The Carrie Diaries, Season 1, Episode 10: “The Long and Winding Road Not Taken”
Written by Terri Minsky
Directed by Michael Fields
Airs Monday at 8pm (ET) on the CW
There’s a Reason No One Takes That Road.
Nothing to see here folks; seriously, just keep driving, unless you’re Carrie driving a stick for the first time in a Porsche, in which case please stop, you’re going to break it. The curious closure offered in last week episode now seems unmistakable in contrast to this week’s offering, because it was clearly the victim of an attempt to stretch 10% worth of a story into a full episode.
Each arc ended with just the tiniest nibble of pending plots; Mouse was once again caught up in scholastic shenanigans, but also managed to organize her way into becoming manager of West’s team (gee, I wonder where this one’s going). Dorrit got up to her typical Dorritiness, but then had her first kiss (yes, calling that a kiss is the understatement of the season). Sebastian went the drunk and disorderly route, but then his hot mess mother was briefly introduced, and while Walt still didn’t verbalize anything about his sexuality, he did spark up something up with Bennett. So they were pretty good nibbles, but nibbles none the less.
On a brighter note, the door is wide open for next week. Other than Sebastian going on a certain cherry picking expedition, there isn’t really any looming storylines that feel like they absolutely have to be addressed. Who knows? This could all be a lead up to those 10 years Carrie spent living on a free love commune before she realized her passion for sex journalism could only be achieved in the big city.
– Ashley Blackburn