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Finding Carter season 2 finale recap: The Sheltering Sky and Atonement

Crash returns just as things between Carter and Jared escalate — and someone ends up behind bars.

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Finding Carter

TV Show
Current Status:
In Season
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Kathryn Prescott, Cynthia Watros, Anna Jacoby-Heron

At this point, there’s no difference between teens and adults in the Finding Carter universe. Teens are committing murder. Adults are lying to the cops. The only thing that separates these two groups at this point is the ability to drink legally.

And considering that we have two hours’ worth of drama to get through, let’s get right down to it.

Fresh out of jail on bail, Jared finds Carter to beg for her forgiveness. Yes, he threw her under the bus, but he knew she wouldn’t get in real trouble. After all, he has a daughter. And did he mention that Rick Barnes — drug dealer extraordinaire — threatened his daughter, which is why Jared started dealing for him? Also, he has a daughter, so he’s allowed to do bad things so long as he keeps mentioning that he has a daughter … right?

Wrong. And as soon as Elizabeth finds out that Jared’s lawyer made a deal that he would rat out everyone involved in Rick Barnes’ drug trade, Carter wants to make sure that Ben’s name will not be on that list.

Meanwhile, Max is cleaning up his apartment so that his mother can come stay with him and get back on her feet. See what I mean about blurring the lines between the teens and adults? Why Max is getting his mother’s bills in order is beyond me, but it’s not surprising that their situation doesn’t last long. Irresponsible mom decides to spend all her bill money on food, which really isn’t the worst thing, but it still isn’t great. And after one fight with her kid, she realizes she’s got to get out and get herself together. Whether she’ll actually do that is still to be determined.

Also returning home is David, who left his book tour to experience what Grant calls “the new normal.” What else would you call a room filled with your wife, your once-kidnapped daughter, your daughter’s kidnapper/your ex-lover, and your recently discovered son?

David takes zero time to adjust to being home before passing judgment on anything and everything. Within half an hour, he’s decided that Jared is 100 percent lying when he says he won’t give up Ben, and furthermore, Elizabeth has really screwed up when it comes to looking after the kids. Yeah, slow down, buddy. You just got here.

The only good thing David does is take his no-longer-a-secret son out for coffee and offer for them to finally get to know each other. The rest of the time, he just sucks. At least until Carter gives him a reality check and he goes begging for Elizabeth’s forgiveness.

After Crash shows up on Carter’s doorstep to “do the friend thing,” she heads off to call Jared and tell him that she can’t be in that relationship anymore. My favorite part? Jared asking, “Can I ask why?” UMMM YOU CAN, BUT DO YOU NEED TO? Honestly dude. I can’t even start with you.

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Not surprisingly, Jared then adds another bullet point to the “reasons why Carter shouldn’t be with him” list when he gives up Ben, which lands poor Ben in a jail cell. And despite the fact that Ben agrees to testify against Rick Barnes, the state is taking him away from Lori. It’s back to the system for Ben.

In an unrelated and somewhat thrown-in story line, Bird is off getting an abortion in the middle of all of this. Taylor goes with her. Gabe’s a good friend. That pretty much sums it up. (Perhaps they shouldn’t have tried to squeeze this in?)

After Carter talks to Crash — who informs her that he has a new girl, so it’s totally fine for her to talk to him about Jared — she visits Ben in juvie, who informs her that people like Jared get what’s coming to them. So, in other words, he’s been in juvie for 30 seconds and has already turned into a homicidal mastermind. Or so it seems.

NEXT: Murder … in the bar … with a bottle