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Sex and the City recap: Everything you need to know before watching the And Just Like That reboot…

It’s been 17 years since we last saw Carrie, Samantha, Miranda and Charlotte and the rest Sex and the city. Or more precisely, it’s been 11 years since we decided to wipe the two big-screen movies from our memories. Not only because they were brutal, but also because they felt at odds with the previous series. Far from being a sharp and honest exploration of a certain woman’s thirties, the films are tone-deaf and super seductive.

On Thursday (December 9), Sex and the city sequel series And just like that has finally arrived. We know almost nothing about it, or what percentage of the original program you would need to recall for it to make sense. From what we can glean, Carrie (Sarah Jessica Parker) and Big (Chris Noth) are still an entry, and Samantha (Kim Cattrall) is AWOL.

There are also new cast members, including Nicole Ari Parker as a documentary filmmaker and Sara Ramirez as a non-binary comedian whose podcast features Carrie as a frequent guest. Carrie’s best friend Stanford Blatch will also appear, along with actor Willie Garson who completed his scenes on the previous show. his death from cancer in September. Images from the film have also hinted at the return of at least two of the main characters from the past, although we won’t reveal who they are here.

As for Miranda (Cynthia Nixon) and Charlotte (Kristin Davis), their respective backstory remains a mystery, although both of their partners, David Eigenberg’s Steve and Harry’s Evan Handler, have returned. So at least no Samantha-esque is talked about there.

To get you up to speed, here’s the last we have left Sex and the cityThe core cast of…

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As the original series continues, dating columnist and prolific narcissist Carrie grows more and more professionally successful. Something of an international celebrity by the end of the show, she published a hit book inspired by her columns and was featured in Vogue regularly. However, her personal life tends to be messy, especially her incredibly dramatic relationship with businessman Big.

Having been around each other since the show’s first episode, Carrie and Big always seem to want different things at different times, while also hurting friends and lovers in the process. Most famously, the season three storyline sees the pair engage in a harrowing affair, even though Carrie is in a relationship with the kind, noble carpenter Aidan (John Corbett), and Big gets married with model Natasha (Bridget Moynahan). Thankfully, their endless back and forth appeared to culminate in a proper encounter in the series’ finale. It shows Big rushing to Paris to be with Carrie, who has found herself isolated and depressed while dating estranged Russian artist Aleksandr (Mikhail Baryshnikov). We also found out Big’s real name: John.

Unfortunately, the movie Sex and the City saw the pair touch each other’s throats once again. In the first film, Big coldly talks about the couple’s impending wedding, and quickly abandons Carrie at the altar. After Big begged for forgiveness – and Carrie concluded that she let the wedding cost “bigger than Big” – the couple got back together and got married.

However, by the sequel, the pair had lost some of their sparkle. Carrie begins to spend more time in her old apartment than Big’s, and a trip to Abu Dhabi rekindles her feelings for Aidan, whom Carrie runs into at a busy market place. The pair have met before after their split, with Aidan confirming he has a baby with his new girlfriend, but the reunion is more intimate in nature. Carrie and Aidan kissed, and Carrie then told Big everything. Big forgave her, and – since this is Sex and the City 2 – fixed all of their trust and intimacy issues by buying Carrie a large diamond ring. Oof.

David Eigenberg and Cynthia Nixon in ‘And Just Like That…’

(Craig Blankenhorn / HBO Max)

Miranda Hobbes

Clever but sometimes skeptical lawyer Miranda spent the last few seasons of Sex and the city worry about balancing work and motherhood. She also had an affair with bar owner Steve – who gave birth to a son, Brady – and the pair eventually married in the final season. In another example of Miranda struggling to adjust to major changes in her personal life, she spent most of the final episode complaining about moving with Steve and Brady to a new house. big house in Brooklyn. Horror!

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In the first movie, Miranda and Steve fall in love, Steve later confesses that he cheated on her. The couple broke up before agreeing to get back together. In the sequel, Miranda quits her job at a law firm after being haunted in a business meeting and expresses guilt for missing out on formative moments in Brady’s life. Because this is Sex and City 2, all of Miranda’s work troubles are wrapped up by her merely getting a job at another law firm.

Kristin Davis in ‘And Just Like That…’

(Craig Blankenhorn / HBO Max)

Unexpectedly rich and traditional Charlotte finds love not with a living Ken doll, but with a stocky, bald-headed lawyer named Harry. She converted to Judaism for him, but then struggled to conceive a child due to her long-term fertility problems. In the show’s final season, the couple adopted a baby girl from China named Lily. In the first film, Charlotte unexpectedly became pregnant, she and Harry had another daughter: Rose.

Formerly an art dealer, Charlotte stopped working when she entered into a difficult marriage with sexually dysfunctional Trey (Kyle MacLachlan). With their huge apartment in the divorce settlement, she decided to rely on money and work whenever she wanted. In Sex and City 2, she seems to be volunteering at a museum. She also has a very silly side episode involving a flirty nanny who never wears a bra, which has since been ironed out – because this is Sex and City 2 – with the revelation that the nanny is a lesbian, followed by a toast to the women who can’t afford to hire a staff on duty. Welcome.

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Kim Cattrall in the original ‘Sex and the City’

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The most sexually outrageous and progressive of the show’s main quartet, Samantha is the “sexy” of Sex and the city. She’s also been absent since And just like that…, with Cattrall turning down the opportunity to reprise his role and then burned whatever – reportedly rife – the relationship she had with Parker in process.

As recently confirmed by host Michael Patrick King, Samantha is still very much alive in Sex and the city the universe, just… isn’t there anymore. While we still don’t know the details of how she separates Carrie, Charlotte, and Miranda, she does experiment with a bit of geographical distance between them in the film.

The first Sex and the city The film sees Samantha living in Los Angeles with her longtime boyfriend Smith Jerrod (Jason Lewis). He’s a handsome model and actor who previously supported her with cancer treatment in the show’s final season. Despite enjoying her relationship, Samantha found herself wanting a less monogamous sex life, and dumped Smith at the end of the film before moving back to New York full-time.

In the sequel, Samantha caused an international incident by having sex on a beach in Abu Dhabi, before clashing with conservative Muslim men, with whom she proceeded to tie the knot. condom. Sorry for reminding you of that. We last saw her having sex with one of her PR clients, a man named Rikhard Spirt, whom she nicknamed – because this is Sex and City 2 – “Dick Spark”. Is it just a play on words too far for Cattrall? Either way, we won’t see her again.

‘And Just Like That…’ begins on Sky Atlantic on Thursday, December 9 and can be streamed the same day on NOW.

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Emma Bowman

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