Continuing with my Sex and the City series, today's post covers my favorite episodes from seasons 5 (the shortest season) and 6 (the final season)!
Episode 68 - Unoriginal Sin
Summary - In the midst of a sexual and creative dry spell, Carrie lands a book deal; Samantha forgives Richard; Miranda agrees to have Brady baptized to please Steve's mom; Charlotte drags Carrie to a seminar for the unlucky-in-love.
Trivia - Guest stars include Steve's ''Ma,'' Mary Brady (Anne Meara); Courtney (Amy Sedaris) and Lily (Molly Shannon), Carrie's book publishers.
Quotes - ''I am not getting laid, therefore I'm getting laid off.'' - Carrie
Why I Love It - The 5th season is the shortest and in some ways moves slow, but I love the episodes like this. The main characters are all going through difficult things in one way or another, and having a baptism was a beautiful way to show them washing away some things that had happened.Episode 70 - Cover Girl
"Are we being too quick to judge judgment?"
Summary - Carrie judges Samantha for ''servicing'' her delivery guy; at Weight Watchers, Miranda hooks up with an overeater who indulges in her after they share a Krispy Kreme.
Trivia - When the girls go to review book covers the third book they pick up is called, "Shame, Shame go away." The picture on the cover is that of Michael Patrick King, executive producer.
Quotes - "To single women everywhere, and one in particular... my good friend Charlotte, the eternal optimist, who always believes in love." - Carrie, in her book dedication.
Why I Love It - In one way or another, the girls are all trying to figure out who they still are. This season was so different than the previous ones which made it interesting to watch.
Episode 74 - I Love a Charade
"When it comes to saying 'I do', is a relationship a relationship without the zsa zsa zsu?"
Summary - At the Hamptons wedding of a presumed-to-be-gay man and a society dame, Carrie flirts with a now single Berger; Harry tells Charlotte he'll only marry a Jew; Samantha hurls a cantaloupe at Richard's floozies. Oh, yes, and Miranda sleeps with Steve.
Trivia - Nathan Lane guest stars as the flamboyant groom and New York stage vet Julie Halston as his beaming beard.
Quotes - '''Mr. Broadway has to go tinkle' - that has to be the gayest sentence ever uttered.'' - Miranda
Why I Love It - The end of the episode with the band playing, and the dancing... beautiful.
Episode 78 - Pick-a-Little, Talk-a-Little
"Are there times when the ladies should just should just shut the f*** up?"
Summary - Carrie bickers with Berger over the presence of a scrunchie in his first novel; Charlotte gets impatient waiting for a different accessory from Harry; Miranda feels liberated by Berger's blunt dating advice: ''He's just not that into you.''
Trivia - This episode is responsible for coining the phrase "He's just not that into you!", which was the inspiration for the eponymous 2009 movie.
Quotes - Miranda: There's a lot of push-pull out there, a lot of mixed messages. Jack: Yeah, I'd have to say that's all code for: He's just not that into you.
Why I Love It - He's just not that into you! It's classic!
Episode 81 - The Post-It Always Sticks Twice
"Do we search for 'lessons' to lessen the pain?"
Summary - After the infamous Post-it breakup, Carrie rounds up the girls for a night in Bed — a hot new club — where she runs into Berger's friends. Samantha, meanwhile, can't get comfortable wearing her new label as Smith's girlfriend.
Trivia - When the girls are in the club "bed" Samantha pours Carrie some champagne and she drinks it and puts it on the table. In the next shot we see Carrie's champagne glass refilled.
Quotes - " I once was broken up with by a guy's doorman: 'I'm sorry, Ms. Hobbes, Jonathan won't be coming down. Ever.'" - Miranda
Why I Love It - He broke up with her on a POST-IT. I don't think anyone saw that coming.
Episode 82 - The Catch
"When did it stop being fun and start being scary?"
Summary - Charlotte's wedding unleashes a comedy of errors (a pearl-related pratfall, humiliating toasts); Carrie enrolls in trapeze lessons for an assignment, and engages in an ill-advised fling with Harry's best man, Howie Halberstein.
Trivia - In the New York Times announcement for Charlotte and Harry's wedding, it is written that she is a writer/editor for 'Fashions' magazine (something never mentioned in the show), her father is a doctor, her mother's nickname is 'Muffin' and she is a descendent of Samuel Huntington, who signed the Declaration of Independence.
