Thursday, June 6, 2013

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




Here they are...in celebration of Sex and the City's fifteenth anniversary, we're counting down our top ten all-time favorite episodes. If you missed Part One, catch up with it here. Now, onto our top 5!

5) Ex and the City (Season Two, Episode 18)

Oh Big, the novelty of beige will soon wear off...
M says:  Kicking off the top 5 is a favorite of ours that brought to light a concept that has been practically groundbreaking for us – The Simple Girl! In this episode, Carrie ponders if you can ever really be friends with an Ex. In her attempt to prove she’s ready to become friends with Big, she learns that he’s now engaged to Natasha (aka, the Idiot Stick Figure with No Soul). On the day of Big and Natasha’s engagement brunch at the Plaza, she has drinks with the Gals and is stuck wondering why she wasn’t the one that Big chose. That’s when Miranda likens the situation to the movie The Way We Were.  Carrie then realizes that there are two types of girls out there, the Simple Girls, and the Gals that are anything but simple.. crazy, complex, and everything in between. This has been true for us Gals at TSN time and time again, and we both have been subject to seeing guys pick the Simple Girl, though it’s always baffling (see also: Snoozefest!) . Often we’ve experienced that the guy realizes that the Simple Gal may not be the best pick, but it’s always easy.. and as we see later on in the series, this certainly was the case with Big and Natasha. In other episode news, this is yet another irresistible Steve and Miranda episode, and the start-up of their second time around relationship.

Best Part of the Episode
When Carrie and the Girls bask in their Simple Girl revelation while getting nice and boozy (and musical!)

Favorite Quote
CARRIE: Then I had a thought, maybe I didn’t break Big, maybe the problem was that he couldn’t break me. Maybe some women aren’t meant to be tamed. Maybe they need to run free until they find someone just as wild to run with.


4) The Good Fight (Season Four, Episode 13)

SSB - Sexy, Swimming Behavior

M says:  The Good Fight is definitely one of my favorite comedic episodes of SATC, but also contains some very poignant moments.  The episode centers around Carrie and Aidan moving in together, and the struggles Carrie faces now that she has to share her space.  I can definitely relate to this having went through a similar scenario when Grill Guy and I first moved in together.  It's not always easy after you're used to living on your own, and Carrie definitely experiences some growing pains as Aidan completely takes over her apartment.  Their fight is completely hilarious and relatable, and I'm always horrified watching Pete destroy those beautiful Manolos!  This is also the episode that brought us the cardboard baby!  Ohh Trey.. it was nice knowing you!  I also love this episode because it is the start of Samantha and Richard's romance.  That scene where they are dancing on the rooftop to Sade at sunrise is completely breathtaking.  Whether or not you were a Richard fan, you can't help but swoon at this exchange between them.  And last but not least, Miranda sleeps with Bart Bass (and if you don't know what that reference means, you're probably not meant to keep reading this blog!!)  

Best Part of the Episode
The fight between Carrie and Aidan where she makes fun of his speedsticks and rogaine and tells him to shut up!  

Favorite Quote
CARRIE: “That’s the thing about needs, sometimes when you get them met, you don’t need them anymore.”

3) One (Season 6, Episode 12)

Let's frame this in our living room just as soon as we crop the two people on the ends out of the photo (AND OUR LIVES!).
B says: This is such a bittersweet episode of SATC...on the comedic side, you have a classic creepy clown who keeps freaking everyone out at Brady's birthday party, Robert saying "I love you" to Miranda...by spelling it out on a cookie (and Miranda eating the entire thing), Steve's drunk mother bonding with his new girlfriend Debbie over their shared love of Bud Light (much to Miranda's dismay), and of course, Samantha's wacky hijinks to try to cover up a gray hair...down there. On the drama end of the spectrum, this episode gives us the heartbreak of Charlotte's miscarriage (and how she manages to eventually show up at Brady's party, despite her personal troubles), the hopefulness of Carrie's first encounter with the seemingly charming Aleksandr Petrovsky (of course, THAT turned out to be a disaster, but it seemed like it had potential at first), and my personal favorite...the reunion of Steve and Miranda! Both had been trying to get over each other by moving on with new relationships, but couldn't quite shake the feeling that they still belonged together. I also really enjoyed the portrayal of the men in this episode, particularly Harry. While the central relationship of the show will always be about the four main women, it was very sweet that Harry came to Brady's birthday party on his own (Charlotte picked a good one!) and even more touching when Charlotte rallied to be there for Miranda at the party, despite her own personal struggles.

Best Part of the Episode
It's challenging to make it to the end of this episode because I always keep rewinding the scene in Miranda's laundry room when she is getting the birthday cake, and Steve appears with a big "1" candle. She can't help herself from telling him that he's "the one," which is a huge step from the cynic we first meet in "The Man, the Myth, the Viagra." Of course, the very best part is when housekeeper Magda enters the laundry room and gives them a knowing, approving, smug look - I feel you, Magda!

Favorite Quote
CARRIE: When will waiting for "the one"...be done?


2) I Love a Charade (Season 5, Episode 8)

The ladies all decked out at a big, big, big Hamptons wedding - love it!

