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[S4E14] All That Glitters

Charlotte: I feel like we don't belong here!Carrie: That's because we're wearing shirts!Miranda: Seriously, why don't straight men have bodies like this?Carrie: Because gay men have the possibility of sex at the gym! If straight men had that they'd be working out all the time too!Samantha: I've had sex at the gym!Carrie: See, Samantha's doing her part to motivate the masses!

[S4E14] All that Glitters

(Carrie calls Samantha to make plans)Samantha: I'll conference you with the other girls. Carrie: You know how to do that?Samantha: Of course! How else do you have three-way phone sex?

Carrie meets a gay guy when the girls go dancing at a gay club. She begins to hang out with him, but soon finds she has to fight for his attention. Charlotte and Trey's home is featured in "Home and Gardens" but instead of bringing them closer, it makes them grow even farther apart. Meanwhile, Samantha admits to Richard that she loves him and a co-worker tells Miranda's office that she's pregnant so she 'accidentally' tells everyone that he's gay.

It's Saturday night and Carrie is raring to go out on the town, but Aidan would prefer to stay home with a bucket of KFC. So, Carrie invites the girls to go out dancing at a hot gay club. At the club, Charlotte runs into Anthony and his friend who works for House and Garden magazine and they dance the night away. Carrie makes friends with a cute gay boy named Oliver at the bar. Miranda runs into Max, a junior associate at her firm. He asks her not to tell the partners he's gay and she asks him not to tell them she's pregnant. When Carrie gets home she's ready for some action but Aidan wants to sleep. Samantha, who took Ecstasy at the club, has X-cellent sex with Richard and ends up declaring her love for him. Carrie has lunch with her new gay date Oliver. She wonders: To be in a couple, do you have to put your single self on a shelf?At work, Miranda finds out Max has spilled the beans on her being with child; she then lets it slip that he's gay. They both realize it's time to stop hiding their personal lives. Charlotte finds out that House and Garden wants to shoot her apartment, but Trey doesn't want to do it. He abruptly tells her that she can have the apartment and that he'll move back in with his mother.Samantha talks to Richard about that thing I said the other night. Richard says it doesn't matter, he's knows she was on Ecstasy. Samantha realizes that she secretly wished it did matter to him.Carrie gets ready for another fabulous night out with Oliver and puts her engagement ring on a chain around her neck. Aidan offers to go, but she convinces him not to. At the club, Oliver flirts with men and Carrie starts to wonder what she's doing there. She realizes she wants to be with Aidan and heads for home. As Charlotte prepares for the House and Garden photo shoot, Trey shows up. He tells her that he wants to at least do that for her. They pose as the happy married couple they no longer are.

In the 25 years after Sex and the City first aired, many criticisms about the show have been widely shared. The show starts great and gets very bad by the end. Carrie is the absolute worst. The show has big problems with race and/or any forms of sexuality that are not heterosexual and vanilla.

All of these criticisms are true some of the show, but there is also plenty to like across all six seasons. For every episode that talks about the racism faced by white people (yikes), there is one where the show is honest about the fact that many women have abortions. For every episode where Carrie is a pure maniac who jeopardises every relationship for no reason, there is one where she is all of us, panicking about whether we will ever find love. And what's more, the show has at least one laugh out loud moment in pretty much every episode.

The writers knew that Season 6 would be the final one, meaning they had one last chance to do all the things they wanted with the sow. Judging by this episode, they were desperate to put Samantha in an afro, do dog period jokes and get a few last uses of the homophobic f-word in under the wire.

Was this an episode, or just a 30-minute advert for Prada, intercut with footage of Smith Jerrod's ass and unrelatable scenes of Berger not being able to deal with the lack of success that his book has had? Also, what an awful episode title.

An existentially bleak preview of And Just Like That in which the girls head to Atlantic City and spend the whole time worried about growing old and terrified that their friendships are not as strong as they used to be.