Quotes - "Okay? You're Audrey Hepburn... owitz!" - Anthony Marantino
Why I Love It - I love that Charlotte's first wedding was perfect and the marriage was a disaster. The non-perfect 2nd wedding definitely sets up a much happier marriage in this case.
Episode 82 - A Woman's Right To Shoes
"When did we stop being free to be you and me?"
Summary - Carrie's Manolo Blahniks disappear at a baby shower and the hostess blames Carrie for being more interested in footwear than family; Miranda meets her dreamy new neighbor; Charlotte confronts Harry's tea bags.
Trivia - In the episode the stolen Manolo's cost $485.
Quotes - ''We come from the East...70s. Bearing gifts. Where's the blessed child?'' - Carrie
Why I Love It - Once again the question is brought up - what if you don't get married? What if you're not sure you want to? Love that the show was willing to go there.
Episode 86 - One
"When will the waiting for the one be done?"
Summary - Carrie turns the head of a famous Russian artist; Charlotte announces she's pregnant, only to miscarry days later; Miranda gets a love note from Robert, but she might be having doubts; Samantha discovers a gray hair...down there.
Trivia - Aleksandr Petrovsky is played by Mikhail Baryshnikov.
Quotes - ''There is a banana in your purse? Or are you just very happy to see me?'' - Aleksandr
Why I Love It - Season 6 was divided into 2 parts, and this episode ended the first part. It was the perfect setup leading into the final episodes of the series.
Episode 88 - The Ick Factor
"Have we become romance-intolerant?"
Summary - Miranda proposes to Steve and begins planning an anti-wedding wedding; Aleksandr's old-fashioned ideas of romance prove too much for Carrie; Samantha, gearing up for breast implants, discovers she has cancer.
Trivia - Samantha picks up Carrie at her apartment in a cab for Miranda and Steve's wedding. Carrie is "a hundred blocks" out of Samantha's way, but the meter on the cab only reads $3.80.
Quotes - "I have a child. The jig is up." - Miranda, on not wearing white
Why I Love It - Miranda and Steve finally tie the knot after years of an unconventional (for TV) relationship. Finally!
Episode 92 - Splat!
"Is it time to stop questioning?"
Summary - Aleksandr invites Carrie to live with him in Paris, leading to a huge fight with Miranda.
Trivia - In every episode of the series, there has been a question involved with Carrie's writing. The moment Carrie changes the question mark to a period in this episode, she doesn't write anything until the very end of the series in a montage.
Quotes - ''I'm so bored I could die.'' - Lexi, right before she, well...
Why I Love It - Just when you think you've seen it all, a character dies by falling out of a window. She did say she was so bored she could die...
Episode 93 - An American Girl in Paris (Part Une)
Summary - Carrie bids adieu to New York for Paris but has one last run-in with Big, in which he finally admits to his mistakes. Her Parisian fantasy quickly goes sour when Aleksandr's work keeps him busy, and she loses her Carrie necklace...and possibly herself. Samantha's chemo pushes her into early menopause; Charlotte and Harry struggle with the politics of adoption.
Trivia - The Versace couture "Dress of a Thousand Layers" that Carrie wore has a retail price of $79,000.
Quotes - ''Go get our girl.'' - Miranda to Big
Why I Love It - Everyone knew Big was going to come back and somehow it was still so exciting! Love, love, love.
Episode 94 - An American Girl in Paris (Part Deux)
Summary - Carrie is left to wander Paris alone, with Aleksandr focused on his art, but after a stray (or was it?) slap ends their relationship, she has a Big encounter. Back in NYC, Samantha's chemo has diminished her libido, so she orders Smith to have sex while he's on location for a movie; Steve's mother suffers a stroke and moves in with the couple.
Trivia - 10.62 million viewers watched the two-part finale on HBO in the US.
Quotes - ''The most exciting, challenging, and significant relationship of all is the one you have with yourself. And if you find someone to love the you you love, well, that's just fabulous.'' - Carrie's final words of the series
Why I Love It - I personally loved how the show ended. Everything wrapped up beautifully and it was a great episode to watch.