Here, in honor of its 20th anniversary, is every episode of this sometimes problematic, sometimes infuriating, sometimes sublime — but no doubt seminal — show, ranked. On the other hand, it plummets in our ranking for its clumsy handling of Samantha dating a black man named Chivon. Carrie is all kinds of rattled to find out her hot young beau is bi.
So much so that she runs out of a party, flustered, and not even in a good way, after sharing a brief smooch during spin-the-bottle with Alanis Morissette. And, um, Charlotte joins the entourage of a movie star named Wiley Ford? Miranda buys an apartment and is single-shamed in the process, Charlotte meets a hot widower at a cemetery.
Carrie also starts seeing Big again after their recent breakup, because of course she does. Carrie goes to therapy to deal with her Big issues, which, good idea. This is also the episode where she dates Jon Bon Jovi, a fellow patient, which, not a good idea.
Aleksandr is already acting kind-of like a dick, not wanting to talk to Carrie about his work or introduce her to his friends. Big keeps checking out other women while with Carrie quelle surprise! That last one bumps this episode up a few notches. Meanwhile, Charlotte poses for a vagina painting by a famous artist. We learn about this phenomenon when some jerk takes time out of modelizing to drag Miranda as his date to a dinner party, just so all of his friends get off his case about his modelizing ways.
He tapes himself having sex with these glamazons for a video installation. This is some pure early Sex and the City, presenting an absurd exaggeration of a very tiny corner of Manhattan lifestyle so the rest of the country can feel sorry for us while simultaneously being kind of jealous. Charlotte gets addicted to the Rabbit vibrator! Carrie being awoken by a crowing rooster in the middle of Manhattan is also pure New York craziness. You can guess how well that goes.
A solid episode, though void of any real plot development or emotion. This is the episode where the four women go to a sex seminar and Miranda gets hit in the face with flying ejaculate. Charlotte tries to get over the failure of her marriage, and Samantha tries and fails to seduce a priest she calls Friar Fuck. This is the woman who stalked Big and his mother at church in season one.
At the end, she gets her life-changing meet-cute when she almost gets hit by a cab and is rescued by one Dr. The show gets away with its glamorization of Manhattan single life largely by undercutting its heroines whenever they get too sure of themselves. Here, Carrie indulges a fantasy, only to wake up the next morning in a filthy apartment filled with the slobbery of multiple male roommates and no damn toilet paper.
The secondary plot is also legendary: Nothing earth-shaking, but totally on point. In all, a decent grab bag of mid-season Sex and the City action.
Miranda substitutes chocolate for sex until she hits rock bottom when she finds herself pulling chocolate cake out of the garbage. The ladies go to Los Angeles, and bicoastal hijinks ensue! The real standout is guest star Kat Dennings as Jenny, a sexually precocious teen who hires Samantha to plan her million-dollar bat mitzvah. Samantha gives Jenny an unexpected lecture: You have your whole lives to talk that way. What could possibly go wrong?
Charlotte and Trey start their ill-fated attempt to conceive. Samantha wears fake nipples. They ogle baseball players in the locker room, make a lot of ball puns, and go meta with Miranda complaining about how much they talk about men.
Sex and the City has arrived, bitches. This first-season finale nails down the Sex and the City formula and vibe just in time to lure us back for season two. At a birthday gathering for Miranda, the four women vow to stop worrying about finding Mr. Carrie does exactly that, hopping into bed with an ex-lover and getting her cunnilingus to go — without returning the favor.
But that overarching narrative is cleverly undercut when she keeps bumping into a mysterious guy she calls Mr. Carrie persists in her frustrating attempts to turn Big into a committed boyfriend, leaving stuff at his place only to have it returned. Miranda, meanwhile, finds out that one of her ovaries is no longer working. Miranda and Steve are now together, but they keep bumping into her ex, Dr. Robert Leeds, who lives in her building and is understandably displeased with how things turned out.
Smith, being the most perfect boyfriend in Sex and the City history, forgives her and they forge ahead with their relationship. All clues continue to point away from a wedding for Aidan and Carrie: This time, Carrie escapes home life by going clubbing with a hot, gay Australian shoe distributor. Robert Leeds, played by Blair Underwood. This is also the one where Samantha pretends to be a random British lady to get into the pool at SoHo House. A perfectly solid start to the final season, with intriguing threads to follow until the end.
Miranda gets hooked on TiVo, specifically a British soap opera about an interracial couple called Jules and Mimi, and Charlotte looks into converting to Judaism for Harry.
Yay for Harry Goldenblatt! The underlying message, however, is downright existential: Maybe companionship is what we need most in the end. Samantha does something truly heroic in her terms: She gives Miranda her hair appointment and watches new baby Brady so Miranda can go. And Charlotte trades in her hot divorce lawyer for his less overtly hot partner, Harry Goldenblatt … yay, Harry Goldenblatt!
But this does allow for a magnificent gag about Samantha having to show up despite a terrible chemical peel, and it also allows Carrie to invite her new flirtation, novelist Jack Berger. Alas, he has a girlfriend. Charlotte sleeps with her sweaty, crude divorce lawyer, Harry Goldenblatt, and has great sex. To make matters more poignant, Charlotte discovers she has only a 15 percent chance of getting pregnant herself.
Big comes up seeking company after his breakup with the movie star, and Aidan is a real gem for most of the awkward encounter. But male aggression eventually gets the best of both of them, and they end up wrestling in the mud. Other significant developments include Miranda sleeping with Steve to cheer him up after having a testicle removed, Charlotte and Trey struggling with infertility, and Samantha courting hotelier Richard Wright — as a client.
The differences between Aidan and Carrie, however, also hold larger significance: And we already see that Aidan and Carrie are not cut out for each other over the long run. Steve also tells Miranda he has testicular cancer, a major turning point in their relationship. Also, not a great sign of things to come. But they soon realize they belong together … and Charlotte is engaged again!
Samantha gets boudoir shots done, and Miranda has to embrace her confident side when a fit guy from the gym asks her out. The confrontation is a fantastically surprising moment in which the heretofore underestimated Natasha puts our heroine in her place.
It might be the first time we truly realize that Carrie is deeply flawed, and redemption is not a sure thing. Charlotte and Trey also make the heartbreaking decision to separate.
Samantha even ends up with a guy whose equipment is too big, instead of Mr. How will anyone ever see her anymore? Do they even have trains there? How about cable and running water? The truly indelible image from this episode is Samantha shaving her head as her chemo progresses, and Smith doing the same in solidarity. And obviously he looks great without hair.
So much so that Carrie is moved to tell the dating-guru instructor and her room full of acolytes what an inspiration her romantic friend is. Carrie gets a book deal! Charlotte declares herself ready to get married within a year, Samantha has a graphic romp with a fireman at the firehouse, and Miranda gets LASIK eye surgery, which gifts the world with this image.
Instead, Charlotte offers her Tiffany engagement ring as a financing tool. Even if one of them is kind of gross about it.