Sex and the City

La Douleur Exquise!

Season 2, Ep 12, Aired 8/22/99
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  • Episode Description
  • Carrie freaks out when Big breaks the news to her that he might have to move to Paris for a year. She is revolted that all this time she thought of them as a "we" while his conception of "we" was "me and my penis". Angry and drunk after several shots of Cosmopolitan, Carrie calls Big at 5:30 am discussing their relationship. The next morning she drops by with greasy food and suggests that she too should move to Paris so they can stay together. Big shoots her idea down and says that if she moves to Paris it has to be because of her and not him. Carrie is even more revolted, but ultimately accepts that the man of her life has to go. Meanwhile, Charlotte's fetish with shoes brings her to a shoe salesman with a feet fetish who gives a 500-dollar pair of shows for free. She can't keep it and try to return, but the guy won't take it. Instead, he convinces her to model 6 new shoes that just came to the store. And Miranda meets a guy on a bookstore who likes to have sex where he can get caught. The only problem is his fetish is not about him, but her getting caught (which she does, in his bedroom, by his parents, when they walk in on them having sex and he still doesn't stop). Stanford faces his own fetishes when he meets a guy online and goes to an underwear-only gay bar.moreless

  • Cast & Crew
  • Sarah Jessica Parker

    Carrie Bradshaw

  • Kristin Davis

    Charlotte York McDougal

  • Kim Cattrall

    Samantha Jones

  • Cynthia Nixon

    Miranda Hobbes

  • Ollie Levy

  • Fan Reviews (1)
  • This is a magnificent episode.

    By Bhavleena91, Aug 11, 2006

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (7)

    • Mr. Big: This isn't about us. This is about work! Carrie: No, this isn't about work. This is about us getting closer and you getting so freaked out that you have to put an ocean between us.

    • Stanford: Excuse me, but when did wild sex come back in style? Carrie: Oh I think that was the weekend you spent at the Barney's warehouse sale. Waiter: (male, barely dressed) Three cosmopolitans, a diet coke, and a vodka martini with a twist. Samantha: (whips the table) I said olive! (Waiter bends over, and Samantha gives his butt a whipping) Bad waiter! Bad waiter! Miranda: What do you tip for that? Samantha: Anyone else want a whack? Charlotte: How does he wait our tables dressed like that, it's humiliating. Carrie: Well the summer I worked at Howard Johnson's I had to wear an orange hat. Samantha: Don't be so judgemental! This is just a sexual expression. All these people have jobs and pay their bills. They're just having fun with fetishes. (tickling Charlotte with the tip of her whip) Hmm, I wonder what your fetish is. Stanford: Charlotte has a thing for Crabtree & Evelyn foot cream. Charlotte: I don't have a fetish! Samantha: We all have a fetish! The difference between us and them is, they're putting it out there where everyone can see. And I think it's healthy and fabulous. Carrie: (getting up) Well, it was lovely to see you all. And remember ladies, whipping on the first date is considered forward. Stanford: You sit your ass down, Mistress Carrie, there are drinks present. Carrie: No can do, Big's flying to Paris tomorrow for business and I want to say goodbye. Samantha: Oh, why not give him a goodbye he'll never forget? (hands the whip and top hat to Carrie) Stanford: Sacre bleu! Samantha: Go get 'im, girl!

    • Carrie: After we made love I knew it was over. Did I ever really love Big or was I addicted to the pain, the exquisite pain of wanting someone so unattainable?

    • Carrie: You said that you love me? Mr Big: I do! Carrie: Then why does it hurt so fucking much.

    • Carrie: Why is it so hard for you to factor me into your life in any real way? Mr Big: I guess old habits die hard.

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    Notes (2)

    • This is the second time that Big and Carrie have broken up. The first time was in season 1 finale.

    • The title is French, it means: the exquisite pain. It is also the name of the S&M Club at the beginning of this episode.

    Allusions (1)

    • When Carrie says that it was "very George Michael" of Miranda to have sex in a public restroom, she was referring to the time in 1998 when the former lead singer of Wham was arrested for lewd conduct in a public restroom in Beverly Hills.

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