Carter finds out that she’s going to have to repeat the school year, which is when she heads to Lori to ask her to sign the form that will allow her to drop out of school. Lori knows that Carter was never a traditional learner. She remembers teaching her math at a bakery using measuring cups and sugar. As she tells her: 99.9 percent of parents wouldn’t sign the form. Luckily, “I’m the one percent.” Suddenly Carter’s lack of math skills makes so much sense.
But Carter ends up tearing up the form. She does want to drop out, but she wants to do it with her parents’ blessing. Realizing that Carter turns 18 in six months, Elizabeth and David agree to let her drop out so long as she gets a job, gets her GED, and helps out around the house.
Only, during Carter’s next shift, the combination of being late and a visit from a very drunk Gabe leads to Carter losing the job she just quit school for. Adulthood. Fun, right?
NEXT: Bye, Crash