Season 1, Episode 1
Pilot TCD
Air date January 14, 2013
Written by Amy B. Harris
Directed by Miguel Arteta
Episode Guide
Lie With Me

"Pilot" is the series premiere of The Carrie Diaries. The first episode of Season 1, the pilot aired on January 14, 2013, at 9/8c.



Recently, life hasn’t been smooth sailing for 16-year-old Carrie Bradshaw – her mother just passed away, her rebellious younger sister Dorrit is acting out, and their father Tom is struggling to raise two teenage daughters alone.


It's always the same dream. I'm in the city and I belong. Manhattan is mine. But then I always wake up. The same old Carrie Bradshaw in Castlebury Connecticut.


In the series premiere episode, we find out that Carrie’s mother has recently died. Carrie has a rivalry with and devotion to her younger sister, Dorrit (Stefania Owen), and a concerned father (Matt Letscher) who sets her up with an awesome internship in New York City at a law firm.

It’s Carrie’s mother’s death that serves as the backbone to the relationship Carrie, Dorrit and their father have throughout the first episode. Dorrit feels as though Carrie got to experience a deep relationship with their mother before her passing, while Dorrit was too young to bond with her mother in the same way. It’s because of this that Dorrit acts out, sports a rather rebellious look (did you see that dark eyeliner?!), and runs away from home and doesn’t think it’s a big deal.

On Carrie’s first day at her internship( at a Manhattan law firm), she is “picked up” during her lunch break by fashion editor Larissa (Freema Agyeman), who likes her purse, and takes her out for a night out on the town, where Carrie gets an idea of the world she’ll soon takeover in a different series on HBO. (Sidenote: Larissa has no idea that Carrie is a high school student. She thinks Carrie is an adult.)

Mouse (Ellen Wong), Maggie (Katie Findlay) and Walt (Brendan Dooling) serve as Carrie’s best friends, while Sebastian (Austin Butler) is the troublesome new kid who will most likely serve as Carrie’s love interest throughout the first season. (If you’ve read the book like me, you know where this is heading. And how cute was their scene in the pool together? More shirtless scenes, please!)

Mouse seems like the one Carrie will be able to count on the most, Maggie is cute but appears to have a secret side to her, while Walt may be the most entertaining character to watch, aside from Carrie, of course.

While Carrie doesn’t actually sleep with anyone in this episode, during her episode-ending narration, she admits that she lost her virginity. She says that she may have just lost her innocence, her virginity, but not to the guy she had hoped but rather, Manhattan. (Look at the source of this section)[1]




Guest starringEdit

  • Josh Salatin as Simon Byrnes
  • Waris Alhuwalia as Friend of Larissa
  • Kate Nowlin as Barbara


  • Theodore Feldman as High School Jock
  • Jabari Gray as Security Guard
  • Nicole Lockhart as Student
  • Alexandra Miller as Jen #2
  • Olan Montgomery as Lap Swimmer 2012
  • Gil O'Brien as Businessman
  • Dan Puck as Actor
  • Natalie Savage as Century 21 Shopper
  • Gilbert Soto as Bike Messenger
  • Whitney Vance as Jen #1


Last.fm_play.png "Material Girl" – The Bird & The Bee
Last.fm_play.png "Just Can't Get Enough" – Depeche Mode
Last.fm_play.png "Jetfighter" – The Three O'Clock
Last.fm_play.png "Footloose" – Kenny Loggins
Last.fm_play.png "Burning Down the House" – Talking Heads
Last.fm_play.png "Bette Davis Eyes" – Kim Carnes
Last.fm_play.png "Blue Monday" – New Order
Last.fm_play.png "Girls Just Want To Have Fun" – Cyndi Lauper
Last.fm_play.png "Hold Me All Night" – Jerry Honigman
Last.fm_play.png "I Melt With You" – Modern English
Last.fm_play.png "Let The Music Play" – Shannon
Last.fm_play.png "Temptation" – Cobra Verde
Last.fm_play.png "The Way You Love Me" – Jerry Honigman


Carrie: I knew I wasn't searching for somebody or something here. I was searching for me.

Larissa: I collect people.

Sebastian: Poor little rich kid whose mom left for the tennis instructor? I'm just a cliché.

Carrie: While I had spent my summer grieving and letting go of my childhood, my friends were falling in love and entering adulthood.

Mouse: It's weird, I feel more confident because I like know stuff, but I'm scared because there's something to lose.

Mouse: It was like putting a hot dog in a keyhole.

Carrie: It's always the same dream. I'm in the city and I belong. Manhattan is mine. But then I always wake up. The same old Carrie Bradshaw in Castlebury Connecticut.




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  1. ‘The Carrie Diaries’ Series Premiere Recap: Carrie Loses Her Virginity, Hollywoodlife, Monday 14, 2013

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