‘Carrie Diaries’ Recap: Walt and the City

I’ve watched enough teen TV to know that The Carrie Diaries is up to something. The best adolescent drama comes from a good love triangle. Think Pacey, Dawson and Joey on Dawson’s Creek or Elena, Stefan and Damon on The Vampire Diaries.

On the “Fright Night” episode of The CW’s The Carrie Diaries, Mouse (Ellen Wong) and Sebastian (Austin Butler) bonded. They shared a moment playing Pac-Man and discussing their families. He took care of her. She talked about his cute butt. People, this is how the best TV love triangles start. I will go ahead and make a fearless prediction that something is going to happen between those two before the first season is over.

Once again, the plotline that really touched me was Walt’s (Brendan Dooling). He meets Bennett Wilcox (Jake Robinson) at a Halloween party and doesn’t know what to do when Bennett kisses him. The kiss was sweet and Walt’s horrified reaction rang true. I liked how straightforward Bennett was about the whole thing. When Walt adamantly denies he’s gay, Bennett says, “ OK, you’re not but it would be OK if you were.” He doesn’t get angry at Walt for calling him a “fag.” Bennett totally understands where Walt’s coming from, because he’s been there too. He’s the kind of friend Walt needs. Also, it was good to remind viewers how Carrie (AnnaSophia Robb) has absolutely no gaydar since she was thinking Bennett might be interested in her.

This is the second episode in a row where Carrie and a friend head into New York to participate in one of Larissa’s outrageous parties while the rest of the gang stays home. I’m not so sure this fractured storytelling structure is a sustainable model. Plus, I’m already a little tired of hearing about how enamored Carrie is with the City. We all know she grows up to live in Manhattan. We don’t necessarily need to hear her talk about it incessantly. It would be a good idea to have an episode that takes place entirely in Castlebury.

And, frankly, I’m not so sure The Carrie Diaries needs the Larissa (Freema Agyeman) character. Her whole story line on “Fright Night” about being disillusioned with the competiveness of Manhattan and how lonely it is even though you’re surrounded by people seemed better suited for a different series.

Other lingering concerns I have four episodes in:

1. Enough already with the inside jokes about what the future holds. Larissa says Prince Charles is actually in love with Camilla Parker Bowles. Sebastian says Mouse will still be able to run for Senate, because years from now people won’t care that she smoked pot. Larissa says in 10 years ecstasy won’t be legal anymore. A few winks to the future is fun. Three on one episode is too much. This isn’t Back to the Future.

2. Carrie is far too mature. Seriously, she was the only one acting like an adult at the Halloween party. She stops someone from molesting an unconscious Larissa while Bennett just stands there. The series is supposed to be about Carrie finding herself, not being the parent to all her friends.

3. I may be over thinking this, but if Mouse, Maggie (Katie Findlay), Walt and Carrie are such good friends, why were they never even mentioned on Sex and the City?

Buzz Moments

OMG!: Maggie and Walt have sex. She’s reeling from the way Simon (Josh Salatin) treated her. He’s trying to run from his true identity. Yeah, that’s going to work out great.

Thank you, TV gods.: So glad Walt was the voice of reason and told Carrie that it was awful that she went through Sebastian’s private files.

Awk-ward: Walt and Carrie run into Sebastian in the hall and Carrie learns Sebastian is having a Halloween party and didn’t invite her. And then she asks him why he didn’t invite her.

Hotness: No outright hotness moments in this episode, but I’m telling you the moments that Mouse and Sebastian shared is going to lead to something.

Fab-u-lous: The Halloween costumes were all kind of great, but I’m partial to Carrie’s recreation of Princess Diana’s wedding gown.

Can. Not. Wait.: Bennett Wilcox will have to come back into Walt’s life at some point, right?

Celebuzz Meter (1-10): 6. The weakest outing for the series so far.

Do you think something might happen between Sebastian and Mouse? Do you want Walt to see Bennett again? Talk about it below.

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