Though heralded at the time for its frankness about sex, the only sex that gets treated with respect in Sex and the City is straight intercourse. As such, Samantha dabbling in lesbianism is treated with total disgust by the other three women.

There can never be enough Candice Bergen on TV, but everything about Carrie's time at Vogue is unrealistic. An editor giving anyone that much attention for a 500 word feature? Unlikely. The way it laughs off a major case of sexual harassment? Unpleasant.

Remember how this show was once about ordinary problems? By this point, entire episodes are about Berger being pissed because Carrie did not like one thing in his book. Someone's "just not that into" Miranda and we could say the same about us and this episode.

It is frankly a disgrace that the show took this long to give one of its characters a love interest of color (here's looking at you, too, Friends). Also a shame that the sweet scenes between Miranda and Dr. Robert Leeds (Blair Underwood) are in the same episode as the very silly stuff about Carrie's asylum-dwelling boyfriend and that awful Geri Horner (née Halliwell) cameo.

Season 4 starts strong, with more hang-out time between our four leads than we have had for a while. Then it gets a little muddled with the message that Carrie's soulmate is both her friends (woo) but also Big (boo).

Commission Jules and Mimi for real, you cowards! An episode that's mostly table setting for Season 6. Samantha meets Smith Jarrod, Charlotte meets Judaism, and Carrie meets her first stumbling block in her relationship with Berger.

While this writer may have gotten some sick pleasure from the story of a journalist having no savings and no way of buying property (that's a big ring of truth right there), most journos do not have a friend who will just give them a $30,000 ring.

With only eight episodes left at this point, it is inexplicable that the show stalls for time like this with pointless storylines like Charlotte helping the blind or Robert getting over Miranda leaving him. Plus, the return of Richard really makes Smith look like a doofus in comparison.

There's an argument that you can trace all straight women acting disrespectfully in gay spaces to this episode, in which the girls visit a gay club. And what's worse is that all that takes away from the genuine heartbreak of the Trey-Charlotte split.

Good point: This is the episode where we meet Steve. Bad point: That also means that it is the beginning of the show ruining the beautiful bitter Miranda that we love. Even badder point: This is the one with the Donald Trump cameo.

Usually, an episode about Carrie getting her shoes stolen from a party and trying to get the host of that party to pay for them would be privileged nonsense, but this episode commits to it so much that it becomes a tense psychodrama. Plus, this ep has the bravery to speak the truth: Us childless people should not have to accommodate your kids.

Look, we know that after Aidan and Carrie get engaged, everything is a slippery slope until they break up, but that does not make watching them fight over moving in together any easier. That, combined with Trey's maniac move of giving Charlotte a cardboard cut-out baby, makes this a hard episode to watch.

The first episode to address the fact that Carrie's lifestyle must make her constantly broke. Luckily, a suitor has $1,000 to put on her dresser. (It's also the episode where Charlotte gets a vagina painting, so that's an extra star right there).

The central metaphor that love is like the stock market is clunky AF, but this episode sets up all the plots of Season 6 (Carrie and Berger, Charlotte's conversion, Miranda and Steve) and gives us a satisfying ending for Aidan.

Though too messy overall to be among the great episodes (the Turtle stuff doesn't fit in at all), it was instalments like this that put the show on the map. Which other show in 1998 dedicated so much time to the joy of vibrators?

The women let their inner children out. Though this episode starts the ritual humiliation of Miranda that would mar the later seasons by giving her braces, Charlotte and Trey's continued marital problems are pretty moving.

Carrie and Big officially get back together in an episode all about cheating (that's called foreshadowing, kids). One of those good standard SATC episodes were every story is a nice twist on the central idea, Charlotte briefly becomes a straight power lesbian, and Samantha gets her pubic hair shaped into a lightning bolt.

The middle episodes of Season 6 have one aim: To get to a place where the show can end with Carrie and Big and Steve and Miranda both together. It's calculated and contrived to be sure, but that does not mean it isn't immensely satisfying to see Carrie care for a post-operation Big and Steve about to say he loves Miranda. 041b061a72


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