Samantha is hired as the publicist for Jenny Bryer’s A-list Bat Mitzvah. Jenny and her galpals are so New York, and so over-sexed that Samantha starts to wonder whether there’s any difference between Jenny at 13 and Samantha at 34. Miranda’s new braces also have her feeling like a teenager these days. After a new date fears he’ll get caught in her jaws, she dumps the braces. Charlotte scours the internet in a desperate search for a solution to Trey’s sexual problem. When she suggests they discuss options, Trey gets angry and asks Charlotte to accept that he’s just not that sexual of a guy. Finding this unacceptable, Charlotte demands they see a sex therapist whose first suggestion is they name their private parts, Rebecca and Schooner respectively. Meanwhile, Carrie meets her latest man, Wade, at a comic store. She falls in love with his amazing Manhattan apartment, until Wade’s mom comes home. Carrie plays along with her mama’s boy, accepting fresh-baked cookies and all, until Wade’s mom busts Carrie and Wade for smoking pot. But Carrie isn’t the only one busted. Charlotte wakes up in the middle of the night to find Trey masturbating in the bathroom to Juggs magazine.
”Are you saying there’s no way you’d go out with a guy who lived with his family?” -Carrie
”Well, maybe Prince William.” -Samantha
Still away from New York, the girls embark on week two of their Los Angeles adventure. Hoping to get away from the happy superficiality of LA and reconnect with her neurotic roots, Miranda gets together with Lou, an old New York friend. But instead of trashing LA as Miranda hoped, Lou says the city has taught him to let go of his toxic anger. Meanwhile, Carrie and Samantha try to live the quintessential LA. scene by going to a movie screening party – but they’re rejected at the door. Luckily, Carrie meets Keith, who gets them into the party. Wowed by Keith’s status, Carrie goes on a date with him and ends up in bed at his fabulous home…until Keith’s boss comes in the house and lets the cat out of the bag — Keith isn’t a television mogul; he’s a personal assistant. Back home, after another failed attempt to have sex with Trey, Charlotte decides she misses her friends and hops on a plane to LA. Over lunch, Charlotte breaks the news that her marriage is fake, and they’re not having sex — the girls are stunned. And in a last ditch effort to be LA women, the girls all head to Hugh Hefner’s Playboy mansion for a pool party. Charlotte meets a charming older man, who offers to buy her a boob job, and Samantha gets them all kicked out for accusing one of the bunnies of stealing her fake Fendi bag.
”Wait a minute, we’re New Yorkers. Aren’t we supposed to like the neurotic guys?” -Carrie
In a spur of the moment mad dash, the girls (minus Charlotte) head to Los Angeles in search of the care-free life. Within minutes, Samantha meets Garth, a model — a dildo model that is. ”Mr. Dildo” invites the girls to a party for his new product. Carrie and Miranda find the celebration revolting, but Samantha enjoys it and ends up going home with the guest of honor. At his apartment, Garth reads Samantha poetry and wants to get to know her, but she’s focused on sampling the goods. Meanwhile, Carrie meets with Hollywood producer Matthew McConaughey who is interested in making a movie based on her sex columns. McConaughey makes tasteless remarks about Carrie and Big’s relationship and then gets skeevy with Carrie, intimating they should sleep together. Carrie leaves in disgust. These days, Miranda wishes someone would see her as a sex object. After feeling invisible to men for too long, Miranda takes a wild ride on a mechanical bull, determined to unleash her inner sex goddess. And after a sexless honeymoon in Bermuda, Charlotte resolves to get to the bottom of Trey’s sexual underperformance. She devises a little experiment and discovers Trey’s issues are not physical.
”When visiting L.A., there are two things you simply must do. One is rent a fabulous car. Two is learn how to drive it.” -Carrie
Frustrated with being single and only being hit on by talking sandwiches, Miranda tries out multi-dating where she learns being a corporate lawyer isn’t doing any favors for her sex appeal. When she pretends to be an airline stewardess though, she catches a date with Harris, an emergency room doctor. The morning after one of her spark-filled nights with Harris, Miranda cuts her finger, only to learn that Harris isn’t a doctor after all. Instead of fessing up to her own impersonations, Miranda acts disgusted and tells Harris to leave. Meanwhile, the girls go out on the eve of the Charlotte’s wedding, for her last night as a single woman. Everyone is totally stunned by Charlotte’s admission that she and Trey haven’t had sex yet. But after more drinks than she can handle, Charlotte shows up at Trey’s place ready to get busy. Unfortunately though, things don’t work out in bed for Trey, and Charlotte gets a little nervous. Carrie’s nerves are also getting the best of her as she considers whether to tell Aidan about her affair with Big. Just minutes before Charlotte’s wedding, Carrie drops the bomb. Aidan is devastated and walks off. At the wedding, Charlotte gets last minute jitters about Trey’s sexual under-performance, but Carrie calms her down with a white lie, and Charlotte walks down the aisle. Aidan shows up after the wedding and says he loves Carrie, but knows he will never be able to let go of the fact that Carrie cheated. Carrie breaks down crying, but takes some comfort in knowing that at least she has three friends who love her no matter what she does.
