'Carrie Diaries' Recap: Meet George, Sebastian's Competition

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Did executive producer Amy B. Harris binge-watch 80s movies before writing this week’s episode of The CW’s The Carrie Diaries? The show was rocking a distinct Less Than Zero feel.

On “Dangerous Territory,” Carrie (AnnaSophia Robb) runs into George (Richard Kohnke), an uber-wealthy guy she met once as a child. George and his friends have drivers, travel the world and go in and out of rehab. And, it’s so hard. George wants his life to have meaning, he just wants something real blah, blah, blah. The whole storyline was beyond stereotypical. George’s ex-girlfriend Blythe (Kaley Ronayne) tells Carrie, “Darling you’re sweet, charming even,  but at some point George is going to get tired of slumming and come back to me.” Did that line come from "Bitchy 80s Movie Dialogue 101"?

I also didn’t find George’s poor little rich boy act all that appealing. This is concerning, because Harris has said that George will become part of the show’s central love quadrangle along with Carrie, Sebastian (Austin Butler) and Donna (Chloe Bridges). Carrie and George didn’t have a heck of a lot of chemistry. The show needs to figure out the high school equivalent of Aidan and Mr. Big. They haven’t yet.

I actually liked the night’s secondary plotlines much better. Mouse (Ellen Wong) seeks out sex advice from Walt (Brendan Dooling), which leads to the two of them to watching a “how-to” video and Mouse taking notes. We learn that Walt has been trying really hard to please Maggie (Katie Findlay). “It’s kind of exhausting,” he tells Mouse. Poor Walt.

Maggie defending the diner from becoming Donna’s hangout was kind of silly. But, I loved it when she told Donna, “I have two older brothers and I’m not afraid to bite.” I also think it was a good idea to put Walt’s struggle with his sexuality on the back burner for an episode. Walt throwing himself into his relationship with Maggie totally makes sense.

Other thoughts on “Dangerous Territory”:

1. Sebastian tells Donna he likes her not because she’s a bitch, but in spite of it. Huh? That doesn’t even make sense. What does Sebastian see in Donna exactly?

2. Nice to see Barbara (Kate Nowlin) befriending Carrie. The show will be stronger if Carrie’s boss is more than merely a dragon lady.

3. The Carrie Diaries might have been hitting us over the head with its message, but I still loved Mouse telling her boyfriend Seth (Kyle Harris) that he would have to be OK with it if she had slept with other guys while they were broken up because there will be no double standards. Of course, there was a double standard, because Seth slept with two other people and Mouse slept with no one else.

4. Yay for Tom (Matt Letscher) still having his own storyline. Interesting that both he and Carrie hit people with their cars to much different outcomes.

5. Some very nice allusions to Sex and the City on this episode. I particularly liked learning why Carrie always wore a flower in her lapel.

6. Both Dorrit (Stefania Owen) and Larissa (Freema Agyeman) were MIA this episode and I didn’t miss them.

Buzz Moments

OMG!: Not that we didn’t see it coming, but still Sebastian and Donna La Donna? And when Sebastian said, “I did not want you to find out this way.” Um, how exactly did you want Carrie to find out, Sebastian?

Thank you, TV gods.: The only appropriate reaction to seeing Sebastian and Donna together is running them over with your car right?

Awk-ward: Walt and Mouse are definitely my two favorite characters on the series. But, watching them watch a how-to sex video together was all kinds of awkward.

Hotness: For the second week in a row, the show was pretty much hotness free.

Fab-u-lous: OK, we all know there’s no way Carrie could have thrown together that dress in a matter of minutes (is she suddenly a seamstress?), but I loved the tutu dress she wore to the soiree. And a tutu dress in general is a nice homage to Sex and the City.

Can. Not. Wait.: Here’s the main problem. There’s nothing I can’t wait for. Right now, the thing I’m most excited for is Tom going on a date with Gail (Amy Hargreaves) and that’s not good.

Celebuzz Meter (1-10): 6.4 People, this show really needs more sizzle.

Do you like George and Carrie as a couple? What does Sebastian see in Donna? Talk about it below.

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