The Sex and the City The ladies are back in action with the revival of HBO Max And like that…, but one familiar face did not make it through the first episode.
Thursday’s premiere meets old friends Carrie, Miranda and Charlotte as they wait for a table in a busy restaurant. They encounter Betsy von Mafling, who is asking about Samantha. “She’s no longer with us,” said Charlotte earnestly – but she didn’t die! I just moved to London for work. Miranda goes back to school for her MA, her hair is now gray… and tells the girls that she just stepped on a used condom in her son Brady’s bedroom. Remember Baby Brady? Ah, the more things change on this show, the more they stay the same.
Charlotte introduces her friends to Lisa (Nicole Ari Parker), another mom at her children’s school, relentlessly rocking Lisa’s credentials: documentary filmmaker, fashion icon… (Jeez, we got it, Charlotte, you have a black boyfriend.) Daughter Charlotte Lilly has a piano party coming up, and Carrie was planning to head to the Hamptons with Paige that night, but agreed to reschedule. When she and Miranda leave, Miranda recalls how they never talked about Samantha. Excuse me. Looks like Carrey dropped Sam as a publicist for her book, and Sam took it lightly and isn’t answering their calls now. “I thought I was more than just an ATM,” Curry snorted. Um, are you talking about Samantha Jones or Kim Cattrall? Either way, it’s very embarrassing. (So unlike Samantha, right?)
When Charlotte comes home, we see that she is still with Harry, and Lily is almost grown up now. In addition, we meet her daughter Rose, who was born at first Sex and the City movie, but she is now old enough to rebel. She doesn’t want to wear the dress Charlotte bought for a night out — or any dress, really. Meanwhile, Carrie arrives home with Big, who has just opened a bottle of wine. They put out Todd Rundgren’s vinyl record and Big sings while Carrie tells him about the party. He’s cool with her gone, but he’s staying home: He has a date with the Peloton. Carrie also appears on a sex-themed podcast hosted by “non-bisexual Irish-Mexican singer” Che (Sarah Ramirez), but after Carrie becomes laughable and embarrassed when they talk about masturbation in public, Che warns her that she needs to get more involved in conversation, and “Step up your steps.” okay then.
Miranda has her awkward moment on her first day of class, where she marvels at Professor Black’s braids Nya, then falls flat on herself so she doesn’t look racist. Then when I ran to Nia (Karen Bateman) on a subway platform – hey, have we ever seen a subway platform on Sex and the City? – She tries to explain herself by screaming over the train noise… but Nya avoids her only to catch another train. Carrie does some homework by asking Big to masturbate in front of her while she’s watching (!), but after a short effort, he ends up dragging her on top of her for some non-single act. As she prepares for the party—yes, her wardrobe is still to die for—Big happily smokes Stuggy, teasing him about his coach Peloton as she walks out the door.
At the party, Rose agreed to wear the dress that Charlotte got, but with a tuxedo shirt over it and a mysterious owl hat. Anthony is panicked – and Stanford is angry at him for “passing the hot boys” to a bread delivery service. Steve is there too… It’s a big old encounter! During the performance, Brady hangs out with his girlfriend, and tells his mother that we “wouldn’t be ashamed of having sex.” Lily’s piano playing is incredible – and we flash back and forth between that and the big pumping away on the Peloton. He finished and texted Carrie…but then he dropped his phone and collapsed holding his chest. Carrie returns home to find him on the floor, and as he looks at her, we see the light go out in his eyes. She ran towards him screaming and holding his body and crying. “This way…” she tells us, “the big one died.”
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