Sex and the City

Shortcomings

Season 2, Ep 15, Aired 9/12/99
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  • Episode Description
  • Carrie dates a writer, Vaughn, and meets his very open family, but finds them all too much. Samantha dates Charlotte's brother, Wesley, who is in town following his separation. Miranda dates a divorced father, and finds that his family ties are stronger than his feelings for her.

  • Cast & Crew
  • Sarah Jessica Parker

    Carrie Bradshaw

  • Kristin Davis

    Charlotte York McDougal

  • Kim Cattrall

    Samantha Jones

  • Cynthia Nixon

    Miranda Hobbes

  • Terri Minsky

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  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (11)

    • Duncan: I'm just one of those weird male aberrations who prefers to be married. I like stability, I like routine. I like knowing there's people waiting for me at home. I guess that makes me sound pretty dull. Miranda: Are you kidding? You're the heterosexual holy grail.

    • Charlotte: (taking muffins out of the oven) There you go, just like Nana used to make. Wesley: Charlotte, the muffins are great. But I'd much rather prefer a nice dry martini. Charlotte: Nana always made muffins to cheer you up. Wesley: Well that was pre-Leslie. Post-Leslie, I need a cocktail. Now where's your vodka? Charlotte: I don't have any. Wesley: And you call yourself a WASP. Charlotte: I don't see why you two can't work it out. You had the most beautiful wedding. Wesley: And we're gonna have an even lovelier divorce. Charlotte: I can't believe you're willing to throw it all away so easily, I mean, relationships take work, you need patience and understanding. Wesley: Charlotte, when was your last long-term relationship? Charlotte: Oh just eat your muffin.

    • Samantha: Here's what I think. Round up all the divorced men and keep them in a pound. That way you get their whole history before you take one home. Charlotte: Just because a man's divorced doesn't mean he has a problem. Like my brother, Wesley. He just separated from his wife Leslie. Samantha: Eh...Wesley and Leslie? I don't think so. Carrie: What is that? Marriage by Mother Goose? Miranda: Definitely a candidate for the pound. Charlotte: Okay, I was gonna ask you all to meet him because he's coming to visit me, and now, forget it. Carrie: No, no, no, honey, we want to meet Wesley, of Wesley and Leslie, and P.S., does he work for Nestle? Charlotte: My brother is very important to me and I'm not gonna have him subjected to scrutiny and ridicule. Samantha: I'll be scrutiny, (to Miranda) you be ridicule. Miranda: I always have to be ridicule, why can't you be ridicule for once?

    • Carrie: The most important thing in life is your family. There are days you love them, and others you don't, but in the end they're the people you always come home to. Sometimes it's the family you're born into and sometimes it's the one you make for yourself.

    • Wallis: (to Carrie) When Frannie told me she was a lesbian, I said, great , just as long as you're not Republican.

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    Notes (1)

    • The song at the end of the episode is "Devil May Care" by Diana Krall.

    Trivia (1)

    • Justin Theroux, who plays Vaughn in this episode, also played Jared in the episode "The Monogamists" in season one.

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