Meanwhile, in the dark recesses of a terrible subplot, Tom discovers tickets to The Nutcracker that his wife ordered for her and Dorrit before she died. Tom has no idea what to do with the tickets, but we all know he has to honor the tradition and bond with Dorrit. Should any more time be wasted on this story line? Dorrit is excited about the ballet, and even to go with Carrie, but is back to being sulky when Tom suggests he take her. Maybe their trip to the ballet will end in a Lifetime-esque Christmas Car Accident.
At school, Donna and Maggie have a cute conversation about who is more alpha. They are both not very realistic characters, so this scene must have been a lot of fun to write. Maggie is going to the dance alone because Walt has the chicken pox. Donna thinks it's tragic to go to a dance alone, and notes that she is always the best thing in the room. I envy Donna LeDonna's confidence. I also like the way she talked about her and Sebastian "burnin' it slow on the dance floor."
OK, now we have this scene where Carrie and Larissa are going over the pages for Interview Magazine. The timeline is more realistic than when Carrie said they were going to shoot pictures of her purse in September for the coming issue. The rest of the details are a problem. Larissa presents Carrie with the pages, which have a picture of her purse and an accompanying story. The headline is, "Painted Purse Makes a Big Splash." I don't even know where to begin. Good job, Carrie, you made it into this magazine that is obviously bullshit. It is probably one big con, run by Larissa, who is a grifter.
Carrie suggests a revised title: "A Pollack for Your Purse; This Splatter Painted Look Will Soon Be Splattered All over New York City." A little wordy, but Larissa loves everything Carrie says or does, so she writes it all over the page in red. Larissa suggests that Carrie should be a writer, then just offers her a job.
"You'd fit right in. First you come up with this brilliant purse, then you spice it up with an equally brilliant caption, you inspired my next photo shoot, you'd be absolutely fantastic." Yeah, because doing whatever at this fake magazine is totally a real job. Just work a little bit in every department, Carrie, and everyone will respect you because you're so young.