Sex and the City aired Sunday nights on HBO for six seasons and its final episode aired on February 22, 2004. And despite HBO being in fewer than 25% of U.S. households, it was nonetheless a national event. (No doubt every HBO household had at least ten friends over that night to watch.) I didn't become a regular viewer until the show's last three years when I finally subscribed to HBO. (One aspect of the show I especially liked was the many scenes shot in my West Village neighborhood.) And like another show about the trials and tribulations of four women with distinctive personalities, NBC's Golden Girls, SATC had a rabid following among gay men.
Two lines I best remember from this episode involved Miranda (played by Cynthia Nixon). The first was when her housekeeper, Magda, walked into the bathroom and watched Miranda gently bathing her husband Steve's addled mother (played by Anne Meara). She put her hand on Miranda's shoulder and said to her "You love" - a beautiful moment. Later in the episode, Carrie's girls were so upset by how Carrie's fiance Petrosky (played by Mikhail Baryshnikov) was treating her in Paris that when "Big" asked them whether he should pursue her there, Miranda (who despised him) looked at him intently and said "Go get our girl".
Even before the final episode I found the whole Carrie-Petrosky relationship tedious. (Truth be told, Carrie was my least favorite character.) Instead, what I found most touching was the relationship between Samantha and Smith. Another beautiful moment in this episode occurred when Smith surprised Samantha by returning early from a business trip to be with her (she was going through chemo treatment for breast cancer).
To this day anytime I see someone walking a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, the breed of dog Charlotte owned, I say to myself "Elizabeth Taylor", the name she chose for the dog. Also, every time I see a can of Green Giant Lesueur peas I think of Samantha handing a can of them to a priest she was trying to seduce (for a food drive) and saying "They're Lesueur, they're the BEST".
Five years later a SATC movie was released during the summer and was a big success. A sequel came out the following summer but wasn't as well received and grossed less than half of the first (but still more than $150 million worldwide).