Sex and the City

Season 2 Episode 4

They Shoot Single People, Don't They?

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Aired Sunday 9:00 PM Jun 27, 1999 on HBO
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Carrie thinks she enjoys being single, until she's late for a photo shoot and gets a bad picture on a magazine cover. Samantha dates William, a club owner, who lies about their possible future together. Charlotte tries to hook Tom, an actor friend after he decides to move to Salt Lake City. Miranda fakes ecstasy for Josh, a previous boyfriend whom she meets again.

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    • TRIVIA (2)

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      • Samantha: If I had a son, I'd teach him all about sex.
        Carrie: If you had a son, we'd call Social Services!

      • Carrie: When did being alone become the modern-day equivalent of being a leper? Will Manhattan restaurants soon be divided up into sections, smoking/non-smoking, single/non-single?

      • Miranda: I'd take an orgasm over a cup of French drip Colombian any day.
        Carrie: For me, its a toss up.

      • Miranda: Your seriously advocating faking?
        Charlotte: No, but if you really like a guy what's one little moment of oh oh, versus, spending the whole night in bed alone.

      • Samantha: Is he really that bad in bed?
        Miranda: No, he's just, he's a guy. They can re-build a jet engine but when it comes to a woman, what's the big mystery? It's my clitoris, not the Sphinx.
        Samantha: It's not really their fault you know, they don't come with a manual. If I had a son I'd teach him all about the vagina.
        Carrie: If you had a son, we'd call Social Services.

      • Miranda: This piece of trash has nothing, I repeat nothing to do with us.
        Samantha: Exactly, we are single and fabulous.
        Charlotte: Absolutely!

      • Carrie: I'm all over the city looking like something that got caught in a drain.

      • (Charlotte is reading a magazine article)
        Miranda: How is that helping? This piece of trash has nothing, I repeat nothing to do with us.
        Samantha: Exactly, we are single and fabulous.
        Charlotte: Absolutely.

      • Carrie: That question mark is hostile.
        Charlotte: Miranda can't we sue them or something?
        Miranda: For what, mis-punctuation?

      • Carrie: I was set up.
        Samantha: I agree, you're single and fabulous and fucked.
        Carrie: Not after that picture I won't be.

      • Miranda: Orgasms, major thing in a relationship.
        Charlotte: But it's not the only thing. Orgasms don't send you Valentine's Day cards and they don't hold you hand during a sad movie.
        Carrie: Mine do!

      • (the girls are jogging in the park)
        Charlotte: Cute, who's that?
        Miranda: An Ophthalmologist I once faked orgasms with.
        Carrie: Ok, we're officially stopping.
        Miranda: I only slept with him twice. The first time I faked it because it was never going to happen, and the second time I had to fake it because I faked it the first time.

      • Carrie: I could not get a cab.
        Stanford: So what do you do, grab onto a bumper and let one drag you here?
        Carrie: Stop, I was up all night. I need a coffee the size of my head.

      • Miranda: I'm impressed, not dumping us for a guy.
        Samantha: Is that the kind of girl you think I am?

      • Charlotte: If I end up old and alone its all your fault.
        Samantha: Charlotte, sweetie, we're all alone even when we're with men.

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      • When Carrie is discussing all of the things women have faked, she is wearing a shirt with the famous Rolling Stones logo (a tongue hanging out of lips).


        The Rolling Stonesare a British rock band that has been famous since the 1960's, with such hits as "Satisfaction" and "Sympathy for the Devil".


      • This episode title is a play on words with the title of the movie They Shoot Horses, Don't They?

      • Sphinx

        Is an iconic image of a recumbent lion with a human head, usually of a Pharaoh which was invented by the Egyptians of the Old Kingdom. The largest and most famous is the Great Sphinx of Giza , which is suitated on the Giza Plateau on the west bank of the Nile River.

      • Halley's Comet

        Is the best-known and the brightest of the "short-period" comets from the Kuiper belt that visit the inner solar system. Halley's comet comes by earth every 76 years and it will come again in 2062.

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