We’ve travelled back in time to October on this week’s The Carrie Diaries, ‘Fright Night’, and Carrie is determined to cash in on her new-found New York lifestyle by taking Walt to Larissa’s Halloween party in the city. Before she gets to escape her dull teenage existence, however, she has to deal with the fact that she’s trapped in a school with her ex-boyfriend, and he’s throwing his own Halloween party without inviting her.
The first thing that struck me about this episode was that Walt is still able to hang out with the girls despite his breakup with Maggie a couple of episodes ago. Is this just a convenience demanded by the plot? I guess if he wasn’t present at breakfasts in the diner or chats in the school hallway then we’d never see him, so I’m actually ok with the weird lapse in logic here. Walt is probably my favourite character on the show, and he gets a nice juicy storyline of his own in this episode.
We all know he’s a little bit confused about his sexuality, and his trip to New York with Carrie should have opened up a whole new world for him. The cute Kubrick fan that Carrie starts flirting with at the party (apparently she hasn’t developed her gaydar yet) is much for interested in him, for example, but when he makes a move it’s not received very well at all. Living in the world we do now, while it’s still far from perfect, it’s all the more sad to see someone like Walt hide their true selves in search of wide social acceptance.
Of course, any inkling he had about coming out of the closet were certainly put to rest by the sight of a gay couple being harassed on the street by random homophobes. He runs straight back home to Maggie after the night is over and, having been dumped by her older boyfriend hours earlier, they get back together in the most literal sense. How long can this really last if he’s more interested in her as a beard than a girlfriend? It’s clear that even if he turns out to be bisexual, the heat between him and Maggie has long since disappeared.
Strangely, with everyone else preoccupied with self-discovery, Mouse and Sebastian manage to bond at the latter’s party, which she only attends to prove her friend’s ex is a bad person. He demonstrates the opposite to her after she smokes weed for the first time, and takes her to Carrie’s house so as not to get her in trouble at home. Their conversation about parental expectations was sweet, with Sebastian expressing jealousy at Mouse’s over-protective and expectant family, and we now have a better understanding of why Mouse is as up-tight as she is.
Like always, Carrie is the one taking care of those around her, as her joy at not having to supervise Dorritt turns into frustration that she has to look after Larissa instead. I’ve had a problem with her underdeveloped her character has been so far, simply representing the glamorous lifestyle that Carrie so craves, but the events in ‘Fright Night’ thankfully put those annoyances to rest. While we didn’t gain any great insight into who Larissa is or where she came from, we do know that her fantastic life in Manhattan is just as lonely as everyone else’s. Carrie isn’t an island because people need her, so it’s a textbook case of the grass is always greener.
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