Carter and Bird have a fall-out because of a disturbing portrait that Bird created of Carter. Max decides to leave the Wilsons and on his way out of town, he runs into Lori, who tells him that she has been keeping tabs on Carter's family and is almost ready to get her back so they can runaway together. Meanwhile, David and Elizabeth are at odds over whether or not they can afford to buy Carter and Taylor a car. When David buys a car anyway, Elizabeth is forced to ask her parents for help and also resumes her affair with Kyle, with the intent of ending it with her husband for good. Max later returns to town and when he asks Carter about Lori, Carter forgets who she is for a minute and panics.