‘And Just Like That’ Recap, Episode 4: New Friends

If Miranda was the white buffoon in episode 1, it’s Charlotte’s turn in episode 4.

Although she’s a classic “rules girl” and a hard-to-obtain master of the game (“I made this game up,” she once said in the original “Sex and the City”), all that self-discipline Charlotte once reserved to pique men’s interest goes out the window when Lisa Todd Wexley says she’s free for dinner Thursday night – just two days away. Charlotte drops everything, even canceling Harry’s colonoscopy for the next morning, to have an impromptu dinner at her house.

(Can’t Harry just reserve his own colonoscopy?)

Charlotte is desperate to turn LTW from a mom friend into a real friend – a distinction real moms, like me, will relate to. But Charlotte realizes that during the party she is about to organize, LTW and her husband, Herbert (Christopher Jackson), will be the only blacks present.

Horrified that it seems she and Harry don’t have black friends (they don’t), she makes it her mission to recruit at least one marginal friend of color to invite. Just as she eats a bite of another PTO mother, LTW sharply pulls back.

But she and Harry still attend Herbert’s birthday party at LTW, and in a twist, they’re the only white couple there. Charlotte came prepared, after forcing herself and Harry to do a workout on contemporary black writers. It’s for nothing, however, when Charlotte walks in and immediately mistakes one of LTW’s guests for a different black woman they both know.

It turns out, however, that Charlotte didn’t really need to study. When Herbert’s mother Eunice Wexley (Pat Bowie) takes on the seemingly frivolous art collection LTW has amassed, Charlotte stands up for it, calling notable black artists by name and emphasizing the importance of each work. hanging on the wall – to the delight of LTW, who likes to take her stepmom off an ankle.

Somewhere during these awkward scenes, Charlotte remembers who she is. She’s more than the wise wife and mother she’s meant to be since leaving the gallery in the original “Sex and the City”. She is highly educated and cultured, and she knows the art very well. All she really had to do at this dinner was to be herself.

I hope to see more of this multidimensional version of Charlotte as the series progresses, especially since she hasn’t received a background storyline since her struggles with infertility – a topic that comes up over the course. of a dinner between Miranda and her law professor, Nya.

Amid the hustle and bustle of a hip, crowded restaurant, Nya surprises herself (“Maybe it’s the hormones,” she jokes) telling Miranda that she is undergoing her second round of IVF. , but that’s not his biggest revelation. She also says that when her first attempt failed, she felt deep relief. It’s a fair guess that anyone going through the strain of fertility treatments must really want a baby, but Nya isn’t so sure. She loves her life as it is and asks Miranda to confirm that motherhood is worth it. Miranda can’t really make that promise.

What’s going on between them is one of the most astute conversations about the fate of modern femininity I’ve seen on TV, possibly ever. Pushing beyond the mundane subject of whether working mothers can ‘have it all,’ both characters grapple with the harsh truth that no matter what type of life you choose, there are always roads not taken, and probably some level of regret. Reaching the peak of your career doesn’t erase that, nor does having children. Although they come from two quite different worlds, Miranda and Nya connect with this and go from acquaintances to confidants.

Meanwhile, Carrie (whose real name is apparently Caroline! Who knew?) Is selling the apartment she shared with Big. She calls in real estate agent Seema Patel (Sarita Choudhury) who walks in and immediately replaces the colorful character Carrie has woven into the home decor with a boring beige. Seema needs to erase anything that looks too similar to the current owners, she explains, so buyers can see each other in the space.

“It’s like we’ve never lived here. Our life is just… gone, ”Carrie told a dejected Miranda over the phone.

Weirdly, that’s exactly why Carrie feels so good when she’s with Seema. Seema never knew Big, so Carrie can put the sad things away when she’s with her and just enjoy the moment.

That is until Seema accidentally breaks the frame that contains an old photo of Carrie and Big.

Seema is ready to replace him, not thinking the broken glass is much of a problem, but Carrie is heartbroken. This frame was on Big’s side of the bed, she explains. He touched that glass over and over again, and now one of the last bonds she had with her late husband is in pieces.

Seema sees that she’s callous, but in a slightly contrived fit of whataboutism, she brings up a recent moment when she felt Carrie had done the same. When Carrie praised Seema for “always putting herself first” in the dating world, it hurt. Seema never really found love, and Carrie unwittingly added it. Plus, Seema doesn’t feel so bad for Carrie, she says, because at least Big was the love of her life, and she’s had him for years.

Carrie is confused. Is Seema right? Is this Actually better to have loved and lost?

In a sense, we might all be asking the same question about Big.

In recent days, two women have accused Chris Noth of sexual assault, as detailed The Hollywood Reporter. Noth, who was getting some fame thanks to that reboot, as well as a viral commercial from Peleton – itself a response to misguided product placement in Episode 1 and since withdrawn – has denied the charges.

I have never been a fan of Mr. Big. Maybe he brought up too many personal ghosts, and I wanted Carrie to perceive this kind of whiplash-inducing lover faster than I did. A lot of viewers loved its mystique, and if you were on that side, or at least loved the love they shared, it’s almost certainly tainted – it’s almost impossible now to separate Big’s more shady tendencies. of this disturbing new context.

As for me, I thought Big deserved the boot for a long time. I don’t regret not having to see her face, or Noth’s, on my screen again.

Carrie may never see it that way, so a fresh start with new people may be just what she needs. As she and Seema exchange apologies and dive into takeaway sushi, the agent-client relationship begins to dissipate and a true friendship begins to blossom.

In case that isn’t very clear, that’s the theme of this episode: Each main character advances their friendship with their new boyfriend (over dinner, in each case, to really tie it all together). The producers have promised that these new characters will be layered and do more than just serve as a showcase for the comeback tracks. This episode seems to be a bridge to these new stories which I hope will continue to deepen.

The series must however continue without one of its recurring characters, namely Stanford, as actor Willie Garson died in September during the filming of the series. The disappearance of Carrie’s steadfast friend is explained when she opens a melodramatic letter from her explaining that he’s been to Japan on tour with the TikTok cash cow he manages. Anthony also received a letter, except his own, Stanford is filing for divorce.

Stanford always had a wicked side, which was one of his most endearing traits, but it’s hard to imagine he would have Dear John with Carrie and Anthony in such a harsh way. Maybe the writers didn’t want us to dwell on losing Garson, but it’s hard not to feel like we never knew Stanford. The Stanny we knew at least wanted to share one last cigarette with Carrie.

Oh yeah, she still smokes.

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