Sex and the City

Season 1 Episode 12

Oh Come, All Ye Faithful

Aired Sunday 9:00 PM Aug 23, 1998 on HBO
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Episode Summary

Miranda's lover always showers afterwards, as he's a Catholic. Carrie discovers Mr. Big takes his mother to church on Sundays. Samantha falls in love with a perfect man, but he doesn't measure up to her requirements. Charlotte consults a series of soothsayers about whether she will ever get married. Carrie breaks up with Mr. Big.moreless

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  • Season 1, Episode 12.

    This episode was an amazing season finale! It was the perfect way to end the first season! Samantha is in love! That is already something very out of the ordinary. However, there's a catch: He's small in a certain area. Miranda gets a boyfriend, who always showers after sex. His sexual acting is kind of bad, but he makes a scene at the end, which he portrays greatly! "The Gospel of Miranda!" He was hilarious! He made a Broadway play called "Showers of Shame." Haha! Skipper also returns, which is nice. Charlotte learns that Samantha thinks James may be the one, before she learns of his shortcomings, and she goes to numerous fortune tellers, who tell her she will never get married. Carrie wants to go to church with Big, but he says it is something he does privately with his mother. She spies on him, but drops a Bible off the church balcony. Big introduces Carrie as his friend to his mother, and not as his girlfriend, which upsets Carrie. They are about to take off on a vacation, when Carrie wants him to tell her that she's the one. Big cannot say it, and leaves, as Carrie stands on the sidewalk upset, but in faith that she will find the right guy.moreless
  • Yikes.

    Miranda's boyfriend is a freakin' lunatic. I can kinda understand why maybe he wants to shower all the time after sex, cuz some guys can get sweaty, but he completely flips out on her and it's all whoa there fella.

    How funny that Samantha's new boyfriend, who she is finally feeling some love for, is shall we delicately say less than endowed with assets that are vitale to the survival of Samantha.

    Carrie stalks down another one of the women in Big's life. Even I have to say that at this point in the relationship she has gotten a little scary. It's kind of a good thing that they break up.moreless
Jamie Goodwin

Jamie Goodwin


Guest Star

John Benjamin Hickey

John Benjamin Hickey

Thomas John Anderson

Guest Star

Marian Seldes

Marian Seldes

Mrs. Big

Guest Star

Chris Noth

Chris Noth

Mr. Big

Recurring Role

Willie Garson

Willie Garson

Stanford Blatch

Recurring Role

Ben Weber

Ben Weber

Skipper Johnston

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (1)

  • QUOTES (17)

    • Carrie: There he was, wearing Armani on a Sunday: Mr. Big. I'll admit it was a bit of a shock [to see him going to church]. Up until that moment I thought he only believed in the Yankees.

    • Charlotte: So, which church does his mother go to?
      Carrie: Park Avenue Presbyterian.
      Charlotte: Good church! It's one of the best on the East Side!
      Carrie: What? Are you rating churches? Is there a Zagat guide for that?
      Miranda: Four stars. Great bread. Disappointing wine selection.

    • Miranda: You wanna spend the night?
      Skipper: The night, the whole night?
      Miranda: Yea, the whole night.
      Skipper: I knew we'd get back together.
      Miranda: You did?
      Skipper: Yep! Every night I'd light a candle and say a little pray.
      Miranda: You're a freak!

    • Miranda: Let's not lose perspective here, there are ways to work around this.
      Samantha: Well, I don't wanna work around it. I love a big dick, I love it inside of me, I love looking at it, I love everything about it. When I blow him, it's like, shrugs shoulders.....nothing
      Miranda: Well, can you talk to him about it?
      Samantha: It's the only thing we can't talk about.
      Charlotte: How is he with his tongue?

    • Carrie: Oh, look we've all been there.
      Miranda: That's for sure. I was once with a guy the size of those little miniature golf pencils, I couldn't tell if he was trying to fuck me or erase me.
      (Carrie starts laughing and Samantha begins to cry)
      Carrie: I'm's's funny.

    • Miranda: Don't beat yourself up, you had certain expectations, and your disappointed.
      Samantha: Why? Why? Why does he have a small dick? I really like him.
      Miranda: I thought you loved him?
      Samantha: Well..shrugs shoulders

    • Samantha is crying
      Carrie: What's going on, why are you crying?
      Samantha: James has a small dick.
      Carrie: Well, it's not the end of the world.
      Samantha: It's really small.
      Miranda: How small?
      Samantha: Too small.
      Carrie: Well, size isn't everything....
      Samantha: Three inches.....
      Carrie: Well....
      Samantha: Hard!
      Charlotte: Is he a good kisser?
      Samantha: Oh, who the fuck cares! His dick is like a gherkin!

    • Charlotte: Hey, there you are, we've been looking for you everywhere.
      Carrie: So how's everything?
      Miranda: She means have you and James done it yet?
      Samantha: Uumm!

    • Carrie: He introduced me to his mother as a friend, she never heard of me.
      Miranda: Maybe, they're not that close.
      Carrie: Don't lie, you're in a church.

    • Miranda: Here they come, let's make a break for it.
      Carrie: No, they saw me, I can't just pray and run.

    • Miranda: Look at how crowded it is, what a sham.
      Carrie: Will you lighten up? It's a Presbyterian church, not a Catholic one.
      Miranda: Whatever! Catholics, Buddhists, Shakers, Quakers, all the same, all design to fuck up our sex life.
      Carrie (hands her a bible) Here pray.

    • Big: What relgion are you?
      Carrie: I'm no one in particular, I'm open to all.
      Big: Kinda, like a seven eleven.

    • Samantha: I owe it all to Charlotte.
      Charlotte: Me, what did I do?
      Samantha: All that bull shit you spout about not sleeping with men right away, actually, paid off. I mean if I'd fucked James already, who knows where we'd be......
      Miranda: Wait, you haven't had sex yet?
      Samantha: Soon. You know, I think he is someone I can actually marry.

    • Samantha: I'd totally given up on the idea, that you can actually talk to men.
      Carrie: Hey, don't spread that around.
      Samantha: Before James, all my conversations consisted of two sentences, give it to me, and go home.

    • Samantha: Ladies, I have an announcement, but, please, don't laugh.
      Miranda: What?
      Samantha: I'm in love.
      Miranda: What?
      Carrie: Samantha, uttering those words to us, was an event as unfathomable as Moses parting the Red Sea.

    • Miranda: He goes to church with his mother? That can't be good.
      Charlotte: Oh don't listen to her. A man who cares about his mother makes a wonderful husband.
      Carrie: I think it's sweet.
      Miranda: Sure, all religions are sweet, till you get to that shower-after-sex phase.
      Charlotte: Oh my God! Is he still doing that?
      Miranda: Please, it's amazing he has any skin left.
      Carrie: Well, have you tried taking a shower with him?
      Miranda: No! I'm afraid he'll pull out a garlic and a cross.

    • Carrie: So you think the water serves as a retro baptism kind of thing?
      Miranda: Beats me! If I'd known he was Catholic I never would've have gone out with him in the first place. They should make him wear a sign.

  • NOTES (2)

    • During the last scene the song is "No Regrets" by Ella Fitzgerald

    • At the end of the episode, Carrie breaks up with Big, after asking him to tell her she was the one and he can't. Interestingly enough, these are the exact words that he tells her in the series finale.


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