The Carrie Diaries Review: Escape to New York

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It's a summer love-fest with Manhattan in the The Carrie Diaries season 2 premiere!

In "Win Some, Lose Some" we join up with Carrie and Walt who are still living in Larissa's luxurious apartment. So are they missing life in Castlebury? Not so much!

The Carrire Diaries Season 2 Premiere Pic

After The Carrie Diaries season 1 finale - when Walt's ex girlfriend Maggie imploded, outed Walt, and hooked up with Carrie's on/off boyfriend - Carrie and Walt needed a major escape. With Carrie's hot job at the magazine providing access to the hottest clubs and guys, the two have a perfect distraction from their life in suburbia.

Walt still isn't 18, so Bennet is holding back. As for his reputation back home, Donna has assured him that she is spreading rumors of their hot lovin' until he's ready to open up about his sexuality. As Carrie confirms, everything Donna says in Castlebury is gospel. It's interesting that the once villain of Castlebury high is now protecting Walt and even sort of siding with Carrie when she runs into Maggie at the country club. Donna's certainly not letting Maggie forget about her fling with Sebastian. Sebastian on the other hand is desperate to forget and doesn't even want to be seen speaking to Maggie.

You think Sebastian's still stuck on Carrie? You betcha! Well, luckily for our entertainment, Donna isn't completely reformed and decides it's totally fine to bring Sebastian to Carrie and Walt's apartment. Carrie quickly bolts to another club, loses her purse, chaos ensues. Along the way between club hopping and trying to find each other (remember life before a simple text would fix all that?) Carrie meets Donna's cousin, a young Samantha Jones

Young Samantha, much like Kim Cattrall's version that many of us know and love, is no-BS, straight to the point and fun as ever. She tells Carrie to quit the bellyaching over the stolen purse. After helping Carrie break back into her apartment, Samantha decides that maybe "Bambi" could use a little fun and tells her she needs a new guy to get over Sebastian. The problem is, Carrie's still in love with him and just not ready.

They part ways on good terms and despite their opposite personalities, you can tell the two girls feel some sort of magnetism towards each other. Maybe Carrie needs an older, wilder friend to bring her out of her shell. Maybe Samantha needs a grounded girl like Carrie to really be there for her. Now that Sam's moving in with Carrie and Walt, only time will tell!

Back in Castlebury, Maggie is working at the country club in order to pay for college and Mouse is not pleased about running into her. Their exchange at the Fourth of July celebration actually kind of made me laugh:

Mouse: We know what we want, chicken fingers.
Maggie: Is that seriously all you're gonna say to me?
Mouse: With honey mustard!!! | permalink

Nothing quite like fighting with someone you love and knowing you can't stay mad for too long! I'm glad to see Mouse is in a good place, and despite what Maggie did she doesn't deserve to be punished forever. People make mistakes.

Lastly we have Dorrit being Dorrit. Things are great with Miller until he decides to introduce himself to her father without her knowing. Despite how much Dorrit may love Miller, she definitely doesn't like being blindsided.

Do you think that move was a deal-breaker for them? Was Mouse right to forgive Maggie? Should Carrie forgive Sebastian? And what did you think of Samantha?!


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Rating: 3.7 / 5.0 (66 Votes)

I just wished that carrie can get back with Sebastian , they look so cute together!


The worst part of this show is that hair and make-up struggle with the a true '80s look. Their hair is way too smooth for the 80s and their make-up is way too perfectly blended. Quality make-up was non-existent in the 80s. However, this show is targeted toward those born in the late '90s who need to google Degrassi High. :P

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I just wish TV fanatic or CW official site will continue listing all the songs played in each episode like they did last year !

Leigh r

we'll definitely get to it!!! sorry for the delay :) undergoing site changes right now

Spindae 2o

It was a solid start into a new season.
- The writing for Sam was so original SatC. The lines were so great it really gave the show new touch. As Samantha said in the 2nd SatC movie they are all soulmates and Sam´s introduction really proved they had an instant connection. -Donna was quite funny and entertaining. Walt was charming and Sebastian looked great as always. -The Mouse/Maggie interaction was nice and honest. Let´s see how Carrie will react to it.


The girl they found to play Samantha was PERFECT.

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The Carrie Diaries Season 2 Episode 1 Quotes

Sometimes you have to sacrifice something valuable in order to win.


I don't have time for regrets, only fun.