Sex and the City

Season 6 Episode 19

An American Girl in Paris (part une)

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Aired Sunday 9:00 PM Feb 15, 2004 on HBO
9.2
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Before leaving for Paris, Carrie runs into Big outside of her apartment, but she makes it clear to him that she wants him totally out of her life. Ms. Bradshaw then has one last dinner with Samantha, Charlotte and Miranda, and it's clear that the four women know that Carrie's absence will have a major impact on all of their lives.moreless

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  • Captures TWO very important emotion/cognition battles. 1) What it really is like when former lover you were interested in comes around when you have a new excitement and world view with someone else 2) the battle between examining and doing.moreless

    9.8
    This is a sensational episode. (Not so the subsequent one Part Deux -- see my review on it.) For this episode, there is a real excitement, especially for a guy to learn something. When tutoring I found it very rewarding when a student got excited that he finally figured it out. So much so that he generated his own examples. Now here, the guy can get excited about his learning, but not in a cognitive way, but in an emoto-cognitive way. I refer to the dialogue between Big and Carrie. The male viewer can really really really understand exactly every word out of Carrie's mouth, why they came out of her mouth, how she feels and how the guy (Big) is missing so much because of the very very deep context Carrie has to which he has only the most superficial dribble of. Sorry ladies if I assumed you all knew this so well already. Hey, if you learned too and were excited by it, I'm equally happy.



    Meanwhile on the issue of going to Paris and Carrie's conversation with her friends we see the dialectic battle between the emotion and cognition. The meta-level battle, interestingly, had the cognitive side winning. The meta-level battle was about examination vs action. Decided upon cognitively in favor of action, well that really biased the battle over to go or not to go to Paris.



    Then there was of course the superficial and how long it can sustain one. There was the ideal imagnined world vs the real one. These were all well done. Unlike the disaster of episode Deux. But the real gem of the episode had to be how a guy could so totally get VERY PRECISELY where every word Carrie utters to Big is coming from. That was beautiful. There is more on this topic (improbability of similar motivation for a male, etc), but I don't want to spoil the gem that it was with analysis that trivializes it. It was beautiful primarily because it really let a guy into Carrie's EMOTIONAL world, not a cognitive world.

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  • Carrie finds herself leaving everything in NY behind for a new life with "the Russian" in Paris.....

    9.4
    This is such an amazing episode, building up to that all important season, and of course, series, finale. It is highly charged with emotion, as a viewer it is pretty difficult not to get emotional watching this episode. As Carrie leaves everything she has ever known behind to head into the unknown with Alec. The dialogue between herself and Big is amazing, that conversation is so revealing about Carrie's desperation to leave him and all their history behind and move on. And the scene with her and the rest of the girls is genuinely touching, I love it and could easily watch it over and over again.



    A great pre-episode for the STUNNING finale. Roll on the movie....moreless
Anne De Salvo

Anne De Salvo

Sheila

Guest Star

Cecile Cassel

Cecile Cassel

Chloe

Guest Star

Jennifer Gelfer

Jennifer Gelfer

Mona

Guest Star

Jason Lewis

Jason Lewis

Smith Jerod

Recurring Role

Chris Noth

Chris Noth

Mr. Big

Recurring Role

Evan Handler

Evan Handler

Harry Goldenblatt

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  • TRIVIA (1)

    • When Big walks into the cafe for the meeting with the girls, his hair has a red tinge and it's parted on the right. In the next shot at the table, it's all dark and parted on the left, slightly farther away from mid scalp then the right part had been.

  • QUOTES (6)

    • Samantha: (Speaking at Cancer Benefit) If you wanna see the face of Breast Cancer, look around you. It's the woman next to you at the dry cleaners, the nurse in pediatrics, the single mother picking her child up from school.
      Mona: I said inspirational not perspirational.
      Samantha: She's brave, she's capable, she's you. Oh fuck it she's me. And if any of you are having hot flashes like I am you deserve a fucking medal. Bad enough I lose my hair, now I have my hair running down my couture. Oh to hell with it. (Takes off her wig) Ooh that's better. (Women in the audience take off their wigs)

    • (Big is sitting with Miranda, Samantha and Charlotte in a cafe)
      Big: Look, I need your advice. You three know her better than anyone. You're the loves of her life and a guy's just lucky to come in fourth. But I do love her, and if you think I have the slightest chance I'll be on the next plane to Paris, I'll roam the streets until I find her, I'll do anything. But if you think that she really is happy, well I, I wouldn't wanna wreck that for her, and I'll be history.
      (The girls look at each other for a while and come to a wordless decision)
      Miranda: Go get our girl.

    • (Carrie has called Miranda from Paris)
      Carrie: Can I tell you somethig and you won't use it against me when I feel better and everything is great?
      Miranda: Yeah.
      Carrie: I...I keep thinking about Big. About what it would be like if I, if I come here with Big. Hello?
      Miranda: I'm still here.
      Carrie: But that's just something I do when things aren't going perfectly with any guy, you know. I, I compare them to Big.

    • Carrie: You do this every time! Every time! What? Do you have some sort of radar? Carrie might be happy, it's time to sweep in and shit all over it?
      Big: What? No, no, I came here to tell you something. I made a mistake. You and I...
      Carrie: You and I nothing! You cannot do this to me again! You cannot jerk me around!
      Big: Carrie, listen to me. It's different this time.
      Carrie: Oh, it's never different! It's six years of never being different! This is it! I am done! Don't call me ever again! Forget you know my number! In fact, forget you know my name! And you can drive up this street all you want... because I don't live here anymore!

    • [at Carrie's very emotional and weepy goodbye dinner - Charlotte in particular is being a total weepy waterworks]
      Samantha: Let's pull it up, shall we? I'd like to show my face here again here.
      Carrie: Yes, here's to go. Right. Someone say something not sentimental.
      Samantha: Chemo might have kicked me into early menopause.
      Miranda: Task accomplished!
      Samantha: You cannot Believe the hot flashes! I can barely keep my clothes on.
      Carrie: Really? What was your excuse before the chemo?
      Samantha: [lovingly] I'm gonna miss you, you cunt.
      [Charlotte breaks into tears again, devastated that Carries is leaving for Paris in a few hours]
      Miranda: Wow, even "cunt" didn't stop her.

    • Big: You're the loves of her life and a guy's just lucky to come in fourth.

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