As a 17-year-old, Carter has experienced more than most of us will in our entire lives: She’s already had two names, two sets of parents, one kidnapper, a secret brother, and then there’s that one time she witnessed her boyfriend accidentally shoot her best friend.
But at the end of the day, she’s still 17, and this hour was all about Carter learning exactly what that means. Or she at least learned what it means to her 25-year-old boss/boyfriend.
The Teenage World
After receiving no response from Ben, Carter enlists Taylor’s help in the whole missing-brother fiasco. The two of them reluctantly head to Lori to see if she’s heard anything, but the only thing Lori tells them is that she’s expecting a visit from the social worker soon, and if Ben’s not home, she could lose him for good. That Lori, she always knows how to help in a bad situation, am I right?
With no idea of how to reach Ben, Carter heads to work, where Jared decides to teach her how to make a Magic Hour Mojito for an upcoming Bachelorette party. Long story short, Carter ends up spilling on herself, which leads to a potential shirt change in Jared’s office, which leads to sexual tension and finally, Jared and Carter’s first kiss. And naturally, that first make-out high ends with Jared telling Carter all about the bar’s problems: The rent’s going up, and he’s not sure how much longer he can keep the place open. So in five seconds flat, Carter has gone from employee to employee with benefits to girlfriend.
So while Carter enjoys her time at work, Gabe is hating life. After crashing his car and blowing a 1.6 on a breathalyzer, Elizabeth offers to take him home. Of course, Gabe is far too broody to let that happen, so instead of being thankful he’s not in jail, he calls an Uber. However, Ben, who just happened to be in the car with Gabe, takes Elizabeth up on her offer.
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Taking Ben back to the house to give him a bit of first aid — he literally had one scratch after this near-death experience — Elizabeth gets her bonding moment in before Carter gets home. Carter is then finally able to apologize for the whole watch debacle, and Ben seems to forgive her. He even gives her a bit of advice about making fast money, from one high schooler to another: Figure out what people want and give it to them.
And apparently, in this town, what people want is a rave. Finding an old abandoned garage, Carter takes the idea to Jared: One night only, they throw a rave and charge whatever they want as cover. Jared’s in.
Back at the high school, Grant is getting his first taste at what the next four years will be like as he attends orientation with Max at his side (to give him the lowdown on all the best make-out spots, etc). And it looks like Grant could need that advice considering he has the world’s most adorable crush on a girl named Reagan. Let’s just hope those two don’t grow up to become as jaded as some of our favorite teens right now. (I’m looking at you, Gabe and Taylor.)
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