Oh hey, it's Tom's chauvinist, disgusting friend Harlan. Harlan wants to date a woman with an amazing rack, but she won't go without a "sidechick." Even back in the '80s, women knew the telltale signs of date rape. Harlan asks Tom to take one for the team and accompany him on this double date, and Tom is reluctant but agrees. Harlan tells Tom he hears Carrie is doing well at the law firm, which is obviously a lie. Tom almost goes up to say hi, but thinks better of it. Carrie won't get caught like that. Harlan leaves Tom with the international hand gesture for "bazoongas."
Meanwhile, at her covert internship at the magazine, Carrie models some shoes for a photo shoot because that's what interns do, apparently, and the magazine is going under and can't afford real models. But it's Carrie's first experience with shoe love, which you three SATC fans still watching this show will know is true Carrie Bradshaw. Her very first Manolos. Larissa, ever the enabler, tells Carrie to wear them out to the club with her on Friday night.
TWIST: Friday night is the night of the high school lock-in. Carrie lets that slip, but Larissa never went to school, or is too British to think that a lock-in is anything other than one of those new bondage clubs. Carrie opts to go to the Interview issue closing event at Limelight. The lock-in will just be the perfect cover, and the perfect new bondage club.
Carrie tells Maggie and Mouse of her plan over shoes in her bedroom. To cover up any plotholes, Carrie says Bitchy Barbara is covering for her indefinitely at the law firm. Because apparently Carrie's scarf is helping her get laid. Even though Maggie told Carrie her cheating secret, she's still making an effort to keep Carrie away from Sebastian. So Carrie is going to Limelight, and still thinks Sebastian is unavailable. Then Tom walks in and is all awkward about re-entering the dating scene.
Back at school, Carrie laments that Sebastian isn't into her because if he was, he would have broken up with Donna. She also tells Maggie to tell Walt about cheating on him, which makes Maggie's motives for keeping Carrie and Sebastian apart a mystery. Carrie sees Sebastian in the hallway, they greet each other, it's all stupid.
Donna flirts with Walt a little as he is stacking film canisters for the lock-in. He got Rocky III for her because The Jens told him it was Donna's favorite movie. Why Walt cares about pleasing Donna is beyond me, but this scene has to move forward somehow. Donna decides to like Walt because he is rich-ish, has fraternity connections, and is thoughtful enough to follow instructions. She wants to ruin all the lives.