The Carrie Diaries – Recap: Guest Starring Super Mario
The Carrie Diaries carried on with Season 2 tonight with an episode that brought a new love into Bradshaw’s life. Meanwhile, Dorrit threatened to give a punk a wedgie that would pop his nuts.
Episode 4 of Season 2 of The Carrie Diaries, “Borderline,” introduced us to Adam Weaver (Chris Wood), a NYC playwright who made quite the emotional impact on Carrie (Annasophia Robb) while she attempted to scoop up an interview. Meanwhile, Sebastian (Austin Butler), unaware of Carrie’s budding new romance, continued his trysts with cougar Vicky (Molly Simms), much to Maggie’s (Katie Findlay) equal parts dismay and amusement. Walt (Brendan Dooling) saw a strange new twist unfold in his own relationship with Bennet (Jake Robinson), while Tom’s (Matt Letscher) thriving relationship with Deb (Nadia Dajani) fizzled faster than you can spell juggs. j-u-g-g-s. Poof! Gone. Here is the Recap and Review of Episode 4 of Season 2 of The Carrie Diaries, “Borderline”!
Take a wild guess. Episode 4, “Borderline,” focused on the need for boundaries in life, and whether the juice is worth the squeeze when it comes to crossing them. Carrie, restless in her position as Larissa’s (Freema Ageyman) coffee girl, attempted to draw up a list of possible subjects for a test piece in Interview. If she could write up something people would be interested in reading, Larissa would publish the article in the magazine. Carrie eventually settled on interviewing Adam Weaver, a breakout playwright and the current toast of the town. Manhattan is quite the town to be the talk of. Weaver’s play, a story about the death of his brother, had “Tony award” written all over it, driving Bennet to call bull on the entire ordeal. Carrie, ever the optimist, attempted to give Weaver the benefit of the doubt, while Walt was too caught off-guard by Blake, a rich executive from the corporate end of Interview, who wasted know time sending a few flirtations Walt’s way. Bennet, most likely due to a moment of panic, offered up Walt on a silver platter, suggesting that his beau take the office rival up on his offer for a date. Honestly, Bennet sort of suggested the whole thing to begin with, confusing Walt immensely in the process.
At school the next day, Walt confided his frustrations in Mouse (Ellen Wong), who couldn’t see the problem if Bennet refused to take things exclusive with her buddy to begin with. Maggie was left in the dark, of course, though conversation eventually turned to Sebastian, who’d been conspicuously absent from school for nearly a week. Juggling Super Mario Bros. with hot hook-ups with Vicky, the Kydd took advantage of his absent parents tremendously this week. Funny enough, Vicky isn’t looking to woo Sebastian into some sort of emotional affair. The two are enjoying a fling, and as a woman who’s been around the block, she mostly offered up love advice between bonks.
Later, Maggie chose to lay her curiosity to rest, venturing over to Sebastian’s mansion to check in on her “friend.” Sebastian, confused by Maggie’s concern, was then caught between a rock and a hard place as Vicky subsequently made her presence known… pantless… filling Maggie in on the Kydd’s recent means of sex-fueled entertainment. Maggie ran for the hills in an instant, while Vicky, oddly enough, sniffed out the truth from the blink-and-you-missed-it encounter. Maggie has a real crush on Sebastian, and he’s been somewhat blind to it this entire time.
Bennet accompanied Carrie to a matinee of Weaver’s play. The stage was set for this famous funeral scene, yet as the actress portraying Weaver’s character’s mother began to dump buckets of ashes, cheeseburgers, and a poster of Farrah Fawcett out to sea in honor of her dead son, Bradshaw couldn’t help but start to quietly laugh. The crowd was not amused as Carrie’s chuckles grew into a full-on case of the church giggles following the completion of the obviously ridiculous melodramatic scene. Outside, Carrie discussed her embarrassment with Bennet, only to witness Adam Weaver making his approach from afar. Bennet, who’d assume Weaver was gay as an articulate hottie of a playwright living in Manhattan, then witnessed Carrie’s sorry attempt at an apology. In truth, Carrie had laughed at her own mother’s funeral. Her mother’s casket, which was too big to fit the grave that had been dug, was thumped… and thumped… and thumped, over and over again before Bradshaw would burst into laughs. Weaver, absolutely pleased with Carrie’s reaction to the scene that was intended to be comedic, was charmed, and the two set out for drinks at McSorley’s, the oldest Irish tavern in New York City.
