Sex and the City

Season 6 Episode 20

An American Girl in Paris (part deux)

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Aired Sunday 9:00 PM Feb 22, 2004 on HBO
9.3
out of 10
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262 votes
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After Petrovsky leaves Carrie behind for a second time in Paris, she begins to wonder if she's doomed to follow in Juliet's footsteps. Back in New York, Samantha's chemo treatments are killing her sex drive, and she decides to tell Smith he can sleep with other women. Hoping to adopt a baby, Charlotte and Harry host an expectant couple from North Carolina, with the intent of acquiring their unborn child.moreless

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SUBMIT REVIEW
  • A happy ending

    9.5
    I don't want to give too much away, but this has to be the best series finale I've seen in a while. And one of the best things about it is that she ends up with Big, my favorite man. Plus, the girls are all reunited.



    Episodes like this are exactly why I watch this show, their touching and loveable. Not to mention that I cried during this, but WHO WOULDN'T? If you just started watching the show, I suggest not watching the end until you've seen the rest. You'll love it just like everybody else loves it.



    I still can't believe this show is over :(moreless
  • This episode was exactly why I watched this show

    10
    What an absolutely perfect ending. It was sad, but in a good way. The woman in this show are incredibly inspiring. I think what made it so captivating was the fact that most woman feel they can related to one or more of the girls in some way or another. I was on the egde of my seat when Big walked into the hotel in Paris, and cried my eyes out when the girls were reunited in the end. I have never been so pleased with a finale in my life. It's a shame that the show ended, but I can't wait for the movie!!moreless
  • sucked. dont bother watching carrie get back with mr.big

    3.8
    I was totally dissapointed that Carrie left Paris after 2 weeks because THERUSSIAN can\\\\\\\'t be with 24/ 7. Yes he can be controlling and a little rude sometimes, but Carries needs to grow up.. The Russian is a complex man, who love her deeply and helps her grow as her person... putting her with mr big makes it look like she learned nothing... I still love thes how, but absolutley hated this episode...

    All the other character's grew up and learned something except Carrie....Helloooooooo.Big hurts you over and over and over- the Russian does a few dumb things and you can't take it.... Stupid stupid stupid stupid. Take some french classes....moreless
  • The end!

    9.7
    This episode was a really good finale and while what I wanted to happen happend, I still didnt want it to end!



    Carrie is in Paris and eventally ends up with Big, which was amazing as I really wanted them to be together! So that made me really happy!



    I liked the fact that the finale was in Paris, the most romantic city in the world, and feel that it was appropriate given the final chapter (until the movie anyway) in this show!



    I think the fact that Carrie and Big end up together makes this a brilliant finale and the show will be missed!moreless
  • Fantastic ending to the series, wonderful beginning for the 4 leading ladies.

    9.5
    While I'm sitting back waiting for my more CSI:NY and Bones,

    It occurred to me to just fall back and watch older series.

    Rewatching the entire Season 6 was tremendously satisfying.



    In the finale episode on Paris-part 2: we saw how Charlotte, Miranda & Samantha moved on in their lives. Perhaps this further spurred Carrie to feel she's left-behind. I sense desperation within her, still single, still just a columnist (well plus the book) and still unlucky in finding 'the-one' to give her the consuming-can't live without each other-love. And it was more than certain moving to Paris with the arrogant Aleksandr Petrovski was a mistake. I love seeing Charlotte cope with her rigidity and finding happiness with her Jewish husband. Post conversion to Judaism, finding equal grounds with her 'free' husband and miscarrying her baby, Charlotte had found peace with herself, acquired a dog (named Elizabeth Taylor) she and Harry seek a baby that God will send them (they'll have a chinese baby).



    We see our tough Miranda, now a good mother and sensitive wife; coping with her mother-in-law whom had stroke and had come to live with them. It was touching to see the scene when Miranda bathes her after finding the latter eating pizza from the garbage cans.



    Samantha, a survivor of stage1 cancer was insecure and brazenly advise Smith to indulge himself with other ladies while he's away to make his latest film. He send her blooming flowers while she (in a very cute-teenage way) asked him try not to sleep with other woman. Their final scene was Smith flying back to tell Samantha that he loves her. And you can see her tears despite the darkness that she was touched and well-loved.



    Carrie meanwhiles gets slapped by her Russian lover who seem to be married to his work. We get Mr. big flying in to come find Carrie. They have a cute moment when Carrie tripped her purposely. But somehow there's something lacking. Perhaps they save it for the movie. ^^ But that also means we have something to look forward toomoreless
Carole Bouquet

Carole Bouquet

Juliet

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Anne Meara

Anne Meara

Mary Brady

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Marc Berman

Marc Berman

Night Clerk

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Chris Noth

Chris Noth

John Big

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Lynn Cohen

Lynn Cohen

Magda

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Jason Lewis

Jason Lewis

Smith Jerrod

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Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (6)

    • Goof: When Carrie is in the hotel lobby talking to Alek and his daughter, the same woman passes behind Carrie three times, in the same direction.

    • In the final few seconds of the scene in Chanel between Charlotte and Anthony, Anthony says "I know some gays who got a Guatemalan kid and they, like, love it." The last part of the sentence was clearly changed and dubbed over. It looks like he originally said something like "...got a Guatemalan kid for a hundred bucks."

