The Carrie Diaries Season 1 Review “Read Before Use”

Last week it was Carrie’s incessant lying that got her into trouble on The Carrie Diaries but in this episode, ‘Read Before Use’, it’s her inability to believe things are as simple as they seem. I suppose it’s down to her own life being a secret mesh of New York socialite and high school good-girl, but her meddling ends up ruining things for her in some of the worst ways possible.

The strangest thing to come out of this episode is the revelation about Sebastian, who supposedly got expelled from his last school for sleeping with his art history teacher (“isn’t it sorta cool that he took art history?”). After seeing Carrie snoop through her father’s files in search of the reason Sebastian has been banned from her dating pool, we now know why Tom Bradshaw isn’t exactly thrilled about his eldest daughter’s love connection. Is it all as it seems right now?

Let’s take note that Sebastian didn’t really confirm nor deny his involvement with any teacher, acting more shocked that he had a lawyer than that Carrie was now making judgy eyes at him. For all her bad-boy aspirations, Carrie is just too much of a goody-goody to truly date someone like that (much like her initial relationships with Big in future life?), pointed out quite clearly by her later encounter with porn-turned-performance-art in Manhattan.

When Carrie takes Mouse to meet her on-again boyfriend in the city, she ends up dragged along to a live art exhibition in which a former porn star, Monica Penny, shows her flower for the price of – you guessed it – a penny. It’s called owning your power, darling, and Carrie discovered that the statement can mean many different things. She was owning her power by saying no to the pressure of sitting on the throne herself, and we’re all so very proud of her for styling it out the way she did.

We were missing Walt this week, which was a huge shame, but we did get to see Carrie’s besties work through their love issues. Dorrit got some good luck for once when she got the label she’d always wanted – girlfriend. Maggie, however, was embracing her inner drama queen by throwing out all of Walt’s things and decapitating their symbolic teddy bear. I’m loving her more and more each week, but does she remind anyone else of a teenage Leighton Meester?

What did you think of the episode? How long do you think it’ll be until Sebastian forgives Carrie for her snooping? Let us know your thoughts in the comments.

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