”Honey, before you buy the car, you take it for a test drive.” -Samantha
As Carrie’s affair with Big goes into its third week, the scene turns from ultra-sexy to slightly seedy. In search of some chastising, Carrie turns to the one friend she knows will lay down the law, Miranda. Miranda tells Carrie that she has to stop the affair. Meanwhile, guilt-free Samantha meets her sexual match in Tom Reymi. Tom is ready to strap Samantha into his leather ”swing” and go at it, but not before he is assured that Samantha has had an AIDS test, which she hasn’t. Samantha is terrified to take the test, but the girls encourage her to do it. Meanwhile, Charlotte is obsessed with finding the perfect wedding gown and hires a no-nonsense stylist to help her through the process. After her recent romp with Big, Carrie is unable to relax in bed with Aidan. Still conflicted, Carrie returns to the out-of-the-way hotel where she’s been sleeping with Big. As she’s walking out, she runs smack into Charlotte, who sees Big and sees exactly what’s going on. Later, a horrified Charlotte gives Carrie a firm talking to about the hurtfulness of having an affair with a married man. Samantha has the AIDs test, which comes back negative, and she and Tom take a erotic ride on his swing. Despite everything Carrie’s been told, she breaks all rules and has sex with Big in his conjugal bed. Big leaves and tells Carrie to let herself out. Natasha returns early from the Hamptons and catches Carrie desperately trying to sneak out the back door. Natasha screams at Carrie saying she knew they were having an affair and then she trips down the stairs, smashing her lip and losing a tooth. Carrie gets her to an emergency room and waits for Big to show up. When he does, she tells him ”We’re so over.” Big says nothing and Carrie walks out. She goes home to find Aidan faithfully waiting in her apartment.
”Is sex ever safe?” -Carrie
Samantha throws a self-congratulatory soiree at her new apartment where she tries to convince the girls that they have it all — great friends, good jobs, and plenty of sex. Carrie tries to play along, but her fling with Big eats away at her. Deciding she just can’t hold it in anymore, Carrie reveals her scarlet letter to Samantha in private. Carrie wonders if she’s trying to have it all: the reliable, committed Aidan, and the wild, exciting Mr. Big. Meanwhile, Samantha, who has long thought she did have it all, comes down with a bad case of the flu, and learns all the men in her life are unwilling to take care of her when she needs them. On the Charlotte front, Trey lays down a pre-nuptial agreement which has Charlotte worth a measly half a mill. On Miranda’s advice, Charlotte plays hardball with Trey’s mother Bunny and successfully negotiates for a million. Meanwhile Miranda meets her first man post-Steve. George is a cute yuppie from out of town who turns Miranda onto the wonders of phone sex. But Miranda becomes suspicious of George’s dexterity over the phone and dumps him when she realizes he’s phone-sexing other women too. Carrie knows all about playing on more than one field too. While Aidan is away on a business trip, she hooks up with Big in her apartment again. He tells Carrie he’s leaving Natasha, but Carrie tells him not to. When Aidan returns, he sense something is up with Carrie and asks if she’s been cheating — on her pledge to quit smoking. Carrie confesses she’s been cheating, and reaffirms her vow to quit.