    • The music in the background when Carrie is eating alone in the restaurant was written by Mikhail Baryshnikov. It's called Carrie's Theme and was the same song that the character Aleksandr Petrovsky wrote for Carrie in the episode The Ick Factor.

    • We finally find out that Mr. Big's real name is John when he calls Carrie and we see his name John flashing on her cell phone.

    • Carrie's white coat that she's wearing towards the end of the episode (when she's hugging her friends on her return to NYC) is ripped on the right shoulder.

    • When Samantha and Smith are changing after getting their hair dyed, Samantha takes off her jacket but then in the next view one side is back on and then she takes it off again.

  • QUOTES (8)

    • Carrie: I'm looking for love. Real love. Ridiculous, inconvenient, consuming, can't-live-without-each-other love. And I don't think that love is here in this expensive suite in this lovely hotel in Paris.

    • Big: I have to hand it to you kid. Most people come to Paris to fall in love. You came and got slapped.

    • Smith: Hey, Babe, I flew back...
      Samantha: You flew all night? Why?
      Smith: I forgot to tell you something on the phone... I love you.
      Samantha: You flew back to tell me that?
      Smith: Can you think of a better reason?
      Samantha: No, I can't. You have meant more to me than any man I have ever known.

    • Big: It took me a really long time to get here, but I'm here. Carrie, you're the one.

    • Magda: What you did. That is love. You love.
      Miranda: after giving Steve's mother, who has had a stroke, a bath Let's not make a big deal of it to Steve, it will upset him.

    • Charlotte: Harry, I'm a bad wife. I ordered Chinese.
      Harry: I got something from China, too. They're giving us a baby.
      Charlotte: What?
      Harry: I guess God remembered our address.

    • (After Big went and got Carrie in paris, they returned to New York)
      Big: You know, I don't live here anymore and the Four Season won't check you in until one o'clock.
      Carrie: Oh, Did you wanna come up?
      Big: Abso-fucking-lutely!

    • Carrie:(Last Line) Later that day I got to thinking about relationships. There are those that open you up to something new and exotic, those that are old and familiar, those that bring up lots of questions, those that bring you somewhere unexpected, those that bring you far from where you started, and those that bring you back. But the most exciting, challenging and significant relationship of all is the one you have with yourself. And if you find someone to love the you you love, well, that's just fabulous.

  • NOTES (15)

    • At Chanel, Anthony says to Charlotte, "...I know some gays that got a Guatemalan kid, and they like love it" when the actor is actually saying, "for a hundred bucks" as the second part of the sentence. The closed captions prove this.

    • In the CW's syndicated version of this episode, the final scene of Carrie walking down the street and Big calling her is cut out. Instead, the last scene is the girls exiting the coffee shop, and walking down the street together.

    • This episode aired on February 22, 2004. Coincidentally, on February 22, 2008, the theatrical trailer for the Sex and the City movie was leaked online.

    • This episode shot two alternate endings. In the first, she reveals that she is marrying Alexsandr, and in the second, she reveals that Big went all the way to Paris to choke, and asks the girls to marry her.

    • Featured Music:

      "Queremos Paz" By Gotan Project

      "Let Me In" by Billy Stein

      " Mad Love For Ya" by Deep Area

      "Brazil in My Mind" By Buddha Soul Project

      "Nocturne #3" By Ralphi Rosario & Craig J. Snider

      "Adah's Theme" By Mikhail Baryshnikov

      "Sex Wars" by Billy Stein

      " My Book" by Bob Christianson

      "A Welcome Surprise" by Bob Christianson

      "Reality" by Louie R.

      "Le Pont de Coeurs" by Platform 6

      "Reality" by Louie R.

      "La Belle et le Bad Boy" by MC Solaar

      "Luna Moth" by Jon Hopkins

      "The View" by Bob Christianson

      "Big Gets His Groove On" by Didier Rachou

      The Big Kiss" by Bob Christianson

      "Cold Out There" by Jon Hopkins

      "The Invitation" by Bob Christianson

      "You Got the Love" by Candi Staton

    • The role of Juliette Petrovsky was originally offered to the Norwegian actress Liv Ullmann, who declined.

    • Chris Noth as Mr. Big is the only character aside from the girls who is in both the pilot and the finale.

    • This episode is the end of season six. This is also the Series Finale of Sex and the City.

    • The song in the final scene and end-credits is You Got the Love (Now Voyager Mix) by Candi Staton

    • The Series Finale pulled in 10.6 Million Viewers, making this the highest rated episode ever.

    • Chris Noth and Lecy Goranson both were on a "Law and Order" series; Lecy guest-starred on a Season 5 episode of "Law and Order: SVU" and Chris Noth was a main cast member of the original "Law and Order" for the first 5 years of the show.

    • The Versace "dress of a thousand layers" that Carrie wore has a retail price of $79,000.

    • Longest "Sex and the City" clocking in at over 45 minutes.

    • The song playing as Carrie leaves the museum for her party, and Miranda searches for Steve's mum is 'Le Belle Et La Bad Boy' by Mc Solaar.

    • Carrie has the last line ever in the show.

  • ALLUSIONS (1)

    • Big: (To Carrie through the window of his car): Abso-fucking-lutely.

      This is a reference to when he delivered the exact same line in the exact same way - way back in the pilot episode of the show.

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