M says: I Love a Charade is my favorite romantic episode of the series.  I may be biased seeing as that beautiful Hamptons wedding was partly an inspiration to my own outdoor tented wedding, but this episode also has some great comedic moments that keep it from being too sentimental.  At the start of the episode the ladies are together at a piano bar enjoying the music of one of Carrie's oldest (and seemingly gayest!) friends, Bobby Fine.  We come to learn that Bobby is actually engaged to a woman and is having a huge Hamptons wedding and the ladies are all invited.  Well almost all of the ladies.. except for Charlotte.  Luckily, her secret fling Harry, the bald attorney with a heart of gold is invited and wants Charlotte to be his date.  After some convincing, she concedes to attend with him, only if he agrees to wax his hairy back.  Meanwhile, the ladies are still baffled by the fact that Bobby is marrying a woman and wonder how someone can sustain a relationship without necessarily having a chemical or physical connection (and yes, i'm purposely not referring to this as zha zha zhu.. hate that phrase!!)  I know B and I can also relate to this, as I'm sure many of you can.  Haven't we all encountered another persons relationship and questioned what the other person saw in them, whether it be someone we thought was gay, or just someone who seems to be paired up with a bad fit!  But in the end, it's Standford's boyfriend Marcus who takes a much less cynical approach and suggests that maybe Bobby and Mitzy just make each other laugh.  

This episode also brings Carrie and Berger together again, though she nearly ruins her chances with him when she says too much about her past and scares him off.  Yet another relatable moment since we've all fallen guilty to this at some point!  He ends up giving her a chance and they share a sweet dance together at the end of the wedding.  Miranda and Steve are also brought together again (clearly we are suckers for any episode the gives us some Miranda and Steve!) and Miranda finally starts to see that there is something with Steve that keeps pulling her back in.  I love at the end of the episode when Miranda sees the lilacs on the table and calls Steve to let him know she and Brady were thinking about him.  But my favorite relationship of the episode has to go to Charlotte and Harry.  Up until this point, I had been a Harry naysayer, but when he clowns around with her and begs her to dance I finally give into him, just as Charlotte does.  He completely won me over, which makes it that much more heartbreaking when he announces that they could never really be together because she's not Jewish (luckily Charlotte remedies that in Season 6!)  As the episode comes to an end, the whole scene of the outdoor wedding is so beautiful and romantic, it leaves you wanting more and is the perfect end to Season 5.  

Best Part of the Episode
When Harry weaves in and out of the dance floor as he approaches Charlotte for a dance.  At that moment the ladies all finally see his potential and so did I!


Favorite Quote
CARRIE: When it comes to relationships, maybe we're all in glass houses, and shouldn't throw stones. Because you can never really know. Some people are settling down, some are settling and some people refuse to settle for anything less than butterflies.

1) I Heart NY (Season 4, Episode 18)


B says: "I Heart NY" takes the number one spot mainly because of the beautiful Carrie/Big plot, so let's get the other storylines out of the way first! Samantha seemed to have met her match in Richard Wright and finally succumbed to him in our number 4 pick, "The Good Fight." She has grown increasingly paranoid that he is cheating on her so she decides to spy on him (in a series of amazing undercover wigs). At first, it seems like this is the typical comedic relief that we expect from Samantha but in a devastating twist, she catches him in bed with another woman. Despite his excuse that "it's just sex" (ughhhhhh), Samantha slams the heart painting that she had previously given to him as a gift so that her heart isn't the only one broken.

This is also the episode where we meet Miranda and Steve's son, Brady Hobbes! Miranda is her usual stoic self throughout the birthing process, instructing Carrie to stop overly perky nurses from being too chipper (a role I'll be happy to step into this fall for M!) and to stop Steve from crying, which proves impossible. Even though Miranda and Steve aren't together (yet!), the spark between them still exists and you see the seeds planted for them to rekindle their relationship through raising Brady.

Of course, it's really all about Carrie and Big - when Carrie stops by Big's apartment and sees moving boxes, she is hurt that he was planning to just leave for Napa without saying goodbye. They plan a final evening together, which is a grand homage to old New York romance. Carrie agonizes over whether to sleep with him one final time (do it, Carrie!!!) but she doesn't get a chance to make that decision since the date gets cut short when Miranda goes into labor. I love that even though Carrie was potentially never going to see Big again, she still dropped everything to be there for her friend.

By the time Carrie returns the next morning, Big is already gone but has left an intriguing gift behind...a copy of the "Moon River" album, and a plane ticket to visit him in California. Will Carrie go to him or leave him in the past? Is he going to continue to be in her life, or is that chapter closed for good? She ponders this as she walks down the street and we see that a beautiful leaf is blowing in the wind - autumn has arrived, and a new season for our girl has begun.

Best Part of the Episode
The romantic slow dance amidst the shipping boxes in Big's apartment to his parents' favorite song, "Moon River." It's a tiny, rare glimpse into Big's backstory (as charming as he is, he remains a man of mystery) and oh-so-romantic to see these two swept away into each other's arms. Despite the roller coaster feeling of their relationship with its countless ups and downs, it's impossible not to root for Big and Carrie as a couple, and this dance is a perfect moment that showcases their smoldering chemistry and why we love them together.

Favorite Quote
CARRIE: Maybe our mistakes are what make our fate. Without them, what would shape our lives? Perhaps if we never veered off course we wouldn't fall in love, or have babies, or be who we are. After all, seasons change. So do cities. People come into your life and people go. But it's comforting to know that the ones you love are always in your heart. And if you're very lucky, a plane ride away.

So what do you think of our selections? Is your favorite here or did we miss it? Cheers to 15 years of Sex and the City - ladies, we still love you (and are willing to forgive the second movie!).


Ok ok, we lied...here's another glimpse of Season One for you (you're welcome!).
xoxo
The Gals

5 comments :

  1. YAY!!! Your #1 is my all-time fave as well :) I got misty just reading about it. (and Moon River has always been one of my favorite songs too!)

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    1. It's such a classic episode - it really could have served as a series finale, though of course I'm thrilled that we had two additional SATC seasons!

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