Ok, I don’t want to slut shame Carrie, but I just find it kind of annoying that the show always introduces these random characters and directly states or implies that Carrie slept with them in the past. Or maybe it’s just me? Because Carrie visited Anson in 7.05 who said they slept together, and it made me think of all these weird random (did they or didn’t they? oh, they did?!) types of encounters with the NSA guy, Otto, Estes, etc. It’s not a big deal, but is it necessary?

It is necessary. 

First, they weren’t being coy about it, so there was no “did they or didn’t they” aspect to me. We know in the first scene they interacted this episode that they fucked. It’s certainly better than them avoiding it and us being confused by their weird ass sexual energy all episode. So it sets the baseline for who they are to each now and who they were then. 

Also, the fact that he was (seemingly) married when they were having sex makes this the third man we know Carrie slept with while he was married. I’m not sure that’s revealing but… once an anomaly, twice a coincidence, three times a pattern…