Season 2, Episode 8: The Man, The Myth, The Viagra

“You blew me off for a piece of politically incorrect meat?” – Miranda, to Carrie

man mythI’D been warned I would really like Steve the second time around. In my memory he was whiny and annoying with a major chip on his shoulder – but I sure do love him in this episode.

He and Miranda only meet because Carrie has once again mucked about her friends in favour of hanging out with Big. This behaviour is bad enough in modern times – when people can bail out with a text – but unforgivable when it involves leaving a cancellation message on someone’s home answering machine and hoping for the best.

But back to Steve. Miranda is feeling so cynical about everything that she refuses to believe he’s sincere about wanting to date her after their one-night stand. She’s back to being the mean, rude character we met in season one.

The theme of the episode is the Urban Relationship Myth – the too-good-to-be-true happy ending that inspires women to keep dating through thick and thin. Samantha reckons she might have struck gold – literally – when a pensioner takes a shine to her, and Carrie decides there’s been a shift in her relationship when Big calls her his girlfriend (oh, the privilege!) and serenades her in a restaurant (surprisingly well). It’s a shame her cell phone doesn’t start ringing while he’s crooning.

I love how the writer introduces the concept of the iconic romantic scene in the rain then has Big use the gloomy weather forecast as an excuse to cancel plans (further evidence that he and Carrie are two peas in a pod – I’ve always said they deserve each other). Only the hardest heart could resist the final scene where the penny drops for Miranda and she realises that sometimes the stars – and rain clouds – really do align.

Steve will get crap soon though. Just wait.

Carrie’s column: Are we willing to believe anything to date?

Fashion: Samantha wears a knock-out gold dress for her geriatric date, but should know better than to sit with her sandals up on the furniture and later lets herself down with an ill-fitting, pink blancmange version of Monroe’s Seven Year Itch dress. Carrie’s new metallic “very favourite dress” is awful, clinging in all the wrong places and disappearing up her bum. Also unattractive: Carrie and Big’s chain-smoking as they cook dinner. Yuk.

Puns: Nope. Too much cynicism in this episode for jokes.

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  1. Pingback: Season 2, Episode 9: Old Dogs, New Dicks | Sex and the City Revisited

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