The Carrie Diaries recap: Gay Old Time

Carrie and Walt head to Manhattan for Halloween and he takes a major detour to Gayville
Ep. 04 | Aired Feb 4, 2013

IS MY WIG ON STRAIGHT? Carrie (AnnaSophia Robb) and Walt (Brendan Dooling) channel British royalty for a Halloween party.

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Well Carrie Bradshaw is really growing up fast on The Carrie Diaries. Last week, there was the vagina art show. This week, it’s experiences with ecstasy, gaydar and men groping unconscious women who think they’re actually birds. At this point, by the season finale, I’m predicting plots involving heroin and furries and plushies. This was sort of an oddly dark episode of The Carrie Diaries, particularly the final moments -- which I’m okay with. There were always episodes of Sex and the City that flirted with sadness, particularly towards the end of the show’s run.

So it was Halloween in the land of The Carrie Diaries -- leading to a good portion of the characters experimenting with drugs. But things started off innocently enough as they typically do on this show (don’t forget last week had hamster adoption mixed with the lady business art show). Sebastian decides to have a Halloween party at the diner where Carrie and her pals have lunch. What high schooler rents out a diner? That feels like something they would have done on ER for like the hospital holiday party. Carrie didn’t have to worry about such things, though, as she was basically disinvited from the party since Sebastian broke up with her last week. Anyways, she was high-tailing it to the city for Larissa’s Halloween party at her apartment in Soho. Weirdly, she was only taking Walt with her and leaving the ladies at home. But that decision made sense once we saw that they were attending as Princess Di and Prince Charles. AnnaSophia Robb spends more time in wigs on this show than the cast of RuPaul’s Drag Race. Truthbomb.

Meanwhile, goth Amber Tamblyn -- I mean Dorrit -- had her Halloween spoiled when her father found her stash of toilet paper, eggs, and shaving cream and forced her to stay home. She ate a bunch of candy, watched Poltergeist, got scared and then hugged her father. Her storylines are the ones that seem most at odds with the rest of the show. Like she’s adopting hamsters while the rest of the show is hallucinating on drugs.

Speaking of which, Carrie and Walt arrive at Larissa’s Soho apartment, which seems to be mostly inhabited by go-go boys and ladies wearing feathery masks. Sounds like a New York Halloween party to me! They meet The Carrie Diaries’ newest character, Bennett, who is a columnist at Interview and Walt’s idol. Immediately, I was like, Okay this dude is gay. But Walt and Carrie had no such gaydar. We all know, though, that Carrie will become quite familiar with the New York gay scene later in life.

NEXT: Walt and Bennett get...um...closer


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