”This is going to be like the ‘Bridges of Madison Avenue’, a very brief affair I’ll write about in sappy letters to my grandchildren.” -Carrie
While he continues to try and find an apartment in New York City’s overpriced real estate market, Steve has taken up residency on Miranda’s couch. Despite his lack of an apartment, Steve finds a new romantic interest, which saddens Miranda and makes her wonder what she’s doing wrong. Charlotte is mixed with bittersweet feelings herself: she’s now engaged to Trey, but it didn’t happen the way she envisioned. Charlotte ended up proposing to Trey, whose response was ”alrighty!” Charlotte is rather devastated, until a few days later when Trey spontaneously suggests they go to Tiffany’s to buy the most beautiful engagement ring they can find. Samantha’s latest sexy professional, Adam, is great except for the ”funky tasting spunk.” When she refuses to go down there on a future date, Adam gets annoyed, and Samantha is forced to spell it out for him. Adam thinks she’s just making excuses, so Samantha challenges him to taste it for himself. Meanwhile, Carrie bumps into a drunk Big at a furniture show. He blurts out that he and Natasha are not working out. If that wasn’t enough, he calls Carrie several times, and learns from Aidan she’s working on a deadline at a hotel next door. Big shows up at the hotel, and drops the bomb: he says he’s made a mistake, and he really loves Carrie. Carrie runs for the elevators, but Big pushes his way in, which leads to the bedroom, which ends with sharing a cigarette in bed.
”Maybe we should get married.” -Charlotte
Charlotte started out the year with what seemed like mission impossible – finding a husband by year’s end, but now things with Trey are looking very promising. In bed, Charlotte is holding out though, hoping she can be ”re-virginized” if she doesn’t have sex for a while. Meanwhile, Samantha is worried she may be ”drying up,” and in a moment of desperation, she agrees to go on a date with Len, an older man in her building. During sex with him, Samantha’s flow makes an appearance on Len’s expensive sheets, which freaks him out, but leaves Samantha overflowing with joy. Unfortunately, things aren’t so joyful for Steve and Miranda. Miranda is having trouble living with Steve and his childlike personality, and when he suggests they have a kid, Miranda realizes she already has one, and she is tired of being the ”mean mom” in their relationship. Steve asks Miranda if she’s just going to throw it all away, and she says she’s tried not to, but it just isn’t going to work. While at a party, Carrie unexpectedly bumps into Big. They exchange short and cold conversation, then she walks away. Later that day, just as Aidan has stepped out for coffee, Big shows up at Carrie’s door to tell her he can’t stop thinking about her. The timing couldn’t be worse.
”Oh my god! Vagina weights!” -Charlotte
”Honey, my vagina waits for no man.” -Samantha
Three weeks into her relationship with Aidan, Carrie begins to freak because everything seems so perfect. When Aidan asks Carrie to meet his parents, she can’t deal and finds herself saying no. Meanwhile, Charlotte presses on in her mission to be married by year’s end. Her latest tactic involves forcing her married friends to hook her up with single men they know. Charlotte’s first date using the new strategy ends up being a married friend who professes his love for her. But after storming out of that date, Charlotte falls down on the street and meets Trey – the chemistry is instantaneous. Miranda continues to settle into her secure life with Steve, pretty much without incident (except for the ”skid marks” in his underwear). Samantha sleeps with a doctor named Mark, who doesn’t ”need” Viagra, but takes it to spice things up in bed. Intoxicated by the idea of an even more thrilling sexual experience, Samantha pops a pill or two. After a few trysts, Mark suggests they try it without the aid of medical enhancers, but Samantha refuses. Nervous she may get cut off, Samantha asks Mark to write her a prescription for her own supply. While at the opera with Charlotte, Carrie spots Big and Natasha in the balcony and leaves. Big sees her and tries to catch her, but Carrie’s long gone. Carrie realizes that in her relationship with Aidan, she’s been behaving like Big, and he’s been acting like the sensitive and available guy she always wanted Big to be. In a rush to try and undue any damage done, Carrie shows up at breakfast with Aidan and the family.
I’m living with skid-marks guy.” -Miranda
After a week and a half of romantic dates but no sex, Carrie wonders why her new man still doesn’t want to get into bed. Even after sharing a candlelit bath together, Aidan forgoes sex. Charlotte is having sex, but the issue is that her new boy is compelled to verbally degrade her as he approaches orgasm. Meanwhile Miranda learns her exploits have won her chlamydia and she’s forced to compile a list of her ex-conquests and let them know they may be infected. The residents at Samantha’s apartment building are shaken by a robber who attacks a tenant at gunpoint. When the security video reveals that the robber snuck in behind Samantha’s late-night sex guest, the residents shun her and she is forced to move to a more seedy neighborhood. Carrie realizes that she’s become used to skipping over romance and heading straight for sex, and that’s why Aidan’s slow and deliberate ways seems so strange. Finally though, when the moment is right, Aidan and Carrie consummate their lust.
Are we simply romantically challenged, or are we sluts?” -Carrie