Topic 1: Happy Birthday! – Taylor and Carter
It's the twins first birthday together in nearly 14 years, and with Carter just turning 16, so she thought, the big hoopla of her now 17th birthday is a bit jarring. Though what makes an odd situation bad is that her real birthday is also the day she is supposed to leave with Lori. And with Taylor catching her packing her bag, it puts an asterisk on the happy part of her birthday. For while the two argue, and have had their moments in which them being sisters made Taylor say hurtful things, Taylor has grown accustomed to Carter being around and not only does she not want to lose her, but she doesn't want the family to return to the state of sadness it was under when she was taken.
And as the news spreads, little by little, everyone begins to say their goodbyes with Bird giving over a bracelet, Max giving his opinion that he is against her leaving with Lori, and Crash thinking he can come along. Something which Carter isn't sure about, though she appreciates the romantic gesture.
Topic 2: The Pity Party – Grant and David (Featuring Elizabeth)
With Grant feeling utterly ignored, and Grandma Joan not helping his feelings of neglect, he decides to hide out in his closet, away from the birthday party, and talk with his online girlfriend Reagan. If just to see how long it takes someone to notice he is gone. Meanwhile, David is walking around hinting and pretty much pushing Kyle, who didn't want to stay for the party, to talk about the affair. Something which makes Kyle so uncomfortable that you can see guilt all over his face. So, just to give Elizabeth the heads up, he tells her he thinks David knows and of all places to do it, he does it in Grant's room with him, and Gabe, in the closet.
Topic 3: Let Me Handle This For You – Carter & David (Featuring Elizabeth & Lori)
As firm as Carter seemed in her decision, throughout the episode, to leave, flashbacks throughout the episode force her to begin to realize that as loving as Lori was, she was also her abductor. Like, for example, May 5th has been Carter's assumed birthday for ages, and yet she learns her birthday is actually in November. So, the question becomes: why May 5th? Well, Carter's assumed birthday, which she has been celebrating for years, it the day she was abducted. Add on a few memories in which Carter was given some signs Lori was lying to her, like having only one baby picture due to a basement flood, or her creepily talking about abducting a baby from a hospital so Carter could have a younger sibling, and you can see Carter's resolve soften.
Leading to her handing over the burner phone, a key, and all the information Lori gave her for their meet up to David. Someone who she interrupts as he writes the birthday chapter of his new book about her. And with all the materials needed for Lori's capture, David presents this information to Elizabeth and asks what should they do? Well, Elizabeth doesn't want to bust Lori personally since she told Carter she would stop, and for some reason she doesn't even decide to get the cops involved either. A strange move to me, but with Carter punking her before, maybe she didn't think the tip would be taken seriously? Either way, David decides to call Lori and their phone conversation elicits so many questions. Such as: How well does Lori know David? Were they may be having an affair? Was he doing something to Carter maybe which lead to Lori kidnapping her? And while he says Carter doesn't want to see her, and Lori says she isn't giving up, it is hard to not be more focused on how odd their conversation is than what they are saying.
Making for an episode which doesn't necessarily reignite my interest in the show, but certainly with the end of the episode having an interesting preview of what's to come, I definitely still feel committed to the show. I just remain worried of what may happen long term. For outside of Lori going really psycho and threatening the family, as well as Carter, is there any way to keep this series fresh?