The thing about Carrie is that she’s sincere and she’s honest, so this wasn’t an attempt to fool this guy into unknowingly giving his first interview ever. Weaver, who attempts keep his private life a mystery until he so chooses to expose his stories via his work, was so smitten with Carrie and her earnestness that he inevitably began to give way to the idea of a candid talk after a few rounds of beers. The two spoke privately, in part on the record and in part off, but the formalities seemed to be all for naught. Weaver opened up regarding the truth behind his brother’s funeral. The events had transpired the way he portrayed them in his play, yet he left out the part where his father clocked him across the face for laughing and disgracing the “golden” son. Carrie is no opportunist. Once her heart began to get involved, it was all over. A kiss sealed the deal.
Carrie’s plot took a sudden twist at this point, as Episode 4 took us back to Castlebury where her father planned on introducing his girls to Deb and her son. Deb’s 11-year-old son at first appeared to be mainly shy and uncomfortable, yet things would unravel quickly. First, the boy wouldn’t put down his video game. Next, even pizza, a the ultimate kid food, wouldn’t do the trick. The boy demanded tater tots. TATER TOTS! Deb, always prepared, carried a Tupperware full of them in her purse. The thing is, Dorrit (Stefania Owen) and Carrie both seemed to enjoy Deb’s company, yet by the time her son invaded one of their typical sisterly quarrels upstairs, they’d had enough.
Dorrit, looking for a bigger bed to share with Miller (Evan Crooks), had taken advantage of the fact that Carrie had been spending most of her time in Manhattan. Unfortunately for the youngest Bradshaw, a condom wrapper tipped her big sis off to her sexcapades. Deb’s son, listening in on the fight over a discovered “rubber,” attempted to blackmail the girls with his newfound secret information, first digging through Carrie’s underwear drawer before requesting a pair of live “juggs”! Dorrit was happy to oblige, at first, but Carrie stepped in with a better plan. The two threatened the brat with the wedgie to end all wedgies. Murder by nut popping, as Dorrit put it. The boy, devastated by the horror of it all, ran straight to his mother, throwing the girls under the bus as though they were a pair of teenage bullies.
Tom was initially puzzled and a bit ticked off by his girls’ behavior, but he’d later witness some of the tween’s own offensiveness during a business call with an important client. Tom’s charm had managed to win over this big client for Harlan’s firm, but house calls and obnoxious little boys do not mix. From another phone, the boy would make some crude jokes during the important impromptu chat, promptly ending what could have been an important conversation. In the end, Deb’s delusional blindness to her son’s behavior was too much for Tom, who was admittedly willing to bet that Carrie and Dorrit had been less than entirely honest with their own explanations. I mean, just throwing this out there, but 11 is old to be requesting tater tots from your mom’s purse, and I don’t know anyone, young or old, who’d choose tater tots over pizza.
Back in Manhattan, Walt’s impending hot date with Blake was inevitably crashed by Bennet, who simply couldn’t get over the fact that his sort-of-boyfriend was seeing someone else. Walt, who was both frustrated and relieved to see Bennet outside of the fancy restaurant in Soho, watched his date leave in a huff before confronting Bennet with his feelings. Bennet, now ready to take things exclusive, admitted in a nice moment of vulnerability that he’d been wrong to suggest they remain so casual. A kiss sealed the deal. This is good. The show needed to humanize Bennet a little bit more. Television relationships never work when one partner is perfect and the other is a wreck. Walt has gotten his act together, at least on the Manhattan scene, and Bennet showed some endearing insecurity.
To close the recap, Larissa had advised Carrie, from the comfort of her bubble bath, to continue milking Weaver for information. A little sex goes a long way, of course, but Carrie, in her heart, knew that the interview would never actually be written. Weaver continued to open up to Carrie, admitting that he’d never had a true relationship with her brother the way Carrie has with Dorrit. His brother saw him as competition, and Weaver’s entire legacy is now based on the death of his sibling. He’s been immensely lauded for his work, yet he feels like a monster for caring so little about losing his brother. Carrie, who seems to be a sucker for brooding guys with abandonment issues, continued to fall for this new live interest. Larissa, who’s always been supportive of Carrie as a career woman, was not pleased. Carrie received no sympathy, and her pleas for another chance at a different assignment fell on deaf ears. Carrie, “banished to Siberia,” was demoted back to “cappuccino girl” status at Interview. Funny enough, she couldn’t care less, at least by the close of Episode 4, as crossing the borderline with Weaver was totally worth it.
What did you think of The Carrie Diaries Season 2 Episode 4, “Borderline”? Team Sebastian or Team Weaver? Does Maggie have a shot with Sebastian now that Carrie has begun to move on? Will Tom actually need to find a little boy to take to a business baseball game now that he’s made amends with the client who has his own bratty son, or was that simply a funny joke to end his arc this week? Are you happy to see Walt and Bennet going exclusive? Did you miss Samantha?
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