‘Carrie Diaries’ Recap: Handle Sebastian With Care (VIDEO)

'Carrie Diaries' Bad Boy?
Austin Butler doesn't want Sebastian labeled.
Last week, I worried there wasn’t enough conflict on The CW’s The Carrie Diaries. The show took care of that this week.

Note: Spoilers ahead if you didn’t watch Monday’s episode, “Read Before Use.”

We learned the reason that Carrie’s (AnnaSophia Robb) dad Tom (Matt Letscher) doesn’t like Sebastian (Austin Butler). Sebastian got kicked out of his last school, because he had an affair with his art history teacher. Excellent twist that I didn’t see coming.

I was ready to be horrified by this revelation until I remembered that Pacey Witter, my second favorite TV bad boy of all time (the first being Dylan McKay, obviously), kicked off his time on Dawson’s Creekby sleeping with his teacher. So, Sebastian is in good company.

But, let’s talk about how Carrie found out about this juicy little tidbit. She went through her dad’s locked legal files. (By the way, why is her father keeping his files at home and not at the office? Or did I miss the fact that he works from home?) But then, Carrie does something much worse than breach her father’s trust. She breaches Sebastian’s.

Without even thinking about it, she tells Mouse (Ellen Wong) and Maggie (Katie Findlay) about Sebastian’s indiscretions. He was rightly outraged. I liked that Sebastian was a little mortified by his past. Makes me like this bad boy even more.

It’s also interesting that the show would allow Carrie to do something so unlikeable so early in its run. We all know the adult Carrie Bradshaw didn’t always have the best judgment – you can almost see the through line to the woman who will cheat on Aidan. We loved the adult Carrie Bradshaw, despite her flaws. I’m not sure the younger Carrie has earned that level of trust with viewers yet.

With Sex and the City scribe Amy B. Harris as an executive producer, the series truly has captured the Sex and the City voice. That line about being “in for a Monica Penny in for a Monica Pound” had the feel (in a totally good way) of a classic SATCpun. Actually, the whole story line involving Mouse and Carrie at a bizarre performance art exhibit felt straight out of the HBO comedy – again in a good way.

Not sure we needed the whole Dorrit (Stefania Owen) and her hamster story line, but I did like that it led to Maggie and Dorrit bonding (where was Walt this episode?). And I have to give the show a special acknowledgement for giving Tom his own story line. Often on TV series aimed at teens, the parents only have storylines involving their children (for example, Tom forbidding Carrie to see Sebastian). Tom trying to date again after the death of his wife had nothing to do with his daughters and I found myself wishing I knew a nice woman to set Tom up with.

I’m assigning random bonus points to this episode for featuring the Go-Go’s song “Head Over Heels” and for casting Scott Cohen (Nico on Necessary Roughness) as Tom’s smarmy friend. Here’s hoping we see more of him.

Buzz Moments

OMG!: Sebastian had an affair with his art history teacher? I know he’s cute, but the Kydd is still just a kid.

Thank you, TV gods.: I loved that Carrie stood up to Larissa and said, “Everyone here may think it’s a good idea. But, I don’t. So, I said no. That’s me using my power.” Also, can we discuss that Larissa is totally the precursor to the Samantha character?

Awk-ward: There were so many awkward moments on this episode, but the conversations between Tom and the women at the grocery store who was simultaneously helping him buy tampons and hitting on him had me covering my eyes.

Hotness: Before it all went so, so wrong, Carrie and Sebastain shared a steamy kiss while they both listened to “Whose Going to Drive You Home” by The Cars on their headphones.

Fab-u-lous: I loved Dorrit’s camera ring. Who knew little sisters could be so fashion forward?

Can. Not. Wait.: I’m thinking a big fight means an eventual makeup, right? When will Sebastian and Carrie share another sizzling moment?

Celebuzz Meter (1-10): 7.6 The teen angst is starting to get good, but I want to make sure we still like Carrie the morning after.

Do you think it’s horrible that Carrie told her friends about Sebastian’s past? Is Larissa the precursor to Samantha? Talk about it below.

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