Continuing with my Sex and the City series, today's post covers my favorite episodes from season 4!
Episode 49 - The Agony and the 'Ex"-tacy
"Soul mates - reality or torture device?"
Summary - An engagement-party invitation and a dating-service application cause the ladies to ponder the possibility — or impossibility — of soul mates; Charlotte tries to reconcile with Trey; Carrie ends up alone at a restaurant on her 35th birthday.
Trivia - This is the 2nd episode that has celebrated Carrie's birthday.
Quotes - ''Maybe we can be each other's soul mates, and then we can let men be just these great, nice guys to have fun with.'' - Charlotte
Why I Love It - This is the episode where you realize the girls aren't just friends - they're each others family, too.
Episode 50 - The Real Me
"No matter how hard we look, do we ever see ourselves clearly?"
Summary - Carrie's nervous when she's asked to walk in a fashion show; Charlotte's vagina is diagnosed with depression; Miranda's flummoxed when a cute guy at her gym tells her she's sexy.
Trivia - Lots of guest stars in this episode. Margaret Cho as a hard-charging fashion-show producer; Alan Cumming as a rep for Dolce & Gabbana; Heidi Klum, former NYC mayor Ed Koch, and the late makeup artist Kevyn Aucoin, as themselves.
Quotes - ''Oh my God, she's fashion roadkill.'' - Stanford, after Carrie falls on the runway
Why I Love It - Even though the whole episode is a huge set-up for it, watching Carrie fall is always hilarious.
Episode 53 - Ghost Town
"When a relationship dies, do we ever really give up the ghost, or are we forever haunted by the spirits of relationships past?"
Summary - The ghosts of ex-boyfriends haunt Carrie and Miranda when both receive invitations to the opening of Aidan and Steve's new bar; a few men from Samantha's past cause a rift with Maria; Charlotte's haunted by the MacDougal matriarch and her old-fashioned taste in dust ruffles.
Trivia - John Corbett lost weight and cut his hair specifically for his return as Aidan because those were the only things people criticized about him on the show.
Quotes - ''It's like we live in the museum of natural ugliness!'' - Charlotte, on her Bunny-decorated abode
Why I Love It - I wasn't sure that I wanted Carrie and Aidan to get back together, so I liked that they made it a little bit of a struggle. Probably not enough of one, but it was a start.
Episode 55 - Time and Punishment
"Can you ever really forgive if you can't forget?"
Summary - Aidan and Carrie's rekindled romance hits a Big speed bump when her former flame calls; Charlotte quits her gallery job to the chagrin of the other girls.
Trivia - Carrie wears a Gucci bag around her waist.
Quotes - "Aidan, you can't keep punishing me, and I can't keep punishing me. I made a mistake and I am sorry, and I know that you can't forget what happened, but I hope that you can forgive me. You have to forgive me. You have to forgive me. You have to forgive me, Aidan. You have to forgive me. You have to forgive me." - Carrie
Why I Love It - The "you have to forgive me" scene finally convinced me Aidan and Carrie needed another shot. Of course it didn't last...
Episode 56 - My Motherboard, Myself
"Why were so many independent women..."
Summary - Carrie's computer conks out after producing the ominous ''sad Mac''; Miranda's mother dies suddenly after complications from a heart attack.
Trivia - Carrie's computer crashes while she's in the middle of her column which is why we don't get the full question like normal.
Quotes - ''My sister and her husband want me to third-wheel with them down the aisle - God forbid I should walk it alone. Because that would be the real tragedy, right? Ignore the coffin! There's a single 35-year-old woman walking behind it.'' - Miranda
Why I Love It - One of the most emotional episodes of the series. Carrie getting up to walk with Miranda is beautiful.
Episode 59 - Coulda, Woulda, Shoulda
"Are we there yet?"
Summary - Under the most unlikely of circumstances (his one testicle, her lazy ovary), Miranda discovers she's pregnant. When she thinks about terminating, the fertility-challenged Charlotte takes it as a personal attack.
Trivia - In one scene, Lucy Liu says that Samantha has yelled 'the F word' at least a 12 times. Samantha only says it 4 times.
Quotes - ''If it's so hard to get pregnant, how do you account for the number of crying children on planes?'' - Samantha
Why I Love It - Somehow Sex and the City touch a very controversial topic and didn't turn it into a preachy episode. Not sure how they even did that, but it's impressive.
Episode 61 - The Good Fight
"What are we fighting for?"
Summary - Aidan moves in with Carrie, crowding her space and ending her ''secret single behavior'' (e.g., eating Saltines with grape jelly while standing in the kitchen reading fashion magazines); Samantha finds herself quashing feelings for Richard; pregnant Miranda wants to sleep with a promising new guy at least once before she grows too big; Trey buys Charlotte a cardboard baby as an ill-conceived infertility joke.
Trivia - When Samantha answers the phone, she says "Richard, it's Sunday." The display on her cell phone shows 07/20/01, which was a Friday
Quotes - "Don't do that. Don't mock the clothes." - Carrie
Why I Love It - Probably my favorite episode! If you've had to share a closet with a guy, you relate to this.
Episode 64 - Ring a Ding Ding
"What's it all worth?"
Summary - Aidan's departing eviction letter forces Carrie to assess her financial situation: no assets, just $40,000 worth of designer shoes; Richard tells Samantha he loves her.
Trivia - We learn that Carrie has spent $40,000 on shoes over the years.
Quotes - ''I'm homeless. I'll be a bag lady. A Fendi bag lady, but a bag lady.'' - Carrie
Why I Love It - Carrie doesn't make a ton of money, and has made some bad choices, and this is the beginning of how she'll try and fix that. Unlike a lot of TV shows, Carrie's problem didn't get solved in 30 minutes, and I liked that.
Episode 66 - I Heart NY
"Can you make a mistake and miss your fate?"
Summary - Carrie learns that Big is ditching New York for Napa; a suspicious Samantha stalks Richard; Miranda introduces Brady Hobbes to New York City.
Trivia - Carrie utters the now famous ''Hello, lover'' to the pink Christian Louboutin suede ruffled heels - which later get doused when Miranda's water breaks.
Quotes - ''If you're tired you take a napa, you don't move to Napa.'' - Carrie
Why I Love It - The episode is a "love letter" to New York according to Darren Star, so many assumed it was written after the 9/11 attacks. The episode was actually written, filmed and titled before September 11, and shown soon afterward. The timing was a coincidence.