In death, we find a lot of closure and a lot of unanswered questions. Sometimes you find redemption, but when you go looking for answers, a lot of the times you’ll be let down more than you find peace.
Big was never one to be honest or loyal. Yes, I know what I said. He’s never been one of my favorites, but in the same breathe, I have always seen why he’s a plot propeller in the show. But in the read of his will, we find that Big, without explanation, has given a million dollars to Natasha.
Yes, a million to his ex wife.
Look, I know that as human beings we should not all of the sudden regress to not trusting someone, but if we’re being honest, there is no one that wouldn’t at that moment. After all, a million dollars isn’t chump change.
But it’s not a matter of the money. It’s a matter of principal. Big had told Carrie nothing about this gesture, but one has to wonder why he did it? And one has to wonder what other secrets did he keep?
The weird thing is after this was found in the will, somehow And Just Like That felt a little lighter and more like Sex And The City. I wasn’t lost in what was wrong, what felt forced, and characters that seemed to be nothing like the characters that we had grown to love in Sex and The City. And yes, I know that they’ve gotten older and they change.
But a part of them still remains in that change.
It’s a weird transition, but it’s one that seemed to work. It’s one that worked that I didn’t think would, because everything has been so heavy.
But the heavy they managed to transition into remembering what Sex and The City was, pushing it into the modern age.
SEARCHING FOR NATASHA
Charlotte has made a reservation for lunch so that her, Miranda, and Carrie can talk. Stanford shows up, and Charlotte gets really territorial. I haven’t ever really ever understood why Charlotte is that way, but I guess we all have our thing.
It’s Stanford telling her that he’s talked to his therapist about her that had me dying. I was like hell yes you did. Charlotte is that good friend, but she’s so judgemental that it’s annoying. Carrie may be one to put up with it, but I wouldn’t. And Stanford has always dealt with it really well.
The gang is at lunch, all being supportive of Carrie – which is important. She needs to feel like she has support, as if she has a reason to be mad and second guess everything that Big has done.
Had he talked to her about it – it would be a different story, but Big didn’t talk to her about it. There should be no shock that Carrie goes down a whole of second guessing everything and wanting to get answers. But she has none and having none leads her to wanting to talk to Natasha.
When someone doesn’t answer your email and blocks you on Instagram, you should probably take it as a hint. But for Carrie, that means that she has to take it a step further and shows up at Natasha’s work.
It’s gotta be a really big slap in the face when you watch someone walk into work and then their assistant tells you that they can’t see you because they are in Rome. Natasha should just talk to Carrie, but I also do understand why she doesn’t want to. Her whole life was taken out from underneath her when Big picked Carrie over her.
Carrie though, is spiraling. She’s spiraling because having no answers has made her unable to sleep. Being in the home where her and Big lived their lives has made her spiral. She doesn’t know what to do. She doesn’t know how to function.
And so she walks.
And I don’t blame her for walking. It’s what I do when I need to think. But when you aren’t sleeping, when you are letting your mind race, you aren’t doing anything that is healthy. Especially for your brain.
Carrie ends up walking all the way up the Upper West Side to Columbia to see Miranda… in heels. Yes, that is what I choose to focus on, because again – IN HEELS. I can’t wear heels for more than 100 feet.
But everything happens for a reason and that walk leads her to a coffee shop to use the bathroom. And who does she run into? Natasha.
The thing is, the exchange between them was what I expected by I didn’t. Yet, I also think that it was another good turning point. See neither one of them has the answers as to why big left Natasha money. He just did. And it’s like they need to accept it and move forward.
But it was his way of saying that he was sorry. It was his way of asking for forgiveness, because he wasn’t good with words. But what was equally as important was that Carrie learned
ROSE & CHARLOTTE
I can say a lot of things about Charlotte, but I will say that she’s a great Mom. Her kids have meant everything to her and she’s wanted nothing more than to given them this really amazing life.
Rose and Lily are as different as can be, but she tries to adapt to each one of them and spend time with them.
Rose and her are reading a book and when Rose snuggles up on her, she tells her to scoot over “baby girl” cause she’s about to fall off the bed. Rose tells her that she doesn’t like when she calls her that and Charlotte reminds her that she’ll always be her baby girl.
But that’s not what Rose doesn’t like. She doesn’t like being called a girl. She doesn’t feel like a girl, ever. You can see by the look on her face that she’s afraid and you can also see that Charlotte isn’t getting it.
But when she does, she falls off the bed.
They don’t show the rest of the conversation, but Charlotte is Charlotte and she’s probably going to overdo it, but hopefully she’s educating herself on how to be there for her daughter.
She asks Anthony about it the next day, after he calls Rose a girl, and he says he doesn’t know what it will be – if it’s a phase or not. He points out that when she was younger she wanted to be a dog, and Charlotte reminds him that when she did; she left a bowl of water out for her daughter for a week.
However this storyline progresses, I hope that the do it with the care and attention that it deserves.
THE COMEDY SHOW
Carries boss, Che, is filming a Netflix comedy special. They have invited Carrie and given her VIP tickets for her and her friends.
Miranda, seems to be the most excited. She’s taking it all in and smiling and laughing. Charlotte is affected when Che talks about their coming out to their family. And you see Charlotte thinking – which is partially is scary.
All I can think is that I hope that Charlotte is going to not going to overthink, overdo, and be Charlotte. She needs to stop being so Upper East Side and listen. Stop talking and listen. It’s something that she rarely does and it’s so frustrating sometimes because you know she loves to hear the sound of her own voice.
After the event, Miranda wants to go to the after party, but Carrie and Charlotte want to go home. Which hey, I don’t blame them. After parties are a lot of work and socializing is exhausting at times.
Charlotte calls Rose to tell her that she loves her, while they are waiting for the car. It’s cute and endearing. And it shows that she’s trying. For Charlotte to shut up and only speak positive is a beautiful thing. But am I shocked that she is that way for her kids? No. I would be shocked if she wasn’t that way for her kids.
Miranda decides to go to the after party, without her friends. Che and her have a chemistry and you can’t deny that watching, you like seeing Miranda feeling comfortable in her own skin. It’s something that has rarely happened in any part of this franchise.
When Che shotguns her, you see her let down walls and for once. Do that more Miranda. Be yourself.
Carrie gets back to her apartment and decides to continue walking. And she walks her way back to her apartment.
And Just Like That, we’re reset back to the feeling that the Sex and the City franchise gave. I for one, hope it stays.
- Steve and Miranda’s desert routine is absolutely adorable
- Brady’s girlfriend is a little brat
- I have to admit that I missed Natasha
- Miranda saying that her and Steve feel like roommates sometimes, I feel like we’ve all known that for awhile.
And Just Like That is streaming on HBO Max.