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The Carrie Diaries Review: Holiday Blues

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The latest episode of The Carrie Diaries was all about the holiday blues. Unfortunately "Endgame" wasn't just disastrous for Carrie and company, but also for the audience.

That is, until the final five minutes when the doorbell rang and a certain someone was waiting on the other side. To this I shouted at my television: "Oh Thank God!" So why was Carrie's Thanksgiving such a letdown?

Carrie's Thanksgiving Dinner

Everything about the holiday episode felt authentic. The old school recipe cards are exactly what my mom had, the ugly 80s apron, the disgusting act of gutting the turkey, and, of course, the stress. Don't get me wrong, holiday episodes of television can be fantastic. Take any of Gossip Girl's Thanksgivings or The OC's Chrismukkahs. It just felt like this installment of The Carrie Diaries was injected with tryptophan.

If I wanted to watch an hour about someone cooking and obsessing over a meal, I'd put on a cooking show and I staunchly avoid those. I'm not dense, I know this episode was about a lot more than food preparation, it was about Carrie trying to recreate something that was always a comfort to her when she was growing up. It was the family's first holiday without Carrie's mother. 

Carrie's in the kitchen cooking dinner and Dorrit hasn't blown anything up yet. These are good signs. | permalink

Oh, Tom, you spoke just a tad too soon. It's always only a matter of time before Dorrit flips out and does something irrational like starts smoking weed in her bedroom. It's become a frustrating pattern for Carrie to always be the one to have to smooth things over. She can't hold it together for everybody. Little sisters do things wrong sometimes too. I felt bad for Tom, for all of them actually.

The episode just moved really slowly. I wonder if it's enough to keep people hooked so the show can get greenlit for a second season. Sure, I love the little references to the future Sex and the City like Carrie saying she's probably going to use her oven for storage one day, but is it enough for everyone else? We need more moments like Maggie kicking the cop out and Sebastian showing up to Carrie's at the end.

As much as I like George, Sebastian just has that it factor that gets your blood pumping, even if he's only there to seek out a friend. When Carrie opened the door I was happy for a little excitement! It also lead to my favorite quote that felt really on point this week.

You can't go back. Choices get made and things happen because of them. | permalink

Young Carrie has her really wise moments. What did you think of the Thanksgiving edition of The Carrie Diaries?

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Leigh Raines is a TV Fanatic Staff Writer. Follow her on Twitter.

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They need to improve the story and the music soon !

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It doesn't matter if the show sucks or has only 12 people watching it. It's on CW it will enjoysucks for yrs & yrs so enjoy!

Ace

Dorrit needs to get over it already. It's getting kind of annoying how every single outburst is due to "not having her mom around." It's a cry for attention each and every time and with these many episodes in, she needs to get over it... quick.

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This episode to me was the worst but still enjoyable plus how can there be no good 80s songs tonight !! I feel the earth move is not an 80s songs ! Sebastian is like Mr Big. I get most girls would like him ! I also rooted for Aiden and now for George !

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Thought it was of the best eps so far, much better then last week 9/10. It really funny to. Last weeks ep almost made me drop the show, it felt like i was watching GG.

Aries93

I'm so glad Carrie went off at her Dad. Her really hasn't be there for Carrie or Doret at all since the show began. The first episode was as far as it went to acknowledge the relationship between them and the (now deceased) mother, but nothing else really.
As for the nostalgic moment with the shows in the oven, I must say that it was a moment I laughed to. Good ol' acknowledgement.

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Unfortunately, I'm not so sure we'll see a second season. The first two episodes were promising, but the past few were all wrong. The viewers want to see Carrie in New York-- for what is Carrie Bradshaw without Manhattan? I was hoping we'd already be introduced to Samantha, as the book was written that way. Hopefully it picks up soon.

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The worst episode of the season so far, but the promo for the next episode looks promising..

Fortyseven

ZZzZZz .

The Carrie Diaries Season 1 Episode 6 Quotes

You have a hot rich Manhattan boyfriend and Sebastian can suck it.

Maggie

When you're obsessed with one goal, it's hard to focus on anything else.

Carrie

The Carrie Diaries Season 1 Episode 6 Music

  Song Artist
Carole-king-i-feel-the-earth-move I Feel the Earth Move Carole King iTunes
The-twisters-heartless Heartless The Twisters iTunes
A-flock-of-seagulls-space-age-love-song Space Age Love Song A Flock of Seagulls iTunes
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