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The Carrie Diaries Review: Playing With Fire

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There's a dreaded process that is part of every writer's repertoire: writer's block.

The Carrie Diaries Season 2 Episode 6 showed us Carrie's first experience with the head banging, pencil biting, frenzied process of trying to mine creativity and thoughts for a piece.

A Surprising Bond

I think it's fantastic that Carrie is taking this writing class at The New School. Aside from the fact that it gives her a reason to be in the city now that the summer is over, it shows viewers how Carrie's eventual career path first began.

It also highlighted the disaster that can be two writers in a relationship. Carrie will face this later in life with the insecure Jack Berger, but for now she has (or had) the sexy young playwright Adam Weaver. The opinions on Weaver have varied, particularly after he was caught reading her diary in The Carrie Diaries season 2 episode 5.

While the viewers saw this as a major red flag and sign of distrust, Carrie ended up getting through the fight and realizing she felt comfortable enough to lose her virginity to him. Apparently these two have been bumping like bunnies since the last time they graced our TV screens. Yet Carrie is still the young, bashful girl who is afraid to talk about sex on a public sidewalk. How very Charlotte of her!

Here’s the thing. Whatever you least want to write about, whatever scares you the most that’s what you have to write about. That’s the good stuff. Truly great writers can’t stand a safe place.

Weaver

Alas, with Weaver's advice to write what scares her, a topic is born: sex. Too bad her own boyfriend tells her that it's commonplace and she's above that. Carrie is a new writer, she needs someone who is supportive and gives her positive encouragement. Funny how she ended up heeding Sebastian's advice in the end. I know he hurt her, but can't we forgive by now?

I hate the constant crossing of wires that goes on between those two. Despite an accidental 2-second makeout, Maggie was really just in need of a friend and Sebastian was willing to be that friend. He cares about her and is trying to help her figure out her pregnancy situation.

If Carrie had knocked on the door instead of running away, she would know the truth. Sebastian has been pining for her since the second they broke up.

Hands down the funniest part of the episode was Larissa and Samantha. They're the kind of people who dislike each other because they have so much in common and are similar in a lot of ways. I can't tell if Harlan is going to be so pissed he missed the threesome or be psyched about having a tape he can constantly replay. Probably a little bit of both.

This episode felt really symbolic of the future Carrie Bradshaw who so much of America got to know and love thanks to Sex and the City. And if there's any doubt in the authenticity of young Carrie turning into SJP's version, there's always this: 

All I wanna do is go shoe shopping. Is that bad?

Carrie

Review

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Rating: 4.0 / 5.0 (36 Votes)

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

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I'm glad that Carrie ended it w/ Weaver didn't like him at all. Sure he was kinda cute but I hated the fact that Carrie gave it up to him. I wanted her to give it up to Sebastian. I so knew that she was going over to Sebastians to get back w/him but would again catch him w/Maggie. I can't stand Maggie. She is such a roadblock to Carrie & Sebastian getting back together whether she means to be or not. I want Carrie to get back w/Sebastian already!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Geez why all the Leigh bashing. Isoron what did you want her to do, write about Walt macing himself? Walt getting a bagel thrown at him by a homeless person? If she didn't think those parts were significant she can't really review them, she would only be able to summarize them and then you would probably say that the review is more of a summary than a review. And Joy do you really expect the reviewers on this website to rate shows based on all the other shows on TV? If that is the case then you really couldn't rate them. Your basically saying every Game of Thrones episode deserves 5 stars and a show like Carrie Diaries compared to that deserves 3 stars regardless of the quality of the episode. There would be no point in rating. Leigh is exactly right to rate the episodes based off of other episodes of the same show. I am very over Maggie as a character. I really thought she went to Sebastian's and planned to get him drunk and get him to sleep with her so she could tell him the baby was his and have him either take care of her and the baby or pay for the abortion. I understand her being upset but coming onto him wasn't the answer. Sebastian has been a good friend to her and she really shouldn't take advantage of his friendship like that. I hated that Carrie left without trying to get an explanation though. If I was her I would have been breaking the door down and telling them off. I definitely think that Maria wasn't the first girl that Samantha fooled around with, especially as sexual as Samantha is.

Leigh-r

Would've mentioned Walt if I thought his storyline this week warranted it. Don't get me wrong, I definitely enjoy him and Bennett. It's hard to fit it all sometimes so I just go with what stood out to me. And PS that doesn't make me shallow. Just a reviewer opinion. Maybe next week Walt will take up half my review, it just depends.

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Just out of curiosity,you gave this episode 5 stars and gave tvd's latest episode 4 star.are you dumb leigh.giving game of thrones or breaking bad 5 stars is ok but carrie diaries,come on!! you are a reviewer,act like it!!

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@ joy

i don't rate the episode against other shows only against itself. So for The Carrie Diaries, I thought it was a great Carrie Diaries episode. For TVD, that wasn't an AMAZING TVD episode. They've had much better. Hence the 4. I wouldn't be doing my job if I gave a mediocre TVD a 5 just because it ranks higher on the network and is a more popular show. But thanks for the input, haven't been called dumb yet today!

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@ Leigh Raines

if you thought this episode was mediocre as well as the other episodes of season 5,then clearly your opinion of good television is radically different from mine!! btw,it was your site reviewer-matt was it?-who gave season 3 episodes better ratings but we all know how bad tvd s03 first half was,so just saying!! everyone is entitled to their opinion,you keep yours and i'll keep mine,no animosity here!!

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@ joy

oh no there were definitely some 5 star TVD episodes this season for sure! I just didn't think last week's was one of them. The Enzo flashbacks didn't capture me personally. The episode was definitely good, but it was divided so much between the A story and the B story that it felt kind of disjointed. I'm freakin loving Katherine lately though!

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@ Leigh Raines

hey leigh, i'm genuinely curious and i'm not trying to offend you, but are u taking over as the TVD reviewer? or is matt just taking a break?

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@ kevin

Matt's been on vacation. He'll be back!

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Enjoyed this episode. Didnt think the Weaver thing would last. As a qiuck thought really enjoyed the points made about young teen sex and the reallity of young teen sex. Safe sex and not so safe sex with consaqusinse. Carrie throwing away the pill spoke volumes. I too also wished she had knocked on door. Would have been great moment to reconnect with 2 important people who could really use her friendship now. Maybe not to late.
Sam's party nite was hilarious.

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Maria was Samantha's first lesbian relationship but I'm pretty sure she mentioned that she experimented with women in her past

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Am I the only true fan of SATC who were surprised about this Sam Jones sexing a woman? Remember Maria? The possessive Brazilian artist who was Samantha's first (annoying at the end, though) relationship?

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@ Anna

In SATC, Maria was introduced as Samantha's first lesbian fling.

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@ Anna

I think Samantha was always experimental but never full on dated another woman until Maria. Don't worry I'm a SATC fan! I remember.

Ronald-simkins

No reviewer mention of Walt? I didn't watch the same episode. I love that Carrie is such a shallow person much like the target audience.

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@ isoron

Would've mentioned Walt if I thought his storyline this week warranted it. Don't get me wrong, I definitely enjoy him and Bennett. It's hard to fit it all sometimes so I just go with what stood out to me. And PS that doesn't make me shallow. Just a reviewer opinion. Maybe next week Walt will take up half my review, it just depends.

The Carrie Diaries Season 2 Episode 6 Quotes

Here’s the thing. Whatever you least want to write about, whatever scares you the most that’s what you have to write about. That’s the good stuff. Truly great writers can’t stand a safe place.

Weaver

All I wanna do is go shoe shopping. Is that bad?

Carrie
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