Tuesday, May 28, 2013

We Love It: Top Ten Sex and the City Episodes, Part One

This photo is the closest that Season One will get to our Top 10 list.

We admit it - we're still completely obsessed with Sex and the City. It's amazing how this show still feels relevant and applicable to all sorts of dating and relationship situations, despite the fact that it doesn't even feature cell phones (remember how Carrie was alone at her birthday dinner because no one could get in touch with her? Unthinkable!). Even now, we often catch ourselves saying, "This is JUST like that SATC episode when..." and getting caught up in all-day marathons (while writing in the Sequin Notebook and polishing off a big bottle of Cavit, naturally). As crazy as it sounds, Sex and the City premiered FIFTEEN YEARS AGO on HBO on June 6, 1998 - to celebrate its anniversary, here is our top 10 countdown of our all-time favorite episodes.
10) A Woman's Right to Shoes (Season 6, Episode 9)

10 years later and I'm still lusting after these shoes!

M says: How could we possibly not include this classic shoe episode in our top 10 list?!  After getting her precious (brand new!) Manolo's stolen during a party, Carrie is shoe shamed for having spent so much money on a single pair of shoes.  This episode still makes me angry when Carrie's friend not only makes zero apologies when the shoes were stolen at her own home, but then judges Carrie for buying such extravagant shoes.  Clearly this friend is not a keeper (and luckily we never see or hear from her again!) but we all know these type of Gals who judge us for our life decisions and choices.  Thankfully Carrie is reunited with her beautiful shoes by the end of the episode, after she registers for them in celebration of marrying herself! And while the rest of the ladies don't have quite as dramatic of an episode, I can certainly relate to Samantha's disgust with all of the unruly children in the episode. As a new mom-to-be, I think Miranda says it best with "I don't like any children but my own!"

Best Part of the Episode
When Carrie receives her one and only registry item, the most amazing pair of Manolo Blahniks (don't we all wish we could sneak these onto our own registries?!)!

Favorite Quote
CARRIE: The fact is, sometimes it's really hard to walk in a single woman's shoes. That's why we need really special ones now and then to make the walk a little more fun.

9) Hot Child in the City (Season 3, Episode 15)

Sadly, the superhero shirt is the least offensive article of clothing in this photo.
B says: This is a classic episode not just because of its cringe worthy relatability (how many times have we been slightly embarrassed of the men we've dated, and tried to justify big red flags like still living with his parents?) but also because it features my top contender for the title of All-Time Worst Carrie Outfit of All Time:

Carrie - NO! The bandanna, the arts camp poncho, the neon striped tie-dye leggings...I just can't.

Back to the episode: Carrie meets and dates comic store owner Wade, who at first seems to be a fun-loving free spirit but is actually an overgrown manchild who not only still lives with his parents, but also puts the blame on Carrie when they get caught smoking on his parents' deck! HCITC is one of our favorite comedic episodes for the way it juxtaposes the ladies' lives with teenage woes (Miranda's adult braces were sooooo unfortunate, especially when they get clogged up with a huge wad of spinach on her date), since as we all know, the feeling of butterflies in your stomach when you start to talk to a cute boy in the cafeteria never really fade away.

Best Part of the Episode
Carrie and Wade's cute date where he takes her to the arcade and lets her ride his scooter home...we can aaaaaalmost get onboard with him then, because at least it's a somewhat creative date!

Favorite Quote
CARRIE: On closer inspection, it turned out this living with the parents thing wasn't so bad. It was like having servants you didn't have to pay!

8) Easy Come, Easy Go (Season 3, Episode 9)

So bad - yet sooo good!

This episode is chock full of classic moments - funky spunk, Trey's alrighty proposal, but most of all, it was the beginning of the Big and Carrie affair!  The root of this episode has to do with the struggle women face between listening to their hearts vs. their heads.  The Gals here at TSN are Team Big all the way, and while we know logically that Carrie and Big's affair is bad news, it's impossible not to eat up every minute of it!  And on some level, it's also hard not to relate to the fantasy of it all.  We've probably all have that one guy out there that is what Big is to Carrie, and at some point or another have fantasized about doing the unthinkable and giving into lust instead of logic.  So seeing Carrie finally give into Big at the end of the episode is so satisfying even if it is so wrong.
Another outfit tragedy!  Sheer, uneven belly shirt with neon bra peeking through - not your most fabulous look when running into your ex and his stuffy new wife!

Best Part of the Episode
When Carrie finally gives into temptation and succumbs to Big in the elevator.  No good can come from this but would you really have been able to say no to Big either?

Favorite Quote
CHARLOTTE: I proposed to myself!
CHARLOTTE: Yes. I suggested he have a tomato salad, then I suggested we get married.
CARRIE: Wait. What exactly did he say?
CHARLOTTE: Alrighty!
CARRIE: Alrighty? He said alrighty? Now I'm thinking the upsetting thing isn't that you proposed, it's that you proposed to a guy that says "alrighty."
CHARLOTTE: Oh, Carrie, stop!
CARRIE: Alrighty.

7) The Man, the Myth, the Viagra (Season 2, Episode 8)

The kissing.. in the rain.. with Steve!  Makes you fall in love with Steve all over again.

B says: I'm not usually a big sap when it comes to relationships but this episode gets me every. single. time! The most important thing about this episode is that it's the one where Miranda meets Steve - of course, she does everything in her power to push him away, but he will not be deterred that easily! I can certainly relate to the feeling that an actual good guy is as easy to find as a unicorn so I understand the root of Miranda's cynicism, but I love when she finally lets go of her fears and chases after (in the rain! To be a fairy tale romance, it must happen in the rain!). In other couple news, Carrie and Big are back on and she desperately wants to introduce him to the girls with a proper night out on the town. He tells her at the very last minute that he is not coming (and has the nerve to do so with a gross chili dog dripping down his shirt!), she is too embarrassed to tell the girls, but just when it looks like she'll be forced to confess, he shows up! Of course, that would never actually happen, but it's another swoonworthy moment in an episode full of fun fantasies.

Oh, and Samantha sleeps with that really old rich guy, so that's fun too, and Big serenades Carrie in this little Italian restaurant.

Best Part of the Episode
Miranda and Steve's rainy kiss, of course!

Favorite Quote
CARRIE: I want you to know my friends better.
BIG: I know your friends fine. Charlotte is the brunette, Miranda is the redhead, and Samantha is trouble.
6) Running with Scissors (Season 3, Episode 11)

Uh oh.

B says: Well, we knew the Carrie/Big affair could not end well.

Best Part of the Episode
That super tense moment when Carrie realizes that Natasha is home early and she is about to be caught. My stomach still gets knotted up every time!

Favorite Quote
CHARLOTTE: He's married, Carrie.
CARRIE: I know he's married.
CHARLOTTE: That makes you the other woman, you're the other woman.
CARRIE: I'm not the other woman, I'm not. I mean I know I am, but, I'm not that woman.

Stay tuned for Part Two!


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B & M

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